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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Acer has been a major critic of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and have now  withdrawn their support from Windows RT by delaying their RT products indefinitely, Reuters reports. "Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn’t stop, but we are much more cautious," Acer President Jim Wong told Reuters on Tuesday. "Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don’t think it will be earlier than Q2," Wong said. He complained that Microsoft was undercutting its Windows OESMS, noting that Lenovo and Asustek had unveiled plans for Windows RT tablets starting at $599 before Microsoft surprised the market with its $499 home-built Surface. "I don’t know what’s next, what Microsoft will do," Wong said. "We are watching how Surface is doing … How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, ...

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Lenovo IdeaTab  Lynx Lenovo IdeaTab  Twist We may be rapidly seeing the death of the traditional laptop, as more and more hybrid devices with touch screens and innovative hinges are announced. The latest to join the fray are two new hybrids by Lenovo, the Ideatab Lynx and the ideatab Twist. The Lenovo Lynx is a tablet PC with an optional detachable keyboard dock and a 1.8GHz Intel Atom dual core processor (Z2760), 2GB DDR2 RAM, 32/64GB eMMC storage, a 11.6" IPS HD display, 5-point capacitive touch and 8 hours of battery life without the dock and 16 with the dock. The Lynx also comes with a range of sensors; a G-sensor, proximity sensor, compass, gyro and ambient light sensor. The device will start at $599 for the base configuration. The Lenovo Twist features a Intel i7 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, Intel Integrated Graphics, 320/500 GB – 7200 ...

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You can in fact type with the Microsoft Surface on your lap, just like a laptop. TechRadar seems to have had unprecedented access to the Microsoft Surface and have posted a 3 page review of the two devices. They note the design is impressive and practical, and reveal that the whole bezel is touch aware. They also reveal the kick-stand is held in place with magnets and has two rubber feet and that the screen switches off when the touch cover is closed, much like the iPad smart cover. They also said the device is well balanced, and could easily be balanced on the lap for typing like a proper notebook. They found the Windows RT running on the Surface RT to be smooth and fast and worked as well as Windows 8 running on the x86 processor. They conclude: It’s a surprise that Microsoft created its own tablet, but ...

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Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has denied HTC’s request to build a Windows RT tablet. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg claims the request was refused due to “concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. HTC engineers wanted to build a Windows device with a customized home screen that would be distinctive to its devices, as manufacturers are allowed to do with Android. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft refused, said the people, and HTC was left off the list of companies the software maker provided with early versions of the software. Microsoft is tightly controlling the number of ARM- based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality. Microsoft declined to comment on the rumour, but HTC did, saying: HTC has sold more than 40 million Windows Phones over the last ten years and we are committed to future versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone ...

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