We’ve all read about how durable Microsoft’s new Surface RT tablet with Windows RT is, well what about putting it up to the challenge? Microsoft thought they did that by dropping it on stage at the Surface release event on to a thinly carpeted floor, but a member of WPCentral (berty6294), decided that this wasn’t enough – so he decided to have it run over by several cars instead. On the question on which tablet is the toughest, the Apple iPad or Microsoft Surface, through Berty6294’s post the Surface win’s hands down.
So you bought the 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with Windows RT and realized that having only 20GB of usable space or less is not enough for you, so you buy a MicroSD card to try and expand storage capacity. It’s a cheaper way to go rather than buying the 64GB version. Then you realize that you can’t add any removable drive to the Windows media libraries (music, video, pictures) and so none of the included apps display them in their libraries. Well, here’s a work-around to this issue on your tablet:
There are some features that don’t come enabled or Microsoft says isn’t possible on a Windows RT or Microsoft Surface RT tablet. You may have already mapped your SkyDrive to a drive letter for your tablet, but now you want to share the files, folders, or printers available on your Windows RT or Surface RT tablet and didn’t see an option. Well, luckily you found this work around guide where I show you how to enable file and folder sharing on your Windows RT or Surface RT.
With the brand new Surface RT with Microsoft Windows RT installed, there are some limitations that are in place as to what it can or can’t do. While the Windows 8 Pro version can do anything you’d do on a desktop (since it’s the same OS), as I stated before in my comparison of Windows RT and Pro compatibility, RT can’t run programs in desktop mode except Microsoft Office 2013, Paint, Calculator, and the File Browser, and a few others. One of the things not included is having a Microsoft SkyDrive folder/drive in your file browser.
Meet Microsoft’s first venture in making computer hardware: Surface RT. This tablet device comes running Windows RT (a version of Windows 8 for ARM Processors, and thus has compatibility differences) and is pre-loaded with Office 2013 Home & Student. This device represents the hard work of two whole new puzzle pieces to create a homogenous device like Apple has always done. For starters, the hardware had to be made from the ground up since this was unfamiliar territory. Second, Microsoft created a whole new OS with Windows 8 and Windows RT that was centered around a touch interface instead of just the traditional mouse and keyboard.
Many are people worried about ease of use for existing desktop platforms, and I’ve been using the Beta, Release Preview, and Pro versions of Windows 8 for over 5 months now and after the first 3 days of getting used to the Charms bar or swiping from the left side for running apps, it was all muscle memory. After that initial hump, it has been and continues to be an amazing experience. The $40 for the upgrade is well worth it just for the universal search feature (you can even search in an app without going into the app). Then you have the brilliant new file browser and it also graphically shows data transfer rates; you don’t even get to see the numerical speeds on OSX! Then you have these rich beautiful apps in the Modern/Metro interface that show you so much information and do everything you want effortlessly and seamlessly.
Today at the Apple Event in San Jose, CA, Apple showed a few new products in store for the Holiday season. One of those products was the smaller iPad that Steve Jobs said was a no-no, the iPad Mini. Another shocker was that Apple released another tablet, the iPad 4 (though you can’t call it that).
The iPad Mini is about 7.9″ diagonal but doesn’t have a retina display like the 3rd generation big brother. Instead it only has a resolution of 1024 x 768, the same as the iPad 2, though when you compare it to something like the Nexus 7, the Mini has the overall surface area beat. offer a It also has a A5 processor chip, FacceTime HD front-facing camera, a 5MP iSight camera on back, LTE cellular wireless, 802.11 A/B/G/N (faster) Wi-Fi, and of course the new Lightning connector. With the smaller screen, the iPad Mini promises a battery life of 10 hours use.
With the coming Launch of Microsoft’s Surface RT and future Surface Pro tablet, there’s been a lot of confusion about which programs, applications, apps, and games will or won’t work on Windows RT. Compatibility is something to seriously consider before making the purchase – as if the switch to Windows 8 won’t be enough to think about. This chart helps it break down and give you less to think about when you’re about to pull the trigger and buy it.
Tracking firm NPD Group has announced that Apple’s iTunes Store is now the second largest retailer of music after selling over 4 billion songs to over 50 million customers according to Apple. During Christmas day alone, the iTunes store sold 20 million songs.
Their record currently surpasses big time retailers like Best Buy (who came in third) and Target in 4th place. iTunes was topped only by Walmart stores as overall online music downloads are strongly picking up the pace.
Today, Microsoft’s bid to buy out Yahoo was made public at a staggering $44.6 Billion. This bold act is probably being issued to compete against Google in the online advertising business and online technologies. For a long time, Microsoft has been holding itself back in the 90’s with its primary focus on actual computer software instead of trying to incorporate where the future of computer technology is actually headed even with the issuance of the Web 2.0 standard. Microsoft’s late run-in has led Google to pick up major portions of the market.