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Has Microsoft finally found the formula to beat iTunes?

As big companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft each compete to gain supremacy in the “Post-PC” era, a killer ecosystem is thought key to keeping users locked in to one particular platform. While we can grant Microsoft’s gaming and business pedigree, its music services have been lacking thus far, and to address this, the Redmond company is launching a new music streaming service dubbed “Xbox Music,” which will be available from Tuesday October 16 on Xbox 360, with further platforms gaining support soon.  Read More

The ASUS VivoBook X202, with its 11.6-inch touchscreen

Only recently, ASUS unveiled its Vivo Tab line of tablets, and now it has shown off a brand new laptop that will serve as the big brother to these tablets. This new laptop, called the VivoBook X202, has all the touchscreen functionality of its tablet brethren, but with the extra features users expect in a laptop.  Read More

Vizio's Thin and Light 14-inch Ultrabook

Acer and Vizio have announced a number of laptops and desktop PCs designed specifically for use with Windows 8. The new systems detailed here will feature a variety of touch-based improvements that are designed to make navigating the new touch-centric UI simpler and more intuitive.  Read More

Sweden's Handheld Group has launched a rugged 10.1-inch tablet for field professionals cal...

For many mobile workers, tablets are a good choice. When faced with the dust and grit of a construction site, however, or there's a good chance of being subjected to a soaking on a regular basis, many tablet users run for cover ... quite literally. If protecting your existing device with a toughened-up outer case (such as the rather tasty Lifeproof nüüd) doesn't sound like your cup of tea and you'd rather invest in a dedicated rugged tablet, the Algiz 10X from Sweden's Handheld Group might be worth a look.  Read More

Microsoft's own Surface tablet features a unique magnesium body with kickstand

With the Windows 8 launch just around the corner, let's take a look at four upcoming premium devices running Redmond’s new OS. All of the tablets detailed here run the full version of Windows 8 and offer laptop-like functionality through the use of various peripherals. However, from internal configuration to design, there’s a lot of different options available and we’re here to help decide which devices are most worthy of your hard-earned cash.  Read More

Razer's design shots show Assassin's Creed running on the tablet

The sky is the limit for tablet gaming. As technology advances, the devices can eventually combine the power of PC/console gaming with the portability of a PS Vita. More often, though, we see Angry Birds and Tiny Wings: great casual titles, but a far cry from Skyrim or Batman: Arkham City. Enter Razer, with its concept tablet dubbed Project Fiona. One of the hottest demo items at CES, the company just announced that it will be moving forward with the device.  Read More

The HP ElitePad 900 aims to capture the enterprise market through its clever use of periph...

HP has announced a new business-orientated tablet that combines enterprise-ready features with a decidedly rugged form factor. In addition to the increased security features and durability, HP is relying on the new Smart Jacket peripherals to set the device apart from the crowd. The ElitePad 900 will run Windows 8 and is set for a January 2013 release date.  Read More

With the release of Windows 8 imminent, Acer has added some new touchscreen Ultrabooks to ...

Unless you've spent the summer snoozing at the back of the bear cave, you'll already know that Windows 8 is on the cusp of release. Hardware manufacturers made the most of the opportunity presented by the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (or IFA to you and me) to show us the first batch of products that we'll be using to get our touch on with the next flavor of Microsoft's operating system. We've already rubbed shoulders with Acer's new V5 series notebooks, now it's time to reach out and grab a few moments with the company's M3 Touch and S7 Ultrabooks.  Read More

Ideum has updated its 65-inch Presenter multitouch wall display

Ideum has announced a major update to its 65-inch Presenter Touch Wall Display. The new model is now just two inches (50.8 mm) thin, is available in display-only or with built-in computing and connectivity options, and includes RFID technology.  Read More

With the release of Windows 8 just around the corner, HP has unveiled two new touch-enable...

It's been over a year since Microsoft first previewed the next generation of its Windows operating system, the touch-optimized Windows 8. As we draw closer to release, it's now the turn of hardware manufacturers to reveal exactly what they imagine we'll be using to make the most of the rather impressive new operating environment. IFA 2012 provided the perfect platform and we managed to spend a little time getting to know the latest tablet, ultrabook, AIO and hybrid tablet/notebook offerings from Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo and Acer. We've saved the biggest PC manufacturer until last and managed to jostle our way through the crowds of media and public to get up close to HP's first wave of Windows 8 machines.  Read More

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