In the above video Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie discusses part of the vision of the company’s future, which consists of machines and technology getting out of your way and becoming a lot more helpful. In the video Craig briefly demonstrates  the  82” interactive Perceptive Pixel display, and how varied computing surfaces can allow us to move easily between all sizes of displays and devices. He shows how you might use Microsoft OneNote 2013 to work on a large display and then, moments later, pull up your annotations on your personal Surface. He also showed off the capabilities of Xbox SmartGlass, illustrating how you can seamlessly shift content across your tablet, phone, and Xbox. Craig also illustrated how we might remotely collaborate and incorporate telepresence in the future via Microsoft Research’s research project Illumishare , a low-cost peripheral device that looks like a desk lamp, lighting up ...

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We are pretty used to Kinect being used in motion capture of gross motions like that of limbs, but EPFL Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory has now also managed to extract fine facial motions from the camera data. The technology called Faceshift pulls data from the camera and uses a predictive model to match the stream with facial expressions.  The company has already released an SDK targeted at animators and game creators and the company is already awaiting the next version of the Kinect, which will allow even finer and more accurate expressions to be captured. Read more about the technology at Faceshift.com here. Via The Verge.com ...

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With Apple is set to move away from skeuomorphism, it is interesting to see a Windows 8 app embracing the old Apple model enthusiastically. Diigo has released Quick Note to the Windows 8 market, which allows one to quickly take notes and if necessary pin them to the start screen individually. The app also supports snapped view mode and web clipping from IE.  The  review above was posted by Technologyiinfo.com The free app does not do much more, and does not offer any cloud synching capabilities. The app does however have a Mac Store version, which will be offering synching to the Diigo bookmarking and note storage service at a later point, so this is likely to arrive eventually on the Windows app also. If however your needs are limited, and you prefer speed over options, and are not turned off by some wood panelling, the app appears to be ...

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There has been some talk of a dedicated 7 inch Xbox Surface tablet. Aaron Toulmin has proven that that would just be wasteful, hooking up his Surface RT via HDMI to a 100” projector and playing Riptide using a wireless 360 controller. The setup worked beautifully, which does raise a question of why Microsoft needs to create another platform, ecosystem and device when the current Surface has all the bits already? Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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In a new ad Microsoft has targeted the browser on the iPad specifically as a bad experience and promoted IE10 on a tablet as built for touch and being “pretty amazing”, offering a “fast and fluid experience”. Safari is in fact one of the worse parts of the iPad, crashing constantly, and I think it is a pretty valid attack target, which should resonate with those looking for a new tablet. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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Toshiba has uploaded a product tour of their Toshiba Satellite U920t Windows 8 hybrid. The device promises to combine the performance and form factor of an Ultrabook with the ease-of-use of a tablet. The hybrid is less than 0.8 inches thick and weighs only 3.2 pounds. It has a vivid 12.5-inch diagonal HD touchscreen display with IPS technology provides with Corning® Gorilla® Glass to resists scratches. The device is equipped with up to a 256GB solid state drive and a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor with Intel Rapid Start technology. In addition, the Satellite U920t also features a full range of sensors, including an ambient light sensor, 3D accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis magnetometer, GPS and near-field communication (NFC) capable of a range of wireless data transfer applications. The device is available from £855 on Amazon UK and is expected to hit the market on November 21, 2012. ...

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ReadWriteWeb posted the above review of the Microsoft Surface looking at features such as multi-tasking, performance, flash support, printing and sharing and other elements. The Surface did relatively well in the tests, except for not supporting some online video codecs, and in the end it came down to which ecosystem the user lived in, with the Windows tablet doing best in an enterprise setting, as expected. ...

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We saw the Verge’s overview of the current crop of Windows 8 tablets, and today have ABC’s version of the same. They feature a brief look at the Dell XPS 12, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, Toshiba Satellite U925T, Acer Aspire S7 and the Asus Vivo Tab RT. This time the reception was a lot more enthusiastic, though there appeared to be some price shock, with the expectation currently being that both tablets and laptops are a lot cheaper. I suspect when consumers are faced with normal laptops and hybrids, this and not anything else will in fact be the biggest barrier to adoption. Read more at ABC News here. ...

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Dream Team Mobile uploaded this look at their Google Maps client for Windows 8. Windows Phone users will be familiar with this app on their OS, and on Microsoft’s new platform much of the functionality has been preserved. The app features: get directions (car, bicycle, public transit or walk) You can get directions from/to your location or between two coordinates/addresses. Different travel modes like ‘Driving’, ‘Cycling’, ‘Walking’ or ‘Public transit’ are supported. When route is built, you can browse route steps or select alternate route search for venues using powerful local search   Search for landmark, venues or stores using powerful local search. You can easily use your voice to search (use microphone button next to the search textbox). You can easily find out your current position using ‘locate-me’ button in the bottom left corner. To use compass integration please tap ‘compass’ button in the top left corner. voice search ...

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The Verge has reviewed the Lenovo Yoga Windows 8 hybrid. While they had some complaints, including finding the touch screen and track pad less than perfect, they seemed overall happy with the device. They conclude: If you ignore its awesome transformational abilities — which are a pretty great addition to a laptop, and are implemented really well — the IdeaPad Yoga 13 is just an average, pretty good laptop. It has a good keyboard, a nice-looking screen, and competent performance. It also has a frustrating trackpad, though, and a touchscreen that doesn’t work as well as it should. It’s a perfectly good laptop, and that’s about what I expect for a $1,000 ultrabook. If you’re buying a Windows 8 laptop right now, this is a really good option — it’s definitely the best device I’ve tested since the new OS came out. But if you can wait, you should — ...

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Presumably in an effort to show buyers how a new Windows 8 device will fit into their life, HP has produced a new series of videos showing the devices used by rather dynamic people in the real world. In the above video we have HP asked Michael Daube, executive director at CITTA, trying the HP ENVY x2. The video interestingly portrays the device as Laptop Plus, rather than a tablet with a keyboard, which in the early stages may be the best way to sell a Windows 8 hybrid. See another video in the series, showing Tiffany Cruikshank, yoga teacher and acupuncturist, trying the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook, below. Do our readers think HP is now doing a better job selling their PCs running Windows 8? Let us know below. ...

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FundHost.com uploaded this video, which shows that Samsung has posted their S Note software from Android to Windows 8. The app does not make much compromises to Metro but still seems to be pretty comprehensive. Of course the question does arise – why not just use OneNote, but Samsung’s app does seem to be designed a bit more for fun that work. Samsung will also be porting their S Memo app to Windows 8 also and include both apps with their tablets. ...

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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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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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IE10 is pretty fast, as was seen in the recent Sunspider results in Windows Phone 8. Now another independent analysis has found that the browser is not just fast in tests, but also in real life. New Relic found IE9 and IE10 had the “fastest browser response time on Windows, with IE10 showing a notable increase over IE9” while monitoring web loading times on thousands of websites. The video above also shows IE10 outperforming Chrome in RoboHornet ‘s micro-benchmark suite in the context of a real-world scenario. The day of IE being considered slow and insecure is now well and truly over. No wonder Google Chrome has been losing market share for 2 months in a row. IE10 ships with Windows 8, and is due to hit Windows 7 in November. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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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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