Lenovo is making its Surface competitor a lot better this year. After slow iterating the Miix tablet from its Core M roots, the new Miix 520 will include Intel’s 8th generation quad-core i7 processor. It’s an addition that pushes its CPU performance past Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, alongside 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 12.2-inch 1920 x 1200 display. Lenovo also offers a USB-C port, the company’s own active pen support, and an optional 3D camera for capturing images.
Lenovo is even offering an LTE version of the Miix 520 before Microsoft has managed to ship its own Surface Pro with LTE. Like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the Miix 520 includes a detachable keyboard, and an adjustable kickstand. Lenovo is using its watchband hinge that the company typically uses on its Yoga line of convertible laptops. If you use Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, with your voice then the Miix 520 also has far-field microphones that can pick up your requests up to four meters away.
So let's say that thanks to Hurricane Harvey your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad sustained serious water damage that basically destroyed one or both devices. Despite the IP67 certification rating on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has made it clear that water damage is not covered by its warranty. So under normal circumstances, the flooding in Texas would normally lead to water logged iPhone units that would not be replaced by Apple, even if they are supposed to withstand a submersion to 3.3-feet for as long as 30-minutes.
But that doesn't mean that Apple isn't going out of its way to make life easier for those affected by the Hurricane. While not considered official policy, Apple is said to be offering free repairs to its devices that took on water and were damaged as a result. Apple is also believed to be offering free repairs to its devices that were damaged due to an impact that took place as a result of the Hurricane.
If your iPhone was in your pocket when flooding forced you to wade neck deep in water, or a tree branch crashed through your window and smashed into your iPhone which was laying on a desk, Apple just might replace your damaged iPhone or iPad (and even a Mac) out of the goodness of its heart. If you're iPhone, iPad or Mac was damaged due to the Hurricane, you need to trek down to your local Apple Store and tell them your sad story. Heck, you might even be able to get a freebie on a Hurricane damaged Apple Watch
Apple will release brand-new software for iPhones and iPads in the coming weeks.
It's called iOS 11 and it's the latest software from Apple that will also be available on Apple's new iPhones.
CNBC has been playing around with the new software for several weeks and, in anticipation of the release, decided to share a few of the best changes.
The major changes in iOS 11 will depend on what device you're using the software on. With iOS 11 on iPads, you'll have useful new multitasking features that allow you to drag and drop photos from one app to another (the web browser into an email, for example), or launch a new "slide over" window pane that lets you control apps such as messages while interacting with two other applications in split screen. That's just a taste.
Apple will launch iOS 11 in early September, and it'll be available for recent iPhones, not just new ones.
It will let you run apps side by side, exchange money with other users with Apple Pay and have augmented reality.
Siri will also be more accurate, and it'll have a "do not disturb" mode while you're driving.
Apple hasn't said when iOS 11 will launch for all iPhones and iPads just yet, but we will learn more during the company's iPhone 8 event Sept. 12.
Microsoft’s Surface chief will hold a keynote speech in London at the end of October. The software giant is holding its annual Future Decoded event in London from October 31st to November 1st, and Microsoft revealed to The Verge today that Panos Panay will be speaking. Microsoft typically launches new Surface devices in October, and sources familiar with the company’s plans tell us to expect at least one new device at the event.
Microsoft previously promised a Surface Pro LTE version, and we’re expecting the company to unveil this hardware alongside a possible successor to the Surface Book or the Surface Hub. Microsoft is also planning to launch ARM-powered Windows laptops this year from a range of PC makers. It’s not clear whether Microsoft will create its own Surface with an ARM processor, but company says it’s still on track for partners to release devices with Qualcomm chips.
The Verge will be live from Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in London to bring you all the latest on Surface and Windows 10.
Microsoft could launch a new Surface Book 2 in late 2017 or early 2018. We outline the latest rumours regarding the Surface Book 2 price, features, specifications and UK launch date.
The new Surface Book is expected to sport the same premium design we saw on the original, with a few major differences. For starters, Microsoft is said to have been working on improving the hinge.
Lots of users of the original complained that the detaching process was too complicated and not smooth enough, so the Surface Book 2 will likely offer solutions to this issue. It could provide a better way to detach the keyboard, or take a new direction by making the keyboard non-detachable, but the screen wholly reversible.
The new Surface Book will also likely come with a better screen, offering support for 4K resolution (3840 x 2160p), including a VP9 and HEVC 10-bit decode, which means better graphics will be available.
The new model is expected to feature cutting-edge specs. It is rumoured to have a lot more power thanks to new Kaby Lake processors, and support both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.
The battery of the original Surface Book in tablet mode was a bit of a let-down, so Microsoft is expected to have spent time on improving this.
The Surface Book 2 will be preinstalled with Windows 10 Creators Update, which includes Cortana's speech recognition and a much improved video-playback feature. Given the Windows mixed-reality headsets we saw at CES, it's also possible we'll also see some support for VR.
When is the Surface Book 2 release date?
According to reports the Surface Book 2 will be unveiled at Microsoft’s two-day Future Decoded event on 31 October 2017.
If these predictions are correct, it should become available for purchase soon after, and we'd say definitely before the end of the year.
Apple has announced that iOS 11 will be available to download on September 19. iOS 11 was first announced at Apple’s annual WWDC conference in June, with major improvements over its predecessor – iOS 10. The company calls its latest mobile OS “a giant leap for iPhone” and a “monumental leap for iPad”.
Current device owners can install the latest mobile operating system on September 19, before the next generation of iPhones hit the market.
iOS 11 will be available as a free download on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch either over-the-air or via manual update. You may be wondering whether your device supports the latest iOS 11 update. Here is the list of every device that is compatible with iOS 11.
If you're looking for a good reason to snap up on of Microsoft's special edition NFL Surface Type Covers, they're on sale now for a pretty steep discount at the Microsoft Store. Currently, you can pick up your choice of cover for $95, which is just under $65 off of the usual $159.99 price tag.
The covers come sporting the logo from your choice of any one of the 32 NFL teams against gray fabric. Other than that, the covers feature the same magnetic mechanism and keys you'd find on a standard type cover for the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.
Microsoft launched the successor to #Surface Pro 4 in May 2017. The company called it, “Surface Pro,” and claimed that it came equipped with all the possible modern-day features. According to a report by Tech Radar, some rumors claim that Microsoft is planning to introduce new Surface devices. They are expected to hold an event sometime towards the end of October (possibly #October 31) wherein they will take the wraps off Surface Pro 5. The device expected to compete with Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processor
Prolific leaker and Microsoft expert, Paul Thurrott took to Twitter last month, to reveal that Pro 5 will be powered by Intel’s latest seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor. The device will also include Surface Connect charger, which will reduce the charging speed in half. The Surface Pro is also speculated to come with a longer battery life. The laptop probably won’t consist of a USB Type-C port. It remains to be seen what data transfer method Microsoft will provide to its consumers.
For a $2,999 price point, you might wonder — is the Microsoft Surface Studio desktop really worth it? I tested one recently and found myself being drawn to a few important features that made it worth the high price even compared to similar models from Dell and even Apple.
1. Microsoft Surface Studio's incredibly high resolution
The high resolution of Microsoft Surface Studio was one of the surprises for me because I sometimes don’t like extremely high-resolution displays. They might be clear, but the color quality sometimes suffers. And in some cases, the extra resolution doesn’t really help with detail work in Photoshop and other apps because you don’t really notice the difference.
Microsoft Surface Studio uses a resolution of 4500 x 3000 pixels, and believe me, you notice. For photos, I was able to zoom in and make fine adjustments to pixels in ways I couldn’t do on any laptop or on my normal 2K resolution display. Even normal Microsoft Word documents looked better on the Studio’s display without any jagged text.
One of the many things that leaked before the iPhone X event this week was the A11 Bionic’s impressive performance. We already knew we were looking at a six-core 10nm chip going into Apple’s press conference, because the first Geekbench scores were already spotted. Those numbers were far beyond our wildest dreams, showing performance gains unseen in any other smartphone. Those scores appear to be the real deal, which means the iPhone X’s brand new chip is now more powerful that the Intel chips powering some of Apple’s 2017 MacBook Pros.
Geekbench 4 single-core tests average around 4169, while multi-core have a 9836 average. But they can go up to 4274 and 10438, as found by MacRumors. That’s much better than the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (3887 and 9210 average scores), which isn’t surprising, considering that the 2017 iPads have A10X chips inside.
The highest-end dual-core 13-inch MacBook Pro scores 4592 and 9602 in Geekbench 4 tests. That means the iPhone X is slower in single-core tasks but speedier in multi-core tasks.
Sure, that doesn’t mean the A11 Bionic can do all the things a desktop CPU does. But, think about the numbers for a second. When has a mobile chip been able to match a desktop processor in raw benchmarks? What other smartphones can offer similar performance? Even with cheating enabled, no Android device can really touch these numbers, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Qualcomm’s next processor can get anywhere close to that.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are also powered by the same A11 Bionic chipset.
Vigorously Tested, Non-Invasive Locking Technology Is Specifically Designed for Surface Pro and Delivers the Utmost in Security without Compromising Aesthetics
Kensington Keyed Cable Lock on Microsoft Surface
Kensington®, a worldwide leader of desktop computing and mobility solutions for IT, business and home office professionals and The Professionals' Choice, today announced the Kensington Keyed Cable Lock for Microsoft® Surface™ Pro. Providing vigorously tested, non-invasive locking technology that is supported by Kensington's innovative common keying system, the Keyed Cable Lock is designed specifically for the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.
As the inventor and #1 provider of laptop locks worldwide, Kensington's locking solutions accommodate 95 percent of the world's laptops, projectors, printers and monitors. With extensive professional accessory support for the Microsoft Surface family of products - including rugged cases, sleeves, docks, hubs, locking kits, and privacy screens - Kensington is The Professionals' Choice for organizations incorporating the Microsoft Surface line into their computing environments.
"Device security and protecting valuable data is of the utmost importance to Surface Pro users, especially businesses," said Sheri Brassell, Senior Director of Program Management, Microsoft. "Recognized for its expertise and longstanding leadership in physical security, Kensington created an outstanding solution that addresses the market need for Surface Pro protection. Now customers can safeguard their Surface Pros, without having to compromise its elegant look and feel."
Features of the Kensington Keyed Cable lock include:
Exclusively Designed for Surface Pro to provide professional-level security and superior device engagement
Non-Invasive Locking Technology provides easy-to-use security solution that requires no device modifications, preserving the Surface Pro's hardware warranty and aesthetics
Strong Lock Head meets Kensington's industry leading standards for tamper-resistance, reliability and durability
5mm Keying System includes patented anti-pick Hidden PinTM Technology, and is part of Kensington's robust key management solutions that include Master Keyed (K62052M) and Supervisor Keyed (K62052S) options to help IT managers minimize the number of keys required to secure devices in mixed technology environments.
Carbon Steel Cable resists and deters cutting attempts
Register & RetrieveTM program offers free and secure cloud-based key replacement
iOS 11 is almost here, and it’ll bring a host of new features to your iPhone or iPad. Also coming in the new update is the final switch for Apple from 32-bit apps to 64-bit apps, meaning that if an app you’ve been using hasn’t been updated for the more modern software architecture, it won’t work at all on iOS 11.
Apple has built a handy tool into iOS 11 that can show you all the apps on your device that won’t work with the coming update. To do that, navigate to Settings -> General -> About -> Applications on your iPhone, and you’ll get a list of the apps currently installed on your phone that haven’t been updated for iOS 11. (You can also access this on iOS 11, but at that point it will be too late.)
Using your Windows 10 laptop or tablet's built-in webcam, Hello uses facial recognition to get you in and working in under two seconds. It also works with more than a dozen apps like DropBox, iHeartRadio and OneDrive, so you can skip typing in a password.
Unfortunately, not every webcam will work with Windows Hello. Your PC will need an infrared (IR) camera to use the feature, which are more common in new laptops and two-in-ones from the past couple years, including those from Dell, Lenovo and Asus. If you're not ready for a new PC, you can opt to buy a supported external webcam like Logitech's Brio 4K Pro or Razer's Stargazer. They're pricey, but cheaper than buying a new laptop just to get facial recognition.
If you're not entirely sure what, if any, Windows Hello support your computer has it's very easy to check. In the Cortana search bar at the lower left of your screen type "sign-in options" or simply click on the the microphone icon and ask Cortana for sign-in options.
Microsoft just made the rumours official, announcing its plans for opening up a new flagship store in London. The Redmond-based company is planning to open a flagship store on Regent Street at Oxford Circus, where Microsoft fans and customers will be able to checkout the company’s latest products.
Microsoft Store in London will be similar to the company’s flagship stores in other cities like its NYC store. Along with its latest hardware and software, customers will be able to checkout products from its OEM partners and other companies. In addition to that, Microsoft will also offer a range of different opportunities to customers where they can learn to code, try out the Xbox One or HoloLens, or play around with a latest Microsoft technology.
The arrival of iOS 11 has been treated almost as an afterthought, even though it brings a number of important new features to Apple's mobile platform.
Individual apps get new capabilities, of course, such as the new filters and effects in Camera and Photos. The oft-maligned Maps gets a few improvements, as do Apple Pay and the Do Not Disturb mode, which can now tell when you're driving and automatically block notifications and send an auto-reply message to people who are trying to contact you. And journalists will appreciate the new Markup option that allows you to immediately open and annotate screenshots while you're working.
iPad goes Pro
The improvements in iOS 11 go deeper than individual apps, though. The iPad, in particular, gets a lot of attention this time around, with Apple continuing to steer the device in the direction of hybrid laptop/tablet devices such as Microsoft's Surface Pro.
At the company's Ignite IT Pro conference this week, Microsoft is adding more flavors to the Microsoft 365 line-up: Microsoft 365 Education and Microsoft 365 F1.
Microsoft 365 Education includes Windows 10, Office 365 for Education, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Minecraft Education Edition. It is available to students and faculty.
Microsoft 365 F1, which is for "firstline" customer service and support workers, includes Windows 10, Office 365 F1 (the plan formerly known as K1 for kiosk workers) and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft StaffHub, an app meant to help service workers manage their schedules, is part of the offering.
Microsoft officials also made reference to a "Microsoft 365 for NonProfits" version of the bundle that's coming, but it didn't provide specifics as to what's going to be included.
New IR Camera for Facial Recognition with Windows Hello, Intel Kaby Lake Core Processor, and Standard Opal 2.0 SSD Help Create the Best Performing and Most Secure Fully Rugged Tablet
Getac is introducing its 4th generation F110 fully rugged tablet, one of the company’s best-selling mobile devices. Designed to help field service professionals meet the demands of extreme working environments, the F110 combines Intel® Kaby Lake processors and new multi-layer security features with a fully rugged design to create the best performing and most secure fully rugged tablet in the market.
One of the most significant additions to the next gen F110 is its optional IR camera that supports facial recognition with Windows Hello for more convenient login and security. Combined with TPM 2.0 and Opal 2.0 SSD, both standard in the F110, users now have an ultra-secure, mobile solution they can use with confidence in any working environment.
“The F110 rugged tablet offers the perfect combination of performance, size, weight, security and ruggedness, which is why it continues to be one of Getac’s best-selling mobile devices,” said Scott Shainman, president of Getac. “Our newest generation continues the tradition by becoming even faster and more secure.”
Best-in-class performance is delivered by Intel® Kaby Lake CoreTM i7& i5 processors for increased computing performance and more efficient power usage. By using Intel HD Graphics 620, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and a hot-swappable battery design, users can experience maximum mobile performance. Just the right size for productivity in the field, the sunlight-readable 11.6” LumiBond® 2.0 display delivers a responsive 10-point touch experience in a thin, light form factor. Rain, glove and pen (hard-tip stylus) touch modes provide just the right sensitivity for virtually any environment, while the spacious screen provides ample real estate for applications with minimal scrolling.
Microsoft is expected to unveil new Surface Pro LTE with eSIM at the upcoming 'Microsoft Future Decoded' event in London next month and release in the market in December.
Microsoft, earlier in the year, launched the Surface Pro laptop in Beijing and now, the Redmond-based technology major, as promised, is prepping to unveil new version of the hybrid computing system.
The company's official spokesperson during the "Microsoft Ignite 2017" event at Orlando, Florida confirmed (via Neowin) to the media personnel that an advanced version of Surface Pro with LTE connectivity feature, a first in Surface Pro series to date, is coming next month.
The device understood to be named as 'Surface Pro LTE' is said to be first showcased at the upcoming 'Microsoft Future Decoded' event, which will witness Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Devices, make key note presentation. It is scheduled in London on October 31 and November 1. If things as plannced, it will hit stores on December 1.
In addition to normal SIM slot, Microsoft Surface Pro LTE is expected to come with integrated eSIM (electronic-SIM) similar to the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. With eSIM, users don't even have to subscribe to a new SIM, as they can share the same number of their smartphone via pairing.
Rumour has it that Microsoft Surface Pro LTE will be initially offered only in Intel Core i5 CPU-based series, meaning the device will come with either 4GB RAM+128GB storage or 8GB RAM+256GB internal storage configuration with Intel HD Graphics 620. It has to be noted that top-end model of the original Surface Pro comes in Core i7 CPU backed by 16GB RAM, 1TB storage and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Amazon.com Inc. will unveil new gadgets Wednesday at an event in Seattle, joining the rush of technology products vying for consumers’ attention as the holiday shopping season approaches.
The online retail giant will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. local time at one of the company’s new buildings at its headquarters downtown. At the core of Amazon’s hardware lineup are its Echo voice-activated speakers and Alexa virtual assistant, which can play music, get sports scores, and make phone calls, just like Apple Inc.’s Siri, but can also connect to Amazon’s retail services to make purchases.
Amazon’s new offerings follow Apple Inc.’s splashy event earlier this month to show off the latest iPhones. Next week, Google will announce new Pixel smartphones and a smaller Home smart speaker.
Back in May, Microsoft announced a USB Type-C Dongle for its Surface products. This has been a bone of controversy for Surface users as Microsoft did not have a USB Type-C port. Considering all major competitors have the connectivity, Microsoft has been slow to adapt. At Ignite 2017 today, the company said it will embrace the technology.
Speaking specifically about the USB Type-C dongle and said it is currently called the USB-C Docking Adapter. The peripheral will plug directly into the Surface Connect port and features a USB Type-C port on the other end.
Back when Microsoft announced the dongle in May, Surface head Panos Panay discussed Microsoft’s plans for USB Type-C:
“I love the technology in Type-C, I believe in Type-C. When Type-C is ready for our customers, to make it easy for them, we’ll be there.” Panos added, “If you love Type-C, it means you love dongles. We’re giving a dongle to people who love dongles.”
Information is still scarce, but it is probable that the adapter may only work with newer Surface devices. We are not sure which ones they will be, but we guess the Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Laptop, and maybe the Surface Pro 4.
Microsoft explained at Ignite it has avoided USB Type-C until now because there was too much fragmentation.
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.