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Lenovo plans to beat Surface with superior hardware

Lenovo plans to beat Surface with superior hardware

Acer hasn’t exactly been coy when it comes its opinion on Microsoft’s Surface tablet, but Lenovo believes that it can beat the tablet with some good old fashioned competition. CEO of Lenovo, Yang Yuanqing, voiced his opinions on the company’s latest earnings calls, saying, “Although we don't like Microsoft providing hardware, for us, it just adds one more competitor,” when asked about Surface.

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Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Google and ASUS shocked consumers when they revealed that the Jelly Bean-based Nexus 7 tablet would retail for $199, but is Microsoft poised to do the same come October? That may be the case according to a report from Engadget. Microsoft was coy on the pricing details for its Surface tablet, with one report suggesting the 32GB model would retail for $599. According to Engadget’s sources, launch details suggest that the tablet will retail for as low as $199 on October 26th.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

Welcome to Friday everyone. The weekend is here is last, and what better way to kick it off than with a giveaway? We've teamed up with NVIDIA to hand out three 16GB Google Nexus 7 tablets, so be sure to enter (but read the rules before you do!). Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent trial gave us a glimpse at sales numbers for both companies today, and we also found out that Apple is looking for a whopping $2.45 billion from Samsung. Even though Google has remained publicly silent about this whole suit, it turns out that it has been providing support for Samsung behind the scenes during the trial.

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Acer: Please Microsoft, just don’t make Surface too cheap

Acer: Please Microsoft, just don’t make Surface too cheap

Acer has renewed its commitment to Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, with chairman JT Wang saying that the company's criticisms of Microsoft's Surface don't mean it is ditching its Windows slate plans. The company made headlines after criticizing Microsoft's own-brand hardware, arguing that the tablets would "create a huge negative impact" to the Windows ecosystem. Now, DigiTimes reports, Wang has tempered his comments, though still believes that Surface will do more harm than good.

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Windows 8 tablets are bad business

Windows 8 tablets are bad business

Microsoft's Surface Pro has company, with Lenovo revealing its own Windows 8 slate, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, targeting the all-important enterprise segment. Like the higher-spec Surface, Lenovo's new tablet has content-creation features like a digital pen and all the remote management your IT team demands; it also has the more flexible full version of Windows 8, rather than Windows RT. And, like Microsoft, Lenovo is playing pricing cards close to its chest. One thing is already becoming clear, however: Windows 8 may well struggle to compete in business markets.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, folks. Apple and Samsung's patent suit is still going on, but today we didn't get too much news about it. Samsung said that the high return rates of the Galaxy Tab had to with the devices malfunctioning, and not because customers were confusing it for the iPad like Apple claimed Apple's expert witness, Peter Bressler, said today that the iPhone brought on a "crisis of design" over at Samsung headquarters, and we found out just how much Mr. Bressler is getting paid to sit on the stand and testify for Apple. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of money, and now we're on the lookout for "expert witness" job openings.

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Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft Surface won't be launching until October, but the company is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling on the next generation of Surface devices. A dozen Microsoft job ads have been discovered by TechRadar, and they're all related in one way or another to future iterations of Surface. Microsoft, for its part, maintains that the only Surface devices are the two tablets that have been announced, but that doesn't mean it isn't planning for the future.

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Acer CEO slaps Surface: “Think twice” Microsoft warns Wang

Acer CEO slaps Surface: “Think twice” Microsoft warns Wang

Acer has publicly criticized Microsoft's Surface tablet project, with CEO JT Wang describing the own-brand tablet as likely to "create a huge negative impact" for the Windows 8 and tablet ecosystems. "We have said [to Microsoft] think it over ... Think twice" Wang told the FT, citing Microsoft's poor track record in balancing its own hardware and software as the key reason. "It is not something you are good at" Wang warned Microsoft, "so please think twice."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

Well folks, another Monday is in the bag. We must say that for an otherwise ordinary Monday at the end of July, this one was pretty eventful as far as news stories go. Most importantly, today marked the beginning of the patent trail between Samsung and Apple. This morning we took a closer look at the trial and the arguments being made by both sides, while later on in the day we received word that a key witness in the case won't be showing up to testify. Apple's courtroom woes don't end at its trial with Samsung, however, as the company is also being sued over its Siri technology by a university in Taiwan.

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Microsoft admits that Surface may hurt partner relations

Microsoft admits that Surface may hurt partner relations

Microsoft is taking quite a risk by producing and releasing its own Windows 8-based tablet. While the company maintains that it isn’t trying to compete with its OEM partners, Acer has been vocal about the move, with reports also indicating that manufacturers weren’t exactly thrilled with the Surface announcement. In a new document submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission discovered by the New York Times, Microsoft admitted that the releases of its own tablet could weaken support among its Windows partners.

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