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ASUS VivoTab Note 8 leaked with Windows and active digitizer

ASUS VivoTab Note 8 leaked with Windows and active digitizer

Earlier this week, evidence surfaced on ASUS's website of a tablet referred to as model M80TA, something that was speculated as a possible small Transformer Book. This led to some digging around on the part of German website Mobile Geeks, which discovered the tablet is actually called the ASUS VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows-toting tablet and what would be a first in that form factor for the company.

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Samsung hires Apple Store designer for competing retail locations

Samsung hires Apple Store designer for competing retail locations

There's little doubt that Samsung is growing in more than just smartphone sales, and it would appear that the company is setting out to prove it. A recent tipped hire of a former Apple Store designer suggests that the company is ready to bring on the heat to full-fledged retail stores, likely in a fashion not unlike the Microsoft Store wave that hit over the past several years.

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Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Earlier this month, Microsoft's operating system lifecycle chart was given an update with little (read: no) fanfare. With the update came two dates, one showing the end of retail sales for Windows 7, and one showing the end of OEM sales for the same aged OS. The revelation sparked grumbles and whatnot, but as it turns out, only half of the lifecycle chart was correct.

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Firefly Online preview brings us closer to QMX-made greatness

Firefly Online preview brings us closer to QMX-made greatness

There's a real call for a return to glory for the Joss Whedon* original television series Firefly, tragically cut short well before the end of its potential lifespan. Set to appear sometime inside the summer of 2014, the folks at Quantum Mechanix have taken on the task of producing Firefly as an online game, one that massive amounts of players will be able to roll with at once. Before then, they have shown off a series of preview images that'll land as a final product in the next few months.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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