Microsoft is now rolling out a minor software update to its Surface Pro 3. The patch comes to address the complaints about the Wi-Fi performance of the tablet.
The new update squashes all the driver-related bugs and improves the performance of the Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth. Read more »
Skype has announced a new update today, and this one enables you to do free group video calls if you use a Windows tablet or a “2 in 1 device” (which presumably refers to convertible laptops).
You have to be running Windows 8.1 on your device, though, as Windows 8 isn’t supported. If you do qualify, however, using this feature seems to be very straightforward. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new video that show the Lumia 1020 in action, along with its various cloud services working together.
The video shows a guy trying to restore an old bike for his dad and how he uses Microsoft products to achieve that. We see the Lumia 1020, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, OneDrive and even OneNote in action. Read more »
Chromebooks are doing well in the $200 computing arena, but it looks like Microsoft is trying to nip that in the bud.
A new line of cheap, Windows machines are going to be hitting the market, including a $199 HP laptop, called the Stream. Read more »
Microsoft’s virtual assistant, named Cortana, is so far only available on Windows Phone 8.1. But what if it will one day make it to the company’s computer and tablet oriented ‘full’ Windows release? If you’re wondering how Cortana would work in such a scenario, that’s exactly what a video from Microsoft Research shows us.
Apparently before the name Cortana was chosen to be used for the assistant’s public release, it was going by Project Louise. And Microsoft Research had it running on a Windows 8 tablet a long time ago. Read more »
CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella sent a company-wide email that promised big changes for the Redmond based tech giant, altering what the “core” of the company will be.
Apparently the new direction that Microsoft will be taking will focus heavily on mobile and cloud services. Read more »
Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 3 slate has been plagued by some serious Wi-Fi connectivity issues since its release a few weeks ago. The early adopters hoped Microsoft will resolve their issues with an upcoming update, and as it turns out they’ll only have to wait a few more days.
There is already an update rolling out for the Surface Pro 3 focusing on “Wireless network controller and Bluetooth”, but unfortunately it doesn’t fix the Wi-Fi connectivity problems. Read more »
Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for its second generation Kinect sensor for Windows. It’s priced at $199, and it will be released on July 15 (which is next Tuesday).
The new device aims to succeed the original Kinect for Windows that went on sale in 2012. The Kinect v2 is based on the corresponding sensor for the Xbox One. Read more »
This year will see another big rise among smart devices shipped to retailers and sold to customers – by its end more than 2.43 billion units will have left the manufacturing facilities which compares nicely to to 2013′s 2.34 billion.
The numbers come from Gartner which breaks them down by traditional PCs, ultrabooks and premium laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Interestingly the PC market will account for 308 million devices with tablets closing in at 256 million. Gartner’s projection for 2015 is that tablets will overtake PCs with roughly 4 million more shipments. Read more »
The Asus VivoTab RT TF600T is getting on two years old now and Amazon is clearing out its stock by slashing the original price to just $175. The Windows RT platform is drying up on the vine, but getting a 10.1″ tablet under $200 is still a pretty good deal.
Before non-US readers get excited I should clarify that the price cut is only available on Amazon.com. Read more »
It was apparently time for Angry Birds Seasons to get yet another update. This time, Rovio added 24 new levels to its insanely popular game. These take you on a trip to South HAMerica, where your mission is, as always, to stop those pesky pigs.
There are even three bonus levels inside, and everything is packed with relics, artifacts, ancient statues, and rope bridges – all making for a pretty exotic twist to the game. Read more »
Have you been having difficulty updating your Windows 8 or RT device to 8.1? Well you’re not the only one, as this is a known glitch that has been affecting a significant number of Windows 8 users.
Don’t give up hope, however, as Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and has a patch that they’ve been testing that’ll hopefully solve your problem. Read more »
Windows 8 has come under a lot of fire for not being desktop computer friendly. Sure the tile approach may work for tablets, but the experience just doesn’t translate well to a mouse and keyboard set-up. Users made their discontent be known: they wanted their desktop experience back.
But what if there was a way to have the same operating system, that would recognize which platform it was installed on, and adapt to it accordingly? That’s what Windows 9 will purportedly be offering. Read more »
A 5-inch tablet might seem rather odd in this day and age, but Panasonic has just announced two of them. One runs Android, the other is powered by Windows 8.1 Embedded Handheld, and they’re both extremely expensive.
On the other hand, they’re also both incredibly rugged, being able to withstand drops onto concrete from up to ten feet. In fact, they go beyond even the military standard MIL-STD-810G in terms of how resistant they are to the elements or accidents. Read more »
In what’s clearly becoming a trend for Microsoft’s tablet line, the Surface Pro 3 has been torn down and found to be almost impossible to repair.
The exact same thing happened with its predecessors, the original Surface Pro as well as the Surface Pro 2. In fact, the three tablets share the lowest possible repairability score issued by the experts over at iFixit. Read more »