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CES 2013 is here: SlashGear heads to the tech torrent

CES 2013 is here: SlashGear heads to the tech torrent

The Consumer Electronics Show 2013 is upon us, and the bacchanalian excesses of the holidays give way to big TVs, tablets galore, and marketing hyperbole aplenty as SlashGear heads to Las Vegas to see what's umissable in consumer electronics. CES not only opens the year with a bang, it sets the tone for the next twelve months in tech; some of the gadgets we'll be seeing won't be on sale until the summer or even the 2013 holidays, and the buzzwords are likely to be peppering marketing copy until we're all convinced we need Ultra HD.

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I expected Apple to jump on Leap Motion first, not ASUS

I expected Apple to jump on Leap Motion first, not ASUS

If you can judge a technology's wow-factor by how much it's accused of being vaporware, Leap Motion's gesture-tracking was a hit from the off; companies jumped on the idea, though it's perhaps a surprise that the first should be ASUS, not Apple. The matchbox-sized gadget - which can track the movement of ten fingers individually, and 200x more accurately than kit like Microsoft's Kinect - will soon be integrated into Windows 8 PCs from ASUS, according to a new deal announced today. Microsoft's OS certainly loves fingers, but Apple's moves to blend the best of OS X and iOS arguably make it and Leap Motion more obvious bedfellows.

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Microsoft’s 2012

Microsoft’s 2012

A lot of companies had a big year – Apple released the highly anticipated iPad mini and iPhone 5, Samsung found a smashing success in the Galaxy S III, Nintendo launched the Wii U, while Google delivered Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and released a number of impressive Nexus devices. Despite all of that, Microsoft arguably had a bigger year than all of them. 2012 was huge with Microsoft, with the release of Windows 8, Microsoft Surface, and Windows Phone 8 all happening in a high-energy span of just a few weeks. It wasn't so much that these new operating systems and products were released this year either, but rather the fact that Microsoft was taking so many risks with the launch of each and every one.

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Fujitsu blames underwhelming PC shipments on lagging Windows 8 demand

Fujitsu blames underwhelming PC shipments on lagging Windows 8 demand

Windows 8 has garnered its share of criticisms in the last few months, and some of that criticism has come from Microsoft's PC partners. Some of them aren't too happy with the way Windows 8 has been supposedly selling, with the latest in the line being Fujitsu. Today the company revised projections for the fiscal year that ends in March, saying that total PC shipments will come in under the 7 million the company was originally planning on.

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Microsoft research lead Craig Mundie announces 2014 retirement

Microsoft research lead Craig Mundie announces 2014 retirement

We're learning that Microsoft will soon be losing another of its key players, as Research lead Craig Mundie has announced that he will retire from the company in 2014. Before he does that, though, he'll be stepping down from his current position at Microsoft to become an adviser to CEO Steve Ballmer. Previously, he served as the boss of Microsoft's R&D department and lead the charge for the company's security program.

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Windows Blue reportedly keeps Windows 8 Metro interface

Windows Blue reportedly keeps Windows 8 Metro interface

If you're not a big fan of the Metro-style interface found in Windows 8, then we've got bad news for you. As it turns out, the controversial interface might not be changing much as we move into Windows 9 - yes, Windows 8 has only been available for a couple of months, but that's not stopping the Windows 9 rumors from popping up. According to one poster over on the Taiwanese PCBeta forums, Windows 9, which has been codenamed "Windows Blue," will keep the Metro train rolling whether you like it not.

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AMD Radeon HD 8550M graphics leaked in ASUS VivoBook U38DT

AMD Radeon HD 8550M graphics leaked in ASUS VivoBook U38DT

It would appear that AMD is plotting a next generation line of mobile graphics, as a card from the company's 8000 series has appear in a listing for an incoming ASUS ultrabook. Details are still pretty slim, and when that's coupled with the fact that AMD has yet to announced the 8000 family of GPUs, it's hard to know what's really going on. Still, if the listing on German retailer Cyberport is to be believed, the ASUS VivoBook U38DT will ship with an AMD Radeon HD 8550M under the hood.

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Nokia engineer posts Windows 8 game hacking instructions, makes point about security

Nokia engineer posts Windows 8 game hacking instructions, makes point about security

Nokia engineer Justin Angel posted a series of instructions on his website yesterday detailing how to hack Windows 8 games. A short while later, his website went offline, although whether due to being shutdown or simply bumped offline from traffic is unknown. He didn't post the hacking directions in order to help users score free games, however, stating that he did so in order to expose security flaws.

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