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Will Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 replace your laptop? Microsoft says it absolutely can – and it’s right. The Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s newest tablet, is bigger and faster than earlier models and comes with better accessories. For Windows users, the Surface Pro 3 has only one important feature — it runs 100 percent of your Windows programs. Whether you need to run the full Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite or Pro Tools, the Surface Pro 3 is up to the task. One of the best features of the Surface Pro 3 is its “pen,” which is far more than just a stylus. Clicking the top of the pen immediately brings you into Microsoft OneNote – even if the device is locked. So who is the Surface Pro 3 for? Students and professionals who really want to have the best of the tablet and laptop worlds. If the Surface Pro 3 sounds like a device made for you, two models are available now, wi... (more)

The Internet Of Things’ Biggest Potential Problem

For many of us old enough to remember, the early days of life online had little to do with the internet. Before we browsed the open web, we dialed into Prodigy or CompuServe or AOL with a 1400-baud telephone modem. Once connected to a particular service, we used its proprietary software to play inside its members-only club, and we couldn’t visit any other service. We lacked a certain amount of freedom. One of my earliest cyber-memories: getting my mom’s AOL account suspended by the moderator of a chat room I was trolling. By today’s standards, such a tightly controlled experience... (more)

Microsoft Announces Plans to Lay Off 18,000 Employees

The biggest group affected by Microsoft’s July 17 layoff of 18,000 people are the 12,500 former Nokia employees who joined Microsoft as part of the Nokia handset acquisition. That leaves another 5,500 Microsoft employees, out of its current workforce of close to 130,000, who are being let go. Who are these individuals? Microsoft officials are declining to comment, unsurprisingly, beyond saying about 1,351 of all those cut will be based in the Seattle region. But sources close to the company said that the cuts are affecting just about every group at the company, everything from l... (more)

A New iCloud Tool Can Quickly Tell You if an iPhone is Stolen

The market for used iPhones is fraught with risk, because you may end up paying hundreds of dollars for a locked off device, or worse — one that appears legit but can’t make calls. However, Apple has just revealed an iCloud tool that lets you check a device’s activation lock status. All you’ll need is the iPhone’s IMEI or serial number, and if you’re the rightful owner, you’ll get info on how to disable any activation locks before selling. Meanwhile, buyers will be shown how to remove the previous account (with the seller’s permission). The tool will be particularly useful at ... (more)

Google Drive for Education Offers Unlimited Free Storage and ‘Classroom’ Integration

Google Apps for Education just got a little bit sweeter: In the coming weeks, new and existing customers will have access to Drive for Education, an academic version of its online storage solution. Drive for Education follows Drive for Work and boasts unlimited storage, support for individual files up to 5TB in size and automatic encryption. “Every file uploaded to Google Drive is encrypted, not only from your device to Google and in transit between Google data centers, but also at rest on Google servers,” Ben Schrom, PM Google Apps for Education said. The service will be bolste... (more)