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Windows Store boasts 1.7 million daily downloads in October

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Microsoft has released the latest Windows Store marketplace statistics, which show the number of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 app downloaded daily has averaged 1.7 million.

This includes both free and paid apps and show a 38.5% increase over June. The result is a total of 51.2 million apps downloaded in October alone – 15 million more than recorded in June. Read more »

Microsoft fixes mouse lag issue in Windows 8.1

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The Windows 8.1 update released a new DPI framework that caused problems in games that don’t read raw mouse data. The result was significant mouse lag across several titles like Call of Duty.

Microsoft has released a hotfix that addresses the issue, and has included a list of affected games. There are also instructions on how to extend the update to other games. Read more »

Stephen Elop reportedly mulling Xbox and Bing split if elected as Microsoft CEO

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According to a report in Bloomberg, Nokia’s former chief Stephen Elop has grand plans in consideration if elected as the next CEO of Microsoft. Already on the shortlist for the position, Elop is said to consider selling off the Xbox business and axing Bing.

In addition to the abovementioned changes, Stephen Elop is reportedly mulling over expanding the reach of the popular Microsoft Office to a broad variety of devices, including iOS and Android products. Read more »

Lenovo launches IdeaPad Flex, a dual-mode Windows 8 notebook PC

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Lenovo has officially taken wraps of IdeaPad Flex, a dual-mode notebook PC with a 10 point multitouch feature. Lenovo’s newest addition comes with an ability to flip 300 degrees to instantly switch between laptop and stand modes.

With the laptop mode, you get the integrated keyboard and a touchpad, while the stand model is designed for touch usage and social functionality. Read more »

Panasonic’s huge 4K tablet coming to the US in January

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The world’s first 4K resolution tablet from Panasonic, which debuted at CES this year, is set to hit the US just after the holiday season this coming January.

The tablet will miss the US holiday shopping bonanza, but at an MSRP of $5999 it’s hard to see the 20-inch tablet as a stocking stuffer. Read more »

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is now available

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NimbleBit and LucasArts has just released Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for most major mobile operating systems.

The game was announced exactly one month ago, and is based upon Tiny Tower – a popular block stacking game with a city building theme. Read more »

Nokia is reportedly working on a compact Windows RT tablet dubbed Illusionist

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As the Nokia Lumia 2520 enjoys its fair share of attention, a report on the company’s second Windows RT tablet made the rounds. Allegedly, an 8” Windows RT slate dubbed Nokia Illusionist is in development.

Reportedly the Nokia Illusionist will be released in early 2014 with Qualcomm silicon on board. Read more »

Lumia 2520 is better than Surface 2, says Qualcomm exec

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Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm has expressed his view on the latest tablets from Nokia and Microsoft. Speaking to CNET, he said that the Nokia Lumia 2520 trumps the Microsoft Surface 2 in every way possible.

That’s not too surprising, considering the Lumia 2520 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, while Microsoft’s second-gen Surface uses the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset. Read more »

Microsoft show how cool the Surface Music Kit is on video

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The Surface Music Kit was announced with the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro slates back in September. It is a detachable cover that will let you create and remix songs on your Surface.

The pricing and availability is yet to be announced, though, but now you can learn in detail how the creative process works via nine demo videos. Read more »

Microsoft posts record revenue, Surface sales double

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Microsoft announced a record quarterly revenue for Q1 of its fiscal year and along with that the tech giant announced some good news about the Surface tablets – sales for the quarter have more than doubled. Granted, sales were less than spectacular to begin with but it’s great that things are picking up.

Microsoft as a whole announced $18.53 billion in revenue for the quarter that ended in September with operating income of $6.33 billion. This includes a $113 million deferral of revenue from Windows 8.1 pre-sales. Read more »

Surface Pro to cost $699 after another $100 price cut

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Back in August Microsoft dropped the price of the Surface Pro tablet by a $100, bringing it down to $799. Now, after the launch of the new Surface Pro 2, Microsoft has made another price cut.

Starting today, the older Surface Pro will be sold for $699, which is another $100 off the price tag. That might still seem a bit steep for a tablet but when you consider that it is practically a notebook underneath it is not all that bad. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a nightmare to repair

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iFixit has published its Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown, revealing all internals of the slate as well as how easy each of them can be replaced.

As it turns out, not very easy with the Surface Pro 2. The tablet seems more or less the same as last year’s model – featuring the same exact battery, same screws (many, many screws) and the same flaws that brought the last Surface Pro a low repairability score. Read more »

Windows 8.1 introduces mouse lag, gaming issues

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As it turns out Windows 8.1 update may cause some trouble with popular action games. If you update to Windows 8.1 you may experience severe mouse lag on Call of Duty, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Metro 2033 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.

Various users are reporting on Reddit they’ve started to experience mouse lag after they updated to Windows 8.1. Read more »

Microsoft resumes seeding the Windows RT 8.1 updates

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The official Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 updates kicked off on October 17. Shortly after that the RT update was pulled from the Store, because it was reportedly failing the installation on a small percentage of RT devices, leaving them unbootable.

It seems Microsoft has found the problem and resolved it, because the Windows RT 8.1 update is back in the Store. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 2520 treated to an official hands-on video, couple of ads

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The Lumia 2520 is the first ever tablet to come from the Nokia and understandably, the Finns are very excited about it.

They have released a trio of videos, the first of which features Nokia’s Adam Giles, who touches upon the slate’s key features. The 10.1″ slate runs Windows 8.1 RT and packs a microSD card as well as a microSIM card tray for the full 4G LTE support. Read more »