The Microsoft Surface tablet is announced, built for Windows 8

This is Microsoft’s own crack at a Windows 8 tablet. Aesthetically, it  measures 9.3 mm thin, weighs 1.5lbs and is made of a liquid metal frame with PVD finish. The screen is of the ClearType full HD variety, measuring 10.6-inches with Gorilla Glass 2, has a built-in kickstand, built-in HDMI, front and rear cameras, a USB 3.0 (or 2.0, depending on model) port and a removable battery. Where things get really innovative is the 3mm thin cover, which doubles as a mutlitouch keyboard (and trackpad!) that is magnetically attached to the Surface. Along the Surface exists “perimeter venting”, so that your hands never cover the air vents. A digital ink pen integrates with the screen, allowing for some of the most accurate writing on any tablet, but also magnetizes to the body of the Surface so that it can be stored. Applause.

As for software, the Microsoft Surface tablet aims to be a productivity device, so that it also not only has the full edition of Windows 8, but Office as well. And since there will be another version of Windows 8 available, called Windows RT, there will also be Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro tablets. Oh, and Netflix has a Metro app for the Surface as well.

Microsoft Surface Design Shots

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Now, the differences between the two are actually rather apparent: the Windows RT version measures 9.3mm thin (vs. 13.5mm), has a 31.5 W-h batter (compared to 42 W-h in the Windows 8 Pro model), and comes in 32 to 64GB sizes (for the RT edition) versus the 64GB to 128GB in the Windows 8 Pro edition. It is somewhat complicated, but Microsoft has quite the interesting tablet set up here, either way.The chart created by Microsoft, seen in the source link, gives the full rundown as to what you get for each model.

As for pricing and availability: Microsoft kept everyone in the dark about it, but obviously the Windows 8 Pro edition will cost more. A great video by Microsoft teasing the Surface is after the break.

Via: Surface, RT edition vs. Windows 8 Pro edition

Windows Phone 7 Tango update details listed by Microsoft

The incremental, rather minor Windows Phone 7 Tango update has been found in recent European Nokia Lumia 900 devices as Build 8773.98, which includes messaging, SIM card contacts, and other improvements. The only worry? WP7 Tango was not listed to have support for existing devices, but in the past Microsoft stated that it would “start the process of working with mobile operators to bring an update to current customers”, after the new crop of Tango phones launch.

Soon it will be time to see if Microsoft’s proposed plan holds true.

Via: Windows Phone Update History 

Linus Torvalds: ‘f**k you, Nvidia’ for not supporting Linux with Optimus tech

For the longest time, Optimus has been a source of anger to some. Whether it be the annoying issues with certain Punkbuster gaming configurations, or just faults in the energy-conservative graphics card switching technology, Nvidia has not has the most awesome record with Optimus when to comes to daily use. And Linus Torvalds, principal author of the Linux kernel is no exception: at a recent Q&A session at Aalto University in Finland, Torvalds begins by identifying Nvidia as “the single worst company we’ve ever dealt with” and goes on to give his assessment of its actions with a resolute “fuck you”, followed by a resolute middle finger to the camera.

Indeed, he’s quite the pissed Finnish man. See the entire video after the break, or skip to the 49:30 mark for his uncensored approach to Nvidia.

Leaked Microsoft document details the Xbox 720, Kinect 2, and MSFT glasses

Coming straight out of a leaked document this morning is news of an Xbox 720, Kinect 2, and Google Glasses competitors. Allow me to quickly detail each product, then you can go ahead and read the 56-page document for yourself.

First off, the Xbox 720 would launch in the holiday of 2013 (along with the Kinect 2 and glasses), with Blu-ray support, PVR functionality, true 1080P support with 3D, improved processor and graphics hardware (through a continued partnership with AMD, formerly known as ATI), low power modes during media playback, and an always-on mode (which is what could turn it into the a home multimedia device). There is even notes mentioning the Xbox 720 connecting to smartphones, tablets, and games in such a way that it could share media.

The Kinect 2 would see improvements to its design and functionality, but where the real fun starts is the Fortaleza project, which would be a pair wireless glasses that could not only enable gamers and consumers to see content in 3D, but would function as VR glasses, taking content and games off the TV and implementing the images into a player’s environment. And while the first version of these glasses—arriving sometime in 2014—will connect to the Xbox 720 hardware via Wi-Fi, future versions of Fortaleza will instead use a 4G cellular connection, so you could wear them anywhere, turning them into a Google Glass competitor.

See the full document for yourself; perhaps these are some of technologies that the future might contain? ViaScribd via The Verge

Galaxy S III launch in Canada delayed until June 27th, part of 9 million worldwide pre-orders

So, with the Galaxy S III launching in North America very soon (and an event scheduled next week for American press), Canadians were looking forward to the consumer launch on June 20th, however it’s been delayed until June 27th. With the Galaxy S III reaching 9 million pre-orders worldwide, part of those units will be delayed, however Samsung stated that delays after that week will be “short lived”.

It is time to get those Galaxy S IIIs ready, Samsung. ViaSamsung Canada (Twitter)

Vizio All-in-One PC comes in 24-inch and 27-inch versions, starts at $898

Straight from Vizio, renowned manufacturer of inexpensive but noteworthy HDTVs has debuted an all-in-one PC, starting at $898. Internals include 24-inch and 27-inch versions, each with a 1080p HD screen, up to a single 1TB hard drive plus a 32GB SSD, a pair of HDMI ports for use with a console or set-top box, a subwoofer for 2.1 surround sound audio and the choice of Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, plus a discrete Kepler-class GeForce GPU (graphics processing unit).

It is a promising development, as Vizio has designed a simple and eclectic computer, without unwanted software or design. Via: Vizio

Sony Xperia Ion with 4G LTE debuting on AT&T, June 24th for $99

This is Sony’s first 4G LTE smartphone, and its debut will be June 24th for $99.99 on a new, 2-year contract with AT&T. The Xperia Ion boasts a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 HD Reality screen, 12MP camera with Exmor R for Mobile camera sensor with 1080p HD video recording on the primary camera sensor, along with a 720p HD front-facing chat camera. Also included is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, Android 2.3 with a Sony skin on top, and is PlayStation Certified for games. Very promising, indeed. PR below.