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Microsoft promises more, gives less: 64GB Surface will only have 23GB storage

The new 64GB Microsoft Surface Pro will have only 23GB of free storage. Yes that is confusing, but it's true. According to The Verge, a company spokesman has confirmed that more than half of the Surface Pro's storage is taken up by the Windows 8 install program, built-in apps, and a recovery partition. The time of exponential gigabyte capacity in hard-drives has been dying. No more do we see 500GB+ HDDs in devices (apart from external HDDs and gaming PCs), as ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Cheaper Surface Pro and RT tablets? Microsoft to offer a “variety of price points”

surface pro black keyboard This was inevitable. With the price of Surface RT costing US$720 (with the Touch or Type keyboard) and the Surface Pro costing an astonishing US$1 000, Microsoft had to eventually create cheaper models that more in line with what actual human beings can afford. And so, it will. Microsoft’s chief financial bigwig Peter Klein said “We’re working closely with chip partners and OEMs to bring the right mix of devices,” (translation: we’re desperately searching for the cheapest hardware to sling Windows ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Microsoft Surface Pro ready to roll out 9 February

Software giant Microsoft has announced the release of the Intel-powered Surface Windows 8 Pro for 9 February, starting at US$899 for the 64-bit version. The beefier version of the Surface RT, launched in October 2012, will be capable of running older Windows apps and will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. The Surface Pro will also be available in 128GB form, and both models will include a gaggle of accessories, with a Block technology Surface pen and the ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets

Asus looks to Windows Phone OS for the next-gen Padfone

Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. is apparently in talks with Microsoft could become the latest Asian manufacturer build a Windows Phone device. At this point it looks like the Padfone is the most likely device to get the Microsoft treatment. according to a Wall Street Journal report, vice president of mobile communication products at Asus Benson Lin said that Asus is "interested in making Windows Phones." While we can not really consider that as a definite, the latest interest ...

Reviews, Samsung, Tablets, Windows

Samsung Ativ Tab hands on review: building the perfect tablet

Samsung_Ativ_Tab_review_08-900-75 Samsung launched a raft of new tablets at IFA 2012, with the Ativ Tab being the most tablet-esque. Shorn of the keyboard of its Ativ Smart PC brethren, the Ativ Tab is a pure tablet running Windows RT – and it's certainly got the design credentials you'd look for in something like this. The 10.1-inch HD screen is impressive, and certainly adds a level of crispness to proceedings that others might not manage, which really helps when looking at the IE browser ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets, Windows

Windows RT rightfully jailbroken

Windows RT was jailbroken earlier this week and now unsigned (read: mostly illegal) ARM applications can run on the maligned OS. Microsoft then hilariously released a press statement saying how the hack is a non-issue, and actually congratulated the hacker on a job well done. "We applaud the ingenuity of the folks who worked this out and the hard work they did to document it. We’ll not guarantee these approaches will be there in future releases.” Now that’s losing in ...

Games, Innovation, Microsoft, News

Kinect-enabled IllumiRoom brings us one step closer to Star Trek-style holodecks

Your Xbox is cool again. And it’s thanks to Microsoft's latest innovation, the IllumiRoom. Watch the video and we’ll play catchup after that. Microsoft's research team say that IllumiRoom "can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.” We saw the video, we know of it’s unique ability to create virtual world. With Kinect for Windows and a projector, the room is scanned, size is determined and the game ...

Microsoft, Reviews, Tablets, Windows

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro hands on review

surface 01 a Microsoft isn't ready to talk about the exact launch date for the Surface Windows 8 Pro, as the Windows 8 version of Surface is going to be called, but we have had a chance to use the Surface Pro and to try out the new pen. Microsoft also wouldn't let us take any images of the new device during our preview here at CES 2013 and it isn't giving any additional details about price, battery life or the internal components beyond what we ...

Android, nexus, Tablets, Windows

The top 4 alternatives to the iPad

An iPad is great, but it shouldn't be the only tablet you’re looking at buying. 2012 has seen a few worthy competitors enter the tablet market, some are great value for money and others look just as sexy as the iPad. There is a huge market for low-cost Android tablets, they’re cheap, get the job done and can be easily shipped to any destination in the world. On the other hand, there are high-end tablets that are just outstanding. Tablets ...

Microsoft, Reviews, Tablets, Windows

Microsoft Surface review: prepare for disappointment

surface 01 a Two things instantly irk me with Microsoft's Surface, Windows RT version, the exceedingly sexy tablet/laptop/whatever. Firstly, the viewing angle when used as a laptop is shite. It’s angled too steeply, and my eyesight suffered accordingly. Secondly, the Touch keyboard is a waste, and I instantly swapped to the traditional Type keyboard for some reprieve. I’ve written the full review directly on the Surface, so excuse me if my bitterness overflows more than usual. Despite an initial negative reaction, Surface has some ...

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