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The Microsoft Surface Tablet And Productivity (Part 2)

Microsoft Surface and productivity

Previously: Some Thoughts On The Microsoft Surface Tablet (Part 1)

Because it is built on an operating system that appears identical to Windows 8, Microsoft’s Surface tablet has some features that set it apart from an iPad. This isn’t a full review of the Surface, just some of the reasons that my first impression is different than I expected. […] continued

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A Snapshot Of The Tech Market

Windows 8 - computers, notebooks, tablets, phones

Let’s catch our breath for a minute and do a quick recap of where things stand as we head into November.

COMPUTERS

Windows 8 is becoming available, at least as an option, on new computers from the major manufacturers. At the moment everything is in transition, so you might run into something like the order page this morning for a Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, which says in boldface “Dell Recommends Window Pro 8” and then does not offer Windows 8 as an option. […] continued

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Windows 8 Is Officially Released

Windows 8 launch

With a Microsoft press event in New York followed by crowds filling Times Square at midnight, Windows 8 is now available to everyone, sold with new computers as well as appearing for the first time on tablets and hybrid notebooks with detachable keyboards.

You’ll hear about the disruptive changes, of course, the missing Start button and the new moves that are better suited to touchscreens than keyboard and mouse. […] continued

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Windows 8: The View From 36,000 Feet

Windows 8 Start Screen

Windows 8 is a term that will be used to refer to several different things. It is the next operating system for Windows computers, but you’ll also see the name used loosely to describe a tablet operating system, a phone operating system, the environment for apps that run on those different platforms, and the design aesthetic that Microsoft is using for the operating systems, for apps, and for its online services. […] continued

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The Road To Windows 8

The Road To Windows 8

On October 25, Microsoft will formally unveil Windows 8, followed closely by a separate presentation of Windows Phone 8 on October 29. Windows 8 computers, notebooks, tablets and hybrid devices will go on sale on October 26, and Windows Phone 8 phones will go on sale through all carriers in early November. […] continued

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Batteries Are Improving (Really!)

Batteries are improving (really!)

Good news! Batteries are improving rapidly. It might be hard to believe on the days when the low battery alert flashes too soon but the improvements are quite real and there is reason to hope that things will keep getting better.

Our lives are ruled by batteries. The collection of rechargers in the suitcase is more important than anything else you pack for a trip. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tablet/Notebook Mash-ups

Windows 8 hybrid tablet/notebook - Microsoft Surface

Manufacturers are showing off upcoming Windows 8 devices for the first time at a trade show in Berlin this week. In a couple of months you’re going to be walking down store aisles full of odd devices with screens and keyboards that twist and turn and swivel and detach and slip in every direction. […] continued

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Sixty Days Of Technology

changescoming

Get some popcorn, keep a grip on your wallet, and settle down. The action is about to begin.

There are big changes coming up in the world of mobile devices, and the thrilling conclusion will affect your computers as well when Microsoft officially releases Windows 8.

Here’s a look at what lies ahead. […] continued

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Just Another Week In Technology

Increasing speed of new technology

The pace is picking up as we head into full-blown techno-craziness this fall.


WINDOWS 8 This morning the shipping version of Windows 8 became available to Microsoft TechNet and MSDN subscribers. The download site generated error messages for an hour or so under the weight of the people trying to log in but they got it under control and I’m downloading Windows 8 in the background as I write this. […] continued Read more

Business-Focused Notebooks And Tablets From Lenovo

Lenovo Windows 8 tablet

Lenovo is stepping to the front of the pack with new laptops and tablets that look just right for small businesses. The Lenovo lineup of Ultrabooks, thin and light notebooks, is more interesting than any other manufacturer now, and the upcoming products for Windows 8 look compelling. I’m going to encourage my clients to look beyond Dell for a change. […] continued

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How To Identify An Ivy Bridge Processor

Intel Ivy Bridge processors - how to identify

The market for Windows notebooks has begun its transition to new models built on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors. New products are appearing daily and older models are being upgraded or replaced. Since shopping is a little confusing right now, I’ll try to give you the short course about what you’re looking for. […] continued

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Apple Updates The MacBook Pro

Apple Updates The MacBook Pro with Retina display

Apple introduced updated notebooks at the Worldwide Developer Conference this week, with much fanfare and media hubbub – and surprisingly little substance.

The highlight is the 15” “MacBook Pro with Retina display,” which follows the “new iPad” in demonstrating that Apple has completely lost its way in product branding. The MacBook Pro has a very high resolution display, a speedy processor, a solid state hard drive (SSD), a slightly slimmer profile, and a price tag that is unexpectedly high even for Apple. […] continued

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Apple Patents The Wedge

Apple Patents The Wedge

It’s not a secret that the tech industry is being distorted by our imperfect patent system. Companies are being purchased to obtain their patent portfolios rather than, say, their product lines or talented employees. The mobile phone market seems to be driven as much by patent lawsuits as by genuine innovation. […] continued

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SSDs Are The Real Secret To Improved Notebook Performance

Intel SSD and Ivy Bridge - improved notebook speed

At Computex today, Intel is boasting about the improved performance of its Ivy Bridge chipset.

PC vendors are falling all over themselves to get hundreds of new laptops on the market, with most of the attention on the thin and light Ultrabooks built on Ivy Bridge that will dominate the market this year. […] continued

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Ultrabook Update And Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

Intel’s Ivy Bridge chipsets will be available in new Ultrabooks very soon. There are persistent rumors that the first ones will be on the market after an announcement on June 5 at Computex, an important laptop trade show in Taiwan.

Ultrabook is the marketing term for 13”-14” laptops that are ultra-light and ultra-thin. […] continued

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