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January 1, 2017

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January 3, 2017

 

Toshiba's New Portégé X20W Delivers the Best of Notebook and Tablet Computing in a Singular Solution
Business Wire

Sleek, versatile, modern and powerful. The Portégé® X20W embodies these characteristics and much more as Toshiba’s new premium 2-in-1 convertible notebook. A 360-degree, dual-action hinge allows the Portégé® X20W to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into a premium digital inking tablet by simply rotating the display.

The Portégé® X20W, a premium 2-in-1 convertible PC running Windows 10 Pro that is both a laptop Toshiba's New Portégé X20W tabletand tablet and everything in between. Toshiba will offer the Portégé X20W in two colors – Slate Gray and Onyx Blue. The Slate Gray version of the Portégé X20W will be available soon exclusively at Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com, while the Onyx Blue model will be available from Toshiba’s Web site at the end of the month.

“In the Portégé X20W, we developed a professional grade 2-in-1 convertible PC eliminating the need to choose between a laptop, a tablet or even a notepad,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and product development, Client Solutions Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “From the perspective of performance, mobility, battery life and usability, the Portégé X20W epitomizes what the future of mobile computing will look like for the foreseeable future.”

A 360-degree, dual-action hinge allows the Portégé X20W to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into a premium digital inking tablet by simply rotating the display. Measuring 15.4mm thin and weighing less than 2.5 pounds1, the Portégé X20W has a battery life rating of up to 16 hours2. This combination of usability and mobility is ideal for any business learning environment or prosumer.

To meet the performance demands of the modern workplace, the Portégé X20W encompasses a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor, Windows 10 Pro, 12.5-inch diagonal Full HD multi-touch wide viewing angle display, Intel® 802.11ac Wi-Fi®3 and a solid state drive all inside its durable magnesium casing. This next-generation 2-in-1 convertible PC delivers enterprise-level security through the adoption of facial authentication, fingerprint reader and Trusted Platform Module technologies4.

“Toshiba’s Portégé X20W is the type of mobile solution we want to offer at our stores, its unique blending of form factors and innovative features is exactly what our customers’ demand,” said Peter Han, vice president of Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft. “We have worked with Toshiba for three decades on many projects and the Portégé X20W is a testament to the organization’s ingenuity when it comes to mobile computing.”

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Lenovo's Miix 720 is a killer 2-in-1 gunning for the Surface Pro
TechRadar

Could the Miix 720 dominate the world of detachables?

Lenovo has plenty of interesting stuff to show off at this year’s CES, and those who want to stay Lenovo Miix 720 tabletproductive on the move will definitely be interested in the new Miix 720 – a compelling Surface Pro rival – along with new ThinkPad X1 models.

Lenovo’s Miix 720 is a 2-in-1 detachable featuring a 12-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 (3:2 ratio, just like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4), so it certainly won’t be lacking on the sharpness front.

The device is driven by a Kaby Lake processor (up to Core i7) and has integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 620), and it can be specified with up to 16GB of system RAM, and up to 1TB of storage in the form of a PCIe SSD.

It’s 14.6mm thick with the keyboard attached and weighs 1.1kg, although the tablet on its own is just 8.9mm and weighs 780g. Lenovo has installed a 41WHr battery which gives a claimed life of up to 8 hours.

As for cameras, there’s a pair of these on board, with a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, and a 1-megapixel front-facing infrared camera which can be used in conjunction with Windows Hello and facial recognition to unlock the PC swiftly and without fuss.

 

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Dell's Latitude 5285 looks just like a Surface Pro
The Verge

This might sound familiar: Dell's newest PC is a tablet with a built-in kickstand, that's meant to be Dell Latitude 5285used with a soft keyboard cover, and supports input from a stylus.

Yeah, it's the exact formula behind Microsoft's Surface. It even looks just like Microsoft's Surface. But in this case, it's Dell's Latitude 5285.

The Latitude 5285 is beat for beat a shot at the Surface Pro. It has a 12.3-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio (same as the Surface), supports up to a 1TB SSD (same as the Surface), includes up to 16GB RAM (same as the Surface), and supports traditional Core i processors from Intel (just like the Surface) — in this case, from its seventh generation release.

But there is one place Dell cuts corners: the Latitude's display. There's only one option here, 1080p, and that's significantly lower than the 2736 x 1824 resolution included on the Surface Pro 4.

 

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January 3, 2017

Toshiba's New Portégé X20W Delivers the Best of Notebook and Tablet Computing in a Singular Solution
Business Wire

Sleek, versatile, modern and powerful. The Portégé® X20W embodies these characteristics and much more as Toshiba’s new premium 2-in-1 convertible notebook. A 360-degree, dual-action hinge allows the Portégé® X20W to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into a premium digital inking tablet by simply rotating the display.

The Portégé® X20W, a premium 2-in-1 convertible PC running Windows 10 Pro that is both a laptop Toshiba's New Portégé X20W tabletand tablet and everything in between. Toshiba will offer the Portégé X20W in two colors – Slate Gray and Onyx Blue. The Slate Gray version of the Portégé X20W will be available soon exclusively at Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com, while the Onyx Blue model will be available from Toshiba’s Web site at the end of the month.

“In the Portégé X20W, we developed a professional grade 2-in-1 convertible PC eliminating the need to choose between a laptop, a tablet or even a notepad,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and product development, Client Solutions Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “From the perspective of performance, mobility, battery life and usability, the Portégé X20W epitomizes what the future of mobile computing will look like for the foreseeable future.”

A 360-degree, dual-action hinge allows the Portégé X20W to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into a premium digital inking tablet by simply rotating the display. Measuring 15.4mm thin and weighing less than 2.5 pounds1, the Portégé X20W has a battery life rating of up to 16 hours2. This combination of usability and mobility is ideal for any business learning environment or prosumer.

To meet the performance demands of the modern workplace, the Portégé X20W encompasses a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor, Windows 10 Pro, 12.5-inch diagonal Full HD multi-touch wide viewing angle display, Intel® 802.11ac Wi-Fi®3 and a solid state drive all inside its durable magnesium casing. This next-generation 2-in-1 convertible PC delivers enterprise-level security through the adoption of facial authentication, fingerprint reader and Trusted Platform Module technologies4.

“Toshiba’s Portégé X20W is the type of mobile solution we want to offer at our stores, its unique blending of form factors and innovative features is exactly what our customers’ demand,” said Peter Han, vice president of Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft. “We have worked with Toshiba for three decades on many projects and the Portégé X20W is a testament to the organization’s ingenuity when it comes to mobile computing.”

One Solution, Five Modes

 

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Lenovo's Miix 720 is a killer 2-in-1 gunning for the Surface Pro
TechRadar

Could the Miix 720 dominate the world of detachables?

Lenovo has plenty of interesting stuff to show off at this year’s CES, and those who want to stay Lenovo Miix 720 Tabletproductive on the move will definitely be interested in the new Miix 720 – a compelling Surface Pro rival – along with new ThinkPad X1 models.

Lenovo’s Miix 720 is a 2-in-1 detachable featuring a 12-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 (3:2 ratio, just like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4), so it certainly won’t be lacking on the sharpness front.

The device is driven by a Kaby Lake processor (up to Core i7) and has integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 620), and it can be specified with up to 16GB of system RAM, and up to 1TB of storage in the form of a PCIe SSD.

It’s 14.6mm thick with the keyboard attached and weighs 1.1kg, although the tablet on its own is just 8.9mm and weighs 780g. Lenovo has installed a 41WHr battery which gives a claimed life of up to 8 hours.

As for cameras, there’s a pair of these on board, with a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, and a 1-megapixel front-facing infrared camera which can be used in conjunction with Windows Hello and facial recognition to unlock the PC swiftly and without fuss.

 

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Dell's Latitude 5285 looks just like a Surface Pro
The Verge

This might sound familiar: Dell's newest PC is a tablet with a built-in kickstand, that's meant to be Dell's Latitude 5285used with a soft keyboard cover, and supports input from a stylus.

Yeah, it's the exact formula behind Microsoft's Surface. It even looks just like Microsoft's Surface. But in this case, it's Dell's Latitude 5285.

The Latitude 5285 is beat for beat a shot at the Surface Pro. It has a 12.3-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio (same as the Surface), supports up to a 1TB SSD (same as the Surface), includes up to 16GB RAM (same as the Surface), and supports traditional Core i processors from Intel (just like the Surface) — in this case, from its seventh generation release.

But there is one place Dell cuts corners: the Latitude's display. There's only one option here, 1080p, and that's significantly lower than the 2736 x 1824 resolution included on the Surface Pro 4.

 

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January 4, 2017

Dell is kicking off CES 2017 with slick new laptops that double as tablets
Yahoo News

Dell is rolling into CES 2017 with two new 2-in-1 laptops worth checking out. The first is a new version of the company’s excellent XPS 13 notebook and a direct competitor of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. Both Dell XPS 13double as tablets.

First thing’s first, though, is the new XPS 13. Dubbed the XPS 13 2-in-1 and available Jan. 5 for $999, the new model can be used as both a standard laptop and a tablet when you flip its display around. That means you can go from typing your TPS reports to watching movies on the couch with ease. The 2-in-1 is every bit as attractive and well-built as the original XPS 13, which is still one of my favorite laptops on the planet. Heck, I even got one for my mom.

This XPS 13 2-in-1 is slimmer than the standard XPS 13 thanks to its new fanless design. In fact, Dell says the 2-in-1 fits its 13-inch display into an 11-inch body thanks to its extremely thin InfinityEdge bezel.

Speaking of the 2-in-1’s screen, it’s every bit as bright and vibrant as the regular XPS 13, which is a huge compliment. The base model of the 2-in-1 comes with a standard 1080p resolution panel, though you can always bump that up to a QHD resolution screen.

To make use of the system’s 2-in-1 design, Dell will sell an optional Dell Active Pen stylus so you can write directly on the laptop’s display.

 

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January 5, 2017

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Lenovo Updating ThinkPad X1 Tablet with Improved “Kaby Lake” Processorsecond-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Specs
Tablet PC Review

Lenovo used CES 2017 to announce a second-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet with a new Intel processor that should offer better performance and longer battery life to this Windows 10 device .

The addition of a Kaby Lake chip is one of the major improvements in this upcoming business-oriented tablet . It will also come bundled with an improved active pen, and will be available with up to 1TB of built-in storage

This offering has a 12-inch touchscreen with a 2160 x 1440 resolution. It has a USB Type C port, microSD card slot, Mini DisplayPort, weighs in a 1.7 pounds.

Lenovo sells the ThinkPad X1 as a standalone-alone computer, but offers a range of add-on accessories, including a clip-on keyboard with TrackPoint and trackpad. This comes in black, white, or red, but the tablet itself is always black.

Lenovo’s offering boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and this can be extended by up to 5 hours with an optional module that also includes full-size HDMI and USB 3.0 ports and a OneLink+ docking connector.

The second-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available in March starting at $949

 

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Samsung Debuts Chromebooks at CES, Competitors to iPad, Surface Pro
Top Tech News

oogle and Samsing have teamed up on a pair of new Chromebooks that made their debut at the CES 2017 taking place in Las Vegas from Jan. 5 through Jan. 8. The new models, the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro, are 2-in-1 designs that can transform from laptop to tablet form and each offers a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, quad HD screen, built-in digitized pen and a new metal design.

Each new model will have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and Samsung said the batteries can last up to eight hours. The devices will also come with an enhanced battery life extender to lengthen productivity time. The Plus will launch next month for $449, while the Pro is set to arrive sometime in the spring for an undisclosed price.

 

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January 6, 2017

The Brydge keyboard for Microsoft Surface adds 'lapability' and optional storage
PCWorld

The Brydge 12.3 is a Bluetooth keyboard that clips to the tablet section of a Surface Pro 3 or 4 with a pair of sturdy silicone hinges. At 1.3 pounds, the base is hefty enough to hold the Surface upright Brydge keyboard for Microsoft Surfacewithout leaning on the tablet’s kickstand. In other words, it adds an element of “lapability”—Microsoft’s term, not ours—to the Surface Pro line, forming a sort of makeshift Surface Book.

Optionally, buyers can also equip the keyboard with 128 GB of built-in solid state storage, which users can connect to the tablet via a USB cable.

The keyboard itself is meant to be an improvement over Microsoft’s own Type Covers, though my brief hands-on left me with mixed feelings. While the island-style keys aren’t as spongy as those of the Type Cover, the trackpad is smaller, and has a matte finish that feels tougher to manipulate than the Type Cover 4’s glass trackpad. Owners of the Type Cover 3 might find the improvements more substantial. (Update: Brydge says the final design of the trackpad will change from the pre-production sample demoed at CES.)

The other issue is Brydge’s use of wireless connectivity, rather than the physical connector that Microsoft’s Type Cover uses. This necessitates recharging the keyboard once every few months, and carrying around a USB cable for the SSD. It also rules out the possibility of a battery dock, which would be a godsend. (My Surface Pro 3 routinely dies within four to six hours of use.)

 

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Dell's Canvas rivals Microsoft Surface Studio
MStarsNews

Dell has launched a new gigantic tablet which aims to take on Microsoft's Surface Studio, a full-fledged desktop. This tablet is complete with a stylus to bring out the artist in you.

The new device called Dell Canvas 27 is a 27-inch tablet is a little weird as you need to connect it to a PC before using it. So basically it's a 27-inch screen which is used for sketching, animation and all those stylus related things. The display is an IPS panel with QHD resolution and 280 nits of brightness. Thankfully, the panel has a matte finish so it won't be reflective and can be easily used in broad daylight and is protected by Corning's Gorilla glass repots Engadget.

Though the display size is 27-inches but the device appears huge because of the large bezels around the screen. Dell has made these large bezels deliberately to allow palms to rest when you are using the Canvas. The screen supports 20-point multi touch and the digital pen supplied with the Canvas has 2048 pressure sensitive points.  

The Dell Canvas comes with dial just like Microsoft's Surface Studio and Dell calls is "Totem" but it only works when its touching the display unlike the Bluetooth connected dial for the Surface Studio. However, it has support for Microsoft's dial APIs but only few apps are currently available for these dials reports TheVerge including Adobe's Creative Suite. Dell has provided a custom software which can pin apps to edges of the screen for providing more space to work on the Canvas' screen.

 

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January 9, 2017

Top Apple insider says brand new iPad with edgeless display will launch this year
BGR

Apple remains committed to the iPad and has no plans to abandon the tablet market anytime soon. On the contrary, a new research note from reputed analyst Ming Chi-Kuo reveals that Apple later this year will reveal three new iPad models.Apple iPad

In addition to a revamped 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a more affordably priced 9.7-inch iPad, Kuo relays that Apple will also release a brand new iPad with a 10-10.5 inch display. Interestingly enough, the new iPad will reportedly be positioned as the premium device in Apple’s soon to be refreshed iPad lineup.

Kuo’s note (obtained by MacRumors) reads in part:

We note the 12.9″ model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9″ iPad Pro, the 10-10.5″ model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7″ model will be the low-priced option. The former two models will have an A10X chip manufactured by TSMC (2330 TT, NT$183.5, N), while the latter comes with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI. Although we estimate iPad shipments in 2017 will drop again YoY to 35-37mn units, we except the decline to narrow to 10% from 2016’s roughly 20%, given that the 10-10.5″ model may see more demand from commercial/enterprises and tender markets, while the low-priced 9.7″ model may have a greater shipment contribution and likely account for 50-60% of total shipments of new iPads.

Notably, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen reference to a brand new iPad Model. Just two months ago, an analyst report from Barclays Research claimed that Apple in March of 2017 will introduce a 10.9-inch iPad with an edge to edge display. While there is a discrepancy with respect to the size of Apple’s currently unannounced iPad, the rumored edgeless display would explain Kuo’s belief that the device will command a premium price.

Incidentally, previous reports have hinted that Apple’s 2017 iPads will feature a stationary home button a’la the iPhone 7.

If Apple does in fact release a new iPad model with a slim if not wholly non-existent bezel, it would perhaps lend even more credence to rumors that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will feature a bezel-free design with a curved OLED display.

 

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10 ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to use
PCWorld

Give your old phone or tablet a new lease on life

An old phone or tablet can be a great hand-me-down device for a child, family member, or can serve as your dedicated smart TV companion. I’ve also repurposed old gear to work as a security camera or an always-ready eReader. So before you put it on the auction block, consider one of these uses instead that may add some value and ease of use to your digital life.

The children's tablet

Tired of the children always clamoring to get their paws on your smartphone? Now’s the chance to give them a device that’s all their own.

You’ll probably need to do a little bit of legwork, such as deleting applications you don’t want them to use or creating a separate profile that they sign in with. This way no one will send an email to your boss that you won’t be able to take back. But setting up a device that's loaded with kid-friendly apps can be a great way for some quality learning experiences and ensuring your personal phone doesn't meet an unfortunate end.

A security cam

Don’t forget that your old device comes with two cameras. One possibility is to turn it into a cheap and easy security cam. Follow our guide to use apps like Perch or Presence in what is a surprisingly useful way to repurpose your old phone or tablet.

There are a lot of potential uses for this, such as a baby monitor, kitty cam, or front door camera. I’ve turned to this trick myself with an old Nexus 7, and I find it to be one of the better choices for hardware that’s no longer your daily driver. 

A tablet for grandma

So, if you have a relative who still thinks you must physically type in “http://www” for every website you visit, perhaps you can gift the gift of an easy-to-use Android device. An old tablet or phone may be the right way to go, as they won’t need something with mind-blowing specs and could probably benefit from the personal setup you can provide when gifting this to them.

 

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January 10, 2017


AppleInsider

Though it hasn't been updated since 2015, the 7.9-inch iPad mini won't be among the trio of new iPad pro with peniPads Apple is expected to introduce this spring, instead sticking to larger form factors, according to a new report.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors on Sunday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, in which he indicated that Apple is expected to update the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, to introduce a new design sized 10 to 10.5 inches with a narrow bezel, and to offer a low priced 9.7-inch model. They are expected to debut in the second quarter of 2017, which would put them in the hands of consumers sometime between April and June.

The 12.9-inch and 10-plus-inch iPad Pro models are expected to feature a beefed-up version of the A10 chip found in the iPhone 7, dubbed an "A10X." According to Kuo, the so-called "A10X" will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Meanwhile, the budget-priced 9.7-inch model is expected to feature a version of the A9 chip found in the iPhone 6s. That chip will be manufactured by Samsung, he said.

Kuo believes that the 9.7-inch model may move the most units —his forecast calls for the lowest priced option to represent between 50 and 60 percent of total shipments.

 

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January 11, 2017

Microsoft introduces new per-app settings for Surface Dial
MSPoweruser

While Microsoft’s Surface Dial exposed new usability features in apps which supported it, users had no way of changing what the Dial was used for in those apps – in the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft’s Surface DialMicrosoft is changing that.

The new build released for Insiders today adds a new screen in the settings menu for insiders who want to customize the Surface Dial app by app.

New per app Surface Dial settings: App developers have the option of providing custom tools for the Surface Dial when using it within their app. In addition to this, Windows Insiders with Surface Dials will now be able to customize the default tool set for individual apps starting with this build. Setup the keyboard shortcuts most meaningful for specific apps – like Ctrl + Delete in Word 2016, or CTRL + Tab in Sticky Notes. Head to Settings > Devices > Wheel today to try it out and share your thoughts! We’ve also updated the custom tool creator to now enable you to set keyboard shortcuts that include a number of common symbols.

Microsoft’s Surface Dial is supported by a variety of well-regarded creativity focused apps for Windows including Adobe Photoshop, Sketchable, and Microsoft’s Office apps.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs. iPad Air 3 - Rumors Based Comparison
Neurogadget

It seems that Apple will bring some awesome products in 2017, which will surely boost the sales. A new iPad Pro will be released that will benefit from improved software and hardware, an edge-to-Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs. iPad Air 3edge display, a new chipset and many more. There are also rumors which say that the iPad Air 3 will hit the stores this year.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Specifications and Features

The Surface Pro 5 will be a 2-in-1 device that will be released along with a magnetic charging stylus. To make things even better, it will feature a 4K Ultra HD display and it will be powered by an Intel Kaby Lake processor. The device will come with a 512GB+ SSD and it will have 16GB of RAM, which will make sure that you can multitask. The Surface Pro 5 will also feature an USB Type-C port, which will support Thunderbolt 3.

Apple iPad Air 3: Specifications and Features

The Apple iPad Air 3 will come with an Apple Pen, which will make it a direct competitor to other tablets such as the Surface range from Microsoft. The handset will support 3D Touch technology on a 4K screen. There are rumors which say that the iPad Air 3 will also come with some features that are currently available on the iPhone 7 such as the dual-camera layout. It is believed that the device will feature an A9X chipset and 3GB of RAM.

 

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January 12, 2017

My month with the Surface Book i7 with Performance Base
CIO

This should come as no surprise, but the performance on the updated Surface Book i7 has been consistently impressive. But when I talk about performance, it's important to remember that I'm not an artist, a 3D video editor or even a heavy gamer. Pushing the limits of my notebooks typically means I'm 100 tabs deep in Google Chrome or I'm rehashing my youth by playing The Sims 4.

But the Surface Book happily encourages my pathological level of browser tabs without a single complaint. And light gaming was more enjoyable; everything ran faster and smoother than on my HP Spectre x360, which houses a 6th gen Intel i7 processor and integrated graphics.

I wouldn't say it's worth spending over $3,000 on a notebook just to browse the internet with wild abandon and occasionally play The Sims 4 on the highest settings, but I can say my experience with the Surface Book this past month has truly spoiled me.

 

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Dell Canvas vs Microsoft Surface Studio Specs and Features
Mobile & Apps

Dell has recently released a tablet monitor that looks and feels like the Microsoft Surface Studio but Dell Canvascosts a little more than half the price of the latter. It certainly is a cheaper alternative for those wanting to use a big touchscreen monitor which can be hooked to a computer.

Dell Canvas specs and features

Dubbed the Dell Canvas, the tablet sports a 27-inch anti-glare display which runs when paired to a Windows 10 device. Just like the Microsoft Surface Studio, users can also draw on its screen using a stylus and make more specific commands and controls using the Totem which is similar to the Surface Dial.

If the Surface Studio is already an all-in-one computer, the Dell Canvas only functions as an accessory. Its target customers are architects and artists who already do their work on their tablets.

The Dell Canvas 27's resolution is just at 2560 x 1440 which can be considered low. However, Dell noted that a lower resolution is necessary for the monitor to work with all types of computers.

Price details

Users also have the option to pin applications on the display edges for easier access. Expected to become available this coming April, the Dell Canvas will sell for $1,799 which is a little more than half of the $3,000 price tag of the Surface Studio.

 

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January 13, 2017

Hands On With The Microsoft Surface Dial
Forbes

Happy day! Microsoft shipped me a Surface Dial to play with. I have been looking forward to the opportunity to use the Surface Dial in a real-world scenario ever since the Microsoft unveiled it Surface Dialalongside the Surface Studio at a media event in New York last fall.

Now that I’ve had a week or so to play with it, I can say it was worth the wait. The genius of the Surface Dial is that it allows you to be more productive by giving your other hand something to do. The world is conditioned to use a mouse and keyboard—but those are generally two separate actions. You can either use the keyboard with both hands, or stop using the keyboard so you can use the mouse instead. The Surface Dial changes that dynamic.

How does it do that? That is an excellent question. The answer is, “It depends.”

The reason it depends is that the Surface Dial functionality is contextual. It varies depending on which application you’re using and what you’re doing in the moment.

The design and use of the Surface Dial is deceptively simple. It is a small aluminum puck that can be depressed like a button, or rotated left and right. It also provides haptic feedback—small vibrations that let you know it’s doing something.

Pushing down on the Surface Dial displays a radial menu on screen that allows you to select the functionality you want for the device. In normal use in Windows 10, the Surface Dial can be used for things like controlling the volume, moving back and forth between tracks of music, scrolling, or zooming. It can also be used to unwind actions—as either an “undo” or to erase or replay things that are drawn on the display with Windows Ink.

 

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Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad Pro - A Closer Look At The Two Tablets
TravelersToday 

 

Microsoft and Apple are the two biggest names in the computer world, and they are now taking their battle into the tablet arena. It's Apple's iPad Pro vs. Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. On the outside these two tablets are almost identical, but it is beneath the surface where they differ greatly from one another.

Any IT administrators or experts who want to incorporate one of these tablets will need to as much as they can about them before they choose a side. On one hand you have the Surface Pro 4 which runs on a full version of the Windows 10 operating system. This allows admins to handle the tablets like laptops and they also integrate well with Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, and other important systems right out of the box. This means there will be no need for you to install any special administrative services or software.

The iPad Pro, on the other hand, runs on Apple's iOS - the same operating system used by the iPhone. This means you will have a tablet that does not possess all of the power or capability of a laptop or desktop system. The iPad Pro will not let users gain access to the local file system, nor will it provide them with the same kind of robust support for multitasking that they can usually get from a desktop OS.

 

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January 16, 2017

Here's Why the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Will Own it's Predecessor
Smаrt Stоck Nеws

Microsoft is rumored to be lining up big changes for its next-gen Surface Pro

Recent speculation suggests that 2017 could be a game changer for Microsoft , as the tech giant lines up its next generation of Surface devices. The tech world is eagerly awaiting the official announcement of the next Surface Pro which is tipped to represent a serious upgrade compared to its predecessor model, the Surface Pro 4.

For those who don’t know, Intel has finally started rolling out its highly-anticipated Kaby Lake processing chipset. This implies that the majority of upcoming flagship devices in the 2-in-1 market, including the next Surface Pro, will be powered by Intel’s latest processor.

With the incorporation of Intel’s seventh-generation processor, not only will the next-generation Surface Pro be significantly faster compared to its predecessor version but will also be designed to offer users a longer-lasting battery life. This is due to the power-efficient nature of the new Kaby Lake processing chipset which effectively means a longer-lasting battery life for compatible devices.

The Surface Pro 4 might be one of the best performing devices available in the 2-in-1 market, but the hybrid’s poor battery performance has let users down. Fortunately, the delay in the launch of the next-generation Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 5, indicated that the Redmond-based tech giant intends on incorporating Intel’s latest processing chipset in its upcoming Surface devices. Hence, it is likely that the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will not inherit its predecessor’s greatest weakness.

Microsoft is rumored to officially announce its next-generation Surface Pro by the month of March and judging by ongoing speculation; the upcoming device could own its closest rival 2-in-1 devices. Stay tuned for more news and updates involving the Redmond company’s upcoming Surface devices.

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Windows 10 Update: Microsoft Addresses Privacy Problems With 2 New Options
Mobile & Apps

Users of Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS lack control over updates and privacy. In the case of the lack of control over privacy, the company co-founded by Bill Gates has admitted it is a serious problem and offered two new options to address the issue.

The two options are in response to the request from Windows 10 users for greater control over their data, a better understanding of data collection and its benefits for the user’s more personalized experience. After receiving feedback, Microsoft heeded the request of Windows 10 users, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, writes in a blog post.

Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Users of Windows 10 could now get concise information about their browsing history, search history, location activity, and Cortana’s Notebook by signing in with their Microsoft account and visiting a website. The portal account.microsoft.com/privacy would provide the four types of information mentioned, Forbes reports. Microsoft says it would add new categories and functionalities over time.

Windows 10 Creators Update

In the next two months, Microsoft would release two changes on the Windows 10 Creators Update. The “Express Setting” screen found on the first installation would be removed. Instead, Windows 10 users would get clear but explanations that are worded simply, and toggle switches.

Microsoft would also offer Simplified Diagnostic Data by cutting the three collection levels to just two, namely “Basic” and “Full.” Data vital to Windows operation are considered “Basic,” while data needed to keep the OS running and app secure, up-to-date, and properly running, are classified as “Full.”

 

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January 17, 2017

Fujitsu Provides Ultimate Business Computing Flexibility with Three New 2 in 1 Tablets
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New Fujitsu Tablets 2017

Fujitsu today launches three 2 in 1 tablets for business users. The new Fujitsu Tablet LIFEBOOK® P727, the first 360-degree foldable 2 in 1 device, delivers a new degree of flexibility in mobile business. It solves the tablet or PC dilemma by combining the best of both worlds and creating a seamless 'anytime, anywhere' user experience across all areas of digital working.

The LIFEBOOK P727 is a lightweight, slimline, 12.5-inch screen size 2 in 1 device. It converts instantly from a clamshell notebook into a powerful tablet when the keyboard is not needed, putting an end to the debate over whether to carry a traditional notebook, a tablet, or both, while traveling. The LIFEBOOK P727 can be used in four different working modes – classic clamshell, desktop, tablet and tent, giving users the freedom of choice based on individual preference – and supports multiple forms of input, including touchscreen, digitizer pen and keyboard. The 360-degree hinge means the keyboard can be folded over so it disappears entirely, folding flush behind the screen. Optional 4G/LTE connectivity and up to 10 hours of battery life make the LIFEBOOK P727 a truly mobile, work-anywhere device.

Fujitsu is also introducing the FUJITSU Tablet LIFEBOOK T937, the latest in the long line of Fujitsu convertible tablets, where the screen can rotate 360 degrees from a central pivot point. Weighing only 1.3kg, its thin and flexible design allows users to switch from 13.3-inch Ultrabook to tablet mode, enabling dynamic work styles both in the office and on the move. The T937 features a bridge battery that allows users to swap out the main battery without having to power down first.

A third new model, the new 13.3-inch STYLISTIC Q737 tablet is the next generation of the popular Fujitsu STYLISTIC® Q Series 2 in 1 devices, a powerful tablet PC with a detachable keyboard docking station. Combining a full-productivity notebook with the convenience of a tablet, the STYLISTIC Q737 provides new levels of performance and functionality, making it perfect for vertical industries.

With its new line-up of high-end 2 in 1 devices, Fujitsu offers business users more flexibility and agility and responds to the increased business needs of the digital workplace, catering to business travelers who work on the move, collaborate in teams and use their devices in multiple ways. According to a recent study by IDC1, tablets will play a key part in digital transformation, with hybrid and 2 in 1 devices meeting new productivity needs as well as enabling new usage scenarios. The study revealed that tablets are part of the mobile strategy of 60 percent of surveyed companies. Over two-thirds of respondents were evaluating or planning to purchase a tablet in the short term. Sectors such as education, hospitality, government, and transport ranked tablets among their top three priorities.

Pricing and availability
The LIFEBOOK P727 and the STYLISTIC Q737 will be available to order in North America from February 2017 and the LIFEBOOK T937 from March 2017. Pricing varies according to model, configuration and country.

 

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January 18, 2017

 

Microsoft Gives Discounts On Surface Pro 4: Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Releases Q1 Of 2017
MStarsNews

Microsoft has announced discounts for Surface Pro 4. The hallmark tablet is now available at US$ 899 against the original rate of US$ 900. This price cut is a major development for two reasons. First Microsoft is facing tough competition in the market and Second Successor of Surface Pro 4 is about to arrive in the markets.

According to Microsoft Store, discounted rate of Surface Pro 4 (128 GB, Core i5, 4GB RAM) is US$ 899. Surface Pro 5 has been confirmed for official launch in the first quarter of this year. Microsoft is going to make room for their ambitious and long awaited Surface Pro 5. Microsoft has chosen the right time for discount on Surface Pro 4.

Stylus pen will be upgraded with many new features and updates. Stylus will have a rechargeable battery in the middle, On/Off button, pencil like eraser on the tail and indicator light near the tail. Stylus pen is made compatible for connectivity with different supporting gadgets of Surface Pro 5. Stylus will be upgraded for wireless charging by magnetically attaching to device.

Surface Pro 5 might be armed with AMD ARM Processor instead of Intel Kaby lake processor as Windows 10 has already a demonstration with ARM processor.

 

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January 19, 2017

New iPad Pro to feature Apple Pencil 2 that attaches to the tablet
Daily Star

With major iPad updates expected this year, new reports have suggested that Apple will finally Apple Pencil magnetsintroduce that one feature you've been waiting for.

According to recent patent filings, the maker is known to be working on a new Apple Pencil stylus, with the second-generation accessory able to be attached to the side of your iPad.

Despite the original Apple Pencil being arguably the best stylus around, offering intricate pressure-sensitive skills and lag-free input, it's inability to attach to the iPad Pro was a major down side.

With no way of attaching to the slate, the Pencil became something of a nuisance, with its cylindrical style meaning it all too easily rolled away.

Its charging mechanism, of being stuck in the base of the iPad to create a double-length gadget, wasn't particularly elegant, either.

According to latest leaks and newly surfaced patents, however, the Apple Pencil 2 will be all change.

 

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Microsoft to Surface Pro 4, Studio owners: Even better battery life plus faster wake-up
ZDNet

Microsoft has released its first ever firmware update for the Surface Studio, as well as a new update for the Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft began shipping the Surface Studio in November and has now released its first firmware improvements for the pricey iMac challenger. It's not a huge update but does target improvements to reliability and responsiveness, according to Microsoft's release notes.

A new driver for the Nvidia graphics card cuts the time it takes for the Studio to wake up from sleep mode, while improving compatibility with new games.

The Surface component of the firmware update also cuts wake-up times for the Studio and improves the accuracy of its speech-recognition module. Meanwhile, a driver update for the Intel Smart Sound chip should to improve the reliability of Skype call audio and Skype notifications.

 

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January 23, 2017

Microsoft is now offering the Surface Pro 4 without its Surface Pen
Neowin

The Microsoft Store has begun selling a model of its Surface Pro 4 tablet without the Surface Pen that it previously included with every variant of the Windows 10 device.

Surface Pro 4 SKUs without the Surface Pen have been gradually appearing at other retailers in recent weeks. For example, Best Buy is offering this Surface Pro 4 bundle which includes a Type Cover keyboard, but excludes the Pen.

Without the Pen, the device is priced at $799 - that's $100 less than the same model that comes with the Pen included. Given that the Pen costs $59.99, you could purchase the Pen-free SKU for $799, and then add the Pen to your basket for a total cost of $858.99, which makes more sense than paying $899 for the same Pro 4 model that comes with the Pen in the box.

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Snag a Surface Pro 4 NFL Type Cover for just $99
Windows Central

As we inch closer and closer to Super Bowl Sunday, Microsoft is offering up a solid deal on its NFL Type Covers for Surface Pro 4. Right now, you can pick up an NFL Type Cover for just $99 at the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 NFL Type Cover Store (via Neowin). For those keeping track, that's a full $60 discount on its usual $160 price tag.

For your money, you'll be able to choose a Type Cover sporting the logo of your favorite NFL team. All 32 teams are represented, so there should be something for everyone. Given the fact that even the regular Surface Pro 4 Type Cover normally runs $130, this is a solid option if you're even vaguely interested in showing off your team's colors.

As you might expect, there are a couple of caveats to keep in mind. The deal is only available in the U.S. Microsoft Store, and it's only set to last through today, January 23

 


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Acer Unveils Versatile and Robust TravelMate Spin B1 Convertible Notebook at BETT 2017
HEXUS

Acer today announced the availability of its latest convertible notebook for education customers, the Acer TravelMate Spin B1 (B118), at the 2017 BETT Show (Booth B109) happening in London from January 25th to the 28th. The 11.6-inch convertible notebook with Windows 10 Pro is perfectly sized for easy portability, features four usage modes and a robust design made for day-to-day use in the classroom. In addition, with a long battery life, students can power through a full day of school and beyond. 

Editor’s Summary

• 360° hinge allows for versatile student learning with Laptop , Stand, Tent and Tablet modes

• Durable design with pressure-resistant screen, shock-absorbent rubber bumper and spill-resistant keyboard

• Up to 13 hours[1] of battery life powers through a full day of school and beyond for uninterrupted learning

• Stylus[2] supporting Windows Ink allows for an intuitive way for students to take notes, edit documents and sketch 

Long Battery Life and Great Performance

The TravelMate Spin B1 sports up to 13 hours of battery life, allowing students to learn without interruption, inside and outside the classroom, with power to spare for homework. Powered by Intel® Pentium® processors2 and Intel® HD Graphics, the TravelMate Spin B1 offers solid everyday performance . A Chiclet keyboard provides excellent tactile feedback for accurate touch-typing, and a Precision Touchpad promotes comfortable and responsive navigation, while supporting Windows 10 gestures.

Windows Ink and Acer TeachSmart™

Featuring a stylus supporting Windows Ink, students can intuitively jot down notes, edit Microsoft Word documents, interact with apps and draw. Students can access Microsoft OneNote directly and quickly from the locked screen with a simple click of the stylus. What’s more, interactions between students and teachers are also more intuitive with Acer TeachSmart™ software. The software’s interface works in conjunction with embedded multi-colored LED lights on each student’s notebook cover to allow them to easily communicate with the teacher, get class materials, take quizzes, and even request bathroom breaks. 

 

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January 24, 2017

 

Surface Pro 5 Release Date May Be Near As Microsoft Offers Big Surface Pro 4 Price Drops
iDigitalTimes.com

Surface Pro 5 speculation has been almost entirely silent over the past few months, but recent promotions from Microsoft may be enough to rejuvenate discussion. With global Surface Pro 4 price drops over the past few weeks, are we starting to see the first signs of stock liquidation? Let’s unpack the evidence.

First in the timeline of events was a promotion that began about a week ago on the U.K. Microsoft Store. By entering a special coupon code, users could save up to 15 percent on the tablet’s low and mid-tier configurations. Over the past 24 hours, price cut fever has also spread to the United States. A new sku of the low-tier m3 model can be bought for $100 less without the Surface Pen stylus. To make matters more interesting, the no-pen configuration is an astounding AU$450 cheaper in Australia.

It’s also hard to ignore that Microsoft intends to launch its Windows 10 Creators Update early this year. This is a patch that was previously delayed to release alongside “new Surface devices.” Just like what happened to the Surface Pro 3 before it, we think there’s reason to sell through Surface Pro 4 stock before making room for a Surface Pro 5

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Apple may be delaying the launch of its new iPad models
Daily Mail

This year, Apple is set to launch three new iPad devices, including an entirely new edition with a 10.1-inch screen.

But fans hoping to get their hands on the devices may be left waiting longer than the estimated March release date.

Rumours suggest that Apple may be delaying the launch of the new iPad models 'until the second half of 2017.'

In October, reports suggested that Apple would be launching its three new iPad devices in March 2017.

Apple will be releasing 7.9-, 9.7- and 10.1-inch models. 

But rumours from an unnamed source speaking to DigiTimes, suggest that these new products are 'still in planning.' 

All three of the new iPad Pro models are expected to be equipped with quad microphones and will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, reports Japanese tech site Mac Otakara

 

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January 25, 2017

Surface Pro 4 vs. Surface Pro 5 - What Improvements To Expect From Upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro
MobiPicker

Microsoft managed to offer the market an almost perfect 2 in 1 device with the Surface Pro. Solid Surface Procompactness, powerful specs good enough for power users, amazing screen, excellent keyboard and a solid Windows ecosystem made the Surface Pro line very successful, with the latest Surface Pro 5 rumored to debut during the first half of 2017.

If rumors are true, Microsoft could include a rechargeable Surface Pen with the Surface Pro 5. The pen will have a rechargeable battery supporting wireless charging, a huge upgrade over the previous Surface Pen.

The Surface pro is most likely to come equipped with USB Type-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 support, ditching the USB 3.0 port found on the Surface Pro 4. Universal UCB C port can make things easier, and there’s a chance for Microsoft to include both options, the best possible outcome if you ask us.

 

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Google's new Chromebooks pick a school yard fight with Microsoft, Apple
CNET

Google just made it a no-brainer for school districts to kick Apple and Microsoft to the curb.

At the education technology conference Bett, the search giant announced two new Chromebooks from Acer and Asus that basically offer low-cost, secure alternatives to iPads and Windows notebooks in Google Cromebookone device.

The two new Chromebook models -- the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the Asus Chromebook C213 -- are convertible laptops that can be used as tablets, as traditional notebooks, or in tent or display positions. Both are built to military standards for drops with the Acer featuring a spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad and the Asus, a modular design for easy onsite repairs.

Along with the sturdy construction, the Chromebooks have three key features. One is the included stylus, which Google said is inexpensive, doesn't require charging and doesn't need to be paired before use. Wacom EMR (electromagnetic resonance) technology and the stylus will let students write, draw and erase directly on the screen with little lag.

Each has a world-facing camera. Along with a camera above the screen, there is one also above the keyboard deck so that when they're in tablet mode students can use it to capture photos and video with the screen as the viewfinder. Lastly, they both charge off of USB-C, so there's no need to keep track of a specific power adapter.

 

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January 26, 2017

Lenovo Yoga Book Review: Outstanding Windows 2-in-1 for Taking Notes
Tablet PC Review

Last summer’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update brought much greater support for handwritten notes to Microsoft’s OS. Lenovo took that and ran with it, producing the Yoga Book with a strong emphasis Lenovo Yoga Bookon drawing and sketching. Thanks to a very flexible hinge this 2-in-1 can be used as laptop and a tablet, and it has an affordable $549.99 price .

We have already reviewed the version of computer that runs Google’s Android operating system. The hardware and accessories for these two devices are identical, so this article will focus on the performance of the Windows version, as well its associated software. For our thoughts on the physical design, please read our Lenovo Yoga Book Review: Great Android 2-in-1 for Notetaking.

Lenovo Yoga Book Performance

The Yoga Book looks like a high-end device, but it doesn’t have a high-end processor… which isn’t unreasonable because it also doesn’t have a high-end price. Still, potential buyers should be aware that its quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8550 processor (1.44 GHz, 2.40 GHz burst, 2M cache) is best suited for light office work, including note taking, as well as general personal use.

Lenovo Yoga Book Software

This version of the Yoga Book comes with Windows 10 Home 64, the latest version of Microsoft’s signature operating system. This is well suited to 2-in-1s, as it boasis different modes for tablets and laptops. The tablet mode is designed to make it easier to control the computer entirely through the touchscreen, while the laptop mode emphasizes the use of keyboard and trackpad.

  • Pros
    • Dedicated writing/drawing area ideal for taking notes
    • Sleek, flexible design
    • Good Battery Life
  • Cons
    • Virtual keyboard not well suited for long typing sessions
    • Barely average performance
Quick Take
The Yoga Book is very well suited to Windows fans who frequently take notes, sketch, or draw on their computer.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs leak revealing full-on iPad assault
T3

Apple may need to start worrying as Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab S3 tablet specs appear to have Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs leakleaked and they’re out to get the iPad.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 leaked on GFXBench where its hardware potential was shown off in all its glory.


The tablet is shown packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU with Adreno 530 graphics and running with a hefty 4GB of RAM. That should help churn out the 9.6-inch screen’s high resolution of 2048 x 1536 without any glitching.


The Galaxy Tab S3 is also listed as having a 12-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, flash and HDR capabilities plus a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie snapper. 


Storage is listed as 24GB which is likely after taking away the operating system meaning it’ll most likely come with a 32GB storage option.


Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy Tab S3 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February.

 

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January 27, 2017

Microsoft's Next Masterpiece: The Surface Pro 5 And How It Will Change The Market Landscape
iTech Post

The Surface Pro 4 has been on the market for over a year now and is still killing it. When it comes to microsoft surfacehybrid devices, the Surface Pro 4 is still one of the easiest and most popular choice to make. For this reason - and so much more - the public is expecting so much from the upcoming Surface Pro 5.

Microsoft has not revealed anything official about the speculated device, but there are several rumors surfacing that point to a stellar and very well constructed Surface Pro 5. As Forbes notes, it would be amazing if the device will feature an upgraded 4K screen. But to partner up with this will be updated technology that will improve the accuracy of the touch screen itself, whether with the use of a finger or the Surface Pen.

The Surface Pen itself is also expected to receive an upgrade with the release of the Surface Pro 5. A rechargeable feature for the accessory makes sense, as well as wireless charging feature. However, it likely that the Surface Pen will have more exciting features that could theoretically change the way the tablet has been understood and used.

One issue with the Surface Pro 4 that the Surface Pro 5 is likely to answer is battery life. With Microsoft expected to power the Surface Pro 5 with the seventh generation Intel Core processors, this is definitely possible. The processor, which is becoming more and more available, will offer more power but will drain battery life slower for mobile devices.

 

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Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base First Impressions
Thurrott.com

Surface Book with Performance Base is billed as the most powerful Surface Book yet, thanks to its pumped-up GPU. I finally have one in for review, and I’m eager to see whether this improvement Microsoft Surface Book  Performance Basejustifies the added expense.

To be clear, Surface Book with Performance Base isn’t so much a new model of Surface Book as it is a range of model choices. You may recall that when Microsoft first started selling Surface Book in late 2015 that the firm offered a variety of models, some with a dedicated GPU (dGPU) and some without. Surface Book with Performance Base somewhat complicates this model matrix, as there are now three new Surface Book models with a newer, better dGPU. And Microsoft is still offering the original dGPU-based models too.

For my coming review, I received the highest-end model. But since all Surface Book with Performance Base models include the same improved dGPU—-an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with 2 GB of dedicated RAM—any model would suffice to understand the performance differences between this and the old dGPU-based Surface Books. Certainly, the dGPU in Performance Base is a nice improvement over the dGPU in the original models, which has just 1 GB of RAM and roughly equates to an NVIDIA 940M. (Microsoft says only that this dGPU is a custom NVIDIA “Maxwell” dGPU.)

Battery life will also be a big focus here. As noted in Thinking About Surface Book with Performance Base last week, Microsoft’s claim here is that Surface Book with Performance Base provides up to 16 hours of battery life, compared to just 12 for the previous models. We shall see. Literally, as I’ll be spending about 16 hours in the air soon.

 

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January 30, 2017

Lenovo Miix 510 review:
CNET

The Surface Pro 4's combination of a solid OS in Windows 10 and elegant hardware made it the first Surface Pro and Lenovo Mix 510tablet PC to live up to Microsoft's message that a tablet really could replace a laptop. So if you were going to design a 2-in-1 tablet, it would make sense to emulate one that works, right?

The Lenovo Miix 510 definitely takes its design and feature cues from Microsoft's star tablet -- right down to the hinged kickstand that runs the width of the 12.2-inch screen. Lenovo brings its unique watchband-like hinges from its Yoga 900 series laptops to the kickstand, allowing you to tilt the screen back up to 170 degrees.

Combine that flexibility with its magnetic detachable keyboard folio cover (another nod to Microsoft) and you can type comfortably on a desk or slightly uncomfortably on your lap. With 1.5 millimeters of key travel, typing on the Miix 510's backlit keyboard feels more like a regular laptop than you might expect. I still prefer Microsoft's for its larger clickpad and full-size right-hand Shift key, but the Miix's is otherwise excellent and it's included in the price: Microsoft's is a $130 optional accessory.

 

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11 best new tablets coming in 2017
PC Advisor

If you're looking to buy a tablet, you might want to put away your money and check out our list of the most exciting new tablets coming later this year. We cover all the best new tablets for 2017, including the best new Windows tablets, best new Android tablets and best new iPads

 

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ASUS Transformer 3 Pro T303UA review: Poor battery life mars an otherwise impressive Surface Pro alternative
ZDNet

ProsASUS Transformer 3 Pro
  • High-quality design and build
  • Effective kickstand
  • Keyboard and ASUS Pen included
  • USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 support
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Screen is very reflective

ASUS has decided it needs a high-end 2-in-1 ultraportable to rival Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, and the 12.6-inch Transformer 3 Pro is the result. A robust kickstand, a bundled keyboard, top-end components and high-quality design, along with a competitive price, all bode well. What could possibly go wrong?

The Transformer 3 Pro's build quality is very impressive. The chassis is made of the magnesium alloy that's characteristic of higher-end laptops, and I found it pretty much impossible to bend or bow the tablet in my hands. As well as being strong, the magnesium alloy is light, with the tablet weighing around 800g. This is still a lot to hold in one hand for any length of time, but held in two hands in landscape mode, or in portrait mode in the crook of an arm, it feels extremely manageable.

 

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January 31, 2017

Microsoft releases new January firmware update for the Surface Pro 3
MSPoweruser

Microsoft has released a new firmware update for Surface Pro 3 devices, its first for 2017. There are no details on what’s new in this update (System Firmware Update – 30 -01 -2017) as Microsoft has yet to update its history page, so we can assume this is most likely just a bug fixing update aimed at smoothing over usability issues and the like.

 

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Scan Handle Transforms Rugged Tablet into Barcode Scanning Powerhouse
ruggedtabletpc.com

MobileDemand, a leading rugged Windows® tablet provider, has designed an innovative Scan Handle attachment for the new xTablet T8650 rugged tablet. The optional accessory snaps directly to the Scan Handle Transforms Rugged Tablet into Barcode Scannerback of the device to enable fast and ergonomic barcode scanning utilizing the rugged tablet’s built-in high-performance 2D barcode scanner.

Attaching to the included Snap Mount plate and connecting to the xTablet T8650 via Bluetooth, the Scan Handle features a built-in trigger which when pulled, activates the barcode scanner located on the top of the tablet. This accessory is best suited for individuals capturing vast amounts of 1D or 2D barcodes throughout their workday, increasing productivity in industries such as retail, warehousing, and distribution.

The Scan Handle is powered by a 2,000 mAh swappable battery, providing up to 90 hours of continuous use on a single charge.

The xTablet T8650 runs enterprise-ready Windows® 10 Professional, an operating system that gets more work done in less time, paired with an Intel® Atom x5-Z8550 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Other unique features of the rugged tablet include a 3D camera, fingerprint reader, 4G LTE, GPS, dual-color cameras, hot-swappable batteries, vehicle mounting and much more.

 

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Best parental control software 2017: How to monitor and limit your kids screen time
PC Advisor

Parental control software used to be something you'd install on the family PC, but these days things are a lot more complicated with phones and tablets. Here we've rounded up the best parental control software that will let you protect your kids as well as monitor and limit their screen time.

Windows isn't the only operating system that your kids are likely to use these days. In fact, they probably spend more time using Android or iOS thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. So how do you keep track of what they're doing and limit how much time they can spend staring at a screen?

An easy way to restrict internet access and any other communication is to enable flight mode before you give the device to your child. Savvy kids will easily work out how to disable this and turn Wi-Fi back on. There are a few decent children's tablets which offer excellent protector and time limits, so check out our best kids' tablets roundup.

 

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The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.

 

 

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