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February 11, 2016

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: What's New In Upcoming Tablet?
Morning News USA

Released last year, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was not impressive enough as expected. It had a Microsoft Surface Tabletnumber of bugs and it’s apparent that fixes and some improvements were imperative. The predecessor launched in October 2015, and now the next in line, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, is expected in the latter part of this year with newer upgrades. Rumored specs and features about the new tablet are spreading online. Let’s find them out and their respective difference to the Surface Pro 4 specs.

The Surface Pro 5 is expected to come with a Surface Pen, the batteries of which can charge automatically by placing it on a dock connected to the tablet. The beauty of the stylus lies in its ferromagnetic material that serves as the charging terminal to boost the battery power. The Surface Pro 4 stylus pen may be battery-operated, but it cannot be recharged. Hence, by including a rechargeable stylus battery, Microsoft hopes to enhance portability and functionality of the upcoming device.

New reports by The Cubic Lane hinted at some interesting predictions. With newer developments and progress in technology, the upcoming Surface Pro 5 is expected to weigh lighter than its predecessor, which weighed 1.76 lbs. Now, carry your tablet anywhere without feeling its weight and keeping your productivity to the mark.

Unlike the current version, the Surface Pro 5 will come with a fingerprint scanner installed on it. Users find it difficult to access the fingerprint scanner in the Surface Pro 4 which is embedded in the keyboard that users don’t always carry with their tablets.




Apple's WiFi iPad Pro price slashed by $100, new offers on 13'' MacBook Air
Delhi Daily News

This week buyers have the option of grabbing the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's current generation 13" MacBook Air models together with three full years of AppleCare extended protection, and also snag a free Apple Super Drive, free shipping, and no sales tax in 48 states with each order. Plus you can get the biggest discounts yet on WiFi iPad Pro.

The discounts for a brand-new, sealed iPad Pros have finally arrived but over at eBay Deals. The online auction site has joined hands with Top-Rated-Plus seller Electronics Valley to knock $100 off the price of Apple's 32GB WiFi iPad Pros and 128GB WiFi iPad Pros, selling models in Space Grey, Gold, and Silver for $699.99 and $849.99 with free shipping.

32GB Silver WiFi iPad Pro for $699.99 ($100 off)

32GB Space Gray WiFi iPad Pro for $699.99 ($100 off)

32GB Gold WiFi iPad Pro for $699.99 ($100 off)

128GB Silver WiFi iPad Pro for $849.99 ($100 off)

128GB Space Gray WiFi iPad Pro for $849.99 ($100 off)

128GB Gold WiFi iPad Pro for $849.99 ($100 off)



February 10, 2016

Microsoft's Surface is the lone bright spot in a poor tablet market
Network World

Surface Pro 4 & Surface Book

Overall tablet sales are slumping, except for Surface, thanks to good hardware and Windows 10.

Microsoft didn't get off to a great start with the Surface tablet, coming late and confusing the market with the RT and x86 versions. But its legendary patience is once again paying off, in that Windows 10 tablets are the one bright spot in tablet sales.

The latest statistics from market research firm Strategy Analytics showed the overall tablet market dropped by 11% in the last quarter when compared to the same period in 2014, with iPad sales in particular falling 25% and Android tablets down 7%.

Windows tablets, however, grew by a very impressive 59%. At least part of that is likely due to the fact that Surface had so much room to grow, while the iPad market was more mature. But even with that caveat, that's still good news for Microsoft.

The Surface tablet has the advantage of the huge Windows library of applications, plus a company really behind it. I get the feeling the iPad and Android tablets are secondary products in the eyes of their vendors and not part of a real strategic push, while Microsoft is investing much more into the Surface tablet.



Get a Lenovo Yoga 11E touchscreen laptop for $269.99

Most laptops are fragile. One hard bump or accidental brush with gravity and you could be looking at a cracked screen -- or worse. Not good news for students and other folks who lead, er, intense lifestyles.

Sure, you could buy a ruggedized, battlefield-ready system, but it's likely to be heavy, clunky and expensive.

Or not, if you hop on this Woot deal: the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11E for $269.99, plus $5 for shipping. Unlike most Woot stuff, it's new not refurbished. Like most Woot stuff, it's available today only and while supplies last. Regular price for this configuration: $799.

Just to be clear, this is not the Chromebook version of this machine. In fact, it runs Windows 10 Professional. The latter nets you some decidedly business-oriented extras, including remote-access services and Bitlocker drive encryption.




Surface Book is the best 2-in-1 PC money can buy

The Surface Book is a powerful 2-in-1 PC, and nobody will beat Microsoft when it comes to display and build.

Think of the device as a 13.5-inch Surface Pro 4 tablet mounted on a full, detachable keyboard that includes an extra battery and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GPU on most units. That makes it ideal for editing 4K video, 3D modeling and even gaming. The well-crafted hinge attaching the keyboard to the removable screen is perhaps the Surface Book's defining trait, and it raises the bar for future 2-in-1 PCs.

Enterprise pros and cons: The Surface Book may be fancy, but it's still a PC -- utility and all. It runs Windows 10 Pro, features two USB 3.0 ports and a full-sized SD card reader, and it ships with the excellent Surface Pen. The screen can detach and operate as a standalone tablet, or it can fold directly onto the keyboard, making for a thicker and more stable tablet. The added keyboard battery should power the Surface Book for a full day of use. Plus, enterprise IT will like the Surface Book's support for Windows Hello, Microsoft's facial-recognition camera for user authentication and access control.




February 9, 2016

Nvidia's Shield tablet K1: The best Android tablet you can get under $200

I was recently in the market for a tablet for my young son. Much as it pains me to admit it, I didn't even consider Nvidia’s Shield tablet K1. I thought it was just another 8” Android tablet. Nvidia's Shield tablet K1 Tablet

Boy, I was wrong.

The hardware

The Shield tablet K1 has some impressive hardware under the hood. It is powered by a 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU. The graphics of the tablet are driven by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 192 core Kepler GPU. And all of this is supported by 2GB of RAM.

The tablet comes with mere 16GB of storage but you can use a microSD card to expand storage.

The 8-inch 1920x1200 multi-touch Full HD display is sharp and bright. It’s not as pixel perfect as is the iPad Mini, but then the target of the tablet is gamers and games don’t go over 1080p.

It has an 802.11n 2x2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi (something you will need for game streaming), Bluetooth 4.0 LE for connecting to gamepad, and other peripherals.

It comes with an HDMI port so you can use the tablet as controller for your Nvidia Shield Android TV or you can plug it into a TV monitor to play games or watch movies on a bigger screen.

And you get all of this for $199!




February 8, 2016

Microsoft sale trims prices on Surface Pro 4, Band 2

Consumers eyeing Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablet or Band 2 activity tracker can save some cash thanks to a new sale.

The Surface Pro 4 comes in five variations, each now on sale for $100 off the usual retail price at the Microsoft Store. The offer is good through February 27. The Microsoft Band 2 is on sale for $200, a savings of $50, through February 20. Consumers can take advantage of the discounts through Microsoft's website and its retail stores in the US and Puerto Rico.

Launched in October, the Surface Pro 4 is the latest iteration of Microsoft's popular tablet that can convert into a laptop via an attachable keyboard. The Band 2 is Microsoft's newest entry in the market for fitness and activity trackers. 



February 7, 2016


Congratulations to Peyton Manning & the Denver Broncos

Super Bowl 50 Champions

Panthers vs Broncos

Super Bowl 50



February 5, 2016

Ranking the 10 Best Tablets You Can Buy Right Now (Feb. 2016)
Paste Magazine

3. Surface 3 - $399: I’ve always been a fan of Microsoft’s Surface Pro line, but the lighter Surface products have always struggled to impress and find their sweet spot. This a true hybrid product, but for the purposes of distinguishing between laptops and tablet, the Surface 3 falls into this list and really stands out.

It’s impressively powerful to set up and use as a productivity device, as well as a tablet you can just recline and watch videos with. If an affordable Windows tablet is what you're looking for, the Surface 3 is really the only tablet you should be seriously considering.



Microsoft Confirms Surface Phone Is Coming

Microsoft Surface Phone is a tricky device because nobody knows for sure if it’s coming, or should we say nobody knew? Microsoft recently registered surfacephone.com which more or less confirms that the tech company is planning to roll out the device sooner or later, or it’s at least in conceptual stages.

We first started hearing about the Microsoft Surface Phone in the middle of 2015 and it started out when the Surface Pro 3 rumors started too. The concept is pretty simple if you take a look at the facts: Microsoft has a huge success in the tablet market with their Surface Pro lineup and it had a very poor success in the phone business so it’s basically making a smartphone from the Surface Pro lineup.




February 4, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 vs Amazon Fire HD 10
Tablet PC Review

Amazon and Samsung have each created tablets targeting customers looking for a full-size tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 vs Amazon Fire HD 10with a low price. The Galaxy Tab A 9.7 and Fire HD 10 have quite a bit in common, so it’s not easy for consumers to choose which is the best option for them.

The HD 10 starts at $230, and the Tab A 9.7 is currently $249, so the prices are roughly equal. And both run Android, though Amazon has heavily modified its version.

We’re here to help people decide which of these two is the right fit.

Amazon’s latest tablet has a 10.1-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio, but Samsung went for a 9.7-inch display with a 4:3 ratio. This makes the Tab A 9.7 shorter but wider overall than its rival. These devices are equally thin, but the Fire is slightly heavier — justified by its slightly larger screen.

Specifically, the HD 10 is 10.3 x 6.3 x 0.30 inches, and it weighs 0.95 pounds. The Tab A 9.7 is 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.30 inches, and 1.1 lbs.

Amazon went with an all plastic casing, but Samsung went with metal, making its tablet look more professional. The Fire is available in black and white casings, while the Galaxy Tab comes in those colors as well as blue.


The Tab A 9.7 has a screen resolution of only 1024 x 768, so it has a low pixel density of 132 pixels per inch. The HD 10’s display is 1280 x 800, resulting in a density of 149 ppi. This means the Amazon device has a screen that’s marginally better looking, but neither is all that great, as other models have pixel densities around 250 ppi.

As mentioned, Samsung chose a 4:3 aspect ratio, which many people prefer for accessing the Web, word processing, and other productivity tasks. Amazon picked 16:10, which makes it a better option for watching wide-screen movies and TV shows.

The Fire’s screen is slightly larger with a higher pixel density, but which of these screens is better depends heavily on what the user wants to display.



Canonical's new Ubuntu tablet can also be your PC
The Verge

Canonical still believes in convergence. The company that makes the open-source OS Ubuntu Canonical's new Ubuntu tabletand tried to raise $32 million for a smartphone that can power a PC has announced its first ever tablet, promising that the device is just a keyboard and mouse away from a full desktop experience. Plug in these peripherals and the 10.1-inch tablet switches from a full-screen mobile layout to a windowed user interface. Add a monitor, and you’ve got an Ubuntu PC. It’s a niche computing experience, but it’s one that’s full of possibilities.

The definitions of "specific form factors [are] increasingly arcane and outdated," Canonical CEO Jane Silber tells The Verge. "I think what’s happening in the industry is the blurring of those segments and the need for a consistent platform and user experience across those." Silber thinks Ubuntu can supply this.

As with Canonical’s previous mobile devices, the company has chosen to simply borrow an existing product and add Ubuntu — in this case, the Aquaris M10 tablet from Spanish manufacturer BQ. With 2GB of RAM, 1280 x 800 resolution, and a 1.5 GHz MediaTek processor, the M10 is far from a powerhouse, but the build quality is surprisingly good. It feels solid despite weighing less than an iPad Air, and the matte black plastic body looks neat and businesslike.

While in tablet mode, the M10 retains the quirks of Ubuntu’s mobile OS. Instead of having a single home screen or app drawer, there are scopes — themed screens that collate information from apps in certain categories, say, News or Messages. You can swipe in from the left of the tablet to bring up a task bar with pinned applications, or swipe in the from the right to access for a carousel-style app switcher with recently-used programs.

Of course, you’re not going to find the selection of apps you’d get on iOS or Android (or even Windows Phone), but Canonical is confident its scopes cover the key, non-frivolous, bases: email, messaging, news, music, etc. More importantly, though, is the future of the platform.




February 3, 2016

Plumbago: How Microsoft is building new app for notes, stylus doodling

If you don't like One Note, the group of Microsoft developers behind its recent experimental iOS and Android apps could soon have a better note-taking app available called Plumbago.

"Whether you're writing, sketching ideas, or doodling designs, Plumbago offers the tools you need to easily capture them," according to Microsoft Research.

The app offers various writing tools, such as a pencil, highlighter, erasing tools, and different colors, on a circular or 'radial' menu -- a kind of painter's palette that can be moved anywhere on a page. To reveal more options, the user swipes to spin the wheel.

The app hasn't been released yet but Microsoft Research has published a detailed outline of its key features and functionality.




How To Watch Super Bowl 50 On Your Smartphone, Tablet Or PC

The countdown is on to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco and —as usual– retailers are dropping prices on big screen TVs in the hopes of luring football fans into springing for the ultimate viewing free CBS Sports app to stream Super Bowl 50 on your tablet experience.

But what if your plans for watching the Superbowl on Sunday are smaller? And more mobile? Or budget constrained?

If you’re at work, have no interest in cramming a wall mounted 60-inch monstrosity into your studio apartment, don’t dig the sports bar scene or don’t feel like shelling out for a cable TV subscription just to see one game, you have options. You can watch Super Bowl 50 for free on your tablet, PC or smartphone. Here’s how.


The key to watching the Super Bowl without cable is the official broadcaster of the game, CBS. The network offers free CBS Sports apps for all the major mobile platforms —iOS, Android and Windows 10— and has committed to providing the entire Super Bowl 50 production, live. You even get the Coldplay halftime show.

Use the free CBS Sports app to stream Super Bowl 50 on your tablet (Credit: CBS Sports)




February 2, 2016

Sony Xperia Z5 Tablet release date, price and specs rumours: Our bold predictions for Sony's new Tablet
PC Advisor

Sony Xperia Z5 Tablet release date rumours

As you can see below, there's something of a pattern when it comes to Sony launching a new 10in Xperia Z tablet with a new model arriving at MWC every year since 2013. The odd one out is the smaller Z3 Compactwhich was announced at IFA in Berlin.

•    Xperia Tablet Z – MWC 2013 February
•   Xperia Tablet Z2 – MWC 2014 February
•    Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact – IFA 2014 September
•    Xperia Tablet Z4 – MWC 2015 March

Based on this, there's a good chance we'll see a new tablet at MWC 2016. We say this even though we've not seen any leaked details as phones are more commonly the stars of internet leaks. The more complex question is what model it will be.

Sony hasn't skipped a generation number yet so there's a good chance it will be the Xperia Z5 Tablet but the device didn't arrive with the phones therefore there's a slim chance it could be the Xperia Z6 Tablet but our money is on the former as the Xperia Z6 smartphone is unlikely to arrive until later in the year and Sony won't want a tablet with a similar name to make it seem old.




Apple iPad Pro Wins The Microsoft Surface Battle, But Will Lose The PC War

According to data from IDC the Apple AAPL +1.14% iPad Pro shipped more units in the most recent quarter than Microsoft MSFT -1.89%’s Surface line of tablets. While that makes an interesting headline, it says more about the strength of Apple’s brand loyalty than it does about the long term prospects of the iPad Pro itself. The fact remains that the iPad Pro—or even iPad in general—is not an existential threat to the PC market.

First, let’s take a quick look at the numbers. IDC claims that Apple shipped about two million iPad Pros in the most recent quarter, compared to about 1.6 million Surface tablets. Personally, I have always taken exception to measuring success based on units shipped. A vendor can ship hundreds of thousands of units to sit in retailer warehouses. That doesn’t mean anybody is actually buying them. For historical reference, Google “HP TouchPad”.

Setting that semantic disagreement aside, let’s look at the IDC data at face value. Assuming Apple sold two million units to Microsoft’s 1.6 million, there are still two things right off the bat that stand out to me. First, I agree with my Forbes peer Brooke Crothers. He stated, “The iPad Pro is Apple’s newest iPad and was only released in November. It’s a big, brash rethink of the iPad. And, needless to say, the initial shipment numbers for an iOS device — even a pricey one — are typically pretty high.” Translation: Can Apple sustain that volume or is it just a reflection of the launch rush?

Second, the iPad Pro may outpace the Surface tablet line, but the Surface tablet line is a drop in the bucket of the PC market, or even the 2-in-1 hybrid market. It still makes for compelling, breathless headlines—everyone loves a good Apple vs. Microsoft battle. In the end, though, aside from the headlines Apple’s iPad Pro isn’t really putting a dent in anything.




February 1, 2016

iPad Air 3 rumors: Everything we know so far about Apple's next tablet

Apple shook up its tablet lineup last fall with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a laptop-sized device that iPad Pro Keyboard?supports stylus input from the Apple Pencil and snaps to a Bluetooth keyboard. Even the iPad mini got a major overhaul last year.

But the Pro’s size and new features have a higher price tag attached, one that’s squarely in the laptop range, and while the iPad mini 4 is an amazing device, it’s too small for many people. iPad sales continue to plummet, as Apple’s Q1 earnings showed, so Apple is gearing up to take the wraps off the iPad Air 3 next month. If its rumored features come to be, this mid-sized iPad could convince hold-outs to upgrade.

Here’s everything we know so far about the 9.7-inch iPad Air 3.

Will any iPad Pro features come to the Air?

The rumor: Apple plans to improve the Air’s audio with four speakers, which would bring it up to Pro quality. Dual stereo speakers would make the next-gen Air a better device for streaming music and video, because the sound would be crystal clear no matter which way you held the device (unless you’re covering all the speakers, which would be a little crazy).

Plausible? Separate drawings of the Air 3 leaked to Engadget and 9to5Mac, plus a leaked mock-up case design, all show four speakers. Case designs aren’t the most reliable, and anyone can whip up an illustration of features they’d like to see in a device, but it would make sense for Apple to make the Air a better content consumption tool by bumping up the audio.

When is it coming out?

The rumor: The iPad Air 3 is on deck for a March debut, according to 9to5Mac




Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Here's how to recover from 'black screen after sleep'
Delhi Daily News

The most frustrating bugs suffered by Surface Pro 4 owners is the "black screen after sleep" problem. The problem is when a Surface Pro 4 is woken from whatever sleep state it manages to enter, the screen sometimes remains off and it will not turn back on despite all types of pressing and prodding. The machine remains awake and active because the Windows Hello infrared light turns on and starts scanning.

But there's an easy solution as long as you have your Type Cover handy. It so happens that the display driver forgets that it's using the local screen and tries to project to a non-existent external display. The solution in this case is fairly simple:

When the screen is black but the infrared light is on, hit the Win+P combination once.

Wait a few seconds, then hit the Win+P combination again. You're simply cycling through screen projection options.

After a second or so, the screen should turn on and you should see the "Project" bar on the right side. Bang, you're back in business.

If your Type Cover isn't available, then you'll have to force the Surface Pro 4 to shut down. A longer term solution is also available, but it's a little complicated: you can also manually install the Intel HD reference drivers from 12/22/2015 and the issue shouldn't recur (and you might get better sleep performance as well), but you'll be out of sync with Microsoft's official drivers and those Intel drivers cause some issues of their own.

To install the Intel drivers, you'll need to download and unzip them, and then do the following (this is all easier in desktop mode than tablet mode):

Open Control Panel > Device Manager

Expand "Display adapters"

Right-click on the Intel HD Graphics 520 device, select "Update Driver Software"

Select "Browse my computer for driver software"

Select "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"

Click "Have Disk?"

Browse to your unzipped drivers, navigate to the Graphics folder

Select "igdlh64.inf" and click "Open"

Follow the rest of the prompts. You may or may not have to reboot your system.




January 29, 2016

Microsoft pulls in an impressive $1.35 billion in revenue for Surface line
Windows Central

Microsoft has just announced their second quarter fiscal year 2016 results and the numbers are Surface Booklooking outstanding beating most estimates in all divisions.

One area where of healthy growth was with their Surface line bolstered by the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. The solid numbers were attained despite ongoing criticisms of stability and OS software issues.

The company reported $1.35 billion in revenue, which beats their previous record of $1.1 billion from the same time last year and more than doubled last quarter's $672 million number. That means coming off of the holiday season the Surface line exceeded previous sales although that is likely helped by the price bump of the Surface Pro 4 and the all-around high price tag of the Surface Book.




January 28, 2016

Specs For The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S Leaked; Detachable Keyboard And Other Features
Korea Portal

One of the main Highlights from CES 2016 was the announcement of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S and its specs, release date, price and new features has gotten unleashed soon afterwards.Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S

"Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro-The Best of a Tablet and a Laptop.Brilliantly designed to be thin and light, the Galaxy TabPro S is a stylish 2-in-1 that's ready for anything, anywhere" Cited Samung.com.

The Tab Pro S is the new surface Pro clone from Samsung that runs on Windows 10 Operating system instead of the usual Android OS. The new device has come as a rival against its competitors and there have been umpteen reviews about the device from tech geeks discussing and comparing its specs in terms of Galaxy Tab Pro S Vs iPad Pro/Windows Surface Pro.

Full notebook PC functionality from a lightweight tablet: This Samsung galaxy tablet could be turned into a laptop device when attached to a keyboard through a magnetic connector and it serves its purpose of productivity.

The productivity features include the full-sized keyboard with integrated touchpad that enables you to create presentations, write emails, and edit documents, all on a lightweight tablet!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S is a Premium Tablet that combines Samsung's world class technology and Microsoft's latest Windows 10 OS platform. The company had been wise in making this choice of OS for the device that would be ideal for its Hybrid form factor, according to experts.

This device is the first Windows tablet to feature super-AMOLED display. It comes with a multitouch screen and a deeper color contrast giving the best-in-class viewing experience.




Surface Pro 4 update that fixes major problem - for some

Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft issued an update for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book this week and it appears to offer positive results for people who have had major problems with the tablets since Microsoft started selling them in October.  

"It seems that Microsoft has done a great job with this update," a user going by Igor1968 wrote on Microsoft's community forum. "The computer became faster, less warm and so far works stably. But this is just a first impression, let's see what will happen next." 

The most significant problems that some users have complained about include one that prevents the tablets from sleeping properly and another that freezes and crashes the machines.




Apple expected to reveal iPad Air 3 in mid-March

The new iPad is expected to be launched alongside a 4-inch iPhone 5se and a new Apple Watch, according to ​9to5 Mac's Mark Gurman.

The new iPad makes sense given that the 9.7 inch variation hasn't been updated since October 2014. Looking to the latest iPad Pro and iPad mini models, it's possible that this new 9.7 inch iPad Air will incorporate stereo speakers, Apple Pencil support, rear-facing camera flash, newer processor, and faster Touch ID performance (similar to the iPhone 6s line).

People have been asking for a smaller iPhone and it looks like the iPhone 5se may appear at this March event as well. It's rumored to have a 4-inch display, A9 processor with M9 chip, always-on Siri, Apple Pay support, solid cameras, and more.




January 27, 2016

Microsoft Corporation Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 4 – Worth the Upgrade in 2016
Gazette Review

The Surface Pro is the model that everyone wants. Made for business and high end users, each Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 4 – Worth the Upgradmachine packs in the power of a full desktop, while being both a laptop and a tablet. You can switch from designing in Adobe Photoshop, to typing out a proposal to a client, to watching a movie while waiting for a response quickly, smoothly, and comfortably.

If you are considering buying a Surface, your only question might be on if to pick up a Surface Pro 3 or a Surface Pro 4. On one hand, it is easy to buy a Surface Pro 3 for cheap. However, it is also always tempting to have the newest and best piece of technology. So, is the extra price of a Surface Pro 4 really worth it?

The Surface Pro 3, released in June 2014, is literally last years technology. Compared to the Surface Pro 4, heavier, which is an important consideration for a portable computer tablet hybrid.




January 26, 2016

'Apple Pencil' Is Game Changer For Professional Artists

The combination of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil is unexpectedly winning over professional artists from their beloved Wacom technology.

Having had the tablet and pencil in the home for some time they’ve become one of the most popular creative pursuits for my family. I was unexpectedly impressed with the Apple AAPL +1.00% Pencil in my review, and that experience has not dulled. The sense of direct connection between the nip and screen, combined with a wide array of apps you can use with it mean that the children have put it to all sorts of creative uses — from homework to art projects.





Google Pixel C vs. iPad Pro - Best Specs and Features Comparison

Google and Apple have been rivals since forever. They’re both experts in creating mobile devices and Tabletsoperating systems, but they’re also expanding their horizons, doing all kinds of experiments. This time, we’ll compare two of their tablets, which come with awesome specifications. We’re pretty sure that you’ll be interested in purchasing any of these two tablets: Google Pixel C, a convertible Android tablet, and iPad Pro, Apple’s largest iOs tablet which works with a stylus and physical keyboard.

Dimensions and Weights: The Google Pixel C measures 242x179x7mm and weights 517 grams. On the other hand, the iPad Pro is bigger and thinner, as it measures 305.7×220.6×6.9mm, but it weights 713 grams (Wi-Fi variant) or 723 grams (LTE variant).

Displays: The Google Pixel C comes with a LTPS IPS LCD display of 10.2-inch supporting a resolution of 2560×1800 pixels at 308 ppi. The iPad Pro has a larger LED-backlit IPS LCD of 12.9-inch, which supports a higher resolution of 2732×2048 pixels at 264 ppi.

Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM: The Google Pixel C sports an Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset, which is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz, it has an Nvidia Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM. The iPad Pro features an Apple A9X chipset with a dual-core Twister processor clocked at 2.26GHz, a PVR 12 Cluster Series 7 graphics card and 4GB of RAM.




Firmware update for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet causes random BSODs and boot issues

The January firmware update for Microsoft’s popular Surface Pro 3 tablet causes Blue Screens of Surface Pro 3Death (BSODs). Also heat issues have been reported and some report their device doesn’t properly startup and shutdown anymore.

On the Microsoft Answers Forum and on Reddit several users report they have to press the power and volume button together for 30 seconds to boot the device. They also get random BSODs that show the error DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE. Another issue is the old ‘”battery drain” problem which causes the device to drain the battery while in sleep mode. During that mode the Surface Pro 3 also becomes hot, an issue from which several Surface devices suffered from last year too.

Users also complain about Windows Hello, Windows 10’s new biometric login feature. Some users report they can no longer login and had to perform a ‘forced restart’ on their device by pressing the volume and power button combined for 30 seconds.

Microsoft has announced to work on a fix and an user has posted a workaround for the BSOD and startup issues. The temporarily solution is to roll back the Surface Pen driver from version 10.0.302 to version




January 25, 2016

Panthers & Surface Going to the Super Bowl!

Panthers & Surface Going to the Super Bowl!




The most expensive and powerful Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 models are now on sale

Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, oh my!

Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 have been available for several months now in various configurations, but if you are looking to get your hands on the most expensive model with top-of-the-line specs, you can now do so at the online Microsoft Store . If you are in the market for a powerful tablet that can work as a laptop, or a laptop that can work as a tablet, these two products are quite the performers, if you can afford them.

The Surface Book model features 1TB of storage space, 16GB of RAM, dedicated GPU located in the keyboard base, and an Intel 6th generation Core i7 processor for $3199. The top-of-the-line Surface Pro 4 model features the same processor, memory, and storage specs for $2699.

The expensive and powerful Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 are only available via the online Microsoft Store and select retailers. You can snag the Surface Pro 4 in person too at your local Microsoft Store , but we’d recommend calling them first to make sure.

If you missed it, you can check out our hands-on reviews of both the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.




January 21, 2016

Microsoft AC power cord recall for Surface Pro,
Surface Pro 2, and certain Surface Pro 3 devices

Get details and answers to common questions about the Microsoft Surface Pro AC power cord recall. Learn how to order a free replacement part if your Surface Pro power cord is affected.

How do I know if I qualify for a free replacement AC power cord (the cord that plugs into an electrical outlet)?

Surface Pro and Pro 2 customers
All Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 customers qualify to order one free replacement AC power cord (the cord that you plug into an electrical outlet) for each eligible Surface you own without proof of damage.


Surface Pro 3 customers
Only customers with Surface Pro 3 devices purchased before March 15, 2015 qualify (newer Surface Pro 3 devices already have the new-style AC power cord). If you have an old-style AC power cord, you can order one free replacement AC power cord for each eligible Surface Pro 3 you own without proof of damage.

Check to see whether you already have a new-style AC power cord (the cord you plug into an electrical outlet).

If you already have a new style power cord as shown below, you do not need a replacement, and no further action is needed.

Surface Power cord replacement




January 20, 2016

HP Sprout Pro: Hands-on with new creative computer with a built-in scanner, projector & tablet
Digital Arts Online

The HP Sprout Pro is an updated version of the innovative PC that HP launched last year, this time HP Sprout Proaimed at artists, designers and modellers – professional and at school. (The first edition was aimed at home users).

If you've not seen the Sprout before, it's an iMac-like all-in-one PC with a 23-inch touchscreen. Below the screen sits a 20-inch 'Touch Mat' that you can draw on with the bundled Adonit Jot Pro stylus or touch with your fingers. This mat is projected onto by the 'Illuminator' that sticks out over the top of the screen, essentially turning the mat into a Cintiq-style tablet/display. The Illuminator also includes a 3D camera to capture flat objects like sketches and essentially 3D scan anything you put underneath it.

While now marketed as a 'Pro' version, the Sprout Pro isn't any different to the original Sprout in concept: it just has a faster processor (a 'Skylake' Intel Core i7 chip that's two generations on from the original Sprout's 'Haswell' Core i7 chip) and RAM (DDR4 rather than DDR3). There's also a more powerful graphics chip – a Nvidia Geforce GT945A with 1GB of graphics RAM, which strangely is half that of the RAM of the GT745A in the first sprout.

We'll be publishing a full review of the Sprout Pro after we get a review sample nearer to its release. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to ensure you don't miss it.



Best Tablets You Can Buy Under $500: Apple iPad Mini 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, Google ...
Tech Times

A slew of tablets under $500 are available in the market and choosing what's best for one's budget could be a daunting task. Here is a list of the best tablet customers can buy under $500.

iPad Mini 4

Apple launched the iPad mini 4 as the successor to the iPad mini 3 in September 2015 along with the iPad Pro. The iPad mini 4 sports a 7.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,536 x 2,048 pixels. The tablet runs on Apple's own A8 processor.

The Apple offering has an 8-megapixel iSight camera and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera. The iPad mini 4 is available in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage models.

The starting price tag of the iPad mini 4 (16 GB Wi-Fi only model) is $399. The tablet is also available in Wi-Fi and cellular model but it has a higher price.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch

Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S2 series of tablet, which includes 8-inch and 9.7-inch models, in July 2015. Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch as a direct competition to the iPad mini 3.

The smaller Galaxy Tab S2 tablet sports an 8-inch Super AMOLED display with 1,536 x 2,048 pixels resolution. An Exynos 7 Octa 5433 processor clocked at 1.9GHz and 3 GB of RAM powers the Galaxy tablet.

The Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch is equipped with 8-megapixel rear-facing and 2.1-megapixel front-facing cameras. The Samsung tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and rumors suggest that the tablet will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow software update in February 2016.

Amazon is selling the 32 GB version of the Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch for $399.




January 19, 2016

Microsoft to recall some Surface Pro power cables

MIcrosoft will be allowing Surface Pro users who bought earlier models of the company's tablet to Surface Pro Power Cord Recallexchange power cables for free due to possible overheating issues.

Microsoft is readying to replace power cords for its older-model Surface Pro tablets due to overheating concerns.

"As a result of damage caused by AC power cords being wound too tightly, twisted or pinched over an extended period of time, a very small proportion of Surface Pro customers have reported issues with their AC power cord. We will be releasing details of how customers can obtain a free replacement cable shortly," a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to me today via e-mail.

A report by Channelnomics Europe on January 19 said Microsoft would announce a voluntary recall of its AC power supplies for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 models sold before July 2015. That report said Microsoft would disclose this information on Friday, January 22.




Android 6.0 Marshmallow review
PC Advisor

The latest version of Android is 6.0 Marshmallow and our review will make you want to update your phone or tablet.

Before Marshmallow launched, it was unsure whether it would be a new version number and name or simply another version of Lollipop. This is because it wasn't looking like there would be enough new features to justify jumping to 6.0 Marshmallow.

Google did, of course, and in this review we're going to look at the new features rather than mention anything which was in previous versions and therefore an established part of Android. Once again, bear in mind that the phone or tablet you use Marshmallow in may not include everything since manufacturers can freely pick and choose – you will also likely get features which aren't part of stock Android.

Note that you can install the Google Now launcher on pretty much any Android device to get a Nexus-like experience. Find out how to do it on your device.



Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Pro 4: Know all about them
Delhi Daily News

Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Pro 4: Know all about them - Redmond-based software giant, icrosoft, unveiled two new devices - the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 - late last year and both Surface Bookthese devices are doing good business

The Surface Book is a high-end laptop, while the Surface Pro 4 is a tablet. The Surface Book is the first laptop manufactured by the company and we can say that the company has come out with a superb device.

The Surface Book boasts of a 13.5-inch screen. It features variants in RAM which range from 8GB to 16GB. The users have the option to choose their processors based on their usage, and they have the option to choose between the latest generation of Core i5 and Core i7. The users will get to choose between variants of 128GB SSD to 1TB SSD.

The Surface Book laptop has got an innovative hinge which makes the screen of the Surface Book detachable. This allows the users to use the device a tablet as well and make use of the Windows 10 tablet mode.

On the other hand, the Surface Pro 4 sports a 12.3-inch screen. The users have a choice on which kind of a processor do they need. Based on the power, the variants from which they will get to choose from are, Core M3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors.




January 18, 2016

Fujitsu Announces 11 New Tablets, Laptops And Desktop Computers
Tech Times

Fujitsu has announced a hefty new lineup of 11 computers, including tablets, laptops and desktop Fujitsu Arrows Tab R7 tabletPCs.

Each of the models will run Windows 10, and the announcement includes two tablet models, seven laptop models, a desktop model and a "long-life PC model." Only availability in Japan has been announced, and the computers are set to roll out later this month.

Perhaps most interesting in the lineup is the new 2-in-1, called the Fujitsu Arrows Tab R726/M, a 12.5-inch tablet that has a detachable magnetic keyboard. With the keyboard, it comes in at 14.7 mm thick and offers a full HD display resolution. The tablet also has a little kickstand so that it can be propped up for things like movie-watching. It is available with an LTE connection or Wi-Fi only.

The company's second tablet offers a 13.3-inch display and is dust-, water- and chemical-resistant. It can be configured to include a number of different features, including a palm vein sensor for security.




VAIO Z Canvas Review
Tablet PC Review

Overview Sony VAIO Z Canvas
  • Pros
    • Beautiful display
    • Responsive stylus
    • Wireless RF keyboard
    • Numerous ports
  • Cons
    • High cost
    • Fast draining battery
    • Mediocre speaker performance
    • No USB Type-C ports
Quick Take The VAIO Z Canvas is a high-end, convertible Windows 10 tablet built for creative professionals. It's expensive, but it has the build and performance to justify the cost.

The rumors of VAIO’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Following a selloff by Sony in 2014 to Japan Industrial Partners, VAIO is back with a high end convertible tablet made for creative professionals like photographers, artists, and architects running powerful software programs. Operating on Windows 10 Pro and including a host of interesting features, the VAIO Z Canvas costs a lot but has incredible power under the hood, if not weak battery life.





Surface Pro 5 may have a rechargeable Surface Pen that docks magnetically
Windows Centralmicrosoft pen patent recharge

Microsoft has applied for a new patent on a PC stylus that recharges via a magnetic connection. The filing was noticed by the site Patently Mobile and it reveals what we may expect from the next round of Surface devices.

The new patent application shows a charging base for the pen, which is then stuck to it magnetically. From the application:

"As a stylus may be easily misplaced due to the typical size and shape of the stylus (e.g., a thin, rod-like shape with at least one tapered end), the stylus charger may take the form of a dock that holds the stylus in a particular location during charging and/or while the stylus is not being used."

"… the stylus includes at least one terminal of the charging circuit that is formed from a deposit of ferromagnetic material on an exterior of the stylus body. Including a magnetically-attractable element that also serves as a charging terminal enables the terminal to be aligned to a charging contact of the dock and secured to the dock against gravitational pull and other forces via magnetic attraction to a permanent magnet of the dock."




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