Vizio has finally updated their 15.6-inch Thin + Light machine with latest internals. The device is now powered by quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, 1080p touchscreens, 802.11ac WiFi and Intel’s Iris Pro graphics. Vizio has also refreshed its 24-inch All-in-One machine with similar internals as well. Externally, they are basically same machines. The clean metallic body, closely arranged keyboard with button less trackpads. Expect them in market soon with similar price tag as previous models. ...

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Toshiba is jumping into 4K revolution not with one but two laptops. At CES, Toshiba has revealed these two new 15.6-inch 4K display laptops. These laptops will go on sale in mid-2014. Tecra W50 is a thin and light 15”-class mobile workstation that comes with integrated NVIDIA Quadro K2100M with 2GB dedicated memory professional graphics, 4th generation Intel Core CPU and 15.6” 4K Ultra-HD display (3840 x 2160), 282 PPI, color calibrated Satellite P50t not only features 4K display, but also a touch screen. This will also be available in mid-2014. More details will be available in coming months. ...

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At CES, popular Indian OEM Micromax has announced a new tablet called Canvas LapTab. The device will dual-boot Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8.1 OS. The tablet will sport a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 2MP front and rear cameras, powered by Intel Celeron 1.46GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, 7400 mAh battery and 32GB of built-in storage. It also has Bluetooth v4.0 and expandable storage option. “The Intel-powered LapTab is the first dual-boot Windows and Android tablet. The device is aptly designed for multitasking across operating platforms and users would need to simply reboot the device and select the alternate option to switch from Windows to Android and vice versa,” Micromax said. The device is expected to go on sale early next month with a wireless keyboard. Micromax has not yet revealed the price of the device. via: Engadget ...

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There are various ways in which one could measure the reach of a new OS in the market. Usage share is important one among them and Steam gaming service usage numbers will give us a glimpse of market trend. According to the December month stats from Steam, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 saw a growth to capture about 20% of the usage share among Steam gamers. Windows 7 remained the most popular OS with an usage share of 64.38%. According to the the latest market share data from Net Applications, at the end of  December 2013, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gained 0.85% points. It now holds 10.15%, up from 9.30% in November. Thanks to new PCs and the free update for Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8.1 market share increased by 0.86% from 2.64% to 3.50%.   Source: Steam via: Neowin ...

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According to the latest numbers from Net Applications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer IE11 tripled its market share from last month. IE11 grew 7.15 percentage points, up from 3.27 percent to 10.42 percent. This sudden growth is due to the automatic update process for IE10 users. IE10 is down 6.45 percentage points to 11.05 percent. Overall, Internet Explorer lost 0.45% (from 58.36 percent to 57.91 percent) while Google Chrome gained 0.78% (from 15.44 percent to 16.22 percent). It should be interesting to see the January numbers as it will represent the whole holiday sales numbers of Windows PCs which should show some growth for IE and Chromebook sales for Chrome browser. Source: Net Applications via: TNW ...

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NPD Group’s Distributor Track and Commercial Reseller Tracking Service today reported that over 14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were sold through U.S. commercial channels in this year to date through November 2013. Windows laptops showed zero growth over 2012 while Windows desktops saw a 10% increase in numbers. Even Apple sales for laptops and desktops fell by 7%. The real shocker from the report is regarding Google Chromebooks which saw a tremendous growth. Chromebooks, and Android tablets collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth, with 1.76 million units going through the channel from January through November of this year, compared to just 400,000 units in 2012. Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook* sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase ...

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In the rare case you’re still running the Windows 8.1 Preview it expires in less than a month.  Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade so need to wait.  Here’s what to do: If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here, or by clicking here to initiate the process. Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this. If you installed a volume license version of Windows 8.1 Preview for evaluation purposes, we would recommend that you install a fresh version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise for ongoing use. If you have to upgrade an existing machine, you can do so using volume license media. This can be done by manually running SETUP.EXE from the media, or ...

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Acer, Dell and Lenovo has already got 8-inch Windows tablets in the market. As per the recent reports, Asus is going to join the list with its upcoming ASUS VivoTab Note 8 M80TA. The main differentiation among its competitors will be the Wacom-Digitizer & Stylus support. Dell Venue 8 Pro already supports stylus, but it is powered by Synaptics digitizer with a battery-powered stylus. Other standard 8-inch Windows device specs applies here too. 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z3740 “Bay Trail” Quadcore-SoC 2GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB models Windows 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student MicroSD, MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. 3950mAh, 15Wh battery 1280×800 Pixel, 10 finger multi-touch IPS panel. 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95 mm. 380 g The device will be available for $299 in the coming weeks. Source: Mobile Geeks via: The Verge ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft board is considering Qualcomm’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf among candidates to replace CEO Steve Ballmer. This is the first report revealing that Mollenkopf is on the list of several choices which are under serious consideration by Microsoft’s board. Mollenkopf at Qualcomm is responsible for the popular mobile processors which powers leading smartphones including Nokia Lumia 1520, Galaxy S4, etc,. Also Bloomberg once again confirmed that other people in the list also includes Microsoft executive Satya Nadella and external candidates including Ford CEO Alan Mulally. READ: Steve Mollenkopf Will NOT Become CEO of Microsoft; Made President and CEO of Qualcomm Steve’s profile from Qualcomm, Since 2008, Mollenkopf led QCT and served as executive vice president and group president of Qualcomm, driving growth and providing critical technical and operational leadership. QCT is the world’s largest wireless chip supplier and fabless semiconductor company, in terms of revenue. ...

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  In the last few days, there were reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start Menu in Windows 8. The biggest question is, how will the Start Menu look like? And how will it function? Joseph Machalani, an UX, UI & Branding Architect blogged about his project on fixing Windows 8. In his project, he discussed about fixing the jarring difference between desktop and Metro work environment, new Windows Explorer UI with icons and more. More importantly, he brings back the Start Menu in his concept. His description of the proposed Start Menu,  If we want to separate the Desktop and Metro environment we need a way for each of them to access apps, files and basic features like search, notifications and settings. Since we need to kick out the Metro Start Screen and Charms bar from the Desktop, let’s just bring back the good ol’ Start menu that worked so good for all ...

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Yesterday, Paul Thurrott reported that Microsoft is planning to bring back Start Menu is the upcoming update for Windows 8. This move from Microsoft is targeted towards power users who use keyboards and mice. It would be similar to the current Windows 7 Start Screen allowing users to access their apps, folders, etc,. Maary Jo Foley today confirmed that Start Menu is coming back and it is internally known as “mini-Start”. Since Thurrott’s initial December 10 report on the return of the Start Menu, I’ve heard from my own contacts that this is highly likely to happen. Microsoft is, indeed, highly likely to bring back Start Menu. Supposedly it’s being called internally “mini-Start,” (as it won’t be a full-screen Start Menu like in Windows 8), one of my contacts said. Are you really looking forward to this upcoming Start Menu? Source: ZDNet ...

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The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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The Bing Maps Preview app hits the Windows Store today. The Bing Maps Preview requires Windows 8.1and the app takes advantage of Windows features including Snapview, Windows notification and live tile.  The Bing app includes the following features: Natural Navigation from Your Point of View Streetside In-App Searching Traffic Notification on Favorite Routes Local Scout and Personal Picks Source: Bing Blog Download: Bing Maps Preview ...

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Every December, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) serves the important role of ensuring that Santa’s journey around the world is safe.  Since 1955, children of all ages have tracked his route with the help of NORAD’s radar, satellites, and jet fighters.  This year, Microsoft has lent a hand to make the experience the most magical yet, putting a fresh spin on the time-honored tradition with the launch of the new www.NORADSanta.org. This is not the first time Microsoft has worked with NORAD Tracks Santa.  Last year, the company provided interactive Bing Maps to give people at home an interactive visual of Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, which was powered by Windows Azure, as well as apps for Windows and Windows Phone that allowed people a platform to play and learn. The Internet Explorer team collaborated with NORAD to rebuild the Web experience from the ground up.  The new ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 devices got updated today with many new features and improvements. It now features improved Live Tiles, ability to send and download picture messages, ability to add photos to specific albums and more. New features: - Tagging - Improved Live Tiles - Set windows profile pic when you upload a new profile pic - Download and upload files from messages - Download and upload photos from messages - Upload photos to a specific album - Choose and set your cover photo - Choose and set your profile picture - Use your profile picture as your Windows account picture - Add a secondary tile to go directly to messages (choose this from the app bar in messages view) This release also includes many bug fixes. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Nokia today announced the Lumia 2520 Windows tablet in the UK. The device will go on sale exclusively from John Lewis for 399.99 pounds. Press Release: Nokia today announced that the Nokia Lumia 2520, the companys first Windows tablet, will be available exclusively through The John Lewis Partnership from December 4th. Priced at only 399.99, the Lumia 2520 features 4G connectivity, a stunning 10.1 full HD display, quad core chipset, multiple colour choices, 11 hours of battery life and super-fast-charging capabilities. In a market of me-too products, the Nokia Lumia 2520 stands out from the crowd with its unique Lumia design, great hardware and exclusive software experiences, said Conor Pierce, Nokias General Manager for the UK & Ireland. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first truly connected tablet and we look forward to working with John Lewis to bring this amazing connected experience to their customers. Premium Design Meets Maximum ...

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