Asus tablet variants in filing will run Windows, Android, or both
A tablet from Asus capable of running two operating systems has appeared in an FCC filing. The tablet, going under the model names M82T, L82T, and R82T, is able to run on both Android KitKat and Windows 8, though a further six variants are listed as Windows-specific and Android-specific models, suggesting there will be a total of nine available using the same base hardware.
Free upgrade spurs quick adoption
Mavericks is already the predominant version of OS X in use by the public, according to November tracking data from Net Applications. During that month, Mavericks' share rose from 0.84 percent to 2.42 percent of the Mac's total global share of 7.55 percent. Mountain Lion's share, meanwhile, plummeted from 3.31 percent to 1.85, while Lion dipped from 1.56 percent to 1.34. Leopard and Snow Leopard, already marginal platforms, dropped only slightly, slipping from 0.33 and 1.6 percent to 0.32 and 1.53 percent, respectively.
Microsoft continues rapid update strategy with Windows 'Threshold'
Microsoft's follow-up to Windows 8.1 will is said to be codenamed "Threshold." This according to ZDNet, which cites sources within the company as saying that the next major Windows update will come in the year 2015. The "Threshold" update is said to cover not only Windows and Windows Phone devices, but also Microsoft's recently released Xox One console.
Tiers start at free 15GB level
Cloud file storage service MediaFire has launched a beta of Desktop, a new sync app and service for Windows and OS X. Much like Dropbox or Google Drive, MediaFire Desktop lets users automatically sync local files. Files can also quickly be shared through integrated OS options, which include URL generators and a screen capture tool.
Mac client going without web payment tech for now
Google has released Chrome 31, an update of its web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Chrome OS. The primary addition is better payment support, in the form of allowing site access to Chrome's auto-complete data (with user permission). This lets people save payment information in the browser for quicker access. Google says, however, that Mac compatibility will only be included "in a future release."
Version 11 brings 120 features, migration to OS X Cocoa frameworks
Cross-platform small business client and project management tool Studiometry has received what developer Oranged Software calls "probably our biggest change to the app since its initial release." Version 11 of the Windows, iOS, and OS X application ships today with a brand new user interface, adding over 120 features and improvements and finally transitioning to Cocoa on Mac.
Lumia tablet packs Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB expandable storage
Nokia has launched its rumored "Sirius" tablet during its Nokia World event. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a Windows RT slate that packs a 10.1-inch 1080p AH-IPS display, which is claimed to be bright enough to read outdoors and is protected by Gorilla Glass 2, as well as retaining most of the design language of the Lumia range despite the increase in size.
Gartner sees PCs continuing to drop year-over-year
New figures from computer industry observer Gartner predict that the burgeoning tablet market will continue to expand over the next few years and will almost equal the traditional PC market by 2014. Tablet shipments grew 53.4 percent in 2013, according to Gartner, while the PC market shrank by 4.5 percent. Gartner also sees Google's Android operating system's dominance over the new computing landscape continuing to expand, even as Apple catches up with longtime rival Windows.
Supports Windows 8 multi-touch gestures
Microsoft has released a promised iOS version of its Remote Desktop app. The title lets people connect to a remote Windows PC, and gain access to both its data and apps through a secure connection. Microsoft is promising support for the multi-touch gestures in Windows 8, and high-quality audio and video through optimized compression and bandwidth. For presentations, the app can help push content to external monitors or projectors.
Free, paid downloads of Microsoft operating system upgrade commence
Windows 8.1, Microsoft's upgrade for Windows 8, is now available to download and buy. The update, which reintroduces the Start Button to the desktop among other changes, can be downloaded from Microsoft directly or bought as an installable DVD, with current Windows 8 users able to download it via the Windows Store at no charge.
17-inch Alienware Haswell notebook, only $1,449 and more
At Dell.com this week, save $50 on the Alienware 17-inch aluminum notebook computer which carries a list price of $1,499, but is cut to $1,449 when coupon code "2M66J?BPVPP$F3" is used at checkout. That's about $150 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This computer features a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB video card. It also comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Dell.
Second update for Air in less than a month
Apple has issued a new EFI firmware update for the MacBook Air, v2.7. The patch is aimed explicitly at 2013-model Airs, and copes with a bug that caused black screens to appear when trying to install Windows 7 or 8 using Boot Camp Assistant. The problem was triggered if both an external optical drive and a USB stick were connected at the same time. Simultaneously, Apple has tweaked the firmware to ensure a Mac will boot into OS X by default after Windows 8 is installed.
Updated client adds mobile OS to Windows, RT, OS X roster
Microsoft will be releasing a new version of its Remote Desktop software to Android and iOS in the future, as part of a raft of enterprise cloud computing launches. The app, which allows users to control a PC or virtual desktop remotely, will appear on the mobile operating systems at the same time as updated versions of the software ship for Windows, Windows RT, and OS X.
Windows 8, Surface RT struggles mean pay cut for Ballmer
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will only earn 79 percent of his potential incentive award for fiscal 2013 due to the poor performance of the Windows Division and the company's underperforming Surface RT device. Earlier this week, the software giant released its fiscal 2013 proxy statement, revealing Ballmer's docked pay. Last year, the Microsoft head received 91 percent of his eligible incentive award.
Downloads, DVDs of Windows upgrade shipping on October 17th
Microsoft has started accepting pre-orders for its next operating system, Windows 8.1. The DVD and downloadable versions of the install disc, costing $120 for Windows 8.1 and $200 for Windows 8.1 Pro, will serve for both full installs and upgrades from earlier versions, with the discs themselves set to ship on the October 17th release date.
New software under Gemeni codename
Microsoft is reportedly working on a new series of Office utilities for Windows 8 and the Windows Phone mobile platform. Office division VP Kirk Koenigsbauer reportedly demonstrated one of the new apps, Office Reader for Windows 8, at an internal meeting yesterday, unnamed sources have told The Verge. The software is said to serve as a universal reader with support for Office documents, PDFs, e-books, textbooks and web pages.
MKV gets better subtitle support, faster seek
VideoLAN has released a major update of VLC, its open-source, multi-platform media playback software. Version 2.1 -- codenamed Rincewind -- is the first to support 4K "Ultra HD" video, and has been given quicker video decoding and a rewritten audio system, the latter with improvements like higher fidelity, new effects, and better volume and device management. OpenGL output has been ported to OpenGL ES, which should make it easier to port to iOS and Android, and MKV playback has received faster seek performance and enhanced subtitle metadata support.
Update fixes Boot Camp-related Windows install issues
Hours after the announcement of the Haswell-powered iMacs, Apple has released an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) update for the new models. The update brings the firmware on the new models to version 2.1, and "addresses an issue which may cause a black screen to appear when installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using Boot Camp Assistant if both an external optical drive and USB thumb drive are connected to the system." Additionally, the update guarantees that the system boots by default into OS X after a Windows 8 install.
Microsoft executive VP hints at Windows RT on more ARM devices
Microsoft may still be working on a way for Windows RT to still be useful, following its relative lack of success with the platform in the Surface RT. Executive vice president Terry Myerson, head of the operating system at Microsoft, hinted that Windows RT may find a useful place in phablets at some point in the future.
iCloud bookmark sync for Chrome still not available for OS X
Amidst the high-profile iOS 7 launch, Apple has also made available a pair of plug-ins for Windows users to enable bookmark syncing. Available today in conjunction with the iCloud Control Panel for Windows 3.0 upgrade are plug-ins for alternative browsers Chrome and Firefox on Windows. Notably, Apple has not added the functionality to Chrome on OS X.
Windows Media Center still a paid-for upgrade in Windows 8.1
Microsoft has revealed its pricing strategy for Windows 8.1 sales, when it is released on October 18th. While users of Windows 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 at no charge, Microsoft will not be providing a heavily-discounted Windows 8.1 Pro discount similar to the one it had at Windows 8's launch.
Android app gains WebRTC, NFC sharing
Mozilla has released Firefox 24, an update of its web browser for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Android. The desktop apps have gained a "Close Tabs to the Right" option, found within the contextual menu when right-clicking on a tab. The Mac app uses a new scrollbar style, and people using Firefox's social features can tear off chat windows.
Nokia tablet to weigh 1.3 pounds, measure 0.35 inches thick
More details for Nokia's rumored 10.1-inch "Sirius" tablet have surfaced, including a much clearer image of the supposed device, as well as its clean design lines. The full-size Windows RT slate, still yet to be confirmed by Nokia itself, has already reportedly been shown in leaks, and is said to be heading for launch on September 26th in an event in New York.
Report details latest restructuring
Microsoft is reportedly moving quickly to enact its latest restructuring effort, following CEO Steve Ballmer's announcement of eventual retirement. A All Things D report suggests the company is planning to bring its PC, phone and Xbox divisions closer together within the Windows unit, which will be led by Terry Myerson.
Will support Mavericks, Windows 8.1
Following up on an earlier announcement, Parallels has revealed more details of Desktop 9 for the Mac. The virtualization software will ship September 5th, and support not only OS X Mavericks but Windows 8.1. Parallels is promising substantial performance boosts, including a 40 percent jump in disk performance, and a 25 percent increase in virtual machine startup and shutdown speeds. VM suspension times should be 20 percent shorter; web browsing and 3D graphics, meanwhile, should each run 15 percent faster.
Tablet pricing expected to match iPad
A fresh leak surrounding Nokia's rumored Windows RT tablet has surfaced, detailing launch plans and likely pricing. Unnamed sources have told The Verge the 10.1-inch tablet is being developed under the monicker "Sirius" and is scheduled to be revealed at a launch event in New York on September 26. The company is allegedly planning to mimic Apple's iPad pricing as the device first arrives on the market.
Effort allows users to generate Bing Rewards points for Surface RT devices
Microsoft today has launched its Bing for Schools program. The modified version of the Microsoft Search Engine eliminates adult content, filters ads, and provides "enhanced privacy protection" to users. The service will be available to students and teachers connected to the school network. Additionally, with the program comes the ability for multiple users to band together and earn credits towards getting a school a free Surface RT tablet over time.
GeekBench 3 benchmarking utility brings 15 new benchmark tests
GeekBench 3 has been released for all major platforms including Windows, OS X, and Linux on the desktop. A mobile version of the widely used benchmarking utility has also been released for Android and iOS. The new version is the first major revision to the app since version 2 was released six years ago. According to Primate Labs, the new suite of tests includes 15 new benchmark tests that have been designed to real-world processor intensive tasks.
Global roll-out of free Windows 8 update just before launch anniversary
Microsoft has revealed the date for when it will release its free major operating system update for Windows 8. Confirming earlier rumors, Microsoft will start offering downloads of Windows 8.1 from October 18th at 12am in New Zealand, or 4am on October 17th in Redmond, with the update globally available to download through the Windows Store.
New revision of maligned OS restores start menu, boots to desktop
A very near final build of Windows 8.1 is undergoing internal testing has leaked online, suggesting that Microsoft may be ready to release the new version of the operating system soon. According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft will "Release to Manufacturing" either this update or the next, with the release in October. The intervening time will be used to complete testing, make a launch day patch, and refine device drivers.
Share function allows quick sharing of any link
Mozilla has released Firefox 23, an update of its web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The desktop apps have gained several important features, most notably a Share button, which ties into Mozilla's new Social API. The button lets people share virtually any content on the web without having to use buttons built into a website.
Acer Iconia Tablet cut to $300
This week, OfficeDepot.com has the Acer Iconia 8.1-inch Windows 8 Tablet for the reduced price of $300, a savings of $80 off the original price. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this tablet by about $60. Free delivery is available, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. The Acer Iconia Tablet features a 1.5GHz Intel Atom processor, 32GB of Solid State storage, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator and a variety of connectivity options including micro-USB and microHDMI. A one-year limited warranty is included from Acer.
Miracast to be included as part of Windows 8.1 update
Microsoft will be shipping the final version of Windows 8.1 to computer producers in late August, claims Windows CFO Tami Reller. The version heading to OEM partners comes after the software giant made its free Windows 8.1 Preview available to download and test, and in theory will allow for computers running Windows 8.1 to go on sale before the holiday season.
Android app already available, iOS and Windows to 'follow suit'
Cloud storage service Mega is in the "final stages" of developing native apps for iOS and Windows, according to an official blog post. The company yesterday released an Android app which supports uploading, downloading, and sharing files, folder management, and Dropbox-style automatic camera sync. Mega hasn't said what features the iOS and Windows apps will have, but the iOS title will likely have to limit some features to satisfy Apple rules.
Limited to Office 365 subscribers
Microsoft has released native SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS. The apps let users upload and share files to SkyDrive cloud storage, and open compatible photos, videos, and work documents. Unlike the regular SkyDrive apps, however, the Pro ones are limited to SharePoint Online users with Office 365 subscriptions.
Update returns Start Button, Start Screen gains updates, new apps
Microsoft has released the preview edition of its free Windows 8.1 update, making it available to download. The prerelease version of the codenamed Windows Blue software introduces an improved search system, a revised Windows Store, and updated core apps, as well as the previously hinted-at interface tweaks, and the return of the Start button.
WebRTC toggled on by default
Haswell i5 drives convertible Ativ Q, Tab 3 comes loaded with Office 2013
At its recently-concluded product release event, Samsung unveiled a pair of portable devices -- the dual-booting convertible Ativ Q, and the Ativ Tab 3. The Ativ Q is a 13.3-inch device with a 3200x1800 screen, capable of booting into Windows 8 or Android 4.2.2. The Ativ Tab 3 is also a full Windows 8 device in a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 resolution form factor. Notably, the Ativ Tab 3 device comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office 2013.
Most native apps updated
Microsoft-owned Skype today announced that its Video Messaging feature has left the preview stage and should now be available in most of its native client apps. Desktop support includes OS X and Windows/Windows 8. Compatible mobile platforms, meanwhile, include iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry.
Calculator, Sound Recorder return to Windows 8 in update
Details have emerged over possible updates for built-in apps in the free Windows 8.1 update. A reworked interface for Xbox Music, a redesigned Windows Store, and the reintroduction of apps seen in previous incarnations of the desktop operating system are shown in images, ahead of the update's preview release later this month.
Windows Store to show tablets, Windows Phone, Xbox consoles
Microsoft will be opening up Windows Stores inside electronics retailer Best Buy. The new announcement sees Microsoft placing a store-within-a-store version of its retail chain inside 500 Best Buy locations in the United States and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada, with the roll-out set to be finished by September.
No new features spotted
Apple has released a minor update of iTunes, v11.0.4. The patch copes with two glitches in the software, including one that would cause iTunes to crash when switching between USB and Wi-Fi sync. The other forced people to repeatedly enter their Apple ID at the iTunes Store, even after having logged in just recently.
Sub ten-inch Windows 8 tablets to gain Office Home and Student 2013
Microsoft has confirmed it will be releasing a version of Outlook for Windows RT tablets later this year, during its Computex Keynote address. At the same time, Microsoft advised that the new wave of tablets with screens measuring under 10 inches will be shipping with Office Home and Student 2013 preinstalled.
Docks for Transformer tablets add extra battery capacity, ports
Asus has shown off two new additions to its Transformer range of convertible devices, The Transformer Book Trio is billed as a "three in one" device that converts between an Android tablet, a Windows 8 notebook, and a Windows 8 desktop PC, while the Transformer Pad Infinity is an upgraded version of something the company has demonstrated previously.
Revised Start menu, greater focus on personalization
Microsoft has revealed more details about its free Windows 8.1 update that it will release later this year. The company has confirmed yesterday's rumors about the return of the Start Button, as well as revealing more about the incremental changes that will form part of the free software pack, previously known by the codename Windows Blue.
Start button to use angular design of Windows 8 logo
Details have emerged for how the Start button will work in the Windows 8.1 update, after complaints from users about its disappearance. The free Windows Blue add-on will include a Start button on the taskbar, just as it did in previous iterations of the operating system, but it will not apparently load a pop-up list of programs and folders like it did before.
Main, Gmail searches pull results from other Google apps
Google has released a beta version of Chrome 28 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The most significant change is in the Windows release, where a native notification center for apps and extensions has been turned on. These can include not only text and images, but optional actions such as making a phone call or sending email. Notifications can appear even when Chrome is closed. Google is promising Mac notifications "soon."
Uses Siri-like voice for narration
Microsoft is airing a new TV ad for Windows 8 tablets targeting their main competition, the Apple iPad. The spot points out that the iPad is missing equivalents to Windows 8 features like Live Tiles and true multitasking, and that at $449, a 64GB ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet is far cheaper than a comparable 64GB iPad, which is $699. Narrating everything is a Siri-like voice trying to defend Apple.
Finnish company site follows previous Amazon leak
The Acer Iconia W3 has been leaked yet again, but this time through Acer itself, and confirming it as having an 8.1-inch 1280x768-resolution display. The company's Finnish website shows the Intel Atom-powered tablet, complete with an optional keyboard dock and Windows 8 Pro pre-installed, after previously being shown by mistake on Amazon before being pulled from view.
Slatebook X2 Android-based, Split X2 driven by Windows 8
HP has just announced the HP SlateBook X2 and the HP Spilt X2, a pair of detachable PCs offering notebook and tablet functionality in one device. The SlateBook X2 is the first Android detachable device with the Nvidia Tegra 4-processor, and runs Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean." The Split X2 is powered by the full Windows 8 operating system.