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 ...

HTC, Microsoft, Tablets, Windows

HTC rumoured Windows RT tablets in the works for 2013

Windows Phone 8X HTC-1 Bloomberg is reporting that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is in the process of developing its own Windows RT styled tablets. This news follows rumours that Nokia is also in the process of designing its own range of Windows RT powered tablets. According to the report, HTC will release a 7-inch and 12-inch tablet as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, looks to flood the market with Windows integrated devices to challenge the tablet lineups of Apple, Google and Amazon. This rumour has gained some traction ...

News, Nokia, Tablets, Windows

Nokia rumoured to release Windows RT styled tablet at WMC 2013

Nokia Lumia 'Coffee Tab' Concept It appears rumours surrounding a Nokia branded 10-inch tablet running Windows RT have re(surface)d. Rumours had initially started doing the rounds back in May 2012. The Finnish manufacturer has teamed up with Qualcomm and Compal Electronics, resulting in a 10-inch Windows RT tablet according to Digi Times, who cite Taiwanese supply chain sources. This tablet is said to be making its official debut at the World Mobile Congress, held 25-28 February 2013 in Spain. Nokia had some initial reservations in releasing a ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Windows Store now accepting PEGI 18-rated games

Windows 8 Store In a wise rethink, Microsoft has decided to begin accepting PEGI 18-rating gaming titles for the Windows Store. This is great news for European Windows 8 users and developers alike, as it opens up the market for gaming titles which integrate the touch-centric OS features. We first reported on this rather inept oversight from Microsoft in October. The gist of the issue lay in the lack of clarity between the different regional rating systems. The US adopts a ESRB system, whereas ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets, Windows

Dell ditches Android smartphones in favour of Windows 8 tablets

Dell XPS 12-2 Computer giant Dell has decided to forgo its smartphone aspirations and instead shift its focus to the tablet market. While speaking at the Dell World conference in Texas, VP of Global Operations, Jeff Clarke, stated that the manufacturer will no longer be involved in smartphone production. Dell had a small range of smartphones running Google's Android OS, which included the Venue and Aero, but the company will now focus on its tablet lineup, powered by Windows 8. The shift is ...

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