The 8-inch Windows tablet battle is about to get a lot more interesting, thanks to Toshiba's new Encore tablet. This Baytrail-powered, Windows 8.1 device is currently available for $299 ($329 MSRP), and is a direct competitor to the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. Toshiba is looking to outclass Dell's slate with a sharper 8-MP camera, micro-HDMI, a preloaded Xbox One SmartGlass App and dual mics better Skype calls. Speaking of video chat, the Encore will also feature 30 days of free Skype calling. With its rounded edges, the silver Encore is a fairly elegant-looking device. However it's8.4 x 5.4 x 0.43-inch dimensions are noticably thicker than the Venue 8 Pro's 8.5 x 5.11 x 0.35-inch frame. The 15.7-ounce slate is also heavier than the 13.6-ounce Dell. Mimicking the design of previous Toshiba tablets like the Excite 7, Excite Write and Excite Pro, the Encore's rear panel is made from a silver textured plastic that ensures a better grip. MORE: Top 8 Windows Tablet-Laptop Hybrids The front of tablet houses an 8-inch display surrounded by a series of thick black bezels. The upper-right corner houses the 2-MP camera, which tells you that Toshiba designed this tablet for portrait use. Unlike the Venue 8 Pro, Toshiba placed the Home button where it belongs -- in the center of the bottom bezel. In addition to the micro-HDMI port, the Encore has a microUSB port, a micro SD Card slot, a headphone jack and physical buttons for power and volume. The 8-inch 1280 x 800 WXGA panel delivered vibrant colors, but it could stand to be a bit brighter. The dual bottom-mounted speakers sounded pretty loud in our quick test, filling a small office. Having Dolby Plus technology on board certainly helps. However we wouldn't recommend rocking out a max volume. Similar to the Dell Venue 8 Pro, the Encore is equipped with a 1.8-GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.Navigating between desktop and modern modes on the tablet was fluid experience, as was switching between apps. Toshiba claims that the Encore offers between 10-12 hours of battery life. In addition to Skype and the SmartGlass app, the Encore also features Microsoft Office Home & Student. There's also Netflix, I Heart Radio, Kindle, ebay and Zinio. Toshiba has also preloaded some of its proprietary software, including Book Place, Service Station and TruCapture, a note-taking app. The Toshiba Encore looks like it has what it takes to beat the Dell Venue 8 Pro, offering a sharper camera, HDMI out and a presumably better video chat experience. However, the Dell offers a thinner and lighter design, and we haven't yet tested the Encore's performance or battery life. There are also other Windows 8 tablets, such as the Lenovo Miix2 and Acer Iconia W4, looking to make waves in the 8-inch tablet market. Stay tuned for a full review of the Encore to find out if this slate has what it takes to be your next work-and-play device. Best Mobile Products of the Year Top 10 Tablets to Buy (or Avoid) Now Top 25 Windows 8 Apps Copyright 2013 LAPTOP Magazine, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. More »Toshiba Encore Hands-on: Better Than the Dell Venue 8 Pro?
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Windows RT still might be folded into Windows Phone or canned completely at some point in the near future, but Microsoft is reportedly considering another, less severe option. According to a report from Verge, Microsoft is debating whether or not to release free versions of its Windows Phone and Windows RT software. The company currently charges partners a licensing fee per installation, just as it does with its Windows desktop operating system. Meanwhile, Android is free to smartphone and tablet makers. Couple that with Google’s massive app ecosystem and OEMs don’t have much of a reason to bother with Windows Phone or Windows RT. Verge says if Microsoft does offer versions of its smartphone and tablet software that don’t carry licensing More »To compete with Android, Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT
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JetBlue's been quoting some pretty ambitious figures for its new ViaSat-powered in-flight WiFi, and during our test flight last month, the Ka-band satellite service seemed to be up to the task. The promise? A claimed 12 Mbps internet at every seat on the plane; enough to stream HD video, download new apps and conduct your online business just as quickly as you would on the ground. More »JetBlue fills a plane with reporters for the ultimate Fly-Fi satellite internet test
Back in September, Google rolled out Chrome Apps — not to be confused with the lightweight Chrome OS and Chrome browser apps, these were more fully fledged applications that look and feel more like native apps and have full offline support. At first, they were only available for Chrome OS and the Chrome browser for Windows, but now Mac users can try these apps out. When installing a full Chrome App, a new app launcher is added to your dock — it resembles the app launcher in Chrome OS and differentiates between web links (for tools like Gmail, Google Play Music, and other traditional Chrome browser apps) and full Chrome Apps. While many of these new Chrome Apps still largely resemble their web counterparts (the Pocket app, for example, is essentially the same thing you'll see in the browser), the apps differentiate themselves by having access to local storage. More »Google brings its desktop-style Chrome Apps to the Mac
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Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business, exchanged banter with rival editor Piers Morgan at a dinner party in 2003 about hacking each others' phone messages, a court heard on Thursday. The conversation between the then editor of the Sun and former Daily Mirror editor Morgan - now hosting his own TV chat show in the United States - took place at a steak restaurant in south London, according to witness Ambi Sitham. She said Morgan had said to Brooks: "I already know what your cover is because I've been listening to your messages." The witness said Brooks replied: "Been hacking into my phone again have you, Piers?" Morgan then said: "Well you've been looking at my emails," Sitham added. Brooks, known as Rebekah Wade prior to her second marriage in 2009, was editor of the now-defunct Sunday tabloid News of the World, then of its sister daily paper the Sun, before rising to be chief executive of News International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch's News Corp empire. More »Murdoch editor and Piers Morgan "exchanged hacking banter", court hears
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Google is launching a new version of its Sheets spreadsheet site today that it says is faster, more powerful, and can work offline. With the addition of offline mode, Google now has a much more formidable competitor against productivity giants like Microsoft Office. Its three main tools — Docs, Slides, and Sheets — all work offline now, allowing travelers to rely on Google's sites to have their files ready and editable whenever they're needed. Alongside adding in offline mode, Google says that the new Sheets has been rebuilt from the ground up to make it much faster. More »Google rebuilds Sheets with offline mode and better performance