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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When Windows RT development was in final stages, it was reported that HTC was denied by Microsoft in becoming Windows RT OEM. It was said that Microsoft declined due to”concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. Now Bloomberg reports that HTC is working on two Windows RT tablets. One with 12-inch screen and another with 7-inch screen that will compete with iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle. Both these tablets will reportedly can also make phone calls and will be powered by Qualcomm SnapDragon processors. The devices are expected to go on sale in 3Q 2013. Bloomberg also added that HTC did not choose Intel processors because it was concerned about the end user pricing which will go upto $1000. After the release of Microsoft Surface, many Windows RT OEMs scaled back their plans and it may be the reason behind HTC’s inclusion ...

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The popular Windows Phone SkyMap application, downloaded by more than half of million users,  has now comes to Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms.! SkyMap is an amazing planetarium for your device. It enables you to point your device at the sky and see what stars, constellations, planets or deep space objects are out there in real time. SkyMap shows the sky in 3D, like you see it at night time exposing a collection of over 110000 stars.It’s very easy to use for any viewpoint, time and location on Earth: it determines your location automatically, supports pinch to zoom for more details and provides a highly customizable map.*Free trial availableSkyMap has a full set of features in order to help both casual stargazers and amateur astronomers to explore and locate the objects in the sky. can use the current time and location but you can also customize them interactive zoom ...

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The Videolan team saw a massive responsive from their last update, raising nearly £4000 yesterday, but they are still £10,000 from their £40,000 target to create a VLC client for Windows Metro, which will eventually transfer to Windows Phone also. The team have therefore released two more high resolution renders resolution which can be seen here and here. To support the effort, which only has 9 days left, see the KickStarter page here. ...

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In a sign of optimism, according to Digitimes Nokia has resumed development of their rumoured 10 inch Windows RT tablet. Apparently the tablet was originally planned for a MWC 2013 unveil in February, but was put on the back burner due to Microsoft’s Surface tablet. The tablet, which is expected to return in smaller volumes that the originally planned 200,000, will come with a Qualcomm’s S4 processor and be ODM’ed by Compal. Read more at Digitimes here. Thanks Tom for the tip. ...

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Donations are rolling in for VLC for Windows 8 Metro, with the collection gaining more than £6,000 in the last 5 days. That may still leave the open source team, which are planning to create apps for Windows 8 x86, Windows RT and eventually Windows Phone 8 still short of their £40,000 ($64,000) target. Microsoft has already pledged support in the form of hardware, technical and design help, but for the finances the team are relying on the eventually users, that being us. Show your support and be listed as a contributor in the app, by making a small donation at Kickstarter UK here (they take $ as easy as £). ...

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We were pretty glad when John Lewis announced they will be carrying the Microsoft Surface in UK this weekend, and I am sure French readers will be equally glad to hear popular electronics retailer FNAC is also offering the device. Already available online, the 32 GB tablet is retailing for 589 EUR, with the device available for delivery before Christmas. Presumably the tablet will also be showing up in stores this weekend also. See the online deal here. Are are French readers looking forward to having a hands-on with the device? Let us know below. Thanks Lauren for tip. ...

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For some reason Microsoft has been only slowly releasing the news of which retailers will be carrying their Surface tablets around the world. For UK Pocket-lint has the amazing news that John Lewis will be carrying the Windows RT tablets both online and in store starting this weekend. The tablet will be available from www.johnlewis.com from the 14 December and in store over the weekend (15/16 December). "Always first with the latest technology, John Lewis is delighted to announce that it will be the first high street retailer in the UK to offer the Microsoft Surface from the 14 December 2012 and with a two-year guarantee included at no extra cost," the company told Pocket-lint. “Demand for Windows 8 computers has been phenomenal with touch screen models leading the way.” The Microsoft Surface 32GB with Black Touch Keyboard will cost £479 with a two-year guarantee while the Microsoft Surface 64GB ...

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Clove UK is now taking orders for the Samsung ATIV Tab, with stock arriving in two days. The Windows RT tablet is selling for £449.00 excl. VAT, £538.80 without. The device has similar specs to the Surface, but has some significant additional features, such as a 5 megapixel rear camera, GPS support and NFC built in. The tablet is also slightly lighter and thinner than the Surface, but of course lacks its VaporMg casing and kick stand. See the tablet at Clove here. ...

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In what is either masterful spin or material information which suggests the Surface tablets are selling much better than expected, Microsoft has said it has increased their Surface tablet production and will be expanding the retail locations the tablet will be available. “The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. Microsoft said it would make some of their pop-up stores permanent, and would make the tablets available via retailers in Australia and USA. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months. “Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year. Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier,” ...

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