We have already seen in the past where Microsoft made fun of Apple iPad in ads by comparing it with Windows tablets. This time, Dell XPS 10 is compared to Apple iPad. The  above video ad shows the multitasking capabilities of  Windows RT in Dell XPS 10 which is absent in iPad, the ability to have microSD card inserted into Dell XPS 10, and the semantic zoom option available in Windows RT to have an overview of contents. At last, the main difference between them is the price. Apple iPad 32GB costs $599 whereas Dell XPS 10 32GB costs just $399. ...

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Dina Bass from Bloomberg is reporting that HTC is planning on releasing a 7 inch tablet.  HTC was originally planning on creating a 12 inch tablet, but its internal research has shown there would not be significant demand for a tablet of that size and it would be expensive to build such a tablet.  HTC has been facing a significant decline in sales lately and most of the companies efforts are focused on the company’s Android smartphone, the HTC One. The company is hoping to gain additional revenue by releasing a tablet running WinRT and another very similar tablet running Android. HTC has partnered with Qualcomm and will be using their Snapdragon processor for its tablets.  The tablet is expected to be released in late September to early October, in time for holiday 2013. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Speaking at the earnings report conference, Rene Haas, Nvidia’s VP of computing products told that Nvidia is working on next-generation Tegra 4 processors that will run on Windows RT tablets. “Nvidia is very invested and very committed to Windows RT, and we feel it has a bright future,” said Haas said. “We feel this [platform] is where things are going.” He also revealed that next-generation Tegra 4 processors will run on “multiple” versions of upcoming Windows RT tablets without specifying which OEM will release it and when it will be on sale. Tegra 4 is Nvidia’s next gen chip which has a quad-core system-on-a-chip based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture that has been clocked at 1.9GHz. It also includes 72 custom graphics processor cores to support super-high-definition 4K resolution, console level graphics gaming and High Dynamic Range photography. Read more at the source link below. Source: CW ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on Outlook for Windows RT devices. But the real question is, when is it going to come? Two prominent Microsoft bloggers from Winsupersite and ZDNet today revealed some info on Outlook RT based on their information from sources. Paul’s info, It’s perhaps more interesting that Outlook RT has made its way outside of Microsoft as well. This suggests that it’s much closer to an actual release, though I have no information about when that might happen. I was told, however, that Outlook RT didn’t make the cut for the initial release of Windows RT because of a firmware bug in the ARM chipset that would cause the application to hang or crash over time. This is different from what a source had told me previously—something about battery life issues—but neither Outlook RT user professed to notice anything like that. Interesting. Mary’s info, This same source said all ...

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Few hours ago, we reported about Microsoft Store offering great deals on few Windows 8 touch devices. HP ENVY x2, Acer Iconia W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Toshiba Satellite U925t are available at discounted price. Now, it seems Windows RT devices are also available at discounted prices. Dell’s XPS 10 is now US$449 for a 32GB model, down $50 off the original launch price. The 64GB model is $499, down from the original $599 price. Asus VivoTab RT is available at Amazon.com for $382 with 32GB of storage, which is down from its $599 launch price. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is now available for $599 , which is down from the original $799 price and Amazon is selling a model for $499.99. Read more about it from the link below. via: Computerworld ...

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Speaking to financial analysts at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang has expressed his concerns over Windows RT. He is not pleased with the Windows RT device sales so far and it is didn’t meet his expectations. “We expected to have sold more than we did,” he said Tuesday. “I think everybody expected to have sold more than we did.” “They have to find a way to get into that ecosystem because it’s so disruptive. I think it’s of some importance to Microsoft to continue to invest in RT,” He also expected Microsoft to release Outlook for Windows RT devices. “If Outlook were to show up on RT, my life would be complete,” he said. “I am one Outlook away from computing nirvana. Outlook god, please…” “They own the source code and I know there are smart people up there. What do you ...

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According to the reports from couple of websites, Samsung has stopped selling Windows RT based tablets in Germany, one of the Europe’s biggest market. They added that Samsung  “sees no market for RT in Germany and other European countries.” and so far Windows RT based devices from Samsung have experienced very poor sales due to which Samsung is taking this action. Samsung is yet to respond to this reports. Source: MobileGeeks , Heise.de via: Engadget ...

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The Microsoft Surface has not been free of WIFI issues, with many users complaining of losing connectivity which eventually needs switching WIFI on and off to fix. Now Microsoft has revealed the changelog of an update which will address that and other issues. Posting on Microsoft Answers the Forum Moderator said the update offers: The February update, which will be available later today, includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements: This release will address several ‘Limited’ Wi-Fi connections issues. Contains driver updates improving performance with Windows, Volume and Power buttons To check for the update: Open PC Settings, by swiping in from right edge (or, if using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen) Tap or click Settings Tap or click Change PC settings Under PC settings, tap or click Windows Update Tap or click Check for Updates Via Neowin.net ...

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WPArea.de reports the Surface RT tablet is coming to Germany on the 14th February and will likely be carried by Saturn and Media Markt. The news was announced by Microsoft already last week, but WPArea reports that television and other media ads, such as the one above and below, have now started appearing, suggesting a real push is underway. Analysts suggest Microsoft has only sold around 1 million or less Surface tablets so far, with Microsoft blaming this on limited distribution. Hopefully this issue will soon be reversed in the next few weeks. There is at present no release date for the Surface Pro in Europe. ...

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Adduplex have given us a glimpse of their market share number gathered by their Windows 8 Store ad network. The numbers reveal, somewhat counter intuitively, that the Microsoft Surface has increased its share of the Windows 8 market, from 6% a month ago to 7.6% this month. This is despite the increase in the number of PCs running Windows 8 /RT from around 5000 to 7400 this month. Adduplex notes that this may be due to the expanded distribution of the Surface to non-Microsoft stores. The increase is despite Windows RT only being 9% of the Windows 8 market.  One can imagine with the release of the Surface Pro this percentage will only increase, leading to Microsoft giving real competition to the smaller OEMs. If should be noted that the data is drawn from Windows 8 Store apps, so Windows 8 x86 desktops and laptops are likely underrepresented, making Microsoft’s ...

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This is a really bad news for Windows RT Eco-system. Samsung has decided not to release its only Windows RT tablet Ativ Tab in US. Samsung indicated that modest response from retail for such products and a lot of investment needed to inform consumers about the benefits of Windows RT are the reason behind their decision. There wasn’t really a very clear positioning of what Windows RT meant in the marketplace, what it stood for relative to Windows 8, that was being done in an effective manner to the consumer. When we did some tests and studies on how we could go to market with a Windows RT device, we determined there was a lot of heavy lifting we still needed to do to educate the customer on what Windows RT was. And that heavy lifting was going to require pretty heavy investment. When we added those two things up, ...

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We wrote only a few days ago about a complicated Windows RT jailbreak which allows unsigned ARM apps to be run on Windows RT. Now the jailbreak has been simplified and automated, allowing anyone to jailbreak their Windows RT tablet and install a number of ARM apps such as VNC or Putty. If this jailbreak persists for a few months one can imagine the library of ARM apps will greatly increase, of course also increasing the value of hack. The hack does not persist across reboots, but that is really the only complication which will stop the general Surface community from using it. Read more about the hack and download it from XDA-Developers here. Via TNW ...

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As part of its regular “Patch Tuesday” security update Microsoft has pushed out a patch for Windows RT. The update includes a System Firmware (UEFI) update which improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby  and brings additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations. The update also delivers a few other security- and non-security fixes and updates for Windows RT, including one that is designed to improve .Net 4.5 and Windows RT compatibility, according to Microsoft’s Web site. To check for the update search for Check for Updates from the Settings category using the Search charm. Via ZDNet.com Thanks Steve for the tip. ...

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Nicaraguan security researcher clrokr has managed to unlock the kernel setting which prevents Windows RT devices from running unsigned code as found on desktop applications. He exploited a security vulnerability which exists in Windows 8 and which was therefore also present in Windows RT, and also the fact that Microsoft allows Remote Debuggers to attach to user processes. He managed to find the bit in RAM which tells the OS whether they should run Unsigned(0) apps, Authenticode(4) signed apps, Microsoft(8) signed apps or Windows(12) signed apps. By default Windows RT will only run Microsoft signed apps. The hack will presumably not persist beyond a reboot, and enabling it does require a lot of expertise. clrokr argues that the discovery shows that there is no essential difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT, and that users should have the ability to run desktop apps. On the other hand he does not ...

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The VideoLan KickStarter campaign has ended a great success with the team raising £47,056 in 30 days. Felix Paul Kühne, Lead Developer on VLC media player has released the following statement: Today, the kickstarter campaign run by several core members of the VLC development team ended. £47,056 was pledged by 3080 generous backers. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible! This is a tremendous and somewhat unexpected success. We are very pleased about it. In the last week, we’ve prepared our project management tools, determined hardware and software needs for the developers who will work on VLC for Windows 8, RT and Phone, and set up our major development milestones. We will start right away as soon as the campaign is over. We will perform detailed scheduling early next month and reach out to major IT corporations who offered technical support and testing devices during our campaign. ...

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The Verge has been leaked some more information about Nokia’s recently rumoured upcoming Windows RT tablet. The 10.1 inch tablet will have USB and HDMI-out, and also cellular connectivity, with 10 hours battery life which can  be fast-charged to 50% in a short period. The real innovation however will come from the accompanying cover, which the Verge notes will snap in place and will double battery life, provide a keyboard and also a kickstand for the tablet. The cover will also provide two USB ports. While the cover sounds rather fantastical, it is of note that the Asus Vivotab RT (pictured above) provides a “cover” with very similar functionality, and which effectively turns the Vivotab into a laptop. Given that Nokia cover also includes a battery and keyboard it is difficult to see how it could have a much different design. AT&T will be the first to carry the tablet, ...

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