Surface Pro 3 user guide makes many references to long-rumored smaller sibling
Microsoft was widely expected to lift the curtain on an 8-inch tablet called the Surface Mini at its special event in New York on May 20, 2014. While the event did go through as planned, the long-rumored tablet was nowhere to be seen. What the world got instead was a 12-inch Windows 8.1 tablet called the Surface Pro 3 and a bunch of reports that suggested the Mini had been abandoned by Microsoft at the very last minute.
Today we'll begin to find out if Microsoft is on the right track with its Surface hardware. As the company promised, Surface Pro 3 is available at retail stores, online, and through authorized resellers in the U.S. and Canada today, exactly one month after Microsoft announced the upgraded device during a press event in New York City. The caveat? Only the Core i5 version is available straight away.
iPhone thefts are down as a result of kill switch technology in iOS 7
One of the debates in the mobile phone industry is whether or not so-called kill switches can actually reduce smartphone theft. Well, early indications suggest that they do. Authorities in New York and San Francisco -- two locations where smartphone theft is a growing epidemic -- say they've seen a drop in iPhone robberies since Apple implemented its Activation Lock feature in iOS 7.
If you want to know what the next version of Mozilla's Firefox browser will be like, you can opt for the beta or even Aurora release. The same is true of Google's Chrome browser -- there are different channels, including Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary (the only one that runs parallel to the others without any tweaking). But what about Internet Explorer? Taking a page from the competition, Microsoft today announced the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functional browser designed to give web developers and early adopters an early look at the web platform and upcoming features.
Second generation Kinect sensor is coming to Windows
Microsoft announced at BUILD back in April that it would make its Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and Software Development Kit (SDK) available sometime this summer. Keeping true to its promise, developers can pre-order the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. Those who do will be able to start building out solutions such as Windows Store apps for Kinect ahead of everyone else.
Don't hold your breath waiting for the return of the Start menu
Microsoft did Windows users a solid by bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, but has stubbornly refused to give back the Start menu for those who want it. Last we heard, the Start Menu would indeed make a comeback, the question is when, and the answer might not be with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2 -- instead, the Start menu may not make a comeback until Windows 9.
Nadella sees this as the beginning of the post PC era
We're not big fans of the term "post PC era" because it implies that PCs are dead. However, it depends on the context and what you're describing. Certainly it's true that PCs are evolving -- mobile form factors are trendy right now, including lightweight notebooks, 2-in-1 hybrid devices, tablet PCs, and even smartphones. That said, if you were to sit down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, he'd tell you we're entering the post-post PC era.
To all the Windows 8 haters out there, we feel your pain! The update might be too little, too late for some, but if you're ready to accept a Win 8.1 fate, our guide will get you started
Sometimes we wonder if Microsoft didn’t actually build a new OS so much as a Frankenstein that its customers could direct years of pent up anger, frustration, and fear onto. For example, just hint that Windows 8.0 ain’t that bad on the Internet, and some Windows users will react as if you keyed their mint ’64 Chevelle Malibu and kicked their dog with your steel-toed boot. To say you’ll get a beat down of YouTube-able proportions is an understatement of people’s rage at Windows 8.0 today.
Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.
The third time might just be the charm for Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid
A bigger/sharper screen, the option for beefier specs, and an improved keyboard cover herald Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3. With the new Surface, the Redmond-based company has both tablets and laptops (specifically, the Macbook Air) in their sights.