Surface 2 with 4G LTE Clears Hurdle for Release

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*+-It seems Microsoft is very close to taking away another advantage of owning an Apple iPad instead of one of its Surface tablets. A version of the Surface 2 tablet that it launched last year has cleared the FCC on its way to store shelves. Documents detailing the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2 […]

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Return to the Microsoft Store

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*+-Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets are once again in stock at the company’s online store. Both versions of Microsoft’s family of tablets returned earlier this week, ending a period that forced potential buyers to constantly check for stock at retail partners like Best Buy and Staples to get their hands on them. […]

The Ideal Mobile OS for a Tablet

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*+-First, there is no so such thing as an ideal mobile OS. But humor me a bit here. Using three different mobile operating systems on Tablets gives me the opportunity to sample the best (and worst) of each. Using iOS, Windows RT 8.1 and Android 4.2 there are things to like with each. I’m fantasizing […]

Surface2 and Surface Pro 2: Can Anyone Find Them For Sale?

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*+-There’s something wrong with Surface, Microsoft’s line of high-end and mid-range 2-in-1s. After announcing updated versions of the tablets to great fanfare last September, the company has returned to keeping quiet about any future plans. To be fair, that’s the company’s standard operation procedure on hardware. Launch it, ship frequent software updates and firmware fixes, […]

Evernote’s Phil Libin Responds to Some User Complaints but Not All

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*+-Yesterday we posted about some recent and some long standing and uncorrected issues with one of the most popular mobile Apps on the market, Evernote. Yesterday’s post was prompted by a post from Jason Kincaid which highlighted both an issue with sound recording and more importantly a data security and privacy issue. In that post […]

7 Essential Surface Accessories

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*+-Microsoft’s Surface, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2  finally allow users to quickly and easily get the experiences associated with a tablet, and traditional laptop without having to purchase and carry two separate devices. Together, the tablets represent a new breed of Windows PC, heralding in an age in which devices running Windows […]

How to Set Up Parental Controls on Microsoft Surface

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*+-If you’ve got a new Microsoft Surface Tablet for your family you might want to think about setting up parental controls for those times when you can’t monitor your child using the Surface. It’s a great way to give you some peace of mind regarding the content your child might be viewing or the time […]

Why the Surface is Expensive: Apple Threatened High-End PCs

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*+-Apparently, Surface owners owe Apple a debt of gratitude. Comments made by Steve Ballmer indicate that it was actually Apple’s dominance in high-end computing that convinced the company to move forward with the Surface RT and Surface Pro. The comments came during an interview with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. In the interview, Ballmer said that […]

Microsoft Surface Mini Kinect-Like Feature Rumored

*+-How do you know when there’s real interest in a Tablet or a Tablet form factor? When rumors of impending features start circulating from Chinese blogs. Whether this rumor has any substance or not it is certainly an intriguing one for the Microsoft Surface Mini Tablet that many expected to be announced earlier this fall […]

Microsoft Surface Tablets Sold Out Online. In Short Supply at Retailers

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*+-If you’re looking for a Surface Tablet this Christmas it looks like you’ll have better luck with your local retailer than shopping online. Microsoft, Best Buy, and Staples are all reporting that both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 are out of stock and/or not available for shipping. Amazon is still listing a […]

How to Take a Screen Shot or PRNTSCR on Surface Tablets

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*+-One of the frequent questions I get asked from Microsoft Surface Tablet users is how to take a screen capture using a Surface with a Type or Touch Cover. Neither of those two keyboards includes a PRNTSCR key, which is what many are accustomed to using to grab a shot of something on their screen. […]

Microsoft Surface 2 Top Apps

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*+-The Microsoft Surface 2 seems to be gaining traction with consumers this holiday season. That means that there are going to be Surface 2 users looking for Apps to use on those new devices. Fortunately, Microsoft loads up each Surface 2 unit with a number of Apps that can get you started right off the […]

Microsoft December Patch Tuesday Includes Surface Firmware Updates

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*+-It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday and that means a round of security and non-security updates for Windows in all shapes and sizes. The updates include security updates for Office products as well. Microsoft releases patches on the second Tuesday of each month and today’s updates also include firmware updates for the newly released Surface 2 Tablets. […]

Microsoft Surface User Guides Available for Download

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*+-Are you a new Microsoft Surface Tablet owner. Surface 2? Surface Pro 2? Do you still have one of the original Surface Tablets? Best Buy is reporting that they sold quite a few Surface Tablets this past Black Friday weekend, especially the year old Surface RT units which were substantially discounted. Regardless of the device, […]

Update on Surface 2 Sound Issues

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*+-Well, it looks like someone at Microsoft was working hard on Thanksgiving Day. Late on Turkey Day, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that looks to have fixed the reduction in sound volume issues for the Surface 2 I mentioned in this post. If you don’t have updates set to automatically install you can check […]

Drawboard PDF for Windows 8.1 Now Free

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*+-If you mark up PDFs and use Microsoft Surface Tablets this might be a deal you want to look at. Drawboard PDF, a PDF mark up App is currently available in the Windows Store for “free.”  The “free” price tag is listed in the Windows Store as “for a limited time only,” so I don’t […]

Surface 2 Sound Issues Resurface

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*+-One of the issues with the original Surface RT Tablets from Microsoft was lousy sound. Mid-way through the Surface RT’s life, Microsoft issued an update that seemed to cure most of the problems. With the launch of the Surface 2, it looked like issues with sound would be a thing of the past for the […]

Microsoft Takes Aim at iPad Air with New Ads

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*+-Microsoft isn’t shy about marketing its Surface tablets in a way that throws punches at a particular other tablet brand, so the company is back with another comparison, only this time it’s between the Surface 2 and the iPad Air. Microsoft focuses its efforts on Thanksgiving cooking and having a device that the whole family […]

Bing Food and Drink Hands-Free Mode Review

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*+-Are you preparing a family meal this Thanksgiving? Or are you just bringing a side dish to the big family get together? Either way that means you’ll be doing some cooking or food prep. One of the nice things that Tablets have brought to the table (or kitchen counter) is use as a display for […]

Tablet Christmas Shopping? Things to Consider

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*+-So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and make this a Tablet Christmas. Good for you. Tablets are great things. Whether you’re looking at a Tablet as a companion device or as your next computer they offer a distinctly mobile experience that can free you up to work or play in a variety of locations […]