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    If you've been eyeing a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 since it was unveiled, it's finally time. You can grab yourself a Surface Pro 3 today in the Microsoft store of your choosing, but of course, there's a catch. The Windows 8-powered tablet is a pretty sweet competitor, though, as evidenced by our review, so you may just want to go pick one up yourself when your nearest Microsoft store opens for business today. The only models available for purchase today are the Intel Core i5-toting ones. Core i7 and i3 models will be available for purchase in August, though pre-orders are up and running on ...

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    Just about one month back, we saw Microsoft unveil its latest tablet offerings. And while most of us were expecting something along the lines of a Surface Mini, Microsoft went and threw us for a loop, instead using its launch event to introduce the Surface Pro 3, just seven months following the release of the Surface Pro 2. That's very much some speedy iPad 3/iPad 4-style timing, and the short lifespan of the Pro 2 seems to have left Microsoft with an abundance of stock. If you can live without having the very latest-and-greatest, though, this situation affords you an opportunity to pick ...

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    Everyone seems to want to have a crack at making a smartwatch, Microsoft seemingly notwithstanding. If this latest report is to be believed, the company is indeed hard at work on a wrist-mounted wearable with a custom Windows build to boot. The watch reportedly features a flat, elongated display, though not freakishly large as one's imagination might assume. The inner portion resting against the user's skin is curved, allegedly, and the display itself is said to be fairly low-resolution. GearLive refers to the device as "the Surface watch," and reports that it has a similar interface ...

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    More than most, I want to believe the tablet-computer hybrid is possible. In fact, I know it is. That's exactly why I moved absolutely as many tasks as possible over to my iPad mini from the MacBook Pro. With the exception of intensive video editing and some of the fine-tunings of publishing stories here on Pocketnow, I can easily perform most of my daily tasks with the iPad mini paired with the ZAGGkeys Cover Bluetooth keyboard. It's a nifty little accessory that essentially transforms the iPad mini into a miniature, underpowered netbook. Why bother, though, if it's underpowered and I ...

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    A little over two months ago, Microsoft introduced its version of Office for the iPad. While that was fantastic to see arrive, if not quite a bit overdue, it also managed to help punctuate just where Microsoft's mobile aspirations for Office were still lacking; for instance, we had Office Mobile for Android smartphones, and Microsoft even made it free for home use, but there was still no Android tablet version. A new report not only affirms that such an Android tablet release is still in the works, but suggests that it might even beat a native Windows 8 Metro version to market. Supposedly, ...

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    Back in March of 2013 we reviewed the original Surface Pro, and established that it can most certainly replace your laptop provided you adapt to the small 10" screen, buy the Type Cover keyboard instead of the Touch Cover, and learn to use the stylus instead of a trackpad or mouse. Today we're looking at the third generation Surface Pro, a device capable of almost everything the original was, with some significant improvements to boot. The Surface Pro 2 was probably the best tablet I've ever used. Since I'm more than just a tech journalist, I need the power to use real high-end creative ...

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    Like many, I found myself to be particularly impressed by the Surface Pro 3 when it debuted. It was a fascinating event filled with some deep fried cool and just enough weird to keep everyone off balance. As off balance as a Surface in your lap! See what I did there? Ok, I’ll stop now. But just based on what I saw, I’d be willing to replace my MacBook Air with a Surface Pro 3. The combination of power, size, and speed gave the whole tablet a chutzpah that’s frankly hard to ignore. Why is it hard to ignore? Because as I’ve said from the beginning (or near the beginning anyway) I ...

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    The last time we had the opportunity to talk to you about a Toshiba tablet, we were looking at the eight-inch Encore running Windows 8 late last summer. At $330, it was already a pretty affordable tablet, but even that low price isn't low enough for Toshiba. Today we see the company introduce not just two new Windows tablets that manage to outdo the Encore when it comes to affordability, but also an Android model with an extremely low price of its own. On the Windows side of the fence we get the two new Encore 2 tablets, an 8-inch and 10-inch model. Both run quad-core Atoms, and both have ...

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    The Surface Pro 2 was the best tablet that I've ever used. The new Surface Pro 3 brings a lot of upgrades to that device, but there are also a few changes that I'm a bit uneasy about.  First, we'll start with the new features that are just fantastic and make the Surface Pro 2 look like old news.  The screen!!  I love the 12" screen on the Surface Pro 3.  This is the size of the screen that I've been used to on my older Windows tablets that were running Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The 3 by 2 aspect ratio may seem too roomy in some of the Metro apps, but in desktop programs like ...

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    Though we're now onto the Surface Pro 3, some of Microsoft's older offerings may still be worth the buy. As part of its Memorial Day sale, Microsoft is offering up the 64GB original Surface for $249, and tossing in a Touch Cover for just $30 more. Nothing has changed about the Windows RT tablet -- it still has the same 10.6-inch 1366x768 display, 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. Whether that is enough for you entirely depends on your use-case. If you rarely ever need your computer for intensive tasks such as video editing, and can live with the app selection on ...

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    If there's one thing we like more than great smartphones, it's a great smartphone that's also a fantastic value. Early last year, Nokia brought us the Lumia 520, which we've seen sell for as low as $45. Then in the fall we got the 525 (above), which followed closely in the 520's shoes while delivering some much appreciated updates, like a doubling of the handset's RAM. Problem is, the 525 hasn't been nearly as ubiquitous as the 520; will a new model ever arrive with the same global appeal of the 520? Rumors from a couple months back talked about a possible Lumia 530, and while details were ...

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    One of the announcements a lot of us were expecting from Tuesday's Microsoft event was of a smaller version of its Surface tablet, the Surface Mini. We actually saw a report just hours before the event claiming that we would not see a Surface Mini announced because of a fear of bad sales. We are now getting more insight into the reasons for why this tablet was possibly cancelled. According to Neowin, the tablet was cancelled two or days before it was set to be revealed. Word is out that Microsoft may have a stash of 15 to 20 thousand of these tablets already manufactured, either to stay ...

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    A product recall is generally no fun for any of the parties involved. The manufacturer has to deal with a huge expense, retailers get frustrated by not having products on their shelves, and end users are left inconvenienced. Last month we told you about a headache Nokia was facing over the chargers used on certain international editions of the Lumia 2520 tablet, after learning that they posed a small but tangible risk of electrocuting the user during operation. From what we heard at the time, it sounded like Nokia was handling things well, halting sales of the tablet and advising owners to ...

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    May 20 is upon us, which means it's time for Microsoft's latest press event. Invites went out two weeks ago, quickly fueling speculation that the company would announce a Surface Mini. In the time that's followed, we've also heard claims of a possible Surface Pro 3, and more recent rumors have suggested that instead of something smaller, we're looking at something bigger – maybe Surface models up in the 12-inch range. We sent Pocketnow's Adam Z Lein to New York this morning to find out. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella got things started, taking the stage to talk about a “major step ...

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    You might remember Lenovo as the company who purchased Motorola, or, you might remember our booth tour from MWC 2014, where we tried to show you what Lenovo and its products are all about. Well, the company has recently announced its latest "premium multimode business tablet", the Lenovo ThinkPad 10. If you're interested, you should know that it is priced at $599 and will be available in June online, as well as with select retailers. The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 packs, as the name implies, a 10-inch Full HD screen protected by Gorilla Glass (by the way, the construction of the slate is achieved ...

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    A Surface Mini has been rumored for quite some time -- actually, since last year -- and according to recent reports, it might land, finally, this month. There will be a certain May 20 Microsoft event where the smaller slate is expected to make an appearance, and the inter webs are already trying to anticipate some of the features (or lack thereof). Bloomberg now weighs in on the topic citing unnamed sources that confirm the May 20 unveiling of the Surface Mini. Even more, the new product will likely ditch NVIDIA as a chip maker powering it; instead, the Surface Mini will be powered by ...

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    Rumors about a smaller version of Microsoft's Surface tablets have been making the rounds in earnest since last summer. For a brief moment it sounded like we might even see this Surface Mini arrive alongside the Surface 2 models, but after that didn't come to pass we settled in to wait for our sign of its ultimate arrival. Last night, we spotted the invitation to an upcoming Microsoft event that might just reveal this new tablet, and today we follow that up with some new claims about the model's hardware. We've already heard a bunch of theories about what the Surface Mini might be capable ...

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    Rumors of an upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft have been swirling for months now, but so far confirmation hasn't been easy to come by. Is that finally about to change? Invitations have begun making their way out of Microsoft for a “small gathering” (emphasis added), which immediately makes us think we’ll be seeing the elusive Surface Mini. This event lines up pretty well with an earlier report stating a release timeframe and also the possibility of stylus support on the device. As a quick refresher, we’re expecting a 7.5 inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, making the ...

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    Last fall, Nokia released its first Windows 8 tablet, the Lumia 2520. After using Nokia phones for years, we were right curious to see what sort of tablet effort the company could put together, and we came away very pleased with what we saw. And if the 2520 wasn't impressive enough on its own, 2014 brought with it the release of the Power Keyboard accessory that very much dialed things up to 11. All of a sudden now, though, the 2520 has hit a snag, with Nokia sounding the alarm over a defect in the tablet's power adapter. If you're in the US, you probably don't have to sweat it; this issue ...

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    Windows Phone 8.1 dropped earlier this week. We saw it at Build, but now we’re actually using it. And it’s for really real. Sure it’s a “Developer’s Preview” and sure some of the features aren’t quite done cooking, but it’s a pretty impressive upgrade to what Windows Phone users have been using. Plus, it’s available for (I think it’s reasonable to say) most Windows Phone users out there, less than two weeks after it’s debut on stage. That’s availability of Apple proportions. The reason this is so exciting is because in so many ways, Microsoft leveled the operating ...

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    One of the many changes Microsoft announced at Build 2014 back at the start of April was the arrival of universal cross-platform apps; you'd purchase it once, and then have access to the same software across Windows Phone, your Windows desktop, and eventually even your Xbox One console. Over the weekend, Microsoft started making some necessary changes in order to get this system up-and-running, and today we see the arrival of support for linked apps, as well Dev Center compatibility with new WP8.1 Phone Store apps. What Microsoft did over the weekend was to introduce some new pricing ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    Last year, rumors were flying around hot that Microsoft was putting together a pint-sized version of its Surface tablet, the presumed Surface Mini. From the sound of things, we'd be getting a device with a display in the seven-to-eight-inch range, and that the aspect ratio might change to an iPad-style 4:3. But then by the time 2014 started looming over the horizon, these Surface Mini rumors began drying up, and we haven't heard anything noteworthy in several months now. All of a sudden, though, the Surface Mini is back in the spotlight with new rumors discussing the tablet's hardware, ...

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    The original Surface Pro was a respectable tablet (and far superior to the first-gen Surface RT), but last year's Surface Pro 2 took a good thing and made it even better. Then first thing this year we heard that Microsoft was already taking things up a notch, and upgrading the tablet with a beefier processor. Instead of the 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U that shipped with the Surface Pro 2 initially, Microsoft was transitioning the tablet to using a 1.9GHz i5-4300U chip – not an earth-shattering change, but a solid update, all the same. Except, do the Surface Pro 2 tablets shoppers are buying ...

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    The Lumia 2520 graced our lives months ago, brightening our unboxing desk and leaving a lasting first impression. Sadly, it didn't stick around long enough for us to give it the full review treatment, disappearing in a shipping accident so mysterious we sometimes still bring it up on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Fortunately, Nokia has sent us a replacement unit, and this time around it's included a bonus: the recently-released Nokia Power Keyboard. The long-awaited accessory brings two USB ports, a 2,027 mAh battery, and one of the most comfortable keyboards ever to Nokia's Windows RT ...

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