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Microsoft is on a roll!

Microsoft refreshed their logo earlier this year. Probably to reflect the refresh the whole company now seems to undertake.

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Microsoft to release it’s own Windows 8 tablets this fall

On June 19 2012 Microsoft revealed that together with Windows 8 this fall, they will also release (at least) two tablets, called Surface. One based on nVIDIA’s Tegra 3 platform running Windows RT (the ARM based version of Windows 8) and another running Windows 8 Pro on the Intel platform.

The tablets will get an (optional) accompanying keyboard. With the touch keyboard Microsoft claims you’ll be 50% more efficient than with the onscreen keyboard. The touch keyboard can be “upgraded” to a tactile keyboard with an overlay, making you even more efficient. The keyboard also include a trackpad and also works as a cover. These are called Touch Cover and Type Cover.

Fun fact: The Metro background will automatically change color to correspond with the color of the keyboard cover.

See the official video from Microsoft below.

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Technews for week 24

Here in Norway weeks starts on Monday and we use week numbers. Below is the most interesting technews for week 24.

The BIG headlines this week was caused by Apple. At the opening of the 29th WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) Apple released upgraded MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and “the next generation” MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 15.4 inch display consists of over 5 million pixels with the resolution 2880 x 1800. It comes standard with 8GB RAM. SuperDrive or harddrive is not an option. Built only with proprietary parts, iFixit gave it a score of 1 for repairability. You simply can’t upgrade or service it yourself. Apple also (quietly) ditched the 17 inch MacBook Pro and upgraded the Mac Pro and the Airport Express. Since the upgraded MacBook Airs and Pros use the new MagSafe 2 connector, you can buy an adapter.

Apple also showed off the next version of OS X called Moutain Lion, which will be yours for 20$ next month. iOS 6 was shown for the first time, with Scott Forstall highlighting some of the new features. iOS 6 will be a free update this fall for iPhone 3GS and newer, iPad 2 and newer and the 4th generation iPod touch.

Spotify released an updated version of its Android app built from scratch. In addition to all the goodies from the preview version earlier this year, you also get gapless playback and crossfade together with support for folders, play queue and Last.fm scrobbling.

Since Internet Explorer 10 on Windows RT (that’s the Metro-only version of Windows 8 to run on tablets powered by ARM CPUs) won’t support plugins, Microsoft has decided to include Flash themselves.