Microsoft Offers £50 of Credit for Delayed UK Surface Tablet Orders

Microsoft has got itself into a bit of a pickle and is trying to buy its way out, as usual, offering £50 of shopping credit to anyone who hasn't received their Windows RT Surface hardware on the claimed launch day. Read More >>

Tim Cook: "We Would Never Make a 7-Inch Tablet"

In Apple's earnings call yesterday, Tim Cook uttered something that is, frankly, stunning in its obliviousness: Read More >>

WSJ: Microsoft Building 5 Million Surface Tablets This Quarter

Ahead of its launch, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is building between 3 and 5 million Surface tablets to sell on the run-up to the holiday season. Clearly, it means business. Read More >>

AMD's New Mobile Processor Plays Call of Duty on Your Windows 8 Tab

AMD has officially announced its new tablet-specific Z-60 processor, known as Hondo, and it promises rather a lot. In fact, the chip manufacturer claims it will allow you to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on your Windows 8 tablet, at 30 fps on a 1024 x 768 display. Sounds zippy. Read More >>

WSJ: Apple Has Ordered 10 Million iPad Minis From Chinese Suppliers

As excitement surrounding the launch of an iPad Mini grows, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple isn't taking any chances when it comes to supplies: component manufacturers have told the newspaper that it's ordered a staggering 10 million units for delivery in the fourth quarter. Read More >>

WSJ: Apple Suppliers Begin Mass Production on iPad Mini

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple's Asian component suppliers have ratcheted up production, and are now churning out the as-yet-unannounced iPad Mini. Read More >>

Samsung's Got Something Else With a Stylus Coming

Samsung's sent out a cryptic event teaser for October 24th, because apparently "the next big thing is here". The picture of one of Samsung's new S-Pen styluses confuses things a bit; we've already seen the 5.5-inch Note 2 and Note 10.1. So, what's next? A 7-inch Note, or maybe a smaller phablet? [AllThingsD via TechRadar] Read More >>

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Microsoft Courier Concept Rises Again in Windows 8 App "Project Austin"

Anyone remember Microsoft's Courier concept? Pretty nifty, huh? While it might have an unofficial spiritual-successor in the equally neat iPad app Taposé, a group of developers from Microsoft's Visual C++ team are bringing back some of the Courier inspiration to the Windows camp via a Windows 8 app codenamed Project Austin, which allows you to do all sorts of things with your notes. Read More >>

Asus Windows 8 Tablets to Start at £400?

Steve Ballmer has already suggested that Microsoft's Surface won't be trying to compete on price, but rumours suggest that Asus's tablets likely won't come cheap either. ZDNet is reporting that the devices will start at about £400. Read More >>

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Archos 101 XS Tablet Review: One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back

Think Microsoft Surface is the only one that gets to have fun with a keyboard hidden in the tablet's cover? Hell naw, quoth Archos. The 101 XS Tablet is bringing some old-style clickity-clack to the tablet game. If only they'd made it, you know, work. Read More >>

New Internet Video Standard to Allow Twice-as-Fast Movie Downloads

Rejoice, because there's a new MPEG video standard coming. It's called High Efficiency Video Coding and it will be twice as efficient as current standards. This means downloading movies twice as fast. Or doubling their quality. HEVC will arrive next year. Read More >>

Judge to Samsung: You Can't Use Sci-Fi Films as Evidence in Court

Samsung has a tough time on its hands battling Apple over tablet patents. But in the process of fighting hard, it seems to have made some questionable calls when it comes to choosing evidence — including the use of sci-fi footage to prove its case. Read More >>

This Is Probably the 10-Inch PlayBook (That Won't Be Out Until 2013

Vietnamese tech forum Tinhte is showing off what looks like RIM's new 10-inch PlayBook. But while the hardware looks like it might almost be ready for launch—if it's real—don't expect to get your hands on one any time soon. Read More >>

NYT: Apple to Launch Smaller, Cheaper iPad While Amazon Goes Large

Earlier this month, reports from both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg suggested that Apple is planning to launch a smaller iPad. Now, citing independent sources, the New York Times is reporting that Apple plans to launch a cheaper 7.85-inch tablet later this year. Read More >>

How Do You Use Your iPad? Mine Is My TV

Between the shows and movies available streaming on Netflix, and those on iPlayer, I consume more TV now, with my iPad, than I did a year ago, when I still had an actual TV and a satellite bill to go with it. The battery life is long enough for me to get through several hours of programming before needing to recharge, and it's small and slim enough to come to bed with me, propped up on a pile of blankets. Read More >>

Looks Like a New Touchscreen MacBook Pro Is On Its Way

Microsoft's decided that touchscreen tablet-come-laptops are the way forward, but Apple's not quite so sure. Still, if Apple won't give you a touchscreen MacBook Pro, maybe Modbook can. Read More >>


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