Mozilla kills Firefox for Windows 8 Metro, figures you probably won’t notice

Firefox Metro for Windows 8

Developers at Mozilla have spent the last few years getting the Firefox web browser ready to run on Windows 8 computers with Microsoft’s new Metro-style, touch-friendly user interface. A beta was released just over a month ago. But now Mozilla is pulling the plug. It’s not that the browser didn’t work well on Windows tablets… […]

VLC Beta hits Windows 8 with a touch-friendly media player

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VLC is a media player that’s earned a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife thanks to its ability to handle just about any audio or video file you can throw at it. There are versions of the app for Windows, Linux, OS X, Android and iOS — and now there’s a version optimized for Windows […]

Lilbits (2-13-2014): Testing the Asus VivoTab Note 8 stylus

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The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is a Windows tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, and support for digital pen input. That means you can use a special stylus to write or draw on the screen or hover over the tablet to move […]

Mozilla releases Firefox for Windows 8 Touch beta

Firefox for Windows 8 Touch beta

If Firefox is your preferred web browser, but Windows 8 is your preferred tablet operating system then you may have been waiting a long time for Mozilla to release a touch-friendly version of its web browser for Windows 8 and later. Now the wait’s kind of over. Firefox for Windows 8 Touch beta is now […]

51Cube iwork 10 is a Bay Trail convertible that’s thinner than an iPad Air


Chinese manufacturer 51Cube is ready to jump into the Windows 8 convertible fray. Their newly-announced iwork 10 is a dockable tablet that follows in the footsteps of the Microsoft Surface and Asus Transformer Book T100. Like the Transformer Book, the iwork 10 ships with an Intel Bay Trail Atom processor. It’s clocked at 1.8GHz and […]

Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet review

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The Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet is just a bit bigger than an iPad mini, but it packs enough power to handle desktop apps. It ships with Windows 8.1 software, comes with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student pre-installed, and has an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor which provides the long battery life you expect […]

$299 Asus VivoTab Note 8 Windows tablet with stylus coming soon

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There’s mounting evidence that Asus plans to launch its first 8 inch Windows tablet soon, and it looks like the company is taking a page out of Dell’s playbook. The upcoming Asus VivoTab Note 8 appears to be a tablet with an 8 inch screen, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and support for pen […]

Lilbits (12-13-2013): Emulating an Amiga 500 in your browser

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Google’s Portable Native Client is software that lets a web app use your computer’s hardware much the way that a native app would do — and this allows you to develop web games, services, and even more complex software that acts like something that would normally run straight from your PC, not a web browser. […]

Toshiba Encore 8 inch Windows 8 tablet up for pre-order for $330

Toshiba Encore

The Toshiba Encore is an 8 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, Windows 8.1 software, and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student. Toshiba introduced the tablet in September, and now it’s up for pre-order from Amazon for $330. Tosihba’s first 8 inch Windows tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core […]

Mozilla launches preview of Firefox for Windows 8 tablets

Firefox for Windows 8

Mozilla’s new Firefox browser for Windows 8 tablets isn’t expected to be ready for the masses until January. But you can now try out a pre-release version by downloading Firefox Aurora and setting it as your default web browser on a Windows 8 device. If it’s not your default, you’ll only be able to use […]

Hands-on: HP’s Spectre 13 x2 is the first fanless detachable Haswell notebook

HP Spectre 13 x2

The HP Spectre 13 x2 hybrid ultrabook/tablet gets the distinction of being the first fanless, ventless Haswell convertible, which is an achievement considering how thin it is. It will be available for pre-order October 16th, releasing soon after that, and will start at $1,099. The hybrid version looks a lot like the regular ultrabook Spectre […]

Toshiba’s $330 Encore tablet: 8 inches of Bay Trail processing power

Toshiba Encore

Toshiba is the second company to introduce an 8 inch Windows tablet, and the first to announce a model that will be powered by Intel’s upcoming Bay Trail processor. The Toshiba Encore tablet is expected to go on sale for $330 starting in November. It follows the Acer Iconia W3 tablet into the 8 inch […]

Firefox for Windows Windows 8 Metro finally coming… in December

Firefox Metro for Windows 8

Mozilla is finally preparing to launch a version of the Firefox web browser designed to run in the Windows 8 full-screen “Modern” or “Metro” user interface. While Mozilla’s been working on the software for well over a year, it won’t launch until more than a year after Windows 8 hit the streets. In fact, the […]

Skype comes pre-loaded on Windows 8.1

Skype for Windows 8

Skype is fast becoming the official communication tool of Microsoft Windows. Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011, last year Microsoft announced plans to retire Windows Live Messenger and replace it with Skype, and soon the app will come pre-loaded in Windows. When Windows 8.1 rolls out starting October 17th, 2013, there will be a Skype icon […]

Lilbits (8-12-2013): The uncertain future of BlackBerry

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There was a time when BlackBerry devices dominated the smartphone space. But the past few years have been tough for the company, with growing competition from Apple’s iPhone and an army of Android devices. BlackBerry’s brief foray into the tablet space wasn’t exactly a home run either. So what’s a struggling company to do? In […]

Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 tablet coming Sept 1st for $700

Samsung ATIV Tab 3

Samsung’s ATIV Tab 3 is a Windows 8 tablet with a 10 inch display, an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. It come standard with a Bluetooth keyboard that you can also use as a protective cover. Samsung says the new tablet will be available in the US starting September […]