on 05-03-201310:03 AM - last edited on 05-03-201310:07 AM by BBYJorge
May the Fourth be with you! May 4th is a big day for Star Wars fans everywhere. No, it’s not a new movie (you’ll have to wait a few more years for that to start up again), but May 4th has become an internationally celebrated day for flying your Star Wars geek flag. To help you out, here’s a collection of Star Wars-themed apps you can download and install on your tablet or smartphone.
byBradMoon04-23-201310:21 AM - edited 04-23-201310:21 AM
Microsoft’s Windows 8 is a thoroughly modern take on the PC operating system, employing a radically new user interface that makes the most of touchscreen gestures. It helps to bring the desktop (and portable) PC into a new era, while offering a high degree of UI continuity between tablets, smartphones and computers. Windows 8’s highly tablet-influenced approach of colourful, Live Tiles that greet users from the new Start screen won over a lot of doubters, but at the same time this radical new look confused some longtime users. Windows 95 this isn’t. It looks as though Microsoft is planning to extend an olive branch with reports that the “Start” button is set to make a comeback when Windows 8.1 is released.
Microsoft has announced a new upgrade for its Windows 7.8 phone to make it more compatible with the W8 apps. The company has also been working with developers to beef up its store with more apps and choice for users. It all translates to a more robust experience for W8 users with plenty of choice and flexibility.
On March 22nd, Razer is set to shock the world with the release of the Edge Pro, and Best Buy will be the only place you'll find it in Canada.
A Tablet with the power and functionality of a laptop, this WIndows 8 run machine is set to change the way you look at tablets (or reconsider that next laptop purchase perhaps?) Having been put through a gauntlet of tests, the Edge Pro has been seen comfortably running PC games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Crysis 3 and Civilization V. What does it have in store for you? Check out our preview of the Razer Edge Pro Gaming Tablet.
Whether you’ve chosen a Windows PC, a Mac, a desktop system or a notebook, you should be taking advantage of the cloud. Think of all the files you have sitting on your computer, tablet or smartphone right now: movies, music, photos, documents, spreadsheets —you name it. There are probably thousands of them. The cloud isn’t just the easiest and cheapest way to back up all these files, it’s also the way to share them or access them from other computers.
Anyone who has a tablet knows how addicting it can be, and I’m not talking about just playing Angry Birds. Want to rent an HD movie? Pick up your tablet, give it a few taps, and then grab the popcorn. Need to do some quick shopping while on the go? Just open up your favourite site and fill up your cart.
But tablets can do so much more than just watching movies and shopping. Because I’ve had a tablet in my collection of gadgets for 2 years, I know a thing or two about optimizing it so it does everything I thought it would (and a few things I had no idea it could!)
Last June, we were all asking “What is Microsoft Surface?” after the company best known for Windows, Office and the Xbox 360 staged a surprise entry into the tablet market with its Surface duo. The Surface RT has been out for a few months and the Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro —the tablet aimed at business and power users— is set to land on February 9. We’ve got the specs, prices and what to expect from a tablet that runs PC software.
The last time Microsoft released a new version of its ubiquitous Office suite was three years ago with Office 2010. With the recent release of Windows 8 —the new PC operating system that bridges the divide between traditional computers and the latest tablet user interfaces— Office was also due for a revision. Customer trial versions were released in July, 2012, leading up to the 2013 launch. I’ve had the opportunity to test the final version of Office 2013 (the exact same version that will be appearing on store shelves shortly) and there’s a lot to like about it. Close integration with SkyDrive (Microsoft’s cloud based file storage system), an optional touch-friendly interface, improved multimedia support and a simplified, “flatter” looking interface are among the upgrades to look forward to.
How do you choose between the Windows 8 tablet and the Windows RT (RT is short for Runtime) tablet? Check out what each has to offer and then make your decision.
According to Microsoft all Windows 8 and Windows RT machines are considered “tablet PCs,” which means they are tablets that can work like PCs. Both are sleek and lightweight. Windows 8 is a bit heavier and thicker (13.5 mm, 2.0 lbs.) than Windows RT (is lighter and thinner (9.30 mm, 1.5 lbs.) but both are extremely portable.
However, their main difference lies in their operating hardware.
In a year when the tablet is King, few gadgets have generated the kind of buzz that Microsoft’s Surface has. This is a tablet that runs Windows, offers touch-enhanced versions of popular applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint and connects to cloud based Xbox services for music and movies. Plus it has that incredible cover, the one with the keyboard built right in. There’s a lot to like about the Surface and now you can get it at Best Buy.
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