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Phablet focus to save Windows RT hints Microsoft

Phablet focus to save Windows RT hints Microsoft

Microsoft's little-loved Windows RT OS could get a second wind by merging more closely with Windows Phone and targeting so-called "phablet" devices, according to hints from the company. The OS, which puts Windows 8 on ARM chips but which has been criticized for its confusing software support in comparison to the "full" x86 version of the platform, failed to challenge iOS and Android on tablets as Microsoft initially hoped, but according to comments at the company's Financial Analyst Meeting this week, the answer might be in the similarities Windows RT has with Windows Phone, rather than Windows 8.

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Tobii EyeMobile for Windows 8 frees tablets for eyes-only users

Tobii EyeMobile for Windows 8 frees tablets for eyes-only users

Eye-tracking specialist Tobii has launched its latest peripheral, the Tobii EyeMobile, bringing gaze control to Windows 8 tablets like Microsoft's Surface. Combining the company's PCEye Go tracker with a special cradle for your slate, the USB accessory brings eye control to everything from Office and other productivity apps, through entertainment apps like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and Kindle, to social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Tobii is positioning the EyeMobile setup as ideal for those with physical and communication impairments who still want to use a full-featured PC.

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Windows 8.1 priced for those not updating incrementally

Windows 8.1 priced for those not updating incrementally

Supposing you're not one of the vast numbers of users out there planning on updating from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 this October, Microsoft has been kind enough to price out a full start structure. In other words, if you don't have Windows running on your machine, or if you're running a version of Microsoft's OS at or before Windows 7, you'll be paying full price for Windows 8.1. This version of Windows is also going to be sold just like a full first version of the OS: you can buy Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro to skip over Windows 8 entirely.

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Nokia tablet codename Sirius appears amongst next-wave leaks

Nokia tablet codename Sirius appears amongst next-wave leaks

A collection of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets have appeared this week courtesy of well-known Windows insider Paul Thurrott, this including the long-awaited Nokia slate. The Nokia device code-named Sirius is said here to be coming with a body much like what we've seen in leaked photos, that being a reflection of what we've seen in Lumia devices - a perfect partner for the Nokia Lumia 920, it would seem. This device will be tuning in with Windows RT, believe it or not.

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Dell Venue tablet 2013: Bay Trail keeps OEM in consumer tech

Dell Venue tablet 2013: Bay Trail keeps OEM in consumer tech

Though the company made clear that they're out on smartphones for the time being (back in 2012), Dell has been revealed to be a headliner here in 2013 for a Windows tablet running Intel's new Bay Trail processor. Not one whole heck of a lot is known about this device at the moment, as Dell has only just shown the machine off at Intel's event for Bay Trail with scant detail, but we do know this: this is a move for Dell that's required a large amount of consideration. It's not as if the company has been doing well in the tablet market as of late.

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Intel Bay Trail aims for Android and Windows 8 hybrids

Intel Bay Trail aims for Android and Windows 8 hybrids

Today Intel has revealed their plans for the Bay Trail collection of Atom Z3000 Series Processors, making clear that they're aiming for devices that are small but powerful. This line of SoC is headed for tablets, phones, and everything in-between packing Intel's newest Silvermont architecture for next-generation processing finesse. This is not Intel's first move into the mobile smart device universe, but it's certainly its most serious.

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HP ZBook 15 and 17 hands-on: Thunderbolt arrives with Haswell

HP ZBook 15 and 17 hands-on: Thunderbolt arrives with Haswell

Along with the ZBook 14 - the world's first workstation Ultrabook - the ZBook family has arrived with the ZBook 15 and the ZBook 17. The larger two devices work with much of the same technology as the smaller, but each brings on its own unique blend of high-powered features that makes the price jump worth the cash. Each of these units is also thinner and lighter than previous generations of mobile workstations from HP, bringing with them a new industrial design that doesn't just scream "I'm at work."

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Windows 8.1 RTM released to developers via MSDN and TechNet

Windows 8.1 RTM released to developers via MSDN and TechNet

The release of the first big update to Microsoft's desktop operating system Windows 8 is coming on quick, with the first software builds heading to developers today. The first release of this software was made last month, that being the same "RTM" build developers are getting their hands on today. Manufacturers now have Windows 8.1 and are either in testing or prepping machines with the build for release later this month.

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Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 event September 23rd Microsoft confirms

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 event September 23rd Microsoft confirms

Microsoft will reveal its new Surface tablets at an event in New York City on September 23, according to invitations sent to press, with the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 expected to debut. The "save the date" invite is believed to be for Microsoft to reveal the Intel "Haswell" update to the Surface Pro, which runs a full version of Windows 8, and will widely tipped to improve battery life. However, it's also an opportunity to try to kickstart sales of the Windows RT version of Surface.

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