Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available for all

This is it: the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Containing over 100,000 changes from the older Developer preview, the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 has access to many of the Metro-style apps as well as new apps, like the Windows Store. The Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions in English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese. Microsoft’s minimum requirements for the Consumer Preview are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of free storage space, and a DirectX 9-compatible graphics card — the exact same requirements as Windows 7 (interesting, no?).

You can get the Windows 8 consumer preview at the source links.

Via: Windows 8 (Setup Download), Windows 8 ISO Version, Microsoft

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Announced At MWC 2012: It’s Incredibly Unique

This is the Galaxy Note 10.1. It is a larger version of the Galaxy Note I reviewed not too long ago, and uses the S pen once again to take care of business on its Android 4.0 with Touchwiz-enhanced software. What differentiates the Galaxy Note 10.1 from the Galaxy Tab 2 is that apps can run in “multiscreens” or windows. So you can take notes while on the internet, for example. More importantly there’s content creation apps like Photoshop Touch (just released for the iPad this morning) and Adobe Ideas, plus the usual suite of Android and Samsung apps, as well as the note-taking apps that let you make full use of the included S Pen.

Hardware specs include: A 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, has a 1280×800 resolution 10.1-inch screen, and options for 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage space. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (stated earlier) and is powered by a 7,000 mAh battery (same size as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1). Cellular options are also going to be available.

Press release after the break.

Skype for Windows Phone beta launched

Just in time for all the upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets comes Skype for Windows Phone, in beta. Calls and video chats can be made over 3G, 4G, and WiFi. Skype users can also make calls to landlines and mobiles with the app, whilst Microsoft has certified a number of specific devices for Skype Windows Phone that can run it the “best”, including the Nokia Lumia 710, Lumia 800, HTC TITAN, HTC Radar , Samsung Focus S, and Samsung Focus Flash. From here on out the app will be updated consistently until out of beta.

Via: Skype for Windows Phone, Skype Blog

This Week On LaptopMemo: Android 4.0 Pops Up On The Newcomers

It’s happening: Android 4.0 on newer devices (!). And with a strong start to Mobile World Congress 2012 in the beautiful Barcelona, Spain (where tech journos are adjusting to new foods, time zones, and languages), you can be sure in the following days more exciting announcements will be made. There’s announcements from Samsung (the new Galaxy Tab), LG, Sony, and HTC (the new One series, seen above). You can check out all the current (and upcoming) MWC 2012 news at this page.