Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1 from its Microsoftstore.com. Windows 8.1 costs $119.99 for a full version, which means you need not have a previous versions of Windows to install this OS. If you’re running Windows 8, visit the Windows Store for a free update to Windows 8.1 starting on October 17. If you’re running Windows 7, your files will easily transfer. If you’re running Windows Vista or earlier, qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 by purchasing Windows 8 now. Source: Microsoft ...

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Japanese OEM Sharp has joined the growing list of Windows tablet OEMs. At CEATEC show in Japan, Sharp announced its new Windows 8 tablet named the Mebius Pad, featuring a 10.1-inch IGZO panel with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. It will run on Intel quad-core Atom processor and will come with Windows 8.1 and Office pre-installed. Also the device is water and dust-proof and comes with LTE support in Japan. There is also support for stylus and an option to buy the device with Windows 8 Pro. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Engadget ...

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  As expected, Microsoft is already exploring the ways to navigate Windows using Kinect gestures. Even though Kinect had a official Windows SDK for a longtime, Microsoft never showed off a way to navigate Windows using air gestures. Today, The Verge revealed that Microsoft Research is already exploring the potential use of it. In this project, you will be mounting a Kinect camera above a desk and it detects a number of gestures above and around a keyboard and mouse. Microsoft Researcher Abigail Sellen says the following, “What we don’t want here is Tom Cruise in minority report,” “What gestures are good at are being very casual, expressive. What they’re not good at is being precise. Touch is good at that, mouse pointer is good at that. We don’t need to do that with gestures.” “We’re not doing anything precise, and nothing that requires you to hold your hands up ...

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Dell today announced a new ultraportable Inspiron 11 3000 Series touchscreen laptops that will go on sale in coming months for starting at just $349. Read more about it below. Inspiron 11 3000 Series: Ultraportable design, convenience of touch  and familiarity of a keyboard Whether you’re toting a backpack across campus or travelling  cross-country, the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series is a reliable,  ultraportable choice for those who are on the go all day. The Inspiron  11 features an 11.6-inch, 10-finger capacitive touch display with  noise-cancelling, dual-array microphones to make web chats amazingly  clear – even in public spaces. At 0.83 inches (21.2mm) thin, a starting  weight of just over 3 pounds (3.15 lbs.)iii and with up to 8  hours, 20 minutes of battery lifeiv, the Inspiron 11 is  perfect for both entertainment and productivity on-the-move. ...

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Dell today announced the refreshed Inspiron lineup with the new 7000 series. This new series of laptops are constructed out of forged aluminum with diamond-cut beveled edges and comes in 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models. All these features 10 point multi touch screens covered by Gorilla glass.The Inspiron 7000 Series laptops start at $699 for  the Inspiron 15; and $849 for the Inspiron 14 or Inspiron 17 and are  available beginning September 26 Read more about it below. Inspiron 7000 Series: The thinnest, strongest, and best Inspiron  experience ever The Inspiron 7000 Series laptops provide powerful performance in thin,  upscale designs. Featuring diamond-cut beveled edges, the 7000 Series’   forged aluminum design turns heads and feels reassuringly strong. All  Inspiron 7000 Series laptops come with a 10-finger, capacitive touch  display with edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for durability. The  Inspiron 14 and 15 can both be outfitted with optional Full HD, vibrant  ...

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HP today announced the first fan less detachable Ultrabook. The new HP Spectre 13 x2 detachable Ultrabook runs on Intel’s 4th generation processor. It will come with Beats Audio, a full Radiance 1,080 high-definition display, which offers computing experiences without compromising productivity or portability. True flexibility, true innovation, truly powerful. The sleek, precision-crafted HP Spectre13 x2 offers the benefits of an UltrabookTM that does it all and a convenient tablet in a single, sophisticated design. No more juggling separate devices. The detachable screen and cutting-edge technology deliver a no-compromise combination that will meet – and exceed — your every need and your system can run quietly, with no noisy hardware or unsightly vents, thanks to an innovative design that eliminates the fan. The device will be available starting at $1099.99 from October 2013. ...

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HP today announced their holiday line-up of PCs and tablets. The most interesting device is the new HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE notebook. This is the world’s first laptop with leap motion built-in. It senses your natural, in-air movements for fast and accurate navigation and control. The HP ENVY17Leap Motion Special Edition (SE) is the world’s first notebook with integrated Leap Motion technology. HP is shaping the way people engage with technology with this innovative PC that senses natural hand and finger movements in the air for easy navigation and control, offering pinpoint accuracy to make games, modeling and presentations come to life. With a vivid 17.3-inch diagonal optional full HD display, movies and videos are sharp and clear. The latest Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics provide a faster and more responsive experience. This device will be available starting at $1049.99 in October 2013. ...

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Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you. Feature name Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition User experience Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x Four tile sizes (new) x x x x Microsoft account login x x x x Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x                 Open up to four ...

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Microsoft today revealed information about the pricing and packaging for Windows 8.1. Existing consumers with Windows 8 devices today can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free via an easy download from the Windows Store. If you do not own a Windows 8 device, then you will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at your local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 ERP (U.S.) and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99 ERP (U.S.). The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what we have today for Windows 8. Also this Windows 8.1 SKU is a full version of Windows, not similar to Windows 8 upgrade which was available last year. And it does not require a previous version of Windows in order to be installed. There ...

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When Windows 8 was launched last year by Microsoft, there were very few touch PCs in retail for customers to try and buy. Also the sales of non-touch devices lead to poor customer adoption of Windows 8′s modern UI and Windows Store. Microsoft and Intel are now looking to change the situation this holiday season with number of touch based and 2in1 Windows 8 form factors hitting the market. At IDF, Intel executive Kirk Skaugen revealed that 70% of the current Ultrabooks on sale are touch enabled. And Intel is focusing on increasing the number to 100% by making touch screen as a mandatory spec to be a next generation Ultrabook. Though ultrabooks are still a minor share of total Windows PC sales, there has been a recent jump in the growth of touch laptops, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at the NPD Group. “Touch has been doing much ...

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Microsoft has partnered with state owned Indian Railways to develop their IRCTC app for Windows 8/RT devices. This gorgeous looking app is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: IRCTC’s App provides booking facility of Railway tickets online and offers other services like checking reservation status, train schedules, train routes, availability of tickets, cancellation, booking history, recent history, favorites, add passengers as contacts and roaming the transactions between multiple devices. Features: • Plan my travel • Check PNR Status • Cancellation • Booking History • Frequent Passenger Info • Quick Booking • Preferences • Favourites • Recent History • Live Notifications • Supports Windows 8 PC & Tablet Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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As reported few days back, Dell is releasing its first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet later this year. This 8-inch tablet will run on Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, battery life of 10+ hours, .88 pounds in weight, thickness of .35 inches and will come in variety of colors. The main selling point is its price: $299. As expected, the display will support 10-point multitouch, and surprisingly pen as well. Dell is expected to release it with optional accessories such as wireless keyboard  Capacitive Active stylus, Bluetooth wireless keyboard with stand and more. via: Winsupersite ...

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At IDF, Asus announced a mainstream Windows 8.1 detachable touchscreen laptop T100 that will go on sale this holiday season for $349. ASUS Transformer Book T100 has a detachable 10.1-inch HD IPS display with an Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor. The lightweight keyboard dock features well-engineered keyboard and a multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8.1 gesture support and USB 3.0. Asus claims it can last up to 11 hours on battery power. Read more about it below. San Francisco, US (September 11, 2013) – ASUS today showcased two new Transformer Book ultraportables at an ASUS product launch event during Intel® Developer Forum (IDF) 2013. The event was hosted by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and featured special guest Tom Kilroy, Intel Vice President. Transformer Book T100, and Transformer Book Trio are the latest models in a wide range of mobile and desktop computers from ASUS that will transform your expectations ...

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Back in June along with the announcement about Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft revealed that official apps for Facebook, Foursquare, NFL Fantasy Football and Flipboard are coming to Windows 8/RT devices. Foursquare and NFL Fantasy Football apps are already available in Windows Store. Official Windows twitter account for Spain has tweeted that official Facebook app for Windows 8/RT devices is coming in Windows Store along with the release of Windows 8.1. We already know that Windows 8.1 is releasing on Oct 18th, so expect the Facebook in Windows Store around the same time frame. Source: Windows Spain via: WindowsPhoneapps.es ...

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Speaking at Lenovo’s 2013 press conference at IFA Germany, Lenovo executive answered during Q&A session that there is no need for Windows RT devices. He said that with the arrival of power efficient processors like Intel Haswell and Bat Trail, you no need to have a choice between long battery life and good performance. Users will be able to run full Windows 8 and also enjoy a full day of battery life from a single charge, so there’s is not much need for a low-power version that runs Windows RT. Microsoft announced Windows RT as a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system that is compatible with ARM-architecture to make the devices running on it thin and have long battery life. Currently, Microsoft(considering Nokia is also part of Microsoft) is the only manufacturer developing on Windows RT platform. Microsoft lists following as the advantages of Windows RT PCs. I think recent Windows 8 ...

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HP today announced two new All-in-Ones with a all new design and patent pending hinge. These Recline AiOs offers a great touch experience running Windows 8.1. These PCs will be powered by latest Intel Haswell processors, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB of HDD/SDD combination, Nvidia discrete graphics, 1080p displays, Beats audio and more. Even though the specs does not excite you, you should check out the hinge design that allows you to enjoy the PC is various ways. Read more about it below. PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013 – HP today announced the HP ENVY Recline All-in-One PC series, offering the best, most immersive touch experience available on an All-in-One PC. With an innovative product design, HP’s new All-in-One PCs allow users to pivot the touch screen lower and closer, making the interaction more accessible and comfortable. “Customers have told us that they want touch on their ...

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