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March 1, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Book vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Which One Is Better?
News4C

It looks like these past few years all major tech companies have launched their own 2-in-1 device. The biggest brand in this industry is undoubtedly Microsoft’s Surface Pro. The most popular device which Samsung Galaxy Book vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4was released under that brand name has to be Surface Pro 4. This is actually the latest Surface Pro offering.

What’s interesting is that Surface Pro 4 is competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Book lineup. The reason why this is interesting is because Samsung was known for producing Windows laptops, but then decided to produce its own laptops. Today we’re going to compare Samsung Galaxy Book against Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and see how well they fare against each other.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Book: Release Date

As everyone knows, Surface Pro 4 has been out for quite a while now but we can’t say the same thing about Galaxy Book. The South Korean tech giant was expected to announce all the details surrounding the new Galaxy Book during the Mobile World Congress, but instead Samsung decided not to. Therefore, this comparison will be based only on specs.

It looks like Microsoft is finally going to have some tough competition. We can’t know for sure when Galaxy Book will drop, but it will definitely make waves in the tech industry. We should also mention that rumors are pointing out that Microsoft will be launching a brand new Surface Pro 5 which will probably be better than Samsung’s laptop.

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March 2, 2017

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs Apple iPad Pro 2 specs, features, price and release date: Which one has the edge?
Delhi Daily News

This year is going to witness a big battle - the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs Apple iPad Pro 2 battle of specs, features and price as the release date of the both devices approaches.

Microsoft will be coming out with Surface Pro 5 while Apple will be unveiling the highly anticipated iPad Pro 2. Even though these two devices do not fit in the same category because one is a laptop while the other is a tablet, they are still seen as rivals.

In order to decide which one wins the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs Apple iPad Pro 2 battle, we’re going to have to compare the two devices. Experts feel that Microsoft’s device will be better from a hardware performance point of view, but Apple might still be able to steal some customers from Microsoft because of its popularity.

Please keep in mind that all we know so far about Surface Pro 5 and iPad Pro 2 is based on various leaks and rumors.

Now Surface Pro 5 is going to have a big advantage over the new iPad Pro 2 because it will be equipped with Intel’s seventh generation Kaby Lake processors. On the other hand, iPad Pro 2 will be powered by the company’s own A10X chipset. Even better, Surface Pro 5 is expected to ship with a surface dial, stylus and cover keyboard. Apple will only bundle its device with an Apple Pencil and smart keyboard.

 

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March 3, 2017

Apple Losing Out to Microsoft and Google in US Classrooms
Mac Rumors

Use of iPads and MacBooks in U.S. schools hit a new low last year, with Apple struggling to make further inroads into the education sector, according to new figures (via The New York Times).

According to research company Futuresource Consulting, in 2016 the number of devices in American classrooms that run iOS and macOS fell to third place behind both Google-powered laptops and Windows devices.

Out of 12.6 million mobile devices shipped to primary and secondary schools in the U.S., Chromebooks accounted for 58 percent of the market, up from 50 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, school shipments of iPads and Mac laptops fell to 19 percent, from about 25 percent, over the same period, while Microsoft Windows laptops and tablets stayed relatively stable at about 22 percent.

K-12 Computers in schools

 

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March 6, 2017

Samsung's New Galaxy Book Is Microsoft's Surface Victory
Forbes

In place of the Android-powered smartphone, the Windows 10-powered Galaxy Book took pride of place.

With a detachable keyboard, the inclusion of Samsung’s S-Pen for digital stylus input and an Intel Core i5 CPU,  even a casual examination of the machine will be enough to compare Samsung’s machine to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.

And Microsoft will be delighted.

The real value in the Surface brand is to illustrate what Microsoft thinks the best use of its software could be. The first Surface machines debuted with Windows 8 and the move towards mainstream touch-based computing for the venerable operating system. What sort of environment, software and physical design was the OS designed for? The Surface answered that question.

As the world moved to Windows 10 the touch experience was refined and parts of the older keyboard/pointer experience returned to balance out competing needs. the Surface 3 nailed the lightweight Windows 10 tablet experience, while the Pro 3 and Pro 4 showed the high-end potential. The Surface Book was the icing on the cake.

Now Samsung’s launch has shown the value of this process. It takes the competency of Windows 10, the design cues from Microsoft, and wraps it up in a package that is unmistakably Windows, but also unashamedly Samsung.

Samsung gets a new device to sell in a growing market, Microsoft gets another hardware manufacture helping boost the number of users on Microsoft’s cloud-based services and consumers get something else to choose from in terms of specifications and price points. It’s a win all round for Microsoft’s Surface concept.

 

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March 7, 2017

Base Surface Pro 4s no longer come with Surface Pen — but it's a better deal
Digital Trends

Microsoft has removed the entry-level Surface Pro 4 with Surface Pen bundle entirely, but while this might seem like a limiting of options for Surface Pro 4 buyers, it actually could save them money. The cheapest Surface Pro 4 without the Surface Pen is $100 cheaper than when it came with one, and you can always buy the pen separately for just $60.

When we took a look at the Surface Pro 4 back in mid-2016, we called it the best 2-in-1 PC we’d ever tested. Although mostly that was to do with the hardware inside and its presentation, the Surface Pen did add a lot to the package, too. It’s much more sensitive than the Pen that shipped out with the Surface Pro 3 and feels like an intrinsic part of the Surface Pro 4’s design.

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March 8, 2017

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review
TechSpot

Every major player in the Windows PC business has a 2-in-1 laptop these days. Lenovo’s Yoga line Dell XPS 13 2-in-1has been very successful, the HP Spectre x360 I recently reviewed is an excellent product, and now Dell has hopped on the train with the XPS 13 2-in-1. Announced at CES 2017, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has a clunky name, but it brings a 360-degree hinge to Dell’s most popular ultraportable for the first time.

Many of the features we’ve come to love about the XPS 13 are carried over to the XPS 13 2-in-1. The bezels around three sides of the 13.3-inch display are very slim, leading to a fantastic viewing experience. The carbon fiber keyboard surround, as well as the keyboard and trackpad itself, are essentially identical to the XPS 13. It’s a similar weight (1.24kg) and thickness (13.7mm) as well, if slightly slimmer and more portable than its fixed-laptop brother.

 

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March 9, 2017

Surface IT Pro Bulletin Moving to Surface Blog for IT Pros

Starting today, the Surface IT Professional Bulletin and its announcements of Surface driver and firmware updates are moving to the Surface Blog for IT Pros on TechNet. We’re moving this content from the newsletter to the blog platform to allow for more agile documentation of updates and a more interactive experience, complete with a comments section! To stay up-to-date with the latest information about Surface driver and firmware updates, you can visit the Surface IT Pro Blog and even subscribe to the RSS feed to be alerted whenever we post.

We’ve been documenting Surface driver and firmware releases on the Surface IT Pro Blog for some time now, but beginning today we’ll be providing release notes for IT Pros with each and every release of Surface driver and firmware updates to Windows Update or the Microsoft Download Center. We’ll also continue to keep you updated on the latest information available in the Surface TechNet Library, Surface IT Center, and updates to Surface tools for IT Pros like Surface Data Eraser (SDE), Surface Deployment Accelerator (SDA), Surface Diagnostic Toolkit (SDT), and Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM).

Stay tuned to the Surface IT Pro Blog. We have some exciting new content coming, including Microsoft Mechanics videos covering Surface Hub, Surface Studio, Surface Dial, and the new Surface Book with Performance Base. You can filter the blog posts to show only those for a specific topic. For example, select the MSFTMechanics tag to show only Microsoft Mechanics videos. Visit the Surface IT Pro Blog and explore what makes Surface devices the ideal fit for business environments.

 

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March 10, 2017

Watch us unbox the Microsoft Surface Studio
PCWorld

Microsoft’s Surface Studio is the ultimate Windows All-in-One, the showcase for Windows 10’s biggest innovations—especially some of those coming in the Creators Update. 

We just received our Surface Studio loaner and couldn’t wait to open the box. The very big box. Watch as we unwrap everything and talk about the specs. This highest-end SKU has a mobile Core i7 Skylake CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD with 2TB HDD, and Windows 10 Pro. You can’t miss the 28-inch PixelSense Display with a dazzling 4500x3000 resolution. 

 

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March 13, 2017

Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Still One Of The Best Amidst Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Alleged Release!
Auto World News

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is considered one of the best tablet even with the rumored release of Microsoft Surface Pro 5 soon. The hype has been focused on the Surface Pro 5 that the spotlight is somehow Surface Pro 4 in cartaken away from the Surface Pro 4. Sure, Surface Pro 5 is allegedly way better than the Surface Pro 4, but why go crazy over something that is not even happening yet when there's one that is immediately available?

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is still a good tablet to be used even for 2017. According to Gadgets 360, the Surface Pro 4 comes with a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels at a PPI of 267 pixels-inch. It does come with 4GB of RAM and has 128GB of internal storage which is expandable by using a MicroSD card.

It also comes with an 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixels for the all-important selfie shooting front-facing camera. It does run on Windows 10 and ultra-portable with 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 measurement and only weighs 766 grams.

This is definitely one of the lightest laptops currently available in the market. However lightweight, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is packed with power that can easily beat its competitors such as Apple's iPad. iPad is a great tablet to have, however, for those who prefer using Windows as the device's operating system, the Surface Pro 4 may be the best option.

 

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iPad Pro 2, iPad Mini 5 to Arrive in April 2017
Gigjets

There’s a chance that Apple owners could see the the iPad Pro 2 or iPad Mini 5 in the future event. According to Apple’s official blog, an Apple event is bound to take place on the 4th of April. The Cupertino based company, for a couple of years now, has been organizing its Spring event in March. The same blog confirm that the release of the iPad is the next Spring event for Apple.

Nonetheless, this release does not coincide with the ones of previous years. With the new Apple headquarters, Apple Park, scheduled to inaugurate in April this same year, Apple’s blog suggests that the company will launch its new iPad lineup in the Steve Jobs Theater, located on the new Apple Park campus known as “Spaceship”.

Marty Edwards, the contributing editor of Apple’s blog, claims that there are some iPad deals that are currently available through local carriers, with a discount of $150 and most models are scheduled to end on the 1st of April. Conspicuously, it’s just three days ahead of the launch event fort both iPad Pro 2 and iPad Mini 5.

 

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March 14, 2017

Rumor: Apple to debut 10.5-inch iPad Pro at special event in early April
AppleInsider

The rumor mill is ablaze about a supposed 10.5-inch iPad Pro, with the latest claims out of East Asia ipad pro at the beachsaying Apple has pushed up manufacturing of the alleged flagship tablet to make an early April launch.

Citing sources within Apple's supply chain, DigiTimes on Tuesday said the company has moved up production of the unannounced 10.5-inch slate to March in preparation of a debut in early April. Apple is supposedly working to unveil the new iPad Pro model at a media event meant to mark the inauguration of Apple Park, which is set to open next month.

DigiTimes has a less than stellar track record when it comes to predicting future Apple products, and the publication's assertions regarding an Apple Park keynote are likely unfounded. While employees are expected to start moving into the headquarters in April, construction of the on-site Steve Jobs Theater is not scheduled for completion until later this year.

So far, various rumors have pegged the 10.5-inch tablet to launch in March, April and May. According to the latest scuttlebutt, Apple could debut new iPad products between March 20 and 24, though the company has yet to send out media invitations for the usual product keynote.

Whether or not Apple plans to debut its latest iPad hardware at a public presentation, evidence suggests a series of new tablet devices are being tested in and around San Francisco Bay Area. On Monday, mobile marketing firm Fiksu said it discovered four new iPad identifiers running versions of iOS 10.3 in its device tracking logs.

 

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March 15, 2017

Microsoft Surface Book Performance Base & Surface Book 2 Rumors
Auto World News

 

Microsoft Surface Book with its Performance Base model redefines what it means to be a high-end Surface Book. With this model, the company is targeting users with a bit more money to spend on a high-powered computing device. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the new Microsoft Surface.

As reported by Thurrot, the Performance Base model isn’t a new version of the product. It represents the three new models of the original late 2015 Surface Book lineup. On the outside, the Performance Base still retains the design of the original model, but with a few subtle differences. It is a slightly larger 13.5-inch laptop with a removable screen, weighing in at 3.8 pounds.

The Surface Book Performance Base is a true laptop with a hardware base that contains the keyboard and touchpad, various ports, a battery, and a dedicated graphic processing unit. The detachable screen is bigger than many other screens of 2-in-1 laptops, but it is also lighter and thinner. Once detached, the screen presents a usable tablet with pen support that can be used for content creation tasks. The display is running at 3000 x 2000 pixels, which is perfect for this design. Powering the display is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU with 2 GB of RAM. The other components of the Performance Base model are the 6th generation dual-core Intel Core i7-6600U Skylake Processor, and few choices in terms of RAM and storage configurations.

On the outside, the Surface Book Performance Base has one of the best keyboards out of any other laptops. The glass touchpad remains unchanged from previous models and it too is best in class. Like any other Surface Book, Performance Base also includes a Surface Pen that has over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.

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March 16, 2017

How to Use Windows 10 in Tablet Mode
PC Magazine

Windows 10 can work in tablet mode or desktop mode, no matter what type of device you have. What's the difference and how do you change from one to another? How to Use Windows 10 in Tablet Mode

By default, Windows 10 tablets start up in tablet mode, which displays the tiled Start screen and the virtual keyboard. Windows 10 computers fire up in desktop mode, which serves up the Start menu. But regardless of form factor, you can use your device in either mode. Let's take a look.

First, you don't even have to futz around with tablet mode if all you want to do is choose between the Start menu or Start screen. To set your Start environment, click on the Start button > Settings > Personalization > Start. On the right pane of the Personalization window you'll see an option called "Use Start full screen." Make sure that option is turned on.

If you have a hybrid PC that can switch between laptop and tablet mode, you can turn off that capability or ask Windows to prompt you before it switches modes. On the right pane of the tablet mode window, click on the drop-down menu for "When this device automatically switches tablet mode on or off." You face three choices: "Don't ask me and don't switch," "Always ask me before switching," and "Don't ask me and always switch."

The first option leaves Windows always in its current mode. The second option prompts you to switch between tablet and desktop mode depending on the state of your hybrid machine. And the third option automatically switches between tablet and desktop mode without prompting you.

 

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Microsoft Surface Studio: Fusion Of Touchscreen Tablet & Device
MStarsNews

The vast growth of what is known to be portable computers and smartphones have left traditional PCs to slowly die down. With Microsoft's innovative ideas, they set to unveil an all-in-one fusion of a Panos Panay with Microsoft Studiotouchscreen tablet and a device and that's Microsoft Surface Studio.

The Microsoft Surface Studio is a 28-inch pixel sense display touchscreen desktop. The design itself has been well thought of by Microsoft.  It is a core i7 Skylake CPU with a 32 GB of RAM including a 128 GB SSD with 2 TB HDD. The design of the Microsoft surface Studio is used for creative environments somehow sets it apart from the Apple computers.

Aside from its stunning and sophisticated look, this all-in-one PC is operated by Windows 10 Pro with a dazzling 4500x3000 resolution. It also has a Surface Pen that is user-friendly and perfect for graphic artists. According to Bob Al-Greene, he would rely on Cintiq 22-inch touchscreen tablet for his work and iMac for his emails and web browsing, but with Microsoft Surface Studio, he was able to do both works on this large machine, shared by Auto World News.

 

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March 17, 2017

Toshiba returns with the business hybrid Portege X20
Pickr

The company known for practically starting the whole laptop industry this week has announced it has something new for it in Australia, embracing Intel’s 7th generation processors and gripping on tight, delivering much of what the work day would need inside of an alloy body.hybrid Portege X20

Toshiba’s new computer is the Portege X20, a machine that goes right for the hybrid laptop-tablet part of the market, but deviates from the approach Toshiba has been known to take in the past.

Rather than offer a hybrid with the tablet in one section that connects to the body in the other, Toshiba has joined the crowd and made a laptop with a versatile hinge, able to switch the laptop into what it claims are “five core viewing modes” for “laptop, tablet, tabletop, presentation, and audience”, but what you’ll probably just know has open like a laptop and flat like a tablet, because these seem to be the predominant ways people use hybrid hinge devices.

Inside, the machine is up to where you’d expect a new machine to be, with one of those spiffy new Intel processors (either Core i5 or Core i7), either 256 or 512GB M.2 storage on-board, a choice of either 8 or 16GB RAM, and support for both USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3 found on-board and a converter for regular USB bundled in the box.

Regardless of the option you go for, Toshiba is including support for modern WiFi worth 802.1ac, Bluetooth 4, speakers by Herman/Kardon, and even a webcam that can do that whole Windows 10 “Windows Hello” trick of logging you in just by looking at your face.

“In the Portege X20, 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 Justin White, Product Marketing Manager at Toshiba in Australia.

“From the perspective of performance, mobility, battery life and usability, the Portege X20 epitomises what the future of mobile computing will look like for the foreseeable future,” he said.

 

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March 20, 2017

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Latest Update: Hybrid Featuring AMD Ryzen & Windows 10 Creators Releasing This Spring
Droid Report

Latest reports and rumors about the highly anticipated Microsoft Surface Pro 5 claims that device is expected to launch this spring with AMD's latest Ryzen processors and the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. There are also some rumors which say that there will be two variants of the Surface Pro 5- one with the AMD CPU and another with Intel's Kaby Lake.

 

 

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March 21, 2017

Review: Lenovo Yoga Book Windows Version Makes Certain Tasks a Dream
GeekDad

 

 

You know when you see a video for a soon-to-be-released piece of tech and you start to make all sorts of noise because you really must have it? That’s me. When I saw the above video for the Lenovo Yoga Book, there were noises. Not only is the Yoga Book aesthetically pleasing, but the things I could do.

The thing that excited me the most was the Halo keyboard that doubles as a writing area. You can put paper on it and it will transfer what you’re writing on the paper to OneNote, Word, Outlook, and other Windows programs that have the draw functionality. I had all sorts of dreams about digitizing my paper Midori journals, plus other uses that are related to my preference to write things down because it helps with memory retention and recall.

 

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March 22, 2017

Apple Quietly Replaces iPad Air 2 With $329 iPad
PC Magazine

Apple products are not typically thought of as budget devices, but Cupertino today announced a brand new iPad model, and the focus is on affordability.2017 iPad

The new iPad is simply called the "iPad" with Apple marketing it as "best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever." It costs $329 and replaces the iPad Air 2$409.00 at Amazon in the tablet lineup.

For your $329, Apple is offering a 9.7-inch iPad with a Retina display (2,048-by-1,536 resolution) and 32GB of storage powered by the 64-bit A9 processor (also found in the iPhone 6s$649.00 at Apple Store). It runs iOS 10, offers Wi-Fi and Touch ID, 8MP and FaceTime HD cameras, weighs 1 pound, and boasts 10 hours of battery life. Color options include Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. You may also be happy to hear it does retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple decided not to offer a 64GB storage option, instead jumping to 128GB, which will cost $429. If you want the extra storage and cellular, expect to pay $459. All options include a Lightning-to-USB cable and power adapter.

Apple will start accepting orders on Friday, March 24, with stock arriving in Apple Stores next week

 

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Apple announcements video recap: Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, Nike bands, and more
9 to 5 Mac

 

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Microsoft's new tool helps you easily migrate your stuff from Mac to Surface
The Verge

Microsoft appears to have quietly released a new piece of migration software that makes it easier to switch from Mac to Surface devices. The Mac to Surface Assistant, as it’s aptly called, is pretty straightforward: you download it from here, and the software walks you through transferring documents, photos, and media files into a zip file on your desktop that you can then transfer to another device. The company didn’t formally announce it, but Microsoft watchers and Windows sites have nonetheless discovered it.

Mac to Surface Assistant

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March 23, 2017

How to sync settings in Windows 10How to sync settings in Windows 10
PC Advisor

Windows 10 includes a helpful feature that allows you to sync your passwords, web browser settings, colour schemes, notifications, device settings and web browser preferences across all your Windows devices. We show you how to enable the setting and tailor it to your needs.

How to enable sync settings in Windows 10

Before you can get the sync feature up and running you’ll first need to log into your device using your Microsoft account. Once this is done tap the Windows key and click on the Settings icon (which looks like a gear cog) that you’ll see in the bottom left corner of the screen .

In the window that appears you’ll see an option for Accounts. Double click on this and then select the Sync your settings section at the bottom of the left hand column.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review: More than Just a Tablet
Droid Report

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was one of the most hi-tech and luxurious products of Samsung. It has even gone head-to-head with Apple's latest iPad Pro when it comes to its specs and features. But how far can Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 get to own its tagline as "more than just a tablet?"

When comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 to Apple's iPad Pro, it was hard to decide which one is better. To get to know more about the Samsung's newest Galaxy tablet, let us narrow down its specs and features.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, HDR video playback, and 2048x1536-pixel high resolution. However, according to CNET, having the AMOLED display has an advantage since there was no easily accessible way to view HDR content on it. Netflix will not support HDR on Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 while Amazon and FandangoNow will have the feature since the HDR content will be available soon. Nevertheless, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 can still provide you a sharp and vibrant viewing.

Other external features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 are a fast-charging USB-C port, four speakers, a fingerprint sensor and its very own stylus pen, the S pen. Buyers can also get a keyboard/cover separately for $129.99.

The two most prominent features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 are the S pen and the keyboard. The stylus serves as a pointer. Apart from that, a number of reviews have stated that there are more uses for the S pen with applications compatible with it. These purposes are for doodling, sketching, writing notes, translate words and save snippets of texts and pictures among others.

 

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March 24, 2017

Apple iPad Pro 2 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Battle Of The Flagships
Sports World News

Apple iPad Pro 2 and Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is the upcoming tablet cum laptop devices. Both are said to come up with ultimate specs and features. Apple and Microsoft will rival each other with these high-end tablets.Panos Panay with Surface Pro 4

Apple iPad Pro 2 is said to come up with three variants, which is 9.7 inches, 12.9 inches, and 10.5 inches screen. If reports are to be believed, the gadget could mark a 4K display. Apple's flagship is also rumored to sport an A10X chipset.

In terms of storage, Apple iPad Pro 2 would feature a 4GB RAM and internal storage with three options, which is 128GB/256GB/512GB. While on the camera front, iPad Pro 2 could feature 5MP secondary and 12MP primary camera. The stylus and design of the tablet will also come up with changes. Apple iPad Pro is also rumored to run on iOS 10.

On the other hand, Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is also one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year. Rumors on media outlets suggest the tablet cum laptop will be equipped with incredible specs and features.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to come up with Intel's Kaby Lake processor. The processor is said to be one of the powerful and fastest CPU. Another feature is the 4K UHD display, which might be sported in the gadget. Reports suggest that the US tech giant might also mark the USB C-Type in Pro 5, reports DroidReport.

 

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Looking Forwards To Microsoft's Surface Pro 5
Know Your Mobile

Surface Pro 5: Release date

All the rumors point to an “early 2017” release. However, given that March is almost over, it’s possible the Surface Pro 5 could be pushed back to summer. What is most likely is that the Surface Pro 5 will be announced sometime in the end of March or April and ship about a month later.

It’s likely Microsoft is holding off releasing the Surface Pro 5 until the next major Windows 10 update, called Redmond 2, is ready as it's likely the Surface Pro 5 will require Redmond 2 to run.

Surface Pro 5: Display

All rumors point to the Surface Pro 5 having a 4K display, which will be a huge improvement over the Surface Pro 4 display.

If they do include a 4K/UHD display it will likely be either a screen with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (a 16:9 ratio) or a screen with 3,840 x 2,560 pixels (a 3:2 ratio). For now we’re betting on the 3:2 ratio size since they’ve been using 3:2 since the Surface 3.

Surface Pro 5: Specs

Almost everyone expects the Surface Pro 5 to sport Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors, which will be a massive improvement over the Surface Pro 4’s Skylake architecture. Kaby Lake benefits by using a 14nm architecture, however the Surface Pro 5 could possible use chips that are even better.

Some rumors say Microsoft might opt to include Cannonlake processors in the Pro 5. Cannonlake processors are set to succeed Kaby Lake and use a 10nm architecture. However, Cannonlake processors aren’t set to be out until the second half of 2017, so if Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 5 before then, it will almost certainly have Kaby Lake processors.

But it’s also likely the Surface Pro 5 will come in a range of spec options, running the gamut of everything from Intel Core M chips to higher-power Intel Core I chips. You can also expect varying amounts of RAM and storage. There’s a chance the Surface Pro 5 could come in multiple screen sizes–or a 4K version and a lower res version–but that’s debatable at the moment.

It’s also very likely that the Surface Pro 5 will feature USB-C ports since that is quickly becoming the industry standard I/O. As for battery life: a 4K screen is going to suck power like there’s no tomorrow, but architecture and battery improvements mean the Surface Pro 5 will last as long as the Surface Pro 4 does.

 

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March 27, 2017

Microsoft's Surface Spring Event may not feature the Surface Book 2 or Surface Pro 5
MSPoweruser

Microsoft was previously expected to announce the new successors to the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book this Spring at a “Spring hardware launch event”, but a new report suggests that isn’t what’s going to happen.

According to ZDNet’s prolific Microsoft watcher,  Mary Jo Foley, conversations with numerous sources have led to the impression that Microsoft isn’t launching successors to the older Surfaces just yet. This means that there will be no Surface Pro 5, nor will they be a Surface Book 2 – this spring at least.

However, there is still strong support for a Windows 10 Surface Event this week, which leads to speculation about what Microsoft has up its sleeve regarding its hardware. Windows 10 Mobile and Hololens powered hardware are right out, and Microsoft typically holds gaming focused events for its Xbox consoles.

We reported earlier about a purported Surface Book 2 which ditched the hinge for a conventional clamshell form factor. It has been theorized that these Surface clamshell PCs aren’t actually Surface Books but instead the very first of Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM devices.

 

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Apple patent points to thin Smart Cover-like accessory that turns iPhones and iPads into laptops
Tech2

An Apple patent filed last Thursday, hints at a modular take on computing where your iPhone or iPad Apple accessory turns iPhones and iPads into laptopsbecomes the brains of an otherwise dead, laptop. The patent filing points to a thin portable hardware dock-like laptop accessory that packs in the components needed to turn your iPhone or iPad into a full-fledged computing device.

The news comes from AppleInsider, where the blog points to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filing for an “electronic accessory device” that comes in various configurations.

From what can be seen in IP, it shows two use cases for the device. Starting with the device itself, it basically adds the missing bits that are needed to turn the iPhone or iPad into full computing machines, that would be similar to the concept behind the Motorola Atrix and the Asus PadFone.

 

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March 28, 2017

Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event
SlashGear

Forget the Surface Phone, there might not even be a new Surface Book or Surface Pro. At least not in Microsoft’s Spring event next month. Given what the Surface Book 2 is rumored to be, which is quite different from its predecessor, there might be no tears shed. Microsoft does have a new Surface Surface Book with performance basedevice prepared, however, though what exactly that will be is still anyone’s guess.

The Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4, which both launched at the same time, is over a year old. In the fast-paced, high turnover age of devices today, that’s already way too old. Since Microsoft announced the Surface Studio late last year instead, there was a bit of hope that it would announce new tablets at its Spring hardware event next month. Emphasis on “was”.

Sources are supposedly silent on both the Surface Book 2 and the Surface Pro 5. Or to be more specific, sources are saying that the Surface Book 2 is not yet ready for Spring. But Microsoft is also expected to announce new devices that will showcase the upcoming major update to Windows 10, a.k.a. the Creators Update. The Surface Studio, which is as creator-oriented as you can get, is already out of the question. So what else could it be?

It could, instead, be some sort of “cloud book”. Microsoft is expected to also announce its locked down Windows 10 Cloud Edition, which is believed to be Redmon’s answer to Google’s Chrome OS. And what better way to mark that with some Chromebook-like devices. Windows 10 Cloud, despite the name, is more about restricting access to what can be installed on devices. Only those apps on the Windows Store can be installed, though “desktop” UWP apps are definitely possible.

 

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Microsoft's Spring fling: Is another new Surface device category coming?
zdnet

Microsoft's anticipated Spring hardware launch is unlikely to feature the Surface Book 2. So what else might be on the docket?Microsoft Surface

We're officially one week into "Spring" in this part of the world, and still no word on Microsoft's long-rumored Spring 2017 hardware launch.

Since early 2016 or so, a number of us Microsoft watchers have been hearing and predicting that the company would roll out its next versions of its Surface Book PC (Surface Book 2) and Surface Pro tablet (Surface Pro 5) at a Spring 2017 event.

Recently, however, I've heard from a couple of contacts that Surface Book 2 is not going to be announced here, as I mentioned during a recent episode of the Windows Weekly podcast. I'm not sure whether Surface Pro 5 will debut at the still-unannounced Spring hardware launch either.

I continue to hear from my sources that there will be a Microsoft Spring 2017 hardware launch. The question is what will Microsoft be showing off at there, besides Windows 10 Creators Update?

DigiTimes -- known for its fairly unreliable track record on new product announcements -- claimed recently that Microsoft was manufacturing new 13.5-inch clamshell form-factor Surface Book laptops that could retail for around $1,000.

As I mentioned above, I'm hearing no Surface Book 2 machines will be announced this Spring, as they're not quite ready yet.

 

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March 29, 2017

Porsche Design's BOOK ONE convertible 2-in-1 PC now available for pre-order in the UK
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Porsche Design's BOOK ONE convertible 2-in-1 PC

Porsche Design’s BOOK ONE convertible 2-in-1 PC is now available for pre-order in the UK.  It’s the world’s first convertible and detachable 2-in-1, sporting a gearlike, stainless steel 360-degree hinge that spins the display for use in multiple positions.

The silhouette of the BOOK ONE uses a milled aluminum housing with a matte anodized surface finish and features subtle Porsche Design branding on the top of the tablet and the bottom edge of the screen. The main highlight of the device is its hinge. This new hinge not only allows you detach the tablet but also allows you to rotate 360 degree when needed. The well-crafted hinge and its stainless steel cog wheels are inspired by the transmission of a sports car.

BOOK ONE comes with 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor, which clocks in at up to 3.5 GHz, 13.3” IPS display with QHD+ resolution, 16 GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD. It includes two USB Type-C ports and two full-size USB 3.0 ports. Also, the built-in USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 port not only powers a variety of USB peripherals with just a single cable it also guarantees fast, hassle-free data exchange. It also supports Windows Hello through infrared camera and touchpad gestures through its Precision Touchpad.

 

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Samsung Aims To Steal Apple's Business Customers With New Devices And Partnerships
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Hot on the heels of announcing new tablets and a 2-in-1 PC replacement at Mobile World Congress, Samsung's back with another set of product launches. At the Unpacked event in New York, Samsung Samsung DeX Docklaunched the Galaxy S8, the much-anticipated replacement for the Galaxy Note 7 in its flagship line of smartphones.

True to expectations, the company continues to focus on improving the smartphone/phablet category with a redesigned phone that is thinner with a larger infinity display screen. The company also discussed Bixby, it's new AI cognitive assistant that will help customers leverage all of the phones features. The similarities and differences between Samsung's Bixby and other products such as Siri, Cortana and Google warrant its own post. While I could discuss all of the latest features of the Samsung smartphone and the state of the global smartphones market, there are many articles that will address that topic in great detail.

The Unpacked event also brought us a surprising new addition to the lineup called the Samsung DeX. It’s a docking device roughly the size of a hockey puck that allows fast charging of the phone as well as two USB 2.0, Ethernet, USB type-C power-in and a cooling fan. Samsung describes the DeX as providing an Android-based desktop-like experience that enables users to seamlessly access apps, edit documents, browse the web, watch videos, reply to messages directly from the smartphone on a larger display. It also allows you to use a keyboard and mouse. DeX provides new ways to improve the usability of consumer apps such as photo editing, but Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft and Virtual Desktop vendors also make it a win for the enterprise.

 

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March 30, 2017

NFL Referees to get better in-game replay reviews with expanded Surface deal
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In 2014, Microsoft’s Surface became the official tablet for the NFL, a deal that cost the tech giant a whopping $400 million through the year 2019. From the deal, Microsoft would gain considerable NFL Referees with Surface tabletexposure by having its logo appear on the sides of instant replay stations, and the devices in the hands of the referees, with teams using the tablets on sidelines to analyze on-field action instead of physical photographs and diagrams.

Well on Tuesday, the league’s 32 owners voted to approve a new instant replay system using the tablet on field, for situations like reviewing challenges or rewarding unsure points. While watching the instant replay, the referees will communicate with the NFL’s officiating headquarters in New York to reach a final determination.

“We’re pleased to build on our partnership with the NFL and help lead the digital transformation of the game with yesterday’s approval of NFL referees conducting video reviews on Surface this upcoming season,” said Jeff Tran, Director of Sports Marketing and Alliances at Microsoft. “The introduction of Surface to this aspect of the game will improve consistency and accuracy of decisions and also speed up the overall review process to enhance the viewing experience for fans.”

 

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Microsoft Updates Surface Pro 3 in Preparation for Windows 10 Creators Update
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Microsoft has today issued an update for the Surface Pro 3. Specifically, the driver release is for units Surface Pro 3running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The company has updated the driver for Realtek USB 3.0 Card Reader. Aside from that, there is nothing new in terms of other driver updates or fixes.

By updating the USB 3.0 Card Reader, Microsoft is enabling SD card slot compatibility for Windows 10 Creators Update.

If you are browsing the Update page, the new driver will show as: Realtek USB 3.0 Card Reader (10.0.14393.31230) ensure SD card slot compatibility with upcoming OS release. If you cannot pull in the update from the device, you can alternatively download it from the Surface Pro 3 Drivers and Firmware Page.

It is easy to forget that the Surface Pro 3 is still alive and kicking. The device was released way back in 2014 and was well received by customers and critics.

 

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New 9.7-Inch iPad Teardown Confirms It's Basically an Original iPad Air
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iFixit has shared a brief teardown of Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad unveiled last week, and unsurprisingly, the tablet looks just as much like an original iPad Air on the inside as it does on the outside.

iFixit said the new 9.7-inch iPad remains difficult to repair due to the front panel being glued to the device and strong adhesive holding everything in place. One plus is that the battery is not soldered to the logic board.

The new 9.7-inch iPad is all about price. It's the cheapest new tablet that Apple has ever sold, starting at $329, yet with a brighter display and a faster A9 processor compared to the now-discontinued iPad Air 2.

The fifth-generation iPad, as it is officially known, is also somewhat thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 since it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down.

 

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March 31, 2017

Samsung's latest tablet is its best one yet
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The stylish Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the first HDR-ready tablet, and it comes with an impressively comfortable stylus.

 

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