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Microsoft slices another $100 off the original Surface Pro tablet

October 24, 2013

The discount, which only seems to apply to buyers living in the U.S. or Canada, sees the first-generation model fall to $699 and is due to expire on December 31. The Surface Pro price was previously cut by $100 in August.

Microsoft is almost certainly doing this to sell off remaining inventory and could well stop selling the first-generation device altogether from 2014, as it is no longer listed on the firm's main Surface website.

The company announced the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in New York last month and the former is now available starting at $899.

(Worth reading: The 8 best accessories for Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablets & Best Buy will pay [...]

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Air Canada will replace pilot manuals with tablets

October 18, 2013

Each pilot currently carries 35 lbs (16kg) of print instruction manuals on every flight. On some long haul flights, planes have up to four pilots – each with his own manuals.

Saving weight – and thus fuel consumption – is the main reason for the Canadian airline to switch from print to tablets. Another factor is saving time: pilots won't spend as much time updating their print folders with every manual update.

(Worth reading: High time — FAA recommends flyers use 'most' devices during take-off and landing.)

Air Canada has not announced which tablet device it will purchase. But as its Sky Regional (Air Canada Express) planes [...]

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Uh oh – some users say that Apple’s iWork apps crash in iOS 7

September 25, 2013

Numerous iOS users have complained that the a bug in the apps is causing them to crash and one video even demonstrates how the problem forces one iPhone 5S owner to reboot altogether.

iPhone in Canada reports (via Cult of Mac) that the crash is brought about when users open a document in Pages, Keynote or Numbers and then tap their device’s home button to return to the main menu.

Although some observers may be surprised at seeing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), a problem more often associated with Windows devices, on an iOS device, the news itself isn’t overly surprising.

iOS 7 is after all just one week old and Apple will be expected to iron [...]

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Microsoft to iPad users – ‘Trade that thing in for a real tablet’

September 12, 2013

Say this for Microsoft, it's the only name vendor to go after the best-selling iPad directly with head-to-head comparison ads that claim Surface and other Windows tablets are better.

Now Microsoft is upping the ante with a new trade-in program that gives iPad users a minimum of $200 trade-in credit. 

Here's the deal. Microsoft says you can trade in a "gently used iPad 2,3 or 4" at Microsoft stores for a $200 gift card that can be used at the store towards the purchase of a new Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet or other products at the Microsoft Store (it can't be used online). 

Microsoft's Surface RT starts at $349. The 64G [...]

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Microsoft makes Surface tablets available to more IT Resellers

August 16, 2013

Microsoft's Surface reseller program, which debuted in the U.S. last month, has now been extended to 17 other countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK.

"In addition to offering Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage, resellers bring a variety of additional value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection," said Microsoft Surface Director, Cyril Belikoff in a blog post. 

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Microsoft expands Surface tablet reseller program in Canada and Europe

August 15, 2013

Microsoft announced the news in a blog post and confirmed that the Surface tablets come to partners in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

These partners will sell the Surface RT and Pro tablets but will also be able to kit them out with special features in order to entice customers in the enterprise and education sectors.

For example, resellers will be able to offer value-added services such as on-site service and support, device recycling and data protection.

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Microsoft chops $100 off Surface Pro tablets

August 5, 2013

The deal sees the 64GB Surface Pro drop to $799, with the 128GB model falling to $899. The discounts do not include a Touch or Type Cover.

Bar the storage, both models have identical specs including Windows 8 Pro, a 10.6-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display and a third-generation Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM.

However, while the recent Surface RT discounts are permanent, Microsoft has confirmed that these discounts will only run from August 4 to August 29 and will only be available in the U.S, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The deals are now available from Microsoft’s website.

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Devs interest in iOS 7 beta is red hot

June 14, 2013

Chitika, using impressions on its ad network in the U.S. and Canada to determine the share of web traffic that is being generated by devices running iOS 7, found that after three days, the iOS 7 beta is already running on 0.22% of mobile devices. 

That 0.22% three days later is twice as high as interest in the iOS 6 beta more than a month after its release in 2012.

While it may not seem like a high percentage, it's coming from a very specific and limited group – those Apple’s registered developers who’ve paid for the iOS SDK (and possibly some who were able to get it on the grey market).

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McLaren’s Workshop for iPad shows you how to make your own animated film

June 7, 2013

The National Film Board of Canada now offers a complete filmmaking app for would be animators.

In addition to instruction, McLaren's Workshop, now available for the iPad, is a tribute to the work of animation pioneer Norman McLaren, known for the likes of Neighbours and Blinkity Blank.

With the app you can view 51 of McLaren's short films and 11 documentaries about him, but it also includes the tools you need to create your own animated films using three of the techniques he's known for. (Finished works can then be shared on Vimeo).

The app is free. Two additional workshops available in the app cost $2.99 apiece. 

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro can now be found in some retail stores

February 4, 2013

A number of technology blogs are reporting that the Intel-powered tablet can now be found at various retail stores, with Engadget suggesting that the device is already on show at select Staples and Best Buy stores across the U.S. and Canada.

CNET claims to have seen the tablet in action at Microsoft’s retail store in Century City, Los Angeles, and says that the tablet is now listed on Best Buy's website.

The Surface Pro will be available with 64GB ($899) or 128GB ($999) of memory and comes with 4GB of RAM and Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor. The tablet, however, comes without the optional Type Cover ($129) or pressure-sensitive Touch Cover ($109) [...]

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