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Besides being a pretty hilarious representation of the evolution of tablets, the picture above could easily become a philosophical commentary as well. For example, why is it that things turned out the way they did? Is it because the idea was too far ahead of its time when Bill Gates introduced it? Was it because Microsoft simply doesn't have the greatest reputation anymore? Perhaps it has something to do with the "cult of personality" that surrounded Steve Jobs? Perhaps there are even more interesting questions or suppositions regarding this strange phenomenon.

Regardless, it's easy to shake your head in dismay. If you find this picture to be humorous and apropos, find your best "facepalm" graphic and post it in this thread to share in the humor!

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Even though the new Surface tablet from Microsoft looks like it could be a real game-changer in the tablet wars, that doesn't mean it (just like all technology) is not without its glitches. In fact, during Microsoft's presentation of the device yesterday, there was a moment when their prototype demo unit actually froze up. Luckily, they had a backup ready to go just in case that happened. Of course, with new hardware it's to be expected that you might have some minor issues, and to Microsoft's credit, this presentation was put together rather quickly on a spur of the moment. Also, they have until its rumored release of October to iron out any bugs.

Check out the video below, then just head back to the thread to share your thoughts on this video snippet. Was it a big flaw in their presentation, or did they handle it with aplomb?


The folks at PC World have done a lengthy writeup comparing the new Microsoft Surface tablet to all the other high-end tablet competitors. This probably doesn't come as a surprise, but the main focus of their story is between the Surface and the iPad. Still, their article makes some interesting points and might be worth a quick read, but the most useful thing from the piece was the hand-dandy comparison chart that you can see pictured above. It even includes some of the unreleased devices like the Transformer Infinity and the Iconia A700. There's obviously still some info missing as some of the manufacturers have yet to release those particular details (like Microsoft's pricing), but the chart is worth checking out to see how all the tablets stack up to each other.


Here's a new rumor that we want to turn out to be false. Obviously the big news a couple days ago was the launch of Microsoft's new Surface Windows Tablet. The most conspicuous thing that came out of that announcement wasn't a new feature or spec that Microsoft shared. Instead it was something that was not said, mainly pricing details. For some reason Microsoft chose not to share any pricing info at that time. Early rumors started swirling which pegged the price point at $500 for the RT version and $1000 for the Pro version; however, some new intel from DigiTimes suggests that the price point could be even higher than that in some cases or lower in others.

Specifically, the new rumor suggests that the Windows RT (ARM) version of the Surface will sell for $599.99, and the Windows 8 Pro (Intel) version will sell for $799.99. While the Pro version's new rumor is a couple...

We thought it would be useful to you guys if we sifted through the mountain of data released about the new Microsoft Surface Windows Tablet and break some of it down into the two versions. Here are some easy to digest bullet-points below:

Surface RT tablet Primary Specs - Will Launch in the Fall and will include Microsoft Office (likely the Home & Student Edition) at no extra charge
  • Windows RT
  • Nvidia ARM Processor
  • Front and rear "HD" cameras
  • 9.3mm thick & 23.85 ounces
  • 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display (Maybe 1,280x720 display although unconfirmed)
  • 31.5 watt hour battery
  • microSD, USB 2.0, micro HD video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Storage: 32GB and 64GB for Windows RT
Surface Pro Primary specs - Launches about 90 days after the Surface RT - May also come with a higher end version of Microsoft Office
  • Windows 8 Pro operating system...
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