Surface Pro 3 Screen Issues – Yellow Haze

by I came across a forum thread at SurfaceForums.net that discusses an issue with some Surface Pro 3 screens, mine included. As user T.J. Godin notes: I remember reading about this issue on the first gen Surface Pro, but I believe history may be repeating itself with the Surface Pro 3. I had my unit for […]

Orphan Black’s Silly Patient Notion

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by I started binge-watching Orphan Black on Amazon Prime Video the other day, and I was enjoying it immensely until right up to the tail end of the first season. Tatiana Maslany’s acting definitely lives up to its billing, and it’s certainly a shame that she’s been snubbed at the Emmy’s for two years running. However, the […]

OneOS: What Microsoft Should Call the Next Version of Windows

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by I’m not usually one to hand out free marketing advice, but given Microsoft’s recent announcement of significant cuts in its labor force I’m not sure that they’ll be hiring any new marketing people anytime soon. I’d hate for good marketing ideas (in my opinion, anyways) to go to waste, and so here you go, Microsoft. […]

Microsoft Cortana Video Highlights the Digital Assistant’s Strengths

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by So far, I’ve been enjoying Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 on my Nokia Lumia 925. It’s different from Google Now, being more of a digital assistant with a personality than a simpler purveyor of information. I’d say that both have their strengths and weaknesses, with Google Now benefiting from its longer time on the […]

Amazon Announces All-You-Can-Read Kindle Unlimited Plan

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by Amazon has released the Kindle Unlimited subscription service, which provides unlimited (natch) access to a curated selection of ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 a month. I don’t often question Amazon’s business decisions–so far, CEO Jeff Bezos has proven his mettle in terms of reading the market and providing in-demand products and services. Here are […]

Skype Translator is a Game-Changer

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by Microsoft demonstrated their Skype Translator technology at the Microsoft Partner Conference 2014, and it’s impressive to say the least. Indeed, it’s a game-changer, representing an incredibly powerful tool for international communications. There’s video of the technology from MPC, but I found this one from the 2014 Re/Code Conference to be more interesting by virtue […]

Surface Pro 3 Tip: How to Hibernate and Keep InstantGo (Updated)

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by Update: I’ve played around a little more with the Surface Pro 3 since writing this post, and I’m not so sure that the machine actually woke up from sleep. Rather, I’ve noticed that the power button is actually very easily depressed, or rather perhaps the amount of time it must be depressed to wake […]

Belkin Miracast Video Adapter Review (Update: Netgear Review)

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by I recently gave the Belkin Miracast Video Adapter a try, to evaluate Miracast on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 compared to Chromecast on my Android devices. Unfortunately, configuring and using the Belkin adapter was an exercise in frustration. If I were to go by my experience with it alone, I’d say that Miracast is acceptable […]

Microsoft CEO Paints Picture of a “Productivity and Platform” Company

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by     Edit: I spent a little more time reviewing Nadella’s email, and I’m not sure that I agree with ZDNet’s interpretation. So, I’m adjusting my post to better reflect my own interpretation (which I should have done in the first place). ZDNet published a fascinating article outlining CEO Satya Nadella’s vision of a […]

Surface Pro 3 July 2014 Firmware Updates (Update)

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by Update: Another Surface Pro 3 update was released on 7/16, specifically to address the remaining WiFi issues. I’ve applied the update on my machine, and so far I haven’t had an instance where WiFi was either disconnected or the WiFi adapter was unavailable. So, I’m marking the initial Surface Pro 3 bugs as fixed, […]