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October 2 , 2017

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Review: A better choice than the X?
Recombu

While the iPhone X is a true evolution of Apple’s smartphone, the iPhone 8 Plus is a more straightforward 2017 update of last year’s 7 Plus. Still, with its upgraded camera tech, shiny glass jacket and wireless charging abilities, the already great Plus-sized mobile just got even better.iPhone 8 Light Portrait

Sporting a similar form factor but the more familiar iPhone design of yesteryear is the iPhone 8 Plus. This is now a piggy-in-the-middle handset, offering a size bump and smarter camera tech over the standard iPhone 8, while lacking the Super Retina Display and seriously slimline bezels of that special edition device.

So is the 8 Plus a worthy upgrade for existing Apple customers? We’ve been using it as our full-time smartphone for a week, so here’s our in-depth review. For everything else you need to know, head on over to our full iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hub.

A lot of people might be holding out for the iPhone X before considering an upgrade, which is only going to hurt early sales of the 8 Plus model. However, a lack of HDR support aside, this is still a solid premium handset that impresses in pretty much every area.

Sure, 7 Plus owners have no real reason to upgrade; the support for wireless charging, updated design and tweaked camera tech are all great, yet far from a good reason to spunk up hundreds of pounds for this device. If you’re still rocking an older iPhone however, or tempted to swing over to Apple’s vine, then the 8 Plus is bound to satisfy.

 

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Best Surface Pro deals October 2017
TrustedReviews

Best Surface Pro deals: We’ve rounded up all the best deals and discounts on Microsoft’s Surface Pro.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro hybrids combine the best of tablets and laptops, with state of the art touchscreens, fantastic processing power, and a sleek, minimal design. And if you’re looking to get in on the action, we’ve got the best deals on the latest Surface Pro as well as the Surface Pro 4 right here, alongside offers on older models.

If you’re interested in something closer to a traditional laptop, Microsoft also offers another product in their range called the Surface Book as well as the more powerful Surface Laptop and Surface Studio offerings. Check out our full rundown of the best Surface Book deals in October 2017.

 

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October 4 , 2017

This Surface laptop concept would force you to ditch your Macbook
MSPoweruser

Surface laptop concept

We don’t post too many concepts these days, in part because there is no point in posting Windows Phone concept designs anymore and because we did not think there is much you can do to make a laptop more exciting.

Industrial designer Emad Rahimi has however proven us wrong on the second point with his Surface Vision concept design, which can be seen in full above.

He envisions a 7 mm flexible device which is all screen, with virtual control surfaces and no buttons or physical keys.

Equipped with 2 USB-C ports, a pen and not much else, he expects the virtual keyboard to include special shortcut keys which would make quick work of any productivity challenge, a bit like a souped-up touch bar on the new MacBook Pro.

 

 

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Review: Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
HEXUS

There was no shortage of question marks when Microsoft announced plans to launch its own line of Microsoft Surface Pro 2017Surface PCs, but credit where it's due, in the space of five years, Surface has become a benchmark for others in the industry.

Surface Laptop is widely regarded as one of the best laptops on the market, Surface Studio managed to rekindle our interest in the all-in-one desktop, Surface Book is arguably my personal favourite, and for maximum versatility the Surface Pro still holds plenty of appeal.

The star of the Surface portfolio tends to be the touchscreen, and Surface Pro's 12.3in PixelSense panel is a treat. The 3:2 aspect ratio that has become synonymous with Surface products is ideally suited to both portrait and landscape mode - so much so that reverting to 16:9 feels like a downgrade - and the unusual 2,736x1,824 resolution keeps everything looking sharp in either tablet or laptop mode.

 

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Google announces $999 Pixelbook touchscreen hybrid notebook, optional $99 pen accessoryAppleInsider Google Pixelbook

With a 12-inch touchscreen, convertible form factor, optional stylus input, and integration with Google Assistant, the new Google Pixelbook hopes to compete with both Apple's MacBook and iPad Pro lineups.

Preorders for the new Pixelbook lineup start today, before the product launches on Oct. 31. The Pixelbook starts at $999, while the Pen stylus is an extra $99.


At $999, the 12.3-inch Pixelbook undercuts Apple's 12-inch MacBook but comes in higher than the iPad Pro lineup, starting at $649 for the 10.5-inch model, or $799 for 12.9 inches.

The 2-in-1 Google Pixelbook can be folded to use in tablet-only mode with the keyboard on the back. The company says it has a 10-hour battery life, and quick-charge capabilities give it 2 hours of uptime with just a 15-minute charge.

It's the thinnest notebook made by Google at just 10-millimeters thick, and one kilogram in weight.

Google Pixel features built-in support for Google Assistant, making it the first notebook supporting the company's voice-driven personal assistant.

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October 5 , 2017

Hands-on: Google Pixelbook review
Tech Advisor

What is the Pixelbook? In short, it’s Google’s idea of what a laptop should be in 2017. It follows the Chromebook Pixel both in its stunning design and eye-watering price.Google Pixelbook

But this time it’s a heck of a lot more versatile . It's designed much like Lenovo's Yoga Book, so you can use it like a normal laptop or fold the screen right back and use it like a tablet. Or you can prop it up in 'tent' mode when you want to watch a film.

It runs Chrome OS, but it isn’t just a fancy, overpriced Chromebook. At least that’s what Google wants you to think. The company says that what people want is a device that’s the best of a laptop, tablet and phone and that the Pixelbook is the answer.

But is anyone asking that particular question? And is anyone willing to part with as much cash as Google wants for even the entry-level Pixelbook?

We suspect the answer is probably no, but it may well appeal to the odd enthusiast who – for some reason – doesn’t want Windows 10 or macOS on their laptop.

We’ve spent some time with the Pixelbook, trying to get a grip on whether it’s genuinely brilliant or – like the Chromebook Pixel – just a well-engineered bit of kit that no-one’s willing to pay for.

 

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October 6 , 2017

Windows could dominate the tablet market by the end of 2017
Windows Report

According to the analyst company Telsyte, Microsoft may have given up on the phone market, but the company still has a solid chance on the tablet market.

The company recenly predicted that Windows tablets, including the Surface Pro would overtake Android tablets by the end of the year. These estimates refer to the Australian tablet market only. However, chances are that this becomes a general trend worldwide.

Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, and Lenovo are the top 4 tablet manufacturers in the first half of 2017 and these account for more than 80% units sold.

The 2-in-1 tablets account a third of tablet sales in the first half of 2017. It seems that Windows-based devices benefit from the merging of PC and tablet features.

 

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October 9 , 2017

Windows 10 Mobile: Microsoft just put the final nail in the coffin
ZDNet

Microsoft has told its die-hard Windows 10 Mobile fans not to expect new features for the platform.

Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's vice president of Windows Experience, confirmed on Sunday that the company doesn't plan new features or hardware for the the Windows 10 Mobile smartphone platform.

"Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus," he wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

Belfiore, who previously led the team responsible for "Phone/Tablet/PC versions of Windows", revealed in August that he uses the Microsoft Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8, and now explained he switched to Android for the better choice of apps and hardware. This appears to be similar to what Bill Gates has done after admitting he'd switched to an Android phone filled with Microsoft software.

 

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October 10 , 2017

A top Microsoft exec says the idea it will kill its Surface gadget business is 'so far from the truth'
Business Insider

To the guy that heads up Microsoft's Surface products, the idea that the company is going to kill off its line of computers and tablets is laughable. Panos Panay

"It's so far from the truth," Panos Panay, Microsoft's corporate vice president of devices, said on Monday, calling the notion the "tabloid rumor of the week."

But Microsoft isn't running for the exits, Panay said. Instead, the company is in hardware for the long haul, and Surface isn't going anywhere, he said. 

In part that's because for Microsoft the Surface business is more important than selling hardware, he said. Improvements Microsoft has made to the Surface devices have often led to similar improvements across the entire PC market, he said. For example, as Microsoft has improved the speed and accuracy of its stylus, Surface Pen, that code has made its way back into Windows 10, improving the experience of using a stylus on PCs from other manufacturers.

 

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Face ID technology may be coming to iPad Pro
New York Post

Apple’s Face ID technology might not be exclusive to the hotly-anticipated iPhone X for very long.

The next version of the iPad Pro, expected in mid-2018, will also have the face-scanning technology, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple will include Face ID in the iPad in an attempt to bridge the gap between the iPhone and iPad user experience, Kuo wrote in a note to investors.

“We expect Apple’s major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications,” Kuo wrote.

The iPad Pro, Apple’s flagship tablet, currently uses the Touch ID fingerprint scanning technology. It is not yet clear whether or not the home button will be eliminated on the tablet — as it will be on the iPhone X when it makes its debut next month — to allow for an edge-to-edge display.

 

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October 11 , 2017

Kensington's New Locking Bracket for Microsoft Surface Book Enables Users to Protect Valuable Data on their Mobile Devices

Locking Bracket Joins Keyed Cable Lock for Surface Pro and Locking Kit for Surface Studio in Family of Locking Solutions Designed Exclusively for Microsoft Surface Products

Kensington®, a worldwide leader of desktop computing and Kensington's Locking Bracket for Microsoft Surface Book mobility solutions for IT, business and home office professionals and The Professionals' Choice, today announced general availability of Locking Bracket for Microsoft® Surface™ Book, the newest member to join its family of products that support Microsoft Surface devices.

Setting the standard by providing vigorously tested locking technology, the Kensington Locking Bracket provides users with a non-invasive solution for securing their Surface Books. The locking bracket is constructed with Kensington's industry standard security slot, bundled with a MicroSaver 2.0 lock that comes with innovative common keying system, simplifying the process of locking down multiple devices for IT managers.

Kensington is a member of the "Designed for Surface" program and worked closely with Microsoft to design a locking solution for the Surface Book that effectively secures the device without compromising aesthetics, useability, or device warranty. Other Kensington products designed to secure Surface devices include Keyed Cable Lock for Surface Pro, Locking Kit for Surface Studio and other locking accessories.

"Protecting valuable data and device security is a primary concern for both individual Surface users and businesses," said Sheri Brassell, Senior Director of Surface Program Management, Microsoft. "With expertise and longstanding leadership in physical security, Kensington has produced another exceptional solution that meets user requirements for device security. We're happy to see that Kensington has produced a solution that meets user requirements for device security designed exclusively for Surface Book."

Kensington® Locking Bracket for Surface Book (SKU# K64821; SRP $49.99)
Kensington® Locking Bracket for Surface Book Master Keyed (SKU# K64822M; SRP $49.99)
Kensington® Locking Bracket for Surface Book Supervisor Keyed (SKU# K64822S; SRP $49.99)

Features of the Locking Bracket for Surface Book include:

  • Designed for Surface Book to provide professional-level security and superior performance
  • Non-Invasive Locking Technology attaches to the bottom of the screen for an easy-to-use security solution that requires no device modifications, preserving the hardware warranty and aesthetics of your Surface Book
  • Steel-Reinforced Security Bar provides strong anti-theft protection
  • MicroSaver® 2.0 Keyed Laptop Lock has been verified and tested for industry-leading standards in torque/pull, foreign implements, lock lifecycle, corrosion, key strength and other environmental conditions
  • 5mm Keying System with Hidden Pin™ Technology offers patented anti-pick solution, accommodates today's thinnest devices, and is part of Kensington's robust key management solutions that include Master Keyed (K64822M) and Supervisor Keyed (K64822S) options to help IT managers minimize the number of keys required to secure devices in mixed technology environments
  • Register & Retrieve™ program offers free and secure cloud-based key management and replacement

 

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October 12 , 2017

Review: Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)
WIRED

Like a FedEx box, you simply tear a tab off and yank out your brand-new Fire. But hey, that’s OK. This Amazon Fire HD 10full-size tablet costs $150, and for that price, I wouldn’t mind if it came in a Ziploc bag. If Amazon drops the price any further, the next one might.

The Fire HD 10 is not a powerful tablet, and features like a front and rear camera are present, but only out of obligation. The plasticky, simple design doesn’t stand out, but it doesn’t detract. It’s built to serve you all things Amazon Prime, and that’s exactly what it does.

$150 is a remarkable price. It’s the easiest way to consume all things Amazon. Hands-free Alexa rocks. Battery life is comparable to any tablet. The MicroSD slot is helpful if you run out of space. The stereo speakers sound great.

 

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Microsoft releases new Surface Pro 'Aqua' colored accessories
Windows Central

Microsoft has today launched a brand new "Aqua" colored set of Surface Pro accessories for those Surface Pro 'Aqua' colored accessorieswho have been waiting for a new colored Type Cover or Surface Pen. Hardware wise, the new Aqua set is identical to all the other Surface Pro accessories, with the only difference being its color.

That means these accessories should work just fine on not only the Surface Pro 2017, but the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 3 as well. Pricing will also be the same, $159.99 for the Type Cover, $99.99 for the Surface Pen and $79.99 for the Surface Arc Touch Mouse.

You can read all about the design process behind the new color choice and more on the Surface Blog.

 

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October 13 , 2017

Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 getting new firmware updates
WindowsLatest

After releasing new cumulative updates for all four versions of Windows 10, Microsoft is now rolling out the new firmware updates for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices. While Microsoft is updating Surface Pro 4 devices at least once a month, the update for Surface Book has been released after several months.

Microsoft has released the cumulative update for both devices, it should be available for download on all Surface devices. If you would like to install the new firmware update now, you can do so by following the below mentioned steps.

  • Opens Settings > Security & Updates > Windows Updates.
  • Check for updates and download the new firmware updates.
  • You will need to restart the device to complete the installation of the cumulative update.

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Introducing ACROSS and PLATFORMA by Strotter - two products that allow you to work or play on your iPad while standing up - hands-free.

 

These premium leather iPad cases and messenger bags that let you use your iPad anywhere.  The hallmark of the products, is that users can use their iPad while standing up with both hands free to type.  They also convert into sling-type backpacks.  The bags and cases are very easy to use with all transformations taking just seconds.

This is not your run-of-the-mill case competing among the dozens in the $20 market, but rather a premium, high-end brand.  The product is made in Italy with only the best materials, such as full-grain leather and high-density smooth nylon, and extreme attention to details.

The industries and use case scenarios are endless as the product helps individuals and businesses to maximize the use of their iPads.  Customers are frequent travelers, commuters of all kinds, students, retailers, photographers, journalists, motorcyclists, sales representatives, real estate agents, home inspectors, property appraisers, etc.  The product is for anyone who needs a convenient carrying option, instant access, an ability to use their iPad without a desk, and the "preventive protection" of a suspended case.

 

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October 16 , 2017

Apple To Release iPhone With Apple Pencil Support In 2019: Here's Why Steve Jobs Would Be Pissed
Tech Times

Steve Jobs famously hated using a stylus to navigate a phone. Onstage in 2007 when he was iPad Pro with Apple Pencilunveiling what would become the first iPhone, he said the device was going to be controlled by something humans are all born with: fingers. He literally called styluses "yuck."

But since Jobs passed away in 2011, things have changed rapidly at Apple. Tim Cook, for starters, took the CEO role. The newest iPhone has no home button anymore and has a wide notch at the top of the screen — design changes fans argue Jobs wouldn't approve. But Make no mistake: Apple remains as one of the world's most valuable tech companies. But change is to be expected.

The iPhone Will Have Its Own Stylus 

One of these changes, as new reports suggest, include Apple finally warming up to styluses. The company is certainly no stranger to them, releasing the Apple Pencil in 2015 for compatible iPad models, which for the most part made the iPad akin to Wacom tablets. But according to rumors, Apple might also be considering adding a stylus to its iPhone.

The rumor comes from The Korea Herald via The Investor, citing what it claims to be industry sources saying that Apple engineers "have recently been working" on a new iPhone that "comes with a digital pen," with a potential launch date in 2019.

Sources said the stylus will likely be a "supercapacitor stylus type" for price benefits. By contrast, the Galaxy Note line, which is famous for its built-in stylus, uses electromagnetic resonance technology that requires additional components to be properly installed under the display. Apple's approach will be cheaper and offer "a more pen-like feel," according to the sources.

 

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October 17 , 2017

Introducing Surface Book 2, the most powerful Surface Book ever

 

Surface Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop by giving mobile professionals the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a light and thin laptop in one beautifully designed device. Whether you’re a developer, a digital artist, a designer, or an accountant, you can bring your ideas to life anywhere, because Surface Book 2 is a portable powerhouse.

We made no compromises building the most powerful Surface laptop ever. When the team talks about Surface Book 2 they call it Beauty and the Beast. Gorgeous design meets unstoppable power in this laptop. With the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. That’s 70% more than the latest MacBook Pro.

The new level of performance provided by Surface Book 2, along with the all-day battery life is what will continue to make this product perfect for product designers, gamers, architects, and developers who need the power of a desktop but crave the mobility of a laptop that doesn’t weigh 8-10lbs. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 at 4.2lbs, there has never been this much computational power in a mobile form factor this light. This is a product that can stay with you from the moment your inspiration strikes to making it a reality.

Surface Book 2

 

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Microsoft's new Surface Precision Mouse adds the extra buttons you've always wanted
The Verge

Microsoft’s existing Surface Mouse is by all accounts excellent, but if you’re someone who prefers more functionality from your mouse than just a left click, right click, and a scroll wheel, you’ve been out of Microsoft's Surface Precision Mouseluck with the company’s Surface-branded gear.

The company’s newly announced Surface Precision Mouse should help fill that gap with a device that looks to marry the simple comfort of the original Surface Mouse with the more advanced customization of something like Logitech’s MX Master S2.

Along with the new design, the Surface Precision Mouse adds three customizable buttons that can be programmed to do things like launch programs, execute macros, or even save documents. You can also pair the Surface Precision Mouse to up to three computers, making it simple to switch between them

 

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October 18 , 2017

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is what the next MacBook Pro should be (but almost certainly won't)
ZDNet

Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 is a beast. Once again Microsoft is schooling Apple on what a modern Microsoft's Surface Book 2laptop should be.

Apple has gone from leading the way when it came to high-performance laptops, to getting mired in mediocre updates and gimmicks such as the Touch Bar. On the other hand, Microsoft is pushing the boundaries and creating powerhouse laptops aimed at professionals and creative types.

And the new Surface Book 2 is exactly what the MacBook Pro should be (minus Windows 10 of course!), but isn't.

Here are just a few of the ways that the Surface Book 2 blows away the MacBook Pro:

  • It's versatile, and can be used in many more ways than just as a laptop
  • 8th-generation Intel processors (lots of performance and power advantages from just this alone)
  • High-performance Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options
  • Up to 17 hours of battery life (10 hours is no longer enough)
  • Multi-touch, Surface Pen, and Surface Dial on-screen support
  • Full array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader, so no need for dongles (MacBooks are a world of dongle hurt right now)

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HP Launches World's Most Powerful Detachable Tablet For Artists
ValueWalk

HP has launched an ultra-powerful detachable tablet for graphic designers and artists. Dubbed as HP HP ZBook x2ZBook x2, the tablet boasts specifications of a workstation PC such as the quad-core i7 processor, a Nvidia Quadro M620 graphics card and 32 GB RAM along with 2TB SSD. The tablet aims to provide a powerful workstation feel to imaging professionals, who need to work on Adobe Creative Cloud and various other applications.

HP ZBook x2 comes with a 14-inch diagonal, 4k multi-touch display and optional 10-bit, one billion colors HP DreamColor display. HP claims that the tablet comes with the most advanced detachable PC display along with the anti-glare touchscreen. This will allow the users to work comfortably irrespective of the lighting condition. Further, the company says the battery power would last for 10 hours straight.

According to vice president and general manager of HP Z Workstations, Xavier Garcia, the ZBook x2 is the “world’s most powerful and first detachable PC workstation,” and “there is no device better suited to turn the vision of artists and designers into reality.”

HP Zbook can render dual 4k display with Thunderbolt 3, and the driver storage is around six times faster than SATA SSD and 21 times faster compared to HDD storage. On the storage front, Zbook offers up to 2 TB of local PCIe storage, and there is a full-sized SD card slot also, keeping in mind the photographers. With the help of dock or Thunderbolt 3 ports, users can transfer large files from cameras, external storage, peripherals and phones.

In addition, this detachable tablet from HP offers a smooth drawing experience and comes with a stylus, which the company claims to be the “most accurate and expressive” pen yet. The digitizer, made in collaboration with Wacom, can recognize 4,096 levels of pressure, along with the angle at which the user is tilting it. A rather useful feature is the eraser button on the top, making it actually work as an eraser, notes Engadget.

 

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October 19 , 2017

Surface buyers will now get 3 months of Adobe Creative Cloud for free, expanded Surface Dial ...
MSPoweruser

Microsoft’s Surface is all about creativity, productivity, and creative productivity. To that end, Adobe is Adobeupdating its Photoshop Creative Cloud app with support for the Surface Dial peripheral which as introduced with the Surface Studio last year. The Dial support is limited sadly, and users will get only basic support for brush manipulation including size, opacity and more. Unfortunately, Adobe isn’t rolling out a more robust implementation just yet, but will probably improve its dial support if enough demand is shown from CC users.

In addition to that update, prospective buyers who purchase new Surface like the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro and Surface Book 2 will eligible to pick up a 3-month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with 1 TB of cloud storage as part of the deal. This offer is available from today through January 18

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October 20 , 2017

Best Tablet Keyboards of 2017
Notebook Review

Tablets have become popular because they are so versatile; they are already functional is a simple slate, but add on a keyboard and an iPad or Windows tablet becomes as useful as a laptop .Surface Pro Type Cover

But you don’t want to use just any add-on keyboard . We’ve tested plenty of them, and so can point you toward the best.

Best Surface Pro Keyboards

Many people mistakenly believe Microsoft’s Windows 10 tablets come bundled with a keyboard, but the Surface Pro Type Cover is actually a separate purchase, with the base model starting at $129.99. After several iffy versions years ago, the more recent Microsoft Type Cover is quite good, with decent key separation. No matter the version, it attaches directly to the tablet via a magnetic connector designed specifically for keyboards, and depends on the kickstand built into the computer. A trackpad is included, naturally.

Of course, shoppers don’t have to choose Microsoft’s offering. The rival Brydge 12.3 uses a quite different  design that converts any of the recent Surface Pro models into a traditional clamshell shape, eschewing the kickstand. It uses Bluetooth to communicate with the computer, and includes a useful keyboard and trackpad.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many third-party keyboards designed specifically for the Surface Pro. Fortunately, these tablets can make use of the many options designed to work with a range of mobile computers.

 

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HP's ZBook x2 is a Microsoft Surface Pro on steroids
SoyaCincau.com

Microsoft’s Surface Pro has pretty much been the gold standard for detachable 2-in-1 laptops. Its HP's ZBook x2combination of performance, portability and premium good looks are hard to beat. But what if you wanted more. What if the top spec Surface Pro with an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage is too pedestrian for you?

Fear not, young grasshopper, HP’s got you covered with the brand new ZBook x2. It’s bananas.

HP’s idea with the ZBook x2 is to give you an all-in-one solution for creators, as you can tell by the Z denomination that the company usually reserves for their workstation machines. This is supposed to eliminate the need to switch devices midway through your workflow because the tablet you’re sketching on can’t handle the more demanding segments of work.

Since it’s targetted at creators, HP’s also got a stylus with Wacom technology and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s also got tilt-support and doesn’t require a battery to operate.

 

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October 23 , 2017

Microsoft Targets MacBook Faithful With Stunning Surface Book 2
Forbes

Late last week Microsoft announced the next iteration of its own high-end fashionable laptop. ThePanos Panay Surface Book 2 is arguably the third high-end laptop from Microsoft, following the Surface Book and Surface Book with Performance Base models. What is clear is that Microsoft continues to target the key demographics used by Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Two features stand out to me. The first is the inclusion of a model with a 15-inch screen. Maxing out the specifications on this and you can pick up a machine with 1 TB of storage, 16 GB of RAM, Intel’s eighth generation i7 processor and Nvidia’s GTX1060 graphics card. Which is frankly a beast of a machine and edges out the higher MacBook Pro specifications (although right now you can go for 2 TB of storage on the MacBook Pro).

The second stand out feature is the look and feel of the information page. While it does follow normal design trends and as such feels utterly unthreatening, it also managed to have an Apple-esque vibe with its wide graphics, promotional videos, definitive statements such as “The most powerful Surface ever”.

The Surface Book 2 will be seen as Microsoft’s flagship machine class, picking up the latest software benefits and demonstrating all of Microsoft’s power in a single box. It offers the complete focus of Redmond in a single package and a clear vision of the future. That’s something that generates both short-term passion and long-term fanatical adoption of a platform, which in turn shows Microsoft's path forward for the enterprise and consumer customers who are paying attention.

 

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Surface Pro LTE delayed to 2018 according to Microsoft Store listing
MSPoweruser

Last month, we reported that the Surface Pro LTE device will be available for order from December 1st. Microsoft hardware chief Panos Panay will be delivering a keynote at the Future Decoded conference in London later this month, it was widely expected that Microsoft will officially launch the Surface Pro LTE device at this event. But according to updated Microsoft Store listing, Surface Pro LTE model is delayed to Spring 2018.

 

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October 24 , 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update causes certain apps to disappear, Microsoft offers workaround
MSPoweruser

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update last week. The company is gradually rolling Windows 10 the update to users, and some of the early issues on the update have started popping up online. Recently, users started reporting an issue which causes certain apps to disappear from the operating system after installing the update. Notably, this isn’t the first time a major Windows 10 update has broken users’ apps or OS settings.

This time around, the issue causes system apps like Calculator and other apps to disappear from the OS, preventing users from running them from the Start Menu, or via Cortana search. However, when you search for the apps on the Microsoft/Windows Store, the store will tell you that the apps are indeed installed on your PC and can be opened up from the store itself.

Microsoft is yet to issue an official fix for the issue, but the company has provided affected users with a workaround which is fairly straightforward. The company recommends users to either reset the affected apps or completely uninstall and then install them. However, the most effective way of getting the apps back could be to re-register them using PowerShell:

If you have a lot missing apps, advanced users can instead attempt to restore all of them at once using the following PowerShell commands.  Note, however, that if Steps 1 and 2 were already attempted and did not restore your missing apps, this PowerShell solution will also likely not succeed.

 

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October 25 , 2017

Surface Pro LTE release date is still on track for 2017, Microsoft says
TechRadar

That Microsoft Store listing was a mistake, apparently

If you’re holding out for an LTE version of the new Surface Pro, don’t lose hope just yet. Microsoft has issued a statement correcting its own apparent mistake that spurred reports of a Spring 2018 release date for the Surface Pro LTE.

"Surface Pro with LTE will be available later this year,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Neowin. “We will have more to share regarding specific timing and market availability in the coming months."

Again, this statement comes following a report, based on information published on the online Microsoft Store, that the Surface Pro LTE release would not happen until spring 2018.

False alarm

Before this mistake was made, it was confirmed that Microsoft would launch the Surface Pro LTE on December 1. This new statement sheds no light on exactly when the new model of the Windows 10 tablet will ship, however.

So, we can’t say with confidence any longer that December 1 is the Surface Pro LTE release date but, at the very least, we can rest assured that we’ll see it before the end of the year. Granted, if pushed back any, it can’t go much further back than that – otherwise it’ll miss the heart of the Christmas shopping season.

 

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October 26 , 2017

Lenovo, Intel take first step toward making passwords obsolete
Hindustan Times

Lenovo’s latest PCs including the Yoga 920, ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2nd gen), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th gen) and IdeaPad 720S integrate FIDO-certified authenticators directly into the core of the PCs.

Lenovo in partnership with chipset giant Intel has introduced a new range of PCs that focus on privacy and safety of user data. The new PC comes with built-in authentication measures that adhere to FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance standards and does away with the dependence on the traditional passwords for authentication.

Instead of relying just on passwords, users now have a safer way to log into websites with the touch of a finger on an integrated fingerprint reader or a quick click of a button in real-time.

Using Intel “Online Connect” on 7th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors, Lenovo’s latest PCs including the Yoga 920, ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2nd generation), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th generation) and IdeaPad 720S integrate FIDO-certified authenticators directly into the core of the PCs.

This will bring simpler and safer online authentication when logging into popular websites like PayPal, Google, Dropbox and Facebook.

 

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October 30 , 2017

More evidence surfaces that Microsoft will sell hardware in Windows 10's store
TechRadar

Microsoft Store will have a ‘Shop Surface’ section, apparently…

A new piece of evidence has emerged to add weight to previous speculation that Microsoft is going to be selling hardware products (and not just apps) via the Microsoft Store (formerly known as the Shop SurfaceWindows Store).

The latest rumor comes courtesy of prolific Microsoft leaker WalkingCat, who posted a screenshot of a ‘Shop Surface’ section within the Microsoft Store selling the firm’s Surface devices and related accessories.

While this is far from a cast-iron guarantee that hardware will be sold in Windows 10’s built-in store, the appearance of an actual designed-and-implemented section of the shop certainly makes it seem like this is Microsoft’s eventual plan.

Particularly when you consider the earlier rumors we reported on last month, which include a tech site successfully making a hardware purchase within the store in a preview version of Windows (showing that the functionality is actually working at some underlying level, in testing).

While you can, of course, purchase Surface hybrids and other hardware online at Microsoft’s web store, being able to do so from directly within Windows 10 would add a new level of convenience, not to mention security (with integrated Windows Hello verification).

 

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October 31 , 2017

Microsoft's Surface Pro with LTE launches on December 1st
The VergeSurface Pro with keyboards

Microsoft’s Surface Pro with LTE Advanced (yes, that’s the full model name) will include an Intel Core i5 processor and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem. Microsoft is using this LTE chipset, with 20 LTE bands, to ensure that anyone can buy this model of Surface Pro and have LTE work in any country around the world. Microsoft isn’t promising any specific battery life for this LTE model, but the company did say the Surface Pro that launched earlier this year would run for up to 13.5 hours watching video. LTE support could impact that, but we’ll have to review the device to find out exactly how.

The Surface Pro with LTE model will be available first to business customers on December 1st. The base model will include an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB of SSD storage, and will be priced at $1,149. Microsoft is also offering an 8GB of RAM model with 256GB of SSD storage for $1,449. Microsoft appears to be targeting this model towards businesses, and the company unveiled it on stage at the business-focused Future Decoded event in London this morning.

 

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Microsoft's New Surface Pro With LTE Trumps The MacBook Pro
Forbes

Taking to the stage at the first day of Microsoft’s 'Future Decoded' event at the London ExCeL centre Surface Protoday, Microsoft’s ‎Corporate Vice President of Devices Panos Panay revealed the Surface Pro with LTE, targeting the mobile professional and the enterprise markets who are looking for alternatives to the MacBook Pro.

The Surface Pro LTE was trailed at the launch of the Surface Pro earlier this year. The addition of 4G LTE connectivity will allow the ultra-convertible to work untethered from a hotspot-creating smartphone, to increase the security offered to Enterprise partners, and to allow consumers to stay connected to Microsoft’s cloud-based services while out and about.

It does feel like a marginal gain - activating a hotspot on a smartphone to allow another device to share its internet connectivity is not a difficult task - but as Microsoft continues to improve the Surface hardware, these marginal gains are adding up to the digital equivalent of winning the Tour de France.

 

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