If you are a Surface tablet owner, you might have definitely hoped for a better speakers/sound experience from Microsoft. It is more of a hardware and design, so you can’t Microsoft to fix it via any upcoming Windows update. There is a simple accessory solution called Ears that allows you to increase the low volume levels on the Surface tablets.  They don’t require wires, a power source or batteries. Description: The Ears for Surface tablet are small silicone pieces that slip over the top corners of your Surface RT/2 or Pro/2.  They cover the speakers and redirect the sound to the front.  Thereby, you get an increase in 10dB loudness and clearer sound when listening to music or watching movies. When the Surface first came out, the max sound level was very low.  Many people complained about it, and Microsoft updated the Surfaces to make them louder, but not much. Ears ...

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Recently, we reported that Microsoft has patented the idea of gesture initiated keyboard accessory which is already on sale in the name of Touch Cover 2. Gesture-initiated keyboard operations are described. In one or more implementations, one or more touch inputs that involve interaction with a key of a keyboard are identified. Touch inputs can be identified using touchscreen functionality of a display device or using one or more pressure-sensitive touch sensors. Based on this touch input(s), a gesture is recognized. The gesture is configured to initiate an operation that corresponds to at least one key that is not included in the keys of the keyboard. In one or more implementations, the operation is a shift, caps lock, backspace, enter, tab, or control operation. Patently Apple today reported about a new Apple patent which described exactly the same idea. See the images below.   Patently Apple claims that Apple’s keyboard ...

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During Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 launch, Microsoft revealed a wireless adapter for the Surface Type Covers, which transform the keyboard into a Bluetooth enabled device for wireless typing. Connect any Surface Typing Cover to Surface using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Type emails from the couch while Surface is plugged into your TV, or work collaboratively in the conference room. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers: The Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers connects magnetically to any Touch or Type Cover, letting you type from anywhere in the room using Bluetooth technology, so it is even easier to connect Surface to a TV or monitor and type from another location, such as the couch. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers will have an estimated retail price of $59.99. Microsoft has now quietly discontinued the product due to poor response. Microsoft said, “Due to a number of factors, we are no longer manufacturing the Surface Wireless ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering a limited time deal for Surface family of devices. When you get any Surface device that includes Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, you will get a Touch Cover for free. Touch Cover is now available in 5 different colors and it costs $79.99 from Microsoft Store. Touch Cover: Slim. Sleek. The cover you can type on. Designed for Surface, Touch Cover is a revolutionary dual-purpose pressure-response keyboard and protective cover. The bright, smooth surface lets you type up to 2x faster than onscreen. Email, chat, work, and connect with friends in style. Built-in trackpad and Windows shortcut keys give you quick, easy ways to navigate Surface. Brighter. Bolder. Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colors (Black, White, Cyan, Magenta, and Red), so you can express your personal style. Super-smooth, spill-resistant exterior is easy to clean. Click. Done. Need to chat, quickly? ...

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Microsoft Surface digital marketing team has done this cool job of convincing a 12 year old girl to buy a Surface 2 instead of Apple iPad mini which she preferred. Recently a father tweeted Surface team a presentation that his 12 year old daughter created describing why she should get an iPad mini. He challenged both Surface and Samsung to take turns in a rebuttal, we gladly accepted the challenge. Microsoft in response created a presentation for that girl to convince her to buy Surface 2 and they won the challenge by selling a Surface 2 to her. Find the pictures from the below link to see what happened next. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft is known for their marketing videos of Surface which directly compares other competing tablets. Now, Samsung has released a video to promote its Galaxy Tab Pro tablet. It directly criticizes other competing tablets like Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad, etc,. When comparing with Apple iPad, the ad highlights that the iPad can only task, not multitask. And the display resolution of Galaxy Tab Pro is higher than that of iPad. As for Surface, it was criticized for having a keyboard like a laptop, a battery dock like a laptop, and a mouse like a laptop! I really don’t get the point Samsung is trying to make against Surface. Surface can be used just like a Galaxy Tab Pro without any keyboard covers, mouse, etc,. Anyway, enjoy these commercials. ...

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As expected, Microsoft today announced the availability of Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE). This LTE model comes only in one SKU, that is only 64GB model available. This new Surface 2 LTE will be available to purchase for $679 USD (ERP) in the US at Microsoft retail stores, www.MicrosoftStore.com and at BestBuy.com and all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores beginning tomorrow, March 18. In launching this new version of Surface 2, we’re adding the power and reach of AT&T’s 4G LTE network to an already fantastic device. Along with cellular connectivity, all of the refinements that went into Surface 2 are here: the increased speed and battery life, the dual-position kickstand, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT, the full HD screen, the upgraded front- and rear-facing cameras and full-size USB 3.0 port, just to name a few. In addition, when you purchase Surface ...

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A filing with the FCC reveals Microsoft has been working on an accessory currently called the Surface Wireless Display Adapter.  The accessory is an HDMI dongle which allows mirroring to a tv or other external monitor from a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2.  According to the FCC filing the dongle supports dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and may hit the market as early as August.  It is possible a demo may be shown at the Build Conference in a few weeks. It should be noted the Surface 2 currently supports the Miracast standard which allows you to mirror your screen to another Miracast capable display wirelessly. Source: FCC via Engadget ...

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Microsoft Surface is the official tablet for NFL sports event in the US. There were lots of marketing going around NFL for Surface in the past few months. The Surface logo and visuals have been a visible addition to all the games this past season, showing up on the sidelines on the communication carts and instant replay hoods. But it goes well beyond that, Surface has also been used in trials with many teams across the NFL, as a tool to help assist medical personnel in the area of player health and in front office operations as a powerful tablet that can go from the desktop to the field. Team use and integration into the operations of managing a NFL franchise will only increase in future seasons. Microsoft assisted NFL in releasing all its official app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. They recently detailed the NFL Combined Dashboard app ...

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A recent patent filing from Microsoft reveals a new switchable magnetic lock mechanism that could be used in smartphones, laptops and others. Find the excerpt from the patent below. Current solution followed by various OEMs: Many computing devices have movable and removable parts and peripherals. A smart phone may include a stylus. a laptop a hinged display. a tablet computer a battery charger. or a portable audio player a docking station, to name just a few. Current techniques often fix these parts and peripherals to their computing devices using mechanic connectors, such as latches, sliding tabs, and so forth. These mechanical connectors, however, often fail to provide a satisfactory design because they have objects that jut out or holes that pierce the computer body, part, or peripheral. Examples include exposed latches, latch holes, tabs hooks, and tab reception detents, to name just a few. Some techniques have attempted to address this ...

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Microsoft today released February firmware updates for Surface family of devices. Except for Surface RT, all the other Surface devices got updates. Surface Pro 2 had the most significant update which resolves various issues that was reported by users in the past. Find the full change log for all these devices below. Surface Pro 2: Surface Display Panel (v1.0.2.0) provides tuning to the Surface display calibration. Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.00.50) Resolves issue where Surface would not go into hibernation. Resolves issue where available battery percentage was reported incorrectly. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.04.0150) Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach. Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached. Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.228.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use. Surface Type ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they will be at the Singapore Airshow, talking with leaders across the commercial airline industry about how they have removed the barriers to adopting Electronic Flight Bags (EFB’s) and going paperless in the cockpit. Microsoft also announced that Surface 2 tablets have achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization for Class 1 or 2 EFB needs for all phases of flight. This FAA authorization will allow airlines to use Surface for their actual work anytime. Through this authorization process, we’ve completed rigorous environmental and situational testing of the Surface 2 tablet, streamlining the approval process when airline operators want to use Surface 2 tablets as a Class 1 EFB during flight operations. While airlines are still obligated to define their specific use requirements with the FAA and request specific device approval, our completion of these tests for Surface 2 satisfies a lengthy and important part of that ...

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Mozilla has finally released its beta version of Firefox for Windows 8 touch devices. Mozilla claims that this Firefox version is designed to ensure users get the best Firefox browsing experience possible on their Windows 8 tablets, touch-screen laptops and other compatible devices. It has a new tile-based Firefox start screen with one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks, and History. It even includes the Awesome bar and support for swipe gestures such as ‘pinch to zoom’ and one-touch swipe transitions. Full, Snapped and Fill views: These options let you chose if you want to view an app full-screen, or ‘snapped’ to a narrow region of the screen (typically to the left of the screen like a sidebar), or if you’d like your app to ‘fill’ the remaining screen area not already occupied by an app in ‘snapped’ state. Visual Navigation: The big tiles on the start screen make browsing a ...

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Microsoft is showcasing some enterprise customers who are deploying Microsoft Surface and German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen is the latest one to join the list. Volksbank chose Microsoft Surface over Apple iPad because of the full Office suite availability and other enterprise uses that focuses on productivity. They are using it to train their incoming young employees. Watch the video above to see it in action. German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen decided to up their game and acquire better young talent into their training academy program by deploying Microsoft Surface tablets. As new hires enter the Volksbank Academy, they are given a Surface in order to get familiar with the bank’s Microsoft/Office/Windows environment and to interactively train on bank procedures and practices via a custom modern app. Now Volksbank’s training material is instantly up to date and trainees can access all the materials instantly and from anywhere. ...

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Microsoft today announced their Q2 2014 financial results with record revenue driven mainly by sales of Xbox One and Surface hardware businesses. I’ve collected the highlight of each financial segments from Microsoft’s Investor website which you can read below. Devices & Consumer Licensing: D&C Licensing revenue decreased $319 million or 6%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Retail and other sales of Windows declined $264 million or 69%, due mainly to the release of Windows 8 in the prior year. Windows OEM revenue declined $109 million or 3%, reflecting a 12% increase in OEM Pro revenue, offset by continued softness in the consumer PC market. Consumer Office revenue declined $244 million or 24%, reflecting the transition of customers to Office 365 Home Premium as well as continued softness in the consumer PC market. Windows Phone revenue ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge where it was asking us to help them re-imagine the classroom. What would it look like if every student had a Surface as a learning tool? How would Teachers teach with a Surface? What kind of furniture, and accessories would they need? How can we make using Surface in the Classroom even better? As a result, Microsoft ended up with lots of designs from people – like Surface desks, binders, backpacks, RC blades, solar powered chargers, and more. Now, you need to just vote for your favorite idea. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite idea. Spend some time browsing the Gallery, pick your favorite ideas, register, and vote (limit 1 vote per day). You could win a Surface 2 just for voting. But better hurry – the voting ends January 17th. http://www.SurfaceClassroomChallenge.com/ via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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