Review: Flipboard for Windows 8.1 Finally Launches

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Surface RT and Surface 2 users are a patient bunch when it comes to App availability. The Windows Store is full of a lot of crap Apps and many of the big names are missing. Even some of the big names that exist don’t regularly update their Apps. But a long awaited entry into the […]

The 5 Best Windows Convertibles

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When Microsoft’s partners began shipping devices with the Windows 8 operating system, hardware choices came down to two different configurations. The first widely available configuration was laptops with touch screens. Windows OEMs literally placed touchscreens inside of devices they’d already had on store shelves and then loaded Windows 8 on them. There were also a […]

Microsoft Merges Windows Phone and Windows Development Accounts

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Developers creating applications for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows platforms won’t need to register two different accounts with the company going forward. In a move that could telegraph future platform mergers to come, Microsoft has combined the developer registration process for both operating systems. Microsoft announced the transition in a blog post late yesterday saying, […]

Dell Venue 11 Pro now available

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 have enjoyed about a month as the top of the lists made by users looking for a Windows tablet that is capable of running traditional Desktop applications, but not anymore. Starting today these users can also purchase the Dell Venue 11 Pro for $499.99 online. Users can purchase the […]

The 10 Metro Apps Windows 8.1 Needs Right Now

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Windows 8.1, the free update that adds another layer of customizability and usability changes to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, address many of functional issues that plagued the operating system early on. Gone are the one-size-fits-all Live Tiles and drab Start Screen options. Users can even open as many as seven different Metro-style applications at […]

No Shortages Here: 7 Tablet Alternatives to the iPad mini With Retina Display

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With even Apple anticipating shortages for the refreshed iPad mini, this time launching with a 7.9-inch Retina Display resolution screen, when the slate goes on sale later this month, be prepared to anticipate long lines, shipping delays, and perhaps an even post-Christmas delivery if you don’t act quickly to score one early in the launch […]

Microsoft Surface 2 Review Part 3: The Vision Thing

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When I began this three part review of the Microsoft Surface 2 I said that Microsoft had taken some important and positive steps with this second generation of its Surface RT Initiative. I still feel that way. I also still feel that Microsoft has a lot of work to do if its vision is going […]

Halo: Spartan Assault Coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Halo Spartan Assault, the game that Microsoft used as a showcase for how its ecosystem allows developers to create the same experience in multiple places, is on its way to the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Microsoft announced the new titles this morning on its Xbox Wire blog. If the video and screenshots provided in […]

Microsoft Extends Bing Speech Capabilities to Windows 8 Apps

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Developers creating applications for Windows can now add a bit of code that allows their app to interpret voice commands using the back-end features of Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Microsoft formally announced the new controls earlier this week. While the company didn’t provide any direct examples of the controls, developers using Bing’s new controls could […]

How to Add Email Accounts to Mail in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has included desktop email clients in its Windows operating system for years. Early clients like Outlook Express offered an experience that felt more like a less sophisticated experience than what was available to users in Microsoft’s expensive Outlook application. However, future versions, like Windows Live Mail, gave users a free and useful way of […]

Checking out the Microsoft Surface 2 with a First Timer

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Some readers of GBM will remember in my previous incarnation here that my lovely wife, Thomasin Savaiano, would assist me when I was checking out new gadgets by allowing herself and her reactions to be videoed. Thomasin is not a gadget geek by any means and her reactions are responses that I’m sure many approaching […]

Microsoft Builds Giant Surface 2 in London

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There are tablets with large screens and then there are tablets with really large screens. To celebrate the launch of its Surface 2 tablet, Microsoft has created a huge Surface 2 that comes complete with its own matching blue Surface Touch 2 Keyboard. Tourists and those who live near London, England can check out the […]

Windows Notebooks that Can Match the New MacBook Pro Battery Life

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When Apple debuted its new Macbook Pro this morning many industry insiders gawked at the new machines 9 hours of battery life. Although laptops and desktops have been steadily gaining in battery life for years, only recently have they been able to last the amount of time Apple’s new professional-grade notebook does. Fortunately, users don’t […]

Windows RT 8.1 Upgrade Returns to the Windows Store

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Days after pulling the Windows 8.1 update for all devices running Windows RT, Microsoft has once again posted the Windows RT 8.1 upgrade to the Windows Store. Microsoft originally pulled the upgrade after it noticed a small subset of devices running Windows RT failed to boot after the update. While early reports indicated that all devices […]