Users of Microsoft's latest Windows 8.1 beta (build 9385) have reported that Windows Store apps now silently update themselves without need for user intervention. If you value up-to-dateness but couldn't care less about developer release notes, then this upcoming change may be just for you. It's unknown if the feature can be toggled off and on or whether it will be enabled by default when Windows 8.1 RTM rolls around.
In its current form, Windows 8 simply notifies users of available updates. From there, users must then venture to the Windows Store app where they click an "Updates" link near the upper right-hand corner and manually install their app updates. An "Automatically download updates for my apps" feature does exist (and is enabled by default); however, it does not automatically install updated apps -- the option only downloads them.
Currently, between flavors of Windows 8, iOS and Android, Android is the only one which allows fully-automatic, no-questions-asked updates; however, the behavior must be enabled manually. In iOS, automatic app updates are possible, but only on jailbroken devices.
Formerly known as Windows Blue, Windows 8.1 is expected to bring a multitude of enhancements like the return of the Windows Start button, allowing users to disable the Metro Start Screen on login and some much-needed search improvements. Microsoft's well-rumored Windows Blue is purportedly an effort to further refine -- and possibly homogenize -- the user experience across its wide variety of latest-generation products and services.
The Microsoft Surface Pro offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and a miniDisplayPort. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus with palm-rejection technology that magnetically clips to the charging port, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display instead of the 1366 x 768 variety on the ARM-based model.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
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