HTC, Microsoft, Mobile Phones, News, Windows

HTC 8S’ always-on Wi-Fi points to new feature in Apollo Plus update

HTC Windows Phone 8S-1 HTC's second Windows Phone 8 specific device, the 8S, currently runs an always-on Wi-Fi connection, non-existent in other WP8 smartphones. This always-on Wi-Fi feature essentially means users Wi-Fi connection will remain active even in lock screen mode. Windows Phone Program Manager Joe Belfiore, who we're all familiar with from the WP8 event 29 October, said an always-on Wi-Fi setting would be a part of the first update for Windows Phone 8. We initially reported that the first update, dubbed Apollo Plus, ...

Microsoft, Notebooks, Reviews, Windows

Asus Taichi review: two screens are better than one

assnn5433 Anything one screen can do, two screens can do better. Such is the thinking behind Asus's latest premium notebook-tablet hybrid, the Asus Taichi. The second screen fitted to the lid of the 1.25kg (2.76lbs) chassis enables you to turn this ultra-portable laptop into a tablet and take full advantage of the touch-optimised Windows 8 operating system. As with previous Asus products such as the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31Aor the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, the Asus Taichi is a gorgeously designed with a tapered wedge that measures ...

Lumia, Microsoft, Nokia, Reviews, Windows

Nokia Lumia 620 review: a new baby in the family

Nokia Lumia 620-6 The Nokia Lumia 620 is the newest and smallest member of the Finnish firm's Windows Phone 8 line up, sporting a colourful curved chassis and relatively attractive price tag. Expected to land early next year, the UK price has yet to be announced but we do know the Lumia 620 will cost €190 on the continent, meaning we could be looking at around £155 SIM-free – or free on contracts starting at around £15 per month. At that price the Nokia Lumia 620 would ...

Applications, Microsoft, News, Windows, Xbox

Xbox LIVE launches new apps in US, UK and Europe

fall_2011_xbox_dashboard Yesterday, Xbox LIVE Director of Programming Larry Hryb, announced via his pseudo blog Major Nelson that the company had launched new entertainment apps in the US, UK and parts of Europe. This latest batch comes part of Microsoft's concerted effort to make Xbox the go-to device for users in terms of media streaming and viewing. Full details on Major Nelson's blog post reveal the US will receive Rhapsody and Blip.TV. Rhapsody is a music database app that allows users to ...

Microsoft, Mobile Phones, News, Nokia, Windows

Meet the Lumia 620: Nokia’s $249 WP8 powered smartphone

Nokia Lumia 620-Colour Range Nokia unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 offering at Le Web in Paris earlier today. The Finnish manufacturer says this newest addition to its smartphone lineup is designed to appeal to younger consumers. Key aspects in the 620's design has seen Nokia "softening the roundness and radius of the product" in an attempt to create a more tactile and organic feel, according to the company's Executive Vice President of Design, Marko Ahtisaari. Specs for the Lumia 620 include a 3.8-inch WVGA display ...

Lumia, Microsoft, News, Nokia, Windows

Lumia 920T now finally available for sale in China

lumia920T After some rumours and speculation earlier in the year, Nokia announced that the new Lumia 920T will be available in China before the end of the year. Spec wise, users can expect the same as its predecessor, with a 4.5-inch 1280x768-pixel PureMotion HD+ display, optical image-stabilising 8.7-megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus camera, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB RAM. Where it will differ however is network support for TD-SCDMA, China Mobile’s unique 3G standard, as well as TD-LTE, the protocol that ...

Computers, HP, Microsoft, News, Windows

HP Elitebook Revolve is a Windows 8 laptop with a twist

HP Elitebook Revolve-1 HP has pulled the covers off its latest Windows 8 laptop offering, the Elitebook Revolve. This new Elitebook features a 180-degree rotating touch display to convert it from laptop to tablet. It's described by HP as a product specifically designed for the business orientated user. This is not the first time we've seen such an offering from HP, with the Elitebook series of laptops having been around since 2008. The Revolve does however pack a host of new internal components. It's ...

Applications, Microsoft, News, Windows

Windows Phone Store sits at 120k apps as WP8 deemed ‘success’

Windows Phone App Store Windows Phone Store has seen steady growth in the amount of published apps available for WP users. Windows Phone Senior Platform Designer, credited this to the release of Windows 8 in November this year. He went on to tweet that the Store has experienced over 100% increase in both developer revenue and app download rate. If you build it, they will come. 100%+ increase in WP developer revenue & app downloads since WP8 launch in Nov. #wpdev, #windowsPhone — Todd Brix (@toddbrix) ...

Computers, Microsoft, News, Windows

Edge AIO is a 100% American-made Windows 8 all-in-one PC

Edge AIO Wave that flag proudly, USA. Although Windows 8 has been touted as a touch-centric OS best experienced on a tablet, Velocity Micro believes that its Edge All-in-one desktop PC is the perfect companion for Microsoft's new OS. Velocity Micro proudly flaunts the Edge's fully configurable features as well as being 100% American-made. Each and every Edge AIO is designed and assembled in the US. Let's see what the Edge AIO is packing. It features a 23.6-inch 1080p backlit LED display, consumers will ...

Microsoft, Windows

Windows 8: an awkward transition

Win 8 lead proper Windows 8 is fantastic, in my opinion. The Metro interface is by far the best change I’ve seen in an operating system. It feels current and really bridges the gap between desktop and mobile computing. What it’s really missing are the Metro versions of proprietary software packages. In my last article I noted how amazing using the Metro interface was and what a big change it is from desktop view. I even thought that it was better to just forget everything ...

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