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April 16, 2015

 

LAUSD seeks multimillion-dollar refund from Apple for scrapped iPad in education program
Apple Insider

After officially scrapping a $1.3 billion educational technology initiative based on Apple's iPad, the Los ipad in educationAngeles Unified School District is reportedly demanding the company either return millions of dollars or face a lawsuit.

According to local radio station KPCC, LAUSD informed Apple that it will no longer put money toward course material provided by content partner Pearson, saying the district was "extremely dissatisfied" with the software implementation. Educators complained that Pearson's software was half-baked, contained errors and lacked lessons and promised interactive material.

"While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI implementation, they have yet to deliver it," LAUSD attorney David Holmquist wrote in a letter to Apple's general counsel. "As we approach the end of the school year, the vast majority of students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads."


Teachers also faced problems implementing iPads into their curriculum, including a security breach in which students discovered they could bypass school-imposed content filters. Administrators last year opened the program up to other platforms, including Google's Chromebook and Microsoft's Surface.

 

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Lenovo's WRITEit app makes text input a doddle
TechRadar

Lenovo wants to revolutionize the way we input text into our Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs through a Lenovo's WRITEit appnew app that makes handwriting more useful than ever.

WRITEit gets users to handwrite information on a pen-enabled tablet or PC that it then converts to text to be used by the website or program in question with an engine that is designed to work seamlessly.

"Users told us they wanted a more natural, intuitive and accurate handwriting experience, and that's exactly what WRITEit delivers," said Mark Cohen, VP of the Ecosystem and Monetization Business Group at Lenovo.

WRITEit's technology works in the background to convert handwriting into text characters and there is even a suggestion tool that provides alternatives to words that aren't recognized by the system.

 


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Xplore Agrees to Purchase Motion Computing
Business Wire

Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) (“Xplore” or the “Company”), a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs, announced today that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Motion Computing, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Motion”). Motion, another Austin, TX-based leader in the rugged tablet space, is currently the #2 provider worldwide of rugged tablet PCs, according to VDC.

“The capital backing of Xplore supports a robust product pipeline and customer service capabilities that are critical to enterprises with whom Motion has had long standing relationships.”

“The acquisition of Motion is consistent with our goal to establish the best and broadest line of rugged tablets for the enterprise market,” said Philip Sassower, chairman and CEO of Xplore. “Motion represents a unique opportunity for Xplore to acquire an Austin-based company with deep industry domain expertise and that possesses products and channels complementary to our own. Together we will address a broader range of customer needs and provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for rugged tablets.”

“Motion is excited about what this combination brings to its customers and business partners,” said Peter Poulin, CEO of Motion. “The capital backing of Xplore supports a robust product pipeline and customer service capabilities that are critical to enterprises with whom Motion has had long standing relationships.”

 

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April 15, 2015

LAUSD seeks multimillion-dollar refund from Apple for scrapped iPad in education program
Apple Insider

After officially scrapping a $1.3 billion educational technology initiative based on Apple's iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District is reportedly demanding the company either return millions of dollars or face a lawsuit.

According to local radio station KPCC, LAUSD informed Apple that it will no longer put money toward course material provided by content partner Pearson, saying the district was "extremely dissatisfied" with the software implementation. Educators complained that Pearson's software was half-baked, contained errors and lacked lessons and promised interactive material.

"While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI implementation, they have yet to deliver it," LAUSD attorney David Holmquist wrote in a letter to Apple's general counsel. "As we approach the end of the school year, the vast majority of students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads."

LAUSD rolled out the first phase of its now defunct Instructional Technology Initiative, also known as "iPad-for-all," in 2013 with a $30 million agreement to supply iPads to 47 seed campuses. ITI would become an ambitious $1.3 billion project hoping to provide similar technology to more than 640,000 students.


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Surface 3 vs. Surface Pro 3: Microsoft Tablet Showdown
PC Magazine

 The biggest difference between the two models isn't a feature or a part number, it's the price. The base model of the Surface Pro 3, outfitted with an Intel Core i3 processor and 64GB of local storage, is $799. Our review model of the system, which boasted an Intel Core i5 and 256GB solid-state drive, starts at $1,299. The Surface 3, on the other hand, is significantly less expensive, starting at $499 for an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD, and $599 for the same processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. That puts the Surface 3 in a much more affordable price range, but it does so with some significant differences in performance and capability.

 

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Why Microsoft's Surface 3 is a Game Changer
Motley Fool

A game changer, but not because of the price
The Surface 3 is a game changer for Microsoft's tablet efforts, although not for the reason many seem to think. The Surface 3 is not the first device to bring Windows into an affordable 2-in-1 form factor, and it'st Surface 3 certainly not the cheapest to do so. Compared to other Windows devices, the Surface 3 seems downright expensive, particularly considering that the keyboard costs extra.

But the point of the Surface 3, I suspect, is not to compete with OEMs making Windows devices. The point is to create a product that defines the Windows ecosystem, one that stands out in a sea of cheap Windows and Android tablets, presenting a viable alternative to the iPad. The Surface 3's job is to bring people into the Windows ecosystem.

With the Surface 3, Microsoft has the opportunity to create a real second option for prospective tablet buyers. People are already likely far more aware that the Surface exists compared to something like Asus' Transformer devices, and I'm sure Microsoft will put a considerable amount of money behind marketing the Surface 3. Awareness is half the battle.

The second half is convincing people the Surface 3 is a better choice than an iPad. Of course, part of this comes down to preference, and for those looking for a device that will be used solely for consumption, the Surface 3 has no advantage. But the iPad isn't built for productivity, and the Surface 3 should be more appealing on that front, especially once Windows 10 is released.

 

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April 14, 2015

Best Buy rallies with trade-in deal for Surface Pro 3
CNET

The retailer's promotion scores you a gift card and a coupon good toward the purchase of a new Surface Pro 3 when you trade in your existing tablet.Surface Pro 3

Best Buy is offering a trade-in deal for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Valid through Saturday, the promotion is straightforward. Trade in your existing tablet, and Best Buy will give you a gift card worth at least $50 as well as a $150 coupon. Both are good toward the purchase of a Surface Pro 3. The tablet you trade in must be in working condition, and the amount of the gift card depends on the tablet's specific condition.

Microsoft and various retailers have been striving to entice consumers with the Surface Pro 3, which was launched last May. A December promotion from Microsoft and another one in February slashed the price of the tablet by $100. Microsoft has been touting the Surface Pro 3 as a suitable replacement for a laptop, even running ads comparing the tablet with Apple's MacBook Air. The goal is to convince people that the Surface Pro 3 is more versatile because it can double both as a tablet and as a notebook with the addition of the Type cover keyboard.

 

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Panasonic to update 20-inch Toughpad 4K Windows 8.1 tablet with lower $2999 price tag
Windows Central

Panasonic plans to launch a new version of its standard 20-inch Toughpad 4K tablet, running on Panasonic Toughpad 4KWindows 8.1 sometime in July. It will contain some hardware improvements and a price tag of "just" $2,999, which is half the cost of the current $5,999 version.

The tablet will still have the same impressive 3840x2560 LCD display in a 15:10 aspect ratio, but it will also add an HDMI 2.0 input port for the first time, allowing users to hook it up to a wider range of devices and peripherals for use in jobs like video production and more. It will also have a fifth generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor inside; the previous version had the older fourth generation chip.

"Running Windows and built on the Intel vPro platform, the Toughpad 4K offers unique hardware and OS-based enhanced security features, remote manageability and capabilities designed to increase end user productivity and data protection. With a magnesium alloy frame enclosed in a reinforced glass fiber case, the lightweight, business-rugged tablet is built to handle a 30-inch drop to its back while operating, and 12-inch drops to 26 angles when nonoperational."

 

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April 13, 2015

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review: A seriously snazzy ultrabook
The National

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro ultrabook is something special, right down to the box that it comes in.Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

The omens are good when you lift the cardboard lid, pull back the two flaps and in doing so the gleaming silver laptop is raised upwards towards you as if someone is presenting your favourite dinner on a plate.

It certainly sets the standard, and thankfully the actual technology on offer here lives up to the impressive introduction.

The Yoga 3 Pro is a hybrid laptop with a design that oozes class, from its colour combination (black and orange interior) to its hinge system.

The hinge is inspired by the band of a wristwatch, with its unique look crafted from 813 individual pieces of aluminium and steel. It’s smooth yet sturdy.

It can be used in four different ways: as a traditional laptop, folded as a tablet, propped up like a tent and also bent backwards or forwards at an angle.

This ultra-versatility is particularly useful, because you’re not just going to want to use this laptop for typing up reports and making bar charts or excel spreadsheets.

The 13.3-inch super-high resolution screen is ideal for watching films, whether while travelling or lying in bed.

The speaker system is equally as impressive, making the viewing experience as immersive as anything I have come across away from using an actual television.

 

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HP Spectre x360 Review: My New Favorite Backflipping Windows Laptop
Gizmodo India

"Oooh, what's that?" It's the reaction I get every time I pull out the new HP Spectre x360 in a coffee HP Spectre x360shop. It hasn't failed yet. Java fiends always want to know where I got such a good-looking laptop-and they're always surprised when I tell them the answer. But the truly surprising thing about HP's new Spectre is how much you get for your money.

What Is It?

A thin, premium 13-inch Windows laptop with a screen that bends over backwards to become a tablet, too. A high-def touchscreen machine, crafted from glass and aluminum, that somehow starts at just $900. The lovechild of a MacBook Air and a Lenovo Yoga-and in many ways, more sensible than either one. My new favorite transforming Windows laptop.

So yeah, we've already established that the Spectre can turn heads. You know what's way more impressive? This laptop does so without sacrificing much utility to get there.

Usually, with a machine this thin, you'd expect a shallow keyboard, an undersized trackpad, and a bunch of icky miniature ports that require adapters to use. And usually, these backflipping laptops get a little thicker and more unwieldy when you spin their screens around. Not this one. If you ask me, the HP Spectre x360's aluminum unibody chassis has a pretty impeccable layout.

 

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Surface Pro 4 slated for Microsoft Build 2015 debut?
TechRadar

Just weeks after releasing the Surface 3, Microsoft could unveil its powerful Surface Pro 4 tablet-PC hybrid at the Build 2015 conference later on this month.

First reported by DigiTimes, the Redmond-based firm will out the Apple MacBook challenger for the first time later on this month before it will reportedly be released at some point in the second half of 2015.

A source familiar with Microsoft's plans told the publication that Microsoft is planning to "unveil its next-generation Surface Pro 4 tablet during the upcoming Build developer conference in April," before putting it into mass production at some point in June.

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April 10, 2015

Surface Pro 4 said to debut at Microsoft BUILD
TechnoBuffalo

Microsoft will reportedly unveil the Surface Pro 4 this month at its annual BUILD developers conference, though the device may not launch until a few months later. The news comes from DigiTimes and its supply chain sources, who have a pretty mixed track record when it comes to this kind of thing.

Still, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Surface Pro 4 unveiled in the near future. It’s been just under 11 months since the Surface Pro 3 was announced, and BUILD could be a good opportunity to show Windows 10 software running on some cutting-edge hardware. Sure, Microsoft just announced the Surface 3 last month, but that’s powered by a lower-powered Intel Atom chip.

According to DigiTimes, the Surface Pro 4 will enter mass production sometime in June. It could be timed for release alongside Windows 10, which is set for a global launch this summer.

 

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April 9, 2015

Dell targets enterprise users with new Venue 10 7000 tablet
TechSpot

Not all that long ago, it was easy to market a tablet to enterprise users as there simply weren’t very Dell Venue 10 7000 tabletmany that catered to such users. But now with slates like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro (and don’t forget Apple’s upcoming iPad Plus), it is becoming increasingly more difficult to stand out from the crowd.

Dell is hoping its new Venue 10 7000 which runs Android 5.0 Lollipop will be able to do just that. A follow-up to the Venue 8 7000 we reviewed recently, the new Venue features a 10.5-inch OLED display operating at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. It’s powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor and comes with the same Intel RealSense depth camera found on its smaller sibling.

The PC maker offers an optional magnetic keyboard which is probably a must if you’re serious about getting work done. The backlit keyboard more or less transforms the device into a 2-in-1, drawing its power from the tablet’s hinge where the main battery is located. Dell says the battery in the tablet will last 15 hours with the keyboard attached – impressive.

 

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April 8, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Killer Roundup Updates: Variant Runs At Powerful Intel i5 and i7 Processors Hybrid; 1 TB Storage; Excellent Camera Upgrades
Venture Capital Post

Earlier this year, Microsoft Surface Pro was awarded the "best tablet" award at the Mobile World Microsoft Surface Pro 3Congress. By reason of this honor, many are keen that the next Surface Pro 4 will move past all expectations and a huge leap from what it is now. Currently, there are numerous speculations the ultimate laptop/hybrid tablet looks likes and what killer roundup features it holds.

It is expected that Surface Pro 4 comes in two models; one in 12 inches and the other one with 14 inches. Both of these variants run at 2K display. The major difference however is that the 12-inch tablet is powered by a Broadwell processor while the 14-inch variant boasts a state-of-the-art high-grade hybrid of Intel i5 and i7 processors.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with 1 terabyte of storage and will be LTE-ready. The company aims to improve battery life with its devices and Surface Pro 4 is expected to last up to 10 hours with non-stop video playback. This new Surface Pro instalment comes with a 3.5MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing shooter and both are capable of taking 1080p videos.

To date, Microsoft has remained silent as to the specific launch date of the anticipated Surface Pro 4, however, the company's recent price slash of Surface Pro 3 is an indication that the new generation tablet-laptop hybrid is coming real soon

 

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Microsoft's New Surface 3 Hybrid Tablet: It's a Terrific Value
Yahoo Tech

 

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April 7, 2015

This stunning Windows app makes the best case yet for the Surface Pen
The Verge

StaffPad debuted last week as a Windows 8 app, and it’s designed to let composers scribble notes on screen to convert handwritten music into a typeset score. While the recognition is impressive, you can also quickly edit, playback, share, and even print the score. It’s targeted at musicians, and it’s already being described as "groundbreaking" by professionals who have been waiting for a music handwriting app that actually works. A lot of composers still use pen and paper, so a digital alternative is appealing. While there have been a few iOS apps that have promised similar things for the iPad, the lack of a native pen means they’re less accurate and cumbersome to use. StaffPad has been specifically designed for the Surface Pen after years of trial and error.



 

I’ve been using StaffPad for the past few days, and it feels like the perfect app for Microsoft to really show why the Surface Pen matters. A technical question from StaffPad to Microsoft’s developer support team eventually led to the Surface marketing team noticing the app, and now the software maker is highlighting it in a new Surface Pro 3 commercial that does a much better job of explaining the uses of touch and pen on this hybrid tablet / laptop.

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HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad
TechCrunch

The HBO Now app has made its way to the Apple TV and iOS as of today. The HBO Now channel was HBO Apppromised for availability ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere on the network on April 12, and the new service provides access to HBO’s entire streaming content library, as well as new shows live as they air, for $14.99 per month, with one free month included for users who sign up in April.

HBO Now was officially announced at Apple’s special press event in March, where the company revealed the new MacBook and detailed its launch plans for the Apple Watch, which will be available for pre-order beginning Friday. The HBO Now service is exclusive to Apple TV at launch, and is also available on iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad via an app. Once you’ve signed up via Apple’s offerings, you can also watch in browser via the HBO Now website on any computer.

 

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Best Road Warrior Tablet
Tablet PC Review

Given their slender profiles and light weight, tablets are ideal for frequent travelers.

Compared to something that can come in at a pound or less, even a three-pound laptop seems Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5gargantuan.  But because this will be their one-and-only computer, road warriors need a device capable of doing it all: a big screen, a speedy processor, lots of storage capacity, 4G cellular-wireless data, and a long battery life.

All of the models below are capable of running the full version of Microsoft Office thanks to the recent release of iOS and Android versions, as well as plenty of other productivity and entertainment apps.

With all this in mind, what’s the best tablet available for constant travelers, whether for work or fun? Below you’ll find our picks.

#1 Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The latest Windows 8.1 Pro model from Microsoft seems to have been designed with road warriors in mind, as it’s essentially a powerful laptop compacted into a tablet. It includes everything someone going on a long business trip needs.

#2 Apple iPad Air 2

The sixth-generation iPad is the lightest full-size tablet Apple has ever introduced, and the fastest by a wide margin. This makes it a very good option for those whose job doesn’t require third-party software available for Windows, or those who vacation frequently and want a highly mobile computer for personal use.

#3 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

The stand-out best of the full-size Android tablets is a Samsung model that includes a 10.5-inch, AMOLED, 2560 x 1600 display that’s so beautiful that one wouldn’t mind looking at it all day, or using it as part of a sales presentation.

 

Continue to see all of the Best Road Warrior Tablets

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April 6, 2015

Big Surface 3 Pre-Order Deal Arrives
Gotta Be Mobile

Over the weekend Costco began taking pre-orders for the Surface 3, specifically for its members. The Surface 3 is Microsoft’s next-generation mid-range tablet. It comes with a tall 10-inch display and can run Desktop apps like iTunes, something that the Surface 2 tablet that came before it couldn’t do. Microsoft says that with the Surface 3 it tried to bring the conveniences of a Surface Pro 3 to something that was more affordable. Still the device is debuting in May with a $499 base price tag and two very crucial accessories that users have to purchase separately.

Surface 3 pre order at costco

Costco’s Surface 3 deal and pre-order eliminates a big part of those add-on costs. Pre-orders at Costco include a Surface 3 with 64GB of storage and 2GB of storage, a Surface 3 Type Cover and a Surface Pen for $599. $699 gets Costco shoppers a Surface Pro 3 with 128GB of storage space, 4GB of RAM and the same two accessories at no added cost. The Surface 3 arrives on store shelves and begins shipping on May 5th. It may not seem like it at first glance, but Costco Surface 3 buyers are getting roughly $80 in savings.

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Apple iPad's Are the New Cash Registers
Bloomberg

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Rumored To Bring Major Updates When It Launches In 2015
Tech News Today

Just last week, Microsoft Corporation introduced a brand new tablet to its Surface tablet line, but alas, it wasn’t really the new flagship Windows fans had been waiting for. Well, as it turns out, there’s no cause for alarm as new reports have surfaced which indicate that the Surface Pro 4 will be a device worth waiting for once it releases later this year.

Although initial rumors pegged the release date to be somewhere around July, new reports from The Inquisitor suggest that eager fans will have to wait a little bit longer as the expected release date has shifted even further, to October. Well, the delay in the release date has a huge perk as well; the device will be launching with Microsoft’s newest OS, Windows 10 pre-installed.

According to a post by VentureCapital, Microsoft won’t be holding out in terms of specs with the device. The tablet will be available in two size options – 12-inch and 14-inch – sporting a resolution of 2K pixels. Powering up these high-res displays will be either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Processor, 16GB of RAM and a stylus. Impressive as they may sound, these specs have yet to be confirmed by Microsoft.

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University Debuts Tablet Vending Machines to Rent Out iPads to Students
Christianity Daily

The Drexel University in Philadelphia has installed vending machines that contain iPads which can be rented by students through the use of their library cards.

The program was launched to boost the students' literacy through digital learning, 9to5Mac reported.

The concept behind the iPad vending machines was a partnership between the university and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Located in kiosks inside the university, each vending machine contains 12 Apple tablets. Students can then borrow these iPads by simply swiping their Free Library of Philadelphia cards or school IDs in the machine's slot.

Residents in nearby town can also use the iPads as long as they have library cards.

The tablets can be used for a maximum of four hours and contains various pre-installed apps and other digital tools selected by university officials and librarians of the Free Library.

To ensure the online safety of users, all personal information stored in the tablets will be automatically erased once the devices are returned to the vending machines.

The iPad vending machines is Drexler's latest program that involves lending Apple devices to students. In 2013, the university launched a similar rental program that involves providing students 24-hour access to MacBooks

According to Danuta Nitecki, the dean of Drexel Libraries, the partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia for the program is all about enhancing the education of students as well as residents through digital means.

 

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April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

 

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April 3, 2015

Short video gives sneak preview of the Surface 3's internal components
TabTec

teardown videos to emerge. Nevertheless, since the Surface 3 boasts 10 hours of battery life (one hour over the Surface Pro 3), we can’t help but wonder where the tablet stores its energy. Fortunately a short video from a recent Surface 3 fan event in LA emerged recently, giving us a glimpse at the Surface 3’s internal design.

Surface 3 conceals a huge battery

The Surface 3 aims to be a good all-around convertible, offering stylus support, a 10.8-inch Full HD 3:2 display and an Intel Atom x7 processor. With that in mind, one of the most surprising characteristics of the Surface 3 is its battery life, clocking in at roughly 10 hours of usage. Once we take a look at what makes the Surface 3 tick however, we realize where all those 10 hours come from: a huge battery that makes up for roughly two-thirds of the tablet’s footprint.

 

 

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On its 5th anniversary, Apple's iPad remains world's best tablet, but tablet market is due for change
Apple Insider

The iPad has proven to be a bigger success than just about anyone, including Apple, ever predicted. But while the overall tablet market exploded, riding high on the success of the iPad, it plateaued just as quickly, and seems poised for a shakeup in the near future.Apple iPads

Friday marks five years since the first iPad went on sale in 2010. In that time, Apple has sold nearly 250 million tablets.

Not bad for a market that was essentially nonexistent before Apple's entrance.

The iPad has proven to be a versatile device, in use everywhere from checkout registers to the classroom. For many, the iPad offers enough power and screen size for day-to-day computing, but with the added convenience of an ultra-portable form factor.

First, let's take a look at how the iPad has evolved over the last five years.

Thinner designs, but also thinner sales

Apple's iPad not only defines the tablet, market, but it also sets the tone for sales. And although the company has gradually improved the designs of its iPads over the last five years, sales in recent quarters have declined.

Apple isn't alone in that trend, however — other tablet sales are down as well. But why?
Amidst declining iPad sales, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he plans to return growth to the platform eventually.
Cook has said that there are a variety of factors contributing to declining sales, including the popularity of new iPhones with larger screens, and the fact that consumers don't feel a need to upgrade their tablet as often as they do their smartphone. Last October, he said he's still unsure what the upgrade cycle will be for consumers, because the market remains so young.

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April 2, 2015

Microsoft Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3: What's the difference?
TrustedReviews

Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3? We take a look at the differences in between the Microsoft tablet/laptop Microsoft Surface 3hybrids that almost share the same name

Microsoft sprung a surprise by announcing the Surface 3, the successor to the not so fantastic Surface 2. It's also a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3, arguably Microsoft's best attempt at building a great tablet/laptop hybrid.

So what separates the two portable, Microsoft machines other than that the word 'Pro?' We compare specs to see what.

Only the Surface 3 comes with a 4G option

One notable advantage of the Surface 3 over the Surface Pro 3 is that it there will be a 4G LTE version introduced eventually (they're listed as 'Coming Soon' on the Microsoft website).

This means that you'll be able to connect your Windows 8.1 hybrid device to the internet even when you're away from a Wi-Fi hotspot. All of which could make the Surface 3 the most compact tool there is for getting real work done on the move.


 

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April 1, 2015

Microsoft takes on the Apple iPad with a new tablet
BT.com

Tech giant has unveiled a new smaller, thinner Surface 3 that will run full Windows.

Surface 3 the tablet that can replace your laptop

The new tablet comes with a 10.8 inch (27.43cm) screen, is 0.34 inches (8.7mm) thick and weighs 1.37 pounds (621g). Microsoft says this makes it the thinnest and lightest Surface they have ever shipped, and the dimensions put it in competition with Apple’s iPad. It is being marketed as an entry-level device alongside the slightly larger Surface Pro 3, which has a 12 inch screen.

Panos Panay, head of Microsoft Surface, said: “As we planned the next addition to the Surface family, the questions to answer for our customers became simple. What product would we build to be sure we could make the very best of what we built in Surface Pro 3 available to many, many more people?

“The result is Surface 3, as well as a mobile-broadband version, Surface 3 (4G LTE). It’s the thinnest and lightest Surface we’ve ever shipped. It runs full Windows, including desktop applications. It includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 to help you really get down to work. And it starts at just $499 (from £419 in the UK).”

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Seven things to know about Intel's 'Cherry Trail' Atom chips
PCWorld

Microsoft’s Surface 3 is the first announced device to use Intel’s new Cherry Trail Atom chips, but you can expect therm to show up soon in other devices too. So what are the chips capable of and what intel atom chipshould we expect?

The Surface 3, which went on sale Tuesday, highlights some of the capabilities of Cherry Trail, officially called the Atom X5 and X7. The chips can run full Windows 8 and Windows 10 and are better at graphics than their ‘Bay Trail’ predecessors. But they also have limitations. They won’t do so well at compute intensive tasks such as video editing, which remain the domain of Intel’s faster Core processors.

Here’s a few other things to expect: 

Strong graphics  Intel says Cherry Trail will deliver twice the graphics performance as its previous Atom chips. The results were apparent when I tried out a prototype 8-inch Cherry Trail tablet earlier this month, which kept pace with the fast moving visuals of Real Racing 3. But don’t expect the kind of high end gaming you get with the Nvidia’s Shield, which has a powerful GPU.

3D cameras  Move over, 2D photography. Cherry Trail comes with technologies to support Intel’s depth-sensing RealSense 3D camera technology, which can measure distance and recognize objects. It could make Skype conversations look better by masking out backgrounds or scan objects so they can be printed in 3D.

 

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March 31, 2015

Introducing the new Microsoft Surface 3

 

 

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Say hello to Surface 3 prices starting at $499.00
microsoft

With the ability to run desktop software, a USB port, and an integrated Kickstand, Surface 3 is the Surface 3perfect productivity device for school, home, and on the go.

A laptop when you need it

Surface 3 may look like a tablet, but it’s so much more. It’s fast and responsive, so it won’t slow you down when you’re on the go. More importantly, when you need to run Windows desktop software like iTunes or Photoshop Essentials2, it just works. Click in a backlit keyboard3 to type faster than onscreen, and easily connect your accessories with the full-size USB 3.0 port.

Free Windows 10 upgrade

Upgrade for free to Windows 10 when it’s available,5 and get the best combination of the Windows you know, plus lots of improvements you’ll love. 

 

Tech specs : Size:10.52 x 7.36 x 0.34 in (267 x 187 x 8.7 mm) Weight: 1.37 lbs (622 g)  Display : 10.8” ClearType Full HD Plus Display • Resolution: 1920 x 1280 • Aspect ratio: 3:2 • Touch: 10 point multi-touch • Surface Pen support Battery Life: Up to 10 hours Storage/RAM: 64GB storage with 2GB RAM • 128GB storage with 4GB RAM Processor: Quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (2MB Cache, 1.6GHz with Intel Burst technology up to 2.4GHz )Network (Wireless and Cellular): Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) • Bluetooth 4.0 Ports: Full-size USB 3.0 • Mini DisplayPort • microSD card reader • Micro USB charging port • Headset jack • Cover port Software: Windows 8.1 • 1-year of Office 365 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage Cameras, video and audio: 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera • 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus • Microphone • Stereo speakers with Dolby audio Sensors: Ambient light sensor • Proximity sensor • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty.

Surface 3 runs full Windows 8.1, so you have access to all your favorite programs, apps, and browsers, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, iTunes, Netflix, Chrome, Firefox, and more.

Surface 3 includes a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. You also get OneDrive cloud storage and 60 Skype world minutes each month for 12 months.

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March 30, 2015


Going by the words circulating in the tech world, the Surface Pro 4 will make its grand debut in July Surface Pro 3alongside Microsoft's most-advanced OS, Windows 10. Fans will have more than just a tablet to look forward for this year.

Nothing is concrete, but speculations about the tablet's release are strong. With the new high-end tablet, Microsoft stands a good chance to steal some limelight from Apple's iPad Pro and the new MacBook. If rumours are true, the software titan is going with two variants for the Surface Pro 4, each with different screen sizes and prices to meet everyone's budget.

ased on the rumours so far, one of the Surface Pro 4 will have a 12-inch display and the high-end model will sport larger 14-inch screen. The latter will be powered by Intel's i5 and i7 processors offering memory space up to 1TB. The smaller variant is said to feature Broadwell processor in favour of Haswell to boost performance. Reports have also shown that the Surface Pro 4 will come with a stylus pen and matching keyboards.

Most notably, the Surface Pro 4 will be the first device to run on Windows 10 OS, which will be a great USP for the tablet. With the new OS, Microsoft is looking to bridge PCs and mobile operating systems together.

Microsoft is yet to confirm the existence of Surface Pro 4 but more details are likely to emerge in July this year. Based on expert analysis, the high-end tablet is expected to cost between $1,200 and $2,000.

 

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Tip: Be Prepared to Recover Your Surface Pro 3 No Matter What Happens
Thurrot.com

I’ll be publishing a guide to dual-booting Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10 soon. But while investigating this topic I ran into a number of issues that are somewhat unique to Microsoft’s tablet. So before getting to dual-booting, I wanted to quickly document the ways in which you can prepare to recover your Surface Pro 3 no matter what happens.

The flash drive MUST be formatted as FAT32. NTFS will not work.

First, get some USB flash drives 

You will need at least one 8 GB flash drive (preferably two) and one 16 GB flash drive to create the recovery disks described below. I recently purchased a few Kingston Data Traveler 3.0 USB flash drives because you can write on them with a sharpie, and they’re not at all expensive. Here’s the 8 GB version ($5.50) and here is the 16 GB version ($7.50).

Create a standard recovery drive

If you own a Surface Pro 3, you should do this now and keep it in an easily accessible location. Hey, make two.

Here’s how: Use Start Search, look for recovery and choose “Create a recovery drive” from the results. Make sure you have an 8 GB or bigger USB flash drive, and leave the option “Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive” selected.

Download the Surface Pro 3 recovery image and create an uber recovery drive

Microsoft makes a Surface Pro 3 recovery image available for download: this is critical for restoring your device back to its factory fresh state if everything goes wrong and the on-device or USB-based recovery tools are unavailable for some reason. This image will be used to create a special recovery drive—it requires a 16 GB USB flash drive—that includes everything that is normally on a USB recovery drive plus the recovery files that are normally accessed from the Surface Pro 3 disk.

To get the image, you will need your Surface Pro 3 serial number, which is written in tiny gray text on the slightly lighter gray Surface Pro 3 kickstand.

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SkinIt Has My Surface Pro 3 Hailing Hydra [Review]
Gstyle magazine

Ever look at your laptop, tablet or mobile device and get tired of its overall appearance? I get like Skin it for surface Pro 3that at times and am always looking for a chance to give my gadgets a new light. I never used a skin before for a device but I had seen a colleague with a similar skin on a Surface Pro 3 a few months back and was intrigued by the idea. Checking out Skinit website they have tons of skins ranging from covering your mobile devices to even covering larger devices such as your video game consoles down to your audio devices. After spending what felt like hours on the site, I decided on Hydra emblem which is a villainous organization from Marvel Comics.

Depending on the type of skin you purchase some may have just one layer or multiple layers. For instance I got one for the Surface Pro 3 so it has a two-part skin that goes on the back of the device while a another skin that goes on the front. The skins are developed in part by 3M and are a premium vinyl material. To apply all you have to do is peel off the paper and apply to your device. It really comes down to mastering doing the application. Once it’s done you are good to go. While the back is easy because they are larger pieces the front took a bit more time with it being thin and going around the screen.

I have been using the skin for about a week now and I love how the Skinit decal changed the look of my Surface Pro 3. The skin feels great and doesn’t show any sign of wear and tear. I know it’s only been a week but I use my Surface Pro 3 more than you know with it being a daily driver. It blends in so good you wouldn’t even know it was a skin. Now I feel like I need to get a red or black Type cover to complete the new look. Also with this skin on the back it protects the back of the Pro 3 from getting scratches which they can typically get after while without any protection.

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