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Last year’s Nokia World conference was a beaut. We got some Windows Phone phablets and a cool new app or two, all mixed in with the promise of the long-rumoured Lumia tablet from Nokia. It perplexed some, intrigued others and delighted us with the promise of what looked to be a bright new future for a troubled, yet beloved brand. Now that we’re through the looking glass, however, it’s clear that not everything with the aforementioned Lumia 2520 is as it seems.

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Briefly: Microsoft has a "small gathering" for its Surface tablets planned for New York City on May 20th — read between the lines, and it looks like a reduced-size Surface is on the way. An 8-inch tablet would make the Surface even more portable, and give the reigning champion iPad Mini even more competition.

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A new generation of Windows tablets has arrived with the launch of the Microsoft Surface 2, their second generation tablet, and the Nokia Lumia 2520, Nokia's first ever tablet. With virtually identical functionality and OS software, it is the quality and performance of their displays that really differentiates the tablets.

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The Surface RT was Microsoft's brassy if ultimately flawed to drop a cannonball in the placid, iPad and Kindle-dominated tablet pool. It didn't quite work out. With the Surface 2, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to say "No guys, but really," with a blistering, scary sort of confidence.

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Windows RT has been hacked to allow desktop apps to run on Microsoft's ARM-based OS. The trick circumvents a setting which usually restricts ARM-based apps to Microsoft's built-in ones, so that unsigned desktop apps can also be installed.

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Product placement in TV and movies is nothing new. Sony for example almost single-handedly funded Casino Royale a few years back, and Ford has had its products all over the CW network for ages now. I'm generally alright with product placement in TV and movies, as long as it's not overt. What follows is a lesson direct from Microsoft about how not to subtly place your product in front of an audience.

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This week was a Microsoft bonanza. A new operating system and new hardware means new apps. So joining the best apps of the week roster is a new batch of titles meant for RT. Inside, you'll find a lot of apps you know and love, all ready for your new Surface tablet.

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Everyone who has gone hands-on with the Surface RT this week has said the same thing: they wanted to like it, but just couldn't get there when the rubber hit the road. One of the first Surface RT units landed in Australia this morning, and we got hands on with it. Is it really the misfire people are labelling it as? Not necessarily.