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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Nokia’s Windows RT tablet that never was

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Nokia’s best known for making phones, but word on the street has been that the company plans to get into the tablet space. While Nokia has released devices called “internet tablets” in the past, they were basically glorified PDAs, or smartphones that didn’t make calls. Now it looks like the company’s getting ready to launch […]

Windows launches 8.1 Preview as a free download

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Microsoft has released a preview version of Windows 8.1. It’s available as a free update from the Windows Store, and Microsoft will also offer a free downloadable ISO if you want to install the software on a computer that’s not already running Windows 8. Download information is available at the Windows site, and while you […]

Now available: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S, Acer Iconia W3

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a small Windows 8 tablet or convertible, there are two new options on the market this week. The first 8 inch Windows 8 tablet is now in stock at some stores, and Lenovo’s 11.6 inch Windows 8 convertible laptop is now available from the Lenovo website. […]

Hands-on with the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 (video)

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Samsung says its ATIV Tab 3 is the thinnest Windows 8 tablet around, and measuring about 0.32 inches thick, you could easily mistake this for an Android or Windows RT tablet. But thanks to the Intel Atom processor, you should get up to 8.5 hours of battery life and the ability to run virtually any […]