How do you improve upon the Surface, Microsoft's tablet-as-PC that debuted last year? Internal upgrades are always welcome: more battery life, a better display, amped-up graphics. But the real killer apps of the next Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets might once again be the accessories.
The Type Cover was the one part I loved the most about the last Surface Pro, for good reason: it worked great, felt small, and acted as a screen cozy. The Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 make small but very important improvements: they both add backlit keyboards, and the Touch … Read more
In the middle of Microsoft's closely-watched annual financial analyst meeting, a blown fuse shorted out some of the power in the company's Redmond, Wash., campus headquarters, causing the meeting's live stream to go dark.
Shortly after the live stream was interrupted, Microsoft tweeted this news:
Fuse blew in the building. Power went down. Should be restored shortly— Microsoft News (@MSFTnews) September 19, 2013
This year's financial analyst meeting is most likely one of Microsoft's most closely watched annual meetings to date with speakers including CEO Steve Ballmer, CFO Amy Hood, and COO Kevin Turner. There … Read more
The Eton BoostTurbine 4000 is a unique portable charger. It's half everyday battery pack that can charge many modern smartphones, and half emergency power backup, thanks to its hand crank that lets you harness your elbow grease to power your dead iPhone. That makes it an ideal backup battery for powering your gadgets away from home, and helps you get power when there is no other power source, such as during a blackout, while you're camping, or if you've traveled to a remote area.
PowerDirector 12 now supports multicam editing and improved render times by taking advantage of Intel's latest Core processors, code named "Haswell." PowerDirector claims that version 12 encodes H.264 videos 40 percent faster than previous releases.Though CyberLink also adds that version 12 supports 4K editing, we weren't able to test this feature.
For those new to the Director production series, PowerDirector, along with ColorDirector and AudioDirector, are full production suites for editing movies, touching up scene effects, and mastering soundtracks. Though they originally appealed to casual, consumer-level productions, CyberLink has gone to great lengths to … Read more
Microsoft executives have dropped hints in the past that the company would be making a combined keyboard/cover for its Surface devices that would include a built-in battery.
The latest anonymously sourced reports from Neowin.net and the Windows SuperSite indicate these new covers are, indeed, in the pipeline.
The so-called Power Covers will extend the battery life of the Intel-Haswell-based Surface 2 Pro, existing Intel-based Surface Pro and the coming ARM-based Surface 2, those sources are saying, but there's no word on exactly how much extra life they will add.
According to Windows SuperSite's Paul Thurrott, the… Read more
The "Spinal Tap" reference to the volume control that goes to "11" notwithstanding, there's a lot of confusion surrounding volume controls. There shouldn't be; the volume control setting has nothing to do with how loud an amp can play. Some folks mistakenly think that if you don't have to turn the knob up very far from the minimum setting to achieve high volume, that "proves" it's a powerful amp. No, not at all; the maximum volume level of any amp is determined not by how far you turn the knob, … Read more
NASA spotted a colossal "coronal mass ejection" erupting off of the sun on Tuesday morning. This solar phenomenon spewed billions of tons of particles into space at speeds of 570 miles per second and they are currently headed toward Earth, according to the space agency.
NASA estimates that the particles will reach our planet in one to three days and could cause a geomagnetic storm.