Items tagged with Windows-8

The all-in-one PC form factor is a brilliant, if not obvious, evolution of the desktop computer. AIO systems offer the maximum amount of screen real estate while drastically minimizing the total footprint of the computer by packing all the components inside the monitor (or in the case of this particular AIO, the base of the stand). Even better, now that ten-finger touch input is de rigeur, these machines offer new methods of computer interaction that are alternately ideal for wide-eyed youngsters, old luddites, and seasoned power users. (Give a toddler a touchscreen and she’ll figure out how to pull up her favorite album, play a simple game, and scroll through photos in minutes. Give her... Read more...
CES is a blast in part because we get to see and touch exciting technology and amazing prototypes and grill companies in person about the latest rumors pertaining to their products. Yet for as exciting as all of that may be, it’s also a time for companies to simply look us in the eye and proudly show off their latest wares, whether they’re headline-grabbers or just solid updates to existing product lines. Dell fell into the latter camp this year for the most part, showing off their latest products to us away from the bustle of the show floor, at a quiet restaurant banquet room down the road. (We do enjoy pounding the pavement on the show floor, but it was nice to not have to shout... Read more...
Now that Windows 8 it out in full force, we're seeing a new raft of LCDs that are shipping as "Windows 8 certified." Sure enough, as touch becomes more important in the world of gestures, ViewSonic has introduced the TD2340, TD2740 and TD3240 scratch resistant, 10-point Windows 8 certified displays. The TD 40 family features Professional Grade IPS panels with 1920x1080 full HD resolution and 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, as well as DisplayPort / HDMI / VGA ports. Additionally, the TD2740 offers an integrated webcam. The TD 40 Series will be available in North and Latin America, with te TD2340 will be available in January, the TD3240 in February and the TD2740 in April, for respective ESPs... Read more...
Given that Vizio was already cutting thin the razor-sharp margins in the TV universe, it wasn't all that much of a shock when it introduced a PC lineup last year. But given that PCs are giving way to tablets in a major way, now the company has decided to go small. At CES 2013, Vizio is introducing its first Windows 8 tablet, and 11.6" unit running a pure copy of Windows (unlike the Surface RT, which runs the ARM-friendly Windows RT), and a dual-core 1GHZ AMD Z60 processor. Other specifications include a 1080p touch panel, no bloatware at all (a pretty amazing feat, actually), a 2MP front-facing camera, 64GB of internal storage, micro-HDMI output and a micor-USB port. The company isn't coming... Read more...
Being a company like Microsoft isn't easy. You've got a lot of customers to please, and a lot of shareholders expecting lots of value. But things get somewhat easier when you get checks in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and DISA have announced that they are expanding access to Microsoft solutions by entering into a transformative three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement for enterprise licenses and software assurance. The agreement provides all three organizations with a single vehicle for accessing the latest Microsoft technologies in support of top IT priorities around datacenter consolidation, collaboration, cybersecurity, mobility, cloud computing... Read more...
As CES 2013 creeps ever closer, it looks as if yet another item has leaked out ahead of what we can only presume will be an official debut next week in Las Vegas. Asus has established a product website for a new 15" Zenbook Touch U500VZ. This marks the first instance that we've heard of this machine, but judging by the name, it seems sure that it'll be one of the few full-size notebooks to boast a full touch panel. With Windows 8 now out in full force, a finding touch panels on portable machines is going to become more common. After all, it's the first major OS from Microsoft to embrace touch as a primary input method, and it could encourage existing Win7 laptop owners to upgrade solely for the... Read more...
As 2013 rings in, we all get a chance to look back, reflect and take inventory on where were are. Here at HotHardware, it also gives us a chance to think about our wish list for the year ahead, and how we hope our favorite gadgets and platforms evolve. Evolution is a natural part of growth in consumer electronics, and with companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple gaining more and more brand recognition across mainstream devices and markets, the stakes have never been higher. In turn, there has never been a better time for these companies to push the envelope in an effort to stay one step ahead and more than just "current," when it comes to cutting-edge technology and features. Below,... Read more...
While the jury is still out somewhat on how successful the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms will be, Microsoft is apparently confident enough that it’s planning to open more retail stores in 2013. Microsoft is starting off the year by opening a half-dozen new locations, in San Antonio, Miami, Beachwood (Ohio), San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and St, Louis. These will join the 51 other stores that Microsoft opened throughout 2012, including in several Canadian locales. Some of those stores have been “specialty” outlets, and many will be either expanded or transitioned into stores that carry a full line of Microsoft products. Microsoft has deep pockets, so the brick and... Read more...
Google’s numerous and mostly excellent apps, which include Gmail and Drive, will not be getting the Windows 8 nor Windows Phone 8 treatment. Clay Bavor, product management director for Google Apps, told V3 that the company currently isn’t planning to develop its apps for the new Windows platform. "We have no plans to build out Windows apps,” he said. “We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8" Google has been working on improving its apps on iOS and Android--Bavor noted in particular the ability to natively edit spreadsheets on mobile devices--and plans to keep pushing itself to create a better... Read more...
Dell has been rather quiet on the mobile front lately, and there’s good reason: the company is officially getting out of the smartphone game, rendering your Streak, Aero, and Venue handsets instant relics of mobile computing history. Dell’s Jeff Clarke (pictured) told Forbes, “It needs a lot of investments to really be successful,” which is something of an understatement. The smartphone market is intensely competitive, and it’s been getting uglier with the ongoing patent wars between giants Apple and Samsung. Nokia is fighting for a comeback powered by Windows Phone 8, and RIM is closing its eyes and hoping that BlackBerry 10 will be a thing that enough people care... Read more...
CyberPowerPC is a boutique PC builder known for, among other things, its Zeus line of custom gaming rigs, and the company is lending the brand name to a new series of all-in-one desktops, as well. The Zeus Touch series is now available and includes the Zeus Touch 1000, 2000, and 3000. The AIOs were made with a “minimalist tablet-like design” in mind, and all of them feature a 21.5-inch (1920x1080), ten-point touch LED display and Windows 8. They run 3rd-generation Intel processors (any of the three models can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7-3770S), H77 Express motherboards, 24x DVD+/-R/RW optical drives, and Intel HD 2500 or 4000 graphics. Memory and storage configurations... Read more...
The Microsoft brass probably didn’t get a lot of sleep on Thanksgiving night, instead laying awake and wondering how Black Friday sales of its Windows 8 computers and Surface tablets were going to fare, as the shopping holiday was the first real test outside of launch day for Microsoft’s new fleet of products. The result appears to be a mixed bag, at least anecdotally. On the one hand, according to GeekWire, Walmart sold out of several of its Windows 8 laptops by the time the dust had settled on Black Friday; a reader in Indiana sent in a photo of HP, Gateway, and Toshiba laptops ranging in price from $248 to $328 with “sold out” signs stuck to them. (Holy smoke, those... Read more...
On Friday, security firm Symantec discovered a Trojan called Backdoor.Makadocs, which in typical backdoor Trojan fashion accesses a compromised system and attempts to swipe data from it. The interesting bit is that it uses Google Docs as a proxy server to get around firewalls and connect to a C&C server, instead of attempting to connect directly. Using social engineering tactics to engage a user’s interest in the file, the Trojan arrives as a Rich Text Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word document; when a user opens it, the payload is delivered. Essentially all versions of Windows are affected, from Windows 95 to Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2003 and 2008), and now Symantec says that the... Read more...
On the eve of Microsoft’s big Windows 8 and Surface announcements, company CEO Steve Ballmer sat down with the BBC and stated that Microsoft would indeed be making more hardware and devices in the future. This jibes with earlier reports that Microsoft would be focusing more on hardware and services and that it may actually have a handset prototype in the lab already. If Ballmer's presentation at the Windows 8 press event was any indication, Microsoft is tenaciously invading several market segments under his leadership. “We have committed ourselves on a path where we will do whatever is required from both a hardware and a software innovation perspective and the cloud innovation perspective... Read more...
In his opening remarks at today’s Windows 8 press event, Steve Sinofsky noted that it’s been almost exactly three years since Microsoft launched Windows 7; it’s been nearly that long that consumers and businesses alike have been awaiting Windows 8. After midnight tonight, Windows 8 and all the goodies that go with it will officially be available. That includes the new Windows Store, from which users can discover new apps and install (and uninstall) them with one click. The deluge of Windows 8 PCs has already begun, and there are all sorts of form factors coming available, from all-in-ones to ultrabooks to convertible to tablets, and Windows is calling them all “PCs”.... Read more...
Well, we can't exactly act surprised. With Windows 8 and Windows RT just around the bend, you may have wondered if Microsoft was going to try and integrate Skype into the fabric of those operating systems, much the same way FaceTime is integrated into OS X. With Microsoft paying a princely sum for Skype, it seems that the VoIP app will not only appear in Windows 8 and Windows RT, but will play a starring role. Microsoft and Skype are both being pretty quiet on the whole ordeal, but their websites speak louder. Both "Anna" and "Elena" are shown in screenshots on both sites, making it pretty easy to draw the conclusion that a new, "modern UI" Skype will be headlining the new software. It's hard... Read more...
Usually, if a company sees its yearly net income drop 22%, things get pretty tense around the office, but Microsoft is shrugging off its relatively dismal quarterly financial report. Despite the loss of net income, essentially flat sales numbers, and a sluggish overall PC market, the company indeed has reason for optimism--it’s about to unleash a slew of new and exciting products, including the long-awaited Windows 8 and its Surface tablets. "The launch of Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era at Microsoft," said CEO Steve Ballmer in a statement cited by CRN. "Investments we've made over a number of years are now coming together to create a future of exceptional devices and services,... Read more...
Samsung is the latest OEM to out its lineup of Windows 8 machines, and it certainly seems as though the big trend is toward laptop/tablet hybrids. According to VentureBeat, Samsung is calling its hybrid models “Smart PCs”, and two are slated to launch with Windows 8 on board. The ATIV Smart PC 700T will cost $1,200, while the ATIV Smart PC 500T will debut at $650 (or $750 with the keyboard). Samsung also announced a quartet of laptops, most notably the 13.3-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch, which boasts a touchscreen and will cost $860 for the Intel Core i5 edition and $810 for one running a Core i3. The lowest end of the line is the Series 3 notebook, which offers configurations from as... Read more...
October 26th sure is creeping up quickly. And with that comes Windows 8. While Microsoft's new operating system has already hit pre-order status, and a slew of OEM partners are getting ready to showcase their own Win8 machines later this month, it looks like Microsoft's retail partners are getting into gear as well. Best Buy locations across the nation are now displaying Windows 8 demo units, allowing those who stop in to get comfortable with a tile-focused OS. Best Buy hasn't issued an official press release confirming the news, but reports are spreading far and wide that most locales have at least a few machines up and running Win8, and employees seem more than eager to let patrons try things... Read more...
It’s just a matter of days until Microsoft’s latest and (purportedly) greatest operating system is officially released on October 26th, but you can now preorder a Windows 8 Pro DVD upgrade pack for $70. The upgrade pack is available from a number of outlets, including Microsoft, Amazon, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, and more. If you have the patience to wait until the release day, you can download the upgrade for $40; that offer expires in January, according to Reuters. A third way to get Windows 8 is to upgrade from a recently-purchased Windows 7 PC. In an effort to sustain PC sales in the meantime, Microsoft has promised that anyone who buys a Windows 7 machine between earlier... Read more...
Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky announced that there’s a new update available for Windows 8, and it offers some reliability and performance updates including better efficiency for improved battery life, performance improvements to applications and the Start screen, better audio and video playback, and improved application and driver compatibility. In the blog post announcing the updates, Sinofsky also took the time to discuss Microsoft’s better engineering system and update speed. He noted that in the past, there was an 8-12 week cycle between when the code was released to OEMs and when end users would see the updates on computers on store shelves. “This time has historically... Read more...
When Microsoft unveiled its own tablet, the Windows maker raised a bit of ire with its tablet hardware partners that we were also building tablets to run Windows 8 and Windows RT, and there were likely concerns among those same companies that Windows might develop its own phone, too. That prospect was no doubt especially disconcerting for Nokia, which has leverage much of its future on selling handsets running Windows Phone 8. According to Windows Phone Central, those fears have been realized: Windows is indeed building its own phone, and the site’s confidential sources indicate that the device (or devices) already exist and is being tested in Microsoft’s labs. Of course, from Microsoft’s... Read more...
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