MobileTechReview have posted their detailed review of the Microsoft Surface RT, which includes this 33 minute video review of this Microsoft WindowsRT tablet. They conclude: Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet isn’t just an attention-getting beast because it’s the company’s first computing product. It’s rich and immersive tablet thanks to attractive video and music players, excellent news, weather, stocks and sports apps and it offers some of the strengths of a full Windows machine. And that’s the plus as well as the caveat: you get the same UI, Windows desktop and largely the same MS Office suite as you do on Windows 8 Pro machines, but you can’t run .exe applications meant for Windows 7 computers. Is that a deal breaker? At launch it might be for some shoppers who are understandably captivated by the several hundred thousands of apps available for iOS and Android. But don’t fool yourself: This is Microsoft ...

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Forza Horizon is one of the first Smartglass-enabled Xbox 360 apps to hit the market is is now available for use on your Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8 PC or Android handset. The app adds an interactive map of Colorado that interfaces with the game. Players can pinch and zoom in SmartGlass to explore the map, and tap to set waypoints that will then be automatically routed in the game. You can also use the map to find special items, like the upgrade discount signs and race events. You can filter by content type on the map to find events easily, and play the full game without pausing to look at your map. Other Smartglass-enhanced apps set to hit the market include Halo Waypoint, Kinect Sesame Street TV, and video apps like ESPN, NBA Game Time, UFC, the Elections 2012 app, HBO Go, MSN, NBC News, NOW TV, Slacker ...

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TechNews Australia had a hands-on with the Asus Taichi Dual-screened hybrid Windows 8 tablet at a Asus launch event in Australia. They report the desirable tablet/laptop hybrid will arrive in Mid-November in Australia and will cost $1599 for the Core i5 version and $1899 for the Core i7 version. While some fans have been disappointed to hear the inner screen is not touch-enabled, the more I use Windows 8 on my current laptop the less of an issue this appears to be to be. Do any of our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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There is a lot of of concern that Windows users will be intimidated by the new UI features in Windows 8 and chose not to upgrade. With current ads, like the one above, concentrating on lifestyle, analysts Forrester’s Frank Gillett think that strategy could backfire when consumers are confronted by a more complex interface than they ads depict. "They’re going to have to do much more to explain it," he said. So far, Microsoft’s "marketing seems to be in denial that they’re moving everyone’s cheese in a dramatic way. Why can’t they say something like "Be patient with us, we’re taking you to a better place’ ? It should have more of that tone." "I find Microsoft executives remarkably dismissive about this," he continued. When asked during Microsoft’s earnings call Oct. 18 if there is confusion about the "adjustment that users will have to make," Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein ...

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As regular readers will know my favourite device Windows 8 device is the Asus Taichi, the Dual-screened Windows 8 laptop. The above ad does a good job of positioning the Windows 8 tablet as a premium product and “elegant tool” which one would be “proud to use”, and it is certainly more of a status symbol than just another boring iPad which 200 million people own already. Of course at $1300 and $1600 the price tag also tells its own story. Do our readers agree? Let us know below. ...

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Hulu has announced on their blog that they have now released a Hulu Plus app for Windows 8 “Modern UI”. The touch-optimized app can access all of Hulu’s shows, including its back catalogue, and has the ability to pin favourite shows to the start screen. It also supports Snap view, which lets viewers watch video on one part of the screen while they do something else on another part. The app will be preloaded on select Acer and Sony Windows 8 tablets. For everyone else with Windows 8, the app can be found in the  Windows Store here.  Read more at Hulu here. ...

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Not to be left behind by Samsung, LG announced their own range of Windows 8 products. They announced two Windows 8  x86 PCs, the H160 sliding tablet and V325 all-in-one. The sliding tablet has a built-in keyboard that’s revealed by an "auto sliding" 11.6 inch IPS screen, which pops open at the press of a button and is compatible with LG’s Smart touch pen. The H160 weights 2.3 pounds, is 15.9 mm thick and has full-sized USB and HDMI ports, and supports microSD expansion, and also offers 10 hours battery life, presumably from the Atom processor. The V325 all-in-one features has a 23-inch 1080p multitouch display, Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card, and TV tuner, which works when the PC is off. Both machines will be released in Korea on October 26th. International availability has not been announced yet. Via The Verge and Slashgear.com ...

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Adam Desrosiers had enough of hearing how difficult it is to learn to use Windows 8, and decided to upload this video showing how his 3 year old, in less than a month of occasional use, learned how to use Windows 8, and not on a touch screen tablet but on the desktop. He writes: I read these tech pundits and journalists discussing how hard it’s gonna be for the general public to learn the new UI of Windows 8. Nonsense. This video (sorry for the poor video quality – I have no proper video equipment whatsoever) is my response to such pessimism. For the record, I do whatever I can to keep my boy *off* the computer. We watch some sesame st videos at night and play a game or two during the day. And over the past month that we’ve had Windows 8 on this computer this is ...

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MediaMarkt is a large German retailer and a subsidiary of Metro AG. They have launched a series of promotional videos for Windows 8, which are attention-grabbing but certainly also somewhat strange. In the above video the easy Sharing features of Windows 8 gets a brief demo, contrasted with how difficult it is to Shear a sheep. The video below is only somewhat better, and here the security features of Windows 8 is shown, showing how easy it is to get access to a Windows 8 PC vs a club. The series is called Windows 8 vs Reality. Do our readers agree the producers seems to have lost contact with reality themselves. Let us know below. Via WPArea.de ...

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The very expensive Asus Taichi is still my favourite Windows 8 convertible, and in the above video by Asus we see the device put through its paces. The dual-screened TAICHI21 is available in a 1.7 Ghz Core i5 and 1.9 Ghz Core i7 processor versions. The 1.7 Ghz device has two 11.6 inch IPS Full HD screens with 10 finger multi-touch, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD and costs $1,300 and comes with a pressure-sensitive pen. The 1.9 Ghz Core i7 version has a 256 GB SSD and costs $1,600. The device is available to pre-order from Asus here. ...

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The Halo 4 trailer is long anticipated, being directed by Oscar-nominated director David Fincher, best known for directing The Social Network and Fight Club. The video shows the origin of Masterchief and the new evil he will be fighting in the latest edition of the saga. Halo 4 is set to be released exclusively for the Xbox 360 on the 6th November, and will sell for $59.99, but is also available as past of the Xbox 360 Halo console bundle. Via BGR ...

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The Surface team posted the above video of a 30 inch drop test of a Surface tablet onto a hardwood floor. It is no surprise the Vapor Magnesium ensconced device survived the fall. More interesting however is that the video was captured by the Surface camera, and looks pretty good, even in 1080P HD. The device is now on pre-order, and appears so far to be selling well, with rumours that Microsoft is looking to sell 3-5 million over the next 3 months. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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LondonDrug, a Canadian Store, have uploaded this video of the Toshiba Satellite® U920t Ultrabook Convertible. The device has the now usual 1366×768 pixels IPS Screen that is a larger 12.5 inches, covered in Gorilla Glass, is 1.45 kg in weight, two USB ports, WIFI, Bluetooth, HDMI, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Core i5 processor and is less than an inch thick when closed. The device starts at $1,149,99 at Toshiba’s website here. ...

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