Microsoft, Reviews, Windows

Acer Aspire S7 review: the gold standard for ultrabooks

Acer-Aspire-S7-191_Win8WP-1024x850 One of the best new ultrabook models we've seen, the Acer Aspire S7, may be one of the products that could save Microsoft's latest operating system,Windows 8. While Windows 8 received mixed reviews the fact remains that the best way to experience the OS is with a machine that was designed to take advantage of everything the OS has to offer. Designed for Windows 8, the Acer Aspire S7 boasts a touchscreen and is sheathed in a super thin and sleek ...

Microsoft, News, Samsung, Windows

WP8 powered Samsung Ativ S finally makes 2012 release deadline

Samsung Ativ S It appears that Samsung's flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Ativ S is finally set to make its 2012 release deadline. We initially reported that the Ativ S' release had been delayed due to Samsung prioritising Galaxy S III production. That is no longer the case, as retailers in Canada and the UK have listed the Ativ S for release on 14 December at the US$599 mark. The Canadian details came courtesy of an internal document leak from Mobile Syrup, who also ...

Microsoft, Reviews, Sony, Tablets, Windows

Sony Vaio Tap 20 review: fails to live up to the hype

sony-vaio-tap-20 In 2012, Ultrabooks have turned the affordable laptop market on its head, touchscreens have attached themselves to every available panel, and tablet-laptop hybrids have left us questioning whether laptops are really even a thing any more. In a market that previously consisted of about three unique designs, things really have changed. That's where the Sony Vaio Tap 20 comes in. Sony has been growing its own crop of game changers. The Sony Vaio Duo 11 puts its Vaio design ethos into one of the niftiest sliding ...

Microsoft, News, Nokia, Windows

Nokia Engineer highlights Windows 8 game flaws, devs should be worried

Windows Phone App Store Nokia's Principal Engineer for Windows Phone 8, Justin Angel has detailed some disconcerting flaws within Windows Store games. This is especially worrying news for game developers as the hack eliminates their major source of revenue. Angel's blog has step-by-step details on how others could potentially disable in-game purchasing, in-game advertising and in-app purchases. The root problem discovered by Angel lies with the apps being stored in the local HD. From there, users can open the game's code in a text editor and ...

Microsoft, News, Tablets, Windows

Microsoft Surface breaks free of Windows Stores, hits retail outlets December

microsoft surface keyboards Great news for anyone who isn’t located next to a shiny Microsoft Store. Surface is going to hit the retail sector mid-December, says Microsoft. Plus, it’ll be the significantly cheaper Surface RT, which retails for US$499. For those who wanted to walk into a store and grab Surface RT and Pro, it could only be purchased from an official Microsoft store, but this is set to change, says Surface general manager Panos Panay. "The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to ...

Computers, Microsoft, News, Windows

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, revamped for Windows 8

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Lenovo has just announced its ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now optimised for Windows 8. It's also undergone a slight name change, with "Touch" suffixed to the end, immediately indicating its touch-enabled enhancement. Pricing for Lenovo's latest Windows 8 Ultrabook offering is set to start at US$1399. The ThinkPad is specifically for the business sect and self-titled as the world's lightest 14-inch laptop, tipping the scales at 1.5Kg. As expected for a higher end business orientated laptop, the Carbon Touch is relatively ...

HTC, Microsoft, Mobile Phones, News, Windows

Windows Phone 8 Portico update begins OTA roll out to HTC 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X-Colours The rumoured Windows Phone 8 update has begun rolling out to select HTC 8X users according to WP Central. The update which we initially thought to be named Apollo Plus, is now dubbed "Portico", keeping in line with the Windows Phone OS trend of names ending in "O". This update was also believed to be rolling out in early 2013, but it appears 8X users will experience the love before others. The new features seem to extend exclusively to text ...

Games, Microsoft, News, Windows

Windows RT app ‘GBWG’ breaks no records with £52

GBWG a Great Big War Game (GBWG) has been a popular game on iOS and Android. With the release of the Windows 8 OS and its Windows RT mobile system, the GBWG developers saw it fit to release it on this platform as well, and was ecstatic in a different way when they realised that it made... wait for it... £52 in one week. Rubicon Development's Paul Johnson was clearly not impressed, blaming Microsoft on his blog, ranting that "if other developers ...

Applications, Microsoft, News, Windows

Dropbox app coming to Windows 8, competition for SkyDrive?

Dropbox Logo Dropbox will soon be making its way to Windows 8. The announcement made by VP of Engineering, Aditya Agarwal, at Le Web 2012 sees the client app waiting certification before it's released to the Windows 8 app store. The app is said to feature all new touch-centric user interfaces, fully integrating into the Windows 8 experience. The app is also available for all Windows 8 tablet devices, hopefully adding to the apps cross-platform appeal. It should be interesting to see ...

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, ...

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