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Pear OS 8 brings iOS 7 color, OS X UI to Ubuntu for tablets

Pear OS 8 brings iOS 7 color, OS X UI to Ubuntu for tablets

Supposing you’re in a situation where you’d love to work with Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, but for whatever reason you’d rather not - or cannot - work with an Apple-made piece of hardware. If you’re the alternate-solutions type, there may be hope for you with the Linux Ubuntu-based system called Pear OS. The newest version of Pear OS - that’s Pear OS 8 - works with a look and feel that’s very much the most solidly cross-breed inspired iOS/OS X system out in the wild today - again, working with Unbuntu, but certainly appearing to bust out an alternate-universe Apple system by all looks and touches.

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iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

The war is on for the most sought-after tablet on the market, and the differentiation between the front-runners appears now, more than ever, to be strikingly high. What we've got from Apple is the iPad Air, a new far-smaller iteration of the same Retina display as the 4th generation unit. From Google there's the Nexus 7 (2013), a low-priced high-powered Android tablet manufactured by ASUS. Microsoft's competitor in the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 works with Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT, making this battle a three-way fight between operating systems right off the bat.

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Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

With the ushering in of the second generation of Microsoft Surface devices in the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, the company decided to give their accessory line a boot as well. What you're seeing this week is a Type Cover 2, a Touch Cover 2, a Power Cover, and a Docking Station. These accessories will all be working with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as well as the original Surface Pro but will not work with the original Surface RT.

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Surface Remix Project hands-on: Microsoft aims for the touch DJ

Surface Remix Project hands-on: Microsoft aims for the touch DJ

If you weren't impressed by the rest of the wares shown off today by Microsoft at their Surface 2 event, there's one accessory you must have missed. This is the Surface Remix Project - one of a line of devices that'll be coming from the company in the near future to make use of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2's ability to work with quick-attach keyboard and touch accessories. Here we're aiming at touch-loving DJs with a drum machine vibe and intentions wholly musical.

UPDATE: This cover's name specifically is Music Cover, part of a Music Kit with its software aimed at musicians in the near future. This is, again, one of many Remix Project devices slated for the future.

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Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Microsoft isn't giving up on Windows 8 tablets, and the Surface Pro 2 is the slate that it expects to finally crack the market. Taking the original Surface Pro and refreshing it with Intel's fourth-generation Core "Haswell" processors, the new Surface Pro 2 takes advantage of the more battery-efficient chips to deliver longer runtimes, not to mention introducing more interesting accessories along the way. Read on for some first impressions.

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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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Microsoft Surface Pro cuts aim for morale boost in August

Microsoft Surface Pro cuts aim for morale boost in August

It's not that often when you see a hero product cut down to size, so to speak, less than a year into its lifespan in the wild. What we've got here is a reaction to Microsoft's low sales numbers in both the Surface Pro and Surface (with Windows RT) sales in the first segment of their market presence. This reaction includes a $100 price cut in areas through the USA, China, Canada, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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Microsoft’s 256GB Surface Pro shows up in the US

Microsoft’s 256GB Surface Pro shows up in the US

First revealed late last month in Japan, the 256GB version of Microsoft's Surface Pro appears to be going on sale in the US, although we haven't heard any word from Microsoft on the matter. A 256GB variant has showed up on CDW's website, which is one of Microsoft's authorized retailers, so we at least know it's legitimate from what we can see.

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Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 Hands-on: The hidden gem features

Windows 8.1 is, Microsoft claims, the culmination of listening to feedback around Windows 8 and finessing the features users have been most demanding or vocal about. The original version shook up long-standing PC fans, with its Live Tile interface and marginalization of the traditional desktop, but there's more of an attempt to merge the two in Windows 8.1. That's certainly not all the new OS has to offer, however; we caught up with Microsoft to dig through some of the features the company is quietly proud of: read on for our pick of the hidden gems.

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