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April 2017



April 3, 2017

How to get the Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows Central

How to get the Windows 10 Creators Update


This new version is packed with new changes, such as new Paint 3D app and support for mixed reality with Windows Holographic. Microsoft Edge will introduce support for e-books and a new tab management system. On gaming, you'll get Beam integration for in-game broadcast, and a new Game Mode to improve gaming performance. Windows Defender Security Center will become your new dashboard to control malware protection, system performance, and security. You'll see a slew of visual and under-the-hood tweaks, and a lot more.

The roll out of Windows 10 (version 1703) is planned to go progressively, which means that not everyone will get updated the same day. It'll take a few days (even months) for all devices to get access to the new version.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the different ways to download and install the Creators Update on your PC, laptop, or tablet even before it becomes generally available.




Netflix brings offline viewing to Windows 10 PCs and tablets

Netflix added support for offline viewing on iOS and Android late last year, and today it’s bringing the same feature to Windows 10, with the exception of Windows 10 mobile devices. Arriving now in the Netflix brings offline viewing to Windows 10 PCs and tabletsupdated Windows 10 application, a subset of the Netflix catalog can be downloaded to your PC or tablet computer, in order to be viewed when a network connection is not available – such as when traveling.

The addition was spotted earlier today by MSPoweruser, an unofficial source for Microsoft and Windows news.

A spokesperson for Netflix confirmed the feature saying, ” Today, the Netflix app will support the downloading feature on Windows 10 laptops and tablets. We are constantly exploring new ways to make this feature available to more members and make it easier for more people to enjoy Netflix on the go.”

Similar to the launch on iOS and Android mobile devices, offline viewing is not available for just any title on Netflix, due to rights issues. Instead, the feature is limited to a mix of Netflix Originals and select licensed content.

Downloading content is not difficult – in the updated app, you just tap the down arrow next to the show, movie or episode you want to watch to save it to your Windows 10 device. You can also browse for things that can be downloaded through the new section in the app, “Available for Download,” via the menu. Here, another tab called “My Downloads” will let you manage that content.

The feature is now available to users worldwide, Netflix also confirmed.



April 4, 2017

Apple iPad (2017) review: the best feature is the price
The Verge



I simply need to tell you three things:

  1. It is an iPad.
  2. It costs $329 for the base model.
  3. You should get it if your old iPad is dying. You should not get it if your old iPad is fine.

That's really it, but of course there are details to consider within each of those bullet points. I will go through them point-by-point since I just spent a week with the new iPad. After I do, you will discover that those are the main points and go on with your life until you need to buy an iPad to do iPad things, at which point you will buy this iPad.

iPad (2017) specs and price

  • 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches, 1.03 pounds
  • 9.7-inch display, 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • Oleophobic coating, but not laminated
  • Apple A9 processor
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera
  • Touch ID home button
  • No support for Smart Connector, Apple Pencil
  • Two stereo speakers, located at bottom
  • $329 for 32GB Wi-Fi model
  • $100 extra for 128GB of storage
  • $130 extra for LTE version



Xplore Launches New XSLATE D10 Rugged Tablet PC with Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow ...

Xplore Technologies Corp. today announced its flagship Android™ rugged tablet, the XSLATE D10, is available with the upgraded Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. The Intel®-powered XSLATE D10 has long been considered the "fully rugged Android champion" in its 10.1" tablet class. This latest OS improvement provides Xplore customers with even greater return on investment (ROI) thanks to Marshmallow's security, power management and mobile device management enhancements.

The new Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow OS improves the battery life of the Xplore XSLATE D10 rugged tablet more than 10 percent, extending the use time beyond 8 hours*.  Google's latest battery optimization techniques work in combination with a new Marshmallow-specific application standby feature to prevent workflow applications from draining the battery and causing undue disruptions to the user.  A hot-swappable second battery option provides up to 22 hours of continuous work time. The upgraded XSLATE D10 tablets also provide IT managers and users with several enhancements to the Android for Work and Voice Assist APIs, each of which will prove indispensable to organizations seeking greater worker efficiency and, therefore, faster application responsiveness.




April 5, 2017

Microsoft patents an e-paper Surface Touch Cover

Microsoft has applied for a patent for what they call a “Dual Display Device”, one side of which would have a regular screen and the other made of e-paper.Microsoft Dual Display patent

The patent notes that the normal screen would be used for rendering visually dynamic user input controls while the e-paper screen would rendering visually static user input controls such as a keyboard for example.

Microsoft also notes:

Although many of the examples described herein relate to textual input by the user, the user controls need not relate to textual input. For example, the visually static user controls may comprise controls for a music / video player and the visually dynamic user controls may show thumbnails of album art (e.g. for the particular song or album or related / similar songs) or related videos. The visually dynamic user controls may in addition or alternatively comprise other, dynamic, controls for the music / video player such as a slider for scrolling through the track (where the visually static controls are the controls for stop, play, pause, skip, etc.). Similarly for gaming, the visually static user input controls may provide the standard user input functionality (e.g. left, right, jump) and the dynamic user input controls may provide user input functionality that is only available at certain points in the game or for which the visual representation changes frequently (e.g. where the control displays the number of lives or bullets that a user has left).

The patent continues that they e-paper screen would be touch sensitive, rigid, removable and act as a cover, seemingly a good description of a Surface Touch Cover.



April 6, 2017

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Release Date, Specs Rumors: New Speculations Suggest a Fall 2017 ...
Christian Post

Much is being speculated about Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro 5 device despite a lack of official release date announcements.

Previous rumors suggested that the upcoming hybrid device would be unveiled in March, but the month has come and gone and enthusiasts are now speculating that Microsoft will probably unveil the Surface Pro 5 this fall. A Microsoft employee, however, said that the device might launch later on 2018 or even 2019.

A report from LearnBonds also suggests that Microsoft might coincide the Surface Pro 5 announcement with the Windows 10 Creators Update, the company's upcoming major update which is slated to come in fall.

A TechRadar report, however, points to an April 11 release for the Creators Update and says that some Windows users might have already received the update. 

As for the features and specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, there are also a lot of speculations, but nothing is confirmed yet.




April 7, 2017

Microsoft tops Apple in tablet satisfaction (including design)

J.D Power has just emitted its US Tablet Satisfaction Study and it declared that Surface owners experience deeper sensations of satisfaction than iPad buyers.

Apple fanpersons might turn pale when they learn the main reasons for this greater Surface joy are, according to the Power people, "its top rankings in the features and styling & design factors."

And the darkness descends. Apple being beaten in styling and design? Does Jony Ive know? Will someone dare tell him?

J.D Power says the Surface scored 855 out of a possible 1,000. This beat Apple by 6 points.

The study relied on the feelings of 2,238 US tablet owners who have owned their tablets for less than a year. It was performed between October and December 2016.

It measures tablet joy across five areas: performance, ease of operation, features, styling and design, and cost.

Surface owners were, apparently, most elated with the Surface's connectivity, pre-loaded apps and accessories. They were also moved by machine's size, build and, yes, the beauty of the design.

Here, though, is something else that Cupertino might find disturbing in this study. Surface owners tend to be younger. They're also more likely to be early adopters. They also seem to rather like being first among their friends to get one.




First details emerge about Microsoft's Surface Pro 5
The Verge

While we’ve heard some rumors around Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 plans, very little has emerged about the Surface Pro 5. Paul Thurrott has now revealed that the Surface Pro 5 will not change the proprietary Surface power connector, and that Microsoft’s next laptop / tablet hybrid will switch to Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors. Thurrott claims there’s “nothing dramatic” about the Surface Pro 5, which could mean the device is simply a refreshed design with upgraded components.



April 10, 2017

Everything we know about the upcoming Surface, the Surface Pro 5

Microsoft changed the 2-in-1 computer industry completely with the introduction of the Surface lineup of devices years ago. The last version of the tablet, the Surface Pro 4 has been a huge success for Microsoft and its next iteration, the Surface Pro 5, is set to launch soon.Surface Pro 5 USB-C

Disgruntled Mac users have been leaving Apple everyday to embrace the Surface platform and Microsoft is quite happy with it. However the Surface Pro 4 is more than a year old and fans are yearning for a new iteration. Leaks and rumors were floating around for months, and it was rumored that the Surface Pro 5 might just be a spec refresh.

One thing is confirmed. The Surface Pro 5 is coming, and it is coming soon. As for the specs and design, nothing new had been revealed until now. A new patent filed by Microsoft has been discovered which clearly shows a USB-C connector port. This is exciting as all the Surface devices till now had to be connected using a Surface Connector which was quite inconvenient.

The addition of the USB-C will be a major change as users can use a single cable to charge all their devices then, including the Surface. Also, we can use it connect external GPU’s and screens, if the port is configured to be a Thunderbolt 3 type. There are endless possibilities, but they’ll be only possible if Microsoft allow them.




iPad (2017) review: With a stripped-down iPad for $329, you may not need to go pro

Now, obviously you won’t get all the same features or technology that’s in the more expensive iPad Pro. The new 2017 iPad is more or less a mashup of parts we’ve seen before: the same A9 chip that 2017 iPadspowers the iPhone 6s, the same size and weight as the first iPad Air (minus the physical lock switch, sadly), and the same camera as the iPad Air 2. This is more of a throwback than a brand-new product, kind of the iPad equivalent of the iPhone SE.

An iPad is basically a screen you hold in your hands, so the screen quality is important, and Apple didn’t skimp on this one. First of all, it’s plenty bright. Apple says it tops out at 500 nits, thanks to a stronger backlight, which is the same brightness as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and 25 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2. It can still be tricky to see in the very brightest sunlight, but overall you can notice the improvement.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has the P3 color gamut as well as SRGB, and iOS manages the colors so you always see the most accurate image. The same iPad Pro also has True Tone, which further adjusts the display to match the color temperature of the room’s lighting. This new iPad has neither of those: no True Tone (although it does have Night Shift), and just SRGB color. But since those features are available on the higher-end tablet, it makes sense to cut them from the lower-cost model—they’re nice-to-haves, not need-to-haves, and I haven’t missed them when using the new iPad in a variety of lighting situations.

The new iPad also lacks Apple Pencil support, the iPad Pro’s four-speaker setup, as well as the Smart Connector. Again, I don’t miss them much. The iPad gets loud enough to watch movies and TV and enjoy music without relying on headphones or a Bluetooth speaker, even if the sound doesn’t have all the gravitas of the iPad Pro’s. Yes, it has a headphone jack, and let’s pray that iPads always will.



April 11, 2017

Microsoft gives free Surface Dock with Surface Pro 4 purchase -- because of Surface Pro 5?

free Surface Dock

The Surface line of computers are absolutely wonderful. If you want one of the best experiences for running Windows 10, it is hard to beat Microsoft's self-made PCs. Heck, they recently beat Apple's iPad tablets in overall satisfaction. Not only can they serve as laptops and tablets, but desktops too. By connecting the Surface Dock to the Surface Pro 4, for instance, you can easily connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. The problem? That dock costs $199.99.

If the thought of shelling out two "Benjamins" for the dock gives you pause, I have great news. Starting today, Microsoft is giving away the Surface Dock when you purchase the Surface Pro 4! To get the deal, you must make the purchase from the Microsoft Store.




Microsoft Surface Pro 5 News: This Is Why You Should Upgrade To Pro 5
iTech Post

If you're thinking of buying yourself a new PC device, look no further as Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 promises to be the best PC product the company has ever made yet. It has been receiving attention lately as the company's next-generation hybrid PC that is packed with powerful hardware. The company has reported being hard at work developing it to be able to overcome some of the issues of past Surface Pros. So what other features make this new product so valuable that you might have to upgrade to it?


Aside from the powerful hardware, there is also the super-detailed screen and the latest Windows 10 software to improve your PC tech experience. While the previous Pros had been known to receive complaints about the device’s battery life, Pro 5 promises to fix that. Other minor changes include the use of Intel’s "Kaby Lake" processors which will make the Pro 5 a little more powerful.

According to The Indian Express, the upcoming premium Microsoft Surface Pro 5 has been said to keep the existing Surface Connector so that users can reuse cables and accessories from past products. The company had also assured buyers that Surface Pro 3 power adapters, docks, and Type Covers, would be fully compatible with the Surface Pro 5. The company is yet to decide if it should include a USB-C port with the Surface Pro 5 since many devices running Windows 10 utilize the technology.



April 12, 2017

Microsoft's next hardware event: NYC, May 2—and no, no Surface Phonemicrosoft EDU event May 2, 2017
Ars Technica

Microsoft is holding an event in New York on May 2. We're expecting a mix of hardware and software news, but perhaps not the hardware or software news that some people will be expecting.

According to sources familiar with the matter, we won't be seeing a Surface Phone, which is no surprise to anyone no matter how much certain Windows die-hards want Microsoft to release such a thing. But what may come as a shock is that we're hearing that we won't see a Surface Pro 5 at the event either. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are both in dire need of a hardware refresh, and an upgrade is more than a little overdue at this point but... May 2 is not the day.

Microsoft is using the hashtag "MicrosoftEDU" to promote the event, which allows us to connect a few dots. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has recently returned to the company after an extended sabbatical during which he travelled the world and tried a number of experimental hairstyles, and his new role includes acting as "education sponsor and advocate."




iPad Pro artist illustrates NBA stars
Apple Newsroom

Kevin Durant

Artist and illustrator Robert Generette III uses iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to bring Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant to life.

To celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ NBA-best regular season record—and star Kevin Durant’s return to the team just in time for the 2017 NBA Playoffs—artist, teacher and sports fan Robert Generette III shares an exclusive illustration of Durant coming to life on iPad Pro.

The Washington DC area native, who goes by the name “Rob Zilla,” is an art teacher and illustrator who uses iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Adobe Illustrator Draw app to create work that Mashable has described as "bright, arresting sports imagery.”




Microsoft Begins Rollout of Windows 10 Creators Update

Today's the day that Microsoft begins the worldwide rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Windows 10 Creators UpdateHowever, as with most noncritical software updates, the software giant is releasing the update in stages, meaning users may have to wait up to several weeks for it to appear in Windows Update.

There is a shortcut: Microsoft's Update Assistant tool.

Update Assistant enables users to kick off the update process without waiting for Microsoft's servers to issue the necessary software components. It requires a bit more manual intervention than the Windows Update feature that's built into Windows, but aside from downloading and running the tool, it's a fairly automated experience overall.



April 13, 2017

Will Microsoft Unveil Low-Cost Surface To Take On Chromebook In Schools?

Microsoft has recently started sending invites for its upcoming press event. There are not many details about the “Learn What’s Next” event, which is going to take place on May 2 in New York City, but it Microsoft Surfacelooks like the big event will be for the education market.

Microsoft is expected to make several announcements at the huge event, including a new managed Windows Cloud operating system, a new Surface device, and possibly some news about the next major Windows update, code-named Redstone 3.

It would probably be no coincidence if a low-cost Microsoft Surface with a cloud-based Windows operating system — something similar to Chromebook — found its way to the event, notes PCWorld. In U.S. schools, Windows PCs have already lost ground to Google’s browser-based laptops.

The clue comes from its title “Learn What’s Next” and the hashtag “#MicrosoftEDU,” indicating that the event could be focused around education. Many believe the event may be about the launch of the Windows 10 Cloud as well. However, there are only scant details about it, so we cannot be very certain.




Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet since the Google Pixel C
Expert ReviewsSamsung Galaxy Tab S3

It’s a while since an Android tablet really gripped my attention. We’re living in an era dominated by iPads after all, with Apple effectively owning the big-screen mobile experience. But Samsung’s surprise announcement of the Galaxy Tab S3 at this year’s MWC has piqued my interest once more.

It looks to be the biggest leap forward in the tablet game since the 9.7in iPad Pro landed back in 2015. It’s a seriously strong contender for the Google Pixel C’s crown, which otherwise remains the only Android tablet I’d ever really recommend.

The Galaxy Tab S3 doesn’t look much different to Samsung’s last premium tablet offering, the Galaxy Tab S2. It’s still got that gorgeous 9.7in AMOLED display on the front (more on that later) and it’s still seriously thin and lightweight. The big difference this year? Samsung lobs its enhanced S Pen in the box for free. And that’s almost worth the price of admission alone.



April 16, 2017


Easter at Rockefeller Center

Happy Easter


April 17, 2017

Microsoft 'Surface Pro 5' Won't Be Making An Appearance On The May 2 Event, New Device LikelyWon't Have Grand Reveal

Microsoft will be having an event in New York on May 2, but fans expecting the unveiling of the "Surface Pro 5" will be disappointed as it will not be part of the festivities. The company won't likely have a big event when it finally reveals the 2-in-1 hybrid device.

According to a report from LearnBonds, the invitation Microsoft sent only had the #MicrosoftEDU educational hashtag. But the event will likely be a special event, where the company will reveal new software and hardware.

The report said that the event on May 2 have people speculating and anticipating that Microsoft will be revealing its new Surface device lineups, like the "Surface Phone," "Surface Pro 5," and "Surface Book 2." Unfortunately for them, Microsoft won't be able to reveal any of these speculated products during the event.





Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 Update: Microsoft to Unveil New Category to Take on iPad Pro 2
University Herald



The May 2 event, apparently, will not unveil any Surface Book iteration. Although the invitation does not detail further but experts have come to believe that the Surface Book 2 might not be ready. An informant has claimed that there will not be any Surface Phone either, The Verge reported.

That leaves Surface Pro 5 as one good reason why Microsoft is holding a hardware event. From the iPad Pro 2 reports, tech crowds have learned that Apple will market the 10.5-inch tablet to educational segment. Thus, it now makes sense that what Microsoft is doing with Surface Pro 5 and Windows 10 Cloud are the innovations might have the same purpose as Apple.

A few clues on the specs have pointed that Microsoft is switching to USB type C port for charging. This will enable the tablet to connect with wider range of third-party accessories. However, there is also a report that suggests the Redmond-company might be looking to retain the Surface Connector instead, Express reported.

The same media outlet reports that the Surface Pro 5 will have 16GB RAM and 256GB internal storage on board. Along with the revamps, Microsoft will also unveil the next-gen Surface Pen, which according to the leaked patent, will offer wireless-charging feature.




April 18, 2017

Apple iPad Pro 2 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 5: The Upcoming Battle of Flagship Devices
Sports World News

Apple iPad Pro 2 and Microsoft Surface Pro 5 reported to come up with ultimate specs and features. Microsoft Surface Pro 4Social media is full of rumors and speculations regarding the said devices. Apple and Microsoft are both gearing up for another showdown in the high-end tablet cum laptop devices.

As per reports, there are lot of things which will make Apple iPad Pro 2 and Microsoft Surface Pro 5 stand apart. Users are also looking forward to get their hands on these flagship devices. On the specs and features comparison both devices are looking very close.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is arguably one of the most highly anticipated devices of 2017. It is reported that the tablet will feature 4K display. The recent model of the gadget also has great display but Microsoft is highly speculated to feature the 4K UHD display in Surface Pro 5.

On the hardware front, Surface Pro 5 might come up with improved stylus or Surface Pen. The device's most highlighted feature is Intel Kaby Lake processor. The said processor is reported to be one of the best among laptops and tablets. Rumors suggest that Microsoft Surface Pro 5 might feature it. According to DroidReport, Surface Pro 5 could also mark USB-C Type for connectivity and fast charging.




Hands On With The Lenovo MIIX 510
Lifehacker Australia

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been looking at switching from an iPad Pro as the computer I use Lenovo MIIX 510when travelling to a Windows 10 device. I set out my wish list, did a bunch of online research, visited a few retailers and then put the call out to a bunch of vendors asking them to recommend and provide me with a review device. The ultimate aim of the exercise if for me to buy, with my own money, a new computer for when I'm working remotely. The first device to arrive on my doorstep is the Lenovo Miix 510.

What am I looking for

The list of criteria I provided to the vendors I approached was reasonably straightforward. I'm not too concerned about processor grunt as my needs are quite simple - text editing, light photo editing, web browsing and email. But I need enough storage to carry all my current work files with me as well as a few other bits and pieces.

  • 8GB RAM (I guess I could live with 4GB if I had to)
  • 256GB storage (must)
  • Pen input (preferred)
  • Detachable (preferred) 12 to 13 inch touchscreen display (must)
  • Under $1500 (must)
  • Cellular comms (strongly preferred)

The good news is the Miix 510 ticked all the boxes. On price, the recommended price is right on my $1500 budget but I've seen it discounted by as much as $250 recently making it a good deal - if it delivers what I need.




Fujitsu releases six new enterprise PC and tablet models
Press Release

Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Client Computing Limited today announced the release of six new enterprise models across six product series. The new models are being rolled out in stages from mid-April in Japan.Fujitsu Tablet ARROWS Tablet with slide passport

In its Fujitsu Tablet ARROWS Tab series of tablets, Fujitsu is offering the new 10.1" ARROWS Tab Q507/P-SP tablet, featuring Fujitsu Biometric Authentication Slide Passport(1), the world's first tablet to incorporate Fujitsu's slide-style palm vein authentication functionality.

Main Features of the New Products

1. Compact tablet with "Slide Passport," world's first slide-style palm vein authentication function

As part of its ARROWS Tab series of windows tablets, Fujitsu has launched the new ARROWS Tab Q507/P-SP, a 10.1" compact and light tablet featuring Slide Passport, a slide-style palm vein authentication functionality offering both strong security and convenience. With the simple action of sliding your hand along the guides displayed on the tablet's touchscreen, the small slide-style palm vein sensor installed in the tablet's frame will read and authenticate the pattern of veins in your hand. The technology in this sensor was developed by Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., and by adopting an 8mm optical unit that Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. has been able to mass produce, it became possible to mount it in the narrow frame of a tablet. In addition, the tablet features both water resistance (IPX4) and dust resistance (IP5X)(3), enabling use in a variety of business situations.



April 19, 2017

Lenovo Miix 510 review: An affordable homage to the Surface Pro 4

Lenovo's Miix series sits in its Ideapad line, and so might not be a professional's first port of call whenLenovo Miix 510 looking for a laptop. But these 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrids come in three sizes, and may well be worth checking out. The 12.2-inch Miix 510 is the mid-range offering, flanked by the 10-inch Miix 310 and the high-end 12-inch Miix 700.

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery then Lenovo is flattering Microsoft's Surface devices with the Miix 510, whose design is very reminiscent of the Surface Pro 4. The specifications of the two devices don't match, and nor do the prices -- Lenovo comes in lower on both fronts.

The Miix 510 bundle comprises tablet, keyboard, a Lenovo Active Pen stylus, and a soft, flexible carry case.

Lenovo has brought its signature watchband hinges to the tablet's kickstand. Two of them sit on each side of the stand, which occupies the bottom half of the back of the device. The hinges are made from 280 individual pieces of stainless steel, and are used to set the kickstand at -- almost -- any angle required.




Microsoft debuts Wunderlist replacement To-Do on iPhone, Mac & iPad coming soon

Microsoft on Wednesday released the first edition of To-Do, an app that will eventually replace the Microsoft To-DOpopular multi-platform title Wunderlist, which it acquired back in 2015.

To-Do is currently available in preview form for iPhone, Android, Windows 10, and the Web. Mac and iPad versions will follow in the future, Microsoft said.

The app borrows many of the core concepts of Wunderlist, with options like reminders, due dates, and notes. Lists can be given their own visual themes though, and a key addition is the "My Day" view, to which people can add automatically suggested items, such as upcoming to-dos or unfinished holdovers.

As is common with many Microsoft apps, To-Do hooks into Office 365. Currently this is limited to sync with Outlook tasks, but Microsoft noted that it plans to expand integration later on.

Further updates will include integration with other Microsoft services, and more features carried over from Wunderlist, such as list sharing.



Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review
PC Advisor

With the mobile market all about making the best smartphone, it's refreshing to see some new tablets. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is a gorgeous iPad Pro rival with some fancy features including HDR and a new S Pen.

The tablet market may have petered out somewhat but Samsung hasn’t give up on it, even if it seems the likes of Sony, HTC and Google have. At MWC 2017 it exclusively launched tablets, one of which is an iPad Pro rival running Android Nougat. Here’s our Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review. Also see: Best Samsung Galaxy Tab S3tablets 2017.

Although it feels premium because of the sleek combination of glass and metal. The back being glass makes the Tab S3 a slippery customer so you can't put it down on something that isn't flat without fear of it sliding off.

You’ll probably keep it in a cover most of the time, though, as the tablet has Pogo metal contacts (below) to easily connect to the keyboard case. You can get the official Book Cover for £32 from Amazon while the Keyboard Cover is available for £119.

It’s not waterproof like the Galaxy S7 which is a shame so you’ll have to look to Sony for that on a tablet (not that the firm has anything new so far this year on that front).

As you’d expect the Galaxy Tab S3 has USB-C and also four speakers much like the iPad Pro.



April 20, 2017

Microsoft brings new firmware update to Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has released its latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, just a few weeks after rolling out another update for the popular Windows 10 tablet.Surface Pro 3

The new firmware version is, and Microsoft's release notes state that it "improves system stability and performance when you change between power states". That should mean that owners of the device will experience fewer issues when switching between battery power and using it while it's charging.

Some Surface Pro 3 tablets were affected by issues last year that prevented the battery from retaining its charge when unplugged. However, Microsoft said that that problem was resolved in November, and there's no indication that this latest firmware update is directly connected to that.




Best Tablets in 2017

What does a user look for when it comes to buying tablets? The basic demands that exist among the users are the lightweight, easy to carry and almost an alternative to the laptops or computers at least.

Luckily, the Tablets have superseded the laptops and computers in the daily routine use. However, when compared with a smartphone, tablets see less innovation, advancements, and competition.

Android tablets again are highly preferred over Apple iOS tablets and iPads.

Samsung leads the Android tablets while Apple iPads and tablets are equal in interface and software with the Apple mobile sets.

Let’s have a look at the upcoming top 5 tablets in 2017:




April 21, 2017

Microsoft Surface Book 2: The Ultimate Laptop, Find Out Release Date, Specs & Features
Sports World News

As per the sources, the new model of Microsoft Surface Book 2 is going to launch very soon around Microsoft Surface BookJuly or August 2017. The device will come up with a unique design; it can be used as a tablet PC or compact size laptop (notebook). 

Microsoft introduces this device with tag lines like "tablet that can replace your notebook" and "the Ultimate Laptop" and "style of 2-in-1". According to The Verge, the device might not come up in 2-in-1 design. Microsoft Surface Book 2  will directly compete with traditional notebooks of brands like Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, I-Ball, Sony and Apple etc.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 is reportedly designed in such manner so that it become compatible with all the specialized software you require for drawing, engineering & all the further acts related to it. The Microsoft Surface Book 2 will be designed with creativity and it is a great laptop that is small enough to take anywhere without compromise with performance.



April 24, 2017

Microsoft offers up to $150 off select Surface Pro 4 models in the US

It's becoming increasingly rare these days to see Microsoft selling its Surface devices in the US without some sort of deal to entice buyers. This month, the company was offering a free Surface Dock, worth $199.99, with every Surface Pro 4 model, in a deal that ended on Saturday, April 22.

As soon as that offer ended, Microsoft launched another one; this time, cutting up to $150 off select models in the Surface Pro 4 range:

  • Intel Core m3 / 4GB RAM / 128GB SSD (no Pen) | usually $799 | now $749 | save $50 (6%)
  • Intel Core i5 / 4GB RAM / 128GB SSD | usually $999 | now $849 | save $150 (21%)
  • Intel Core i7 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD | usually $1,499 | now $1,349 | save $150 (10%)
  • Intel Core i7 / 16GB RAM / 256GB SSD | usually $1,699 | now $1,549 | save $150 (9%)

If you're thinking of buying one of these discounted devices, you've got plenty of time to consider your purchase; the deal will remain available until May 13. You might want to hold off on placing that order though - Microsoft is expected to unveil its new Surface Pro 5 in the not-too-distant future, although it's believed that the new device will be a modest evolution of its predecessor.




Microsoft CloudBook latest rumours - release date, UK price and specifications
PC Advisor

Windows Cloud is the forthcoming stripped-down operating system that the company hopes will rival Chrome OS. We're not expecting this to be an online-only operating system like Chrome, but it will be a lighter version of Windows 10 that can be sold much more cheaply.

Whereas Google offers low-cost Chromebooks that are able to run this software, Microsoft currently does not (the Surface 3 cost £419). So it makes sense for the company to unveil a new, even cheaper model alongside its new OS.

Rather than the Surface 3, that laptop could be Microsoft CloudBook.

When is the Microsoft CloudBook release date?

Assuming a CloudBook will be announced alongside Windows Cloud, all eyes are on Microsoft on 2 May 2017.

On this date it will hold a MicrosoftEDU event, and it is tipped Windows Cloud will also be announced here.

The event begins at 2.30pm GMT (9:30am ET; 6:30am PT; 11:30pm AEST) and we will of course be bringing you news of the Microsoft CloudBook if it is announced.



April 25, 2017

2017 iPad Pro 2 vs Surface Pro 5: Which Gadget Should You Choose


Apple is currently working on the new 2017 iPad Pro 2. Meanwhile, Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is well underway. While these two 2-in-1 tablets from the giant companies compete, here are the details which you should consider in choosing the best gadget for you.

Apple 2017 iPad Pro 2 Features

The new 2017 iPad Pro 2 will be slimmer with only 0.3 mm thickness and lighter than other Apple iPad models. It will also feature new specs similar to laptops such as an A10x processor for faster tablet performance and RAM with a bigger internal memory.

The upcoming 2017 iPad Pro 2 will also be water-resistant with super thin bezels, new Apple pencil, a largely bezel-free screen and Touch bar feature. It will also include a TrueTone screen that is set at up to 120 Hz, upgraded cameras, and smart keyboard, Isports Times reports.

Microsoft 2017 Surface Pro 5 Features

Meanwhile, Microsoft 2017 Surface Pro 5 is said to be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor. With this, the upcoming 2017 Surface Pro 5 will deliver a longer battery life and the additional of LTE signal for mobile connectivity. Moreover, it will also feature a new Surface Pen that will charge wirelessly when attached to the tablet, PC Advisor reports.

Apart from the features mentioned, previous reports reveal that Microsoft is not making big changes in the device. In fact, according to Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, there is "nothing dramatic" to expect. However, it will feature some exciting upgrades. This includes the longer battery life, lighting fast processing power, and improved graphics performance.




Xplore Expands Price and Performance Range of Category-Leading XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablet Portfolio
Yahoo Finance

Xplore Technologies Corp. is expanding the pricing and performance options for its highly-demanded XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PC platform in order to accommodate customers’ evolving mobile computing requirements, even within their fixed budget parameters. Customers will now be able to order the exceptionally powerful XSLATE R12 in two new Intel® 7th generation Kaby Lake CPU configurations: The Celeron®-powered tablet PC starts at $2299 (base MSRP), while the Intel Core™ i7 vPro™ version will start at $3299.

“Xplore rugged tablets are capable of effecting significant workforce productivity gains without disrupting a company’s business processes or IT efficiency,” noted John Graff, vice president of marketing at Xplore. “The XSLATE R12, in particular, is one of the most sought-after rugged tablet PCs in the global market right now due to its unrivaled computing flexibility, broad IT system interoperability and reputation for exceeding industry performance standards. As such, we want to ensure that every customer has the ability to take advantage of its unmatchable benefits. By making the XSLATE R12 available in an even greater range of cost and performance options, we are able to deliver a best-in-class mobility solution that fits any customer’s needs.”

Both of the new Celeron and Core i7 vPro XSLATE R12 rugged tablet models are available in multiple configurations, and serve as laptop and desktop replacements if desired. The XSLATE R12 tablet has a unique magnetically-attached, Companion Keyboard, which can stow and recharge while docked or while on the go, as well as touch and pen data input tools. The 800 Nit View Anywhere™ screen is protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and remains the best outdoor-viewable display in its class.





April 26, 2017

Microsoft releases second April update for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book
Digital Trends

Microsoft’s next event is scheduled for May 2, 2017, where the company is expected to cover Windows 10 Cloud Edition and focus on some kind of solution for the educational market. It’s speculated that the company might introduce the Surface Pro 5 successor to the highly successful Surface Pro 4 Surface BookWindows 10 2-in-1.

In the meantime, the company continues to pay attention to its current Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book machines. Microsoft released the second set of driver updates this month for each machine, and the updates are aimed at further improving the stability and performance of devices upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update, as Neowin reports.

The Surface Pro 4’s latest update focuses primarily on improving audio performance when playing video:

  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) Audio Controller ( Improve video playback on installed apps while online.
  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) OED ( Improve video playback on installed apps while offline.

The Surface Book drivers also improve audio performance while playing video, in addition to helping Cortana understand you when you are speaking to her:






A MobileDemand partner, Phantom Controls, has developed a patented system to automated fire truck water pumping with remote capabilities to allow the operator to move about the scene and work with the crew. The system utilizes the MobileDemand xTablet T8650 rugged tablet that can withstand a fire scene's harsh conditions.



Xplore Expands Price and Performance Range of Category-Leading XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablet ...
IT Business Net

Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) is expanding the pricing and performance options for its highly-demanded XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PC platform in order to accommodate customers evolving mobile computing requirements, even within their fixed budget parameters. Customers will now be able to order the exceptionally powerful XSLATE R12 in two new Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake CPU configurations: The Celeron-powered tablet PC starts at $2299 (base MSRP), while the Intel Core i7 vPro version will start at $3299.

Xplore rugged tablets are capable of effecting significant workforce productivity gains without disrupting a companys business processes or IT efficiency, noted John Graff, vice president of marketing at Xplore.   The XSLATE R12, in particular, is one of the most sought-after rugged tablet PCs in the global market right now due to its unrivaled computing flexibility, broad IT system interoperability and reputation for exceeding industry performance standards. As such, we want to ensure that every customer has the ability to take advantage of its unmatchable benefits. By making the XSLATE R12 available in an even greater range of cost and performance options, we are able to deliver a best-in-class mobility solution that fits any customers needs.

Both of the new Celeron and Core i7 vPro XSLATE R12 rugged tablet models are available in multiple configurations, and serve as laptop and desktop replacements if desired. The XSLATE R12 tablet has a unique magnetically-attached, Companion Keyboard, which can stow and recharge while docked or while on the go, as well as touch and pen data input tools. The 800 Nit View Anywhere screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and remains the best outdoor-viewable display in its class. The XSLATE R12 can also be custom-configured with several connectivity options to ensure workers maintain data accessibility no matter where theyre working or the intensity of on-the-job demands. These include the SlateMate module, featuring a barcode scanner and HF RFID reader, an RJ45 + True Serial Port dongle, as well as pass-through antenna capabilities for WWAN, WLAN, and GPS in both the tablet and Secure Mobile Dock.

No one sits still anymore at work, Graff continued. ?The XSLATE R12 was specifically designed to eliminate downtime, minimize security risks and improve both data and device manageability for the millions-strong global mobile workforce. Its the no-compromise, and complete, mobile office solution that todays public safety, utility, construction, manufacturing and insurance professionals need to stay productive whether theyre multi-tasking or transitioning between multiple job sites.




April 27, 2017

Charge your iPad and Apple Pencil at the same time with the ProBack Cover
Digital Trends

Keeping your Apple Pencil charged is difficult enough, and not losing it is yet another issue.
This iPad cover wants to solve both those problems.

The Apple Pencil may be a great piece of hardware when it is in use, but when you have to charge it?ProBack Cover That is a whole different story. While the Pencil is meant to be used in conjunction with the iPad, there is not a solution to charge both of them at once — at least not in a particularly effective manner.

But the ProBack Cover wants to change that. Heralded as the first and only iPad Pro case that will allow you to charge both your Apple Pencil and iPad Pro at the same time, the ProBack Cover protects your tablet from scratches while storing and charging the Apple Pencil safely and securely from the side.

With just over three weeks left in its Kickstarter campaign, the ProBack Cover has garnered interest from around 200 backers who have pledged nearly $11,000 to bring the product to market.



April 28, 2017

Microsoft's Surface hardware business shrunk by $285 million — and it's weirdly a good thing for Microsoft
Business Insider

The reason for the decline, according to Microsoft: "increased price competition in the premium 2-in-1 category and product end-of-lifecycle dynamics."Microsoft's Surface

No doubt, that's not great news for the Surface business. Still, in a weird but real way, it's good news for Microsoft.

"Increased price competition" just means that other manufacturers are building their own Surface-style, high-end convertible tablet/PC devices, and selling them for less than Microsoft's own product lineup. 

This would be a problem if, like Apple, Microsoft was a hardware company. But the whole point of the Surface products in the first place was to get PC manufacturers building more touch-friendly, stylus-friendly Windows tablets and computers.

So if every PC manufacturer out there is building lots and lots of Windows PCs that compete with the Surface...well, again, that's bad for the Surface business, but good news for the Windows business.





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