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ShareTo: Other Site–Your Web Services Interface in the Store

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Ok, here’s a handy tool, just arrived in the Store. ShareTo: Other Sites allow you to feed your current URL to series of Web Services online for processing. How about feeding to a Translation Service or a Readability Service. The possibility is endless. Here you have the excerpts from the Store:

Description
ShareTo: Other Device lets you open a URL in another URL. Examples for that are translation services where you can translate an entire web page by supplying it to Google Translate or Bing Translate. Similarly, sites like Readability.com let you format web pages for better reading on tablets.

Features
Simple integration with the Share Charm
Readability support (open and save)
Youtube Downloader support
Bing/Google translate support

Weird, the Dev decided to name themselves in Social Ebola, a nauseating name for such a useful tool. If you can handle their name without puking, you might as well get their other ShareTo Tools in the Store:

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I can understand Microsoft rejecting an app because of obnoxiousness, but are they allowed to reject a Dev too for an obnoxious name? Social Ebola? Infectious, yeah I know, but not something you want to be associated with. Download their app now via de link below. If you can swallow the name.

Source: Windows Store

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What Will Windows 8 Tablet Devices Look Like?

At the time of this writing, Windows 8 hasn’t come out yet; therefore, there are no Windows 8 tablet devices in the stores. But, if you are curious about what to expect with Windows 8 tablet devices in terms of hardware, read on!

Microsoft has published the tablet device requirements for Windows 8 that manufacturers need to follow to have their device certified. You can read the official document if you want to get technical and are bored. But we are going to give you the gist of the things you might find important as a consumer.

What Does Certified Windows 8 Device Mean?

You may wonder what is meant for a device to be certified by Microsoft as an Windows 8 device. Well, for consumers, it is sort of a guarantee of a great user experience. Windows 8 has great features that need to be well integrated with the hardware. If the hardware doesn’t have a certain requirement, some features in Windows 8 will not work or work poorly. For example, without a magnetometer compass apps in Windows 8 won’t work!
Also, if a device is certified, Microsoft will put the manufacturer’s logo in the device’s boot screen. This has never been done before! When Windows boots, we see the Windows logo. But with Windows 8, certified devices will have the manufacturer’s logo. For example, a HP tablet will feature the HP logo.

Difference Between Windows 8 ARM and Windows 8 x86 Devices

Before moving on, I am going to clarify the difference between an ARM based device and an x86 device. If you are already familiar with these types of devices, skip this and the next paragraph. ARM based devices run on a processor type called ARM and the iPad and Android tablets are examples of ARM tablets. These tablets, though not as powerful, has a great battery life and do not need fans to cool. Windows 8 will be the first version of Windows to run on ARM devices. The drawback of these devices is that they will not run Windows programs designed to run on Windows 7 and earlier. Only Windows 8 “Metro Style” apps will work on these devices.
An x86 device is a device that runs on x86 processors by chip makers, like Intel and AMD. These are the devices that we today call traditional PCs, like laptops and desktops. Windows 8 will run on these devices as well. These devices will be more powerful and will be able to run all Windows programs made for Windows 7 and earlier. They will also run Windows 8 “Metro Style” apps. However, many will require a fan to cool (making device thicker and hotter), and battery life will be less than that of ARM devices.
With the background information out of the way, let’s get to the beef and find out what the Windows 8 devices will be like

All Windows 8 Tablets (ARM and x86)

  • Five-finger multi-touch: the screen must be able to respond to at least up to five fingers simultaneity; that is, I should be able to virtually paint on a tablet with at least up to five fingers at the same time
  • 720p Cameras: These are high definition resolutions
  • Screen resolution of at least 1366 by 768. This resolution is required for all features of Windows 8 to work, notably, the ability to run two metro style apps side by side.
  • Five of the following buttons:
    • Power
    • Windows Key (This will take you to the start screen)
    • Volume up and volume down
    • Rotation lock (we may not always want to accidentally cause our screen to go portrait or landscape when we tilt our screen.)
  • Ambient light sensor (perhaps so the device can adjust brightness accordingly)
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer for rotation inputs
  • magnetometer (useful for apps needing compass functionality)
  • 10 GB of free storage space at the least
  • At least 1 GHz processor
  • At least 1 GB RAM (2 GB for 64 bit Windows)

x86 Devices Requirement

  • Two-second resume: if the computer is asleep, it must awake by or quicker than two seconds
  • Switching on and off Secure Boot must be an option. Secure boot is a security feature that helps fight threats during system boot. However, because it blocks unsigned OS, many many not be able to install some Linux operating systems with secure boot enabled.

ARM Devices Requirement

  • Secure boot must not be able to be switched off

Other, Interesting, Notes

It is required that holding the power button and the Windows key must bring up the Ctrl+Alt+Delete feature present in Windows since day one.
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What is the Perfect Windows 8 Device?

This is the week of CES 2012, and some nice new notebook PCs are shown here. Many of these PCs, especially those featuring a touch screen, were loaded with Windows 8 Developer Preview. This brings us the subject of Windows 8 PCs.

Given the fact that Windows 8 now features a touch-first UI along with the tradition Windows UI, we can expect some new forms of Windows devices being more popular in the market, especially those involving a touch screen. But what kind of device would be perfect for Windows 8? Well, the answer to that is difficult actually, given that different people have different needs. However, I believe that one of the two distinct types of device will make for a perfect Windows 8 device, depending on one’s needs.

The iPad’s Direct Competitor: These are the ARM based Windows 8 devices. ARM chips are the ones that power tablets like the iPad and the Kindle Fire. These chips, though not as powerful, do not require a fan, stay cool, and give a long battery life; as such, these chips are one of the big reasons for the iPad’s success. Windows 8 is the first version of the Windows line that will be able to run on ARM chips. However, Windows 8 running on ARM devices will only be able to run the new Windows 8 apps, and not old Windows 7 and earlier desktop apps (aka x86 apps).

These devices, like the iPad, will offer slim design, and long battery life. But, again like the iPad, they will not be able to run complex, traditional, Windows apps like Visual Studio and the full-fledged MS Office. These devices are aimed towards the customers that want a light device on the go and do not want to use them for complex tasks. As such, Windows 8 on ARM are perfect alternatives to Apple’s iPad.

The Full-Fledged Windows Tablets: This is the other type of device that I believe will be perfect for those who are looking for a tablet with more capabilities than the iPad but with the same, fun, touch UI. These tablets will run using the desktop CPUs, like Intel’s and AMD’s. As such, along with featuring a touch-first UI and running the new Windows 8 apps, these devices will also be able to run the traditional Windows applications made for Windows 7 and earlier.

Because these devices will be full-fledged PCs, they will feature slots like USB, SD Cards, and the ability to connect to external monitors. The great thing about this is the fact that we can, then, plug in our external mouse, keyboard, and monitor to our tablets, and, voila, we have a full Desktop machine running Windows. When we would want to have that same device on the go, we would just take off the keyboard, mouse, and monitors, and we have an iPad like tablet! These are great for those who want a tablet for business, those who want to do more with their tablet device, and, of course, those who were longing to play Windows games on their iPad! Of course, battery life will not be as good as ARM devices, but they will be decent, with some going up to 10 hours!

I am also hoping that we will see tablet devices with detachable keyboard/track pad. Then we will have a truly convertible laptop/tablet.

Well there you have it, folks! These are your perfect Windows 8 devices. What Windows 8 device would be a perfect device for you? Let us know via the comments, or send us a tweet!