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SlashGear 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets

SlashGear 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets

Tablets will be the must-have gift of 2012, the trend-watchers tell us, but that means a whole lot of slates competing for your dollar. This year has seen Apple raise its game with a second size option, while Android has evolved into a legitimate alternative, and Microsoft has made its own play for the market with Windows RT. Which tablet to pick if you don't want to be standing in the returns line the morning after? Read on for the SlashGear suggestions.

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Microsoft Surface Pro arriving in January starting at $899

Microsoft Surface Pro arriving in January starting at $899

Ever since the Surface tablet was released from Microsoft, we've only been more and more curious about their upcoming Pro version. Finally, the Redmond-based company has released details about the upcoming tablet for power users, including pricing and availability. Starting in January, you'll be able to grab a Surface Pro starting at $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB variant.

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Apple averaged 11 iPads sold per hour on Black Friday

Apple averaged 11 iPads sold per hour on Black Friday

Apple's Black Friday sale certainly didn't disappoint. The company ended up selling a lot of iPads, and while the company didn't release any specifics on sales numbers, a survey conducted by research firm Piper Jaffray concluded that Apple sold around 11 iPads per hour at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN, while Microsoft didn't move a single Surface tablet off their shelves.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 15, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today Microsoft's former Windows head Steven Sinofsky discussed his recent and surprising departure from the company, but didn't go into too many specifics when it came down to why he actually left. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 started shipping ahead of schedule today, while new reports are suggesting that Apple may delay the new iMac into 2013. NASA was the victim of a major security breach recently, and today it said that it will make sure all of its laptops are equipped with full disk encryption by the end of the year as a result.

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HP PC chief: “Kludgey” Microsoft Surface is “hardly competition”

HP PC chief: “Kludgey” Microsoft Surface is “hardly competition”

HP's PC chief has dismissed Microsoft's Surface tablet as "slow and a little kludgey" and blamed the tech press for over-hyping what he would "hardly call ... competition" to HP's own products. "Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe" Todd Bradley told CITEworld, going on to say that HP's initial focus with Windows tablets is the enterprise, with consumer-centric models not expected until 2013.

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Microsoft sued over the Surface’s storage capacity

Microsoft sued over the Surface’s storage capacity

Microsoft's tablet/PC hybrid, the Surface RT, is advertised at 32GB and 64GB, depending on which model you purchase. As with all cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices with internal storage, the actual user-available capacity is lower due to the operating system and such. Andrew Sokolowski, a California lawyer, isn't happy about this, and has sued Microsoft over his 32GB Surface's storage space.

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Surface RT gets performance boost from updates

Surface RT gets performance boost from updates

Microsoft pushed out a firmware update today (Patch Tuesday) for its hybrid laptop/tablet, the Surface RT. The update brings with it a variety of performance improvements, according to preliminary reports from users. There were a total of eight updates released for the device, four of which corrected some issues and improved performance, as well as a firmware update and some security-related downloads.

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Microsoft: Production efforts with Surface are modest, not our sales

Microsoft: Production efforts with Surface are modest, not our sales

Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was quoted as saying that sales for the company's new Surface tablet were "modest," with the potential of sales picking up when the Surface Pro launches early next year. However, Microsoft says that he was actually referring to the ramping up of Surface production when he said "modest", not sales numbers.

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Microsoft Office 2013 RT commercial licenses now available

Microsoft Office 2013 RT commercial licenses now available

If you're running Windows RT, you already have access to Office 2013 Home & Student, but last month there was a bit of controversy over the fact that Office 2013 Home & Student can't be used for commercial purposes. If you want to use Office in a business setting, you'll have to purchase a license, which are available today according to Software Ruminations. This means that businesses can now purchase licenses for their RT devices and use Office 2013 commercially to their hearts content.

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Surface sales began “modestly” admits Microsoft’s Ballmer

Surface sales began “modestly” admits Microsoft’s Ballmer

Sales of Microsoft's first Surface tablet have started "modestly," CEO Steve Ballmer has conceded, though the outspoken exec is confident that demand will surge when the Surface Pro drops in early 2013. Having previously been bombastic about Surface's appeal to the market, Ballmer was apparently more taciturn in an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 9, 2012

Friday is here once again, but before you get too terribly sloshed, be sure you read through our recap of the day's big news! Today we heard that Judge Lucy Koh will examine claims of misconduct on the part of the jury foreman in the Samsung vs. Apple patent trial, and Apple is actually being dragged back to court for a dispute over FaceTime in the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Speaking of the iPad mini, Apple confirmed today that the LTE iPad minis should be shipping out in the next five days, and the company announced that it will be donating $2.5 million to the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort on behalf of its employees.

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Microsoft Surface Touch Covers already experiencing issues

Microsoft Surface Touch Covers already experiencing issues

Microsoft's latest product, the Surface tablet running Windows RT, might be generating a lot of hype, but early adopters are already noticing some issues with the tablet and its accessories. Specifically, some users are witnessing the edges of the Touch Cover splitting to expose the wires just days after having begun using it.

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