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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On the Windows Team Blog Microsoft has announced that pre-orders for Windows 8 Pro on DVD is now available for $69.99 USD ERP* (U.S.) at select retailers, including  Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more. They also announced that upgrades via download will be available on the 26th October for $39.99 USD ERP. The downloads will be available in 140 countries worldwide, with 37 languages, and 23 supported currencies. The limited time upgrade offer will only be available until January 31st, 2013.. Those who purchase (or have purchased) an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 USD ERP** (U.S.) which will be redeemable starting October 26th. Lastly Windows 8 PC’s can now be pre-ordered for delivery by the 26th. Read more detail on the ...

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A European Microsoft division had announced that Microsoft will be releasing Office of iOS and Android in 2013. This was quickly shot down by Microsoft however, with  Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw, head of corporate communications, tweeted on Wednesday that the "information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate," adding that "we do not have anything further to share at this time." A presentation however marked confidential on the new Office makes it clear that Microsoft will be offering Office as a Service, and that their per user and per household licensing will include mobile devices, including specifically iOS and Android. Clients for these devices have been rumoured for a long time, and I think given Microsoft’s role as across-platform productivity software publisher, and with more than 1 billion connected devices in 2011, many not running windows, remains inevitable. ...

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We have already seen some evidence of marketing for Microsoft’s Surface tablets, and we have seen various Windows 8 Marketing videos leaked, but so far nothing has really hit the main stream. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that we should prepare for a tsunami of Windows 8 ads this weekend, as marketing for the new operating system and the PCs it runs on start in earnest. Apparently Microsoft and PC OEMs will be blanketing the airwaves with ads, with a cumulated spend of several hundred million dollars. The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft has been prepping the ad effort for months, including purchasing large blocks of television-commercial time during this spring’s "upfronts," when TV networks take advance orders for ad spots during fall programming. Devices running the OS will be formally launched on the 26th October. The task of the marketers is not small – interest in PCs have ...

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Sony yesterday announced its Windows 8 launch lineup of PCs which included the VAIO Tap 20 All-in-one PC which included battery, A slider hybrid, and a VAIO Duo 11 Ultrabook. SONY UNVEILS ITS FIRST HYBRID ULTRABOOK™ AND MOBILE TABLETOP PC FOR THE US MARKET More to the Touch with the new VAIO Line featuring Windows 8 NEW YORK, October 11, 2012 – Sony today introduced its first mobile Tabletop PC for the U.S. market, the VAIO® Tap 20 PC, and its slider hybrid, the VAIO® Duo 11 Ultrabook™, combining innovative hardware designs with rich touch experiences powered by Windows 8. Alongside the new state-of-the-art PCs, there’s an elegant T Series Ultrabook and portfolio of VAIO PCs that put touch right at the heart of the personal computing experience. Built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and TV technology, the latest VAIO Touchworld collection features bright, responsive 10-point multi-touch screens with ...

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  Vizo has shown off its range of Windows 8 machines, which includes ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs. They have 3 15.6 inch laptops and one 14 inch entry-level notebook and also 3 three different All-in-one PCs. The  14-inch screened notebook has a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, 1.7 Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, plus an Intel HD 4000 graphics card, an HDMI-out, Bluetooth and a webcam. The device sports a 7 hour battery life, is 16mm and 1.55 kgs and is priced at $849. Next are two 15.6-inch Thin + Light ultrabooks both have 1080p displays, with either a combination of a 1.7GHz Core i5/4GB RAM/128GB SSD, or a 1.9GHz Core i7/4GB RAM/256GB SSD,  priced at $899 and $1,199 respectively. The devices are 17mm thick and 1.76 kgs heavy. Lastly  the 15.6-inch Notebook comes with an Intel Core i7, quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 8GB ...

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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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Acer Aspire M5 ultrabook Acer Aspire V5 Acer has announced the Aspire M5 ultrabook and thin-and-light Aspire V5 laptops. The 14 inch Acer M5 (M5-481PT) ultrabook costs $799.99 comes with a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 display driven by integrated graphics hardware, dual core, 1.7GHz Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, DVD drive, and 20GB SSD + 500GB hard drive combo. The device also has a backlit keyboard and an aluminium alloy top casing, and sports eight hours of battery life while being 0.81 inch thick and 4.6 pounds heavy. The 14 and 15.6 inch Acer Aspire V5 (V5-471P and V5-571P, respectively) has similar specifications, except for the hybrid SSD storage, does not have an aluminium casing and is somewhat thicker. The screen still supports 10 finger multi-touch. The 14-inch V5 costs $749.99 and the 15.6-inch $799.99. The devices will be available on the 26th October, with the official launch of ...

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Dale Vile, is Research Director at Freeform Dynamics has posted on CIO.co.uk about his perspective as a Windows 8 user on the operating system, and to help dispel the negativity which seems to be bubbling up from the online community. He writes:   As an industry analyst, I do a lot of multi-tasking in the average day, juggle many different information sources, and create a lot of content. This often involves working with survey data and making use relatively complex analytical models. I also do a bit of web development and multi-media stuff on the side, so all things considered, I would probably fit squarely into the category of ‘power user’. In terms of equipment, I routinely use a dual monitor desktop machine and a separate laptop/tablet hybrid (Lenovo T220). Both of these have been running Windows 8 for a couple of months now, and compared to Windows 7, I ...

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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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Just like ‘Cut the Rope’ -a game by Zeptolab- Microsoft has chosen another popular game to showcase the hardware acceleration in the latest web browsers.  Microsoft has helped Mokus port ‘Contre Jour’ to html 5.  While the first 10 levels can be played on any browser, the remaining 20 levels require multi-touch, which would only work on Internet Explorer 10.  ‘Hauntingly beautiful, pleasantly challenging and strangely addicting – Contre Jour is now on the web! Swing, shoot, drop or fling Petit through 30 free challenging levels right in your browser. Optimized for touch, Contre Jour is at its best using the new Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 devices. The game also works well in Internet Explorer 9 and other modern browsers. Find out if you have what it takes to help Petit reach his goal.’ For a quick tutorial of the game, check out the video below: Read more ...

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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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