ASUS Transformer Book Trio ‘Three-in-One’ Ultraportable Announced on IFA 2013

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The Transformer Book Trio, announced today at IFA 2013 by Asus is a new breed of ultraportable device with a two-part dockable design that can be used by one person as a laptop, or by two people as a separate tablet and desktop PC. With the ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at the press of a button, Transformer Book Trio offers unmatched three-in-one flexibility for users who want the best of all mobile worlds.

Dual processors and dual operating systems

ASUS Transformer Book Trio features a sleek and durable metallic design, and is powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor for seamless multi-tasking performance and outstanding energy efficiency in Windows 8 laptop mode. When it’s time for entertainment to take over from productivity, the 11.6-inch display detaches from the ‘PC Station’ keyboard dock for use as a multi-touch Android tablet with its own Intel Atom™ dual-core processor and up to 64GB of solid-state storage. With the display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch instantly between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 by pressing the dedicated ‘Trio’ key on the keyboard, with data shared between the two operating system’s via the tablet’s storage. Unlike other dockable ultraportables, Transformer Book Trio’s PC Station isn’t dead weight when the tablet display is detached. With an external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can then be used as a self-contained desktop PC with Windows 8, which means Transformer Book Trio can be used by two people, in two different places, at the same time.

Full HD multi-touch display and SonicMaster audio technology

ASUS Transformer Book Trio’s 11.6-inch display features a crisp Full HD resolution with IPS technology for vibrant and accurate color with wide 178-degree viewing angles. 10-point capacitive multi-touch gives instant fingertip control with both Windows 8 and Android, while the backlit keyboard and multi-touch touchpad ensures comfortable productivity use. With stereo speakers and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology in both the PC Station and tablet, Transformer Book Trio also delivers rich and detailed sound with video, music and games.

Power-packed portable performance

ASUS Transformer Book Trio doesn’t sacrifice portability for the sake of versatility — or vice versa. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 in the PC Station, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 in the tablet display, Transformer Book Trio cuts the need for cables, no matter which mode it’s used in. Separate batteries in each part also maximize mobility, and Transformer Book Trio has up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five hours in Windows 8 mode.

Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 update in October

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Microsoft has announced this morning that it is releasing officially the Windows 8.1 update on October 18th. The update will start rolling out as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store gradually starting with New Zealand, coming to Europe and reaching the US.

After October 18th all new devices will come with the new Windows 81.1 pre-installed. Using the capabilities of the updated WIndows 8.1 we will also see several manufacturers release new 7-inch and 8-inch tablets on the market to compete with the iOS and Android devices.

Windows 8.1 update will bring a lot of new functionality to the operating system, including the much requested and missed Start Button.

For experienced users who are eager to touch and feel what the new Windows 8.1 update is all about Microsoft has already released a Windows 8.1 Preview on its site that you can download and try on your machine. With the official release of the Windows 8.1 update your machine will be updated automatically to the latest version in October.

Source: Microsoft

Twitter App For Windows 8 Updated With New Features

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The official Windows 8 Twitter App got a new update which adds new and useful features. Another notable new feature is the multiple account support.

The announcement on  The Windows Experience blog states that users of the Twitter App for Windows 8 devices now have the ability to sign-in with multiple accounts.

The new Twitter app for Windows 8 also includes list support. Users can now go to their own Twitter profile, or the profile of another user, and view lists. The app also now allows people to pin lists to their Windows 8 Start screen, along with any other Twitter user profile. These offers power Twitter users a way to keep better track of the lists and profiles they track the most.

If you have Twitter for Windows 8 installed already, you will be offered the update soon.

If not, you can download the Twitter App for Windows 8 directly from the Windows Store!