Archive for February, 2012

“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8’s Leblond

“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8’s Leblond

Assuring the public today in Barcelona at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during MWC 2012, Antoine Leblond of Windows Web noted that, of course, "the desktop is still there." The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was shown at this event on a Samsung tablet, a Lenovo notebook, and an Acer all-in-one desktop with a touchscreen interface. What we've seen here is that it's easy to use touch, it's easy to use your mouse, and it's easy to use both!

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Speaking this week on the collection of apps that will work fabulously in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management noted that it's a completely simple and connected system to use. Tapping on a link in one app will connect you to your preferred web browser - which of course today on stage was Internet Explorer 10. What we're looking at here is a quick look at how Windows 8 will be working with a variety of different platforms when it launches.

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Microsoft Windows 8 wallpapers revealed

Microsoft Windows 8 wallpapers revealed

Microsoft is holding a big Windows event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today (a venue that, any other year, would have seemed out of place for a Windows conference). We're expecting to see the latest update of Windows 8, but someone managed to get a sneak peek at some of the assets that will be used - specifically, Windows 8 wallpapers and lockscreens.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview released

Windows 8 Consumer Preview released

Microsoft has released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, allowing everyone to sample the brand new OS ahead of its official released later in 2012. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, complete with English, Chinese (simplified), French, German and Japanese language support, the new OS delivers Microsoft's new Metro UI for the desktop, laptops and tablets, along with the culmination of the company's OS work over the past few years.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Speaking on stage at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management and Antoine Leblond of Windows Web Services outlined how Windows 8 will work with you, the consumer. Larson-Green spoke first of the edges of the tablet, saying that the edges were likely the most important piece of the device itself because holding the device with two hands, one on either side, is the easiest way to work with it and hold it for an extended period.

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Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 DLC comes to PS3

Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 DLC comes to PS3

The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online maps Liberation and Piazza are now available for PS3 owners to download. The downloadable content (DLC) has already been available for the Xbox 360 as part of the long-running deal in which Microsoft pays Activision for exclusive first access to all Call of Duty DLC. It should be noted that only Call of Duty Elite members on the PS3 have access to the new content.

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Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

At the official Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week during Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Steven Sinofsky stepped on stage to say that Microsoft was "super excited" about the event and the release of the Consumer version of Windows 8. Sinofsky continued by saying that this new system will take what Windows is already, a system that allows you to do what you want and what you need to do when you need to do it, and improves it. Speaking on how systems across the technological landscape make you make choices based on the form factor of the hardware and how this is a limit, Sinofsky noted that "a no compromise user interface" was the goal of Windows 8, tying mobile phones, tablets, and laptops/desktops.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

We're currently sitting comfortable at Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview event and will be checking out what Microsoft has to offer the public in just a few short minutes. What we're seeing thus far is a collection of giant screens and tiny screens, everything from tablets to an HDTV sitting up center stage. We've already seen a bit of Windows 8 in the many early release versions of the software, now it's time to get down to personal business.

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Olympus to ship E-M5 starting March 31

Olympus to ship E-M5 starting March 31

Olympus has announced that it has a new high-end digital camera called the E-M5 that will start shipping on March 31. The camera will launch in Asia first and the listing in the photo is from Amazon Japan. The camera is reportedly expected to hit US stores in the middle of April with some retailers showing availability on the 10th.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

This week we're taking a closer look at how the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) processor works as it exists first on the MDP8690, the newest Mobile Development Platform that the manufacturer has released for developers to fully experience the S4 chip in its Krait configuration. This version of the S4 chip, code-named Krait, is an ARMv7-A compatible CPU architecture and is made for TCMC's 28nm process, and inside the MSM9860 you'll find two of these cores running at up to 1.5 GHz along with Adreno 225 graphics, Qualcomm's new baseband, and improved ISP - it's all ramped up, basically. This device we're testing the Snapdragon S4 out on is not a consumer product, instead it's a device which accurately shows the power of the S4 chip exclusively.

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