What Exactly Is the Samsung Barnes & Noble Nook? (Update)

Update: So, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK (official name, believe it or not) has been released. Apparently there’s an official event tomorrow, but some folks have already purchased it from retail stores and it’s available on the Barnes & Noble Web site. Apparently, it’s definitely just a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with some Barnes […]

Microsoft Goes After the MacBook Air in New Surface Pro 3 Ad(s)

Microsoft is catching some heat today for their new ad comparing the Surface Pro 3 to the MacBook Air. Of course, Microsoft has been doing so since first announcing the Surface Pro 3, and so this ad isn’t anything new. Here’s the ad: Here are two more: In his Computerworld article titled “Surface Pro 3 […]

Surface Pro 3 Special Student Pricing: $649 Core i3 64GB

Microsoft has some very special pricing available for qualified students across a range of products, not the least of which is the Core i3 version of the Surface Pro 3 for $649. This price gets you 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD, the latter of which can be complemented by up to 128GB of […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review Part 2: Executing the Vision

In Part 1 of my impressions of the Surface Pro 3, I waxed philosophical about how well the machine fits within Microsoft’s vision of “one operating system, many devices,” but is it a perfect machine? Of course not. No matter how far technology has progressed in making a machine like the Surface Pro 3 possible, […]

Living on the Bleeding Edge – Should You Buy a Gadget Right Away?

With any device, there can be hardware issues in the earliest builds that are fixed in future builds. Manufacturing issues can be identified and resolved (e.g., screen adhesion issues that cause yellow tints, a la iPads), problematic components can be fixed by suppliers (e.g., screens that suffer from inconsistencies, WiFi components that can’t be completely […]

Surface Pro 3 Screen Issues – Yellow Haze

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 2 […]

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

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 it […]

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

    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 new […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review Part 1: Enabling the Vision

I was impressed the first time I put my hands on Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 a few weeks ago. I’ve now been using my own for going on two weeks now, and if anything my original, seemingly hyperbolic statements about the Surface Pro 3 might have been understated. It really is a groundbreaking machine, […]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Video Shows its Best Sides (Update: More Videos)

This is an excellent short video covering some of the best features of the Surface Pro 3. I’d like to see more showing it as a tablet—it’s simply excellent in this mode—but I understand that Microsoft is positioning the machine as an Ultrabook/MacBook Air competitor. I’m glad to see Microsoft putting out more excellent videos […]