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HTC and Microsoft team up for HTC One (M8) for Windows

HTC One M8 For WindowsHTC has announced their new smartphone, a device that is directly connected to Windows 8, including their patented tile format.

The design of the phone itself is more or less identical to the usual One device, with a wrap around, thin frame. It is much more sleek than the usual Windows phone, which tends to be more blunt and thick.

It will also have Android, showing the first ever multi-browser smartphone to come out of the Microsoft line.

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Computex 2013: Acer shows off Iconia W3 tablet and Liquid S1 smartphone

Acer Iconia W3 TabletComputex 2013 kicked off the morning with some of the biggest brands in personal technology present. Among them was Acer, who brought along their new ultrabook tablet…with a less than stellar response.

Their new 8.1″ Windows 8 tablet is called Iconia W3. Dubbed as “one-handed” tablet by the makers, it is basically a really small laptop. It connects to a small keyboard that can be used with one hand if the owner chooses to do so.

It may seem like a simplistic explanation, but it is accurate. The entire tablet was designed with the same Atom Z2760 processor of other Acer products, but only 2GB of RAM and either a 32GB or 64 GB storage option. It has a 1280×800 resolution on its miniature screen, and a decent integrated Intel Media Accelerator 3650 graphics card. The screen was made to show off the new Windows 8 with its updated interface and new, tablet friendly features.

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Nokia, Microsoft to release new Windows 8 tablets in 2013

  • 04/02/2013 at 23:41 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Microsoft-Surface-TabletThere are good news for tech enthusiasts: it appears that Nokia will finally get on board and release at least one Windows 8 tablet this year. And they are not alone, because Microsoft is also planning to release new Surface versions in 2013.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, spoke to the Australian Financial Review and said that Nokia haven’t announced any tablet yet, but this is something they are looking to very closely.

It appears that Nokia is waiting to see whether or not Surface tablets can make a difference and than decide if they’ll come up with their own tablet(s). Stephen Elop added: “We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.”

Stephen Elop words show one thing, Nokia has already developed or tested a tablet, but it doesn’t want to rush and release one just like other companies did. It’s a fair choice since hardware components lose their value every month and software updates come also very often.

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Let’s discover some of the key features of Windows 8

  • 22/10/2012 at 20:46 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Platforms

Windows 8Windows 8 is due out in less than a week, but is everyone ready for the new features that it’s going to offer? There are a lot of new features that really make the operating system stand out visually from Windows 7, but do the changes really do anything new? Let’s take a look at the key features that Windows 8 has to offer in a short, but hopefully informative overview.

Getting the Software

Microsoft is taking a page out of Apple’s upgrade book and is encouraging users who purchased a Windows operating system within the last 6 months to pay about $15 to get Windows 8 legally. The other portion of the population who have a Windows 7 or Vista machine can pay $40 for Windows 8 and get the downloadable installer instantly. These price points are eerily similar with those offered by Apple for OS X.

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Windows Azure Mobile Services Launches, will power future Windows 8 and Mobile Apps

Windows Azure MobileWindows 8 is a new take on an Operating System by Microsoft and as it ties all of it’s devices together though the cloud there clearly has to be a backend for it all to tie together. Today we’re getting a sneak peak at what developers are going to be able to use for it with the announcement that Windows Azure Mobile Services Preview has been launched. Any developer looking to create software that will work across all mobile devices including future Windows 8 full installs may just want to look at this as their backend solution to future application development.

What exactly is Windows Azure Mobile Services?

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Verizon is offering Nokia Windows 8 Phones this Year

Nokia Lumia 900 BlackVerizon hasn’t been offering Microsoft mobile devices for quite sometime now. In fact, if you were looking for a Microsoft mobile device after May of 2011 you would pretty much have been out of luck as they pulled all Microsoft brands from their inventory at that time. While Windows Mobile has been offered through Verizon’s top competitor, AT&T, there has been a noticeable absence of Microsoft devices available or even usable on Verizon’s network. Finally though the two companies seem to have worked out a new agreement that will allow them to move forward with a new device – Nokia’s flagship Lumia line.

There is a huge Lumia product announcement set for September 5th to discuss Nokia’s Lumia brand and the future of Windows 8 phones and I’m sure there will be at least a brief mention of this at that point. I’m sure the timing on this is no coincidence that it is being announced before the next iteration of the iPhone and will hopefully get the notice that it deserves if all of the specs and early previews on the device prove to be true.

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Microsoft to rebrand their new Metro Interface

  • 03/08/2012 at 21:03 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Platforms

Windows 8 MetroIt looks like Facebook isn’t the only company that is having a rough week. While not an issue with financials or losing talent Microsoft has had to make a couple changes to avoid legal problems. Microsoft has been touting their new tiled interface to their operating system’s interface known as Metro all year.

Metro is the future that Microsoft has been gambling on for changing the playing field. It is set to tie all of their devices together: mobile, tablets, gaming, PC’s, Office, etc. Today though Microsoft has announced that Metro is no more! No more in name at least, it looks as if one of Microsoft’s partners were not happy with the name that’s been being used for the past year and it’s time for them to change that or deal with legal ramifications.

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