In what really should be labelled an ad, Chris Pirillo starred in this video by Pokki, who makes a start menu replacement for Windows 8, and goes around deliberately trying to confuse current Windows users by presenting them with Windows 8 without any preparation at all, and asking them to perform a task which Microsoft deliberately hid- turning off the PC. I believe long time Windows users will be as confused if they were presented with a Mac, and to turn off the PC the simplest is of course to press the power button or on many laptops simply closing the lid, actions that did not go away with Windows 8. The video is a deliberate FUD piece which Chris should be ashamed to have his name associated with. Do our readers agree?  Let us know below. Via Hothardware.com ...

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Microsoft posted the above video of their new Surface tablet, showing more usage scenarios, especially of the camera and touch cover, and emphasizes features that set is apart from the iPad, including support for USB drives and microSD cards. The Surface’s slogan “click in and do more” is also clearly targeting the iPad, and I am sure Microsoft hopes the increased functionality of the tablet will justify its iPad-equivalent price. Via Neowin.net ...

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AMD has announced its new Z-60 “Hondo” APU which combines a x86 dual-core chip with a Radeon HD 6250 GPU in a low-powered package designed for Windows 8 tablets. AMD claims the chip will allow tablets to pay Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at 1024×768 resolution and 30 fps, and be cheaper than equivalent Intel (presumably ATOM) chips. There is a price however, with the chipset drawing 4.5W vs  1.7W from the Intel Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chipset, which translates into 6 vs 8 hours battery life and 2 vs 3 weeks of standby time from a 30 Wh battery. The higher power chip also needs more cooling, resulting in a 10mm thick tablets vs 8.5mm for the Clovertrail processor. The Z-60 offers support for full HD 1080p resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and Microsoft Direct X 11 support. The first tablets based on the AMD Z-60 APU ...

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Sony recently revealed the Sony Vaio Tap 20, the first of what they call a new category called Tabletop PC. This CNET video above gives a quick demo of the features. Looking like a typical All-in-one, the 20 inch touch screen device differentiates itself by also having a battery which can provide up to 3 hours of autonomy, making it possible to take the PC from room to room or from the desk to a couch easily. "VAIO Tap 20 is creating a new category of PC’s by combining desktop PC functionality, battery-powered mobility, and multi-angle viewing," said Steven Nickel, VP, Sony VAIO. "This along with the innovative VAIO Duo 11 and the intuitive touch solutions incorporated across our existing PC portfolio, offers consumers flexibility to optimize their Windows 8 experience. Through the combination of compelling applications, Sony’s network services, and cross device connectivity, VAIO is leading the way in ...

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Geekwire took an old Samsung Windows 8 tablet to an Apple store and asked punters there what they thought of the OS. The reception appears to be much warmer than one would expect, and hopefully this will be reflected in sales when the OS and devices running it debuts at the end of this month. Via MobilityDigest.com Thanks Bugbog for the tip. ...

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Like the other PC OEMs Sony is going into touch and Windows 8 in a big way, as can be seen in the promotional video above. One of their devices is the Sony Vaio Duo 11, a device with does not skimp on specs, but probably pays for it in weight and price. Unlike many devices shown so far, it has a 11.6 inch Full HD screen, 128 GB SSD, Core i5 or i7 processor, weighs 1.3 Kg and is 17.85 mm thick. It supports up to 8 GB of RAM. The device also comes with a pressure-sensitive pen, full sized VGA and HDMI ports, twin USB 3 ports and a SD card reader.  In addition it has Bluetooth 4, GPS, a digital compass and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The front and rear camera are both 2 megapixel. See a hands-on video showing the features from Tracy and Matt ...

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Logitech has introduced 3 accessories specifically designed for Windows 8, and which brings the smoothness of the touch interaction with Windows 8 straight to even desktop PCs. The Zone Touch Mouse T400 is pretty close to a traditional mouse, but with a small glass track pad which helps with horizontal and vertical scrolling, and has dedicated keys for going home and flipping through apps.  The device sports an 18 month battery life and costs  $49.99. The Touch Mouse T620 has a much larger touch surface, supports 6 Windows 8 gestures which can be customized, has 180 day battery life and will set you back $69.99. The Touchpad T650 has a spacious glass touch surface, supports multiple Windows 8 gestures and has 30 days battery life, and can be used while recharging via USB. It will cost $79.99. All three will be available in the US and Europe this month. Zone ...

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A series of training videos produced by Microsoft has surfaced, telling retail staff how they should be selling Windows 8 PCs. Sales staff are encouraged to concentrate on personalization, customization and showing how the OS works as well with a mouse and touch. The videos are as much instructional as they are sales training, indicating it is more than the customer that Microsoft needs to educate. Via Neowin.net ...

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This ad for the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga is about a month old, but I have just stumbled over it now. It makes a pretty good case for the hybrid form factor and 360 degree hinge, although I am not sure taking videos with your tablet camera is a good use case, no matter how many iPad users do it. Lenovo recently released the pricing for their Windows 8 range. The WindowsRT Ideapad Yoga II with an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip and 2GB of DDR3 memory powering its 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, with five-point multitouch and up to 64GB of storage in a 2.8-pound, 15.6mm thin package will retail for $799. The x86 version of the device with a 1600 x 900 IPS display, 128GB of solid state storage, Core i5 processor, 13 inch screen and 10 point multi-touch will cost $1,099 and be on sale on October 26th, with ...

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It seems the success of Smoked by Windows Phone went to Microsoft’s heads, as they now have a taste for head to head comparisons between their and rival’s products. According to their stats those who took their Bing-it-on challenge chose Bing 2:1 over Google, but of course probably only Bing users knew about the challenge in the first place. Now it seems Microsoft will be running TV spots featuring street challenges similar to Smoked by Windows Phone hoping to spread the message that Bing is better than Google. With Google’s market cap recently (and briefly) exceeding Microsoft’s, and Google still extremely dependent on search ads for their income, it has become increasingly urgent for Microsoft to win ground and mindshare as a serious competitor in this space. Hopefully they will keep the pressure up. Via WindowsPhoneDaily.com ...

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Winsource has posted this video preview of the Firefox Metro nightly, Mozilla’s Modern-style browser for Windows 8. The software is still pretty buggy as one can expect, and in part does not really reflect the Modern UI, in the preview especially in the UI around the tabs. If you want to help Microsoft avoid anti-trust charges for IE10 in Windows 8, you can download Firefox Metro nightlies here. ...

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Reviews are rolling in of the Acer Iconia W510 hybrid Windows 8 laptop, and the Intel Atom Z2760 Clovertrail processor appears to be managing to run Windows 8 pretty well. Engadget reviewed the device, and found their biggest complaint to be the build quality of the hinge in the dock stand, which they found wobbly, and issue shared by the Verge, who found it wobbly and stiff at the same time. The found the gorilla-glass ensconced 1,366 x 768 display to be pretty good, with good viewing angles, and though they would not commit to commenting on battery life and performance, due to the pre-production drivers, still found the device in general fast and responsive, despite only having 2GB of RAM. Engadget concludes: Having met with Acer’s product team in person (and having read its executives quoted in the press), it’s obvious the company is eager to shed its reputation ...

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The biggest cause of antipathy towards Windows 8 by Windows 7 users is the removal of the start menu in preference to the Modern style Start screen. Now StarDock, long known for their Windows Shell replacement and enhancement software, has taken up the cause with Start8, a Start Menu replacement. The app features: Windows 7-style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps Pin desktop and Metro apps Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop Windows 8 Start screen accessible from the Start menu StarDock is selling it For $4.99 from their website here. Are our readers ready to embrace the future, or will you be relying on crutches like this? Let us know below. Via Windows8hacks.com ...

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Acer has announced that their 11.6 inch Windows 8 will be hitting the market on the 26th of October with a pretty reasonable price. The device, with a full HD 1080p screen and 1.8 ghz Core i3 Ivybridge  processor will cost $799, and will come bundled with a desktop dock and Bluetooth wireless keyboard. Acer will also be offering the device with a Core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM for $999. The 64 GB device also has 4 GB RAM, a one megapixel front and 5 megapixel rear camera, a USB 3.0 port which is tripled when docked and a microHDMI port, and only weights 2.3 pounds. The dock and keyboard is designed to remain at your home base for serious desktop use, allowing the unencumbered tablet to be taken away easily for on the road use. The price for the bundle is very competitive with the iPad, ...

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OmniTouch allows interactive multitouch applications  on any everyday surfaces, whether its a wall or a notepad or even hands, arms or legs!  In addition to the projection system being depth-sensing, there is no instrumentation of the user or environment, allowing it to be used by anyone in any environment with no hassle. Furthermore, a wide variety of interactions are enabled- so you can ‘click’ or hover your fingers over the interactive area to command the OmniTouch.  The technology is being developed by Microsoft Researcher Andrew Wilson who will be demonstrating it live during the Verge Show (as shown below). It is clear that the technology needs much miniaturisation, but with smartphone based Pico projectors one can imagine this interface could eventually find some application in the real world. Via research.microsoft.com ...

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