Microsoft Surface Pro Gets A Release Month And Price — And It’s Not What You Expected

Today, Microsoft gave the Surface Pro, a Windows 8 tablet that is more powerful than the Surface RT, a release date and price. Starting from $899 and up, the Surface Pro will get you 1080p HD display, Windows 8 Pro, approximately half the battery life of the RT model, and of course the ability to run legacy (meaning literally every Windows app), something the RT version can’t do because its kernel is based off of AMD architecture. Other than all of that, it’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, and will launch in January of next year, with no specific date mentioned — yet.

The full price range is as follows: a 64GB model will cost $899, while a 128GB edition will be available for $999. The tablet includes a USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort, which can drive a screen of up to 2560 x 1440 resolution, and always comes bundled with a Surface Pen.

Via: Microsoft

UN Nuclear Agency Breached, Email Addresses Outed By Hackers

That is not a comfortable position to be in at all. About 100 email addresses have been outed by hackers who attached the International Atomic Energy Agency. But it may not be too bad, as it’s outdated information, as the IAEA claimed the addresses were “stolen from an old server that was shut down some time ago.”

As for the identity of the aggressors? A hacker group known as Parastoo has claimed responsibility for the intrusion and released the full list of email addresses via Pastebin, expressing their purpose of the breach was to shed light on Israel’s nuclear weapons program(s). Keep in mind Israel has kept their atomic arsenal under wraps, with some wondering if it exists simply as a trump card bluff. The IAEA is continuing to investigate and patch their systems.

Via: Reuters

Google Expands Gmail Attachment Limit To 10GB Of Just About Anything

Just in case you’re on-the-run like the characters of Nikita, making a big file transfer via email could be rather useful. Using existing infrastructure, Google has managed to expand the limit for attachments in Gmail to a sound 10GB. To utilize the new feature, just go ahead and click the Google Drive icon instead of the useful paperclip representing attachments and you;ll be on your way — this new method is about 400 times larger than the original 25MB limit. Talk about progress!

Via: Gmail Blog

Microsoft Sold 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses — So Far

So, there’s improvement on the Microsoft front! Windows 8, despite being an awkward transition that caught many consumers by surprise, has started to pick up upgrade users. In fact, according to Tami Reller, the Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer, 40 million licences of Windows 8 have been sold to date; she revealed the figure during a speech at Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. These sales were purportedly achieved during the first few days of availability, back in October. This comes after initial reports that MSFT was displeased with early sales. Perhaps that is no longer the case?

Via: Windows Team Blog

Samsung Has Cause To Celebrate: 5 Million Galaxy Note II Units Sold

Apparently, the popularity on Earth for Galaxy Note II handsets produced by Korean technology giant Samsung is at an all time high. 5 million units have been sold worldwide Having had the chance to review an Galaxy Note II, we can understand why it’s been a moderate success. With five million out the door, and more every hour, it’s no doubt large devices are here to stay.

Via: Samsung Korea

Brevity Review: A Black & Red R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse

It’s glossy black and red! It’s one of MadCatz’s latest additions to their elite PC gaming division. The R.A.T. 9 is still the same hardware I loved before in a well-documented review, but now it comes in a few striking colors, like full red, white, black, and this special black and red edition, with silver accents. It’s awesome, still costs $150 when purchased from MadCatz directly, but still is wireless, has great battery life, and an astounding 6400dpi sensor, with variable weight system, precision mode, and different profile settings. The only thing not as good about this particular R.A.T. 9 is that because of its glossy finish, it’s slightly more fingerprint prone, but considering this is a gaming mouse, you’re supposed to touch it for extended periods of time, and also to maintain its beauty, it’s acceptable.

R.A.T. 9 In Black/Red Gallery

And I have to say, it makes a great (albeit pricey stocking stuffer).Go ahead and touch it; this R.A.T. is still clean and awesome.

Price as Reviewed: $149.99 at MadCatz USA

Score: 8/10

Of Course: Microsoft Patents Designs For Its Own Project Glass

This patent application is from 2011, but what’s important about it in November 2012 is that the concept has either been sitting in a dusty drawer somewhere, or it’s progressed much farther. Either way, as the patent suggests, text, images and audio would appear on a head-up display—kind of a second screen, just one that’s strapped to your face. This means full-time analytic support, on-demand, for anything you want to find out that’s occurring in front of you.

That’s much different that Google’s Project Glass, which is something you’d wear all day long, but this Microsoft patent submitted in 2011 hits at something more scenario-based. Cool stuff, huh?

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