Mobile Phones, Reviews, Windows

Huawei Ascend W1 review: ready for a cheap Windows Phone 8 thrill?

AscendW1 After more leaks than a wicker canoe, the Huawei Ascend W1 was finally unveiled at CES 2013 as the Chinese firm's first Windows Phone 8smartphone. Aimed at the bottom end of the market, the Ascend W1 doesn't sport the premium polycarbonate unibody of the Nokia Lumia 920 or the sultry design of the HTC 8X, as it looks instead to rub shoulders with the Lumia 520 and various Android handsets such as the Ascend G330, Orange San Diego and ZTE Blade 3. With its rivals in mind you won't be surprised when we tell ...

Microsoft, Xbox

Microsoft creative director: If next Xbox is always-online we must ‘#dealwithit’

Orth This is fairly weird, funny and fantastic at the same time. Adam Orth, the creative director at Microsoft Studios took to Twitter and ranted about the fate of the next “always-online” Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed nothing about the next Xbox, but most of the rumours point towards it being a constantly connected device that will require the internet for authentication. Much like with the upcoming PS4. Here’s Orth’s fascinating twitter exchange: Please excuse the poor screen capture. Orth has to confirm ...

hands on, Reviews, Tablets, Windows

Dell XPS 18 hands-on review: an enormous all-in-one PC

Dell's new XPS 18 has an 18.4-inch 1080p screen. But yes, it's a tablet.- albeit one that can double as an all-in-one PC. It's in the same vein as the pretty average Sony Tap 20 - so can it do better than sony at the 'family tablet' idea? For one thing, the tablet part is a lot lighter than the cumbersome Tap 20 and is absolutely fine for having on your lap - it's around 2.3Kg compared to over 5kg for the Tap. ...

Microsoft, Windows

Flash now works on IE 10 as Microsoft softens software policies

internet-explorer-10-release-preview Microsoft wasn’t behind Flash when Windows 8 launched, and had blocked most flash sites on Internet Explorer (Metro version). Today however, Microsoft has overturned this verdict and will activate Flash for all sites, minus four percent of the sites that were tested and ran Flash on Windows 8 “poorly”. This activation comes in the form of an update for Internet Explorer 10, as highlighted in the official Microsoft blog. Arstechnica reports that all Flash sites were “whitelisted”. In other words, every ...

Mobile Phones, News, Windows

Your next Windows Phone update is hopefully coming Xmas 2013

Windows Phone 8 According to a job posting asking for a Microsoft Phone engineer, the next Windows Phone update is set for a Christmas release. Unless you care for technical jargon, here’s the entry in the Microsoft job posting that drops the fresh details: This is a great time to join as we’re completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer ...

MWC, Nokia, Windows

Nokia Lumia 720 and 520 revealed: from ultra thin to super cheap [MWC]

lumia 720 Mobile World Congress says yes to two new Nokia Lumia’s, the 720 and 520. Read all about these cheap and cheerful Windows Phones below: Lumia 720 Here’s the official skinny on what Nokia is deeming a mid-range device. The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch display, 512MB RAM, a 1Ghz CPU and 8GB storage. It’s a mid-range Windows Phone, at a mid-range price, namely US$340. It has some cool features though that will distinguish it from the rabble. Namely that it’s 9mm thin ...

Geeky Gizmos, Windows

Logitech T650 Wireless Touchpad review: Windows 8 love

Logitech touchpad It's no secret that Windows 8 is an operating system that's geared towards touchscreen devices. This means if you haven't got a touch-enabled computer then you'll miss out on quite a few features and shortcuts of Windows 8. Logitech's T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad is a solution to this, since it enables you to perform Windows 8 gestures no matter what your hardware is. Connecting it up to a PC is perfectly simple, and it comes with a Logitech Unifying USB dongle, which enables you ...

Microsoft, Tablets, Windows

Microsoft Surface Pro: A meta-review

surface pro black keyboard Microsoft Surface Pro reviews have come up on almost all top blogs and news sites. Most of them are about hating this device. Yes, hating it! Only a few of the publications, I suppose, have given us a positive rating for Surface Pro. This is not a review, but a review of the reviews out there, as you read rightly on the title "Meta-Review". Let’s start. The king of Ultrabooks?I looked through dozens of reviews of Surface Pro out there, and ...

Acer, Reviews, Tablets, Windows

Acer Iconia W700 review: high-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

Acer Iconia W700 01_TR-900-75 Windows 8 has seen a host of fresh designs for tablets and laptops, with many manufacturers trying their hardest to build a device that's capable of doing both jobs. That has led to some innovative thinking, such as the screen-spinning Dell XPS 12 and the Microsoft Surface and its detachable keyboard. However, the Acer Iconia W700 has a slightly simpler take on the hybrid design. The Iconia W700 differs from other hybrid tablets by not having a keyboard that attaches to the body of the tablet ...

Microsoft, Reviews

Microsoft Office 2013 review: it’s finally here

Office Logo Microsoft Office has changed. It's not just that Office 2013 gets the Windows 8 treatment, with a touch-friendly interface and a sparser look, as well as new features in every application. Office is also going to the cloud, with subscription pricing, on-demand installation and automatic syncing of settings and documents you save in the cloud – if you want to pay for it that way. As usual, there are multiple versions of Office 2013, but this time around the different editions ...


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