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Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft Store

Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft Store

There's no doubt that the Surface Book was the most exciting device Microsoft announced last week. The laptop/tablet hybrid features a 13.5-inch display that can be detached and used separately from the keyboard, and is easily one of the most interesting pieces of hardware Microsoft has produced in some time. While the device certainly generated a lot of buzz online, it also seems to have struck a chord with consumers, as pre-orders of every version of the Surface Book are now sold out on Microsoft’s online store.

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Toshiba dynaPad 2-in-1 puts Wacom back in the spotlight

Toshiba dynaPad 2-in-1 puts Wacom back in the spotlight

When Microsoft switched to N-Trig for the Surface Pro 3 and again for the new Surface Pro 4, it necessarily had to push Wacom to the background. While the higher profile maker of graphics tools might not have been affected dramatically, it became less the talk of the town when it came to stylus-enabled Windows tablets. But with Toshiba's new dynaPad 2-in-1, Wacom is again front and center. Even Microsoft dubs it a digital notebook, putting emphasis on its writing and drawing talents, thanks to Wacom's active digitizer.

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Three everyday challenges that make us worry for Surface Book

Three everyday challenges that make us worry for Surface Book

Microsoft's Surface Book is under examination this month - rightly so - as it appears to be the company's first real-deal notebook. Today we're having a peek at five points that explore what this device will be like in real life. Will the device's many features be as positive as they appeared during the company's presentation, or will they fail the test of real-life usability? Today we start with the magnetic pen, then move on to the gap, and decide whether or not we'll need to flip the screen while we're standing up.

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Android Marshmallow update hitting budget phones before yours

Android Marshmallow update hitting budget phones before yours

Several Android One devices receive their update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in India, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Nepal. Supposing you have any one of several carrier-infused Android smartphones in your hand right this minute and are waiting for an update to Marshmallow, you may be interested to know that it's not only Nexus devices that'll be getting their software before you. This does not mean Google has betrayed you in any way, shape, or form. It means Google is making good on their promise to bring timely updates to devices - and not just the biggest and the best.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book go up for pre-order

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book go up for pre-order

This was definitely a big week for Microsoft. Not just because it revealed some new and interesting devices but because it also managed to convert some naysayers as well, in one fell swoop. However, they do say that the test of the pudding is in the eating, and we won't really be getting our hands on that pudding until later next month. But to whet people's appetites, retailers Amazon, Best Buy, and Target have started taking pre-orders for the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. That is, if the prices look appetizing at all.

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Barnes & Noble Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK launched

Barnes & Noble Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK launched

Barnes & Noble has launched a new NOOK reading device, but it’s not the kind you might expect — rather than offering an e-ink display and dedicated reading functionality, the new NOOK comes from Samsung, and by all accounts is a sleek powerhouse of a tablet. It comes with a big price tag (relatively speaking) to match, but gives readers the option to browse magazines in full color and play with entertainment apps.

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HP Spectre x2 hands-on: A 4G homage to Surface

HP Spectre x2 hands-on: A 4G homage to Surface

HP execs smile a little sheepishly when you mention how similar the new Spectre x2 is to Microsoft's Surface line of tablets. That's okay, though; while the new 2-in-1 sibling to the Spectre X360 may wear its inspiration on its detachable fabric-backed keyboard cover, there's room for more than one Windows 10 tablet in the market.

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Hands on with the HP ENVY 8 Note: A sorta-Surface Mini

Hands on with the HP ENVY 8 Note: A sorta-Surface Mini

Microsoft won't launch the much-rumored Surface Mini, so along comes HP to fill the gap with the unusual ENVY 8 Note. An 8-inch tablet paired with a 10-inch keyboard, the Windows 10 slate slides into its QWERTY companion for easier transportation, and also includes a digital pen for note-taking and sketching.

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Google releases Live Wallpaper called “Meter”

Google releases Live Wallpaper called “Meter”

Today the folks at Google Creative Lab have harnessed some odd Android abilities to produce their very own Live Wallpaper. This wallpaper goes by the name "Meter" and provides an Android smartphone or tablet user with a series of geometric shapes that change color based on your device's signal strength, battery life, and notifications count. While all Live Wallpapers use more power than their non-live compatriots, this might be a good example of a time to throw caution to the wind.

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Surface Pro 4 hands-on: bigger, yet smaller

Surface Pro 4 hands-on: bigger, yet smaller

Today the Surface Pro 4 has been revealed by Microsoft: a device with a larger display than the Surface 3, a thinner body, and a more powerful processor. This device appears not long after companies like Google and Apple have revealed their own "tablets with keyboards" devices that bear more than a passing resemblance to Microsoft's Surface lineup. As such, Microsoft is presenting this Surface Pro 4 as a sort of bumping up of the category they suggest they've created. This Surface Pro 4 is heavier than its predecessors, yet thinner than its predecessors. While its display is smaller than the Surface Book, it's larger than previous generations as well.

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This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

This is Microsoft Surface Book – Hands-on

The Microsoft Surface Book at first appears to be a very thin, stylish notebook with Windows 10 Pro inside. This notebook is by all means one of the most powerful notebooks of this size in the history of the notebook. The hinge is interesting, uncoiling like a snake to bring the display upward and back to allow you to type and move about the screen with a standard touchpad Microsoft suggests was optimized for Windows 10 use. Unlike a traditional notebook, this device's display detaches and can be flipped around backwards or used completely independent of its base.

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Surface Pro 4 revealed: 6th-gen Intel Core, glass trackpad, 12.3-inch display

Surface Pro 4 revealed: 6th-gen Intel Core, glass trackpad, 12.3-inch display

Playing Thunderstruck by AC/DC, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 4. This device works with a hybrid cooling system, a 12.3-inch display, and a fingerprint sensor. Microsoft suggested this morning that the device works with 1024 levels of pressure for the Surface's stylus, and that the device's keyboards have "better spacing." The cover - the keyboard cover, the non-keyboard cover - is also thinner. At 8.4mm thin, this is what Microsoft's Panos Panay suggests is the "thinnest most powerful Surface yet." With an Intel 6th Gen processor inside, we're inclined to agree.

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