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December 1, 2015

MobileDemand Reveals Two New Rugged Tablets with Barcode Scanning
mobiledemand

Leading tablet innovators, MobileDemand, have announced the addition of two new powerful yet MobileDemand Reveals Two New Rugged Tablets affordable Windows Professional devices with barcoding scanning capabilities. The 10.1-inch xTablet T1500 and the 8-inch xTablet T8500 are engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, where productivity is priority and device downtime is not an option. MobileDemand now offers the broadest array of tablets, proving their dedication to providing the right tools for the job

The new tablets compliment the xTablet Flex devices by adding built-in ruggedness and barcode scanning without requiring significant additional investment commonly required in a fully rugged tablet.

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Ruggedized Tablet Overview and Drop Test Videos -- xTablet T8500

Introduced today, the xTablet T8500 is an affordable rugged tablet engineered for mobile workers. Running Microsoft Windows, the 8-inch device is IP67 sealed and survives 4-foot drops to concrete. Features of the device include WiFi, GPS, NFC, cameras, USB and much more. The first video below if an overview the the newest 8-inch tablet added to the MobileDemand family of devices. The second video is a snippet from the drop testing that was done to the xTablet T8500. Talk about rugged!

 

 

 

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December 2, 2015

Creativity Without Limits, Performance Without Compromise:
Lenovo Unveils the ThinkPad P40 Yoga

World’s first multimode workstation delivers the creative freedom of a tablet with the performance and reliability of a fully loaded mobile workstation

 

Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad P40 Yoga, a high-performing mobile workstation that helps unleash the full power of professional creativity. The Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga delivers a first-class digital sketching experience with the ultimate in mobile workstation performance and reliability.Lenovo P40 Yoga

From digital artists storyboarding the latest Hollywood blockbuster to engineers designing the next hot new car, creative professionals need to both sketch their designs and bring those designs to life. To do this, users typically to purchased two systems – a tablet to deliver the sensitivity and accuracy of a premium sketching experience and a mobile workstation to render designs in powerful applications.

Designing with Power

As the first-ever multimode mobile workstation, the ThinkPad P40 Yoga offers the versatility to work across four modes—laptop, stand, tent and tablet—giving professionals the flexibility to do more no matter the use. The system provides the utmost in sketching precision through a highly responsive pen and touchscreen powered by the Wacom® Active ES technology, offering a full, 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity on a high-res (2560 x 1440) IPS display. Professional artists and designers have been clear with the need for absolute precision and accuracy. Working with Wacom®, Lenovo developed a unique driver to get closer than ever to the ‘pen to paper’ experience. For a comfortable and realistic sketching experience, the rechargeable ThinkPad Pen Pro is included, along with additional pen tips providing varied levels of tactile feedback for the professional community.

“Sketching is the foundation of everything we do,” said Kyle Runciman, industrial designer and strategic content manager, Autodesk. “Designers can sketch for months to hone their ideas, and when they do get them to a point where they feel they’re ready for prime time, they can benefit from a separate, ISV-certified mobile workstation to visualize the designs. The ability to perform all of these capabilities on a single machine is huge for our industry.”

Along with its premium sketching capabilities, Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga offers mobile workstation performance without compromise. Powered by an NVIDIA® Quadro® M500M GPU with 2GB VRAM, the ThinkPad P40 Yoga is certified to run a full range of professional applications without compromise. Moreover, the system also features an Intel® 6th Generation Core™ i7 CPU and up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage for ultrafast processing.

And for the first time in a mobile workstation, the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga features Lenovo’s innovative Lift ‘n Lock keyboard with a frame that automatically rises around the keys when the Yoga device switches into tablet mode, giving users the ability to work in a more comfortable and efficient manner. The machine features tried-and-true ThinkPad reliability for maximum uptime in or out of the office, with long battery life, Mil-SPEC tested construction to ensure uptime under the toughest conditions, and a lightweight design using advanced materials.


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The best tablet of 2015
Siliconrepublic.com

Tablets burst onto the scene in 2010 when Apple got all up in our grills with the iPad. The surge in popularity soon waned, but what has remained is a fine array of tablets that are improving Microsoft Surface 3dramatically every year.

Most smartphone manufacturers make tablets, too, with the bridge between stationary computer and mobile phone seemingly large enough to support everyone from Apple and Samsung to Amazon and Microsoft.

What caught our eye this year? Well, in truth, there can be only one winner.

Tablet of the Year: Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft’s Surface 3 stands out head and shoulders above the rest, with our very own editor John Kennedy left smitten by the device back in March.

Since then the Surface Pro 4 has come out, but its improvements aren’t enough to justify the spend, with the 3 ticking all of the boxes.

“Microsoft doesn’t get enough credit for what it has achieved with the Surface family of devices,” explained John. “While we witness the slow death of the pure-play tablet computer genre, the promise of versatile networked computing has been realised in the Surface devices.”

 

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Will Microsoft Outperform Its Peer Group in the Tablet Market?
Market Realist

Microsoft grew by 58% in the tablet business

The growing demand for large-screen smartphones (phablets) has resulted in sluggish PC revenue growth as well as sluggish growth for other handheld devices. However, according to a report from market research firm Strategy Analytics, Microsoft will have around 18% of the market share in tablets by the end of 2019. Strategy Analytics reported a 58% increase in Windows-based tablets for the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

The reason behind Microsoft’s growth in the tablet market could be its strong hold in operating systems. The company achieved steady growth in the tablet market with the launch of Windows 8 in 2012. Microsoft tablets’ compatibility with Windows applications allows them to be a substitute for a personal computer.

Microsoft constitutes 10% of tablet sales

Moreover, analysts estimate that the number of Windows-based tablets will reach 22 million by the end of 2015 and will constitute around 10% of the total tablet sales during 2015. Researchers believe that the market for Windows tablets will continue to grow, as enterprises are embracing tablets. Since Microsoft is the leading enterprise in developing operating systems for desktop computers and servers, it can retain its existing customers and bring in new customers with new versions of its operating systems.

Eric Smith, senior analyst for Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies, said, “Power, graphics, and functionality aside, Windows 10 provides a stable base from which the ecosystem can grow and we are entering a world where Windows tablets take significant market share from Android tablets on the low end and compete head-to-head with iPad in the high and premium segments.”

 

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December 3, 2015

Microsoft releases driver update to fix display adapter crash on Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book
WinBeta

Microsoft has released a fix for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book users. Here are the details from Joe (MSFT) on the forums.

He wrote in response to the issue being pointed out and said that a driver update would be rolling out to users in the latter half of December 2nd, so users who faced the issue as well as those who didn’t will want to check their Windows Update section in Settings. Joe also responded later to say that the updated driver was available through Windows Update, and the version number to look for was v20.19.15.4326. Here is scenario that Joe describes in the forum:

Interestingly, Windows Central points out that the issue has not only plagued Microsoft’s Surface device; it’s also been found to happen on newer Intel Skylake-based devices from HP, Lenovo, and Dell so the update will fix a lot of users’ problems. Windows Central also speculates that the issue stemmed from both driver and operating system problems, so a cooperative fix by Intel and Microsoft culminated in the update sent out this afternoon. Regardless of what caused the issue, Microsoft is busy at work fixing community-found bugs, with Joe mentioning that they are well aware of the trackpad issue on the Surface Book, and will be continuing to probe the forums to sort out issues.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Express.co.uk

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a staggering achievement. It's a stylish, lightweight and lightning fast tablet that can comfortably replace your laptop thanks to its solid kickstand and redesigned Type Surface Pro 4Cover accessory. But it's not perfect.
  • Pros – Beautiful 12.3inch Display, Lightweight and Stylish Design, Full Windows 10 Operating System, USB 3.0 and MiniDisplay Ports, Expandable via microSD, Accurate Stylus, Comfortable Chiclet QWERTY Keyboard Cover
  • Cons – Poor Battery Life, Windows App Store Lacks Compelling Tablet Apps

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a phenomenal device.

It is thinner than many flagship smartphones yet packs lightning fast internals and a pin-sharp multitouch display.

Coupled with Microsoft's improved stylus and redesigned keyboard cover and there is little the Surface Pro 4 can't handle.

 

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2015 2-in-1 Comparison Guide
Gizmag

Are you looking for a laptop that doubles as a tablet, or a tablet that doubles as a laptop? Even trying to define this new hybrid category is confusing, and that's before you get a chance to think about which model works best for you. To take some of the pain out of the process, we've compared six of the best 2-in-1 laptop/tablet devices in all of the key categories you need to be aware of.

 

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December 4, 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Continues To Outshine Apple's iPad Pro
The Inquisitr

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was released six weeks ago, but has proven to be the most critically acclaimed laptop/tablet hybrid of the year. Most of the reviews have been near perfect. TechRadar gave the device four-and-a-half stars.

“Has Microsoft at last crafted a tablet that can reasonably, without considerable compromise, replace your laptop? Short of going back to the drawing board on the battery, this looks as close as it’s going to get,” claims the review.

TechRadar goes on to add that the 3:2 aspect ratio is ideal for those who want the middle ground between a work device and a multimedia device. They also praise the new Type Cover, which has better keys and a much better trackpad. Digital Trends also gave the Pro 4 a near-perfect rating.

“The Surface Pro 4 is a microcosm of the change Microsoft is trying to spur inside its own walls. Time and time again, it missed the opportunity to leap on a new trend in consumer technology. But not with Surface. This time, Microsoft is a leader. It’s setting the trend. And unlike its new competitors, it’s had a few years to work out the kinks.”

 

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December 4, 2015
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Continues To Outshine Apple's iPad Pro
The Inquisitr

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was released six weeks ago, but has proven to be the most critically acclaimed laptop/tablet hybrid of the year. Most of the reviews have been near perfect. TechRadar gave the device four-and-a-half stars.

“Has Microsoft at last crafted a tablet that can reasonably, without considerable compromise, replace your laptop? Short of going back to the drawing board on the battery, this looks as close as it’s going to get,” claims the review.

TechRadar goes on to add that the 3:2 aspect ratio is ideal for those who want the middle ground between a work device and a multimedia device. They also praise the new Type Cover, which has better keys and a much better trackpad. Digital Trends also gave the Pro 4 a near-perfect rating.

“The Surface Pro 4 is a microcosm of the change Microsoft is trying to spur inside its own walls. Time and time again, it missed the opportunity to leap on a new trend in consumer technology. But not with Surface. This time, Microsoft is a leader. It’s setting the trend. And unlike its new competitors, it’s had a few years to work out the kinks.”

 

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December 8, 2015


WinBeta

Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced the highly-anticipated Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4. Both tablets offer top-of-the-line specifications with Intel Skylake processors and Windows 10 on board. Microsoft Surface bookBoth machines have started arriving for customers as well and have received a good response so far.

However, according to a new report from Digitimes, citing their usual “supply chain sources”, there might be a delay in the shipments of the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book due to shortage of the Intel’s Skylake processors. The source added that Microsoft Surface Book shipments are expected to surpass 100,000 units while the Surface Pro 4 is likely to cross 200,000 units in the first quarter.

Microsoft Surface Book is not a laptop for every user, but for those looking for a high-end Windows machines which can go head-to-head with the Macbook Pro line up. Despite the high price tag of both devices, orders of these devices are expected to stay strong in the coming months.

The Surface Book starts at $1,499 and offers users with a wide range of options to choose from, ranging from 6th generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM which costs $3,199. The Surface Pro 4 is comparatively cheaper than the Surface Book, and starts at $899 for the Intel Core m3 processor.

If you’re on the fence and don’t know which one to get, check out our review of the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 to help you make up your mind.

 

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International Business Times AU

All eyes are on the Apple iPad Pro, that super-sized tablet that packs stunning screen size along with an ultra-fast processor for unmatched performance. For many, the Apple iPad Pro is the ultimate pple iPad Prolaptop. It has a mighty 12.9-inch display, excellent multitasking options and a whole reservoir of tech details, reports Express.co.uk.

While the tablet’s pretty much the same size as a laptop, it defies the common features of a portable laptop. It’s touted as the best tablet Apple has made so far, allowing you to split the screen so you write documents and emails on side while movies or videos are displayed on the other.

If you’re crazy about iOS features then enjoy the same features on iPad Pro. The screen is an absolute beauty that packs a massive 5.6 million pixel resolution with perfect brightness and crispiness.

As for the Apple pencil, it’s an intuitive feature allowing you to gauge all angles and strokes with maximum ease, just like an experienced artist. Designers will love the pencil, considered the unique selling proposition of the product.

There seems to be lots of grumbling regarding the pencil’s storage option since the tablet has none. Unfortunately, there’s no storage slot or loop or magnet available with the tablet to hold the £80 (AU$166.53) accessory. The pencil doesn’t feature an eraser, which means if a stroke is wrong it can’t be undone.

The iPad Pro’s nothing short of a phenomenon, but you have to do away with a few glitches, which would otherwise turn the tablet into a perfect phenomenon

 

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Tech Times

Users have been complaining that two devices from Microsoft, the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book, are experiencing quicker-than-normal battery drainage.

This happens when the tablet and notepad enter an incomplete low battery mode, resulting in the battery running out really fast. Microsoft took note of the issue and promised that it will provide a fix "soon in the new year."

According to reports, the root of the issue is the "new silicon" used in the Intel Skylake chipsets.

In a support forum, the Redmond-based tech firm explained that when a Surface device enters standby, the central processing unit can remain active, leading to increased battery consumption and extra heating. Those familiar with the silicon chipset technology affirm that the problem is visible in Skylake-based gizmos that are manufactured by other companies as well.

One member of Microsoft's support team addressed the issue in a forum. The good news is that Microsoft is working on solving it, but the less-than-stellar update is that it will take until early 2016 for users to get the fix.

"Yes, the 'standby' battery life is an issue we are working on and have been working on," Microsoft said.

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December 9, 2015


News4C

The market for tablets is not what it once was, and clear evidence of this change comes in the form of a study confirming the victory of Microsoft against Apple sales.

For several years, Apple’s iPads became synonymous with the idea of tablet. In addition, they got rooted in the collective mentality because of their presence in most movies, serials, and even cartoons. Unfortunately iPads do not sale as well as they once used to do and the entire tablet market is declining. However, at the same time, Microsoft has managed to become increasingly relevant.


Microsoft VS apple

 

A radical and surprising change came in October this year, when Apple was struggling to provide his new iPad Pro in stores all over the world. At the time, Microsoft has come to hold 45% of the market. Apple was led steeply down to 17%. Since October, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 started to be available globally and was considered natural for Microsoft to grow its share of the market, but the surprise is that it has increased this much.

Overall, it is very difficult to understand the context in which Apple lost so much of its market share and it is unknown whether the Redmond giant will continue to maintain its relevance through Surface devices. In any case, the changes are becoming more obvious.

 

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SlashGear

The tablets of today threw away all peripherals and input methods other than touch. The space and weight savings made the devices perfect for what Apple and later on everyone else marketed the tablet for: watching videos, reading books, playing games, browsing the Web, checking Facebook, Surface Pro 4 tablrtand maybe the occasional e-mail or two. They were, almost literally, larger smartphones that were simply better at displaying content on a big screen. Back then, the use case was understandable and perfect. Today, however, users have grown to expect more from their mobile devices, instigating a shift in how we use and see these devices and, in turn, how these devices are designed.

This new trend in tablets couldn't have come at a better time, when sales are down and people are asking what role the device would serve with today's growing smartphone sizes and thinning laptops. They aren't going to replace those laptops, at least not yet, but they are starting to blur the lines indeed. What's more, they are clearly moving away from the initial use case set out by the iPad and Android tablet pioneers. And the users are the very ones pushing this change.

There will, however, always be room for smaller tablets as well as entry-level tablets for some time, but they will see their functionality limited or even cannibalized by larger smartphones. They will remain content consumption devices, mostly for reading, checking Twitter, music, or maybe even some HD quality videos. They will eventually become specific purpose devices, almost like the ebook readers we have today.

The speed of this shift, however, depends largely on how fast software will be able to adapt. iOS has already started it and Android already has the groundwork for it. It might be Windows that will have a harder time catching up in some aspects, but it will eventually get there. It has no choice but to if it still wants to compete in this market. The tablet as we know it is dying. Long live the hybrid tablet!


 

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December 10, 2015


Pc-Tablet Media

Microsoft has announced the release of its personal digital assistant, Cortana for Android, iOS, and few select Cyanogen OS powered devices such as OnePlus One.hi cortana

With the help of Cortana, you will be able to set location-based reminder across two devices. This means you can configure a reminder on your PC and Cortana will automatically remind you on your phone or tablet at the specified time and location.

Microsoft in an association with Cyanogen has rolled out “Hey Cortana” feature on Cyanogen devices. This enables you to establish a call and work with the app from anywhere on the screen or while installing an app.

The custom integration feature bundled with Cortana for Cyanogen provides an ability to toggle network modes, shut down your phone and activate quiet mode, which enables you to silence notifications, calls, and alarms.

If you get a missed call, Cortana will generate an alert on your Windows 10 PC and automatically issues a text message that informs the caller that you will call them back.

The app also provides an ability to track flights and packages using both phone and PC. You will be able to get an update on the device that you have switched on.

 

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Pixelmator For iPad Gets Support For Apple Pencil And More
geeky-gadgets.com

Pixelmator for the iPhone and iPad has received a major update, the new version of the popular photo editing and drawing app now comes with support for the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro.

As well as adding in support for the iPad Pro, Pixelmator has also added in support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

 

 

 

Here are some of the new features:

Pixelmator for iOS 2.2 works great on the iPad Pro, fully supports the new Apple Pencil, adds 3D Touch support, and more.

Pixelmator now works great on the new iPad Pro
• Create and edit images with Pixelmator on the iPad Pro.
• Sketch and paint even more naturally with full Apple Pencil and palm-rejection support, as well as specially tailored brushes, featuring pressure, tilt, and acceleration sensitivity.
• Open and edit images up to 100 megapixels.

 

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December 14, 2015

Microsoft Issues Apology For Surface Woes
thurrott.com

Microsoft’s Surface Book and Pro 4 were announced two months ago and released a few weeks after the initial announcement. While the devices generally received a positive review, there are issues with the products that are still impacting some customers.

Notably, the sleep issue, which impacts both my Pro 4 and my Surface Book, has been a seriouSurface Books pain point for many users. While the company has said a fix is coming early next year, for most customers, that’s not acceptable.

Microsoft has posted an apology up on its Answer forum for customers who have been impacted by the various issues with the new devices. Josh_F writes, “For those of you who’ve had a less-than-perfect experience, we’re sorry for any frustration this has caused”; you can read the entire post here.

This is not the first apology of the day by Microsoft, for those who were impacted by the OneDrive cuts earlier this year, the company is also making amends to those individuals as well.

The company says that they are listening to all of the feedback, and there has been plenty of it, but for most, this still doesn’t end the frustration of having a device that is not perfect. Still, an apology is a good thing here as the company works to fix the problems that have impacted the devices.

 

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Johnny Manziel takes out frustration following interception on a Microsoft Surface tablet
cleveland.com

Johnny Manziel threw an ill-advised interception towards the end of the first half of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He decided to take his frustrations out on a Surface tablet -- and his head.

 

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December 15, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Should you buy it?
AndroidOrigin

Should you buy it? If you are out in the market looking for a new laptop or a tablet, you should consider the Surface Pro 4 as well. The integration of software and hardware is flawless and Microsoft has nailed it with this one. The Surface Pen and Type Cover keyboard may not be perfect, but they still provide an amazing overall experience.

Price may be the one thing that can hold the Surface Pro 4 back. The cheapest version costs $899 and it goes up to $2699 for the top end version. If price is not a big concern for you, there’s not much to cut marks on for the Surface Pro 4.

 

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December 16, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs iPad Pro: Microsoft's Windows 10 hybrid outshines
Delhi Daily News

The key advantage of the Surface Pro 4 over the iPad Pro is the Windows 10 OS of the latter. There is no denying the fact that the Windows 10 offers more flexibility than the iOS 9 which runs iPad Pro.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs iPad Pro: Microsoft's Windows 10 hybrid outshines Apple's latest iPad - Traditional rivals Apple and Microsoft are locked in an intense supremacy battle and this time at the forefront are Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.Surface Pro 4

So far it seems that Microsoft's hybrid tablet is superior to Apple's latest iPad with more processor options and Windows 10 operating system.

Both iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4 were launched few months ago and both are amazing tablets. The Apple's device is perfect for creative work and media consumption, while the Surface Pro 4 has the upper hand when it comes to laptop replacement and more productivity.

The two tablets are compared by Laptop Mag in a report, in which the Surface Pro 4 beat iPad Pro. According to the report, the iPad Pro is better when it comes to creative work as it boasts of a 12.9" display, quad speakers, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. The Apple Pencil can be used to simulate a real-like drawing experience. The Apple Pencil, however, costs an additional $99.

Another weakness of the iPad Pro is its limited specs options. The iPad Pro is available only in three variants: one 32GB variant, one 128GB unit without 4G, and one 128GB with 4G.

On the other hand, the Surface Pro 4 comes with more processor options ranging from an Intel Skylake Core M3 to a Core i7. It also has more storage options from 128GB to 512GB and RAM size of 4GB to 16GB.

 

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Apple iPad Air 3: Everything You Need To Know
Bidness ETC

The iPad Air 3 is expected to make an entrance soon; we take a look at what Apple Inc. ) is bringing to the table with the successor of its most popular iPad.

As tablet sales have declined globally, it comes as little surprise that manufacturers want to revive tablet sales with introduction of new features. The increased popularity of phablets has overshadowed the need for tablets in the eyes of many. This may have led Apple to introduce the iPad Pro, a tablet designed to replace computers.

Reports indicate that Apple will introduce the iPad Air 3 at the upcoming media event scheduled for March, next year. The company may also introduce new products like Apple Watch 2, possibly a new 4-inch iPhone, and a next generation MacBook.

Internals

It has been nearly 2 years since Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, it appears that there is quite a significant room for improvement this time around. According to rumors, Apple is set to incorporate the same high-end A9X chipset that is found in the iPad Pro. The processor is not only more powerful and compact than its predecessor, but is much faster and power efficient. We believe the chipset will be complimented by at least 3GB of RAM.

The company may also introduce the TouchID sensor to further promote its Apple Pay service. More so, the display of the device is likely to get some much needed improvements. The 9.7-inch display is expected to get an impressive resolution of 2334 x 3112 pixels.

 

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December 17, 2015

Tablet of the Year: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Yahoo Tech

Remember when tablets were supposed to replace our laptops? Well it turns out that, instead of Microsoft Surface Pro 4replacing our laptops, tablets are actually becoming more like them. And the perfect example of this trend is our tablet of the year winner: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.

Previous generations of Microsoft’s Surface Pro left much to be desired. So what makes the Pro 4 so much better? This version comes loaded with Windows 10, rather than the catastrophe that was Windows 8. But that’s not the only reason the Surface Pro 4 takes the top spot on our list.

The tablet’s 12.3-inch screen is one of the best looking around, and it has enough horsepower inside to handle nearly every task you throw at it. On top of that, Microsoft finally built a detachable keyboard and touchpad combo that’s actually nice to use. Oh, and because it runs Windows 10, you can use it as either a tablet or laptop, depending on the mood you’re in.

 

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Microsoft Now Offers Full Surface Pen Button Customization
Thurrott.com

When Microsoft first shipped Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, the updated Surface app actually provided less functionality than it had before. But that’s been fixed, and then some: Now you can use the new version of the Surface app to completely customize how the eraser button on the Surface Pen works.

As you may know, the Surface app dropped Surface Pen eraser button customization for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. Previously, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 users could configure which version of OneNote launched when they pressed the button on the end of the Surface Pen. Not so with Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, where pressing this button—now called the magic button, though I use the term eraser button—simply launched OneNote Mobile, and offered no way to configure it otherwise.

I explained the default behavior of the, um, magic button in Surface Book Tip: Master Surface Pen’s Eraser Button. As noted there, this button provides single- and double-click actions, and a press-and-hold action, in addition to working as an eraser. But now, with the latest Surface app update, you can configure each of these actions as you see fit.

I had been told to expect this change, but wasn’t sure when it would arrive. But put simply, the Surface app now works as it should, at least with regards to the Surface Pen eraser button. So in addition to the Pressure Sensitivity settings that were available previously for Pen, we now get Button Customization.

Surface Pen Button Customization

 

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December 21, 2015

The Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 Review
PC Perspectives

For the last 30 days or so, I have been using both Microsoft's new Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 as every day computing devices. The goal was to review these items from not just a handful of days of testing and benchmarking, but with some lengthy time under my belt utilizing both products in a real-world environment. The following is my review with that premise. Enjoy!

 

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Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book updates fix slow boot times, keyboard-related issues
TechRadar

Microsoft has rolled out an update to its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices that targets several keyboard-related flaws.

Surface Pro 4 Firmware Update (v1.0.420.0) "enhances stability with Surface Pro 4 Type Cover" for the Surface Pro 4, while Surface Base Firmware Update (v.1.1.421.0) "improves touchpad and keyboard experience" for Surface Book owners.

Microsoft has rolled out an update to its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices that targets several keyboard-related flaws.

Surface Pro 4 Firmware Update (v1.0.420.0) "enhances stability with Surface Pro 4 Type Cover" for the Surface Pro 4, while Surface Base Firmware Update (v.1.1.421.0) "improves touchpad and keyboard experience" for Surface Book owners.

The updates are being rolled out in stages, so Windows 10 might not have been told you about them yet. If that's the case, head over to Windows Update where they will apear as "System Firmware/Hardware Update – 12/17/2015".

 

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December 22, 2015

Apple iPad Pro Review: The perfect iPad, almost
BGR India

BIGGER IS BETTER

In my mind I always thought the iPad Pro to be bigger, much bigger than it is in real life. So I was in for a surprise when I first saw it in person. The 12.9-inch display along with thick bezels on all four Apple iPad Prosides is quite manageable and not as unwieldy as I expected it to be. But the biggest surprise is how light it relatively is considering its size. At no time during this week of using the iPad Pro did I feel it to be too heavy to hold — be it using as a tablet or in the laptop mode with the keyboard accessory on. It felt right at home.

Still, the iPad Pro is not the tablet you would whip out while commuting in the metro. Or while you are lying in bed and just want to read something. It is not a tablet that you can hold with one hand and read while walking around.

The iPad Pro is the tablet that you would seek when you want to get work done. It is the tablet you would keep on your lap or on a table to type or watch videos. For me, the iPhone 6s Plus is good enough for most of my web browsing, reading and emailing needs, which rendered the iPad and other tablets useless that were great consumption devices but not good enough when it came to creation. The iPad Pro has to deliver on the “creation” bit to be useful to me.

Coming back to the design, the iPad Pro doesn’t look very different from other iPads, it is just bigger. But being bigger means it has more room for other things like a bigger battery and four speakers on every corner. The speaker arrangement is by far the best I have seen on any tablet or for that matter, even most laptops. The audio experience is unmatched and it is smart too — the software automatically changes the speakers for high frequencies depending on the orientation of the tablet. Heck, even the mail sent “whoosh” sound comes in stereo sound!

I watched Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on the iPad Pro and the experience was much superior than what I have had on any other tablet. The audio output quality coupled with the Retina display makes for a good video viewing experience.

 

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December 23, 2015

Surface Pro 4: Tips and tricks to train your new Microsoft device
Delhi Daily News

Surface Pro 4: Tips and tricks to train your new Microsoft device - With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tabletintroduced a revolutionary piece of hardware. The tech giant announced its successor, the Surface Pro 4, which is all about evolution and shoring up the issues that were present with the Surface Pro 3.

Facial Recognition :  You can capture your Hello picture with the unit, and use facial recognition authentication. It recognizes your face quickly and accurately. If you turn AutoPlay off, the Pro 4 becomes very difficult to crack?and it uses UEFI secure boot for further hardening.

Fresh Paint : You can use your fingers with the included Fresh Paint app. It's like a Color-By-Numbers app on steroids and works better with the pen. You can easily load pictures as the background, add, modify, or use them to understand how artists use shadowing, brush strokes or simple pencil lines to compose their pictures.

Keep fingerprint reader clean : The fingerprint reader on the keyboard works almost flawlessly. It's perhaps the only space that will need occasional cleaning on the keyboard.

 

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