Microsoft has announced the launch of its new Surface Plus program, offering "flexible financing options" for both individuals and businesses. The new plans will be available from today, and will be exclusively offered in the United States through Microsoft's website and its physical stores.
The Surface Plus plan for consumers is available for "qualified customers and subject to credit approval". It offers:
Low monthly payments: Customers can purchase a Surface device with an easy, 24-month payment plan at 0% APR.
Device upgrades: Customers can upgrade to the latest Surface after just 18 months.
Dedicated Service & Support: Surface Plus offers best in class service and support from Microsoft Stores. Customers also have the option to add the Microsoft Complete extended service plan.
Microsoft Store benefits: All customers who shop at Microsoft Store enjoy access to benefits like a 30-day hassle free return policy, a Surface training and health check as well as a year of free in-store support and technical assistance.
For organizations, the new Surface Plus for Business plan builds on Microsoft's existing Surface Membership program, but specifically targets small and medium-sized businesses. It offers new and existing customers:
Multiple Surface models: Customers can add as many devices as they want into a single agreement and can have a mix of models across the Surface portfolio.
The latest devices: Previously unavailable, customers can now finance a 55” Surface Hub in addition to the new Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, and Surface Studio to unlock the power of the group in their businesses.
Office 365 for Business:. For an additional $8.25 per user per month, businesses can enjoy the ultimate productivity experience on Surface.
Flexible Terms: Businesses can choose flexible 18, 24, or 30 month periods, with the ability to upgrade devices after just 12 months on a 24-month term (after 18 months on the 30-month term). Businesses can also expand or reduce their device fleet mid-term.
Device Protection: Surface Plus for Business offers peace of mind with the Microsoft Complete for Business extended service plan with accidental damage protection.
Now that the Internet has recovered from its mini stroke over the misconstrued notion that Microsoft would be ‘killing off’ paint, the company would like to put the focus on its pseudo replacement in Paint 3D.
To be clear Paint 3D isn’t being pitched by the Windows team as a replacement but a new app with bits of the original Paint features rolled into it.
With that being said, a new blog post from the Windows team is highlighting just how much more robust Paint 3D is over the Spartan-esque functionality of Paint when combined with a Surface Dial.
The Surface Dial makes it easy to rotate as you paint. Using your digital pen, use the 3D tools to draw a 3D object or pull a model from the Remix 3D community. Click on the art tools button and choose a brush and color. Start painting on your 3D model and keep your pen stationary while turning the dial to rotate the object underneath.
For those looking to get their hands on a Surface Dial, they can be found at your local Microsoft retail store or online at the Microsoft Store.
Furthermore, the Surface Dial is compatible with the Surface Studio, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro and Surface Book, thus ensuring that very few Surface owners are left behind when purchasing a Microsoft flagship computing device.
Microsoft Surface Book is a premium laptop and it has got a lot of praise since it first came out. The laptop has been refreshed with Kaby Lake CPUs but new reports claim that Microsoft is waiting for Intel Coffee Lake CPUs to come out so that the company can release the Microsoft Surface Book 2.
Intel Coffee Lake CPUs will be based on the 14nm process and there is little that we know about the release of these CPUs. Some reports claim that the unlocked CPUs, the K SKUs will come out before the end of the year while other variants will be introduced later in 2018.
If this is the case, it would not be the first time.
If Microsoft Surface Book 2 will feature Intel Coffee Lake CPUs then we can expect to see a performance improvement of 30% as compared to the Kaby Lake version. Some can argue that if you already own the current version then it will not be worth the upgrade and that is one way of looking at it for sure.
Samsung’s Galaxy Book is affordable, compact and refined – at this price, it’s the Windows hybrid to beat
This is Samsung’s Galaxy Book, and it’s not an Android tablet. Running Windows 10, both flavours of Samsung’s Galaxy Book – 10.6in and 12in – are designed with productivity in mind. These are fully-fledged Windows tablets with clip-on keyboards and true go-anywhere credentials. They’re both sleek, lightweight and powerful, but can Samsung’s Galaxy Book do enough to make a dent in Surface’s market share?
Samsung’s Galaxy Book has more than a little of the iPad Pro about it. It’s available in either 10.6in or 12in screen sizes, and both join forces with a detachable keyboard and S Pen – the principal difference being that these are included in the box as standard. Inside are Intel’s 7th-gen Kaby Lake processors: a dual-core 2.6GHz Core m3 on the smaller model, and a 3.1GHz Core i5 with the larger. The 10.6in version comes with 4GB of memory and either 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage, while the larger model gives you the choice of either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a nippier 128GB or 256GB SSD.
The Galaxy Book’s keyboard is its stand-out feature, and it’s included in the box for free. It clips on securely, and folds up toblerone-style to the back of the tablet, in a similar way to Apple’s Smart covers. It can only be rested in two positions, though – which means it isn’t always possible to position the display at the most comfortable angle.
NFL players and coaches won’t be the only ones using a Microsoft Surface tablet on the sidelines this season.
NFL referees will now use the tablet to review replays for the 2017-18 season, replacing the “under-the-hood” monitor.
The new technology was in action for the first time during Thursday night’s preseason opener in Canton, Ohio. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, noted that there are two tablets at each 20-yard line for the referees to use.
Patriots.com notes how the tablets are hard-wired to the video feeds and that the under-the-hood system is still in place in case the tablets malfunction. Referees will communicate with league officials via headset while they watch replays. There’s also an assistant who holds up the tablet for the referee:
If there’s one thing Microsoft is good at other than coming out with game systems and Windows OS, it’s the Surface family. Every year the company comes out with the next generation of the Surface Pro series and there’s a bit of change to it on the inside and a slight change to the outside. This year, Microsoft went away with the numbering scheme and kept it simple by calling the new Surface unit the Surface Pro. The 2017 Surface Pro is a slight step up from the Surface Pro 4 that came out two years, but is it enough to make you upgrade? Let’s take a look.
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Display: 12.3 PixelSense (2736 x 1824), aspect ration 3:2
CPU: Intel Core i5-7300 @ 2.60GHz
Storage: 256GB SSD
Graphics: Intel HD 620
Ports: 1x USB 3.0, Micro SD card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect, Cover Port
Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front
Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Security: TPM chip, Windows Hello face sign in
Battery: Up to 13.5 hours
Microsoft has stepped their game up with the Surface series giving it some great specs under the hood, but the design has generally been the same with the Surface Pro 3/4. If you already have the Surface Pro 4 with the higher end specs, then there’s no point in upgrading. If funds aren’t an issue, sure go ahead and upgrade, but only get what you think you’ll need because, in my opinion, no one needs to go out and spend $2700 on a 2-in-1 that could be obsolete in the next year or two.
Apple to Launch Wrist Watches that can Make Calls. This version of smartwatch will be able to connect directly to cellular networks.
The current versions of Apple’s smartwatches are connected to an iPhone to send messages, stream music and get directions from maps. Bloomberg reported that Intel Corp will supply the LTE modems for the new wrist watches.
Apple, the iPhone maker is collaborating with carriers in US and Europe for offering cellular version of Apple Watch. Apple is very active now a days to launch new devices with ravishing i Phones. Recently Apple has teamed up with Cochlear to introduce Cochlear Hearing Device for iPhone.
Now people having hearing implants will be able to receive phone calls and listen to music wirelessly from Apple devices. The first ever cochlear implant sound processor will allow users to stream sound from iPhone, iPad and iPad touch.
The Lenovo Miix 510 is a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at half the price . It’s as simple as that.
Its design is a little less impressive, the stylus isn’t as good and the keyboard part has a few niggles, but it’s otherwise a fairly close match for the popular Microsoft hybrid.
This is also a good half-way house between a big tablet and an ultraportable laptop, a solid choice if you’re not going to work on the Lenovo Miix 510 all day, every day. The one part to put some of you off is battery life, which is solid but won’t last for a full day’s work.
The Lenovo Miix 510 has a 12.2-inch screen. Like the Surface Pro 4, it’s about as small as a laptop screen can get while still being well-suited for proper laptop duties rather than just messing about on the internet
and checking emails.
It’s alarming that Lenovo has managed to get quite as close to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at half the cost here. High-quality build, a good screen, solid performance and a comfortable keyboard mean there’s nothing to let the side down and make the Lenovo Miix 510 seem cheap or compromised.
Not every part is as good as the Surface Pro 4, of course. The Microsoft keyboard is a little stiffer, the screen is much sharper. However, the two laptops have exactly the same functional benefits and the Lenovo Miix 510 is also competitively-priced next to more conventional slim laptops.
iPad offers a variety of great apps and features that make it a must have for anyone looking to get an extraordinary device. However, you must educate yourself on how to properly use an iPad to get the most out of the user experience. Read on below for some great tried and true tips to work with your new iPad!
iPad’s iOS supports folders now. Start by putting your finger on the app. As it starts jiggling, you drag the app over another icon and then let go. This will create a folder which holds the two apps. The name of the folder will represent the category of what the apps are. You can rename the folder, if you like.
Wait until your battery is low before you begin to charge your iPad. Batteries have something referred to as memory. If you charge the battery too early, it’s memory will then record a smaller life, and this can occur repeatedly, leading to the device needing to be on the charger to be used.
If your friends own iPads too, you can share your entire music and video library with them. Open your ITunes app and activate the home sharing function. You also need to enter your Apple ID in the music and video menu of your iPad. To access a shared library, open a music or video app and select more. You will then have access to a list of shared libraries.
A soft reset is the perfect reboot for a frozen iPad. To do so, hold the power button and home button simultaneously for several seconds. This will cause the iPad to restart. To force close an app, just hold down the home button until it closes.
Even though your iPad does not come with a user manual, you can download one for free. Apple has a free PDF on their website containing the User Guide for the iPad. It also comes as an e-book you can read in iBooks, which is a free downloadable app available in the App Store.
TabletPc2.com editors note:At this time there is no such thing as a Surface Pro 5, the newest model is called the "Surface Pro" with no number after it.
Performance has, of course, improved over the Surface Pro generations. Shown here are 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited scores for the Core i5 versions of each generation. The CPU/GPU combinations are:
HD Graphics 4000
Surface Pro 2
HD Graphics 4400
Surface Pro 3
HD Graphics 4400
Surface Pro 4
HD Graphics 520
Surface Pro '5'
HD Graphics 620
A key adjunct to the Surface Pro is the Surface Pen, which has evolved from a Wacom-made 256-pressure-level stylus in the Surface Pro to a sophisticated N-Trig pen with 4,096 pressure levels, 21ms latency, 9g activation force, tilt support, and three different tips, all of which makes for natural-feeling inking and shading.
Since the Surface Pro 3, the Pen has included a Bluetooth option where a button click opens OneNote on the tablet. With the Surface Pro 4, the ability to take a screenshot and open Cortana was added to this now-customisable 'magic button'.
The Surface Pen was bundled with the tablet until the Surface Pro '5', but is now sold separately for £99.99 in the UK or $99.99 in the US.
Enter the clones
Although the Surface Pro has turned out to be good business for Microsoft, a major reason for its introduction was to encourage the company's hardware partners to take the form factor and run with it -- which they have done. A recent ZDNet roundup featured examples from Chuwi, Dell, Asus, Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, and HP, and also noted that "It's hard not to look at the iPad Pro and think it was introduced at least partly because of competitive pressure from the Surface family of devices".
Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Client Computing Limited today announced the release of 30 new enterprise PC models across 15 product series, all equipped with the Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system. The new models are being rolled out in stages from mid-August in Japan.
In its Fujitsu Notebook LIFEBOOK family of laptops, Fujitsu is offering twelve models, and in its Fujitsu Tablet ARROWS Tab family of Windows tablets, Fujitsu is offering seven models. Among them are three models that are thin and light for superior portability to support employees who work remotely, and the new models are priced up to 25% lower than similar existing models to promote a transformation in the ways customers work.
In a blog post published today, Microsoft revealed that the Surface will be used by NFL team medical staff “while making real-time decisions about player safety and health on the sidelines.”
“Medical staffs will have access to the NFL’s Game Management System, an app that displays key moments in every game and allows for data collection and sharing across games,” wrote Robert Matthews, a general manager for Microsoft.
A Microsoft spokesperson was unable to provide more details about the Game Management System app or what type of data it provides. It’s unclear if the Surface and app will be used to help assess concussion-related injuries during games.
In the blog post, Microsoft noted that some teams are also using the Surface as playbooks or for business operations. Others are using the big Surface Hub collaboration device for film reviews.
“It is clear that NFL teams have embraced Microsoft as a true technology partner,” the company noted.
Consumer Reports is stripping its “recommended” badge from Microsoft’s entire lineup of Surface PCs because the hardware was found to be “significantly less reliable than most other brands.”
In a survey of 90,000 tablet and laptop owners, Consumer Reports found that roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered “problems by the end of the second year of ownership.” Those problems include freezing, unexpected shutdowns, and touchscreen response issues. Reuters reported on the latest Consumer Reports reliability study, which was published on Thursday.
But Microsoft is coming out hard against the notion that its hardware is any less reliable than PCs from other companies. “We don’t believe these findings accurately reflect Surface owners’ true experiences or capture the performance and reliability improvements made with every Surface generation,” the company told Reuters in a statement. Apple was found to have the most reliable computers in the annual survey, though it too has tangled with Consumer Reports in the past. In that case, the controversy was over battery life that failed to meet Apple’s promises.
Microsoft VP Panos Panay released a lengthy statement defending the Surface lineup, disputing Consumer Reports’ data.
“In the Surface team we track quality constantly, using metrics that include failure and return rates – both our predicted 1-2-year failure and actual return rates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are significantly lower than 25 percent,” Panay’s statement reads. “Additionally, we track other indicators of quality such as incidents per unit (IPU), which have improved from generation to generation and are now at record lows of well below 1 percent.”
One reason for the reportedly high failure rates could be that Microsoft is relatively new to PC manufacturing.
“The reality is that Microsoft has very little experience in some of the newer categories it’s entering very rapidly, which may expose it to more risk of problems in manufacturing,” a chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, Jan Dawson, told Reuters.
Apple and Microsoft each offer a full-size tablet that can be turned into a 2-in-1 with an optional hardware keyboard. The designs for the Microsoft Surface Pro and the Apple iPad Pro are quite different, but it’s their software that truly separates them.
To be clear from the onset, neither the latest Surface Pro nor the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro is tremendously superior to the other, but each is a better fit for different groups of people. Read on to find out which of these groups you belong to.
iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro Build & Design
Apple chose to put a larger display in its computer , but the iPad Pro doesn’t really have a bigger chassis. It’s 12.0 by 8.7 by 0.27 inches, compared to the 11.5 by 7.9 by 0.33 inches of the latest Surface Pro. Apple’s offering works out to be less than 1 cubic inch larger than its rival. Microsoft’s device is 1.7 pounds, just 0.2 lbs. heavier than Apple’s.
As tablets go, these are equally bulky devices. But as laptop alternatives, they are super-slender featherweights, even with their add-on keyboards.
The Surface Pro does have a feature that gives it a definite advantage: its kickstand. This allows the computer to be easily propped up at almost any angle. Most of the add-on cases and keyboards for the iPad mimic this, but nothing beats having the feature built in. There is a trade off: this kickstand is why Microsoft’s offering isn’t significantly smaller than Apple’s.
Along comes the Surface Plus Program. I know that upgrading from the SP4 to the “new” 2017 Surface Pro is not a huge upgrade, but this program allowed me to upgrade to the new Surface Pro in the configuration that I want, when I want, without putting up all the cash right away. Plus, I was able to upgrade to the Surface Pro i5, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD option that I wanted when the SP4 was announced without going broke. As long as I make all my Surface Plus Program payments on time, after 18 months, I will be eligible to upgrade my device to a new Surface product. To me, this is the most enticing aspect of the Surface Plus Program; monthly payments and the ability to upgrade to a new Surface device after 18 months.
I ordered online through the Microsoft Store because I wanted to see what the difference was ordering online versus being in-store. I found that it takes about a week to receive your new Surface after ordering online. Pending credit approval, you can walk out of a Microsoft Store with your new Surface device within an hour. Unfortunately, the Surface Studio is not eligible for the Surface Plus Program.
I purchased my new 2017 Surface Pro through the Surface Plus Program on August 1, 2017, the day that the program was announced. So far, I am extremely happy with my purchase and I am glad I was able to get the Surface Pro in the configuration that I wanted. I have not started making payments yet, but my payments will be about $63 a month, with an option to upgrade after 18 months. I’ve since sold the Surface Pro 4, making things even a little more affordable.
I purchased the Surface Type Cover and pre-ordered the Surface Pen separately, so those items are not included in my monthly payments. I am a Surface Pro fan and I look forward to being able to get the next new Surface Pro device when it comes out. I may choose to get the next iteration of the Surface Book or maybe the next Surface Laptop, but the point is, I have options with the Surface Plus Program. The Surface Plus Program gives you a way to get what you want.
Samsung has released the latest in their T-series ultra-fast portable SSDs with the T5 now available to purchase globally, which includes going on sale in Australia.
The T5 includes two connection cables – USB-C to C and USB-C to A – supporting up to USB 3.1 data transfer speeds. These two connections will allow you to connect to almost any device from laptops to smartphones or tablets. The combination of SSD and USB3.1 means it’s fast too, with transfer speeds listed at up to 540 MB/s which Samsung says is up to 4.9 times faster than many external Hard Disk Drives.
Samsung is also offering the option of AES 256-bit hardware data encryption with the T5 so it’s potentially secure if you decide to use it.
The famous company, Apple, has now released the latest operating system for both iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. However, the iOS 11 is only available for developers. Apple Company already plans to release the iOS 11 Beta 6, speeding up the development process by making it available for registered developers.
Moreover, the update is available on the same channels as it was before: either as a restore image file with the help of Apple Developer Program or over the air.
The upside for the rest of the users is that they can try out the iOS 11 Beta for free with the help of the Beta Software Program Apple created. Thanks to this program, public testers can try out the new software on compatible devices.
However, there is a possibility that the software will be a little unstable and require the users to downgrade their devices to previous operating systems, like iOS 10.x.
The Apple user also has the alternative to install the latest software without a paid developer account. Moreover, given the fact that there were heavy amounts of changes in the past betas, this update can be meant just for performance enhancements and bug fixes.
Microsoft officially supports Windows 10 S on Surface Laptop, the device on which the lighter version of Windows 10 launched on earlier this year, but it is now adding another device to the fold.
The Surface Pro, the newest device in the Surface range, has received a firmware update, its third since being released in mid-June, which officially introduces support for Windows 10 S.
The Surface Pro ships with the full-blown Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 S is not available as an option at this stage. This means that customers who want to use it on their Surface Pro will have to manually install it.
Microsoft may also offer Windows 10 S as an optional operating system when configuring a Surface Pro, but, given the nature of the hybrid device, it does not fit its purpose as well as Windows 10 Pro, which is more capable in a professional environment.
Windows 10 Pro can run programs from outside the Windows Store, whereas Windows 10 S, being designed with the education market in mind, is limited to Microsoft-approved software. Also, Windows 10 Pro offers more features that a Surface Pro customer may want.
Sorry, Consumer Reports, but you don't know the Surface like I do.
Yes, I'm that guy. I'm the one who sits on the train using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and who takes it to the front row of exclusive Apple press events while balancing its unconventional kickstand on my lap.
I've been this guy for three years, and it's not because someone dared me to use a Microsoft laptop. Nope. I chose this life. I chose this product.
Now, following Consumer Reports controversial downgrade last week, I feel like I'm supposed to be the guy who defends the entire Microsoft Surface product line. After all, I still love these products.
But it's hard to ignore that the respected non-profit Consumer Reports pulled its highly coveted "recommended" badge from all Microsoft Surface products after a reader survey showed an unusually high likelihood of product failure (25% of the devices) after two years of ownership.
So instead of arguing against Consumer Report’s results, I’ll tell you what I know about Microsoft’s Surface products and why I still recommend them.
It’s almost back to school season, which means now is the right time to find the best deals on the hottest tech gadgets. Well, as noted by Neowin, you can now pick up an Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 4 with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $639 from Newegg until Wednesday, August 23rd.
While it’s not a newer device like the freshly announced Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 4 still brings great value for student and professionals alike. It brings the same portable form factor, and specs which will help you get your job and assignments done with ease.
With the Newegg flash sale, the price on the Surface Pro 4 goes down 36% from $999 to $639. This gives saves you some money, helping you buy the Surface Type Cover, which is not included with the Surface Pro 4.
To coincide with yesterday's launch of the new 8th-generation processors, which pack four cores and eight threads into the 15W chips found in Ultrabooks, Intel released a sizzle video to give people an idea of what to expect from the new processors.
The star of the video is a little surprising, however. At first glance it looks like a laptop, but MSPoweruser looked a little closer and noticed that it has some very distinctive properties: a vent around the lid and an unusual segmented hinge. The laptop in the video is a Microsoft Surface Book. Only instead of being silver-gray like the current Skylake-based Surface Books, it's black.
Of course, it's perfectly possible that there's no black Surface Book and that a video producer thought that a recolored Surface Book just looked cool without appreciating just how distinctive the Surface Book's design is.
For this All Hands on Tech review, we go hands on with the Surface Studio to see if Microsoft has a winner with this new device. The Surface Studio can be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and a 4 GB NVIDIA GeForce GPU, as well as hold 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of storage. It also contains four USB 3.0 ports, a full-size SD card reader, a mini display port, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Despite all of this power, the Surface Studio is an astonishing 12.5 mm thin, with a 28 inch PixelSense Display touch screen that boasts a 3:2 aspect ratio with 192 ppi. It comes loaded with Cortana, and users can tilt the Surface Studio to essentially create a giant tablet. The tilt doesn’t go all the way down, but it can reach a 20-degree drafting angle.
Apple announced the iOS 11 at the WWDC 2017. While this iteration of iOS will be released along with the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 in September, the iOS 11 beta 7 has been rolled out to the developers now.
Almost all the apps and features seem to have received a revamp with the iOS 11. Interestingly, it will also open up possibilities for augmented reality in gaming. The iOS 11 has brought many subtle design changes. The in-built apps have been refined with bolder fonts and darker lines. Some apps such as Calculator and Phone have a redesigned look with round buttons without borders and darker fonts. A few other apps such as Calendar and Reminders retain the same design as in iOS 10. The Control Center, Lock Screen, Messages, etc. have got significant updates and we will detail each one below.
Lock Screen: Apple has merged the Lock Screen and Notification Center into one in the iOS 11. When you do a downward swipe to access the notifications, the Lock Screen will come down with the missed notifications displayed on it. The notifications those you have already seen will be displayed on a second swipe in the middle of the screen. An upward swipe from the middle of the screen will take you to the Home Screen.
Dock: The new Dock on iPad can be seen on any screen. With a single swipe, you can open any app from the Dock instantly. It is possible to customize the Dock with the apps that you use frequently. The Dock is smart enough to change as you work with app suggestions based on the ones those you have opened recently and the ones you were using on any other Apple device. The app suggestions will be displayed at the right of the Dock.
Apple could be considering allowing iPhone users to take advantage of its Pencil stylus, if new patent filings are any indication.
Apple news-tracking site Patently Apple has uncovered two patent applications the tech giant filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that suggest it's considering stylus support for the iPhone. The company specifically mentions the iPhone in the patent applications, according to the site.
The first patent application describes a "noise correct" feature for a touch device that works with a stylus. According to Patently Apple, the patent application describes how a stylus could work with both a "smartphone or tablet," and goes on to specifically cite an iPhone or iPad. The other patent application describes a technology for improving stylus accuracy and precision in a smartphone.
There are few, if any, limitations on Apple Pencil support coming to the iPhone. Apple's handsets all run on the same mobile operating system, iOS, that the company's tablets use. Adding Apple Pencil support to the iPhone, in other words, could be as simple as turning it on.
For its part, Apple hasn't indicated itself that it would bring Pencil support to the iPhone, and like other big tech companies, the device maker files for patents all the time on technologies that won't necessarily be released. Yet the patents at least suggest Apple is thinking about stylus support for the iPhone, which would likely compete against the S Pen-Galaxy Note 8 combination.
Microsoft is maintaining its pledge to keep updating its older products in the Surface Line, and this one adds new support for Type Covers.
Microsoft’s latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 3 is focused entirely on bringing various systems in line with the Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pro Signature Type Covers. It doesn’t add anything revolutionary, but this update does improve compatibility and has no effect on battery life or security.
Although able to operate as a tablet thanks to its 2-in-1 form factor, the Surface Pro line is designed to work well as a laptop, too. You’ll need a keyboard for that, though, and for some users, the new Type Covers for the Surface Pro are a worthy upgrade over their existing keyboard solution, as they can now run the new Type Covers with older Surface Pro 3 2-in-1.
Although Microsoft’s update breakdown does claim that you need to be running the Windows 10 Anniversary update to download this firmware upgrade, Neowin reports that it should work for those
The 2-in-1 PC market has taken off in a big way in the last few years, giving users the ability to get both a tablet and laptop experience from the same product – with thanks in large part to the flexibility of the Windows 10 platform. Now, with the arrival of the new Samsung Galaxy Book, that tablet and laptop combination has been perfected, with the remarkable device offering users a superb solution for both work and leisure. Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Book goes beyond the usual experience provided by traditional laptops, allowing for more interactivity, creativity and collaboration.
The ultimate in mobility
One of the best things about tablets is how quickly and easily they can be passed around for people to see. That slate form factor really encourages users to share their work with others, making it easy to get a message across, or demonstrate some terrific content. On the other hand, getting colleagues or friends to gather ‘round a stationary laptop is a hassle for everyone involved. Samsung’s Galaxy Book is the perfect solution for this type of situation, offering all the mobility of a tablet while also packing the power and functionality of a full Windows 10 laptop. And, with a weight of only 648g for the 10.6-inch model and 754g for the 12-inch model, it’s light enough for anyone to hold comfortably.
A better S Pen in every way
Improving upon the previous S Pen stylus, Samsung has devised a new S Pen with a 0.7mm tip and 4,096 levels of pressure-sensitivity, allowing for much more precision and nuance, whether you’re sketching out transcendent works of art… or just taking handwritten notes (it’s all up to you). Best of all, the new S Pen doesn’t need charging, so you’ll never miss an opportunity to write something important down or capture that incredible once-in-a-lifetime idea.
Even though the price bumped up to $99.99, the Surface Pen is a must-have accessory for any Surface fan. Thankfully, you can get a Surface Pen in a different color other than just plain silver. With 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, the pen feels like a real-life pen, close to writing on actual paper. I used the new Surface Pen in the Microsoft Store, and I was happy to start using it because I heard such great things about it and how it was a much better improvement over the previous generation.
There is not much to pairing your Surface Pen with your Surface device. Just hold down the eraser button for a few seconds, a green light will appear and the pen will enter Bluetooth pairing mode. It’s a simple process for most Windows fans already using Windows 10, but coming from Android or MacOS (X?), it’s always good to have a refresher.
In Windows 10, follow these steps:
Go to Settings
Go to Devices
Add Bluetooth & other devices
Add Bluetooth and other device
From there, you’ll need to find and select your Surface Pen to pair it via Bluetooth. Once paired, you can use the new Surface Pen on any Windows 10 devices that support pen input. The Surface Pen also works on the Surface Studio, Surface Book, Surface Laptop, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3. However, the 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity are not available on those devices.
At the moment, the only Surface device that you can only use the Surface Pen to its full potential, with the 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and the new tilt functionality, is on the new Surface Pro. Microsoft claims that more devices will get tilt support in an upcoming Windows 10 update.
After using the new Surface Pen for the last week, I agree with Microsoft that this pen is the “fastest on the planet.” The new Surface Pen responsiveness and speed make it a dream to use. I use the Surface Pen to take notes when I am in meetings in OneNote, and use it when I color using my favorite Windows 10 coloring app, Zen: Coloring Book for Adults. I am by no means an artist, but when I use the new Surface Pen, I feel like one.
The new Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme features Intel's 6th and 7th generation Core processors, weight reduction (almost 25-30%) to under 3lbs, increased battery size (26Wh to 34Wh)/life (19 hours), and will maintain backward compatibility with Dell's existing ecosystem. That means the batteries from the previous Rugged tablet will also work with the new tablet as would car mounting systems.
The 11.6" daylight viewable display also gets an upgrade to FHD and is still just as strong as its predecessors. The new tablet features a USB 3.0 Type-C connector that can be used for connecting to devices, docking, and even charging. Storage options have been changed, and now you can get a Rugged Extreme tablet with up to 1TB of NVMe class 40 solid state storage. You can also get the tablet equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A modem for data on the go, and a dedicated GPS card.
Dell has also expanded their ecosystem for the new tablet with optional accessories such as a rigid handle, external battery charger, and a new kickstand that rotates 180-degrees. Over the past year or so, Dell has done an excellent job of expanding within the rugged market space, which was once dominated by Panasonic's Toughbooks, and will continue to expand with the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet.
Acer's Switch 5 tablet wasn't something to write home about. The kickstand was clever, but what else was there to lure you away from, say, a Surface Pro? The company has a better answer today. It's launching a slew of new PCs at IFA 2017, and the headliner has to be the Switch 7 Black Edition. While the 13.5-inch slate is larger and heavier (2.5lbs) than the Switch 5, it's also the first fanless 2-in-1 to pack dedicated graphics -- in this case NVIDIA's GeForce MX150. You probably won't be playing Destiny 2 on this machine, but the extra visual oomph should help with video streaming and creative apps while giving you enough peace and quiet to concentrate.
Other tricks? The 2,256 x 1,504 display takes advantage of an included Wacom-powered (and now battery-free) stylus, and an 8th-generation Core i7 should give it some brawn in general-purpose tasks. A fingerprint reader along the bezel should help with quick sign-ins as well. The Switch 7 Black Edition should hit stores in December for $1,699 US and €1,999 in Europe. That's pricey by most standards, but it could be justifiable if you want a tablet that can handle Photoshop as well as some nicer laptops.
Dell and HP may rule the corporate PC market, but Microsoft line of Surface devices is steadily winning fans, finds Spiceworks.
"Since jumping into the hardware market with its Surface line, Microsoft has had success making inroads into the tablet and 2-in-1 market," Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks, told eWEEK. "Many IT pros praised the hardware's sleek design, powerful specs in a highly-portable package, and ability to run Windows, which allows employees to be productive while giving IT departments management flexibility."
The Surface Pro, for example, offers corporate IT buyers a blend of premium packaging and powerful processors. Add long-lasting battery life to the equation and business travelers can legitimately get work done on a cross-country or trans-Atlantic flight.
The first thing that strikes you is the display – an enormous 28in touchscreen that’s even larger than it sounds, thanks to Microsoft’s signature 3:2 aspect ratio. I’m personally a big fan of this near-A4 shape, versus the widescreen format found on most laptops and all-in-ones these days. However, the sheer size of it may feel a bit overwhelming: the screen itself measures 594mm wide by 396mm high, and once you factor in the stand and the bezels, the whole thing towers 544mm above the desk.
You won’t be short of desktop space, either. The Surface Studio’s unique 4,500 x 3,000 resolution provides room enough to view and edit 4K video at native resolution, and while its 192ppi pixel density is a little coarser than the 218ppi of the 5K iMac, it has the advantage of what Microsoft calls “True Scale”, so at 100% magnification, text and documents should print at exactly the size they appear onscreen. And in case you’re worried, it’s still extremely sharp: you have to stick your face right up to the screen before individual pixels become visible.
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.