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 […]

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 […]