Today Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4, and we’re getting our first look at it here at the company’s big product event. Last year, Surface chief Panos Panay said that Microsoft had hit the right formula to make the Surface Pro a viable laptop replacement.
This time, the new Surface is all about refinement and polish. It’s thinner, lighter, and faster thanks to Intel’s latest chips. The screen is larger (now 12.3 inches), yet the device hasn’t gotten any wider. And it showcases an incredibly sharp, pixel-dense resolution, just as Panos Panay boasted on stage. Microsoft says the Surface Pro 4 is 50 percent faster than Apple’s MacBook Air and far speedier than its predecessor.
The things you use with Surface are also improved; the Surface Pen feels more fluid and responsive thanks to optimizations Microsoft has made to the display technology, and the keyboard is a dramatic leap over last year’s. Keys are spaced out more like your typical laptop keyboard and the glass touchpad makes a world of difference.
The front-facing camera can recognize you and log in thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Hello feature, and there’s also a fingerprint reader for more secure authentication. Elsewhere, the Surface Pro 4 largely looks the same as its predecessor, which isn’t a bad thing. But carrying around the Surface Pen is more convenient since it just magnetically latches to the Surface’s side.
Microsoft wants its Surface Book to be a MacBook Pro killer, and while it’s too early to say whether it is, it’s off to a great start. Like the Surface Pro 3 before it, Microsoft is using magnesium on the Surface Book.
It’s a laptop, but also a tablet.
Like most laptops, it has a hinge. Microsoft’s hinge is insane.
It’s like a snake and it folds into place to let you adjust the display viewing angle. The trick of the Surface Book is that everything, apart from the Nvidia graphics chip, is contained within the screen. That means you can hit a button and it magically detaches from the display.
This is an interesting new design from Microsoft, the hinge means they can drop the kickstand that is usually associated with the Surface.
When the news hit a few days ago that Amazon would be banning the sale of Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices from their site I was shocked…
…that anyone was shocked.
To be fair, it is a little surprising that Amazon would take such a strong action against two partners that they work closely with in other areas (on iPhones/iPads/Android devices, etc). But this seems like par for the course when it comes to technology in the living room. That is to say, if there is a way to make things as frustrating as possible for consumers, those competing in the space will find that way and execute on that plan.
For years, we’ve been told by various technology companies that they’ve figured out the living room. Sony had it “figured out” with Playstation. Microsoft had it figured out with Xbox. Google had it figured out with Google TV. And Apple is seemingly always on the verge of “cracking” it — including, perhaps, later this month with the new Apple TV.
And yet, here we are. It’s 2015, and the best way to get access to all the content you want is still to sign up for a cable television bundle and to augment it with various other services, like Netflix.
cable cutters for a few years now, using mostly Netflix, Hulu Prime, Amazon Instant Video, and a few other services, but I can understand where M.G is coming from, it would be nice if it was all centralized in one place, and yes, airplay does make this less of an issue, but it’s still an issue.
I was always surprised that Amazon sold Google and Apple streaming devices after they released their own, so their decision to finally stop selling it is expected.
Great job by Rene Ritchie. There is a lot to absorb here, definitely worth the read.
Make sure you do not miss the big chart that lays out the major features of every version of OS X since the very first release, aka Cheetah.
Around 6 GB of new OS X is just waiting for you on the Mac App Store.
This should be an interesting update, with lots of new features to play with.
I like the looks of this new model, the round looks more like a regular watch that just happens to be smarter than the average watch.
“Underscore” David Smith has a new sleep-tracking Apple Watch app, and actually figured out a reliable routine to keep it charged:
Today I released a new app Sleep++ that uses the motion tracking capabilities of your Apple Watch to monitor how well you are sleeping at night.
This is one of the capabilities made possible by the improvements of watchOS 2.
To use the app you need to wear your Apple Watch while you sleep each night. This presents an obvious problem, when do I charge it?.
Whether this can work for you will depend on how much you discharge your Watch each day.
For example, owners of the 42mm model who don’t use workout mode for very long each day will have the easiest time.
The battery life on the Pebble and Pebble Time vs the Apple Watch have been one of the factors that keep me enjoying my Pebble over the Apple Watch. I charge my Pebble Time once every ten days rather than nightly.
It’s no secret that people hate online ads. They cover many of the websites we visit. To deal with the problem, many have turned to ad blocking software.
Ad-blocking software will cost advertisers more than $22 billion this year and that number will continue to climb as more begin utilizing such browser add-ons.
It’s obvious that ads are a problem and people really hate them. But we’re blaming the wrong party. It’s not the ads that make for a horrible website experience. It’s those running the websites we should be upset with.
With all the news about ad blockers, and the evils of ads, it’s refreshing to see someone reminding people that the ads aren’t the problem, as much as people who abuse the ad services on their sites.
I like to keep ads to a minimal on this site, I display a carbonads ad on the top of the site and that’s it.
From Apple’s press release:
Apple® today announced iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, will be available at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, September 25 at Apple’s retail stores.
Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early.
Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.
It’s amazing to me that iOS 9 adoption is already at more than 50%.
And that was Friday’s numbers, remember, iOS 9 just launched last Wednesday.
Absent the radical and the revolutionary, then, iOS 9 has to deliver on the promise not of more but of better. After the giant leaps, it has to stick the landing. So, does it?
After two years of visual and functional changes, is iOS 9 a calm moment of introspection or a hazardous leap toward new technologies?
Can it be both?
This review is exactly what you’d expect from Federico. And, he wrote the entire review on an iPad.
Running the Ghostery browser add-on in my Mac browsers has been illuminating:
I can’t believe how many trackers are on popular sites.
I can’t believe how fast the web is without them.
But that wasn’t possible on mobile, where it’s most needed… until iOS 9.
Today, I’m launching my own iOS 9 content blocker, called Peace, to bring peace, quiet, privacy, and — as a nice side benefit — ludicrous speed to iOS web browsing.
There are a lot of content blockers being released today, but Peace strikes the best balance I’ve seen between effectiveness, compatibility, simplicity, and speed, powered by what I’ve found to be the best database in the business after months of testing.
Update Marco later decided to pull Peace from the app store, the main reason for doing so was the success Peace achieved which never sat right with him, so he decided to remove it instead. A move I applaud him for.