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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So far the most interesting and arguably desirable new Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrid is the Dual screen Asus Taichi with 2 full HD screens, one touch, on the same device. Above is a brief look at the amazing device on video published by TechinStyle. The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing key feature – both 11.6″ and 13.3″ models have a brilliant double-sided LED-backlit IPS/FHD display. With a touch screen on the outside of the lid, the TAICHI opens up a whole host of new mobile possibilities as it plays the role of both notebook and tablet. With the lid open, the TAICHI is just like any notebook computer, and comes complete with a full-size QWERTY backlit keyboard and track pad. With the lid closed, however, the TAICHI instantly becomes a multi-touch tablet computer with stylus support, bringing a degree of flexibility that has never ...

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Windows 8 developers have a problem testing apps for tablets, given that the vast majority of PCs do not have touch screens. One touch screen device that has a pretty high penetration is however the iPad, and Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed allows developers to remotely access their Windows 8 developer machine and try out all major Windows 8 gestures on their iPad. The app supports:     Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu     Swipe from the left to switch apps     Swipe left/right in Internet Explorer to move between pages     Swipe down to bring up additional menus     Swipe down on an item to select it     Pull down from the top to close an app     Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")     Swipe from left-and-back to show running apps     Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with ...

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It seems white technology is now all the rage, and Microsoft has followed the trend by announcing a fully while Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle. The limited edition bundle includes a glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console, glossy white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller and a copy of two of the most popular Kinect tiles: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures. The package also includes a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold will be available while supplies last for US $ 299.99. If you do not want to splash out for the full bundle, but is still desperate for the glossy white controller or need a second to complete the package, it is available for purchase separately for US $49.99. Both the controller and the white Bundle begin shipping today to retailers in the US & around the world starting today, and will be available in Europe and Brazil ...

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As In the video above, the Windows Embedded team shows off numerous devices used by many people in day to day life which most people would never know are powered by a Windows Embedded OS, like the Coinstar or Redbox machine. With intelligent embedded devices set to explode, it demonstrates very well that, despite what many think, it is far from an Android and Linux world out there. Read more about the Internet of Things here and see an interactive version of the demo here. Are there devices in the video which surprise our readers? Let us know below. ...

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Microsoft is in many more places than just the desktop and phone.  In the above video Microsoft attempts to demonstrate in how many ways users touch Microsoft technology in their daily lives, from check-out counters to coin counters to GPS navigation in Ford Sync. The team seems to be promising something big coming later this year, which may be the next version of their embedded Windows CE OS. ...

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The HTC Shift was a brilliant idea crippled by a misguided implementation. It was HTC’s first and only Windows laptop which also featured a dual boot environment running Windows Mobile with an HTC overlay but which was not allowed to run Windows Mobile applications. The device, which ran Windows Vista by default, would have done a lot better if in fact it was designed to run Windows Mobile as the main OS, with Windows Vista as the fallback OS. Now with the convergence of Microsoft’s smartphone and desktop OS in Windows 8 D J Willis has given the 800 Mhz device another lease of life by installing the new OS.  The process is much more complicated than simply plugging in the Windows 8 thumb drive, but is fully detailed on Willis’s blog here. Willis reports the device works better than its far below minimum specs would suggest, and I think ...

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Robbert Doelwijt likes Windows 8, but he thinks there could be some improvements to the user interface. He writes: A few days ago at Microsoft’s BUILD event, a developer preview of Windows 8 was released. I installed it as soon as I could, and played around with it. Their touch-first mentality was noticable at first glance. In the videos I saw on the web Windows 8 seemed to be a breeze to use on tablet-like devices, but Microsoft kept saying that it would still be usable with your mouse and keyboard setups. While you can use the operating system with your keyboard and mouse, to me the controls suck. Windows 8 has a lot of potential, but some of the features just don’t work on desktops. I’ve made a video showcasing some of the improvements I would make to Windows 8, in order for it to work both on tablet-like ...

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While much has been made of a split between Microsoft and Intel, the vast majority of Intel’s chips still run Windows and vice versa. Besides showing of Chromebooks then at IDF Intel also took a minute to show ultrabooks running Windows 8.  Intel’s Vice President Mooly Eden and Brett Carpenter from Microsoft’s Windows Ecosystem Group showed off an Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook running on Windows 8 as well as a 32nm Atom based tablet. Ultrabooks will run on  Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor, due out in the first half of next year.  Ivy Bridge will be succeeded by the ultra-low-power Haswell processor. Eden rounded off by saying, "What we are trying to do together is Windows 8, Microsoft’s newest operating system, and Intel’s new platform solution together provide a no compromise based user experience." While Intel concentrated on showing Windows 8 will also run on devices without touch screens, I think ...

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The biggest concern desktop and laptop users have about Windows 8 is losing the simple and efficient usability of the old start menu, which has frankly just improved over time. Vhanla has created a simple tool which allows a user to easily switch between Windows 8 old Start Menu and Windows Metro Style start screen. The tool hides in the notification area, simply modifies a key in the registry and then restarts Explorer. The app features: Runs at start-up, so you can change anytime you want Hides on system tray (notification area) Special button to only enable/disable old windows start menu (keeps ribbon explorer), requires admin privileges Read more about the app and find the download at DeviantArt here. ...

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Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have commented on one of the biggest developments on Windows 8, the OS running on ARM processors. Eager to show Windows 8 on ARM will provide a full desktop browsing experience, Qualcomm ironically concentrated on showing Flash while browsing, something which Microsoft is in fact deprecating in favour of HTML5. Texas Instruments on the other hand underplayed the need for super-powerful chips, saying most software do not take advantage of quad-cores at present, but that they will have chips ready for when Windows 8 does hit the market at the end of next year. They did however see ARM as extending from more than tablets to also thin and light laptops, which if successful could spell start of the decline of Intel. Nvidia of course have already said they see Windows 8 as a major new revenue stream and opportunity for them, and see their only ...

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ignyt47 have uploaded this video showing an Acer Aspire 1825PT 11.6in convertible tabletPC with a Core2Duo processor booting up to a usable state in less time than it took for the Apple MacBook Pro to even get to the log-in screen. We suspect OEMs will start pushing touch screens as a way to increase margins on laptops pretty hard, and with Windows 8 as the OS buyers will finally have a reason to pay the premium.  Likely non-touch screen PCs will be a dying breed in 2 years. I think it is safe to say while Apple has been trading on their image for a while, the brand will lose its cachet somewhat when it is embarrassed every day by much more nimble Windows 8 laptops. ...

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 In the above video we do an  HTML 5 browser comparison between IE 10 (Metro and Desktop version), Firefox Aurora, and Chrome Beta, running on the HP Touchsmart TM2 with Windows 8 Developer Beta loaded. Complete system restarts were done before filming a different web browser, to ensure that each browser had a perfectly fair start. We ran the Touch Effects and Flying Images tests from http://ietestdrive.com RESULTS Touch Effects————————————- 1st: IE 10 Desktop Mode 2nd: Firefox Aurora 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta Flying Images—————————————– 1st: Firefox Aurora 2nd: IE 10 Desktop Mode 3rd: IE 10 Metro 4th: Google Chrome Beta It is interesting to see that IE10 Metro performs differently than IE10 in classic mode.  The TM2 is using an integrated graphics card, so it’s not the most powerful. We suspect on more modern hardware, which is what IE10 is optimised for, it should perform even better. ...

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