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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Blackwaterops posted the above user review of the Lenovo Yoga 13 Ideapad Windows 8 hybrid. The well specified device comes with either a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and either 4 or 8 GB RAM and either 128 GB or 256 GB SSD. The reviewer above seems really like the device.  At its low price, do our readers think this is a better alternative than the Asus Taichi? Let us know below. ...

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Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Microsoft has announced that, when "Halo 4" officially launches Tuesday, more than 10,000 stores in more than 40 countries will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. The company said it will aim to make the "Halo 4" launch the biggest entertainment premier of the year — rivalling that of not only any other game but of any Hollywood movie. In addition to the 10,000 stores opening at midnight,  Microsoft will have big launch events in cities such as Seattle, Paris, Berlin and Hong Kong. In London, the launch will be celebrated with an unrevealed Halo-themed stunt on the Thames. (Update: the stunts seems to have been flying the “Halo 4” Glyph symbol, one of the largest and brightest man-made structures to ever fly over over the city, over London Bridge) The Halo franchise has sold more than 46 ...

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Xbox Live is pretty well known for their misogynistic teens but it seems this is a reputation Microsoft is less than proud of and intends to actively combat. According to GameStop UK Microsoft is implementing a zero-tolerance policy against users who make sexist or derogatory comments on Xbox Live. "It can be dangerous to give adolescents a broadcast mechanism," said Kiki Wolfkill, the executive producer of Halo 4. "There are always going to be jerks out there, and if you give them a way to express that side of their personality without being seen, you’re going to see this type of behaviour manifest itself." Offenders  face a lifetime ban on the gaming network if they cross the line. Do our readers think this punitive approach is right, with what is after all paying customers or should there be a bigger focus on education? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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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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There are apparently some reviewers who are complaining that the Microsoft Surface is underpowered, and unable to display 1080P video or play graphic-intensive games without lag. Ludwig Hildmann took offense to this, and has posted the above video demonstrating that at least his Surface has no issue with either of these. How have our Surface-using reader’s experience been with the same issues? Let us know below. ...

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Slashgear reviewed the Microsoft Surface against the Apple iPad 3 running iOS 6. While the devices Surface tablet had much to be commended for vs the iPad, the issue of the app ecosystem continued to raise its head, hopefully an issue which will rapidly be addressed by the 100,000 apps Microsoft promised by the end of the year. Slashgear’s full review of the device can be seen here. ...

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Microsoft is in the process of surprising analysts by showing good performance in the stock market over the last few weeks, with its share price rising 3% over the last few days alone. This contrasts with Apple, who’s share price hit a 6 month low recently and recently closed below $600 for the first time since August. While the analysts are still strong believers in the “Post-PC” future they do not think this is necessarily a barrier to the future existence of the company. “I think Microsoft is diversified enough,” Drakon Capital’s Guy Adami said. “You’re not going to get buried on the downside.” “I think the most encouraging aspect of what’s happened in the market over the last week is the fact that we lost the leaders — Google Apple and Amazon — but in their place we’ve seen Intel , Microsoft. We saw the industrials very strong today, ...

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