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Computex 2013 has already seen some great products announced, but today Asus took centre stage to tantalise us with some serious gadge!

Today we see the birth of the Transformer Book Trio, which is based on the old Transformer but with some serious upgrades. Firstly, this is a laptop with a removable screen which becomes a tablet. You can now dock the screen  into a desktop station to turn it into a full-blown desktop machine.

One of the coolest things about this laptop is it can run Windows 8 or Android Jelly Bean with the touch of a button. It has an 11.6″ screen capable of 1080p and has 2 processors to help power the dual operating systems. Firstly, Windows 8 has a dedicated Core i7-4500U processor and then Android Jelly Bean is more than handled with a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip.

This is a complex machine, so in terms of storage, you get a 1TB HDD inside the keyboard station dock, and 64GB of flash storage inside the tablet itself. Asus have really tried to cover all bases with one device, so we can really see this taking off. Microsoft are also rumoured to be talking about subsidising licensing costs to help boost the sales of Windows 8 tablets so you may even see this being cheaper than it normally would have been.

We have no confirmation on pricing but it is expected to be released sometime in Q3.

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I am sure most of you have tried to send files from one iOS device to another and I am also sure most of you have found that the process is not as straightforward as you wished it to be.

The method that we all have pretty much resorted to is either emailing it across, cloud services like Dropbox or Apple’s very own iCloud or attempting file sync with the USB cable and iTunes.

Well all of that is about to become a thing of the past as some developers have created an app called Instashare which you will be happy to know does its job with ease.

Instashare is very similar to AirDrop but for iPhones and tablets. It uses WiFi or Bluetooth without a connection to the internet to transfer files from one device to the other. The app is also in beta phase for OSX which will allow you to transfer from mobile device to Mac which will be very handy indeed. 

You can get these apps for free, but TheTechSpy recommends stumping up the 69p to make it ad-free as they are simply annoying and it makes for a much better experience. The interesting thing is the developers are currently working on the same apps for Windows and Android, so expect cross-platform transfers some time soon. 

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So here it is, Microsoft have just announced the next Xbox to the world and simply called it Xbox One.

Let’s start with the way it looks, as this is important as Microsoft have tried to make this an all-in-one entertainment system which is meant to sit in your living room. Microsoft are taking the battle directly to the DVR companies making this look like a sleek TiVo. The box, with its polished black exterior will not look odd in anybody’s home falling inline with most A/V components.

Along with the unit itself, the control pads have had a slight face lift to bring them in line with current standards and include vibration motors in the triggers, but I don’t think this will disappoint as the pads themselves have always been very popular.

The Xbox one will come with 8gb of RAM, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 and a 500gb hard drive, but at this point they have not released much about the processor itself just that it is an 8 core processor. It has a HDMI input and output which will lets you plug other devices into it, which is totally new for a console. I can only imagine that they are going to allow for your regions TV receiver to go through the box to further bolster up the media player side of things.

Microsoft confirmed they are not getting rid of Live services and are on the contrary upgrading servers from 15,000 today to 300,000 in the coming months which will significantly improve online game play and will include services such as cloud stored music, games and movies for an all round media player experience.

The DVR function is very interesting, having only a 500gb hard drive which will quickly be eaten up by movies and games, recording live TV may get assistance from the cloud, so a good solid Internet connection is going to be a must. The DVR will allow you to record game play so that you can view it back at any time or share with friends.

The redesigned Kinect camera has a 1080p sensor shooting 60fps which will work with Skype and they have referred to it working with live TV using voice recognition and allowing some kind of interactive TV experience. Skype will have the ability to be used during gameplay and the camera itself will be able to track your heartbeat for games that need it…..wow!

Games already lined up, FIFA 14, NBA live, Call of Duty: Ghosts and a new Steven Spielberg collaboration for a Halo interactive live TV series. Microsoft have also teamed up with the NFL to bring live streamed games direct to the console with a new fantasy football experience.

One thing that will disappoint most is that the console will not play Xbox 360 games as the architecture has been changed, but the console does not have to always be connected as recently covered in the press.

The long-awaited console has yet to have a confirmed release date but they have spoken about it being later this year which would coincide with recent November rumours. Currently we have no prices confirmed, but expect this to come in more expensive than the existing Xbox and to come with an option to sign up to Live annual services to reduce the price of the console.

Move over Surface tablet and Windows 8, all is forgiven Microsoft, you are back in the game!

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