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Saturday, February 23, 2013

21 Ways to Drive Free Traffic to Your Sites

Traffic Is The Most Important Concern for all the webmasters and bloggers . Without Traffic a good , beautiful and informative site will be useless . There are a lot of ways to drive traffic to your websites . Unfortunaltely You have to spend alot of money on them . Although the traffic you recieve through the paid methods has a good quality but there are many free methods that can drive a higher quality traffic to your websites .  In This Article I am Going to show you 2 types of Methods .. Let Get Started ..

Thursday, February 21, 2013

How to Create Hotmail & Gmail Account ( Completed Guide )

Hello Guys , This is a Easiest Tutorial that i am going to teach you , We Use These Hotmail , Gmail & Yahoo Account .. These Types of sites are used for different purposes ..First of all i will tell you what is hotmail & Gmail ....

What is Hotmail  ? ( www.hotmail.com )
Hotmail (officially Microsoft Hotmail, previously Windows Live Hotmail and MSN Hotmail) is a free web-based emailservice operated by Microsoft as part of Windows Live. One of the first web-based email services,[3] it was founded bySabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith and launched in July 1996 as "HoTMaiL".[4] It was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million, and shortly after, it was rebranded as "MSN Hotmail". The current version was released in 2011.[5]
Hotmail features unlimited storage, Ajax, and integration with Microsoft's instant messaging (Windows Live Messenger), calendar (Hotmail Calendar), file hosting service (SkyDrive), and contacts platform.[6] As of 2012, Hotmail was the world's second largest web-based email service after Gmail with 360 million users.[1][7] It is available in 36 different languages.[8][9]

How To Register on Hotmail ? www.hotmail.com )

Step#1: Goto Hotmail.com >>> Sign Up Now ...

Step#2: Fill Out The From There Type the Name , Email Address & a Strong Password & Also All Other Info... You Want To Set .After That Click on I Accept .

Done Now You Have Succesfully Made a Hotmail Account , You Can Login Any Time There By Typing Your Email Address & Password in hotmail.com Sign In Box .. Enjoy :)

What is Gmail ? www.gmail.com )
Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google.[5] Users may access Gmail as secure webmail,[6]as well as via POP3 or IMAP4 protocols.[7][8] Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004[9] and it became available to the general public on February 7, 2007, though still in beta status at that time.[10] The service was upgraded from beta status on July 7, 2009, along with the rest of the Google Apps suite.[11][12]
With an initial storage capacity offer of 1 GB per user, Gmail significantly increased the webmail standard for free storage from the 2 to 4 MB its competitors such as Hotmail offered at that time.[13] Individual Gmail messages, including attachments, may be up to 25 MB,[14] which is larger than many other mail services support. Gmail has a search-oriented interface and a "conversation view" similar to an Internet forum. Gmail is noted by web developers for its pioneering use ofAjax.[15] Gmail runs on Google GFE/2.0 on Linux.[16][17][18] As of June 2012, it is the most widely used web-based email provider with over 425 million active users worldwide.[2][19]

How to Register on Gmail ? ( www.gmail.com )

Step#1: Goto Gmail.com >>> Click on Create An Account ...

Step#2: Fill Out The From There Type the Name , Email Address & a Strong Password & Also All Other
Info... You Want To Set .After That Click on Next Step .

Step#3: Now Add Your Profile Photo & Click on Next Step .

Done Now You Have Succesfully Made a Gmail Account , Now You Can open gmail.com & Sign in There any time by just typing email address & password there .. Enjoy ..:)

If You Guys Face Any Problem in Registering or anything related to this topic , feel free to ask us via comments ...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How to Update a Status from your Freind Facebook Account (Facebook Prank)

Hello Guys , In This Article I Will Show You How Update a Status from your freind Facebook Account    , Its Just a Prank (Facebook Prank) , You Can Upload Any Picture Or Status From Your Freind Facebook Account ... For Prove Check Below I Have Posted a Picture First Time From my freind facebook account By   This Method ... ;) So Here Lets Get Started ...

1#Step: Login to Facebook . Here : www.facebook.com .

2#Step: Now To Update The Status From Your Freind ID . Send Him This Link (https://m.facebook.com/upload.php) And Say Him To Give The Email , Written There , Convince Him/Her Like This : Hello Bro , Kindly There will be a Email Written There , Please Give me That My Net Speed Is Very Slow ... The Link is Not Opening Here Properly .. So Give me I am Waiting .. | And Then He Might Give You Now You Have to do the Last Step to Update The Status . Once He Had Given You The Email , You Can Post from his facebook account . When he will open this will be the view and the email will be below the "Post it by email" The Email Will be There Where I Have Coloured... to Hide my email ... :P

Tuesday, February 12, 2013



Hello Freinds !! In This Tutorial You Will Learn That How to Add Facebook Like button on the blog post .. As All We Know Facebook Is The Largest Social Networking Site , Billion of Users Use Facebook Daily . Facebook Is The Social Networking Site Where Anyone can talk with each other , play or any type of thing ... There are 3 Types of buttons .. You Can see Them in the picture at the top .. ! So Lets Get Started ...

Note:- This Like Button will Not Like your Fan Page it will Like And Discuss your Post.

How To Add Facebook Like Button To Your Blogger Posts?

Step 1 : Login to Blogger then go to Dashborad
Step 2 : Click on Drop Down Menu and select Template 
Step 3 : Backup your Template before making any changes to your blog
Step 4 : Now Click on Edit HTML => Proceed =>  Expand Widget Templates
Step 5 : Press Ctrl + F and search the code shown below
- If you Want To Add This Like Button Just Below Of Post Title Then Add The Below Code (Which You Want) Before Of <data:post.body/> 
- If you Want To Add This Like Button Just Below Of your Post Then Add The Below Code (Which You Want) Below Of <data:post.body/>

Choose Facebook Like Button Designs

There Are Three Facebook Like button Designs ... Following Are The Name Of Them ..
1: Vertical Count
2: Horizontal Count 
3: Without Count
1: Vertical Count

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'> <iframe allowTransparency='true' expr:src='&quot;http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=&quot; + data:post.canonicalUrl + &quot;&amp;send=false&amp;layout=box_count&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=55&amp;action=like&amp;font=arial&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=62&quot;' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:55px; height:62px;'/> </b:if>
2: Horizontal Count

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'> <iframe allowTransparency='true' expr:src='&quot;http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=&quot; + data:post.canonicalUrl + &quot;&amp;send=false&amp;layout=button_count&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=90&amp;action=like&amp;font=arial&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=21&quot;' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:90px; height:21px;'/> </b:if>
3: Without Count

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'> <iframe allowTransparency='true' expr:src='&quot;http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=&quot; + data:post.canonicalUrl + &quot;&amp;send=false&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=450&amp;action=like&amp;font=arial&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=35&quot;' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:35px;'/> </b:if>

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

How to Create a Non Visible Folder and Protect Your FIles

Hello Guys In This Article I am Going to Teach You that Create a Non Visible Folder . Specially We Create a Non Visible Folder to protect our files or for privacy .. So Follow The Steps Given Below and Create a non visible folder ... ;)

Step 1 : Create a New Folder ...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Intel-based phablet on the way from Asus

 Intel-based phablet on the way from Asus

The 7-inch Asus Fonepad, which would be the first Intel-based phablet, is expected to debut at the Mobile World Conference later this month.

Widely-reported specifications include an Intel Atom processor with Imagination PowerVR SGX540 graphics, a 1,280x800 IPS touch screen, 1GB of RAM, storage ranging up to 32GB, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera

. Asus, the maker of Google's Nexus 7, will debut a 7-inch Fonepad at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to sources familiar with the product.
Reports say the Fonepad may be priced in the same ballpark as -- or slightly higher than -- theNexus 7 but below the MeMO Pad, which Asus launched Friday in Asia.
Leaked photos show it with an aluminum body and an Intel badge on the back.

Apple releases raw support for Nikon D5200, Sony RX1

 Apple releases raw support for Nikon D5200, Sony RX1

Two hot cameras, a mainstream Nikon SLR and a high-end Sony compact, are on the list of models whose raw images Mac software such as iPhoto and Aperture now can handle.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

RisingTablets : Apple No.1, Samsung No. 4 'PC makers'

  RisingTablets : Apple No.1, Samsung No. 4 'PC makers'

Apple and Samsung are leading the charge in PCs, which include tablets, according to market researcher Canalys.

All of this is possible because Canalys counts "pads," i.e., tablets, as PCs -- not a ludicrous concept considering that tablets have become personal computers capable of doing many of the tasks once limited to laptops and desktops.
And Samsung is shipping more and more tablets. While not a huge player in traditional PCs, it is a force in Android tablets.
"Samsung, buoyed by strong pad shipments, had its first quarter in the top five, shipping 11.7 million PCs giving it a 9% share," said Canalys.
Of those, 7.6 million were tablets, an increase of 226 percent.
Amazon, another Android tablet player, also got a mention with shipments up 18 percent year-to-year to 4.6 million units.
No. 1 Apple, due to strong iPad Minishipments, could have done even better.
"Apple's growth in the pad segment was driven by strong demand for the iPad mini. Its overall shipments, however, were hampered by supply issues," the market researcher said.
Canalys estimated that the Mini made up over half of Apple's total "pad" shipments.
There was one word of caution, though. "Despite record shipments, Q4 saw Apple's pad share dip to 49%, becoming the first quarter it has not controlled over half the market."
And there were harsh words for Microsoft's tablet efforts. Canalys gave Microsoft a three percent tablet share in the fourth quarter, with shipments of just over 720,000 Windows RT Surface tablets.
"The outlook for Windows RT appears bleak," according to Canalys.
And as tablet shipments rise, shipments at more traditional PC makers, fall.
"Dell's reputation in the PC market continues to fade. It only shipped 9.7 million units, a 19% decline on 2011. Its direct business model is expensive and unsuitable for driving growth in new markets. A turnaround in fortunes is likely to take years," said Canalys.

Market researcher Canalys has again put Apple in top spot among PC makers with an overwhelming 20 percent market share.
Apple shipped 27 million units in the fourth quarter, while HP and Lenovo both shipped around 15 million (HP slightly more than Lenovo), putting them in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
Samsung is also on the rise: it made an appearance in the top five for the first time, pushing Dell out of fourth place.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

      Crossover? Wagon? The X1 is both, and it's beautiful

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i review:

goodness: The 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i features a responsive engine with multiple drive modes and fantastic steering and handling when equipped with the M Sport package. A control knob, voice command, and customizable shortcuts allow drivers to interact with the infotainment system however they like.
badness: The X1's infotainment system takes some getting used to and can be confusing to navigate. Not many driver aid options and technologies are available.
It's not a driver aid powerhouse, but the 2013 BMW xDrive28i with the M Sport package is a driver's car with great handling and a spartan yet premium feel.

BMW has attempted to sidestep the dreaded "W word" in marketing and designing the 2013 X1 xDrive28i that recently rolled into the Car Tech garage, but have no qualms about it, the X1 is a wagon. Granted, it's a tall wagon that perhaps skirts the lower boundaries of what could be considered a crossover, but, even with the slightly increased ground clearance of a crossover, everyone who approached me about the X1 while I was out for a spin referred to the vehicle as a big blue wagon. So, I'll be referring to it as a wagon for the duration of this review, BMW's nomenclature be damned.
There are advantages, of course, to the X1's straddling of the wagon-crossover divide. The higher-than-your-average-wagon seating position gives a more commanding view of the road. And the taller roofline of the hatchback form lends increased headroom to the 40/20/40-split rear bench seats, which fold flat to open up a rather spacious storage area. You won't be able to help your friend move a couch with the X1, but it may be possible to fit a few pieces of flat-packed IKEA furniture behind the front seats.

The TwinPower Turbo engine's torque curve is linear and predictable.
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)
The X1 features an auto start-stop function that stops the engine when the car is stopped at, for example, a traffic light, to save fuel that is normally wasted when idling. When you remove your foot from the brake pedal, the engine cranks back up in anticipation of your tapping the gas. While the restart is relatively smooth, it is far from seamless and may annoy some drivers. The auto start-stop system can be disabled with the touch of a button, but during our testing the system reset to a default "on" state at the beginning of every trip.
Fuel economy is estimated at 22 city and 33 highway mpg by the EPA, with a combined average of 26 mpg. Extended trips to the top of the tachometer in the X1's Sport mode kept the trip computer's average near the bottom of that range. This wagon is just too fun.
Cabin comfort where it counts
Take a moment to slow down and look around the X1's cabin and you'll find that BMW didn't cheap out on the wagon's cabin. It's not that the dashboard is ultra-luxe -- the cabin is, on the whole, remarkably understated -- but the plastic, leather, and metal have a high-quality look and feel and a nice variety of textures and colors. The steering wheel is remarkably restrained, with only eight buttons on its face. The instrumentation is simple, yet effective, with two large gauges for the speedometer and tachometer and not much else. I love it.

Performance and handling
The first thing that I noticed on my first trip in the BMW X1 was the heavy steering wheel. Most cars that come through the Car Tech garage have light, boosted power steering, but the X1's steering is weighty and heavy like a sports car's. The effect was quite surprising as I got used to the weight in the tight confines of the parking garage, but by the time I hit the highway I was totally at one with the X1's steering. By the time I reached my favorite twisty back road, the steering wheel felt like an extension of my arms.
BMW says that it builds the Ultimate Driving Machine and, while the X1 may not quite live up to that lofty claim, the automaker has nailed it with this wagon's steering. There's just the right amount of steering effort, road feel, and responsiveness.

Its smallish footprint makes the vehicle easy to place in the center of San Francisco's narrow lanes and miniature street-side parking spaces. The X1's open greenhouse offers darn good 360-degree visibility, but our vehicle was also equipped with a Driver Assistance Package that adds a rearview camera with dynamic trajectory lines on the dashboard display that move with the steering wheel. This package also adds a Park Distance Control system that places sonar distance sensors on the front and rear bumpers that notify the driver with audible beeps that increase in intensity as the vehicle approaches an obstruction and a sort of visual-proximity heat map that is displayed on the dashboard display.

When equipped with the M Sport package, the X1's steering offers great weight and feedback.
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)
Our X1 xDrive28i was equipped with a $3,000 M Sport package that adds 18-inch, lightweight M wheels shod in performance run-flat tires, a sport suspension, sport seats, an aerodynamic kit, and a higher top-speed limiter. The X1 wouldn't be my first choice for an autocross event, but the vehicle is happy to plant itself and hustle around a sweeping bend and doesn't complain when you toss it back and forth on a snaking mountain road. The package's Performance Control system is a sort of torque-vectoring system that helps the X1 to round those bends. The M Sport option also adds a number of sport styling tweaks to the interior and exterior that don't really help with performance, but help the X1 look the part.
Under the hood is a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that is force-fed air via a twin-scroll turbocharger. Direct-injection technology and variable valve timing conspire to convert the air-fuel charge into 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of mechanical torque. The torque curve feels flat and linear, is easy to predict, and inspires confidence. The engine and exhaust notes at full bore are, on the other hand, rather uninspiring, but the grins this engine can induce more than make up for it.
That torque passes through an eight-speed automatic transmission on the way to the wheels. The gearbox features Sport, Manual, Normal, and Eco Pro modes. As an xDrive model, our X1 was equipped with BMW's all-wheel-drive system. Because the X1 is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, its all-wheel-drive system uses a rear bias that sends most of the torque to the rear wheels, but can shuffle power to the front on demand.

Computer new technology and application lead the development

Computer new technology and application lead the development

This congress to stand in a new information technology competition and key to the commanding heights, the purpose is the combination of independent enterprises set up interaction bridge, and to discuss the new trend of development of IT industry, new features and new problems. The subject covers the whole industry chain around IT, the coolest research field and the hottest technology direction, through the lecture, the question and answer, etc DuoZhong way, explore new technology development path, outstanding share ideas and the exchange of experience. “2011 China’s computer technology conference” in addition to the morning peak BBS including beyond, still has three points BBS, involving computing clouds, mobile Internet and content networking three segmentation technology

In computing clouds points on the BBS, ali cloud focused on the Internet enterprise computing clouds the road of innovation; Compuware to share with you the cloud environment application performance quality management experience; H3C is focusing on the construction of the road network cloud ready choice; China’s software testing center of experts about cloud computing system testing technology and practice; Heaven and earth, expounds the clouds cloud computing infrastructure technology evolution, VMware technology experts prospect for the cloud computing vision.
Since 2010, the Chinese government has issued a series of things networking industry policy of development related, provinces and cities and industrial park has the relative supporting support policies. “Policy, technology leading, first demand drivers,” will be the country’s content networking industry development of the main mode. In our country that the standard of key technology and network has a breakthrough, a series of key industries application products also get the promotion. Intelligent transportation, city security, intelligent power grid, and medical treatment and other areas of application will be hot.

2011 years is our country “1025″ the beginning of plan. In the national economy and social development plan for 1025 “in, the countries explicitly will develop integrated circuit, content online, mobile Internet, cloud computing, a new generation of information technology to ascend to the strategic height. To speed up a new generation of information technology industry development as an opportunity, our information industry will have of the transformation and upgrade strategic opportunity. The consultant sadie computing clouds white paper “that, over the next three years, cloud computing applications will the government, telecommunications, education, medical treatment, finance, petroleum and petrochemical and power industries as the key point. Cloud computing in China’s market is more and more enterprises and institutions, the size of the market will also from 2010 in to $16.731 billion to over 2013 in 117.412 billion yuan, compound annual growth rate of 91.5%.

Yesterday, with “new technology and application promote industrial revolution” as the theme of the “2011 China’s computer technology conference” was held in Beijing shangri-la hotel. The conference attracted from government related leaders, the domestic and international famous IT enterprise’s research and development director, CIO and CTO, enterprise institute for technology and project manager, college senior researchers, and the news media, and other 1000 DuoRen. Its researchers, the state of the Chinese academy of sciences of high performance computer engineering technology research center, XuLu, Intel China research institute President FangZhiXi, shenzhou digital group CTO, dean of the shenzhou digital academy XieYun and IBM China research institute SuHui, vice President of the well-known experts such as the theme, including speech published VMware, H3C, sina, nets imperial China, ali cloud, Compuware, heaven and earth and the cloud, YiDeSi strange, etc, in the domestic and international famous IT companies represented in the various points of BBS discussion.

BlackBerry boasts record early sales for Z10 in U.K., Canada

  BlackBerry boasts record early sales for Z10 in U.K., Canada

The phone maker says it nearly tripled the sales of its best performance over the first week in the U.K., while it had its best first day ever in Canada.

The BlackBerry Z10 had a nice start, after all.
BlackBerry said it nearly tripled the sales of its best performance over the first week in the U.K., while it had its best first day ever in Canada.
"In fact, it was more than 50 percent better than any other launch day in our history in Canada," BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said in a statement sent to CNET.

The Z10 has received positive critical reviews, and BlackBerry fans appear eager to buy the device. But a bigger test will lie in its longer-term sales and whether non-BlackBerry fans will consider the smartphone.
One analyst today claimed that the sell-outs were more the result of supply issues rather than demand, but BlackBerry's comments suggest the company is off to a solid start.
The company should have a better indication of the success of the Z10 when the phone makes it to the U.S. market, which its executives have said should happen by the middle of March.

GTA V gets caught up in next-gen console talk

            GTA V gets caught up in next-gen console talk

The game, which is now slated to launch in September, could either be negatively affected by next-generation consoles or take advantage of them.

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most anticipated game launches of 2013, but right now, its actual release date is the subject of debate in the gaming business.

The delay is required to deliver what people expect," Zelnick said during his company's earnings call yesterday, according to Venturebeat.
If the move is not designed to take advantage of next-generation consoles, some wonder if it will hurt Grand Theft Auto V sales. Those folks reason that because new consoles will be available soon after Grand Theft Auto V's launch, consumers might hold onto their cash and use it on next-generation products.
"While we believe that few gamers who intend to purchase GTA will hold off their purchases at launch, many next-generation consoles will be bought over the next two years (beginning with the likely launch of the PS4 in October [2013]), and those purchasers will be less likely to purchase a current generation game once they have become a next-generation household," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter wrote today in a research note to investors. "We think that the launch of next-generation consoles shortly after the release of GTA V could impact ongoing sales in 2014 and beyond."

There is not one gamer who is going to sit out Grand Theft Auto V hoping that something down the road will be better," Zelnick said, according to Venturebeat

Apple warns against jailbreaking following evasion hack

 Apple warns against jailbreaking following evasion

The company tweaks its online warning for iOS users who choose to make unauthorized modifications to their devices

Exactly what was updated in Apple's article is difficult to know. But the company cites a range of hazards that it associates with jailbreaking, including instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, unreliable voice and data, disruption of services, and the inability to apply future software updates.

Apple has tweaked an online article about the dangers of jailbreaking in the wake of a recent hack of iOS code.
The article shows a last-modified date of Sunday, the same day the evasi0n jailbreak tool for iOS 6.0 through 6.1 was due to reach the public. The tool didn't actually pop up until Monday, but the timing of the modified article certainly points to concern on Apple's part.

The U.S. Copyright Office ruled last October that jailbreaking is legal, at least when it comes to smartphones. But Apple considers the practice a violation of the end-user license and as such won't necessarily provide any support or service for a jailbroken device.
Jailbreaking allows people to install applications outside of Apple's App Store.
Apple's full warning reads as follows:
Instability: Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.
Security vulnerabilities: Security compromises have been introduced by these modifications that could allow hackers to steal personal information, damage the device, attack the wireless network, or introduce malware or viruses.
Shortened battery life: The hacked software has caused an accelerated battery drain that shortens the operation of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a single battery charge.
Unreliable voice and data: Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data.
Disruption of services: Services such as Visual Voicemail, Weather, and Stocks have been disrupted or no longer work on the device. Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications or received notifications that were intended for a different hacked device. Other push-based services such as iCloud and Exchange have experienced problems synchronizing data with their respective servers.
Inability to apply future software updates: Some unauthorized modifications have caused damage to iOS that is not repairable. This can result in the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iOS update is installed.
Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.

Smart almost laptop

              Smart almost-laptop nearly gets it right

smart almost laptop good: The Microsoft Surface Pro fits a full ultrabook experience in a compact 10-inch tablet. Thanks to the ingenious Type and Touch covers, it offers a comfortable interface and typing experience. The clean, crisp design and sharp 1080p screen rise above the competition.
smart almost laptop bad: The battery life is disappointing, and more ports would be nice. The 64GB model barely has any free storage. It costs as much as a regular laptop, especially because the cool keyboard cover isn't included by default.
The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device.


On February 9, the Surface gets another lease on life. This version, known as the Surface Pro, tackles head-on many of the complaints about the original Surface RT -- especially that model's compromisedWindows RT operating system. The Surface Pro offers a full Windows 8 experience that works with older Windows software titles, packs a real Intel Core i5 processor, and boldly stuffs the entire PC experience into a sleek and appealing tablet body that's just a tad thicker and heavier than the RT version.
There's a lot to like here -- if not to love. While the Surface Pro isn't the first Windows 8 tablet, it may well be the best one to date, at least in terms of design. The magic here is in the details: the ingenious detachable keyboard cover and the included pressure-sensitive stylus both go a long way toward setting the Surface Pro apart from the other laptops, tablets, and hybrids we've seen so far.
Can the Surface Pro work as a real, everyday PC -- a task that rival iPads, Android tablets, and even those Windows RT models couldn't quite handle? For me, an initial skeptic, it can. You can color me impressed.