Lilbits (4-10-2013): PC shipments decline, Gmail turns 9…

Sony Vaio T14 touch

Smartphone and tablet sales continue to climb, but shipments of traditional PCs is dipping. Are we moving toward a world where laptop and desktop computers are niche products for folks that can’t get by with a more mobile device? It’s a bit too soon to tell, but there’s a reason Intel and Microsoft are striving […]

Dell plans to launch new Windows 8, Windows RT tablets this year

Dell XPS 10 tablet

If Windows RT is a failure, Dell apparently didn’t get the memo. PC World reports that Dell plans to release several new tablets later this year, including models running Windows 8 and Windows RT. The tablets are expected to have 10 inch or larger displays and will be follow-ups to the company’s current XPS 10 […]

Is it too early to declare Windows RT a failure?

Asus TF600T

Microsoft invested a lot of time and effort into porting its Windows operating system to run on devices with ARM-based processors as well as computers with x86 chips. The result was the 2012 dual launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT, a stripped-down version of the operating system designed for tablets and other devices with […]

Microsoft Windows 8 logo changes could pave way for smaller tablets

Windows 8 Start Screen

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system can run on a wide range of devices with different processors, screen sizes, and display resolutions. But in order to meet Microsoft’s Windows 8 Certification requirements (which lets you slap a Windows 8 logo on your device), you need to meet certain criteria. Until recently one of those criteria was […]

Pre-release build of Windows Blue (next-gen Windows) leaked

Windows Blue leak

Windows 8 may have launched less than half a year ago, but Microsoft is already working on new versions of its flagship operating system, code-named Windows Blue. And as usual, it hasn’t taken long for leaked copies of Microsoft’s pre-release software to hit the internet. A user at Polish site WinForum has posted pictures showing […]

Dell XPS 18 takes all-in-one to next level: This desktop is a tablet

Dell XPS 18

All-in-one computers have been around for a few years – Apple arguably invented the space with the first iMac in 1998. All-in-ones typically combine the guts of a computer and the display into a single package, sometimes even adding a touchscreen for good measure. Now we’re starting to see companies take the concept a little […]

ModernMix lets you run every Windows 8 app in desktop mode

Stardock ModernMix

There are two different types of apps that run on Windows 8 devices. There are full-screen apps that use the “Modern” user interface and which you can download from the Windows Store. And there are desktop-style apps that look like software you’ve run on every version of Windows up until now. Modern apps are touchscreen-friendly […]

Are cheaper Windows 8 portables on the way? WSJ reports Microsoft is slashing Windows 8 prices for PC makers

HP Envy X2

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to get in on the touchscreen computing craze that’s currently dominated by tablets running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. But there have been plenty of signs that sales of touch-capable Windows 8 devices have been off to a slow start. One possible reason is the high price of Windows notebooks […]

TouchPal keyboard brings gesture-based typing to Windows 8

TouchPal for Windows 8

TouchPal offers on-screen keyboard apps for Android, iOS, and other mobile platforms. Now the company’s virtual keyboard is available for Windows 8 tablets as well. TouchPal for Windows 8 isn’t yet available from the Windows Store, but you can download the app from the TouchPal website. Right now the installer seems to be in Chinese, […]

Mozilla releases first builds of Firefox for Windows 8

Firefox Nightly

Mozilla has released the first version of Firefox designed to play nicely with Microsoft’s Windows 8 full-screen user interface. If you install the latest nightly build of Firefox for Windows on a computer running Windows 8, you’ll be able to fire up the new “Metro” style app from the Windows Start Screen. Entering Metro mode […]

HP Envy X2 Windows 8 hybrid tablet/notebook review

HP Envy X2

At first glance, HP’s Envy X2 looks like  an ultraportable laptop. And with an 11.6 inch display and a QWERTY keyboard, it kind of  is. But you can also eject the screen from the keyboard and use the X2 as a tablet. While the X2 isn’t  the first device to straddle the line between tablet […]

BlueStacks brings Android apps to Windows 8

BlueStacks Surface Pro

BlueStacks has been offering software that lets you run Android apps on a Windows or Mac computers for a while, but now the company’s venturing into the touch-friendly world of Windows 8. The latest version of BlueStacks is optimized for the Microsoft Surface Pro, and features a full-screen user interface and a Charms menu with […]