Windows

Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 adds 3D cities and Skype integration

Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 adds 3D cities and Skype integration

Microsoft has released Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1, its Google Maps-rivaling navigation app with over seventy high-res 3D cities, Skype and OpenTable integration, street-level photography, and Live Tile support. The new app, hitting the Windows Store today, introduces a new 3D graphics engine which Microsoft says delivers more realistic visuals across a wide range of angles.

Continue Reading

Android extends tablet lead as Windows still struggles IDC says

Android extends tablet lead as Windows still struggles IDC says

Tablet sales grew more than 50-percent in 2013 versus the previous year but growth is likely to slow toward 2017, new research indicates, with analysts skeptical that Windows slates will gain significant traction any time soon. Shipments worldwide grew 53.5-percent year on year to an expected 221.3m, IDC's figures indicate, with predications that larger-screen models such as the iPad Air could make a resurgence.

Continue Reading

Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Project Spark was announced for the Xbox One back in June. The game is described as being one that offers "an endless adventure where everything is customizable." Project Spark will allow users to play what other creators have built and also build for others. Basically, the users are the creators and the players. And there is a bit of good news for those who may have been waiting to get hands-on with Project Spark.

Continue Reading

Windows 8.1+ software update “Threshold” to unify PCs, phones, and Xbox One

Windows 8.1+ software update “Threshold” to unify PCs, phones, and Xbox One

This week the Windows 8.1 (formerly known as "Blue") software update continues to roll out as it has for the past several weeks, making way for the same sort of push for Windows Phone devices this spring. What's just appearing this week for news on the generation after this one is the likes of "Threshold", a system that'll further combine the powers of the Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox One software environments. This update series, as it were, will be delivered in the spring of 2015.

Continue Reading

Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft is aiming to cut Windows confusion by trimming its three-strong OS line-up for mobile devices to tow, streamlining some combination of Windows Phone, Windows RT, and full Windows. Windows RT, the little-loved version of Windows 8 that Microsoft cooked up for ARM-based tablets, was insufficiently differentiated from full Windows, Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said last week, ZDNet reports. While Microsoft's exact plans weren't detailed, long-standing rumors indicate the company may integrate Windows Phone and Windows RT in future.

Continue Reading

OneNote for Windows 8.1 adds Camera Scan and image OCR

OneNote for Windows 8.1 adds Camera Scan and image OCR

Microsoft's OneNote for Windows 8.1 has seen a considerable update, adding the ability to "scan" a document or image using a tablet's camera, apply optical character recognition to search through text, and make better use of digital ink. The new app, available today, takes on Evernote with its new Camera Scan feature, which automatically crops, rotates, straightens, de-shadows, and sharpens images so that they look more like scans than quick snaps with the Windows device's camera.

Continue Reading

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

The popularity of tablets have posed a solid threat to the PC industry, and in response many 2-in-1 so-called "hybrid" laptops have popped up in increasing numbers that are able to function as both -- as a laptop when some serious work needs to be done, and as a tablet for activities best suited to a hands-on approach: mobile games, artwork, and Web browsing, among others. The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is one such hybrid featuring a collapsible design that toggles the machine between a slate and a laptop without effort, but does it provide the best of both worlds? Read our full SlashGear review to find out.

Continue Reading

Nokia Lumia 2520 flame stoked with Power Keyboard by mail

Nokia Lumia 2520 flame stoked with Power Keyboard by mail

The fabled Nokia tablet is finally out in the real world, going by the name Nokia Lumia 2520 and looking every bit like the Lumia smartphone-inspired slate the world expected. What might not have been expected quite so much by the Nokia-hungry fans in our environment was the keyboard add-on. This Nokia Power Keyboard attaches to the Lumia 2520 and makes the machine into a full-fledged notebook, so to speak.

Continue Reading

Nokia Lumia 2520 review

Nokia Lumia 2520 review

The Nokia Lumia 2520 has been some time coming. The glaring absence of a tablet in the company's range, and its refusal to discuss it until it could figure out a suitably "Nokia spin" on the segment, left us with big expectations. Turns out, the Nokia magic is making LTE standard-fit and borrowing the Lumia phone style for a Windows RT slate, but is that enough to differentiate the Lumia 2520 from the iPad and Microsoft's Surface 2? Read on for the SlashGear review.

Continue Reading

Verizon Nokia Lumia 2520 release goes off-contract

Verizon Nokia Lumia 2520 release goes off-contract

The very first modern Nokia tablet will be arriving in the form of the Nokia Lumia 2520, and it'll be hitting both the likes of AT&T and Verizon here in the United States. With Verizon, the tablet has been announced today as coming on the 21st of November and offered in both on- and off-contract iterations. While this is not a first for tablets going off-contract with the carrier, it's unique in that the idea is being presented so up-front.

Continue Reading