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|DESIGN CAPACITY||42,157 mWh|
|FULL CHARGE CAPACITY||144 mWh|
Battery capacity history
|2016-04-17 – 2016-04-24||19,698 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-04-24 – 2016-05-01||15,069 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-05-01 – 2016-05-08||12,148 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-05-08 – 2016-05-15||10,091 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-05-15 – 2016-05-22||7,678 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-05-22 – 2016-05-29||5,717 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-05-29 – 2016-06-05||4,091 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-06-05 – 2016-06-12||2,770 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-06-12 – 2016-06-19||1,077 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-06-19 – 2016-06-26||551 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-06-27||502 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-06-28||272 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-06-29||144 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-06-30||144 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-07-01||144 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-07-02||144 mWh||42,157 mWh|
|2016-07-03||144 mWh||42,157 mWh|
From searching this forum, it looks like Microsoft has a serious issue with these Surface Pro 3 batteries, specifically the SIMPLO model. I spoke with support today, and even referenced the Reddit post that other’s have found about the $200 replacement for batteries, and they did not budge off their position that it would be $450 + tax to exchange this unit out of warranty. And they could provide no more than a 90-day warranty on the new replacement, no thank you!
During a Reddit AmA, Surface Cheif Panos Panay said that if the battery fails during the warranty period, Microsoft will replace the battery. If the battery fails after the warranty period, you can get it replaced from Microsoft Support for $200 USD. Even when Surface Pro 3 customers pointed out this info from Panos Panay, Microsoft Support has refused to change the batteries for $200. We reached out to Microsoft regarding this issue and got the following response.
We are aware of some customers reporting a scenario with their Surface Pro 3 batteries in which the system is reporting lower battery capacity than expected. This is a top priority for our team, and we are working quickly to understand the root cause. If you are experiencing this scenario, please contact Microsoft customer support.
July 18, 2016
Unlimited undos and no paints to clean up mean that the iPad Pro can be the ultimate place to learn how to paint
How creative are you? When the Apple iPad Pro was released last autumn, I interviewed several artists who had just started using the advanced tablet and its clever, super-precise Pencil. The results they came up with were phenomenal and used some of the inexpensive, or free, apps available for general use on the iPad.
My own attempts, however, were frankly rubbish. The apps did everything they could to help, and confirmed what Tim Cook told the Independent at the time, that Apple has always sought to help creativity flourish.
So an invitation to a life-drawing class at the Royal Academy to see if I could manage something a little more imaginative was not to be missed.
It took place in the Life Room in the academy’s building in Piccadilly, London. A room that has been used for hundreds of years by illustrious students of the academy, and which could take those students literally years to be deemed good enough to enter.
The long rumored Microsoft Surface Phone is expected, along with other long rumored Surface devices, to finally become a reality sometime in 2017.
The information came from what seemed to be teasers from Microsoft. Photos taken from inside Microsoft's Building 88 in Redmond, Washington show a wall dedicated to showcasing Surface devices. They were posted on Twitter by Indian app developer Shubhan Chemburkar.
Along with the current set of the released Surface devices were four different slots — presumed to be meant for four new devices — with nothing but a label of 2017. This was taken as a teaser that new Surface devices would be released by 2017, including the long rumored Surface Phone.
July 15, 2016
Apple is rumored to introduce a new version of the iPad Pro this year. Although the company recently released a refreshed version of the 12.9-inch tablet, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it is now speculated that a new iPad Pro is in the works.
It may be too soon to have a new iteration from the lineup, but according to PC Advisor, the tablet may be introduced late this year. There was no specific release date targeted but it is believed that the announcement about the new iPad Pro may come once Apple releases the new iOS 10 to the public. A March 2017 release date is likely for the device since the iPad Pro 9.7 was released in March this year.
Meanwhile, the next iPad Pro is rumored to have impressive specs that should make for a much better user experience. As mentioned in the report from The Motley Fool, the iPad Pro will likely ship with an A10X chipset. Given that Apple will use this chipset, it is also less likely for a new iPad Pro to come out this year.
The report explained that the A10X chipset to be made by Taiwan Semiconductor won't go into mass production until late this year to early next year, which makes a 2017 release for iPad Pro more likely.
Other rumors include a 256 GB storage capacity for the next tablet. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro had the same capacity and it is believed that the refreshed model will retain the 256 GB storage.
July 14, 2016
What sort of tablet should I buy for drawing?
When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro range of tablets in 2013, it included a pen and a Wacom digitiser for screen input. The performance and prices made them very attractive to artists, but less appealing to people who didn’t want pen input.
With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft switched to using active (battery-powered) pens and N-Trig DuoSense digitising technology with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity. I’d guess that Surface Pro sales had reached the sort of volume where Microsoft wanted a cheaper solution, and it avoided future licence payments by buying N-Trig.
There has been a lot of debate about how N-Trig’s 256 levels of pressure sensitivity compare with Wacom’s 1024-levels in the Surface Pro 2. I’m no artist and I couldn’t tell the difference. However, I did find the Surface Pro 3 pen nicer to use.
The most recent candidate is Apple’s iPad Pro, for which you can buy a powered stylus. This works extremely well. It’s at least the equivalent of Wacom’s Cintiq Companion and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and 4 in being smooth and responsive, and probably better.
However, the Cintiq Companion and Surface Pro tablets have the advantage of being full-spec computers with standard USB and monitor ports. You can use them to run professional drawing and animation programs, the full Adobe Creative Suite of software, Microsoft Office and so on. There’s no hurry, in your case, but if you’re going to do this professionally, it’s important to be proficient with professional software.
July 13, 2016
Samsung has announced pre-orders for a larger-screened tablet as part of it’s Samsung Galaxy Tab A series, a rival to Apple’s iPad. Increasing the screen diameter to 10.1-inches, the 16GB tablet still improves upon many of the features of the smaller devices, namely the 9.7-inch Tab A. The increase in size does not make it the biggest tablet Samsung has to offer, which includes the Galaxy TabPro 12.2 and the 18-inch Galaxy View. Features of the 10.1 include a 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution (a full HD display, compared to the previous models), Exynos 7870 processor, microSD card slot, 16GB onboard storage, 2GB RAM, WIFi, Bluetooth, and a 7300mAh battery. An 8MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus, and f/1.9 aperture (i.e. good for low light photography) along with a 2MP front-facing camera round out the most highlighted features. Budding videographer? The upgraded Samsung Galaxy Tab A is also capable of recording 1080p video, equivalent to an HD YouTube video. Samsung also claims that the new device can handle 13 hours of internet use, and its storage space can expand up to 200 GB with a micro SD card, perfect for movies, music, and other on-the-road entertainment.
Android Community suggests that this tablet is not geared towards tech aficionados, but rather the more casual user. “We can say this new Galaxy Tab A is a mid-range tablet with the given price and specs
According to numerous reports, Microsoft Corporation will be releasing the company’s next generation Surface devices in the next few months. However, the Redmond giant has yet to confirm if these rumors are true
ZDNet, which has been a reliable source for Microsoft news in the past, claims that Microsoft is planning a huge surprise for tech enthusiasts. The report from ZDNet claims that it is confirmed that Microsoft will be releasing a Surface device later this year. However, it is not confirmed what the new Surface device will be, with many expecting the release of the much awaited Surface Phone.
There are also reports that Microsoft is waiting for the release of Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Processors that are speculated to launch within a few months. This could mean that we will not see a Surface device before 2017. The new Surface lineup will be the first devices with the Intel’s latest chipsets which are to be at least 25% more powerful than the sixth-generation Skylake processors.
July 12, 2016
July 11, 2016
If you are an owner of the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, you'll find a new Intel HD graphics update available today. Version 220.127.116.1163 is a bump from the previous driver release back in March of 18.104.22.16809. The update applies to the Intel HD 515, 520, and 540 (Iris) graphics processors found on Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 (Core m3) and Surface Pro 4 Core i5 and i7 models.
The Intel driver version 4463 was released openly by Intel back in June, and beta users could manually install it. Microsoft has now approved the drivers for their Surface devices ensuring a stable experience when combined with the latest OS updates. Here is what is new from the release notes from Intel (warning: PDF):
Whether you're a casual gamer, power user, or gamer, this driver is aimed to improve your overall experience. We've fixed many hangs, crashes, and graphics corruptions across a wide spectrum of games and applications. We're especially pleased to report that this driver also fixes some long standing and frequently reported graphics issues on Intel's Support Community, including a scaling issue with Windows 10, and an error found when playing a particular game title. Please see below for additional details on fixed issues
- System may hang while resuming from Sleep/Hibernation while using WiDi
- Graphics corruptions may be seen in Just Cause 3, Forza Apex, The Witness, XCOM 2, Ark Survival: Evolved
- Scaling issue, Black Borders problem in Windows 10® - Stuck at 'Constrain proportions'
- Screen may not rotate in full-screen mode and other miscellaneous issues with screen rotation.
- System may crash when playing back videos over WiDi or Miracast
The driver update applies to 6th, 5th, and 4th Generation Intel Core processors so there is a chance that earlier Surface models may also get the update along with other PCs, tablets, and two-in-ones.
July 7, 2016
Apple isn’t expected to bring out a brand new iPhone until September at the earliest, with the next iPad presumed to follow sometime after. But Apple has already unveiled the iOS 10 software that will be at the very core of its latest devices, and as of today has started making a public beta available for you to try on your current handsets.
Doing so carries the usual risks of any pre-release software: your device may run cranky and certain apps might misbehave.
If you’re brave enough to proceed now, back up your current device through iTunes, and then head to https://beta.apple.com/. That’s also incidentally where you’ll find the beta for macOS Sierra for Mac computers, which I got a chance to preview a couple of weeks ago, and which Apple is also releasing to the public today. The same risks apply.
July 6, 2016
Lenovo X1 Tablet Review
Lenovo is no stranger to the 2-in-1 market — the Yoga series is still the shining example of how it’s done — but we haven’t seen as much from them in the tablet-first style. Devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro are basically supercharged tablets that can become laptop replacements with soft, detachable keyboard covers. They tend to be lighter on the back and much easier to use as tablets, but the trade-off is that they tend to be a little less powerful (save for the Surface Pro itself) and have slightly shorter battery life.
With the X1 Tablet, Lenovo has taken a uniquely business-oriented stab at the tablet-first 2-in-1. This is a ThinkPad, and that means the detachable keyboard bears all the hallmarks of Lenovo’s well-known laptop keyboards, including the TrackPoint nub and the physical touchpad buttons. They’ve also added a few enterprise hardware features, along with a whole line of detachable modules that can make the X1 Tablet even more capable.
The X1 Tablet has a 12″ display with pretty large bezels, although the top and right bezels hold the webcam and flash and a Windows Hello-enable fingerprint scanner, so they have some reason to be. It’s not too far off from the Surface Pro 4 in size and weight — the X1 Tablet is 2.3 pounds and .53″ thick, which is about the same weight and one-tenth of an inch thicker than Microsoft’s slate (mostly because of the more robust keyboard). Around the edges, you’ll find a USB 3.0 port, a USB Type-C charging port, a mini DisplayPort, a 3.5 mm audio port, a volume rocker, an SD card slot, and a Kensington Lock slot. The physical on/off button is on the top of the tablet when connected to the keyboard, and there’s a rear camera on the back. There’s also a Nano SIM card slot tucked behind the kickstand.
July 5, 2016
The latest Microsoft rumors are pointing to a Windows 10 hardware launch this fall, but no brand-new Kaby Lake-powered Surface devices until later 2017.
It's increasingly looking like we'll be seeing at least some new Surface products in calendar 2016, though nothing that could be construed as a major new form factor or update.
As of the last few days, I am hearing there will be some kind of Fall 2016 Microsoft hardware event. The question, at this point, is what the Softies will be highlighting there. Microsoft may be leaning toward making the fall hardware event a partner-first showcase and put the spotlight on Windows 10 devices from its OEMs.
But even if Microsoft does that, the company is still likely to launch some new minor updates to its Surface line this fall too, I'm now hearing. This new information lines up with a recent sighting by developer Subhan Chemburkar of some kind of "2016" Surface placeholder plaque (alongside three other 2017 Surface placeholders) in Microsoft's Building 88
Lenovo CG Slate tablet launched for kids; now learn, play and shop
The Indian Express
There was a time when games and studies did not go hand in hand. Kids were allowed to play video games/watch television only when they finish their homework. In addition to this, traditional teaching methods only made learning monotonous. But with technology, quality educational content is not only accessible but has become interactive too.
Therefore, to generate interest among kids, educational technology company ConveGenius on Tuesday launched a learning device ‘CG Slate’ – in collaboration with global PC and smartphone maker Lenovo in New Delhi.
“We did a research and found that kids are happy when they play games, eat lunch and watch TV. But when it comes to studies, they loose interest. Therefore, we integrated entertainment and education to make things engaging in a fun way,” said Jairaj Bhattacharya, Managing Director, ConveGenius Group, New Delhi.
Through this edutainment method, kids can self-learn without adult supervision. With each level they pass, they’ll get points. With these rewards, they can have a wishlist of toys, et al. Parents can buy these things for them later.
“We’ll send a report card to parents via email on their child’s performance. So, from an early age, parents can keep a tab on what subjects interest their child,” said Bhattacharya.
Thinking About a Surface All-in-One
A recent report from Digitimes claims that Microsoft is prepping a Surface-branded all-in-one (AIO) PC. I think this is an excellent idea. And while I can’t speak directly to the veracity of the rumors, I do have some ideas about how Microsoft can—and should—make a difference in this market.
That Microsoft might make a Surface AIO is of course plausible: Surface is all about inventing—really, refining—product categories so that the rest of the industry can jump on board with their own similar designs. They did this with the 2-in-1, of course, to great success. And they’re trying to repeat that success now with laptops. And I believe they’re going to try to do it with phones as well.
But an AIO? Now, that’s smart.
And its smart on multiple levels. It’s smart because PC makers are starting to carve out growth sub-markets in the otherwise shrinking PC market. And it’s smart because Microsoft can add real value to the AIO form factor, formalize what it means to be a Windows AIO, and then inspire its PC maker partners to jump on in.
Brad and I were in a meeting when we first heard about the Digitimes report, and my initial knee-jerk reaction was that Microsoft had to make the iMac look silly by comparison. That’s a high bar. But think about the possibilities here: Virtually everything Microsoft needs is already in place.
A few thoughts.
Not a big Surface, but a small Surface Hub. This is the big conceptual leap here, I think. That is, a Surface AIO is still a PC for an individual, of course, but it should take its design cues from the professional-looking black Surface Hub and lose the dull gray color. Surface build quality is understood.
July 4, 2016
July 1, 2016
Dell has discontinued Venue tablets with Android, and won't be pushing out OS upgrades to current customers
Dell has stopped selling Android devices as it steps away from slate-style tablets to focus on Windows 2-in-1 devices.
The company isn’t refreshing the Venue line of Android tablets, and will no longer offer the Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect, a thumb-size computer that can turn a display into a PC. Other Android devices were discontinued some time ago.
“The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line,” a Dell spokesman said in an email.
Though Dell has killed its Android devices, it made interesting products with the OS. One was the Venue 8 7000 tablet, which had an OLED screen and a 3D RealSense camera. Meanwhile, 2-in-1s can serve as both tablets and laptops.
“We are seeing 2-in-1s rising in popularity since they provide a more optimal blend of PC capabilities with tablet mobility. This is especially true in the commercial space,” the Dell spokesman said.
Dell won’t be offering OS upgrades to Android-based Venue tablets already being used by customers.
“For customers who own Android-based Venue products, Dell will continue to support currently active warranty and service contracts until they expire, but we will not be pushing out future OS upgrades,” the spokesman said.
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