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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekly poll results: you are using Chromebooks

" When we posited the question this last week about if Chromebooks had invaded your home or your life just yet, I knew we were going to get some Chromebook converts and we were also going to get some hardcore PC users telling us Chromebooks can't do anything and that they're a waste — they do plenty and they're not, by the way — I just didn't know how many of column A and how many of column B we'd see. "

The Nexus 9, three months on | Android Central

Nexus 9

I haven't completely written off the Nexus 9 just yet. Not by a long shot. It's a Nexus tablet, and that, by definition, means it's important. It's also the first truly 64-bit platform we've got, and so it's important for developers as well.

The real question is what's going to compete with it? Or, rather, what already competes with it?

If you've got to have something in a wider aspect ratio and smaller size, the 2013 Nexus 7 (if you can get one) is still a really good option. Samsung (as Samsung does) has a number of excellent alternatives. The LG G Pad 8.3 has been underrated. ASUS has a number of other offerings, too. And don't forget Sony.

And those are just the Android tablets we have today. More are coming, and soon.

For now? You're not crazy if you hold off on buying a Nexus 9. And neither are you crazy if you spend your hard-earned $399 on one. (Though we'd recommend splurging $80 more for the 32-gigabyte model, if you can — and the "sand" color is gorgeous.)

The Nexus 9 has growing pains, is all. But let's hope it grows out of them sooner rather than later."

Friday, January 23, 2015

Which machine is the true friend of the always-on multitasking: Apple’s MacBook Air or Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3?

Microsoft released a holiday ad titled "Winter Wonderland” that pitted the Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air. The catchy ad highlights the fact that while many view the Surface Pro 3 as an iPad competitor, Microsoft actually designed it to compete with ultraportable laptops, fitting into that sweet spot for those that want the portability of a tablet and the power of a laptop AND all without having to carry two devices around.

That’s exactly what the Surface Pro 3 does if you buy the optional Type Cover: it’s part tablet, part ultraportable –– and it really is quite good. Check our Surface Pro 3 Review to find out more. But take away the catchy holiday jingle and how does it really compete against Apple’s ultra-portable wonder machine, the 11-inch MacBook Air? 

Surface Pro 3 vs. MacBook Air: Windows 10 Takes On OS X Yosemite| Know Your Mobile

Dell XPS 13 2015 vs 13" MacBook Air 2014 Comparison Smackdown

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New rumors point to an all-glass Samsung Galaxy S6

Microsoft HoloLens Preview - CNET

Microsoft HoloLens Preview - CNET

Microsoft shows off touch-first universal Office apps - CNET

Microsoft shows off touch-first universal Office apps - CNET

Microsoft to deliver free upgrades to Windows 10 - CNET

Microsoft to deliver free upgrades to Windows 10 - CNET

Take a look at Ars Technica!

"Given the huge number of exoplanets discovered in recent years, the discovery of two new planets would come as no surprise—except that these two, discussed in a new study, may be part of our Solar System.

The presence of the closer of the two planets had already been suggested in a previous work. The new study provides more evidence for its existence and adds a second planet. Both studies are based on observations of objects far beyond Neptune’s orbit, called extreme trans-Neptunian objects (ETNOs). These ETNOs display shared patterns in their orbits, which suggests they’re all being influenced gravitationally by heavier objects, much further away from the Sun.

While this conclusion is based on a small sample (13 bodies), the authors confirm that their results are statistically significant and that at least two planets, orbiting far beyond Pluto’s orbit, are the most likely explanation for the observations."

Extreme trans-Neptunian objects

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Two-Day Laptop Battery Is Here - WSJ

In the span of two days last week, I traveled back and forth to the office twice, wrote this column, streamed two episodes of “Sherlock,” drank seven cups of coffee and recharged my phone four times. I never once plugged in my laptop.
Laptops have a new talent: ultra-marathoning. Computers coming this winter can last up to 22 hours on a single charge. That’s enough battery for two full days of work…or one really, really bad day.
The Two-Day Laptop Battery Is Here - WSJ

Sunday, January 18, 2015

T-Mobile vs. AT&T: Which rollover data plan is right for you?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review | The Verge

"The Surface Pro 3’s hardware is undoubtedly impressive. Although Microsoft calls it a tablet, it’s better to think of this Surface as a full-fledged PC that can work as a large tablet in a pinch. More than anything else, the Surface Pro 3 is the ideal physical form for Windows 8.1. Both the OS and the hardware feel like a computer with some (occasionally great) tablet features tacked on top. It’s as though the bits that make up Windows prayed really hard and created a physical version of themselvesThe Surface is so PC-centric, it’s hard to even think of it as being in the same category as the iPad. Instead, Microsoft is very clearly taking aim at the MacBook Air, but beating the most popular laptop on the market is a very tall order. Taking everything into account, the hardware is now very competitive between the two. So whether you think the Surface Pro 3 is a better alternative depends almost entirely on what you think of Windows and the Microsoft ecosystem."