I was not going to post about this video, which has been doing the rounds, but after the 10th tip about it I don’t think I have any choice anymore. The parody of an iPad commercial by Cinesaurus, a Seattle-based creative team that is “obsessed with telling stories through video and animation”, the video already has more than 120,000 views and shows a Surface pretty much dismembering an iPad. See another pretty relevant video by the same team below. Thanks everyone for sending this in. ...

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Lines of buyers waiting for the Microsoft Surface. Unfortunately not backed by figures, NPD vice president of industry analysis Stephen Baker told eWeek the Microsoft Surface is enjoying “healthy sales.” The sentiment was based on strong foot traffic at the 65 Microsoft Stores selling the tablet as well as lines at launch day. Baker also said a Microsoft Store he recently visited was busy with most everyone there looking at a Surface. Selling Surface only in Microsoft stores, “allows them to really talk about the value proposition of Surface in a very controlled way and drive a lot of traffic to their stores, he said. This allowed the Surface to shine without competing for attention with other tablets. Other analysts agree. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments ...

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Tech-snobs.com posted this head to head comparison of the Asus Vivo Tab RT vs the Microsoft Surface, both Windows RT tablets that share slim form factors and long battery life. One of the main differences between the tablets, besides the build quality, was their keyboards, and while they Surface has the choice of both a slim Touch and Type cover, the Vivo Tab has a rather substantial laptop-style dock which also double’s battery life. While I am sure most of our readers will opt for the Surface tablet, do some see the advantage of the Vivo Tab? Let us know below. ...

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RWalrond has posted a series of videos comparing the performance the developer Samsung Core i5 Windows 8 tablet vs the Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablet with an NVidia chipset. While the presenter does repeatedly say the performance of the Surface tablet is close to that of the Core i5 tablet, I think it is clear than the Intel chip is outperforming the ARM chip, so if you prefer performance over battery life a Windows 8 tablet is the clear choice over an ARM tablet. See two more videos below. Boot Up test. Gaming. ...

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Microsoft does a lot of bragging about the Surface being able to support printers via the USB port. Robert decided to put this claim to the ultimate test, and decided to print something from his old printer, which happens to be an Okidata dot-matrix printer with a parallel port. Of course the Surface does not in fact come with a Parallel port, but one standard Belkin USB to Parallel cable later, and that problem was neatly sorted. While most people retired their dot matrix printers a decade ago, the demo does go to show that the Surface, despite running Windows RT, is a real computer, which still works exactly as expected. Thanks Bob for the tip. ...

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Last June, we reported about a specs of a device from Microsoft called Xbox Surface.  We thought it was just a fan made concept, but it seems that it may get real soon. According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft is working on  a 7-inch version of Xbox Surface tablet which will be focused on gaming. While the specs of the device was not yet finalized,  it will  likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM suitable for high performance gaming. It was also reported that Xbox Surface will run on custom Windows kernel and will have some tablet focused apps. Are you ready to own another gadget between your Windows Phone and Microsoft Surface ?? Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft has boasted of the durability of their Vapor-Mg case, and even uploaded a video of the device being drop tested. Kurt Shintaku had the misfortune of testing Microsoft’s claims with his own personal Surface. Coming back from a pizza run he left his Surface tablet on the roof of his car. He writes: I guess it stayed there for several blocks as I sped down a main thruway before I made a lane change on Westwood Blvd & it lost its grip, slid off the top, & careened off the side of my car into the middle turn lane. (sob)  Several onlookers watched in horror as the device toppled corner-over-corner finally resting a lane over from where I was. Then a car going the opposite direction drove over it while making a left turn. (!!!) Did his device survive? Yes, and in better nick than suspected. He writes Besides ...

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Windows Phone 8 has the ability to let a Guest account use your apps using the Kids Corner feature. It turns out Windows 8/Windows RT, including the Surface, has the same ability, allowing you to set up an account for your kids and install only selected apps onto their account. To install apps you purchased on other accounts on your tablet: 1. Log into your second account on your device. 2. Open up the Store. 3. Open up Settings. 4. Click on Your Account. 5. Click on Change user. 6. Log in with a Microsoft account that has already purchased apps from the store. 7. Swipe down from the top and select Your Apps. 8. Select an install any of the apps that you had already purchased with that account. Don’t worry, it doesn’t download the apps again, so it doesn’t take up any more space. Our tipster, Mr. Brown, ...

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After many customer queries, Microsoft has explained about the free space available for users in Microsoft Surface models. If you buy a 32GB model of Microsoft Surface, you won’t have 32GB to store your music, videos, etc,. Instead, you will only have 16-20 GB approx. What happened to the rest of the disk space? Check the image above to understand them. This is true for Apple iPad too. But since it does not come with Microsoft Office and many built-in apps, you many find more free space than Microsoft Surface. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is providing you with many choices to increase your storage capacity, Cloud storage using SkyDrive microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (adds up to 64 GB) USB flash drive or hard drive Read more about it here. ...

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Community Award Winning Photo App on Windows Phone now comes to Windows 8 and Windows RT. Fhotoroom brings +90 powerful photo editing, photo styles, light leaks, and frames in one clean, elegant and easy to use UI. The key features of fhotoroom are Native x86, x64 and ARM CPU’s Upto 16MP photos 15 Editing Tools like Crop, Exposure, Saturation, Rotate, Sharpen, Flip, Mirror, Black and White Point 22 Beautiful Styles that give your photo a unique feel and atmosphere. 21 Light Leaks that give your photo a classic camera lens look. 22 Picture Frames and Borders to give your photo that perfect finishing touch. Editing Brush that allows you to draw saturation, brightness, darkness, softness, sharpen, denoise, and red eye removal. 9 Vignettes Supports layouts for both Portrait and Landscape. Unlike the phone, fhotoroom for Win8 brings much more professional level tools to the tablet with support for upto 16MP ...

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Geekwire reports that Democracy Live is testing a Microsoft Surface as a ballot machine in Virginia this week. The device would only be used in one voting station, where it will record votes using a browser-based voting system backed by Microsoft Windows Azure. The web app lets the voter use the Surface to access, mark, and print a ballot for tabulation by a separate machine. The Windows device allows the use of peripherals such as sip-and-puff input devices for people with disabilities and the use of the device’s built-in screen reader. The precinct involved is in Charlottesville, Va, and the machine will be used for balloting in both the national and state elections. Democracy Live CEO Bryan Finney says the company plans to work with Microsoft on a broader rollout of Surfaces following the upcoming release of Surface Pro devices, which will run legacy Windows applications. Read more at Geekwire ...

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Microsoft has not announced any Surface sales figures, leaving analysts to do what they do best. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients. The Windows RT Surface tablet was launched on the 26th October and the cheaper model quickly sold out soon after. He added that returns “have been relatively few,” with most of those citing the lack of backwards compatibility with older Windows applications that will only be available when the company launches the “Pro” version of the tablet sometime early next year. Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round ...

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According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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Paul Thurrott posted this useful tip on his WinSupersite. The Surface tablet lacks a rotation lock button, and the location of the switch is not that obvious. To lock the rotation of the screen, open the Charms > Settings > Screen and find the rotation lock switch on top of the brightness slider. A bit of an odd place to find it – hopefully Microsoft will make it more obvious in a future update. Via WinSupersite.com ...

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There is an increasing impetus to get work done on tablets, and that usually means a keyboard. The best keyboard/case combination for the iPad is the ZagFolio Keyboard Case, which certainly does the job, but weighs 1.2 pounds and adds nearly an inch of thickness (0.8 inches) to the product. Comparing this to the 3mm (0.1 inch) thickness of the very effective Surface Touch Cover, and the built-in stand in the very durable Surface,  and one can clearly see which product has been designed for work from the start and which one has been shoe-horned into the role. No wonder businesses are increasingly planning to move from the iPad to Microsoft Surface products. Via Product-reviews.net ...

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