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February 20, 2017

Microsoft Store Presidents' Day Sale: $200 off Surface Pro 4, $250 off Surface Book

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February 17, 2017

Get $150 off the best 2-in-1 laptop we've seen — the Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Digital Trends

Any PC ends up performing best when you keep in mind how you’ll be using it before you actually Surface Pro 4make a purchase. Some are better for stationary activities, while others are completely portable, ideal for multitasking. If the latter more accurately describes your lifestyle, consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, currently available for $650 — a $150 discount — at Best Buy.

A robust PC, the Surface Pro 4 is the latest model of the series and comes packed with some noteworthy improvements. Digital Trends got its hands on the Surface Pro 4 last year and concluded that it’s a top-notch 2-in-1 PC. Highlights include an impressive new type cover, a high-performing pen, a pixel-dense display, loud and clear speakers, and strong overall performance. The screen is a notable upgrade from the Surface 3 — it’s gone from 12 to 12.3 inches — with a pixel count that’s been upped to 2,736 x 1,824, which produces more pixels per inch than the iPad Pro. Other hardware upgrades include 16GB of RAM, up from 8GB, and a base hard drive that now offers 128GB, up from 64GB.

The Surface Pro 4 runs Windows 10 Pro, Office, and other professional software, has 128 GB of storage, with extra storage capacity available via the MicroSD card slot. It has two dual cameras with autofocus: a 8-megapixel camera in the rear and a 5-megapixel camera in the front. It also has an integrated kickstand and attachable keyboard.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 normally retails for $800, but you can snag one on Best Buy for only $650, saving you $150, or 19 percent.

 

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February 16, 2017

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: The best laptop around learns a new trick
Yahoo Finance

Dell’s XPS 13 is one of the best laptops on the market. We like it so much, we even made it one of our top picks for both 2016 and 2015. This year, though, Dell is changing things up a bit with an all-new model: The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.

Yes, Dell has turned the XPS 13 into a hybrid laptop-tablet thanks to a new 360-degree-hinged display. The PC maker also lopped off some of the XPS 13’s already slim chassis and added a new webcam to the mix.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 does have a few quirks, namely the odd placement of the aforementioned webcam and a slower processor than the standard XPS 13. But overall, the XPS 13 2-in-1 ($1,299 as tested) is a solid offering that’s nearly as good as its stablemate.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 360-degree touchscreen folds smoothly, but is sturdy enough to prevent any unnecessary play when in laptop mode. Like its predecessor, XPS 13 2-in-1’s gorgeous InfinityEdge display sports ultra-thin bezels that makes it feel like you’re holding nothing more than a screen when using the system in tablet mode.

A tablet with no edges

The XPS 2-in-1’s 13-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 display is absolutely gorgeous, though not as sharp as the optional 3,200 x 1,800 panel. Still, movies looked clear and colors were radiant. The notebook’s screen is also exceptionally bright, making it easy to view if you ever happen to use it out in the midday sun.

 

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February 15, 2017

Everything we think we know about Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3
PCWorld

With the Galaxy Tab S2, Samsung offered two sizes, an 8-inch model and a 9.7-inch one. According to a report from South Korea-based Naver News, the Tab S3 will reportedly narrow down those choices Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3to just the bigger size, with a 9.6-inch, 2048x1536 display. And if you like the design of the S2, you’ll love the Tab S3. Based on the rendering that has been leaked on German-based WinFuture.de, the tablet looks to be nearly identical to the S2 it will replace, with a pill-shaped home button/fingerprint scanner flanked by a pair of standard navigation buttons. However, it is expected to be thinner than its predecessor, which is only 5.6mm thick, and come in black and silver, rather than the standard white.

Power up

But while it might look like a Tab S2, the S3 will get a significant upgrade under the hood, as you’d expect from a tablet that hasn’t been updated in nearly a year and a half. It starts with the chip, and the new tablet is rumored to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a change from the Exynos chip that was used in the S2. Additionally, it will get 4GB of RAM (up from 3GB in the S2), as well as a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera (bumped from 8MP and 2MP, respectively). And as always, it will come in both Wi-Fi and LTE variations.

Additionally, the tablet will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, though it's unclear whether Samsung will bring any additional features for the larger screen. One of the biggest issues with Android tablets is their lack of larger-screen features and app support, so we'll have to see what Samsung has cooked up to spice up the experience.

Have pen will travel

The most interesting addition to the year’s tablet, however, could be the inclusion of an S Pen. While it wouldn’t be the only Samsung tablet to ship with the stylus, it would be a first for the Galaxy Tab S line. Unfortunately, Sammobile has reported that there isn’t a Note-style slot for it on the device, but the tablet will ship with an S Pen in the box, which could position the tablet as a more professional companion to the upcoming Galaxy S8.

 

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February 14, 2017

Surface Pro 5 release date, price, specifications rumours: New Microsoft tablet might launch at MWC 2017 with Surface Dial
PC Advisor

Everyone is waiting for an official announcement of the next Surface Pro, but right now, the Pro 5 is not likely to surface (pun intended) until at least spring 2017 - March is the top tip right now and it might even happen at MWC in February. Until Microsoft takes the wraps off, we've rounded up the Surface Pro 5 release date, price and specification rumours UK.

Next possible Surface Pro 5 release date: 27 February 2017 (MWC)

Microsoft launched the Pro 4 in October 2015, so October 2016 seemed like the most probable release date for a new model. However, at its October Windows event, the new Surface hardware was limited to the new Surface Book i7 and the Surface Studio. So we're expecting the Surface Pro 5 in 2017 for starters.

The fact the next big Windows 10 update (called the Creators Update) isn't coming out until Spring 2017 has led many to speculate that Microsoft will hold back its Surface hardware until then.

The latest leak comes from a Chinese website (via Digitimes) which claims that Microsoft has given the manufacturing contract for the Surface Pro 5 to Pegatron (which also makes the Surface Studio). The report also states that the Surface Pro 5 with have a 4K display, a stylus which recharges wirelessly and that it will launch in Q1 2017. That mean the first quarter, and it's most likely that we'll see a March announcement

This is backed up somewhat by Yibada which reports (with no source) that Microsoft will announce the Surface Pro 5 at MWC 2017. The mobile focused show starts on 27 Feb in Barcelona and would be an unusual place for the launch but you never know.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Rumors: Magnetic Charging Dock for Stylus in the Works?
Christian Post

The Surface Pro 5 has been highly anticipated ever since the current Surface Pro 4 has taken the convertible laptop market by storm. It is apparent that Microsoft will need to launch the next two-in-one device with new features that will elevate it above its predecessor — and also from upcoming rival offerings from Apple and Intel.

As a device that's become immensely popular with home users and professionals alike, many are waiting to see if the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will be a proper follow-up to the current two-in-one device. Fans and watchers are currently speculating when it will release, and what new features it will be launching with — especially ones that will make it stand out from the Surface Pro 4.

The current pen, as it comes with the Surface Pro 4, is powered by triple A or button cell batteries. In the patent, Microsoft is protecting their design for two new features: a stylus that can recharge on contact with a charging terminal, and a stylus dock that can hold a pen when not in use by means of magnets.

Put the two together, with some more details from the patent application diagrams, and one can see a design for a magnetic stylus holder that doubles as a charging terminal. In the patent schematics, this magnetic styling dock looks like it can be built into one of the edges of a tablet device like the Surface Pro 5.

Another subject for rumors is the possible release date for the device -— which is commonly pegged at April 2017 as noted by TechRadar. This time frame coincides with the Creators Update for Windows 10. A line of hardware and devices are rumored to launch with the next major update for the latest Windows Operating System, with some speculation pointing out to the possibility of the Surface Pro 5 being among them.



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February 13, 2017

Apple iOS Can't Beat Window's Windows 10 Tablet, That's Why iPad Pro Can't Beat Surface Pro
MStarsNews

Microsoft's Surface Pro rides in the highest hype right now, with Surface Pro 5 coming. Apple, on the other hand, is trying to play the spear game with its iPad Pro. Apple's iPad Pro has seen powerful Microsoft Surfaceimprovements from iPad, but still, Apple's sales went down 20%. What might be the reason?

Specs-wise, the clear winner according to Know Your Mobile is Microsoft Surface Pro. Apple's iPad Pro is a beast on its own, with 32/128GB of storage ad 64bit A9X/M9 processor. Add 4 GB RAM and iOS 9.1, it is a beasty computing machine.

iPad Pro comes with iOS 9.1 and Surface Pro comes with Windows 10.  iOS 9.1 is a good OS for mobiles and tablets while Windows 10 is designed to be flexible in use. The clear winner here is Windows 10, as it is more functional when a quick laptop or desktop is wanted. According to Auto World News, the Windows 10 OS is capable of running desktop-class apps while iOS 9 does have a lot of apps, but cannot compare to a full desktop OS.

 

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NSA Gives Thumbs Up to Microsoft Surface Tablets
Fortune

National Security Agency workers can now safely use Microsoft Surface tablets devices for data mining, intelligence gathering, or more humdrum work like checking email.

Microsoft’s (msft, +0.08%) Surface tablets and the tech giant's Windows 10 operating system are now officially part of the NSA’s list of approved technologies that its employees can use when dealing with classified information.

It should be noted that as of now, the only Windows 10 devices that the NSA deems safe to use for its workers are the Surface tablets. The NSA has not yet approved other any other Windows 10-powered personal computers built by third-party vendors like HP Inc. (hpq, +0.12%) or Dell Technologies to its list of sanctioned devices.

 

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February 9, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: What We Think We know
Tablet PC Review

The replacement for the popular Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 is right around the corner, if an unconfirmed report is correct. Details of this Android tablet are starting to leak out.Samsung Press Confrence Feb 26 2017

A rumor coming out of Asia indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 will be unveiled on February 26. The company has invited the press to an event that day, and the invitation includes the edge of what seems to be a tablet. A debut at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow would allow this device to be shown off to 100,000+ attendees

More Rumored Galaxy Tab S3 Specs

The Galaxy Tab S3 is allegedly going to be built around a 2.2GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. If the report of 4GB of RAM is correct, this computer will have 33% more RAM than its predecessor.

The device pictured in Samsung’s press invitation seems to have a USB Type-C port, an upgrade from the micro-USB port in previous tablets from this company. A 12-megapixel main camera and a 5MP rear one will supposedly also be included, and a version with built-in 4G LTE will be offered.

 

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Reasons to be optimistic about the iPad's future
Macworld

Despite a larger installed base than the Mac, customer-satisfaction scores that are “through the roof” (to use Tim Cook’s phrase), dominance in the high-end tablet market, and increasing sales to first-time iPad buyers, the iPad’s lack of sales momentum leads to a lot of skepticism about its future. Apple iPad & Macbook

I believe that the iPad, or something very much like it, will be a huge part of the future of how people use computing devices. Here are a few of the reasons why.

The iPad is a better bet for the future

Look out to 2025 and imagine a futuristic computing device made from Apple that’s larger than a phone, filling the ecosystem that currently is filled by laptops and iPads (and maybe even desktop Macs). This is a thin, light device, with battery life and sensors and other features that we can only dream about today.

For the iPad to get there, however, Apple will need to up its game when it comes to growing iOS. After all, 2025 is only eight years away; a new iPad feature or two every other year between now and then won’t get it done. iOS needs better peripheral support, more sophisticated windowing and multitasking, improvements to file handling, better support for application and system automation, and a whole lot more. But if Apple puts the work in, the iPad could be that device in 2025–and still clearly be recognizable to a visitor from 2017 as an iPad.

 

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February 8, 2017

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Surface Pro 4
TNH Online

If you’ve just bought the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, you’re most likely figuring out how it works. You can do this at your own pace and time, of course, but we’d like to help you along with a few helpful tips. Surface Pro 4By keeping them in mind, you’ll increase your productivity and efficiency and finish your tasks within the shortest possible time. You’ll also make the most of your new device and get excellent value for your money.

Ready to start? Here are five Surface Pro 4 tips you should know:

Master the Surface Pen

Your Surface Pen is more than just a digital writing instrument; it can also act as a remote for your Surface Pro 4! By default, you can click on it once to open Microsoft OneNote, click on it twice to take a screenshot, and hold it down to bring up Cortana. If these aren’t ideal for you and you’d like to assign a different shortcut to each function, you can easily do so in Settings.

Know how to find Settings quickly

Speaking of Settings, you probably want to know how you can easily locate it. You’re not alone, though, since many people are used to Windows 7 or 8.1 and go through a learning curve as they adjust to Windows 10. Fortunately, finding Settings is easy. Simply click or tap on the Action Center icon (which is shaped like a square quote bubble) on the lower right part of the screen, then choose “All Settings”. Another option is to go to the Start menu and look at the lower right portion of the screen; the gear icon above the Start button will take you directly to Settings.

 

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February 7, 2017

Lenovo's affordable Yoga A12 hybrid has a touchscreen keyboard
TechShout!

Lenovo’s Yoga Book made waves when it came out last year, surprising everyone with its digital Halo Lenovo Yoga A12 hybridkeyboard that eschewed standard physical ones. The company’s now pushed the tablet’s most unique component to another slate dubbed the Yoga A12.

The Yoga A12 strikes a different path for itself since it belongs to the affordable category rather than the premium one the Yoga Book inhabited. It’s been slapped with a $299 (roughly Rs 20100) price tag, effectively bringing the unique Halo keyboard to a new segment of consumers.

Lenovo’s tablet-laptop mashup is meant specifically for Android lovers looking for a device that blends the mobility of smartphones with the productivity features of a PC. Portability is key, with Lenovo touting the offering’s 5.4mm thickness and less than 1kg weight. Like other members of its lineup, it’s 360-degree hinge can be twisted into 4 different modes.

 

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Microsoft's Surface Hub gets a subscription option for business users
MSPoweruser

Similar to its Surface as a Service offering, Microsoft is now offering business consumers and customers the opportunity to buy and deploy the Surface Hub with a Subscription-based Model.

Citing IDC research, the firm notes that 73% of firms queried hope to purchase their tech for their businesses via subscription using the now myriad options which are now avaialble. Microsoft is taking advantage of this and offering the Surface Hub as a Service option as well as a Value Added Distributors Program for Opportunity Resellers for the Surface Hub. The former is self-explanatory, and the latter allows Surface Hub distributors to provide the same service to resellers without the resellers being tied down to long-term business commitments.

For prospective customers who aren’t quite sold on the utility the Surface Hub, Microsoft is offering them the opportunity to try out the Surface Hub for up to 30 days from February 15th in the US, the UK, Europe and Asia. This allows firms to make a more informed choice about whether they want or need a Surface Hub without the hurdles of making a large initial investment as well.

 

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February 6, 2017

Lenovo Miix 510 is a great alternative for the Surface line
Madd Apple News

Lenovo Miix 510

Lenovo is coming with something new on the market. The new Miix 510 seems to be a clone for the Surface Pro 4.

Lenovo seems to attack a market where Microsoft dominates silently. The Surface Pro 4 is a combination of a powerful OS in Windows 10 and elegant hardware.

The 12.2" Lenovo Miix 510 is the 2-in-1 PC that adapts to every moment. With its sleek design, unique watchband hinges, and outstanding performance

The new Miix 510 comes with a 12.2-inch screen, which is attached by Lenovo’s unique watchband-like hinge is also met on the Yoga 900 series laptops. With this incredible hinge, it allows users to tilt the screen back up to 170 degrees.

Lenovo’s watchband hinge is combined with the magnetic detachable keyboard folio cover, which was inspired from Microsoft’s model.

With this great combination, people will be able to type comfortably on a desk or slightly uncomfortably on their lap.

The new Lenovo Miix 510 has 1.5 millimeters of key travel, which is good. However, the main attraction at this keyboard is that it comes with a backlight feature. This means that people will be able to type without any problems in darker rooms

 

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Huge Discount on Surface Pro 4; Microsoft Offering Up To $200
Racing Junky

While the rumour mill is churning out more and more information about the upcoming Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 4Microsoft has now hinted about the arrival of the new tablet. Microsoft is giving hefty discounts on its existing Surface Pro 4 series to clear out the inventory, making way for the new model.

Some of the models of the Surface Pro 4 have got a discount of $200. Two models of the Surface Pro 4, one with Intel Core i5 and 128 GB storage and the second one with Intel Core m3 and 128 GB storage, will be receiving the said discount. This will bring down the price of the former to $799 and the latter to $699 from their original retail price of $999 and $899 respectively.

 

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Best iPad Pro Deal: Target Offers $150 Discount On 9.7-Inch 32/128/256 GB iPad Pro Models
Tech Times

It's not Black Friday but it does not mean Apple fans cannot find great deals for the only tablet in the world they love. One of the best tablet deals worthy of one's time and hard-earned dollars at the moment is Target's 9.7-inch iPad Pro offer.

iPad Pro Sale At Target

The entry-level variant of the smaller model of the iPad Pro with 32 GB storage usually starts at $599 but Target has slashed the price tag by $150. This means you can grab the tablet for just $450. It's still pricier than the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4 but you're getting a more potent tablet.

The iPad Pro comes with retina display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. Brain power comes from an A9X chip with 64-bit desktop class capabilities. For those who love good cameras, the iPad Pro does not disappoint with its 12-megapixel main clicker that's able to capture 4K video. It also comes with a 5-megapixel HD front camera that's perfect for FaceTime. Of course, the tablet's compatible with the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.

CNET first spotted the deal, which is only available in-store. The Target iPad sale started Sunday and will last until Feb. 11, Saturday.

 

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February 5, 2017

 

Congratulations to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots!

Super Bowl LI
today, 3:30 PM on FOX
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

 

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February 2, 2017

How To Watch the Super Bowl on a Tablet
Tablet PC Review

Super Bowl on a Tablet

 

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, and while the best way to watch it is on a giant TV, some people will need to use their tablet instead. Fortunately, setting this up will be a snap … here’s how.

Fox is the only place to watch the battle between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Engand Patriots, and the network has made it easy for any tablet user to tune in. All they need is the iPad, Android, Windows, or Kindle Fire version of the free FOX Sports GO app.

The TV network will provide hours of football coverage on Sunday, including Super Bowl LI itself with the announce team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman providing play-by-play and analysis in their fifth Super Bowl together. Lady Gaga’s halftime show, as well all the commercials, will be included. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 ET.

Accessing this livestream does not require a cable or satellite TV subscription. All that’s necessary is Fox’s app to watch the Super Bowl on a tablet. And a relatively fast Internet connection, of course.

 

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MobileDemand, provider of the broadest array of rugged Windows tablets, have announced the Rugged Windows Tabletsaddition of two enhanced, next generation Windows® devices. The 10.1-inch xTablet T1550 and the 8-inch xTablet T8540 are engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, where productivity is a priority and device downtime is not an option. MobileDemand is the leading rugged tablet innovators, proving their dedication to providing the right tools for the job.

These next generation devices have many features that set them apart from comparable devices.  The line of tablets come standard with features and functions that businesses demand, such as carrying options and barcodes scanning capabilities.

Inventory tracking and POS have never been easier with the optional 1D or 2D barcode scanner, available in the xTablet T1550. With the integrated scanner automating the tracking and identification of assets throughout the supply chain can take your business to new heights. The enhanced xTablet T1550 and xTablet 8540 set the standard to provide value for performance, ruggedness, functionality and price.

The xTablet T1550 and xTablet T8540 will be available in mid-March 2017. For more information on the xTablet T1550 and xTablet T8540 please contact MobileDemand by web at www.RuggedTabletPC.com or by phone at 319.363.4121.

 

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February 1, 2017

iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: iOS CANNOT Beat Windows 10...
Know Your Mobile

Which is the TRUE laptop replacement: Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 or Apple's iPad Pro?

iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 4

While the spat may be over twenty years old, the duo are always clashing on new battlefields. These two tech titans once crossed swords over desktop and laptop personal computers, but now it's all about mobile; smartphones, tablets, and software and service ecosystems. Up until now, however, Windows devices haven't fared as well against iOS-based hardware (or Android, for that matter), so much of Apple's fight in the mobile space has been against Google.

But where Microsoft has really excelled, at least, conceptually, is in its vision of how computing machines will function in the future. It saw that people will eventually want dualistic machines, a tablet and a laptop in one, and set about unifying its OS and developing its Surface line of products. And while it took awhile for Microsoft to lock-down the design and functionality, the company’s Surface Pro 4 is arguably in a league of its own in this market niche.

 

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