Google has introduced Chrome Apps for those using Chrome OS or Windows computers. Unlike the apps that you had for Chrome until now that always ran within the browser itself and in some cases were nothing but bookmarks for websites, the new Chrome apps run outside the browser and are full fledged applications.
For Windows users this may not be a big deal since you could always run native apps on the OS but for Chrome OS users this means they are no longer restricted to running apps within the browser window. You can now go to the Chrome Store and choose from a selection of new desktop apps, which are then installed in a folder on your taskbar. You can then run these independently of the browser. Read more »
We here at GSMArena HQ have been fans of the Yoga ultrabook ever since it launched a year ago so naturally we were screaming like exited school girls when we saw what Lenovo has done with its next generation Yoga.
The Yoga 2 Pro ups the ante with a 13.3″ touchscreen of 3200 x 1800 (previously 1600 x 900) resolution resulting in an insane 276 ppi. The slate also runs on the fourth-gen Intel Core i7 Haswell processor and promises a battery life up to 9 hours. Read more »
ASUS has announced a slew of new notebooks at IFA 2013. We already saw the Zenbook UX301 and now there are two more. One of them is the Transformer Book T300, which is an updated version of the Transformer Pad TX300 launched earlier this year. The major update here is a switch to a more modern fourth generation Intel Haswell processor. The RAM and storage have also been doubled and now stands at 8GB and 256GB respectively.
Other than that it is mostly the same 13-inch tablet/notebook hybrid as before. You can simply un-dock the display from the keyboard and use it as a 13-inch Windows 8 tablet or dock it in and it turns into a full-fledged notebook. Read more »
Moments before the ASUS IFA 2013 event kicks off, we get a little tasty treat in the form of a promo video, ASUS posted itself on YouTube. The video’s main focus is the precision-crafted ultrabook Zenbook UX301 and all its mouth-watering features.
The ultrabook will sport a 2560 x 1440 resolution atop that 13.3″ screen, which results in a really nice 220 ppi. Not only that, but the panel will be touch-enabled, which will play nicely with the touch-optimized Windows 8 that sits at the helm. Read more »
Acer announced the Aspire R7 notebook a few months back with the unique Ezel hinge that allowed it to be folded in various ways and be used as a notebook or a tablet. Acer is now updating the Aspire R7 at IFA with some new hardware features to keep it up to date.
First of all, the Aspire R7 gets the latest generation Intel Core series processor, commonly known as the Haswell series. It also features up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive (or 256GB SSD) for storage, along with a backlit keyboard and Windows 8.1. Read more »
Panasonic announced a Windows 8-powered 20″ tablet with 4K resolution at CES in early January this year and has since shown it off a few more times. The company has announced what it will also be bringing its products to IFA and a 20″ 4K tablet is on the list.
So, why is Panasonic showing the same tablet over half a year later? Read more »
Microsoft sent out the finished version of Windows 8.1 and RT 8.1 to manufacturers and announced that users will have to wait until the official October 18 launch date to get it (even MSDN and TechNet subscribers). Well, you don’t have to wait, Windows 8.1 RTM has leaked (but it’s the Simplified Chinese version).
If you don’t read Chinese and can wait three weeks until the official version is out, you can just put on one of the 8.1 wallpapers. Read more »
Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have hit the RTM stage, meaning Microsoft has sent them out to device markers and with their help will do the finishing touches to the updated OS. The update will be released to the public on October 18.
Windows 8.1 is part of Microsoft’s new strategy – instead of waiting years to deliver new major features to their flagship OS, the company will move to a quick release schedule. And so, just 10 months after the initial launch of the OS comes its first major update. Read more »
Gameloft has announced its plans to launch a total of 15 games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 by the end of this year and throughout 2014. Headlining the list is Asphalt 8: Airborne, which hits Android and iOS tomorrow.
Four of the games will be new for the Windows Phone 8 platform, while all 15 will be hitting Windows 8. Read more »
A Nokia Windows RT tablet has been spotted in the wild. The device has the familiar Verizon and 4G LTE logos on the back and the red color to go with the branding. The tablet will also be available on AT&T at launch.
In terms of specifications, the Nokia tablet is said to have a 10.1-inch display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and obvious LTE support. Read more »
We had heard rumors that the Windows 8.1 update would be arriving some time in October this year but now we finally have the proper release date.
According to a blog post on Microsoft’s Windows blog, the Windows 8.1 update would be released to the general public on October 18 at 12:00 a.m New Zealand time. The Windows 8.1 would also be available at retail outlets and pre-installed on new devices on the same date. Read more »
According to sources close to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update will be released to end users by mid-October.
The RTM version will start seeding in the beginning of August and after manufacturers have fiddled and optimized it for their varying hardware it’s expected to be available to the general public by mid-October. Read more »
Poor sales performance of the Windows RT platform, which Microsoft hoped would making a dent in the tablet market, has made ASUS announce it’s ceasing making slates running it.
The company is currently only offering the VivoTab RT tablet, powered by the Tegra 3 SoC. Read more »
Market analysts IDC has released its report on tablet shipment numbers for the second quarter of this year. Although Apple retains top tablet spot and shipped more tablets than Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo and Acer combined it controls only 32% market share of the entire quarter.
Compared to Q2 of 2012 when Apple saw 60.3% market share of tablet shipments it saw a 14.1% drop in shipments year over year. Samsung saw an increase of 277%, Lenovo had its sales explode by 313.9% and ASUS extended its shipments by 120.3% with Apple the only one seeing a negative trend. Read more »
After recently dropping the Surface RT prices by a cool $150, Microsoft has now announced that the Surface Pro will be receiving a $100 price drop, which means prices for the 64GB model now start at $799.
The offer is only for a limited time between August 4 and August 29 and is only available to customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US. Read more »