Windows RT, the new version of Windows that runs on ARM processors has started shipping to consumers via new tablets such as Microsoft Surface, Asus VivoTab RT, etc,. So far, Nvidia Tegra is the only ARM processor that Windows RT ships on. Some reviews of the devices like Microsoft Surface pointed out to the performance hiccups in Windows RT. This may be because of Windows RT is not yet fully optimized for Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Microsoft is still working on fully taking advantage of Tegra 3 processor in Windows RT. It is evident from the Nvdia’s own page that Windows RT is not taking advantage of Tegra 3′s key innovation 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core. 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core** – Four plus one refers to Tegra 3’s four CPU cores, plus the fifth, battery-saver CPU core. This Variable SMP architecture enables four performance ...

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Lenovo has quietly put the Ideapad Yoga 11 available for sale on their website, with a 32GB going for $679 and a 64GB for $759. This comes a few short days from their initial announced availability of December, making the launch of it early. Pricing on the Yoga 11 is a little steep considering the specs are very similar to other Windows RT-based tablets such as the Surface, Asus Vivo Tab and Samsung Ativ Tab. All have Nvidia Tegra 3 processors and 2GB of RAM, though the Yoga does have the biggest screen of the four (11.6 inches), as well as the only one with a full-size HDMI port and SD card slot. Time will only tell whether that will be enough to differentiate it from the other devices and justify the premium price, though you could always get its higher-specced Yoga 13 sibling (just not in orange). ...

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Solitaire and Minesweeper are some of the most played games ever, having been included in Windows since version 3.1. Unfortunately Windows RT shipped without such niceties, but Microsoft has now corrected the issue. A Windows 8 version did exist, but did not support RT. An update to the app has now added the ability, which is sure to boost Surface sales. The game is Xbox Live enabled and will offer players daily challenges to complete and offers online leaderboards to compare scores with those from Xbox Live friends. Find the game in the Windows Store here. Via Neowin.net ...

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Regular readers will know we are quite concerned by the lack of support for 3G Dongles in the Microsoft Surface and by extension other Windows RT tablets. While 3G/WI-Fi dongles provide somewhat of a solution, it seems unnecessary to waste battery life on running two WIFI radios when communication could as easily happen via USB. The big issue with using existing 3G dongles is that they need drivers and management software installed, which makes all of the current crop incompatible. Now it seems, from a twitter conversation with O2 support, that O2 may be working on a Connection Manager for Windows RT, which would solve the problem and fulfil one of the major expandability promises of the Surface- the ability to overcome any issues by simply plugging in an accessory into the USB port. See the twitter conversation here. ...

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The Microsoft Life Cycle Support page has revealed Microsoft intends to look after Surface RT buyers for a very long time into the future. The listing for Surface with Windows RT shows that mainstream support will continue until at least April 11, 2017. A separate post on Microsoft’s support website shows the various SKU builds of Windows 8 will have their mainstream support end on January 9, 2018, with extended support ending on January 10, 2023. Support in this case likely means the provision of service packs and patches, not necessarily new features, but it still sounds like a much better deal that Windows Phone users can expect, where even for Windows Phone 8 Microsoft is only promising updates for 18 months after release. Windows RT itself, when not ensconced in a Microsoft Surface, is still to have its sunset date revealed, but in a in an FAQ post, Microsoft ...

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One of the things which makes the Microsoft Surface a real productivity machine is the presence and support of the full-sized USB port. ChannelMetro decided to put this to a test, and plugged a total of 8 USB devices into their Microsoft Surface. The list included a 7-Port USB Hub, to which was linked: 1 XBOX 360 USB controller 1 Nokia X3-02 Smartphone 1 Apple IPod 1 USB Flash Drive 2 GB 1 Mouse Logitech receiver 1 HP Multifunction printer 1 Hard Disk of 2 TB Capacity While the video is really little more than a tech demo, if does show the range and breadth of devices supported. Have any of our Surface-owning readers ever used this feature in anger? Let us know below. Via Softpedia.com ...

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RIZING : one of the craziest free shooters on WP7 Marketplace finally lands also on your Windows 8 RT tablet with more enemies, more bullets and a bigger arena! If available, this version can also take advantage of your keyboard and mouse making it even easier to dodge the hellish bullets patterns! Some of the other features include : Glow style acid graphics Loads of enemies with different attacks and patterns Random waves generated level by level Power up you weapon to devastating levels Improve your shields and heal up during fights! Time your nukes to get extra bonuses Random bosses created and assembled from different parts 3 Different difficulty levels Online leaderboard Follow the links below to download the game for free on Windows Phone or Windows 8: Windows 8 Download Windows Phone Download ...

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Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month, and the time when Microsoft pushes out software updates for their products. On this occasion this includes includes Microsoft’s first ARM computer, the Surface, and the update  is  a “Cumulative Update for performance/compatibility” and another is a firmware update which hopefully addresses the same issue. To check for an update: 1. Go to the charms menu and select Settings 2.  Select Change PC settings 3. Scroll to the bottom and select Windows Update. 4. Check for Updates and install. We noticed definite performance improvements, including in multi-tasking, text input, quicker loading times and improvements in IE, including in tab switching and closing. Have our readers noticed any other changes or improvements? Let us know below. Thanks Tishawn for the tip. ...

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Digitimes’s somewhat less than impeccable upstream supply sources are claiming that Surface sales will only hit 60% of Microsoft’s forecast in 2012. Unfortunately Digitimes did not exactly reveal what these forecasts were, leaving us to guess exactly how many millions of units this would represent. Their sources claim buyers are not seeing the value proposition of Windows RT tablets, and that Asus’s own Windows RT tablet is similarly affected. On the other hand they expect full Windows 8 tablets to benefit, as users wait for these more powerful devices. Are any of our readers waiting also opting for Windows 8 tablets over Windows RT ones, despite the bulk and battery life advantages of RT devices? Let us know below. ...

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So far Microsoft has not released any sales figures for the Microsoft Surface RT, but in Microsoft’s first comment on the performance of the device, Steve Ballmer has told Le Parisien that sales of the Microsoft Surface "are starting modestly." Microsoft blamed this more on a lack of distribution rather than demand, noting that the device is only being sold through Microsoft Stores, where the tablet is in fact often on short supply. Talking about the shortages, he said "It’s a good sign," adding that Microsoft "will fix this problem quickly" and that the increase in capacity is part of the company’s strategy. Steve also talked about the coming Surface Pro, noting that it will have a higher-definition screen and Intel processor. He also repeated an earlier announcement that the company sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades to consumers in only 3 days. Via Capital.gr ...

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  Windows RT buyers are now being faced a pretty difficult choice, after the company just dropped the price of their 32 GB VivoTab RT from $599 to only $549, and are throwing in a free keyboard dock which turns the device into a passable laptop and doubles battery life. To claim the free keyboard dock, which is what really adds the value (normally $200 separately) you have to register with the ASUS Membership program, upload a picture of the tablet’s serial number, and also send a picture of its purchase label. Read the full retails at the Asus’s website and find the discounted tablets at Amazon.com and B&H here. The VivoTab has NFC and GPS, both features which the Microsoft Surface lack. Are any of our readers tempted by the offer? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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RWalrond has posted a series of videos comparing the performance the developer Samsung Core i5 Windows 8 tablet vs the Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablet with an NVidia chipset. While the presenter does repeatedly say the performance of the Surface tablet is close to that of the Core i5 tablet, I think it is clear than the Intel chip is outperforming the ARM chip, so if you prefer performance over battery life a Windows 8 tablet is the clear choice over an ARM tablet. See two more videos below. Boot Up test. Gaming. ...

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Community Award Winning Photo App on Windows Phone now comes to Windows 8 and Windows RT. Fhotoroom brings +90 powerful photo editing, photo styles, light leaks, and frames in one clean, elegant and easy to use UI. The key features of fhotoroom are Native x86, x64 and ARM CPU’s Upto 16MP photos 15 Editing Tools like Crop, Exposure, Saturation, Rotate, Sharpen, Flip, Mirror, Black and White Point 22 Beautiful Styles that give your photo a unique feel and atmosphere. 21 Light Leaks that give your photo a classic camera lens look. 22 Picture Frames and Borders to give your photo that perfect finishing touch. Editing Brush that allows you to draw saturation, brightness, darkness, softness, sharpen, denoise, and red eye removal. 9 Vignettes Supports layouts for both Portrait and Landscape. Unlike the phone, fhotoroom for Win8 brings much more professional level tools to the tablet with support for upto 16MP ...

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Digitimes: Nokia Windows RT tablet delayed due to Surface.   It seems Acer is not the only OEM who is stepping back from Windows RT products after the announcement of the Surface RT tablet. Digitimes reports that multiple OEMs were initially enthusiastic about Windows on ARM, but that interest has cooled after the launch of the Microsoft Surface. According to them Asustek Computer, Dell, Samsung Electronics and Lenovo all plan to ship less than 50,000 units each of such devices, while Acer of course, but also Sony, HP and Toshiba have all decided not to ship any products at all. Even Nokia, who Digitimes claims was set to launch a Windows RT tablet in cooperation from Compal, has postponed the plans because of Surface RT. Fortunately this has not reduced their commitment to Windows 8, with multiple Clover Trail products already shopping in volume. AMD it has also shipped processors ...

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Reseller.co.nz reports that Microsoft is working with ARM to bring Windows support to ARM’s new 64 bit architecture. The news courtesy of Ian Forsyth, program manager at ARM.  He did not however say when this 64 bit OS will show up on ARM’s chips. ARM has just announced its first 64-bit processor designs, Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53, which are based on ARM’s Armv8 architecture. ARM said that it expects servers and mobile devices based on the processors to reach the market in 2014. Nvidia is developing a processor core based on ARM’s 64-bit architecture under the code-name Project Denver. A Qualcomm spokeswoman said the company cannot comment at this time on specific product plans. Windows RT, which runs on ARM, is currently limited to 32 bits, unlike the desktop x86 Windows 8, which has no problem with both 32 and 64 bit chipsets. While it will be some time before these ...

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