Mobile devices en Surface Pro 3 Docking Station: First Impressions <div class="field-deck"> This may be the expansion you were looking for </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station provides ample expansion and can turn Microsoft's latest tablet into a real desktop PC. But there are some important differences between this device and its Surface Pro 2-based predecessor. And from what I can tell up front, they're mostly positive.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Microsoft Surface Mobile devices Surface Pro 3 Hardware Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 41821 at Surface Pro 3 Docking Station: Unboxing Photos <div class="field-deck"> Oh yes </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I will post some proper first impressions tomorrow, but I know you want to see it. So here's the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, which will be arriving publicly starting on August 15.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Microsoft Surface Mobile devices Surface Pro 3 Hardware Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 41811 at Lenovo ThinkPad 10 vs. Dell Venue 11 Pro <div class="field-deck"> Two tablet tweeners go head to head </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Well, it's fair to say that the market for Windows tablets has come full circle. After consumers ignored the initial round of full-sized Windows tablets in 2012, Microsoft and its PC maker partners turned to mini-tablets, and we spent much of last year examining those devices. But now in 2014, the market has swung again, and consumers are looking for full-sized tablets. And if you're looking for a Windows device, you've got two terrific choices, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 and the Dell Venue 11 Pro.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dell Lenovo Mobile devices ThinkPad Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows 8 Hardware Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:36:00 +0000 41801 at OneNote Updated for iOS, Mac <div class="field-deck"> Some nice updates for those who walk on the dark side </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced major updates to its OneNote app for both iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Mac today. The updates allow users of OneNote for iOS and Mac to insert documents, PDFs, and audio/video files into notes, open, access, lock or unlock password protected sections, annotate over PDF printouts and more, Microsoft says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> iOS iPad iPhone Mac Mobile devices OneNote Office 365 Office Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 41731 at Surface Pro 3 + Mandarin Oriental Hotels <div class="field-deck"> The future of hotel technology, today </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On the heels of Microsoft's recent Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C., I swapped the final night in my perfectly serviceable midtown hotel for a night at the upscale Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which is conveniently located between both the National Mall and Reagan National Airport. I didn't do so to abuse my expense account—indeed, the stay was provided free of charge—but rather to experience an interesting new fusion of two of my top interests, technology and travel. You see, Mandarin is piloting the use of Surface Pro 3 in its rooms. And I was curious to learn how that would work.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile devices Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows 8 Hardware Mobile Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:28:00 +0000 41681 at Cortana vs. Siri: Happy Anniversary <div class="field-deck"> Cortana is your wingman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the highlights of Build 2014 was Microsoft's public introduction of Cortana, the digital personal assistant in Windows Phone 8.1. Obviously aimed at Siri in iPhone, Cortana comes with a surprisingly strong list of capabilities. Including, apparently, the ability to make Siri look bad, as a new TV ad ably demonstrates.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile devices Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:51:00 +0000 41661 at Short Takes: July 25, 2014 <div class="node-body link-body">An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including an expansion of Microsoft's retail plans, Yammer moves around as co-founder leaves, tablet slowdown doesn't explain iPad sales freefall, Google grilled by EU regulators over "right to be forgotten," e-book judge is troubled over Apple settlement proposal, and Amazon sells everything but profits.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Mobile devices Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:29:00 +0000 41611 at OneNote Expands to Amazon Fire Phone and Kindle Fire Tablets <div class="field-deck"> Another key Microsoft app shows up on FireOS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft's ubiquitous note-taking mobile app just got a lot more, um, ubiquitous. Its available now on Amazon's Fire OS-based devices, the Fire Phone handset and the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HDX tablets.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> amazon Android FireOS Kindle Fire Mobile devices OneNote Office 365 Office Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:15:00 +0000 41591 at Chromecast, One Year Later <div class="field-deck"> Google-focused but inexpensive </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lost amid the huge list in my most recent What I Use article is a product I'm surprised no one commented on: Google's Chromecast. Like Chromebook, Chromecast was something that launched in a fairly half-assed state. But it's improved over time, and while I still think more expensive competing solutions like Roku 3 are better living room solutions overall, Chromecast earns a spot on the list for one very important reason: It's the only inexpensive living room device that works with Google's ever-improving Play services.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Chromebook ChromeOS Google Play Mobile devices Hardware Music & Videos Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:18:00 +0000 41561 at Skype 5.0 for Android <div class="field-deck"> Wait, it's not remastered? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following in the footsteps of an updated Skype for iPhone—and what I assume to be a related release of Amazon's Fire Phone—Microsoft today announced the release of Skype 5.0 for Android. This major update to the app provides integration between your Skype contacts and your handset's contacts management system.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Mobile devices Skype Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:00 +0000 41521 at