Recently, Microsoft has patented the flexible hinge and removable attachment techniques that are found in the Surface Touch and Type Covers. The flexible hinge may be configured to support movement of the input device similar to a cover of a book, such that the input device may act as a cover. Abstract: Flexible hinge and removable attachment techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a flexible hinge is configured to communicatively and physically couple an input device to a computing device and may implement functionality such as a support layer and minimum bend radius. The input device may also include functionality to promote a secure physical connection between the input device and the computing device. One example of this includes use of one or more protrusions that are configured to be removed from respective cavities of the computing device along a particular axis but mechanically bind along other axes. ...

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Microsoft Store is running a great limited time deal for consumers in the US on Surface 2 devices. They can get a $75 off on Surface 2, so you can now buy a Surface 2 device starting at $374. There is also another offer going on which can be combined with this $75 off promotion. You can buy Surface 2 and save $50 on any Touch or Type Cover. After adding Surface 2 cart, choose your cover and add it to the card. The deal will be automatically applied in your cart. So, you can get a Surface 2 32GB device with Touch Cover for $424! Find the store link below. Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store here. ...

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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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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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The Guardian reports that the Microsoft Touch Cover appears to have a manufacturing defect, with splitting developing around the magnetic hinge on the cover. The issue is affecting numerous devices in both US and UK, suggesting the problem may be endemic to the keyboard. Microsoft is providing replacement covers at no cost for those what are affected, but it seems either there is a manufacturing issue, or the design is flawed in some way that will need a redesign. Are any of our readers affected? Let us know below. ...

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Some Microsoft Surface owners are complaining that their  tablets are randomly muting and unmuting, and are blaming it on their Touch/Type cover. If your device is similarly affected Microsoft is offering an exchange at myservice.surface.com. Alternatively users can contact Technical Support first here. Is the problem wide spread? Let us know below. ...

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Its probably an error, but Amazon has listed the $119.99 Microsoft Surface Touch Cover for only $19.99, which is a rather massive discount. The 3mm thick cover offers a great typing experience for the tablet, with some saying typing is even better on it than on the bulkier Type Cover. The Cover is marked as out of stock, but there is a small chance the giant retailer will honour the orders when the device does become available. See the accessory at Amazon here. Thanks Chris for the tip. ...

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We have had a tip from a reader that their pre-order for the Microsoft Surface Touch Cover has been cancelled in Canada. Apparently others buyers have been similarly affected. Of course one possibility is that the supply may be severely over subscribed, but Microsoft has also told the angry punters that a system error may be to blame. Have any of our other readers been affected? Let us know below. Thanks Jed for the tip. ...

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