Microsoft today revealed a new product called Project Austin. Its a digital note-taking app for Windows 8. You can use digital ink to write or draw things on those pages, add photos, share the notes you create to other Windows 8 apps such as e-mail or SkyDrive. You can add pages to your notebook, delete them, or move them around. There are different types of papers to choose from and the app looks pretty cool. The team behind this app even said that this project was inspired by Microsoft Courier tablet concept. But you know which division at Microsoft built this app? Microsoft Developer Division. Another very important goal of this app is to showcase the power of the native platform and C++, and some of the new features in Visual Studio 2012 such as automatic code vectorization and C++ AMP.  Austin aims to demonstrate with real code the kind of device-optimized, fluid and responsive ...

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Similar to Asus Windows 8 offerings, Acer’s upcoming Windows 8 devices pricing got revealed today. There will be two main devices, Acer W510 and Acer W700. You can see the pricing for the New Zealand market in the above image. Acer’s Iconia W510 is powered by dual core Intel Atom and 64GB storage starts at $712 USD approximately. Acer’s Iconia W700 will have 128GB SSD storage and powered by a 1.7ghz Intel i5 processor and a 11.6″ full HD display. It will cost $1299 USD approximately. These devices are full Windows 8 powered devices that will be able to run any classic desktop programs and they cost almost same as the equivalent memory Apple iPad. Will you buy these devices with these prices? Source: TechJungle  ...

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Asus’s Windows 8 and Windows RT roadmap has leaked and it contains a mixture of both good and bad news. The good news is that the Asus headliner, the Asus Taichi, with two full-HD touch screen panels will only come in at $1,299, which is pretty far from luxury laptop pricing for what is a very interesting device. The bad news is that the pure tablets, both Windows 8 and Windows RT, are pretty expensive, and not looking very competitive. The Windows 8 Asus Vivo tab will come in at $799 for a Atom processor, plus an extra $199 for the docking station, bringing the combination up to Macbook Air pricing. Similarly the less functional Asus Vivo Tab RT with an Nvidia processor will cost $599 for a device with a 1366 x 768 resolution screen, not making it very competitive with an iPad. What do our readers think of ...

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Microsoft is organizing Windows 8 launch event on Oct-25th in NYC. Earlier Microsoft announced that Windows 8 general availability will begin from Oct-26th. Microsoft has sent out invites to the members of the press and it could be an event where Microsoft Surface will also be launched. Are you going to buy any Windows 8 devices this holiday season? ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will start accepting apps for Windows Store from developers around the world. It  is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in over 120 countries. Microsoft has added 82 new app submission markets. Microsoft also announced a number of additional subscription program offerings for developers. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. There are over 1000 apps in Windows Store now and it is expected to grow rapidly as the Store is open now for all developers. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the initial list of Xbox games that will be part of Windows Store. Xbox games will be available through the Windows Store for users to download. Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends. Here is the list of features, 4 Elements II Special Edition A World of Keflings Adera: Episode 1 Adera: Episode 2 Adera: Episode 3 Angry Birds Angry Birds Space Big Buck Hunter Pro BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Collateral Damage Crash Course GO Cut the Rope Disney Fairies Dragon’s Lair Field & Stream Fishing Fruit Ninja Gravity Guy Gunstringer: Dead Man Running Hydro Thunder Hurricane IloMilo iStunt 2 Jetpack Joyride Kinectimals Unleashed Microsoft Mahjong Microsoft Minesweeper Microsoft Solitaire Collection Monster Island PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX Pinball FX 2 Reckless Racing Ultimate Rocket Riot ...

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Along with the XPS Duo 12 tablet hybrid, Dell today announced another tablet hybrid called XPS 10. Dell XPS 10 is a Windows RT based machine. It has a 10 inch display and comes with a detachable keyboard as well. Dell also claims that this device will offer up to 20 hours of battery life. Read the full press release after the break. Press Release: BERLIN, Aug. 30, 2012 – Today at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) conference, Dell unveiled three powerful additions to its industry-leading XPS brand of computers. Joining the award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 and XPS 15 laptops, the new XPS computers enable both consumer and business customers to do more with their technology – from multimedia, entertainment and creation to full business productivity to transition seamlessly from home to office. The new products include the XPS 10, a 10-inch tablet built to support ...

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Dell has revealed its XPS Duo 12 Windows 8 tablet hybrid at IFA, Berlin. This XPS Duo 12 machine is designed in similar to the Inspiron Duo model which was released  two years back. The display can be rotated 180 to face it upward and use the device as a tablet. Its has a 12.5 inch display, and weighs 1.4kgs. The build is made up of Aluminum and Carbon fiber for durability.  Under the hood its powered by latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors as well. Source: CNET ...

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Following Sony and Samsung, HP has now announced their first set of Windows 8 devices that will go on sale in coming months. Envy x2 is an 11-inch tablet that comes with a keyboard dock which also serves some extra power. Spectre XT is a 13 inch device with Intel Ivy Bridge processors inside and 1080 capacitive touch display as well. Press Release: HP Unveils Innovative Multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabooks PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 – HP today announced three consumer notebooks featuring multitouch displays, including a uniquely designed hybrid PC that gives people more choice in how they access information. The HP ENVY x2 is a powerful and ultrathin hybrid PC with the advantages of two devices in one. As a notebook that doubles as a tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless ...

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Press Release: SAMSUNG INTRODUCES NEW SLATE PCS FEATURING WINDOWS 8 AND DETACHABLE KEYBOARD      New PC Offers Users the Best of Both Worlds – an Easily Portable Slate and a Fully Equipped Laptop – In One Stylish Product BERLIN, Germany – August 29, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced its new Series 5 and Series 7 Slate PCs. The new products can easily transform from a traditional clamshell PC to a Slate device with just the click of a button, maximizing both productivity and mobility. Designed for Windows 8 with Samsung’s advanced engineering and a ten-point touchscreen, users can easily stay connected and productive from everywhere. Additionally, Samsung today announced a new touchscreen version of its popular 13-inch Series 5 ULTRA laptop. “With the introduction of our new Slate PCs, we are providing customers with greater choice while maintaining the power of ...

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Just few hours before the official release, Samsung’s Windows 8 offerings info got leaked. The Verge today posted photos of Samsung ATIV Tab And ATIV Smart PC Tablets. Samsung ATIV Tab is the Windows RT based tablet with 8.9mm thick and 570g weight. It will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with a 5mp camera & 1.9-megapixel FF camera. It will come with USB, uHDMI port and Office 2013 pre-installed. ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are 11.6-inch tablets with a keyboard dock and S Pen input technology.  It will support 10-finger multitouch, full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel screem. ATIV Smart PC is expected to have an Intel Atom processor, while the ATIV Smart PC Pro to sport an Intel Core i5 chip. Source: The Verge ...

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Sony today officially announced its first Windows 8 tablet hybrid called VAIO Duo 11. Here is the full specs of this device, Model VAIOTM Duo Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3517U, Intel® Core™ i5-3317U or Intel® Core™ i3-3217U Processor Operating System Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro Memory 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM Drive 128GB or 256GB SSD Screen 29.4cm (11.6″) OptiContrast™ Panel; Full HD (1920×1080) with wide (16:9) aspect ratio; capacitive touchscreen *”OptiContrast” is a trademark of Sony Corporation Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Others WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 + HS; Ethernet (1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1); USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1); VGA out; HDMI out; Memory Stick Duo / SD memory card combined slot; stereo speakers with xLOUD™ ; Full HD Web Cameras (x2, front and rear facing) powered by ‘Exmor for PC’ (2.07 megapixels); Sensors (NFC, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass); Windows button; rotation lock ...

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While PC OEMs like Vizio are shipping their devices with clean Windows 8 installations, Samsung has decided to dirty up the Windows 8 builds of their devices. They are now going to include a bloatware called S-launcher that will mimic the old Windows 7 start menu features. The S-launcher thing is dockable, so you can place it anywhere on the screen. It allows you to search for programs and launch them. But why Samsung?? Why???? Source: Mashable ...

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As Windows 8 launch is getting closer, we are going to be amazed by the different form factors PC OEMs are going to reveal. Microsoft showcased its Windows 8 product called Surface which will come in both ARM and x86 versions. Samsung teased us with a video and their products will be announced at IFA, Berlin. Now Pocketnow has posted photos of upcoming Windows 8 based Sony Convertible tabled called Viao Duo 11. The device looks sexy and but we have no details on the specs of the device. It supports stylus as well. Hopefully Sony will reveal their Windows 8 products soon! Source: Pocketnow ...

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Microsoft today released a new app called Fresh Paint in Windows Store for Windows 8 devices. Fresh Paint is not just another painting app on a touch device, its a delightfully real and fun painting app! The real feel of drawing on a paper, mixing oil paints, using the color mix for painting, and many more truly unique to this app. This apps seems to be built from the Microsoft Research Project called Gustav. Features: Discover delightfully real paint that behaves like real paint where it should and better than real where you need it. Blend and mix colors to get just the look you want Help your kids be creative and explore their imagination Experience real painting and be creative without the mess and costly supplies Relax and enjoy yourself. There is nothing to learn because you already know how to use it Zoom in to see strikingly realistic details. Only Fresh Paint ...

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Press Release: Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is working with Microsoft to create a Windows To Go-compatible USB Flash drive. Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that enables enterprises to provision a full corporate desktop on an external USB drive, enabling users to boot and operate from multiple PCs. This new drive is a unique external USB 3.0 device capable of SSD-like performance and achieves all Windows 8 certification requirements. “We are excited to have Kingston as an associate on Windows To Go. Our joint innovation will further enable mobile work styles. Kingston’s DataTraveler Workspace will give our customers the performance and endurance required to deliver a great experience when running Windows 8 Enterprise from a USB drive” The Kingston® DataTraveler® Workspace USB Flash drive, to be released ...

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