That did not take long. There has been a lot of speculation about muted demand for Windows 8, so it must be of some reassurance to Microsoft that pre-orders for the Windows 8 Pro DVD edition at $69.99 has stormed to the top of Amazon’s Best Sellers list and has been sitting there for the last 4 days, despite a much cheaper download option being available. Microsoft has projected that they will sell 400 million copies of Windows 8 over the next year, and is in the process of spending $1.5 billion on advertising the new operating system. I suspect this showing is just the start of shutting the critics up. Via Neowin.net ...

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  Acer yesterday announced couple of new All-in-ones expanding its Windows 8 launch line-up.  A 23-inch Aspire 5600U and the 27-inch Aspire 7600U are the two models which will go on sale from $1150 and $1950 respectively. Both these models will come with a 1080p display, 8GB  RAM and 1TB of storage. The Aspire 7600U comes with a discrete NVIDIA GT640M GPU with 2GB of video memory and  Aspire 5600U comes with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. Both are powered by latest Intel Core i5 processors and will have array of ports such as HDMI, USB, etc,. Are you looking to buy one of these?         ...

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Microsoft started marketing its upcoming Surface tablet device months ago. The first medium they chose was the traditional street arts. These Surface street arts were spotted in several cities in US. You can see some of them here. Microsoft Surface team today posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. You can watch it above and let us know what do you think ? ...

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The $1.5 billion ad campaign for Windows 8 is now in full swing , with a  custom TV ad showing up in the season premiere of AMC The Walking Dead. The ad shows a person using a Windows 8-based tablet with a Walking Dead-themed interactive experience.  The person was also instant messaging a friend while watching the episode.  The ad appears to suggest a gaming element, with one actor turning into a zombie, with the IM message saying  they could not wait to “eat you.” AMC has a feature called StorySync on the official Walking Dead website that allows people to participate in trivia questions, polls and more while they are watching live episodes via a web browser, and this may be a suggestion that a similar app will be coming to Windows 8 tablets. The Windows 8 ad campaign launched on the 13th and should reach a crescendo on ...

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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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Right on schedule, the first of the $1.5 Billion campaign ads to market Windows 8 has launched. The ad focuses on touch and family friendliness, and ends with the tag line “Windows reimagined” and the Windows 8 launch date 26th October 2012. The Crispin Porter + Bogusky agency effort seems a bit light for a first effort – hopefully we will see something more exciting in later ads. Via The Verge.com ...

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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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We have just seen the Acer Iconia W510 offering great value at 499  Euro ($648 or £403) for a x86 tablet with dock. Now we see the opposite side of the spectrum, with Amazon UK offering pre-orders for the Samsung ATIV TAB 10.1 inch tablet for £549.99 (682 Euro, $884). The ARM tablet has a 1.5 ghz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM and of course runs Windows RT.  The package does not appear to include anything extra such as a dock or keyboard, making the price appear to be pretty poor value. Given that we are having x86 tablets selling for cheaper than ARM tablets, do our readers think those tablets have any future? Let us know below. Thanks Erno for the tip. ...

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  The Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 tablet with Dock has now gone up for pre-order at Dutch site Dixons.NL. The 1.80ghz ATOM z2760 powered device has a 10.1 inch 1366-by-768 screen, 2 GB RAM, 32 or 64 GB SSD and weights 600 g and is less than 9 mm thick. It features Acer’s AlwaysOn, AlwaysConnected technology. It also comes with a keyboard dock which can be folded all the way back to act as a presentation stand and extends the battery life to 18 hours. All this will cost 499.99 Euro, or around $648, which is a pretty reasonable price for what you get. What do our European readers think about the price? Will you be biting? Let us know below. Thanks Michel for the tip. ...

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MetroTwit for Windows Desktop was one of the best looking and well thought out apps on the platform. The developers behind this app has now developed a Windows Store app which is optimized for touch devices. Similar to its desktop counter part, MetroTwit for Windows 8 is built on Metro design language. New features added: Twitter Streaming support (and Twitter API 1.1 support) Added Twitter lists support Added multiple accounts support (requires MetroTwit Pro or Plus) Added inline media previews Added support for Twitter profile banners Fixed portrait and snap view support for many pages Fixed multiple crashes and instabilities Fixed emoji unicode support Added geolocation support Many new features I used this app for couple of hours and found it really intuitive. Do try this out. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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In the above video we have HP’s Vice President of Design Stacy Wolff talking about the evolution of the design of the HP ElitePad 900. In the 13 minute video he goes through the numerous iterations of the deign process, some of them very attractive tablets which will ultimately not make it to market. Wolff said the final version of the HP ElitePad 900 is a "very clean design" which incorporate NFC and other antenna on the back and makes the left and right sides as slim as possible. He also shows off the tablet’s Smart Jackets, which adds more hardware features while also serving as a case for the ElitePad 900. No pricing is available yet. Via Neowin.net. ...

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Pre-orders for Asus’s Taichi 21 dual-screen laptop and VivoBook x202 touch-screen laptop has opened up. The dual-screened TAICHI21 is available 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 more conventional VivoBook X202 comes with an 11.6 inch 1366X768 HD touch screen, 1.8GHz Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive and costs only $600. Both devices should be available on the 26th October. Read more at Asus here. Via Engadget.com ...

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Netflix has released their official app for Windows 8 PCs and you can download it from Windows Store now. Using this app if you have Netflix membership, you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies on your Windows 8 PC/tablet. App Description: Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies. Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies. If you are not a Netflix member sign up for Netflix and start enjoying immediately with our one-month free trial. How does Netflix work? – Netflix membership gives you access to unlimited TV shows and movies for one low monthly price. – With the Netflix app you can instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want. – You can browse a growing ...

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Windows 8 PCs are not supposed to hit shelves until the 26th October, but logistics does not work that way, and if PCs are to be sold then they need to be in store rooms already, and sometimes that spills over onto shelves. WinSource reports that they have been sent the above pictures from a Best Buy store in St. Cloud, MN , where several Windows 8 PCs are already on display. The collection include the HP Pavilion 23 AIO, the Envy 23 TouchSmart AIO, the Envy TouchSmart ultrabook, and two Envy m6 laptops. While the stores are not selling them yet, if you want to have a play with Windows 8 with hardware intended for its use, you could certainly give your local Best Buy a go. Via WinSource.com ...

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Microsoft today announced that you can now pre-order Windows 8 Pro DVD from online Microsoft Store and other retailers. Along with Windows 8 OS, several Windows 8 machines from various OEMs are now available for pre-order. Acer ASUS Dell HP Samsung Sony Acer, HP and Samsung Windows 8 pages are still not live yet, however you can pre-order them from online retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more. Windows 8 Online Store links are as follows, Newegg Staples Microsoft Amazon.com Have you decided your Windows 8 machine? If yes, please let us know in the comments.   ...

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