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Acer dismisses Windows RT as not “influential”

Acer dismisses Windows RT as not “influential”

Acer has joined the Windows RT naysayers, with the company's chairman, J.T. Wang, criticizing the Windows-on-ARM platform for lacking influence in the market. The Taiwanese company hasn't been slow to jump on board the Windows 8 bandwagon - being the first company to launch an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, in fact, earlier today at Computex - but Wang told the WSJ that his confidence didn't extend to the sibling OS.

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HTC reportedly scraps 12″ Windows RT tablet plans (but 7″ still on the way)

HTC reportedly scraps 12″ Windows RT tablet plans (but 7″ still on the way)

HTC has reportedly axed plans to launch a 12-inch tablet running Windows RT, sources claim, after deciding demand for the slate would be insufficient, though a smaller version is still said to be on the roadmap. The unnamed 12-inch tablet was sidelined over fears that it would be too expensive, Bloomberg reports, with the components required adding up to too great a bill-of-materials to allow a competitive street price.

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AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD wants to knock Intel and ARM off their mobility perch in 2013, and the new Temash APU is how it expects to do it. Targeting media and performance tablets, as well as keyboard-dockable hybrids and 10- to 13-inch touchscreen ultraportable notebooks, the new A-series of Temash APUs feature Jaguar cores - boasting a 20-percent performance jump over Bobcat - for consumer Windows machines with the perky performance usually associated with an iPad.

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Microsoft tweaks Windows Phone YouTube app to appease Google

Microsoft tweaks Windows Phone YouTube app to appease Google

On May 15, we reported that Google had ordered Microsoft to pull its YouTube app for Windows Phone, citing two reasons: a lack of advertisements, and the ability to download videos that have been blocked from mobile viewing. Rather than saying it would pull the app, Microsoft had responded with a remark that it would "be more than happy" to toss advertisements into the mix if Google would give it access to the APIs. Today is the deadline Google specified in its cease and desist letter, but rather than pull the app, Microsoft has elected to tweak it instead.

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Google demands Microsoft pull Windows Phone YouTube app by next week

Google demands Microsoft pull Windows Phone YouTube app by next week

On January 2, Microsoft's Vice President Dave Heiner posted a rather lengthy admonishment of Google on TechNet, claiming the company is intentionally trying to harm Windows Phone, with one of the biggest reasons cited being the lack of a full-feature mobile YouTube app, forcing the company to offer a weaker sub-par option. Not to be deterred, Microsoft pressed forward and released a far better offering last week, with one notable difference: a lack of advertisements.

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Nokia Lumia 928 pictured plus iPhone 5/GS3 camera showdown

Nokia Lumia 928 pictured plus iPhone 5/GS3 camera showdown

Nokia's worst-kept-secret in Windows Phone, the Lumia 928, may not be officially announced, but that hasn't stopped the company from pitting it against the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III in a low-light camera test. The Finns still aren't mentioning the Lumia 928 by name - though the video comparison is at the Lumia 928 page - but there's already an official image of the phone showing its aesthetic changes from the Lumia 920 and confirming the 8.7-megapixel PureView camera.

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Microsoft Outlook to reportedly hit Windows RT this year

Microsoft Outlook to reportedly hit Windows RT this year

Those rumors that Microsoft was reportedly testing an Outlook app for Windows RT devices have been reinforced. A couple of people around Microsoft's campus were spotted using the Microsoft Outlook desktop app on their Microsoft Surface devices. Unlike those previous rumors however, Microsoft Outlook is said to be coming to consumers later this year, with a release date speculated to be around the Fall.

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Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Windows Blue is Windows 8.1 insider claims (and expect it in a few months time)

Microsoft's Windows Blue will launch as Windows 8.1, new leaks suggest, not Windows 9 as some have predicted, with the top-level branding still expected to be Windows 8. The update, tipped to be released to manufacturing this August, will stick closely to Microsoft's existing OS branding, sources tell ZDNet, though as per previous nomenclature around Windows Phone, will make only minor reference to the .1 incremental change.

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