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July 2016



July 1, 2016

Dell stops selling Android devices to focus on Windows

Dell has discontinued Venue tablets with Android, and won't be pushing out OS upgrades to current customers

Dell has stopped selling Android devices as it steps away from slate-style tablets to focus on Windows 2-in-1 devices.Dell Android tablet

The company isn’t refreshing the Venue line of Android tablets, and will no longer offer the Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect, a thumb-size computer that can turn a display into a PC. Other Android devices were discontinued some time ago.

“The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line,” a Dell spokesman said in an email.

Though Dell has killed its Android devices, it made interesting products with the OS. One was the Venue 8 7000 tablet, which had an OLED screen and a 3D RealSense camera. Meanwhile, 2-in-1s can serve as both tablets and laptops.

“We are seeing 2-in-1s rising in popularity since they provide a more optimal blend of PC capabilities with tablet mobility. This is especially true in the commercial space,” the Dell spokesman said.

Dell won’t be offering OS upgrades to Android-based Venue tablets already being used by customers.

“For customers who own Android-based Venue products, Dell will continue to support currently active warranty and service contracts until they expire, but we will not be pushing out future OS upgrades,” the spokesman said.



July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July





July 5, 2016

Microsoft Surface rumor roundup: What's on tap for this Fall (and beyond)

The latest Microsoft rumors are pointing to a Windows 10 hardware launch this fall, but no brand-new Kaby Lake-powered Surface devices until later 2017.Microsoft Surface

It's increasingly looking like we'll be seeing at least some new Surface products in calendar 2016, though nothing that could be construed as a major new form factor or update.

As of the last few days, I am hearing there will be some kind of Fall 2016 Microsoft hardware event. The question, at this point, is what the Softies will be highlighting there. Microsoft may be leaning toward making the fall hardware event a partner-first showcase and put the spotlight on Windows 10 devices from its OEMs.

But even if Microsoft does that, the company is still likely to launch some new minor updates to its Surface line this fall too, I'm now hearing. This new information lines up with a recent sighting by developer Subhan Chemburkar of some kind of "2016" Surface placeholder plaque (alongside three other 2017 Surface placeholders) in Microsoft's Building 88




Lenovo CG Slate tablet launched for kids; now learn, play and shop
The Indian Express

There was a time when games and studies did not go hand in hand. Kids were allowed to play video Lenovo CG Slate tablet launched for kidsgames/watch television only when they finish their homework. In addition to this, traditional teaching methods only made learning monotonous. But with technology, quality educational content is not only accessible but has become interactive too.

Therefore, to generate interest among kids, educational technology company ConveGenius on Tuesday launched a learning device ‘CG Slate’ – in collaboration with global PC and smartphone maker Lenovo in New Delhi.

“We did a research and found that kids are happy when they play games, eat lunch and watch TV. But when it comes to studies, they loose interest. Therefore, we integrated entertainment and education to make things engaging in a fun way,” said Jairaj Bhattacharya, Managing Director, ConveGenius Group, New Delhi.

Through this edutainment method, kids can self-learn without adult supervision. With each level they pass, they’ll get points. With these rewards, they can have a wishlist of toys, et al. Parents can buy these things for them later.

“We’ll send a report card to parents via email on their child’s performance. So, from an early age, parents can keep a tab on what subjects interest their child,” said Bhattacharya.




Thinking About a Surface All-in-One

A recent report from Digitimes claims that Microsoft is prepping a Surface-branded all-in-one (AIO) PC. I think this is an excellent idea. And while I can’t speak directly to the veracity of the rumors, I do have some ideas about how Microsoft can—and should—make a difference in this market.

That Microsoft might make a Surface AIO is of course plausible: Surface is all about inventing—really, refining—product categories so that the rest of the industry can jump on board with their own similar designs. They did this with the 2-in-1, of course, to great success. And they’re trying to repeat that success now with laptops. And I believe they’re going to try to do it with phones as well.

But an AIO? Now, that’s smart.

And its smart on multiple levels. It’s smart because PC makers are starting to carve out growth sub-markets in the otherwise shrinking PC market. And it’s smart because Microsoft can add real value to the AIO form factor, formalize what it means to be a Windows AIO, and then inspire its PC maker partners to jump on in.

Brad and I were in a meeting when we first heard about the Digitimes report, and my initial knee-jerk reaction was that Microsoft had to make the iMac look silly by comparison. That’s a high bar. But think about the possibilities here: Virtually everything Microsoft needs is already in place.

A few thoughts.

Not a big Surface, but a small Surface Hub. This is the big conceptual leap here, I think. That is, a Surface AIO is still a PC for an individual, of course, but it should take its design cues from the professional-looking black Surface Hub and lose the dull gray color. Surface build quality is understood.



July 6, 2016

Lenovo X1 Tablet Review
Chip Chick

Lenovo is no stranger to the 2-in-1 market — the Yoga series is still the shining example of how it’s done — but we haven’t seen as much from them in the tablet-first style. Devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro are basically supercharged tablets that can become laptop replacements with soft, Lenovo X1 Tabletdetachable keyboard covers. They tend to be lighter on the back and much easier to use as tablets, but the trade-off is that they tend to be a little less powerful (save for the Surface Pro itself) and have slightly shorter battery life.

With the X1 Tablet, Lenovo has taken a uniquely business-oriented stab at the tablet-first 2-in-1. This is a ThinkPad, and that means the detachable keyboard bears all the hallmarks of Lenovo’s well-known laptop keyboards, including the TrackPoint nub and the physical touchpad buttons. They’ve also added a few enterprise hardware features, along with a whole line of detachable modules that can make the X1 Tablet even more capable.

The X1 Tablet has a 12″ display with pretty large bezels, although the top and right bezels hold the webcam and flash and a Windows Hello-enable fingerprint scanner, so they have some reason to be. It’s not too far off from the Surface Pro 4 in size and weight — the X1 Tablet is 2.3 pounds and .53″ thick, which is about the same weight and one-tenth of an inch thicker than Microsoft’s slate (mostly because of the more robust keyboard). Around the edges, you’ll find a USB 3.0 port, a USB Type-C charging port, a mini DisplayPort, a 3.5 mm audio port, a volume rocker, an SD card slot, and a Kensington Lock slot. The physical on/off button is on the top of the tablet when connected to the keyboard, and there’s a rear camera on the back. There’s also a Nano SIM card slot tucked behind the kickstand.




July 7, 2016

Apple releases iOS 10 beta to the public today. A preview



Apple isn’t expected to bring out a brand new iPhone until September at the earliest, with the next iPad presumed to follow sometime after. But Apple has already unveiled the iOS 10 software that will be at the very core of its latest devices, and as of today has started making a public beta available for you to try on your current handsets.

Doing so carries the usual risks of any pre-release software: your device may run cranky and certain apps might misbehave.

If you’re brave enough to proceed now, back up your current device through iTunes, and then head to https://beta.apple.com/. That’s also incidentally where you’ll find the beta for macOS Sierra for Mac computers, which I got a chance to preview a couple of weeks ago, and which Apple is also releasing to the public today. The same risks apply.



July 11, 2016

Here's what's new with the Intel HD update for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4
Windows Central

If you are an owner of the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, you'll find a new Intel HD graphics update Surface Pro 4 with type cover available today. Version is a bump from the previous driver release back in March of The update applies to the Intel HD 515, 520, and 540 (Iris) graphics processors found on Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 (Core m3) and Surface Pro 4 Core i5 and i7 models.

The Intel driver version 4463 was released openly by Intel back in June, and beta users could manually install it. Microsoft has now approved the drivers for their Surface devices ensuring a stable experience when combined with the latest OS updates. Here is what is new from the release notes from Intel (warning: PDF):

Whether you're a casual gamer, power user, or gamer, this driver is aimed to improve your overall experience. We've fixed many hangs, crashes, and graphics corruptions across a wide spectrum of games and applications. We're especially pleased to report that this driver also fixes some long standing and frequently reported graphics issues on Intel's Support Community, including a scaling issue with Windows 10, and an error found when playing a particular game title. Please see below for additional details on fixed issues

  • System may hang while resuming from Sleep/Hibernation while using WiDi
  • Graphics corruptions may be seen in Just Cause 3, Forza Apex, The Witness, XCOM 2, Ark Survival: Evolved
  • Scaling issue, Black Borders problem in Windows 10® - Stuck at 'Constrain proportions'
  • Screen may not rotate in full-screen mode and other miscellaneous issues with screen rotation.
  • System may crash when playing back videos over WiDi or Miracast

The driver update applies to 6th, 5th, and 4th Generation Intel Core processors so there is a chance that earlier Surface models may also get the update along with other PCs, tablets, and two-in-ones.



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July 13, 2016

New 10.1-inch 16GB 'Samsung Galaxy Tab A': Ready To Compete With Large iPad

Samsung has announced pre-orders for a larger-screened tablet as part of it’s Samsung Galaxy Tab A series, a rival to Apple’s iPad. Increasing the screen diameter to 10.1-inches, the 16GB tablet still improves upon many of the features of the smaller devices, namely the 9.7-inch Tab A. The increase in size does not make it the biggest tablet Samsung has to offer, which includes the Galaxy TabPro 12.2 and the 18-inch Galaxy View. Features of the 10.1 include a 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution (a full HD display, compared to the previous models), Exynos 7870 processor, microSD card slot, 16GB onboard storage, 2GB RAM, WIFi, Bluetooth, and a 7300mAh battery. An 8MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus, and f/1.9 aperture (i.e. good for low light photography) along with a 2MP front-facing camera round out the most highlighted features. Budding videographer? The upgraded Samsung Galaxy Tab A is also capable of recording 1080p video, equivalent to an HD YouTube video. Samsung also claims that the new device can handle 13 hours of internet use, and its storage space can expand up to 200 GB with a micro SD card, perfect for movies, music, and other on-the-road entertainment.


Android Community suggests that this tablet is not geared towards tech aficionados, but rather the more casual user. “We can say this new Galaxy Tab A is a mid-range tablet with the given price and specs




Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) To Release Surface Pro 5 And Surface Book 2 At Fall Event

According to numerous reports, Microsoft Corporation will be releasing the company’s next generation Surface devices in the next few months. However, the Redmond giant has yet to confirm if these rumors are true

ZDNet, which has been a reliable source for Microsoft news in the past, claims that Microsoft is planning a huge surprise for tech enthusiasts. The report from ZDNet claims that it is confirmed that Microsoft will be releasing a Surface device later this year. However, it is not confirmed what the new Surface device will be, with many expecting the release of the much awaited Surface Phone.

There are also reports that Microsoft is waiting for the release of Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Processors that are speculated to launch within a few months. This could mean that we will not see a Surface device before 2017. The new Surface lineup will be the first devices with the Intel’s latest chipsets which are to be at least 25% more powerful than the sixth-generation Skylake processors.




July 14, 2016

What sort of tablet should I buy for drawing?
The Guardian

When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro range of tablets in 2013, it included a pen and a Wacom digitiser for screen input. The performance and prices made them very attractive to artists, but less appealing to people who didn’t want pen input.

With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft switched to using active (battery-powered) pens and N-Trig DuoSense digitising technology with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity. I’d guess that Surface Pro sales had reached the sort of volume where Microsoft wanted a cheaper solution, and it avoided future licence payments by buying N-Trig.

There has been a lot of debate about how N-Trig’s 256 levels of pressure sensitivity compare with Wacom’s 1024-levels in the Surface Pro 2. I’m no artist and I couldn’t tell the difference. However, I did find the Surface Pro 3 pen nicer to use.

The most recent candidate is Apple’s iPad Pro, for which you can buy a powered stylus. This works extremely well. It’s at least the equivalent of Wacom’s Cintiq Companion and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and 4 in being smooth and responsive, and probably better.

However, the Cintiq Companion and Surface Pro tablets have the advantage of being full-spec computers with standard USB and monitor ports. You can use them to run professional drawing and animation programs, the full Adobe Creative Suite of software, Microsoft Office and so on. There’s no hurry, in your case, but if you’re going to do this professionally, it’s important to be proficient with professional software.




July 15, 2016

iPad Pro 2 release date rumors: Tablet to have A10X chipset; release is possible in 2017
Ecumenical News

Apple is rumored to introduce a new version of the iPad Pro this year. Although the company recentlyApple iPads released a refreshed version of the 12.9-inch tablet, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it is now speculated that a new iPad Pro is in the works.

It may be too soon to have a new iteration from the lineup, but according to PC Advisor, the tablet may be introduced late this year. There was no specific release date targeted but it is believed that the announcement about the new iPad Pro may come once Apple releases the new iOS 10 to the public. A March 2017 release date is likely for the device since the iPad Pro 9.7 was released in March this year.

Meanwhile, the next iPad Pro is rumored to have impressive specs that should make for a much better user experience. As mentioned in the report from The Motley Fool, the iPad Pro will likely ship with an A10X chipset. Given that Apple will use this chipset, it is also less likely for a new iPad Pro to come out this year.

The report explained that the A10X chipset to be made by Taiwan Semiconductor won't go into mass production until late this year to early next year, which makes a 2017 release for iPad Pro more likely.

Other rumors include a 256 GB storage capacity for the next tablet. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro had the same capacity and it is believed that the refreshed model will retain the 256 GB storage.




July 18, 2016

iPad Pro: How Apple's tablet can make you into a painting master – or almost
The Independent

Unlimited undos and no paints to clean up mean that the iPad Pro can be the ultimate place to learn ipad paintinghow to paint

How creative are you? When the Apple iPad Pro was released last autumn, I interviewed several artists who had just started using the advanced tablet and its clever, super-precise Pencil. The results they came up with were phenomenal and used some of the inexpensive, or free, apps available for general use on the iPad.

My own attempts, however, were frankly rubbish. The apps did everything they could to help, and confirmed what Tim Cook told the Independent at the time, that Apple has always sought to help creativity flourish.

So an invitation to a life-drawing class at the Royal Academy to see if I could manage something a little more imaginative was not to be missed. 

It took place in the Life Room in the academy’s building in Piccadilly, London. A room that has been used for hundreds of years by illustrious students of the academy, and which could take those students literally years to be deemed good enough to enter. 




Microsoft Surface Phone release date: 2017 release hinted by Micrsosoft?
Vine Report

The long rumored Microsoft Surface Phone is expected, along with other long rumored Surface devices, to finally become a reality sometime in 2017.

The information came from what seemed to be teasers from Microsoft. Photos taken from inside Microsoft's Building 88 in Redmond, Washington show a wall dedicated to showcasing Surface devices. They were posted on Twitter by Indian app developer Shubhan Chemburkar.

Along with the current set of the released Surface devices were four different slots — presumed to be meant for four new devices — with nothing but a label of 2017. This was taken as a teaser that new Surface devices would be released by 2017, including the long rumored Surface Phone.



July 19, 2016

Many Surface Pro 3 customers are reporting sudden degrade of battery life

As per Microsoft, the batteries on Surface devices are designed with some of the highest charge cycles for consumer electronic devices which means that the battery can get charged daily (5 days a week) for over 4.5 years and still maintain 80% capacity. Many Surface Pro 3 customers are now reporting on Microsoft forums that they are seeing sudden drop in battery performance on their devices. It seems some Surface Pro 3 devices were shipped with defective battery units.

My wife’s Surface Pro 3 is about 18 months old, and we have seen the battery life just tank on it in the last 3 months.  Running powercfg /batteryreport shows the following:

Installed Batteries

NAME X898289
SERIAL NUMBER 1162811908

Battery capacity history

2016-04-17 – 2016-04-24 19,698 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-04-24 – 2016-05-01 15,069 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-05-01 – 2016-05-08 12,148 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-05-08 – 2016-05-15 10,091 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-05-15 – 2016-05-22 7,678 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-05-22 – 2016-05-29 5,717 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-05-29 – 2016-06-05 4,091 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-06-05 – 2016-06-12 2,770 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-06-12 – 2016-06-19 1,077 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-06-19 – 2016-06-26 551 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-06-27 502 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-06-28 272 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-06-29 144 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-06-30 144 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-07-01 144 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-07-02 144 mWh 42,157 mWh
2016-07-03 144 mWh 42,157 mWh

From searching this forum, it looks like Microsoft has a serious issue with these Surface Pro 3 batteries, specifically the SIMPLO model.  I spoke with support today, and even referenced the Reddit post that other’s have found about the $200 replacement for batteries, and they did not budge off their position that it would be $450 + tax to exchange this unit out of warranty.  And they could provide no more than a 90-day warranty on the new replacement, no thank you!

During a Reddit AmA, Surface Cheif Panos Panay said that if the battery fails during the warranty period, Microsoft will replace the battery. If the battery fails after the warranty period, you can get it replaced from Microsoft Support for $200 USD. Even when Surface Pro 3 customers pointed out this info from Panos Panay, Microsoft Support has refused to change the batteries for $200. We reached out to Microsoft regarding this issue and got the following response.

We are aware of some customers reporting a scenario with their Surface Pro 3 batteries in which the system is reporting lower battery capacity than expected. This is a top priority for our team, and we are working quickly to understand the root cause. If you are experiencing this scenario, please contact Microsoft customer support.




July 20, 2016

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review - A Surface Pro 4 rival you can count on
Expert Reviews

Taking a stab at the Surface Pro 4, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet looked to be a top contender when we first got some hands-on time with it at CES at the beginning of the year. Fast forward to the summer, the number of 2-in-1 devices gunning for Microsoft’s crown has grown exponentially, with some, like Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tabletthe HP Elite X2, hitting pretty close to the mark.

Lenovo are all about choice when it comes down to the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. With a bunch of different plugins and upgradability options, which add some new features to the mix, you should be able to find the right device and extras to suit your needs. Bear in mind, it’s not all that cheap if you want all the extras, but it’s nice to see Lenovo at least offering them.

Thankfully, even if the price at first looks to be pretty high, at least you get both the keyboard and the pressure-sensitive ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus included in the box too. Paired with the brilliantly designed and easy to use kickstand, you’ve got both a practical and portable device that stands almost unrivalled against its 2-in-1 competitors, even the Surface Pro 4.


Lenovo has definitely made portability and lightness a priority, considering it weighs just 725g on its own. Add the keyboard into the mix and you’re still only looking at slightly over 1Kg. Considering the fact that it’s a 12in 2-in-1, you’d think it’d be heavier, with the 8.6mm thickness also something worth shouting about.

A fingerprint reader, found on the right side bezel when using it landscape, is a welcome addition, and adds that extra layer of security with Windows Hello integration. It’s much faster, and a trifle more secure, than having to type in a password to unlock it.





Huawei MateDock Review: Expand Your USB-C Tablet Like a Desktop
Tablet PC Review

USB Type-C will soon be a feature of most tablets and laptops, and Huawei already offers an accessory that can turn a mobile computer with one of these ports into a desktop: the MateDock. It costs $89 and is designed for the Huawei MateBook, but isn’t limited to this 2-in-1.

Our Huwaei MateDock Review is intended to help consumers decide if this peripheral should be part of their next PC.Huawei MateDock

At 2.9 x 1.3 x 6 inches and 11 ounces (0.7 pounds), this accessory is definitely something that needs a gear bag, backpack, briefcase, or purse to carry around. Still, there are a lot of functions packed into it, so the size doesn’t seem unwarranted.

That said, there’s a real design flaw. Sticking out of one end is a short cable with a USB-C jack used to connect the MateDock to a tablet or laptop. This cable isn’t removable, and not only does it make the item longer than it needs to be, this cable gets absolutely no protection. Huawei should have used a USB-C port instead so a cable could be inserted or taken out as needed.

On the same end as the cable is a USB Type-C port, so the computer this dock is connected to can be charging while other accessories are also being used. This is a feature the rival Dell USB-C to HDMI/VGA/Ethernet/USB 3.0 Adapter lacks.

Also on this end are two USB 3.0 ports so that a keyboard and mouse can be used simultaneously, or a regular flash drive can be plugged in.

An Ethernet port is also on this end of the MateDock, freeing the tablet or laptop from its dependence on wireless networks, and giving access to the secure Ethernet networks so many companies require.

On the opposite end of Huawei’s peripheral are HDMI and VGA ports. These can’t be used at the same time, so the user can connect to only one external monitor.




July 21, 2016

How to Determine the Battery Manufacturer Installed in Your Surface Pro 3
SuperSite for Windows

As part of “battery-gate,” I’ve given pretty simple instructions on how to determine the manufacturer of the battery in your Surface Pro 3 tablet. Those very succinct instructions said to use the powercfg /batteryreport command at an elevated command prompt.Simplo Battery

Catch up on the latest on battery-gate here: Surface Pro 3 Battery-gate: Piecing it Together

But, there’s been enough activity (enormous activity, actually) around the battery-gate issue that it’s probably best to provide more detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to locate the battery manufacturer of your Surface Pro 3.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Right-click on the Windows 10 Start button and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)”
  1. In the command prompt window type: powercfg /batteryreport and hit Enter.
  1. The Powercfg command saves the battery life report to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\battery-report.html.
  2. Open this html file in your web browser (Edge, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.) and locate the manufacturer line.
  1. If the manufacturer says “SIMPLO” you are affected by the issue.




Apple iPad Pro: A Student's Point-Of-View

What is there not to like about the Apple iPad Pro? At first, it thought the tablet is nothing more than just a restyled version of the original iPad but after I was given a unit on my birthday, my opinion on the device changed completely.

The iPad Pro is more than just an ordinary tablet as it is tuned for productivity. Previously, I was using my MacBook’s Evernote for college but now, I have switched to the iPad Pro. The tablet comes with OneNote that somehow works better.

With OneNote on the iPad Pro, I can draw mind maps and even take handwritten notes. On top of that, the multitasking option allows me to read up slides and use the browser to seek references with complete ease.

These are some of the biggest strengths of the iPad Pro. The tablet offer a convenient platform for your productivity needs, especially if it involves studying. Are you using the iPad Pro? What do you think of the tablet?



July 25, 2016

First look: Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update

I've had a chance to use the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update preview (the Pro version) for the past few days. I am one of the few dedicated Microsoft watchers who haven't been installing and running the 25 interim test builds of this Windows 10 release over the past few months. I've only been using the November update (Build 1511) on my Acer S7 and other loaner devices since it was made Surface Pro 4available last fall. So the Anniversary Update is completely brand new to me.

Microsoft doesn't want us to call the build we've been testing "RTM" (release to manufacturing) because Windows 10 is a continually updated service. Company officials want us to say we're using the latest preview release.

However, Build 14393, which testers got last week and which I installed on a couple of devices last week, is effectively the "Release to Mainstream" version of Windows 10 1607. (Hat tip to Ali Robertson for the idea of what to rename RTM.) The Windows 10 Anniversary Update version that Microsoft will begin rolling out to users on August 2 is going to be this code base plus updates that Microsoft makes between last week and next Monday.

This release is the second major feature update to Windows 10 since Microsoft initially introduced the operating system on July 29, 2015. (The first was the Fall 1511 update.) Microsoft isn't keen on us using the old "service/feature pack" nomenclature, either, but Windows 10 Anniversary Update is basically the equivalent of Windows 10 Feature Pack 2. This is a rollout of performance, reliability, bug fixes, and new feature updates for Windows 10 that Microsoft has developed since last fall.

From a consumer standpoint, there are a few main features in this release that existing Windows 10 users will notice.

Windows Hello, Microsoft's biometric authentication mechanism, is a lot more reliable and is starting to be integrated into apps with this release. Cortana can now be used above the lock screen and provides more entry points. The built-in Edge browser now supports extensions. And a dedicated Windows Ink capability makes using digital pens easier and more interesting.

Let me get the pen out of the way from the get-go. I am not a pen user. Microsoft loaned me a Surface Pro 4 with a pen so that I could test drive the new Windows Ink capabilities, which include updated Sticky Notes and other apps designed to make pen use more intuitive.

But the reason Microsoft wants reviews of the Anniversary Update out now, a week ahead of the August 2 general availability date is because of the looming July 29 cut-off for the free Windows 10 update offer. After Friday, users still on Windows 7, 8, and 8.X won't be able to get Windows 10 -- including the coming Anniversary release -- as a free update. There won't be an extension to the offer.

My advice, after using the Anniversary Update for the past few days is any Windows 7/8.X user who is thinking at all about going to Windows 10, now's the time. Whether or not you care about Windows Ink, Cortana, or Hello, this update to Windows 10 makes the operating system and the apps integrated with it more reliable and better performing.




Microsoft Highlights Surface Pro 4's Abilities In New Promos

If you’re in the market for a new computer, Microsoft would really like you to take a look at the Surface Pro 4. The company today released some new promotional videos of the Surface Pro 4 to highlight some of the abilities of this device. The videos showcase this laptop/tablet hybrid’s versatility as well which is often touted as one of the biggest selling points of the Surface Pro 4 by Microsoft.

In the promos, Arnot can be seen using OneNote, Windows Phone, and the digital inking feature on a Surface Pro 4. She also goes on to explain how the Surface Pro 4 enables her to be productive even when she’s at the peak of a mountain.





July 26, 2016

Surface Pro 3 Battery Issues Being Investigated By Microsoft

Many Surface Pro 3 owners are reported significant battery issues with their tablet/notebook hybrid and Microsoft has taken notice of the problems. The company says that it’s investigating the matter. Surface Pro 3 Reports of Surface Pro 3 battery drain have been coming in since May this year and many users are now reporting that their devices barely last for an hour after being fully charged. That’s certainly not normal and requires a fix, one that Microsoft will hopefully have ready soon.

The majority of the Surface Pro 3 users who are facing battery drain issues have units with SIMPLO batteries. Microsoft went with LG and SIMPLO batteries for the Surface Pro 3 and it appears for now that the issues are limited to units with SIMPLO batteries.

Microsoft has confirmed that it’s aware of customers complaining about unusual battery drain on the Surface Pro 3, “This is a top priority for our team, and we are working quickly to understand the root cause,” the company said in a statement.

The company recommends users who are facing this problem to get in touch with its customer support. It’s unclear at this time whether a software fix is going to take care of this problem or if this is a hardware-based issue.




July 27, 2016

iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad mini Get Their Last iOS Upgrade
Tablet PC Review

Apple has released iOS 9.3.3, a bug fix and performance update for its tablets and phones. Users of Apple iPadssome popular but aging iPad models should realize that this will be the last system software upgrade their device will get.

Apple announced iOS 10 earlier this summer, and at the same time revealed that not every model that runs iOS 9 will be able to make the move to this upcoming version. Specifically, the iPad 2, iPad 3, and original iPad mini didn’t make the cut. Tablets from this company hold their value, and a study from Localytics this spring revealed that, at that time, those three older models make up 41% of devices currently in use.

It is an open question about users of these devices will react. When asked why they are still using an iPad model that went off the market years ago, a typical answer is something like “It still does what I need it to do.” It’s not yet known how an inability to upgrade to iOS 10, iOS 11, etc. will affect this. It’s possible it might lead to a surge in sales of newer Apple tablets , which have been anemic for several years as people have held onto their older devices.




Surface Pro 3's massive battery drain is a software problem, Microsoft says

Surface Pro 3 owners may not have to deal with a battery recall, after all.

Since May, a number of Surface Pro 3 owners have been dealing with surprisingly weak battery life for the two-year-old device. The problem hits some users so severely that their battery lasts only an hour or two after a full charge. Now, Microsoft says it thinks it can fix the issue.

When the problems first hit Surface Pro 3, users wondered if the cause was a faulty battery; many people reporting problems had devices with a Simplo brand battery installed. Faulty-battery recalls also aren’t uncommon in laptops and other devices. But Microsoft says that faulty hardware is not the problem.

“Based on our investigations we can confirm that it is not an issue with the battery cells,” a Microsoft representative said on the company’s support forums, as first noted in The Digital Lifestyle. “We believe this is something that can be addressed via software.”

The impact on you: It’s not clear when the update will roll out to Surface Pro 3 owners. Microsoft’s next Patch Tuesday is due on August 9, which would hopefully be the latest that Microsoft would roll out the fix. Considering the severity of the bug, however, Microsoft may push a patch earlier, or perhaps or during the Anniversary Update’s release next Tuesday.



July 28, 2016

Microsoft Surface Phone release date indicates three variants coming in 2017
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Rumors about Microsoft’s mystery Surface phone have been going around for quite some time now. New reports have emerged which further claim that the Surface Phone might indeed be a reality.Microsoft Surface Phone

According to the report, the Surface Phone will come in three variants which will include an entry-level device, mid-ranger along with a top-of-the-line flagship variant. The entry-level variant will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor bundled with 3GB of RAM. The mid-range variant will reportedly get a whopping 6GB of RAM. While its top-of-the-line variant will get an 8GB of RAM with 512GB of built-in storage

Other rumored specs include a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, USB Type-C connectivity along with liquid cooling technology. In addition, these devices are expected to get a 20MP Carl Zeiss rear camera along with Surface Pen functionality. They’ll run Windows 10 Mobile with support for the Continuum feature, which essentially allows the phone to be used like a desktop.



July 29, 2016


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