Surface Book: When Microsoft Designs Its Own Hybrid Laptop

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 1.04.10 PMIf you think about it, why hasn’t Microsoft ever designed its very own laptop? The perfect time is now then, because they have and are introducing it to the world. The Surface Book is a 13.5-inch touchscreen hybrid laptop with 267ppi (that’s a 3000 x 2000 resolution); the screen of which is optically bonded to the glass, creating a sharp and consistent image (i.e. that’s good). Starting storage specs include 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage.

For processors, the Surface Book uses the latest Intel Skylake processors, in Core i5 or Core i7 configurations. An NVIDIA GeForce GPU with GDDR5 memory rests in the base of the laptop, with the keyboard (which has 1.4mm travel and is billed as practically silent).

The Surface Book is a complete package, which is worth noting, because it comes with the keyboard and the Surface Pen. When all is said and done, Microsoft says that the Surface Book will run for 12 hours on a charge. Weight with keyboard is 3.34 pounds, which is still within ultrabook territory. Ports include the charging port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, headset jack and a mini DisplayPort.

The Surface Book will go on sale October 26th, prices starting at $1,499; preorders begin October 7th.

Via: Microsoft

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 Is Currently The World’s Most Powerful Tablet, Hands Down

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 12.50.33 PMThe Surface Pro 4 is a Windows 10 tablet, that like all the other products announced at Microsoft’s press conference today, serve as flagships for the platform.

Now for the engineering, which as usual,is most impressive with the screen: PixelGlass. It’s what Microsoft calls the over 5 million pixels that inhabit the 12.3-inch display, at 267ppi with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity — it works with the new Surface Pen (now with eraser), which attaches magnetically to the Pro 4’s thinner, 8.4mm body.

Internally, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and a sixth-generation Core i7 processor keeps the Windwos 10 show going. A new Type Cover keeps the Surface Pro 4 productivity capable, along with Windows Hello (facial recognition login).

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 with preorders starting October 7; the official launch is October 26.

Via: Microsoft

Microsoft New Flagship Windows 10 Phones: The Lumia 950 And 950XL

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The Lumia 950 will carry the Windows 10 smartphone banner — a banner that has not been well-represented in recent years, and is in dire need of some sort of revitalization. Nadella’s Microsoft knows that, and the Lumia 950 is the smartphone designed to at least have Microsoft hold a flag up to iOS and Android, who have insurmountable market share, developer support and device selection.

Naturally, that means some impressive spec sheets. A 5.2-inch WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) OLED display, a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3000mAh battery,  with 32GB of internal storage.

A Triple RGB LED flash, paired with a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the back brings forth some of the best photos the Windows 10 platform has seen. Carl Zeiss optics on the camera ensures Optical Image Stabilization, with gorgeous 4K video supplementing that.

The XL version is the same in principle, but with a bigger 5.7 inch screen at 518 PPI.32GB of storage, octa-core processor, expandable via microSD card up to a whopping 2TB, along with a bigger 3340mah battery.

Quick charging comes as a part of the USB-C port, a revolution we’re seeing in Google’s new Nexus devices, Apple’s new Macbook and now with Windows Phones.

The asking price when launched will be $549 for the 950 and $649 for the 950XL; carrier partners will offer payment plans, per the current state of the U.S. mobile carrier market.

 

 

Moto 360 (2nd gen) Review: Tweaks Make For A Great (Smart) Watch

MOTO 360 v2 ReviewThe original Moto 360 was something of a concept smartwatch that just so happened to be functional. It was great in some areas (design) and lacking in others (speed/battery). Enter fall of 2015, and the Moto 360 has been updated, internal and externally, with lugs added for interchangeable bands, two sizes and full customization via the Moto Maker.

Also, it’s faster and has a bigger battery — so, does anything give?

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Rolls Out To The Nexus Family

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If you have a Nexus 5, 6, 7, or 9 (or the Nexus Player) then today marks the beginning of the rollout for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest iteration of Android.

Some of the new features includes native fingerprint input (for supported devices, like the upcoming Nexus 5X and 6P), improvements to battery life by going to a low power state when not in-use (called Doze), a revamp of Android app permissions and Material Design updates to the entire interface. Custom Chrome tab designs for developers and a new boot screen also come along for the joy ride.

The biggest feature of Android 6.0 however is Now on Tap: if activated, Google Now pulls up anything on your screen and finds relevant information, Google searches, people, places and just about anything else. It’s a power-user feature that makes more sense in action than in words.

Your turn, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, etc.

Via: Official Google Blog

Twitter Names Jack Dorsey Permanent CEO, Staying CEO Of Square

CaptureJack Dorsey can easily put on his resume now that officially, he runs two companies: Twitter and mobile payment solution, Square.

Dorsey, one of Twitter’s co-founders, can understand the company’s vision better than anyone brought out-of-house, and many are expecting his return of with vigor, to include the revitalization and reinvigorating of Twitter as a whole — saving it, basically.

Also interesting: he appointing to CEO will shakeup the Twitter board, for the better hopefully.

Via: @Jack (Twitter)

Want LTE In A Smartwatch? The New LG Watch Urbane Can Fulfill That Wish

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In order to fit more tech into the body, along with LTE and GPS, the second-generation LG Urbane had to sacrifice swappable wrist bands, by building some of the tech into the band itself. Once you look past that however, the incremental improvements to the LG Watch Urbane (the original of which was just released this Spring) are notable.

A 1.38-inch 480×480 res P-OLED display is your window into a world of cellular data and phone calls independent of a smartphone, a 570mAh battery that LG says lasts an entire day, and finally, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that keeps the show moving on Android Wear.

However, there is one gripe I do have with the spec list: the watch is 14mm thick — it’s like wearing a stack of cards, or you know, a very thick watch.

A launch is pegged for South Korea and the US in the coming weeks; pricing is TBA.