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May 1, 2015

 

 

Magnus Haglund is an IT Strategist in Sweden. In his quest to find a way to do more with less, he discovered that with Surface, he could go further; he could do new with less. The combination of mobility, productivity, and fun make Surface the device of choice for Haglund.

 

 

 

When Surface Pro 3 was released, Alexander was excited by its form factor, technology and active display. He quickly learned that this one device took care of all his business needs. As an IT Pro for 2,500 employees, he highly recommends Surface Pro 3.

 

 



Jeff Roach is an Enterprise Strategy Consultant and has become a passionate advocate for Surface Pro 3. The combination of the device's form factor, power and functionality with his business needs make it an easy recommendation to Roach's clients.

 

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May 4, 2015

Office 2016 Public Preview now available

New in Office 2016

Since March, we’ve shared some glimpses of what’s to come in Office 2016. Today, we’d like to give a Office 16 Previewmore holistic view of what customers at home and work can expect in the next release. In Office 2016, we’re updating the Office suite for the modern workplace, with smart tools for individuals, teams, and businesses.

Your documents, anywhere—Across the Office 2016 applications, it’s easier to use the power of feature-rich applications to create, open, edit and save files in the cloud from your desktop, so you can access them from anywhere and on any device. In addition, new modern attachments in Outlook make it easy to attach files from OneDrive and automatically configure permission for the recipients—without leaving Outlook. All making it easier to share and collaborate on your work with others.

Want to help shape the next release of Office? We're looking for Office enthusiasts like you to share your feedback on the new features and experiences we're developing. If you get excited about trying new software and don't mind a bump in the road here and there, download the Office 2016 Preview today.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 likely to be unveiled in mid-May
International Business Times UK

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 on 20 May 2014 and it now appears the company is planning to Surface Pro 3unveil its successor during a similar time of the year.

Surface Pro 4 will make its international debut at a special event scheduled for the middle of May, reports SlashGear after obtaining information from an anonymous source.

In terms of its hardware configuration, the Surface Pro 4 is expected to have similar attributes to the Pro 3, with a 12in screen and 2160 x 1440 pixel display.

However, it will use the fifth-generation Intel (Broadwell) Core i-series processor, as opposed to the Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 for the Pro 3 (depending on the choice of model) or Core M processor that powers the latest MacBook. A few of its key accessories includes Type Cover 3 and third-generation Docking Station.

It is rumoured to have a fanless design, while retaining vent holes for heat radiation like the previous Surface models. It might pack a smaller battery when compared with Pro 3 but is likely to deliver similar or even longer battery life.

 

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May 5, 2015

Microsoft offers a preview of Windows 10 on smaller tablets
TechRadar

Microsoft has revealed a few more details about how Windows 10 will work on smaller screened tablets in the 7-inch to 8-inch ball park.Windows 10

First reported by Neowin, Joe Belfiore, executive VP of the operating systems group at Microsoft, showed just how Windows 10 works on the Lenovo ThinkPad 8-inch model where it is in tablet mode before being docked into a larger screen in which it acts like a full fledged PC.

The version for smaller screened tablets of 7 to 8 inches uses a tiled interface in tablet mode where the favourites take up the majority of the screen and users can then click on the left-hand side to be shown a list of other programs.

Belfiore then opened up the maps app on the tablet before plugging it into a dock so that it came up on a monitor where it offered the exact same experience that was on the tablet screen except on the desktop.

 

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Apple and Microsoft's visions for the future are delightfully different
The Verge

Microsoft is doing everything in its power to tear down the walls between various mobile devices and Microsoft CEOplatforms. This past week it also showed how Android and iOS apps can be ported to Windows, and its hardware ambitions under Satya Nadella appear to be much more geared toward ensuring affordability than they ever were during Steve Ballmer’s reign. The Microsoft goal is true universality of apps running on the widest range of devices, whereas Apple is focused on a narrow Continuity between iOS and OS X devices. You can pick up calls and respond to SMS messages on your Mac, but only if you’re using an iPhone — try to make that same bit of synergy work with an Android phone or a Windows tablet and it all falls apart.

When Apple brings new software and services to its devices, it does so with the deliberate aim of making them stand apart from the rest, which is precisely what Microsoft’s now working to reverse. Apple loves to present itself as a company that combines hardware, software, and services into one incomparable package, but its revenues every year show that, at least financially, it’s primarily a hardware company. Everything Apple does is designed to sell another iPhone, iPad, or Mac — even the Apple Watch, in its present fledgling state, amounts to little more than the world’s fanciest iPhone accessory.

While Apple continues chasing hardware sales, Microsoft has turned its attention to recruiting the greatest number of users. Choosing to make Office free for Android and iOS was a momentous decision for Microsoft, giving a boost to its fiercest rivals and foregoing a significant source of direct revenue, but it was done with a clear plan in mind. Playing the long game, Microsoft wants to ensure absolute ubiquity for its Office suite, which it hopes to turn into a platform for popular apps like Uber to build upon.

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May 6, 2015

Microsoft will give you cash to ditch your old Surface for a new one
Engadget

Similar to its Surface Pro-oriented effort from a few months ago, it's launching a US trade-in program that will give you up to $150 toward a Surface 3 if you turn in a Surface RT or Surface 2. The discount likely won't compare to what you'll get if you drive a hard bargain on Craigslist or eBay, but it's guaranteed cash -- if you're only concerned with upgrading to the latest tablet as painlessly as possible, it might do the trick. Just be sure to decide quickly, since you have to give up your old device by May 31st.

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New Details Released For Apple iPad Pro
The Inquisitr

As the days and weeks pass, more information is coming out about the rumored Apple iPad Pro. Apple is said to be thinking business with the production of this tablet, which is rumored to feature a 12.9-inch Applescreen. The pressure is on the tech giant to step up their efforts in developing a device that is practical, versatile, and full of features. Apple is far and away the leader in terms of overall tablet sales, but some tech observers believe the iPad maker lags behind in the fight for device supremacy in terms of features.

In terms of competition, some point to Microsoft’s Surface line. The Surface Pro series has seen increased sales in recent months, due in large part to its innovative foldable keypad. The Surface Pro can be used as a tablet or a notebook.

Aside from a USB add-on, Apple does not have this capability with its devices. Well, the iPad Pro will not be equipped with a keypad either, but there is one addition that will add some practicality to this upcoming creation.

Appleinsider reports that a Bluetooth stylus pen will be included in the iPad Pro.

Having this addition means that the touch screen will have enough sensitivity where users can scribble notes, access their apps, play games, and even draw with the glide of a pen, or even a fingertip. Ease of use is important. Nothing is worse for a handheld device than to have it unresponsive to the touch. You also do not want to have the touch screen too sensitive. It can be irritating to constantly keep opening the wrong apps and tabs, but every touch is different. As a result, expect a sensitivity calibration feature amongst the settings.

 

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Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet goes on sale in US, other countries
Maine News

Microsoft's latest non-Pro Surface tablet - the Surface 3 - became available for purchase in the US and several other countries on Tuesday, May 5. The countries is which the tablet has gone on sale include the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The availability of the Surface 3 tablet - which is being touted as the thinnest and lightest Microsoft Surface tablet so far - will be expanded to some more countries on Thursday, May 7.

The new Surface 3 tablet, which is essentially a toned down version of the high-end Surface 3 Pro, is available in two configurations --- one with 64GB onboard storage capacity, 2GB RAM, and Wi-Fi; and the other with 128GB onboard storage capacity, 4GB RAM, and Wi-Fi.

The cost of the 64GB model of the new Surface 3 tablet is $499; whereas the 128GB model of the tablet is priced at $599.

 

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May 7, 2015

Microsoft's Surface tablet started off life as this doodle in a sketchbook
The Verge

Microsoft's Surface tablet sketchbook

Microsoft’s Ralf Groene held a fascinating session on stage at the company’s Ignite conference this week. Groene is responsible for the design of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and he offered some unique insights into the early days of Surface. While The Verge previously visited Microsoft’s Surface team back in 2013 to see early prototypes, Groene revealed this week that the tablet started off life in a sketchbook.

"This is the earliest sketch I could find in my sketchbook about Surface," said Groene, showing off a really early look at the ideas and concepts around Surface. It’s a set of basic doodles of how the kickstand was integral to the design of the original Surface, and a key part of Microsoft’s tablet even with the release of the Surface 3 this week. Microsoft has since made the Surface Pen an important part of its tablet, and the company even acquired technology from N-trig recently to underline that.

 

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Surface 3 vs Nexus 9 comparison review
PC Advisor

Microsoft's Surface 3 has arrived as a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3, but how does it compare to the Google Nexus 9 which also has a keyboard dock? Find out in our Surface 3 vs Nexus 9 Nexus 9 tabletcomparison review.

The Nexus 9 and Surface 3 are quite different tablets but both offer a very similar set-up for getting work done when you include their respective keyboard docks. See what we make of each one including price, design, hardware and software.

While the Nexus 9 comes with stock Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Surface comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 (the full version not the now dead RT) and will  be upgraded to Windows 10 later this year for free. This is a huge difference and although many apps, including Office, are available for Android, the Surface 3 give you more scope for running software.

Many apps are free for Android which is advantage but it's worth noting that the Surface 3 comes with one year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage.

Surface 3 vs Nexus 9: Hardware and software

Starting with the screen, which is pretty important when you're trying to get work done. The Nexus 9 is smaller at 8.9in but has a higher resolution at 2048 x 1536. The Surface 3 is 10.8in and Full HD 1920 x 1080. Resolution aside, the size is more important when it comes to getting things done so the extra space on the Surface could make a big difference depending on your task.

Storage is also going to be a potentially big deal and it makes sense that the cheaper Nexus 9 has less available with just 16- or 32GB. Opt for the pricier Surface 3 and you'll get at least 64GB or 128GB if you don't mind paying more but there's also a microSD card slot which Google doesn't offer.

 

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May 8, 2015

Apple appears to be on track for giant iPad
Fox News

Apple is on track to bring out a giant iPad later this year that would rival, in size at least, Microsoft’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3, according to an analyst.Tim Cook

“We expect it to be part of the iPad refresh in October,” Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablet and Monitor Research at marketing research firm IHS Technology, told FoxNews.com.

“Our sources are still indicating this is a 2015 product, slated to go into production mid-to-late third quarter,” she wrote in an email. Alexander is citing Asia-based sources who garner data from companies that supply components to Apple.

“Sources indicate the panel will be 12.9-inches, with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,920,” she added.

That would be slightly less than the resolution (using pixels-per-inch as a yardstick) of the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. A 12.9 inch display would approach the screen size of Apple’s 13.3-inch MacBooks.

It may come with other features too. A recent report said that the tablet may come with a stylus. Alexander wrote that IHS has not been able to confirm this.

Though Alexander added that she doesn’t believe the large iPad is a response to Microsoft’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet – one of the most popular large tablets on the market – the jumbo tablet could nonetheless expand the already-growing large-sized tablet market. One of the few growth areas in an otherwise shrinking tablet market.

“Only large tablets are growing,” Bob O'Donnell, president and chief analyst at marketing research firm TECHnalysis Research, told FoxNews.com.

According to a TECHnalysis Research forecast, larger tablets are expected to grow this year.

 

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May 11, 2015

The new FUJITSU STYLISTIC® V535 Advanced Tablet PC is now available!

The FUJITSU Tablet STYLISTIC V535 enables new levels of productivity in industrial settings. It is made to withstand tough environments thanks to a water and dust resistant yet lightweight design with an 8.3-inch ultra-durable display. WiFi connectivity, contactless authentication, NFC, and GPS navigation deliver cutting-edge technology for location-based apps, and more. Easy integration and security are enabled due to Windows® 8.1 and TPM. The Fujitsu shell concept provides productivity designed to fit industrial requirements.

The Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535 is a semi-rugged 8.3” Mini TabletFUJITSU STYLISTIC® V535 Advanced Tablet PC

  • USABILITY
    Highly adaptable for industrial and retail use with Fujitsu shell concept: SmartCard shell and Retail shells as well as enterprise connectivity with WLAN, NFC and GPS
  • DURABILITY
    Designed to roll with the punches and absorb the bumps and scrapes that would normally destroy consumer-grade tablets, the STYLISTIC V535 tablet with its rugged case stands up to almost anything its users can throw at it. Rugged, water and dust resistant design based on IP65 rating, drop resistant up to 1.8m (with rugged frame), toughened glass display, and extended temperature range for outdoor use.
  • SECURITY
    Embedded TPM, optional SmartCard shell, Kensington® Lock on cradle for ultimate security
  • MOBILITY
    Bright 8.3” WUXGA (1920x1200) IPS panel with multi-touch input, passive pen support
  • FAMILY CONCEPT
    Shared docking accessories for ease of deployment, decreased complexity and lower customer TCO

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Release Date, News, and Specs: Surface Pro 4 to be the First to Sport the Skylake Processor, To Be Released this August Alongside WIndows 10?
Crossmap

Rumors that Microsoft 'Surface Pro 4' will be releasing this year, somewhere around June to October to be released alongside Windows 10; since word about Windows 10 being released in August, it is highly likely that we'll be seeing 'Surface Pro 4' by August this year.

Here's the latest on 'Microsoft Surface Pro 4' release date, news, and specs.

Recently there are rumors floating around about the upcoming 'Surface Pro 4', but one that is most attention-grabbing is the rumor that 'Surface Pro 4' will sport the upcoming 'Skylake' processor, the processor is not yet released and it seems like the timeline for the release of 'Surface Pro 4' and the Skylake processor is not coinciding with each other.

If it's true that 'Surface Pro 4' will sport the Skylake, then the upcoming 'Surface Pro 4' will be fanless, thinner, and more power efficient that can last longer.

Since 'Surface Pro' is a two-in-one device, it is possible for 'Surface Pro 4' to dominate not just the tablet market, but the laptop market as well.

What's the difference between Broadwell and Skylake? Well whilst Broadwell is also fanless and power-efficient. It did however sacrifice some of its processing power. The Skylake however is expected to have a fanless design without sacrificing the processing power.

 

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Apple iPad Pro: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know
Pocket-lint.com

One Apple rumour that's been going for a while - and may actually appear soon - is the iPad Pro. Unlike the TV or Car this has lots of leaks to support its existence and even it's imminent release. iPad Pro photo Leak?

While the iPad Pro may be Apple's largest tablet, the Pro name suggests it will also broaden the category beyond just size variants and offer more power too.

So what do we know so far about the Apple iPad Pro? Here is a round up of all the latest rumours and speculation. As usual, we will be updating this feature as and when more leaks appear, but bear in mind nothing has been confirmed, so take everything with a little sprinkle of salt for now. 

The next generation of Intel Broadwell processors are rumoured to appear in the iPad Pro. Since these are due to be released at the time of Apple's WWDC 2015 we could see the iPad Pro appear from 12 June.

Other rumours have suggested that manufacturers of the display may struggle to make enough in time, pushing the release back to September. This could still mean a reveal date in June but just a longer wait for availability.

The resolution of the iPad Pro is expected to be higher than the other iPads, which may also be part of that "Pro" name.

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May 12, 2015

Own A New Surface 3? Don't Install Windows 10 Preview: Here's Why Surface 3
Tech Times

Editors Note: The drivers will be available at a later date and the Surface 3 Tablet will be upgradable to Windows 10 at that time. 

Users of the recently released, low-cost Surface 3, however, are being advised not to sign up for the program and install Windows 10 in their tablets.

"Please do NOT try to install Windows 10 on the new Surface 3," posted Microsoft support representative Barb Bowman in the Microsoft Community forums. The explanation is that there are still no drivers available to support the Preview build of Windows 10 on Surface 3, as Intel has not yet released the required drivers. Specifically, there are no drivers available for the Intel x5/x7 processors.

However, the high-end Surface Pro 3 tablet is safe to run Windows 10, as these tablets pack the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, which already feature native driver support.

 

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Apple's Rumored iPad Pro May Come With Some Fancy, Touch Sensitive Tech
Gizmodo

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at what might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store.

Apple’s iPad Pro is the quintessential rumor gadget, a monster tablet that only exists in speculation andIpad hearsay. Some of that techspeak’s circled around the iPad Pro’s (or iPad Air Plus or whatever) physical size, all rumored 12.9 inches of it. Even more has curiously considered an iPen in Apple’s future, despite Steve Jobs’ explicit wishes otherwise.

Now, leaks are turning their attention to the iPad Pro’s display, specifically the tech that will make the iPad smarter. Apple is reportedly requesting silver nanowire material samples from LG and Samsung, among other display companies. What does that mean for the fabled iPad Pro? Well, these silver nanowires are much more flexible than what’s currently used in the iPad, and this means it will be able to more greatly understand pressure placed on the glass by a finger, or maybe a stylus of sorts.

This reaffirms that the iPad Pro is positioning to be a professional devices for work types and also artists who want to a little bit more creativity out of their tablet. The new iPad is also expected to have Force Touch tech (as seen in the Apple Watch), NFC, and also USB-Type C adapter, all of which are brand new features for Apple’s tablet lineup.

 

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Microsoft Surface 3 Update Provides Similar Functionality As Surface Pro 3
Tech News Today

Microsoft has rolled out an update for its Surface 3 tablet that will include features previously experienced by the Surface Pro 3

In terms of the tablet’s ability to help enterprises manage functions, Microsoft Surface 3 will be just asMicrosoft Surface 3 useful as the Surface Pro 3. According to a blog post published on May 11 by the company, Microsoft had stated: “Surface 3 is now available. As a device running Windows 8.1 Pro, it already offers business-ready features that support easy IT integration, domain join, and enterprise-class security - all in our most portable package. And now, for customers intending to do mass deployments into larger organizations, we're pleased to announce a driver update intended to put you ahead of the game.”

The Microsoft Surface 3 update has been rolled out to the market and is ready to assist companies similar to that of the Surface Pro 3. An enhanced PXE booting and asset tagging support are the two updates that make the tablet compatible with enterprises' operations.

Microsoft expects the tablet to gradually grow in terms of unit sales because it is priced lower than its sibling, the Surface Pro 3. It is possible to say that with the lower price and almost same features to the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft Surface 3 will experience similar success as well.

 

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May 13, 2015

Microsoft Surface 3 review: the vision of versatile computing realised
Siliconrepublic.com

The Surface 3 hybrid computer from Microsoft represents Microsoft's determined vision for how versatile computing should be. It also sees the return of the Intel Atom processor, with surprising results.

The Surface 3 represents the latest step in Microsoft’s push for versatile computing, combining the convenience of a tablet with the horsepower of a laptop.

 

 

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Release Roundup: Two Display Sizes, 2K Resolution, Killer Processor
International Business Times

As the release date for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablet draws near, leaks pertaining to the device have been rapidly increasing. Here is a roundup of cutting-edge configurations reported to be part of the upcoming tablet.

According to Christian Today, the Surface Pro 4 will be available in a 12-inch model as well as a 14-inch variant. The 12-inch version will be powered by an Intel Broadwell SoC chip, while the 14-inch model will use Intel i5 and i7 processors. As for memory specification, the upcoming slate will come equipped with a maximum of 1 TB of internal storage capacity. Further, there will be an 8 MP rear-facing camera unit and a 3.5 MP front-facing snapper for selfies and video chats.

The Motley Fool says both Surface Pro 4 variants will feature the same screen resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels. Plus, the device will be backed by 16 GB of RAM. The same site also says there’s a good chance the upcoming device might be powered by the new Skylake chipset. The Skylake chip has the power to boost the battery life of the device by approximately 30 percent when compared to Haswell chips. To top it off, this chipset does not require fans. This also means the Surface Pro 4 will be slimmer and the battery will last long

 

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We round up the best new tablets coming in 2015
PC Advisor

Tablets will outsell laptops and PCs combined in 2015, which means we'll all need to expand our definition of Personal Computer. No-one has yet launched a new tablet this year, but the Nokia N1 Android tablet is edging ever closer. Also see the best new phones you should be most excited about in 2015.

Bear in mind that the list below is mostly based on historical launch patterns and rumours. We'll be amazed if Apple doesn't release at least one new iPad this year, for example. We'll update this article regularly as new tablets are announced and when we know more details about rumoured models.

See also: the best tablets you can buy right now

 

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May 14, 2015

 

Microsoft adds searchable handwriting to OneNote for iPad
ZDNet

Summary:Can't remember what you wrote when taking notes during the latest meeting or in a brainstorming session? Now you can search for it on your iPad as OneNote gains a key feature.

Perhaps the best feature in Microsoft OneNote is now available for the Apple iPad. With the latest software update, available on Thursday, Microsoft added the ability to search through handwritten text in OneNote for iPad.

With today's software update, available in the iTunes App Store, the OCR functionality is extended to handwritten notes and text. That brings the iPad version of OneNote nearly on par with its Windows counterpart and far more useful.

Taking notes during a meeting and need to go back and find out what you wrote about a certain topic? You can do that. Can't remember the details of some project brainstorming ideas you doodled? A quick search for any of the words you wrote will get you back up to speed.

Searchable notes has long been a primary staple of OneNote for more than a decade; at least on Windows where the software has lived most of its life


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Apple Releases, News and Updates:
Crossmap

Here's the latest on Apple Releases; Apple A9 Processor, Apple iOS 9, iPad Air 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro and the iPod Touch 6th Generation

According to Bloomberg, the chips for the upcoming iPhone will be manufacture by Apple's competitor, Samsung. Bloomberg added that the source for the news prefers to stay anonymous as the deal between the two tech giants are still not announced to the public.

If this is true, Samsung might give focus on being the top chip producer in Taiwan, to top competition, Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Apple made a deal with TSMC back in 2013 to limit its alliance with Samsung according to MacRumors.

Samsung seems to be in advantage with its gadgets are they are rumored to have a 14-nanometer processors, that would be smaller and will consume less energy.

According to MacRumors, when it comes to similar chips--if the rumors are true--are the iPad Air 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (iPad Air Plus), and the iPod Touch 6th generation. All these devices are rumored to be released this year. 

According to NDTV, these gadgets are set to be released this year; iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6c. The upcoming iPhone 6s variety are rumored to sport the A9 chips, however the iPhone 6c is said to only sport an A9 processor. There's also the rumored iPad Air 3 who will also sport an A9 chip with 2 GB memory, Load the Game even reported of a sequel after iPad Air 3 which is going to be called, iPad 7.

Rumored to be launching together are the iOS9 and the iPad Air 3,

 

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May 15, 2015

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Vs Apple Ipad Air 2! Specs, Features, Display, Camera, Storage And Performance Comparison!
iSchoolGuide

According to the Apple website, the iPad Air 2 is powered by Cupertino's own 64-bit A8X chip working in tandem with an M8 motion coprocessor. Storage options include 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models. The latest Apple flagship tablet has a 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048 x 1536p resolution and 264ppi pixel density. It comes with a pair of 8MP iSight and 1.2MP FaceTime HD cameras. The iPad Air 2 runs iOS 8 out of the box.

By contrast, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet specs listed on the company's website include a 2GHz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. There's up to 32GB of flash memory with support for up to 128GB microSD cards. The Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a larger 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600p display. There's a pair of 8.1MP and 5.1MP cameras. The device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop from the get go.

Both devices opt for aluminum frames with "lovely rounded edges" but the Sony device goes for a "tactile matte finish on the back." While its rival is IP65 and IP68 water and dust proof, "the iPad Air 2 won't appreciate being dropped in the bath one little bit."

The Xperia Z4 Tablet also takes the win in terms of display. It has 299ppi pixel density vs the iPad Air 2's 264ppi. "In theory, this means the [former] has a sharper and crisper display than the [latter]."

 

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Microsoft Surface 3 Review: Not Quite a Pro, But Premium Nonetheless
Tablet PC Review

  • ProsSurface 3
    • World-class build and design
    • Full-sized USB and kickstand prove invaluable for productivity
    • Decent performance, all things considered
    • Excellent display
  • Cons
    • Base unit's 2GB of RAM low for a device in this class
    • Win 8.1 and core apps take up too much space
    • Necessary accessories too pricey
Quick Take Although it has a chipset commonly associated with budget tablets and notebooks, the Microsoft Surface 3 is still a premium device that is well worth the $499 base price, even in a market awash in cheaper alternatives.

The Surface 3 has a power button and volume rocker on the top of the device, along with the magnetic keyboard receptacle on the bottom. The right side features the mini DisplayPort, full-sized USB 3.0, and microUSB ports, just above the 3.5mm headphone jack. A microSD card slot hides underneath the kickstand.

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May 18, 2015

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: the thin tablet that's also an Android laptop
The Guardian

Lighter than an iPad, waterproof and with an excellent keyboard accessory, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is Sony’s best yet

Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet is the Japanese firm’s best yet, with small bezels, a bright screen and a Sony Xperia Z4 Tabletwaterproof body – but it’s when you add a full keyboard that things start to get interesting.

Sony has a solid heritage in tablets with two excellent entries into the Z series before now. While they have failed to sell particularly well, they have been some of the best Android tablets available. In fact, they have only been let down by the poor amount of tablet-optimised software for Android. That app gap between Android tablets and Apple’s iPad no longer exists.

Sony’s big push for its new tablet is taking it into the crossover space between PCs and tablets. The firm has made a new Bluetooth keyboard into which the tablet slots. It has a fully angle-adjustable hinge and when docked in the thin and light keyboard the machine behaves like a laptop.

It’s one of the best tablet keyboards I’ve ever used. The keys are quite short, but are almost full width with good travel and feel. It has a trackpad at the bottom that invokes a traditional mouse cursor on screen, responds to multi-touch gestures and is responsive, making it useful for fine-grain control.

The keyboard has a separate battery and is changed by microUSB. When closed, it protects the screen and creates a very thin and light PC replacement. The keyboard weighs 365g, which makes the overall package, with the tablet, weigh just 758g: around 200g lighter than any laptop.


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How to Choose the Right Tablet
The Cheat Sheet

While the tablet market’s explosive growth has benefitted consumers by providing them with more options and lower prices, it has also made it more difficult for shoppers to find the right tablet for their needs among all the various brands, styles, and sizes of tablets now available. Here are several major factors to consider when deciding which tablet is the right one for you.

Since tablets are operated through a touchscreen interface, the devices are typically used for tasks that don’t require lots of typing. For this reason, most people use their tablets for tasks such as reading email, playing video games, and watching movies. As a result, most tablets are designed with media consumption tasks in mind, rather than productivity tasks. Apple’s line of iPads and Amazon’s line of Kindle Fire tablets are two examples of tablet brands that are geared toward media consumption with access to large app and media stores.

However, there are some tablet models that are geared toward productivity tasks. Microsoft’s line of Surface tablets and other Windows-powered tablets may be the best tablets for productivity since many of them include full support for Microsoft’s desktop-based Windows software. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Office suite is also now available for both Apple’s iOS, as well as Android. If you are planning on using your tablet primarily for productivity tasks, you should make sure that the software you need is available on the tablet model you are interested in. Apple and Samsung — the two biggest tablet vendors in the world — have recently formed partnerships with IBM and BlackBerry, respectively, in order to improve their mobile apps and devices for enterprise users.

Finally, if you are buying a tablet for a child, you may want to consider the kid-friendly Nabi line of tablets made by Fuhu, or the Kids Edition versions of Amazon’s Fire HD tablets. Nabi’s tablets feature a special locked-down user interface designed for children, while the Fire HD Kids Edition tablets include a 2-year “worry-free guarantee” replacement warranty.

 

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Microsoft sale slashes $150 off Surface Pro 3 model
CNET

Those of you interested in Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 can save $150 off the price but only if you're game Surface pro 3for the midrange model.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 website shows only one edition for sale -- namely the 1.9GHz Intel Core i5 model with 256 gigabytes of storage and 8GB of RAM. Normally selling for $1,299, that version is now up for grabs for $1,149. The other four models that remain at their normal retail prices, ranging from the 1.5GHz Intel Core i3 with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM to the 1.7GHz Intel Core i7 with 512GB of storage and 8GB of memory.

Microsoft has been promoting the Surface Pro 3 as a viable alternative to a traditional laptop, such as Apple's MacBook Air. This high-end edition offers a 12-inch screen and runs on an Intel Core processor. All Surface models come as standard tablets but can be used as laptops via the Touch Cover or Type Cover keyboards.

 

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Asus Transformer Book Chi T100 review: A Windows 8 tablet to replace your laptop
International Business Times UK

Asus has been a leader in the market for two-in-one laptop/tablet hybrids since its first Transformers Asus Transformer Book Chi T100arrived in 2011 running Android.

The latest addition to the family, the Transformer Book Chi T100, has a 10.1in screen, runs Windows 8, and has a Bluetooth keyboard with the company's simplest docking system yet.

Calling the Chi T100 a laptop replacement depends entirely on what you already use your laptop for. If you're a power user then the answer is absolutely not - but for light users who don't demand too much more than the basics and are happy with a small screen, then it could be the all-in-one for you.

The hardware is very attractive, having full Windows on a small device is more useful than a hindrance, and the keyboard and trackpad feel closer to a laptop than many third-party alternatives - and better than some iPad docks, too.

I doubt many people could use the Asus Chi T100 as their only device, replacing both tablet and laptop, but for those who have a larger laptop at home or in the office, this makes for a compelling commuter tool.

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What Is the Holy Grail of Laptop Design?
PC Magazine

Historical purists would argue that pen computing and tablets actually were introduced in the early 1990s, which would be true. However, the pen computing era died about as fast as it came to market. And tablets did not gain any real industry acceptance until Gates gave his Comdex speech in which he declared a tablet the "future of portable computing."

I remember meeting with Gates in Redmond a few weeks after that speech, and he went on and on about how a tablet would redefine portable computing. In many ways, he was right but the technology was just not there to make tablets feasible. It took another 10 years for tablets to catch on, but instead of Gates leading the charge, it was Steve Jobs with the iPad.

For the first two years the iPad was on the market, many thought that tablets could replace laptops, which resulted in a PC sales slump. However, by last year, the market realized that tablets could not really replace laptops, especially for serious business productivity. While some tablets were great for use in vertical markets, most business folks went back to laptops as their core personal computing devices and tablet sales have declined.

But make no mistake, even with tablets in decline, they are here to stay and will most likely augment a business user's personal computing experience and continue to be great products for the family. However, in the world of business productivity, various vendors have started to rethink portable computing designs with 2-in-1s. They have introduced products like Lenovo's Yoga, a laptop with a screen that can flip back and turn into a tablet, and Microsoft' Surface, which is a tablet with a detachable keyboard.

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May 19, 2015

Why I Love My Microsoft Surface 3 : Ultimate Tips and Tricks
Sean Ong

In this video, I show the ultimate collection of Surface 3 tips and tricks! I show the use of gestures, charging with a battery pack, using the microUSB port as a data port, using a USB docking station, multitasking (video game + 2 movies) on multiple monitors, using a variety of devices, including wireless mouse, keyboard, Xbox controller, external DVD drive, and more! I also show hands-free voice control, multiple accounts (kid account), wireless casting media to an Xbox, and wirelessly mirroring and extending the Surface 3 screen to a TV. Be prepared to be blown away!

Please like, share, and subscribe! Do check out all my other Surface tips and tricks videos too.

 

 

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Microsoft Surface 3 review: The Pro 3's Atom-hearted brother
ZDNet

Summary: Microsoft's relatively affordable Atom x7-powered Surface 3 can 'work like a laptop when you need it', so long as you stick to mainstream workloads and remember that a keyboard is an extra-cost option.

ZDnet surface 3 ratings

The Surface range's angular look-and-feel and solid magnesium-cased construction continues the Surface 3, which consequently looks very familiar. There a few new elements though. It's Microsoft's thinnest and lightest Surface, for instance, measuring 267mm wide by 187mm deep by 87mm thick and weighing 622g (or 10.52in. by 7.36in. by 0.34in. and 1.37lbs if you prefer). By contrast, the Surface Pro 3 checks in at 292.1mm by 201.4mm by 9.1mm and 800g (or 11.5in. by 7.93in. by 0.36in. and 1.76lbs). It may not be iPad Air 2-light (437g), but it's really no bother to carry in a travel bag.

Speaking of travel, mobile professionals will be pleased to note that charging is now via a Micro-USB port rather than the proprietary, and rather fiddly, magnetic connector of old (although, to be fair, the Surface Pro 3's implementation was an improvement). The supplied cable's Micro-USB connector incorporates an LED to show that it's plugged in, which is fine, although it would be better if it dimmed or turned off when the tablet is 100 percent charged as the light can be somewhat distracting, especially in low light. The 13W AC adapter has a single USB port.

Pros
  • Thin and light, yet solidly constructed
  • High-quality 10.8-inch, 3:2 aspect-ratio touchscreen
  • Low-power quad-core Atom x7 processor
  • 8.5-megapixel rear camera
  • Silent, fan-free operation
  • Free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal
  • LTE mobile broadband + GPS option
Cons
  • Type Cover keyboard and Surface Pen are optional extras
  • Only supports one external monitor
  • No GPS as standard

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May 20, 2015

Microsoft rolls out May Surface Pro firmware updates
ZDNet

Summary:Microsoft is making available firmware updates this month for its Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 tablets running Windows 8.1.

Microsoft has made available May firmware updates for its Intel-based Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3tablets.

Thanks to a tweet from @RodTrent, I found the new firmware mentions on the Surface Update History pages.

The Surface Pro 3 updates, which are listed as "System Firmware Update - 5/19/2015" in update history -- include:

  • Surface Pro 3 UEFI update (v3.11.850.0) includes changes needed for compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4170) improves graphics performance and includes better Miracast (wireless display) support.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3172) improves audio experience and supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

 

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How to transfer iTunes library to Android smartphone or tablet
PC Advisor

Smartphone or tablets are essentially portable music players so here is how to transfer your iTunes Android MTP mode for transferringlibrary to an Android phone or tablet. You can either copy the music directly to a device with a cable or upload songs to Google Play Music making them available to stream to any device without taking up storage.

So you've got an Android smartphone or tablet and want to listen to your amazing music collection on it, but how on earth do you get your library from your computer to your Android device? See also: Stop Android apps automatically updating.

Luckily the process is fairly simple because Android devices appear on computers as storage volumes just like a USB stick. You'll need a microUSB to regular USB cable for this which is normally supplied with any new device.

How to transfer iTunes library to Android phone

Step One

Plug your Android phone (or tablet) into your PC. You may need to tell the phone to operate in MTP mode for transferring

 

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May 20, 2015

Microsoft rolls out May Surface Pro firmware updates
ZDNet

Summary:Microsoft is making available firmware updates this month for its Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 tablets running Windows 8.1.

Microsoft has made available May firmware updates for its Intel-based Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3tablets.

Thanks to a tweet from @RodTrent, I found the new firmware mentions on the Surface Update History pages.

The Surface Pro 3 updates, which are listed as "System Firmware Update - 5/19/2015" in update history -- include:

  • Surface Pro 3 UEFI update (v3.11.850.0) includes changes needed for compatibility with the updated graphics driver.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4170) improves graphics performance and includes better Miracast (wireless display) support.
  • Display Audio driver update (v6.16.00.3172) improves audio experience and supports compatibility with the updated graphics driver.

 

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How to transfer iTunes library to Android smartphone or tablet
PC Advisor

Smartphone or tablets are essentially portable music players so here is how to transfer your iTunes Android MTP mode for transferringlibrary to an Android phone or tablet. You can either copy the music directly to a device with a cable or upload songs to Google Play Music making them available to stream to any device without taking up storage.

So you've got an Android smartphone or tablet and want to listen to your amazing music collection on it, but how on earth do you get your library from your computer to your Android device? See also: Stop Android apps automatically updating.

Luckily the process is fairly simple because Android devices appear on computers as storage volumes just like a USB stick. You'll need a microUSB to regular USB cable for this which is normally supplied with any new device.

How to transfer iTunes library to Android phone

Step One

Plug your Android phone (or tablet) into your PC. You may need to tell the phone to operate in MTP mode for transferring

 

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May 21, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs. Microsoft Surface 3
Tablet PC Review

Let’s get this out of the way first. Taking cost out of the equation, the Surface Pro 3 is better than the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs. Microsoft Surface 3still-excellent Surface 3 by any reasonable measure. Both devices have similar designs and features, but you can just do more with a Pro 3, owing to its more powerful processor.

All things being equal, the Surface Pro 3 wins, hands down. In fact, even one year since launching, the Surface Pro 3 beats nearly every other general computing device on market.

But all things aren’t equal, particularly price tags. The Surface 3 costs considerably less than the Surface Pro 3. Granted, this doesn’t matter for some users. They need a machine that can handle pro-level image editing or complex professional software. For these users, the Pro 3 is it. For everyone else, the Joes and Janes that need an everyday computer for work, school and play, the question is whether the differences justify the dollars.

The Surface 3 and Pro 3 look nearly identical, and have similar design features… for the most part. The Surface 3 is about 10% smaller, and about 0.4 pounds lighter, which is about the weight of an average smartphone.

Both devices look great, and sport the same magnesium build that we love so much. The Surface 3 and Pro 3 are two of the best-built devices on the market, no doubt.

 

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'Samsung Flow' Provides Seamless File Transfer Like 'Apple Continuity': Available Now
International Business Times

Launched in November 2014, Samsung Flow is now available for download via the Google Play store. SamsungNotably, the Flow is the Samsung equivalent of Apple’s Continuity. This new system will reportedly boost communication flow between various Samsung smartphones, tablets, phablets and TV sets.

In an age where every individual uses multiple devices to get through a given day, “file transfer” is an important function. This is where Samsung Flow comes into play. It is currently available as a beta version to ease the process of file transfer between a slew of compatible Samsung devices. This system also guarantees seamless integration between devices -- with no interruptions.

Technically, Phone Arena says, the Samsung Flow can be split into three major categories:

1. Transfer: Helps in transferring content between Samsung devices.

2. Defer: Helps in syncing tasks between Samsung devices.

3. Notify: Helps in sharing notifications between Samsung devices.

However, it is worth mentioning that, the last category, “Notify,” apparently does not work in the beta version.

Readers should note that Samsung Flow will apparently not work with every Samsung device. But here is a list of Flow-compatible smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 4 Edge. The Galaxy Tab S is reportedly the only compatible tablet, at this point. 

 

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Memorial Day 2015 Tablet Sales: See Best Deals On iPads, Galaxy Tabs And More!
Latin Times

Best Buy has the best deals by far for tablets (probably because it's an electronic store). Customers will see deals like $50 off the 16GB Apple iPad mini, $100 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S and select tablets starting from $49.99. Although these aren't necessarily tablets, there will also be a signifcant sale on touchscreen laptops from Lenovo, Dell and Toshiba. Check out all the Best Buy tablet sales here

CowBoom has the Pre-Owned Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Intel i5 128GB 2160x1440 12" Tablet for a low $599.99 Free Shipping. Tax in most states. This model sells for $999 new everywhere else so jump on this deal while it last. 

Apple Store has the Apple Certified Refurbished Apple iPad Retina Display Tablets w/ 1-Year Warranty in their Refurbished section. All iPads have been tested, certified with a new serial number and include a brand new battery and outer shell. Free Shipping.

 

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May 22, 2015

One year with the Surface Pro 3: The best computer I have ever owned
ZDNet

Summary:While phones come and go, I purchased my Surface Pro 3 last year and it is my constant Surface Pro 3companion. Here's why.

Computers are tools that help us get things done with efficiency. We use them for work, and sometimes for play, but most people I know don't have any special affinity for their computer. My feelings have changed thanks to the Surface Pro 3 and I actually look forward to using it every day.

It is the best computer I have ever purchased.

I bought my Surface Pro 3 in May 2014 and it quickly became my primary computer for my home office, while accompanying me on 20 out-of-town trips. It's my only tablet, with an iPad Mini and Nexus 9 coming and going because they were redundant and offered less. I've used my Surface Pro 3 in a number of different ways and in different situations so let me take you through my last year of usage.


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Apple Working On 12-Inch iPad, According To Report
Headlines & Global News

Apple is working on a new 12-inch model of the iPad that would include a long list of features that the smaller 9.7 inch and 7.9 inch iPads lack, such as the ability to view two apps simultaneously and a Apple iPadsmultiple login feature, according to 9to5Mac.  

he report says that Apple is developing a new version of IOS to run on the tablets that will enable users to make the most of the larger 12-inch screen size. It's also going to allow users to view two apps side-by-side on the larger tablets and provide redesigned versions of Siri and its notifications center. The new iPads will also allow multiple users to log in, which means that more than one user can share a device and at the same time, get their own customized apps and data on the tablet when they sign in with their username.

The larger iPads are expected to launch later this year, whereas support for dual app viewing could be made available as soon as next month at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco

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May 25, 2015

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May 26, 2015

Is your Surface Pen not launching OneNote? Here's how to pair it with your Surface 3
WinBeta

I’ve recently unboxed a brand new Surface 3 and Surface Pen, and was relieved to see that they survived the transcontinental trip they took to get to me. I could write with the Surface Pen, but for some reason, the OneNote button on the pen didn’t do anything. Clicking it once didn’t launch OneNote, and double-clicking it didn’t take a screenshot like it would in the Surface commercials I’ve seen.

A quick search finally revealed that the Surface 3 will not prompt you to pair the Surface Pen via Bluetooth during Windows setup, like it would with the Surface Pro 3. This is understandable as the Surface Pen is not bundled with the Surface 3 like it is with the Pro 3.

Suface Pen setup

To pair the Surface Pen, you need to swipe the Charms menu out from the right-edge of the screen, tap Settings, Change PC Settings, PC and Devices, Bluetooth, and ensure that Bluetooth is turned on.

If a Surface Pen is already listed, you’ll need to click it, then click Remove Device. If it isn’t, then you’ll need to hold down the top button on the Surface Pen for seven seconds until a light on the pen begins to flash. The Surface Pen should shortly appear in the list of Bluetooth devices on the Surface 3. Simply click it, then click Pair and that’s it, the Surface Pen should now be paired to your Surface 3.

Using the Surface app, you can customize the top button on the Surface Pen to launch either the desktop or Modern versions of OneNote, whichever you prefer.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs. Surface 3: Which Is the Best For You?
Notebook Review

In any direct comparison, the Core-powered Surface Pro 3 wins, hands down. As they stated, “the Surface Pro 3Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a premium device and an exceptional piece of hardware.” Adding, “performance is top notch, and when coupled with a keyboard cover and pen, it’s the most productive tablet on the market.”

But starting at a base price of $799 without its iconic keyboard cover, it’s pricey. It’s also too much computer for those only concerned with browsing the web, checking email, and light productivity work.

Starting at $499, the Surface 3 is a better fit for these users. It’s a bit smaller than the Pro 3, owing to its fanless design, but sports the same high-quality build and display. Microsoft ditched Windows RT and ARM in favor of 64-bit Windows 8.1 and a fifth-generation Intel Atom processor, which proves more than capable of handling moderate tasks.

In fact, the team heaped plenty of praise on the Surface 3, calling it a “premium device,” and claiming that it’s “well worth the $499 base price, even in a market awash in cheaper alternatives.”

So which device is best for you, and given that Microsoft sells various configurations of each, which is the best buy? Should those considering the most powerful Surface 3 (1.6GHz Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor with Intel Burst technology up to 2.4GHz, 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage) at $599 instead opt for the least powerful Surface Pro 3 (1.5GHz Intel Core i3 with Intel HD Graphics 4200, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB storage) for $799?

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May 27, 2015

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: beautiful screen and slim body mean Android finally has an iPad rival
The Independent

Almost without exception, tablets with decent specs have clocked in at the same price as the iPad, or Sony Z4 Tablethigher, so why wouldn’t you choose the market-leading Apple product? The main exception, by the way, is Tesco’s brilliant Hudl2 which offers a very strong experience for a tiny price.

The latest tablet is Sony’s and it’s a real winner – it’s not out yet but I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and it’s highly impressive. The screen, at 10.1 inches is a little bigger than the iPad Air 2 and like Apple’s beauty, this is wafer-thin (6.1mm). But because the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is clad in polycarbonate as against Apple’s aluminium jacket, this is a much lighter gadget. It weighs 393g against 437g or so for the iPad Air 2.

This weight difference is very noticeable. And since one of the factors which determines how much a tablet is used outside the house is how portable it feels, this is a big deal.

Sony’s top-end phones and tablets have a unique extra: they’re waterproof. The ingress protection rating, if you’re interested, is IP68. The first figure refers to dust protection and six is the highest rating, signifying it is dust-tight. The second digit defines water resistance and eight is as high as it goes, so this a gadget you can immerse in water. Handy if you plan to watch movies in the bath, send emails by the pool or use the iPad as a recipe guide during cooking. It’ll just rinse clean after you’ve finished.

 

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Microsoft Now Very Likely to Launch Surface Pro 4 in July Along with Windows 10!
Master Herald

Now that May is almost over, it is unlikely that Microsoft would still pull off a surprise and launch the Surface Pro 4.

It is thus very likely that Microsoft would be launching the latest iteration to its hybrid device in July, which happens to be the same month that the company will be launching its Window 10 desktop and mobile operating system.

The timing is perfect for the Surface Pro 4 since it has been reported earlier that it would most likely came out of the box with the Windows 10 already onboard. Had it launched in May or earlier, it is highly unlikely that it will have the Windows 10 on it and shall probably have the problematic Windows 8.1 onboard.

As there is no official confirmation yet from Microsoft about the possible launching date of its Surface Pro 4, these initial reports are considered as merely speculations.

 

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May 28, 2015

Lenovo unveils refreshed ThinkPad 10 with enterprise security features
ITProPortal

Lenovo has revealed a new ThinkPad 10 over at Tech World in China.

So what does this second-generation tablet offer? A new peppy processor is on board, plus Lenovo has incorporated the ThinkPad Pen Pro with the WRITEit app.Lenovo ThinkPad 10

There’s a choice of two new Intel Atom Cherry Trail quad core CPUs (an upgrade from Bay Trail), backed with 2GB or 4GB of RAM. Storage also comes with two options: 64GB or 128GB.

The ThinkPad 10 is, of course, a 10.1in tablet, with a 1900 x 1200 resolution, and it has a five megapixel rear camera with autofocus. The slate will also boast 3G/4G LTE support. 10 hours of battery life is promised, too.

The optional ThinkPad Pen Pro offers a more precise pen writing experience, Lenovo claims, and the new WRITEit application allows users to scribble away with the pen in any text field, subsequently converting that handwriting into text.

Enterprise security features are also an option with the ThinkPad 10, and you can tack on a fingerprint reader or dTPM encryption.

Luis Hernandez, vice president, ThinkPad Business, Lenovo, commented: “Best in class, the ThinkPad 10 highlights our extreme focus on innovation and responding to the diverse needs of our customers and tablet usage scenarios. Now the most mobile of users can enjoy the best of both worlds with the convenience of a tablet and the function of a full-PC style experience without compromising mobility, connectivity and security.”

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 10 will have Windows 10 on board and will be out later this summer, with the price of the tablet starting at $549

 

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Tablets with wireless data plans expected to gain share, says IDC
ZDNet

Tablet sales are expected to struggle, but devices tethered to wireless data plans are expected to pick up share, according to IDC data.

IDC reports that global shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices are expected to hit 221.8 million in 2015, down 3.8 percent from a year ago

The tablet market, led by Apple's iPad, has been sucking wind for a few quarters due to lighter laptops and the popularity of large-screen smartphones, or phablets.

IDC estimates that cellular-enabled tablets are expected to end 2015 with 33 percent market share, but wind up with 40 percent share in 2019.

Wi-Fi-only tablets---by far the most popular option today---will have 60 percent of the market in 2019, down from 67 percent in 2015.

Meanwhile, small screen tablet shipments are going to fall from 64 percent of the market in 2014 to 58 percent in 2015. Why? Phablets are eliminating the need for a small-screen tablet, according to IDC.


Tablets with wireless data plans expected to gain share, says IDC

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May 29, 2015

Microsoft Surface 3, OneNote and Surface pen are killer combo
CIO

As if to offer a mea culpa for its previous, woefully inadequate Windows RT tablets, Microsoft delivered the Surface 3 — a super-cool tablet and laptop that is particularly useful (though not flawless) when Search onenotecombined with Microsoft's OneNote app and the optional Surface pen.

I'm firmly ensconced in Evernote land these days, but Microsoft's OneNote is increasingly appealing. Last week, for instance, Microsoft announced a new OneNote plugin for WordPress that transforms notes into blog posts, as well as integration with cloudHQ.

And earlier this month, Microsoft added the ability to search handwritten OneNote notes that are saved in OneDrive. (More on that coming up.)

With the Surface pen ($50 with the Surface 3; included with Surface Pro 3), you can tap the top button on the pen once to open the OneNote app — even if your Surface is locked. Then you can scribble a quick note using the pen, and if you want, turn the tablet off. Your notes are saved automatically to your default OneNote notebook of choice, which is very cool.

The pen also makes it easy to create whiteboard-like drawings and diagrams in OneNote. Microsoft did a great job with "palm rejection," so resting your palm on the tablet screen as you draw with the pen doesn't cause problems.

 

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Get a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with keyboard for $179
CNET

Originally $370, this highly regarded system comes refurbished from Lenovo and includes a full one-year warranty.

Is it a tablet with a keyboard or a laptop with a removable screen?Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10 inch

Semantics, my friends, semantics. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Lenovo has the refurbished Yoga Tablet 2 10 with keyboard for $179 shipped. It fits the definition of a hybrid PC, and it sold new for $369.99 when it debuted just a few months ago. (It currently runs $349.99.)

Because there are a lot of Yoga products in Lenovo's lineup, let me cut to the chase on this one: It's a Windows 8.1-powered system running on an Intel Atom processor. And in case the "10" in the name didn't give it away, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display -- an impressive one at that, an IPS panel running at 1,920x1,080 pixels. That resolution is overkill at this size, but overkill of the best kind.

Other key specs include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid-state storage (expandable via microSD cards), front and rear cameras and a battery that's good for up to 18(!) hours of runtime between charges, according to Lenovo.

CNET's review of the Yoga Tablet 2 doesn't include any lab testing of the battery, but writer Nate Ralph noted this: "My use consisted of lots of video streaming and Web browsing, and I easily made it through two days before plugging the tablet in."

 

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