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Surface smartwatch tipped to clad tweaked-Windows in transparent metal

Surface smartwatch tipped to clad tweaked-Windows in transparent metal

Microsoft's Surface team has taken on development of the company's upcoming smartwatch, it's reported, with the wrist-worn gadget supposedly running a modified version of Windows 8. The Surface smartwatch is being built on an original design by the Xbox team, The Verge's sources claim, which had been tinkering with a "Joule" heart-rate monitor prototype for the Xbox 360.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView official: 41MP Windows Phone 8

Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView official: 41MP Windows Phone 8

Nokia has officially announced the Nokia Lumia 1020, the company's latest Windows Phone 8 handset and the first to use a 41-megapixel PureView camera system. Building on the pixel-oversampling technology of the original Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 squeezes the camera into a smaller - though still chunky - form-factor, complete with a Xenon flash and new Pro Camera app with more control over manual settings. It's headed to AT&T later this month, for $300 on-contract.

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Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet hands-on

Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet hands-on

Think small tablets and Apple's iPad mini and Google's Nexus 7 probably come to mind, but Acer is also hoping its Iconia W3 Windows 8 slate will make the grade. Running a full version of Windows 8 - and, soon enough, Windows 8.1 - on an 8.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, the compact tablet is designed to fit into the bags and oversized coat pockets that regular, 10-inch slates won't play neatly with. We caught up with Acer and the Iconia W3 to see if this is the sort of Windows 8 we could see ourselves carrying everywhere.

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Windows 8.1 Preview ISO download tipped for June 26th with standard upgrade

Windows 8.1 Preview ISO download tipped for June 26th with standard upgrade

While the basic upgrade to Windows 8.1 (Blue) will be available on the 26th of June, it wasn't known until this week - or tipped, at least - that an ISO download will also be available. This update to the next iteration of Windows will be offered by Microsoft for free to those working with a real-deal standard version of Windows 8. Those hoping to dual-boot regular Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will also be able to do so with this ISO download. UPDATE: Download portals have arrived.

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HP: Windows XP’s death will save PCs like Windows 8 couldn’t

HP: Windows XP’s death will save PCs like Windows 8 couldn’t

HP is expecting Windows XP finally being killed off to have more of an impact on its PC sales than Windows 8 ever managed, with the OS retirement expected to open up a huge market of upgraders who have so far held off from buying fresh hardware. The change in platforms, as Windows XP extended support finally ends in April 2014, will see many users - particularly in businesses - finally replace their PCs, HP said on Monday, Computerworld reports, something the company aims to capitalize on.

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Windows Phone update leak tips notification center and more

Windows Phone update leak tips notification center and more

Windows Phone looks in line for a UI refresh, including a redesigned notifications center, if a clutch of screenshots supposedly inadvertently leaked can be believed. The images, culled according to a Reddit user from a Nokia Lumia 920 bought on eBay, apparently show a version of Windows Phone dated May 9, and could well be a misplaced test unit that had been used to put a pre-launch OS build through its paces.

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AT&T Nokia “EOS” 41MP PureView Windows Phone tipped in testing

AT&T Nokia “EOS” 41MP PureView Windows Phone tipped in testing

The application of Nokia's brand-name camera technology "PureView" is reportedly headed to AT&T in its original form, 41-megapixels strong and attached, this time, to Windows Phone 8. While the original 41-megapixel-toting Nokia 808 PureView was a smartphone running Symbian, here the Windows Phone version of the device is being tipped to hit the blue network with a "summer release" to its name.

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Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

Windows 8.1 Miracast tap has Microsoft join the wireless display party

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that Windows 8.1 hasn't yet spilled all of its details, coming in with Miracast wireless display support standard. This is an implementation of the standard technology that Google introduced with Android 4.2, also working with Miracast, here bringing the technology to every PC able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 - with implementation of the software as made real by the manufacturer.

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