Speaking to The Australian Mark Whittard, managing director of Toshiba Australia accused Microsoft for confusing the PC market with couple of different flavours of Windows. He said that the consumers bought Windows RT devices and discovered that they had to buy a different suite of apps which is because Microsoft’s marketing didn’t educate the consumers enough. He also cited the low Windows 8 device sales due to lots of Windows 7 devices that were already in channel  and high costs associated in producing touch panels. He said consumers also were wary at the price jump going from Windows 7 to Windows 8, a gap that increased further when Windows 7 computers were discounted to clear. “They were going even cheaper than the traditional RRP (recommended retail price), so the gap wasn’t just the $100 or $200 from non-touch to touch, it was $400 and the customer’s going: “Hang on a sec, ...

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Sony yesterday revealed a new series of laptops branded as ‘Fit’. The new ‘Fit’ series devices are inexpensive, mainstream laptops targeting consumers who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at lower price. Vaio Fit 14 $649 model comes with NFC, aluminum body, a touch screen with a display resolution of 1,600×900 pixels. You can get full 1080p display for $699. Also Vaio Fit E14 and E15 comes with 1,366×768 screen at $547 and $579 for the 14- and 15-inch models, respectively. The Vaio Fit 14 and 15, Fit E 14 and 15 will be available from mid-May. via: CNET ...

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In an interview to CNBC along with his friend Warren Buffet, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said that a lot of iPad users are frustrated. When asked about the future of computing with the arrival of tablets replacing PCs, Gates gave a typical Microsoft answer that Windows 8 was designed to work with both tablets and PCs. Here is the excerpt from the interview, It’s going to be harder and harder to distinguish products, whether they are tablets or PCs. With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad type device. A lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents. They don’t have Office there. So we are providing something with the benefits they have seen that have made that a big category without giving up what they expect in a PC. He also said that Microsoft has ...

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The best looking and most intense RPG for Windows 8 is now available in Windows Store. The Harvest is a visually stunning and expanded release of the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi RPG. Play through the story with exclusive content (two new playable characters) and support for synchronous co-op multiplayer. Description: A visually stunning and expanded release of the essential Windows Phone 7 Launch App is now available on Windows 8! The Harvest for Windows 8 features all the fun of the original game and adds exciting new synchronous multiplayer to the already intense action. In this science-fiction-themed action RPG set in a distant future, hostile aliens are out to turn Earth’s organic life into cyborgs. These aliens, known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery. Thanks to the development of human controlled mechanized infantry units, you and the rest of mankind may ...

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Few day back, a new Windows Blue build 9369 got leaked on the web. It revealed some interesting features such as improved web search experience, search suggestions from the web, modern UI file manager, etc,. Now, another hidden feature was revealed which can be enabled by tweaking the registry. The new Search experience powered by Bing reveals new UX which you can see in the video above. If you have Windows Blue Build running, read instructions to enable it manually: http://bit.ly/176iDoC or download .reg files, http://bit.ly/13qwxU0. via: youtube ...

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Google today updated their Search app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This is not a major update, but it has some little new features. Release notes: - Ability to change voice search language from app settings - Ability to view Google Web History when signed in to the app - Bug fixes Download the app here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Yesterday we reported about the newly leaked Windows 8.1 Blue update build 9369. The new build revealed some new features. Under Search tab of Apps settings page, you can now select option to include search suggestions from the web and even you can control the SafeSearch options. For example, you can choose Moderate level to filter adult images and videos but not text from your search results. There is a new trackpad settings which allow you to turn on or off edge gestures and change the scroll direction. New ModernUI file manager which lets you cut/copy/paste, rename, move files. Source: WinBeta ...

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Toshiba today announced their high-end touch screen laptop lineup called KIRAbook. KIRAbooks comes with PixelPure display with the resolution of 2560 x 1440 powered by Intel Core i7 processors. KIRA REVEALS THE LUXURIOUS SIDE OF TOSHIBA Company Introduces 13-inch KIRAbook with PixelPure Ultra-High Resolution Display and Striking Ultraportable Design; Showcases Toshiba’s Commitment to Engineering Innovation and VIP Customer Service IRVINE, Calif.-April 18, 2013-Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced KIRA™, a new premium brand for consumers. The first device to launch under the brand is KIRAbook™, an all-new Ultrabook™ featuring the company’s first ultra-high resolution PixelPure™ display and a striking new lightweight and compact design precision engineered with AZ91 pressed magnesium alloy. KIRAbook embodies the elegant nature of the new brand with a striking industrial design, premium build materials and an exceptional overall experience with a two-year warranty1, plus complimentary Platinum service ...

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According to recent data by NetMarketShare which just started measuring Chromebook usage this month, Chromebook adoption seems very slow even when compared to Windows RT which was criticized for poor sales. For the week of 4/8 – 4/14, ChromeBook has 0.023 percent weighted worldwide usage. Because it rounds to less than 0.1 percent it’s not showing up in our reports. According to ZDNet, as of April 2013 all Chromebooks combined have managed to achieve 7/10 of 1 percent of the usage of Windows 8 PCs worldwide. After nearly two years on the market, Chromebooks have achieved a smaller percentage of usage than Windows RT which was released only few months back on the market. While Windows RT has been widely considered a disappointment, what about Google Chromebooks now? Read more at the source link below. Source: ZDNET ...

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Windows based Tablets, Touch enabled laptops and hybrids are yet to take off in sales. While Microsoft provided their support with Windows 8, hardware manufacturers were not ready. There are only few touch enabled laptops/tablets on the market and with high price tags. At their financial earnings report, Intel executives said that they are expecting Intel Windows tablets to hit the price point between $200 – $300 this holiday season. We have a certain spec for ultrabooks, and that is the product that Stacy said is going to be centered at as low as $599 with some [diverse] SKUs to $499. If you look at touch-enabled Intel based notebooks that are ultrathin and light using non-core processors, those prices are going to be down to as low as $200 probably. Are you ready for the new wave of Windows based touch products? via: Engadget ...

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Yesterday we reported about the new leaked Windows Blue Build 9369. This leaked build does not reveal any significant changes from the already leaked build. But there are some small features which are new in this build. For example, under Search tab of Apps settings page, you can now select option to include search suggestions from the web and even you can control the SafeSearch options. For example, you can choose Moderate level to filter adult images and videos but not text from your search results. via: Neowin ...

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According to various reports that emerged in the past few days on the internet, Microsoft may bring back the Start button in the upcoming Windows update codenamed Blue. Microsoft removed the Start button with Windows 8 forcing users to experience the new immersive Start screen experience. This decision didn’t go well with few consumers and lots of enterprise. So, Microsoft may add Start button to bridge the old UX with the new UX. Also, Microsoft is planning to add boot to desktop option with the upcoming Blue update. It will let users login to Windows straight to desktop instead of the new flashy Start Screen which some enterprise hate to have. Of course, both the above options are optional, by default it will work as it is already in Windows 8 today. Read more about it here. Source: ZDNet ...

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Asus has finally announced that ASUS Taichi 13-inch Dual-screen Ultrabook is now available for sale after the long delays. Press Release: ASUS today announced availability of ASUS Taichi™ 31, a sleek Ultrabook™ with a 13.3-inch dual-screen design that offers the mobile flexibility of a tablet with the performance and features of a notebook. ASUS Taichi™ 31 features a choice of Intel® Core™ processors and joins the 11.6-inch ASUS Taichi™ 21, launched in October 2012. Dual displays for a multitude of uses With two Full HD 13.3-inch screens placed back-to-back, ASUS Taichi™ 31 combines the best features of a Windows 8 tablet and a powerful Ultrabook™ in a single sleek design. With the same stunning black-mirror finish and slender profile as the 11.6-inch ASUS Taichi™ 21, ASUS Taichi™ 31 is as elegant as it is innovative, and packs a host of features that help make light work of any productivity task. ...

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Nokia is working on a Windows tablet and it was reported to have Asus Vivo Tab style keyboard dock/cover. Here is the information we about it. 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 noted 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 ...

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IDC reported its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker shipments yesterday and the report turned out to be a bad news for the PC industry. Worldwide PC shipments was 76.3 million units in the Q1 of 2013 which is down -13.9% compared to the Q1 in 2012. IDC also stated that it is worse than the forecast decline of -7.7% and also the worst decline since IDC begun tracking PC numers. Despite some mild improvement in the economic environment and some new PC models offering Windows 8, PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago. Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending. PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows ...

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The widely popular Windows XP has been around nearly 12 years. But technology has evolved leaps and bounds. And we need to stay updated with the latest technology to ensure security, compliance and manageability of softwares. Today will mark the Day1 of one year countdown(8-Apr’13 to 8-Apr’14) after which Microsoft will not entertain any support for the most popular Windows XP OS which has been supported for 12 years (next April). So, Microsoft kindly urged the users of Windows XP to start moving to a more modern OS like Windows 7/8 which are inherently reliable, secure, speed, hardened, flexible. What this actually means is “Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014” wrote Microsoft in a blog post, “On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or ...

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