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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 update exterminates bugs

Jan 20, 2014 - 2:11 PM - by dgstorm

Back on December 10th, Microsoft issued a firmware update for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, but had to pull it not too long afterwards because it led to issues with the tablet. At the time, Microsoft said that it would try again to send out the update after the holidays. Those who experienced problems with their slate after the aborted update, have finally received a bug fix on Sunday that corrects those issues.

These issues included problems with battery life, as some complained that their batteries were draining faster than before the update. Others complained that their Surface Pro 2 would shut down completely when the cover was closed, instead of going into sleep mode as designed. Others said that their tablets would just stay on with the cover closed. Those Surface Pro 2 owners who were not affected will not notice any changes to their devices from the update.

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In hindsight, the above source was very poor and did not offer enough, nor completely accurate information. We apologize for the inconvenience. Here's an update below with better info from within our own forums:
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Microsoft's Cortana Voice Coming to Lumias April, Voice-Over by Halo's Jen Taylor

Jan 16, 2014 - 4:02 PM - by dgstorm

Very soon, when you say, "Bing, tell me..." on an Xbox One, Microsoft Surface, or Windows Lumia smartphone, you will hear Cortana herself, Jen Taylor respond back. According to a new report, Microsoft has made some significant advancements in their efforts to offer a voice-controlled assistant. They are planning to bring Cortana to life across a wide variety of Windows based devices, including the future Windows 9 for desktop computers. Here's a quote with some additional detail,

Cortana, claims the source, will be voice-overed by Jen Taylor, who does the accent of the same character in the Halo franchise. It is also coming to the Bing app in iOS, Xbox One consoles, and, naturally, to Windows 9 "Threshold", when it hits your computer next spring. That's the timeframe also for Cortana to reach countries other than the US, as it will apparently launch in beta stateside only for this year.
Evidently we now know exactly what turns Cortana on... the phrase, "Bing, tell me..."

Source: PhoneArena
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Microsoft Surface 3 Could House NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chip

Jan 13, 2014 - 2:33 PM - by dgstorm

Microsoft may not have made any announcements at CES 2014, but the company seemed to be involved in multiple upcoming products from other companies.

Microsoft Surface 3, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chip, Microsoft Xbox TV, Sufrace notebook, AMD MullinsMost notably, according to @MSFTnerd, Microsoft was tied to the announcement of Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip, which sources say will ship in the forthcoming Surface 3, the third from the company to run Windows RT. The table will allegedly house a Denver processor, which is the name for the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1.

The Surface Pro 3 is expected to use an Intel processsor.

Microsoft is expected to release the Surface 3 near the end of 2014, with the LTE-equipped Surface 2 and rumored Surface Mini supposedly...

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Surface 3, Surface Mini launch reportedly set for late 2014

Jan 10, 2014 - 2:08 PM - by dgstorm

Despite not making any announcements at CES 2014, Microsoft has been unofficially tied to new products that were on display at the trade show, including NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, which will reportedly equip the Surface 3 and AMD’s Mullins processor that’s apparently considered for the rumored Xbox TV. Of the newly announced Tegra K1 processor versions, the Surface 3 will reportedly make use of the 64-bit version, dubbed Denver, which will arrive later this year. The new Windows tablet/laptop may only launch at end of 2014, @MSFTnerd tweeted (via Microsoft-News), and it will likely be preceded by Surface Mini and LTE versions of the Surface 2.

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Panasonic Unveils Toughpad FZ-M1 7-Inch Windows Tablet at CES

Jan 08, 2014 - 10:36 AM - by dgstorm

Panasonic introduced a new Windows tablet in their ToughPad lineup. It's the FZ-M1 7-Inch Windows Tablet and its defining characteristic is what Panasonic Tough devices are known for... extreme durability. Panasonic said the tablet is "built to enable mission-critical mobile worker productivity without compromise." It is built to withstand shock, vibration, water, dust and dropping from heights up to 120cm with full MIL-STD-810G and ANSI 12.12.1 certifications.

Here's a spec breakdown:
  • Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro processor
  • 8GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB SSD can be heated in cold environments
  • Display is 7-inch high brightness WXGA (1280 x 800) LED backlit IPS display
  • Intel HD graphics 4200 video controller
  • Touchscreen can be used while wearing gloves
  • 8 hours of battery life with an optional high capacity battery available for 16 hours of life.
  • A microSD card slot, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 720p front-facing camera with microphone
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED light
  • Optional 4G LTE connectivity
  • Optional Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional

It is very expensive with prices starting at $2,099, but for users who need a tablet in extreme or unusual environments, it's very likely worth its price. It also comes with a three-year warranty.
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Microsoft fixes Surface 2 BitLocker prompt error

Jan 06, 2014 - 2:04 PM - by dgstorm

Microsoft has issued a fix for a BitLocker-related problem affecting Surface 2 users.

Some users of Microsoft's ARM-based Surface 2 devices have been complaining that when resuming or restarting their devices from sleep, they have been prompted to enter their BitLocker recovery keys. For some, the problem was occuring every time they attempted to power up their Surface 2s; for others, the problem was intermittent.

On January 6, Microsoft released an update to fix this problem. The update is available for download via Windows Update.

According to a Microsoft Support page, this update does not replace any previously released Surface 2 updates. Users may be prompted to restart their devices after applying this update.

First-generation Surface RT devices and Intel-based Surfaces were not affected by this BitLocker problem/glitch.

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