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June 24, 2016

Roku app available now for windows 10 laptops and tablets
roku.com

Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of the Roku app on Windows 10 Laptops and Tablets, offering Windows 10 users more access to their favorite streaming entertainment. Working closely with Microsoft, we’ve created a Roku experience designed specifically for these larger screens that Windows 10 and Roku users alike will love.

This is the first time the Roku app will Roku app available now for windows 10 laptops and tabletsbe available to tablet users so be sure to take advantage of controlling your Roku device with a large screen and in landscape mode! Navigating more than 3,000 channels and 300,000 movies and TV episodes available on the Roku platform has never been easier. The Roku app for Windows 10 is a universal Windows app, which means it features Cortana support as well.

NEW HOMEPAGE

We want to get you to your favorite streaming entertainment content quickly and easily. The new Homepage provides you with quick access to your “My Channels” list and surfaces content available on Roku. With more and more Windows 10 devices supporting both point-and-click, as well as gesture navigation, browsing these lists can be accomplished with a simple swipe or click to bring the next page of content to the front

REMOTE AND CONTROLS

Navigating a Roku device from your Windows 10 laptop or tablet could not be easier. With the new Roku app, your channels are just one click away. In addition to the classic remote, we’ve also included your complete My Channels list to the app’s interface to help you quickly move from channel to channel, regardless of where you are in the Roku platform.

 

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How to use an Apple Pencil with Office 365's Ink feature on your iPad Pro
TechRepublic

Office 365's new Ink feature works with the Apple Pencil so you can make quick markups on an iPad Pro. Learn how to get the most out of this handy feature. Apple Pencil with Office 365's Ink feature

Microsoft unveiled the newest version of Office 365 a few months ago, and tucked inside was a new Ink feature that lets iPad Pro users utilize the Apple Pencil to mark up documents, presentations, and spreadsheets with ease. To use this feature, it requires the $99 Apple Pencil accessory and a compatible iPad Pro (currently in two sizes: the 9.7" and 12.9"). We'll show you how to use this new feature on your iPad.

To begin using the highlighting feature of the Microsoft Office apps, perform these steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.
  2. Open a document to edit.
  3. Tap the Draw tab.
  4. Select either the Pen or Highlighter icon in the Draw tab.
  5. With the Apple Pencil paired with the iPad Pro, begin drawing anywhere on the document. The highlighter or pen tool will make marks to mimic the real life tool ).

 

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June 23, 2016

Toshiba Z20t-C2112 review: 14 hours of battery life highlights this business-class hybrid
PCWorld

When its two halves are joined, this tablet with a keyboard slice is one of the better laptops we've seen. Outstanding battery life is a hallmark in both configurations. Toshiba Z20t-C2112 tablet

The Toshiba Z20t’s top-of-the-line C2112 configuration dispels the notion that you have to put up with sub-par performance in tablets—if you have the money. The discovery that the Z20t costs $1,700 took my breath away. That’s serious coin.

But this is a business machine, and its 14-hour battery life—yes, 14 hours—goes a long way toward justifying the price. I wish other standout features on the Z20t were more common—particularly my favorite, its matte touchscreen. Hopefully, we can someday say goodbye to glare-inducing, eye-straining glossy displays.

Battery life worth mentioning first

What sets the Z20t apart from the competition is its mighty battery life. As just a tablet, it matched 2-in-1 laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 by lasting 7 hours and 27 minutes in our video rundown test, which involves running a 4K video file on repeat in Windows 10’s Movies & TV app. 

But when we combined the tablet’s 36 watt-hour battery with the additional 36-watt-hour battery in the keyboard slice, the Z20t lasted 14 hours and 23 minutes. Yeah, that means toting around an extra pound compared to the competition, but with the Z20t, you can watch quite a few movies during an international flight—and still have enough juice left to do some actual work.

 

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HP Elite x2 review: A worthy Microsoft Surface Pro 4 competitor
Times of India

Top Features

* Beautiful design
* Smooth performance
* Good display

A key player in the premium laptop segment in the country, HP known for its enterprise range of HP Elite x2 Tabletlaptops. The US-based tech giant recently rolled out a new range of enterprise devices to India. The line-up includes the HP Elite x2 1012 hybrid. We reviewed the device for a few days to see how it stacks up against the competition (such as Microsoft Surface Pro 4), and here are our findings.

Design and display
At first look, HP Elite x2 comes across as stylish and sleek hybrid. It comes with a matte-finish silver aluminium shell. The hybrid's keyboard folio can be easily attached or removed from the tablet using magnetic hinges.

HP Elite x2 comes with a 12-inch LED-backlit Full HD display of 1,920x1,080 pixel resolution. The display has multi-touch functionality and is protected with Gorilla Glass. During our time with the device, we found the display to be sharp and having good viewing angles. Touch response was great as well.

However, it is worth noting that HP Elite x2's display resolution is lower than that of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

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Head-To-Head: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
CRN

Convertibles To Fit Every Need

As a top maker of PCs for businesspeople, Lenovo was unlikely to sit by and watch Microsoft Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 4dominate one of the newer trends in computing, the growing convertible tablet/laptop market, with the Surface Pro line. The CRN Test Center has previously covered one of Lenovo's volleys against the Surface Pro 4 -- the ultra-thin Yoga 900S.

One of Lenovo's other biggest pushes to date is around the new X1 line of devices -- including the convertible ThinkPad X1 Tablet. While bringing a lot of what users have become fond of with the Surface Pro 4, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet -- which hit the market this month -- has a few twists to add. Which one is a better fit? The CRN Test Center has the comparison of the two devices on specs and price.

Display

As convertible tablets/laptops, both the ThinkPad X1 Tablet and Surface Pro 4 have, of course, touch-screen displays. The Surface Pro 4 is slightly larger than the X1 Tablet, at 12.3 inches, compared with 12 inches. The Surface Pro 4 is also notably higher-res, with 2,736-by-1,824 resolution for its PixelSense display. The X1 Tablet, meanwhile, comes with an IPS display of 2,260-by-1,440 resolution.

Special Features

Both the X1 Tablet and the Surface Pro 4 come with an on-screen pen included -- but that's not exactly "special" any more. And so Lenovo is hoping some of the other add-ons available for the device will turn more heads. Specifically, the X1 Tablet has been designed to be "modular" -- in the sense that it can be combined with other devices to add one functionality. One released so far is the Productivity Module, which adds five hours to the battery life. Another, yet to be released, is the Presenter Module, which turns the tablet into a projector.

 

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June 22, 2016

Microsoft's new Surface Book and Pro 4 updates boost battery life
TechRadar

Microsoft has unleashed another round of updates for its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 hybrids, Surface Book, Surface Pro 4with some very useful tweaks being made including a boost to battery life.

If you own a Surface Book, the June updates optimize battery usage when the device is in connected standby mode.

Redmond also notes that it has improved stability levels when the 2-in-1 resumes from sleep or hibernation, and the chance of an unexpected shutdown happening while your Surface Book is sleeping has been "reduced" (if not eliminated).

Finally, an issue where the touchscreen stayed active when the display was closed against the keyboard has been fixed (which again won't hurt on the battery front).

Exactly the same updates have been applied to the Surface Pro 4, save for the unexpected shutdown when sleeping issue.

Sleeping beauty

The improvements concerning fixing sleep mode wobbles will certainly be welcome, as this is an issue which has long troubled some Surface users. And obviously any improvement in terms of battery longevity is very good to see, too

 

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review
Digital Trends

Microsoft wanted Windows 2-in-1s to happen so badly that it stopped waiting for the OEMs and builtLenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet its own. After years of mixed results, devices like the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book are widely regarded today, showing the world just how useful a Windows tablet can be. That has left computer manufacturers in the odd position of trying to catch up with Microsoft, their longtime partner – and most have failed.

Lenovo’s latest Surface competitor, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, could be the exception. The device, which comes complete with a ThinkPad keyboard, starts at $810 with an Intel Core M3 processor and 4GB of RAM. The $1,230 model we reviewed, meanwhile, includes the top-of-the-line M7 processor and 8GB of RAM. That’s an excellent specification, and it significantly undercuts the pricing of Microsoft’s Surface line.

Can the ThinkPad X1 Tablet manage to be a tablet and a ThinkPad, all at once? And is there any reason to get this over a Surface Pro 4? Let’s take a look.

 

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June 21, 2016

As Summer Travel Heats Up, GigSky Expands Coverage for iPad with Apple SIM
PR Newswire

International wireless carrier and mobile technology company GigSky, today announced it will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in over 140 countries, including all top travel GigSkydestinations, plus additions like Ecuador, Argentina, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Isle of Man, and The Virgin Islands - up from more than 90 countries and territories.

The recent release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which features an embedded Apple SIM, has prompted a new wave of excitement at GigSky.  It's now even easier for customers to access GigSky's affordable, short-term data plans directly on iPad, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel.

GigSky World Mobile Data lets you keep your iPad connected in over 140 countries and territories around the world. Convenient, affordable, short-term data plans wherever, whenever you travel.

"The new iPad Pro is the greatest travel companion ever," enthused GigSky CEO, Ravi Rishy-Maharaj. "We're thrilled to be adding more countries, more LTE coverage, and more data at the same price. Our expanded coverage means travelers can use GigSky service on iPad most anywhere this summer to get online and connect, like they do at home, to everything that's important to them - work, family, friends, social media, or their favorite travel apps."

For details on enhanced coverage and pricing, please visit: https://applesim.gigsky.com/pricing

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June 20, 2016

Apple Inc's iPad Pro vs Microsoft Corporation's Surface Pro and Alphabet Inc Google Chromebook
TCC

Microsoft Corporation and Alphabet Inc. have all released top notch tablets in the market recently. Although sales in the tablet market has slowed down, a lot of consumers are still buying tablets. Consumers have great options available to them due to the diligence and competency of these tech giants. However, which tablet should you be buying this summer? If you are looking for a tablet and cannot decide which one to purchase, then we are here to help make your decision easier. Here is the Country Caller’s take on which tablet you should be spending your money on.

All three are great options, but which one you should pick depends on your needs. The most powerful one amongst them is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which can also act as a PC replacement. The high price is worth it if you want the extra power and processing capabilities from a tablet. If you’re on a budget and looking for a decent pay back on your investment, then we would suggest you go for the Google Pixel C. The iPad Pro is more or less the same as the iPad Air and you should only go for it if you can afford to pay for the larger retina display.

 

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Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 Convertible Tablet Bridges the Gap Between Productivity and Portability

Huawei Device USA, a division of Huawei Consumer Business Group, today announced that Huawei MateBook will be available for purchase July 11 in the United States and Canada. Pre-order of Huawei's first 2-in-1 PC begins today through Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com. Additionally, MateBook will be available from Amazon.com and Newegg.com starting mid-July.

Huawei MateBook, which was unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress, is designed to meet the evolving needs of today's modern business users, and is an ideal mobile productivity tool that seamlessly integrates portability, high efficiency, work and entertainment. It will be available in multiple configurations and two sharp colors: gray and gold.

Starting at $699, MateBook answers the demand for an ultra-thin, stylish computer that allows users to be productive in any setting. Designed as a total solution for consumers who enjoy the flexibility of a convertible device and the power of a PC, MateBook is the work companion that perfectly balances mobility, productivity and design.

"Huawei MateBook has generated incredible excitement since its launch at Mobile World Congress and attracted rave reviews from technology enthusiasts around the world," said Yanyan Ji, Vice President of Marketing, Huawei Device USA. "MateBook combines the best of a tablet and laptop, and demonstrates the type of premium experience Huawei customers expect and Huawei is known for."

MateBook runs on Windows 10 and is powered by a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ m-series processor. Its metal unibody weighs in at just 640 grams and is 6.9 mm thin. MateBook features an immersive 12-inch touchscreen with a 2160 x 1440 resolution and 160-degree viewing angles. The high-density lithium-ion battery is quickly charged via USB Type-C to provide enough power for up to nine hours of work. MateBook also features an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor, taking only one touch to unlock the screen through Windows Hello.

 

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June 17, 2016

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 get new firmware and driver updates
Windows Report

While both of Microsoft’s tablets run the latest Windows 10 Pro operating system, the company is Surface Book, Surface Pro 4constantly releasing new updates in order to improve their performance. Next month marks the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, celebrating the first anniversary of Windows 10’s launch, but until then Microsoft will continue to release builds with bug fixes and improvements. This includes both of its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tablets with company having announced that it will push out new firmware and driver updates for them

The Surface Book received the following driver updates:

– Microsoft driver update for Surface Base Firmware Update
– Microsoft driver update for Surface UEFI
– Microsoft driver update for Surface Integration

The Surface Pro 4 received the following driver updates:

– Microsoft driver update for Surface UEFI
– Microsoft driver update for Surface Integration

UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, the replacement for the standard BIOS on Surface tablets which was introduced with the Surface Pro 3. Now, Microsoft is improving the UEFI to allow access to the Secure Boot Control and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) features.

In order to access the UEFI, shut down the device, simultaneously press and hold the volume-up button, then press and release the power button. When the Surface logo appears, release the volume-up button. In a few seconds, you will see the UEFI menu and be warned that making any changes to the system may affect its stability.

Users can manually check for updates by going to their tablet’s Settings > Update & security > Windows Updates > Check for updates. Before starting the installation process, they will need to make sure that the battery of their Surface is at least 40% charged.

 

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Apple iPad Mini 5 Expected to Release in September, Rumors Circulating About It Being Waterproof and The Addition of a Few New Features
Day Herald

Conforming to Apple’s customary norm of refreshing its iPad Mini line-up annually, rumours about the unveiling of its next generation iPad Mini, which is allegedly being dubbed the name, Apple iPad Mini 5 will possibly be released in September. The news of the existence of this iPad Mini 5 hasn’t been Apple i pad mini, iPhone, IPadofficially confirmed by Apple yet.

The Apple iPad Mini 5 is rumoured to be the most robust in its family so far, not just that it will both be upgraded from the inside as well as the outside. Reportedly the iPad Mini 5, is going to bear a striking resemblance with its predecessor, the iPad Mini 4. It will also keep the iPad Mini 4’s 7.9-inch retina display.

However, with the addition of a 7000-series Aluminium chassis or framework, the device is definitely going to be a lot more durable. Plus, the phone has been made considerably thinner than the previous models, it will be just 5mm thick. Apple is also expected to introduce a Rose Gold colour option, which it has done to all its hardware line-ups in the past.

Some of the features that are supposedly accompanying this iPad Mini are 3D Touch; IP68 protection; iOS10 and the inclusion of an Apple Pencil.

As of yet, the only Apple devices that are 3Dtouch supported are, the Apple iPhone 6s and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus. All that is going to change as this cool new feature makes its way into the iPad Mini line-up, this year. What 3D Touch does is, it registers the amount of pressure applied on the screen to provide the user with differing options.

Now, the news that has us salivating is the IP68 certification in this iPad Mini. This will make the tablet dust and water resistant to a great extent, which will also make this device the first in the Apple family to boast of being part of such a technology.

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June 16, 2016

The new Jide Remix Pro is perhaps the best Android-based alternative to the Microsoft Surface ...
Phone Arena

Jide Technologies, a Chinese company that's known among Android fans as the developer of the PC-style interpretation of Android called the Remix OS, has launched a new tablet. The new Jide Remix Jide Remix ProPro 2-in-1 follows Jide's two previous productivity-oriented Android devices, the Remix Mini PC and the Remix tablet.

Much like Microsoft's Surface tablets, the Jide Remix Pro comes with a keyboard dock accessory that transforms the slab into a notebook. However, unlike most other productivity-centered Android tablets, the Jide Remix Pro has a unique advantage.

While many Android manufacturers have attempted to create Android-based competitors to the Microsoft Surface, all of these attempts have been muffled by Android's multitasking limitations. Jide's Remix OS is an Android implementation that focuses on solving this struggle by allowing users to open multiple apps . Better still, these apps can be freely resized according to preference.

The display of the Jide Remix Pro is a 12-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2160 by 1440 pixels. That's a perfect match to Microsoft Surface Pro 3 display in terms of size, resolution, and aspect ratio (3:2). Unoriginal as these display specs may be, those looking for a productivity-focused tablet shouldn't complain about this similarity.

Although the Jide Remix Pro matches the Surface Pro 3 in terms of raw display specs, the internal hardware of the Android 2-in-1 device doesn't live up to the same expectations. Under the hood of the Remix Pro, we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, an upper mid-range smartphone chipset from the current generation. In the memory department, the Jide Remix Pro comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of integrated storage space, as well a microSD card slot.

 

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Xplore Rugged Tablets Chosen as German Premium Automotive Manufacturer's Primary Mobility Solution for 12+ Years

Xplore Technologies Corp. , manufacturer of the world’s most complete line of high quality rugged tablet computers, is today celebrating its collaborative mobility achievements with one of Germany’s biggest premium automotive manufacturers. For more than 12 years, the leading automotive manufacturer has been placing continuous orders for Xplore rugged and ultra-rugged tablet PC solutions to mobilize multiple workflow applications within its factory and warehouse environments. Thousands of enterprise-ready Xplore XC6 series tablets and Motion F5m by Xplore tablets have taken the place of inefficient paper-based processes, delivering the future-proof flexibility and scalability the customer required of its mobility solution as manufacturing technology designs have evolved.

The German automotive leader first deployed an Xplore iX104C2 rugged tablet in 2005 and has since introduced five more generations of the MIL-STD-810G ultra-rugged tablet series into its global operations – totaling more than 3,000 units to date. Over the years, the enterprise-ready IP67-rated tablet platform has come to serve as the automotive manufacturer’s primary forklift-mounted solution for order picking.

The current XC6 tablet’s resistive multi-touch display, vibration-resistant solid-state drive (SSD), Wi-Fi antennas, and Intel®-powered processing speed deliver the real-time data that forklift operators need to manage the transport of goods off the assembly line, into storage and, later, in preparation for broader distribution. It features the brightest display in the industry with the best viewing angle. The tablet’s mobility also allows for easy PC transfer from one forklift to another, keeping workers’ primary source of data in service when a forklift is taken out of service for maintenance purposes. The XC6 itself features tool-less removable drives that allow for uninterrupted shift-long productivity, even when device upgrades and repairs are needed.

“Beyond its extreme durability in industrial operating environments, the XC6 delivers the complete mobility, connectivity, and processing capabilities the end users need to acquire, analyze, and share critical data as they move around the shop floor on foot or forklift,” noted Michael Wiedmann, senior director of sales for Xplore. “The XC6 eliminates downtime and delivers state-of-the-art support for the introduction of new efficiencies as production demands grow.”

 

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June 15, 2016

Lenovo's Flexible Phone And Tablet Steal The Show At Lenovo Tech World 2016
Forbes

At last week’s Lenovo Tech World 2016 in San Francisco, Lenovo launched two major products: their Lenovo PHAB2 Pro and Lenovo Moto Z. While the PHAB2 Pro is the first phone built with Google GOOGL +0.27% Tango, the Moto Z is the first device to have externally hot swappable modules called Moto Mods. During their press conference announcing both devices, Lenovo also teased some next-generation prototypes based on flexible display technology. Obviously, a lot of people got very excited about this teaser, but little else was known about these devices. Thankfully, we had a chance to sit down with Lenovo and ask some questions about their CPlus and Folio prototype phone and tablet.

 

 

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Why Microsoft just bought LinkedIn: It's all about the data

In its biggest acquisition in its corporate history, Microsoft bought social-network vendor LinkedIn today. But why?

Microsoft just bought LinkedIn

The slightly longer version: For the potential synergies involving Microsoft's Office 365, Dynamics CRM/ERP and advertising products and services.

Microsoft's slide deck that outlines potential scenarios involving the two companies emphasizes that management view the deal as connecting the "world's leading professional cloud" and "the professional network."

Microsoft and LinkedIn have both been building out their respective graphs. Microsoft's graph is a collection of information pertaining to entities like contacts, messages, calendar entries and documents. LinkedIn's graph centers around entity information regarding jobs, coworkers, learning, prospects and recruiting/hiring.

The emphasis of Microsoft's LinkedIn unit, going forward, will be on ways "to make professionals more productive."

Microsoft is counting on LinkedIn to help with the consolidation of business users' profile data across apps and services; the development of a consolidated professional newsfeed with information on users' contact network, industry and profession; and the surfacing of more potential Cortana integraion points

 

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June 14, 2016

Will your iPhone or iPad run iOS 10?
ZDNet

iPhone or iPad run iOS 10

There's a lot of cool new features in the upcoming iOS 10 release (coming this Fall), but if you currently own an older iOS device, then you're going to be out of luck.

Only the following devices will be compatible with iOS 10:

  • iPad 4th gen
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPod touch 6th gen
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s/6s Plus

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Apple MacBook 2016: Battle of the best
Delhi Daily News

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is regarded by many as the perfect mix of power and portability, while the 2016 Apple MacBook features world-class engineering and design.

Both devices are expensive with the new MacBook carries the 'Apple premium,' costing $1299 as of this writing, while the Surface Pro 4 starts at $899, and the Surface Type Cover adds $130 or $150 to the total.

So which is the best between the two, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or 2016 Apple MacBook?

Build & Design

The 2016 Apple MacBook has a superb design. From the chassis to the lid, keyboard, touchpad, display, and hinges, everything is perfect. It weighs 2.03 pounds.

The Surface Pro 4 comes with Core m processor and was fanless. The Surface Pro 4 measures 11.5 x 7.93 x .33 inches and weighs either 1.69 (Core m3) or 1.73 (Core i) pounds (the Type Cover adds 0.19 inches and 64 pounds).

 

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June 13, 2016

Apple WWDC 16

Apple World Wide Developer Conference  Live Stream 10:00 am PDT

WDDC 16

Highlights from Apple WWDC16

"The App Store started 8 years ago, with a little over 500 apps. Recently we passed a major milestone — we now have over 2 million apps."

The Mac, changed personal computing. The iPhone, changed phones forever. The iPad, magically transforms a glass canvas into anything you want it to be. Our clearest vision of the future of computer. Apple Watch: Ultimate device for a healthy life. Apple TV: something something biggest canvas.

watchOS, tvOS, OS X, iOS. "We're going to move each of these platforms forward today, and we'd like to get started with watchOS."

Apple Watch

"People are actually switching between faces for different occasions, and we've made that really simple." Just swipe to change faces. Another totally new UI pattern that replaces Glances.

Apple SOS    Apple Medical ID

New feature: SOS on the Watch. Press and hold on the side button, it calls 911.

Works through your phone or on Wi-Fi. After you're done calling 911, it pulls your locations and messages your friends. Then it shows your medical ID, which is another new feature.

Apple Breathe  Apple Breaths

"You can actually set smart notifications to remind you to breathe." Turn the crown to set how long you want to breathe for, close your eyes and haptic feedback will guide you.

"You can actually set smart notifications to remind you to breathe." Turn the crown to set how long you want to breathe for, close your eyes and haptic feedback will guide you.

Free upgrade this fall. "It'll feel like a whole new Watch."

Apple TV

"The future of TV was apps. The response to Apple TV has been incredible."

Sling coming to Apple TV. Fox Sports Go

"Siri changed the way we interact with our television because now we just tell it what we want to watch." Now you can search for categories of m

"A big part of your TV experience is live channels... we've got a great new feature called Live Tune-In." You can just say Watch ESPN2 and it'll pop open.

macos Siera

  OS X the name has been with us for over 15 years, and it's served us well. We realized there's a name that's so much clearer, and so much simpler." Renamed to macOS!

Apple Pay on the web

When you shop online, you'll have an Apple Pay button. When you pay, you'll get a prompt to authenticate on your phone or watch with TouchID or a tap on the wrist.

Siri now on the macOS Desktop

ips 10 new

iOS 10 for iPhone

apple Quick Type

Big Siri Updates

Messaging support for Slack and WhatsApp, WeChat. Ridebooking with Uber, Lyft, and Didi. Photo Search in Shutterfly, Pintrest Pause and stop workouts in Runtastic and RunKeeper.
Send payments with Square. VoIP calling with Spark, Vonage, and Skype.

Can offer up relevant contact info, read messages to pre fill calendar events.

Apple Photos

Apple Face Recognition   Apple Object and Scene Recognition

"We love capturing so much of our lives on our cameras... we want to give you easier ways to find and experience photos your taken."

facial recognition on the iPhone, happening directly on the phone

All done with your privacy protected

Apple Memories

New tab at the bottom of photos called Memories, which shows you highlights and people, a map of locations, and related memories.  This is very cool

Apple Maps

Apple Maps

navigation and traffic information

Apple Music

Apple Music

Apple News

Apple News

Apple Rich links

iMessage now has rich links, including in line video - Rich links open videos & images quickly and easily

Voice transcription from email

Email Voice Transcriptions

Messages will highlight all the words that map to emoji in a message

Messages will highlight all the words that map to emoji in a message and let you tap to turn them into an emoji so you don't have to search for the right emoji

Apple ios 10 free in fall 2016

iOS 10 developer preview today  -public beta in July at beta.apple.com

iOS 10 available to everyone this fall

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ovies. Can just say "find high school comedies from the '80s."

June 9, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may include an iris scanner
CNET

Samsung may be eyeing an iris scanner for its Galaxy Note 7.

A screenshot from software for Samsung's newly launched Galaxy Beta program shows an option in the settings screen that, when translated into English, says "Use iris," as shown by Indian comparison shopping site PriceRaja.com. Further, a report displaying import and export data indicates 200 iris scanners being imported into India, which could be destined for the next Galaxy Note, according to blog site GSMArena.

Rumors that Samsung would outfit its Galaxy Note with an iris scanner have abounded for a couple of years. Some reports claimed the Galaxy S7 would come with a retina scanner, which didn't happen. However, Samsung did outfit its Galaxy Tab Iris tablet with iris recognition, so it's not hard to imagine the technology expanding to other Galaxy class devices.

Iris recognition is considered 1,000 times more accurate than fingerprint recognition, research center SRI International said last year. Available in India, Samsung's Galaxy Tab Iris tablet uses a dual-eye scanner to authenticate people and is aimed at financial institutions and other businesses looking for a better way to confirm the identity of their users.

 

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Building The Surface Book: The Very Best Of Microsoft
Gizmodo Australia

The Surface Book genuinely wowed people upon its announce — a full-sized (if slim) 13-inch laptop with a fully metal chassis milled from magnesium, with impressive battery life and a beautiful super-high-resolution screen. Oh, and that screen? It detaches completely from the keyboard base, but Surface Bookdoesn’t sacrifice its top-of-the-line Intel Core i7 processing power. And the Surface Book is built for Windows 10, with an infrared camera for Windows Hello, a Bluetooth pressure-sensitive digitiser pen, and dual noise-cancelling microphones for Cortana voice recognition.

All of this took a lot of work to turn into reality.

From a walk through Microsoft’s Devices Hardware Lab in Redmond, it’s clear that there’s a team within the massive company that operates almost like a bootstrapped startup, trying new things — seeing what works and what doesn’t work — to build new devices. The fact that the Surface Book’s tablet-locking hinge was such a surprise, that the Surface Pro 4’s kickstand is oft-imitated, that Windows Hello is taking off — each of these is a feather in the Devices team’s cap. The Surface Book might be a first generation product, and it’s rightly received criticism for that reason. But if this is a first generation device, we really can’t wait to see what comes along next.

When you think about how much the Surface family has evolved — from the unloved Surface RT, to the Surface Pro that was an amazing proof of concept that waited years for computing hardware to catch up, to the finally-refined and ready-for-the-world Surface Pro 4 — in such a short span of time, it’s doubly impressive that this was done at a place that was a software company. It’s not any more, but it was.

 

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June 8, 2016

ThinkPad X1 Tablet First Impressions
Thurrott.com

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet

Announced at CES this year, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet looks like another Surface clone at first glance. But it provides some truly unique functionality, including most notably a modular Ultra Connect system that lets you transform the tablet in useful ways.

Taken in its base configuration, the X1 Tablet stacks up pretty evenly against Surface Pro 4, at least if you stick to the entry-level configuration of Microsoft’s latest 2-in-1. That is, it is a business-class device powered by an Intel Core-m processor and a 3:2 12-inch IPS display running at 2160 x 1440. RAM can be configured up to 16 GB, and SSD storage up to 1 TB. Lenovo claims about 10 hours of battery, compared to 9 for Surface Pro 4.

Looked at side-by-side with the Surface Pro 4, some other similarities can be seen. Both devices are lacking in the USB 3.0 department, with one port each, though the X1 Tablet also includes a USB-C port, which is appreciated, and is also used for power. Both include miniDisplayPort for video-out, and both include a microSD card slot tucked under the kickstand.

The X1 Tablet’s kickstand works different than that of Surface Pro 4—it extends down to the meet the table, if you will, rather than pushing out from the bottom, as on the Pro 4—but it achieves the same end, with a vary degree of screen angle possibilities.

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet also includes an integrated fingerprint reader right on the tablet, where the Windows button used to go. This is a nice convenience, and to get something similar on Surface, you would need a Type Cover with a Fingerprint reader.

OK, those are small potatoes, I know. But where the X1 Tablet really differentiates itself is in its modularity. You can detach the bottom of the tablet and clip-on a variety of low-cost Ultra Connect modules that enhance the usefulness of this device immeasurably. I describe each of these modules in my article Lenovo Expands ThinkPad X1 Family with new Yoga, Tablet. Here, I’ll focus on the module I received with the review unit, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet Productivity Module.

 

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Microsoft Surface Membership Plans Allow Businesses To Finance New Convertibles

Thinking about financing a convertible? Microsoft has your back, though we're not about automobiles here, but 2-in-1 devices such as select Surface Pro models and the Surface Book. Through a new Surface Membership option, you can choose to pay off one or more qualifying Surface Pro and Surface Book convertibles in monthly payments rather than pony up for the full amount.

"Join now to get the latest Surface devices, including the option to upgrade when available. Keep your business running smoothly in the office or out in the field with support and in-store training, 7 days per week. Plus, manage your budget more easily by choosing affordable monthly payments over costly, one-time purchases,"

The Surface Membership option is for businesses only, not individuals. In addition to spreading out payments over a series of months, other perks include one-on-one personal training, member discounts, and phone support seven days a week. And on the warranty side of the equation, members benefit from an extended service plan that includes accidental damage protection.

Your business can buy one or more Surface 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book devices through this new membership plan, with payment options of 18 months, 24 months, and 30 months. The longer the payment plan the more you'll spend, but if your business has you on a strict monthly budget, this is one way to go about it.

Pricing starts at $32.99 per month for a Surface 3, $51.99 per month for a Surface Pro 4, and $79.99 per month for a Surface Book. Higher end configurations add to the cost, and of course choosing fewer months ups the payments, though it'll cost you more in the long run. For example, a Surface Book with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of built-in storage runs $79.99/month for a total cost of $2,399.70, though over the long haul of a 24 month plan ($89.99/month) you'll pay $2,159.76. For the 18 month option ($108.99/month), the long term cost is reduced to $1,961.82.

 

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June 7, 2016

Mobile Demand Now Offering Microsoft Surface Tablets in Preinstalled Rugged Surface Cases

MobileDemand, experts in rugged Windows® tablets, is now a Microsoft Authorized Reseller and will offer the very successful Surface Pro 4 and Surface 3 devices in an enterprise-ready bundle. The Surface Tablets in Preinstalled Rugged Surface Casesbundle will include an expert-applied protective case and strengthened glass screen protector.

The rugged Surface cases, called the xCase, are engineered specifically for the Surface Pro 4 and Surface 3 and feature several carrying options for easy mobility, a fully adjustable easel, protected ports, rubber corner bumpers and a vehicle Snap Mount plate. The cases are proven to protect the tablets from accidental damage, extending the life of the devices, reducing IT upkeep and keeping mobile workforces productive throughout entire shifts. Both versions of the case meet MIL-STD-810G standards for 4-foot drops to concrete.

The cases were engineered by MobileDemand as a participant in the Microsoft Designed for Surface Program, which serves customers by providing third-party hardware accessories guaranteed to work seamlessly with Surface devices.

“The ability for IT professionals to shop for Surface tablets, rugged cases and screen protectors in one location cannot be understated. MobileDemand providing complete, enterprise-ready solutions means businesses can deploy the devices faster,” said Matt Miller, Founder and President at MobileDemand. “This equates to greater productivity and efficiency in the field. No other rugged device company can provide a custom, ready-to-go rugged Surface bundle.”  

 

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June 6, 2016

HP Elite x2 1012 review - takes aim at the Surface Pro 4, just misses
Expert Reviews

Every other week it seems there's another 2-in-1 device gunning for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4's HP Elite x2 Tabletcrown, but so far none of them have made much of a lasting impression. HP's Elite x2, however, might just be the device we've been waiting for. 

It's actually very similar to HP's slightly more budget-orientated Spectre x2, but the Elite x2 is very much geared toward business users and office workers. In fact, unscrew the six rear torque screws underneath the kickstand and you'll have access to the tablet's battery, memory and , allowing business to manage basic upgrades and servicing in-house. 

The Elite x2 also has a more ergonomic kickstand than its Spectre-based sibling. Whereas the Spectre x2 required you to press a button to release the kickstand, there’s no such requirement on the Elite. It doesn't have any angle restrictions either, so you're free to position the display however you see fit, and the hinge provides plenty of support to help keep the whole thing stable. 

 

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iPad Air 3 release date: Device may not be launched during WWDC 2016
Vine Report

iPad Air 2

Latest reports are saying that Apple might not reveal any new device during the annual World Wide Developers Conference, which will also mean that the long rumored Apple iPad Air 3 might not see the light of day until September.

According to a report by 9to5Mac, latest information in the rumor mill is pointing to the possibility that Apple might not be doing any kind of hardware-related presentation during the upcoming and highly anticipated World Wide Developers Conference 2016. This is the annual event where the Cupertino-based company always makes their major product reveals.

Instead, the event, rumors said, will be heavy on announcements regarding Apple's software for different platforms—the iOS with the long rumored iOS 10 and possible upgrades and changes to the watchOS and tvOS. The MacOS for Apple computers is also expected to see some changes and new features if not an entirely new version introduced at the event.

The iPad Air 3 has been in the rumor mill for several months now. The device was first rumored to be coming alongside the 4-inch iPhone SE. However, it turned out that the device that was released with the small iPhone was the new iPad Pro 9.7.

 

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June 3, 2016

7 settings new iPad owners should change right now
CNET

New iPad? It's a pretty easy device to use, but certain aspects can be confusing. For example, if you also have an iPhone, don't be surprised if your new tablet suddenly starts ringing the next time you get a phone call.

That's a feature, not a flaw, but you may prefer to keep your calls away from your iPad. So consider changing that setting, along with these X others:

1. Disable phone calls

Sure, it might prove handy to answer a phone call on your iPad, especially if your iPhone is charging in the other room. On the other hand, who wants that kind of interruption when you're watching a ipad-phone-calls.pngvideo, playing a game or whatever?

Fortunately, it's very easy to disable this feature: Go to Settings > FaceTime and tap the toggle switch to turn off Calls from iPhone.

2. Enable Find My iPad

iPads don't tend to go missing as often as iPhones, but loss and theft can happen. That's why it's essential to make sure the Find My iPad option is enabled. By default it should be, but check anyway -- and then make sure you know the finer points of using the feature.

For starters, go to Settings > iCloud, then scroll down to Find My iPad. If it's not already set to On, tap the setting and then switch the toggle. At the same time, consider enabling Send Last Location, which will automatically transmit (to iCloud) the iPad's current location when its battery is critically low.

So, how do you actually locate your missing iPad? If you have an iPhone, you can use the Find My iPhone app. Alternately, if you have access to a PC, sign into your iCloud.com account, then access Find My iPhone from there. Both methods have one limitation: Your iPad must be online in order to share its location, play a sound, enter Lost Mode or get remotely erased. So try your best to lose your tablet while the battery's still charged.

 

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Asus Transformer Mini: World's Lightest 2-in-1 Asus Tablet
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Asus unveiled an incredible line-up of third generation Asus products at Computex, including the new Asus Tablet, the Transformer Mini, which the company calls the world’s lightest detachable 2-in-1 PC.

Asus has definitely gone in the right direction with the Transformer line of devices, and it starts with the exotic name that suggests there is much more to these devices than just some hardware. For example, the Asus Transformer Book Flip can function as a tablet or a notebook without the need to remove the display from the keyboard.

Now with the new Asus Tablet, the Transformer Mini, they have created the lightest Tablet PC in the world.

Designed using premium magnesium-aluminum alloy, this Asus tablet is extremely thin at 8.2mm, weighs 530g as a tablet and just 790g with the keyboard attached.

Display on the very light Asus Transformer Mini is impressive. The 10.1” display with 1280×800 screen and 400 nits of brightness uses the company’s ASUS TruVivid display technology that is known to offer superior picture quality in all kinds of lighting.

Smart Hinge Kickstand design makes it possible for this Asus tablet to open up to 170°. It bends outward and allows users to adjust the display at almost all viewing angles.

Hardware specifications include USB ports, 802.11ac WiFi and a long-lasting battery that can keep Asus Transformer Mini going for about 11 hours.

Ports are plenty in this Asus tablet. It offers a micro HDMI out, a microSD card reader, a full-size USB port and a microUSB connector for charging. On the back there is an Instant ID fingerprint reader that is built into the device.

Running Windows 10 OS, The Asus Transformer Mini gives users the ability to use Office Mobile, Windows Hello and Cortana.

 

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June 2, 2016

Amazon's new aluminum Fire HD 10 with increased storage
ZDNet

For those who want their Fire HD 10 tablet to look more like an iPad Air, Amazon is now offering the Amazon's new aluminum Fire HD 10 Tablettablet in a silver aluminum all-metal enclosure.

And as a bonus, the aluminum finish won't cost you any more than the black or white finishes - a 16GB unit costs $229.99, while the 32GB option is $259.99.

But there more to the new aluminum-finish Fire HD 10 than a new shell - it is the only Fire HD 10 tablet offered with 64GB of storage for $289.99.

Just as with the other Fire HD 10 tablets. There's a microSD card slot that allows storage to be bumped up to a maximum of 128GB.

At only 7.7mm thick, the all-aluminum Fire HD 10 is one of Amazon's thinnest tablets ever.

It features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 HD display with a pixel density of 149 pixels-per-inch, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and front- and rear-facing cameras. According to Amazon, the battery is good for up to 8 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music.

 

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Today's Tech: A Solo Practitioner And His Surface Pro 3
Above the Law

I’ve written about lawyers using the Surface Pro in the past here on Above the Law, and that column resulted in a good number of emails to me from attorneys seeking to learn more about ways to use this tablet in their practices. So I figured it was high time for a follow-up post on how another solo attorney uses the Surface Pro 3 in his law firm.

William Booth is a solo practitioner in Lexington County, South Carolina, and handles both civil litigation and transactional work, including real estate and business matters. William has been using the Surface in his practice for a few years now and recently upgraded to the Surface Pro 3.

He runs Windows 10 on his Surface and other office computers, making the transition from a computer to his tablet a seamless one: “My Surface is running on Windows 10 and I can use any applications or programs that are currently being used on my desktop computers. The similarity of using Windows 10 on the Surface is really no different than operating Windows 10 on my desktop. This is a big advantage for using the Surface since there is essentially no learning curve.”

He uses a number of different tools with his Surface in order to enhance its capabilities. “I have a MiFi device and a portable charger that I use with my Surface, along with a Miracast wireless adapter that allows my screen and PowerPoint to be shown on a TV screen.  I also use a Bluetooth mouse, a portable charger, and I recently bought equipment that allows me to mount a TV onto a tripod.” He continues, “And, recently, I bought the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID and this is by far a much better cover than the standard SP3 Type Cover.”

He uses his Surface in his practice in a number of different contexts. For example, he often uses his tablet during client meetings. “I’ve used the Surface with clients to get a better idea of property location and to discuss medical terms,” he explains. “And, since the Surface’s screen can be projected onto a TV screen, I often discuss a contract with clients by displaying the contract on a large TV screen in my office.”

His Surface also proves useful during depositions. “I recently handled several video depositions of doctors in a personal injury case.  A TV was setup in their conference or meeting room and I connected using my Miracast adapter,” he says. “Prior to the deposition, I took a few minutes to instruct the videographer on how to move the camera view the TV screen and then briefly discussed the PowerPoint slides with the doctor.  Then, during the video deposition, I asked the doctor to use the image on the TV screen to explain the injury.”

 

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How to play any video format on your PC, tablet or smartphone
PC Advisor 

Windows Media Player will come preinstalled in pretty much every Windows laptop and PC but its file format compatibility is curiously, and annoyingly, limited. While the latest version 12 actually goes some way to address those issues by supporting MP4 video files, all other versions won’t play them.

So, you may well need an alternative. Luckily, there are many free (and ad-free!) downloadable alternatives and the best of the lot is VLC media player. It’s an open source platform and framework that’s upheld by many developers and programmers worldwide. It supports anything you can throw at it, from CDs and DVDs to the most obscure of file formats, both audio and video.

You can download VLC media player completely free by clicking here. We host it here at PC Advisor ourselves, so don’t worry, it’s safe. 

How to play any video file format on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch: the best media players for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The iPhone, and iPod touch are all great for watching videos, but Apple's devices don't support most video formats. In fact, many iPads and iPhones are limited to playing H.264 videos if you want high resolutions: most can play MPEG-4 videos but only up to 640x480.

VLC media player is also available for and it has excellent cross platform integration. That is to say, you don’t necessarily need to store files on your device to play them. You can link, for example, to your cloud accounts (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and OneDrive are all supported) and play files on your device over Wi-Fi or cellular, depending on the device and your connection. Again, it’s completely free and we recommend it. You can view before downloading it here.

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June 1, 2016

World's First Rugged Tablet with 3D Camera Coming to MobileDemand Product Line


The 8-Inch xTablet T8650 is the first to market rugged Windows tablet with an integrated 3D camera.  Other innovative features include a 2D barcode imager, fingerprint reader and 4G LTE
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MobileDemand, a leading rugged Windows® tablet provider, has designed an innovative 8-inch Mobile Demand xTablet T8650 Tablet with 3D camerarugged tablet with integrated 3D camera. The xTablet T8650 is engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, where productivity is key and on-the-go performance is a must.

The xTablet T8650 revolutionizes how businesses can create photorealistic 3D models of their subject aswell as near field automatic measurements.

The Intel® RealSense 3D rear facing camera, integrated seamlessly in to the tablet, captures 3D sceneryand objects, overlaying virtual information into a live image feed. Users can capture depth-based imagesfor applications such as volume dimensioning, measurements, scene capture and much more. The camera has multiple image sensors allowing depth sensing to see the world in 3D much like humans do.Combined with software that MobileDemand is also developing, it allows systems to understand what is seen.


"Clearly staking a claim as the leader in 3D technology innovation for mobile tablets, MobileDemand is
expanding beyond the core rugged tablet hardware market and into high value systems for enterpriseapplications," says Matt Miller, MobileDemand President and Founder. "Ten years ago in 2006, MobileDemand was the first to market with a barcode scanner integrated into a rugged tablet.

Today, we're first to market with a 3D camera integration in the xTablet T8650. 3D technologies will offer immense value for the transportation and logistics, package delivery, airline / travel, and construction industries."
Three dimensional data acquisition with mobile devices is in the infancy stage. MobileDemand is
developing software to acquire measurements, dimensions, object recognition, and 3D e-scenes using

The xTablet T8650 runs enterprise-ready Windows 10 Professional, an operating system that gets more work done in less time, and is partnered with an Intel Atom X5- Z8550 processor, 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Other unique features of the rugged tablet include a high performance 2D barcode imager, fingerprint reader, 4G LTE, GPS, dual color cameras, hot swappable batteries, vehicle mounting, and much more.

The xTablet T8650 will be available July 2016. For more information on the xTablet T8650 please contact MobileDemand by web at www.RuggedTabletPC.com or by phone at 319.363.4121

 

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Ask LH: Should I Buy An Apple MacBook Pro Or Microsoft Surface Pro 4?
Lifehacker Australia

The first question to ask yourself is: what will your laptop be chiefly used for? If it’s mainly for entertainment purposes, you should probably stick with the OS you’re familiar with. In addition to eliminating potential frustrations, this will allow you to keep using the applications you know and love. (While it’s possible to run OSX on a Surface Pro 4, first-party hardware will obviously make for a smoother, bug-free experience.)

On the other hand, if you intend to mainly use the laptop for work, it makes sense to go with your company’s preferred operating system. This will increase the likelihood of company software running on your machine and should also help with IT support.

For the rest of the article, we’re going to assume you mainly want a laptop for personal use. If you vastly prefer Macs, it doesn’t make much sense to swap to Windows just for the “free” tablet. Bear in mind that the Surface Pro 4 doesn’t come with a keyboard — you’ll need to buy the Type Cover separately which will set you back an extra $249.

It also comes with a single USB port, while the equivalent MacBook Pro packs in two, along with a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports and a HDMI outlet. If you like OSX, the MacBook Pro is simply a better computer out of the box.

Besides, do you actually see yourself using a 12-inch tablet on a regular basis? For most users, eight to 10 inches is the sweet spot for tablet size — 12 inches can be a bit cumbersome, especially during commutes on public transport. Once you factor in the cost of the Type Cover and connectivity hub, you could probably buy a cheap tablet alongside the MacBook and still come out on top.

As to the second part of your question, we usually advise against holding off for potential sales. The nature of commerce means there’s always going to be a cheaper deal around the corner, no matter when you buy. However, in this case we’re only talking about a couple of months, so there’s really no harm in waiting. Keep an eye out for EOFY deals at places like JB Hi-Fi: you might be able to snag 10-20% off the RRP. Best of luck!

 

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