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Surface Book not gliding as smooth as it had hoped – Bugs and Hardware issue galore!

Problems have Surfaced
The Surface Book has only been on the streets for about 24 hours and has already received a wave of complaints and reports of serious bugs. This is very bad news for Microsoft as this is their first official laptop. A large group of Surface Book owners have started spreading the word of their dissatisfaction on online forums. The biggest problem is that the problems are not just limited to software bugs that can be fixed by a quick update in the near future. A lot of the complaints being voiced are about faulty or down right failing hardware. TechRadar has summed up a long list of issues that have Surfaced, pun intended.

  • Dead on arrival (or badly limping on arrival) Surface Books
  • Random crashes and lockups
  • Surface Book systems working fine until they’re updated, following which they fail to load
  • Surface Book systems failing to boot when in the dock
  • Detaching the Surface Book from the dock results in an error (the most common being related to SearchUI)
  • Weird screen color temperature issue when scrolling web pages (see video below)
  • Random display driver errors displayed every 10 to 20 minutes
  • Random trackpad freezes
  • Problems physically connecting/disconnecting the dock, with some users ending up with the screen half-disconnected
  • A screen wobble due to a weight imbalance between the screen and keyboard
  • No ambient light sensor controlling the brightness of the backlit keys, something that most laptops – especially premium models – have these days
  • No quad-core CPU option for those wanting more power
  • Concerns about the strength of the hinge

Lets see if Microsoft can pull it together, but we have our doubts…

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The Big Release – Apples big Show

All those goodies!

Apple recently held is yearly product event in which it flashed the world with its new fancy toys. In this post we will be looking at just what has been given to us to enjoy for the coming year. The event was held in Cupertino. Tim Cook started with his yearly routine of telling us just how great Apple is and how they have had an amazing year of sales. Non of this of course is a lie because Apple have truly been on roll lately.
So lets dig in. Apple started us off with the new iPad Pro. This iPad is both larger and faster than all other iPad’s on the market. The screen comes to a total of 12.9 inches. The screen has a ipad-progreat resolution of 2756 x 1768 which can rival most high end laptop screens out there. In addition, the iPad Pro comes with the newest A9X processor chip set. This chip should be 1.8 times faster than its predecessor.

The iPad Pro comes in at 6.9 millimeters thick and weighs a little over 700 grams. Using this iPad in combination with the newest Smart keyboard cover, you can almost start to question the need for a laptop. The cover and the keyboard are ipad-pro-keyconnected via the smart port. Apple has also introduced the Apple pencil which feels a lot like the S Pen from Samsung. Apple gave use some great examples of the use of this pencil during their keynote session.

The prices of the iPad Pro and its accessories, like we are used to from apple, are not light on the wallet. The 32GB version comes in at just under 800 Dollars, 799 to be exact. The 128GB version will cost you 949 Dollars, the 4G version a bump up too 1079. Keyboard and Pencil will add up too 259 Dollars for the set and can be bought separately for 169 for the keyboard and 99 for the pencil.


Next on the list is Apple TV. In short, Apple TV turns your home TV set into a big iPhone or iPad. This is what we have been able to learn from Tim Cooks presentation about the device. It will allow you to stream video, apps and browse on your TV. For the 32GB version you will have to dish out 149 Dollars, the 64GB will come in at 199 Dollars. apple-tv-2015




Last but most definitely not least, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The key features of this device are: 4.7-inch, 326ppi LCD; 7.1mm thick; 143g; 1.8GHz Dual-Core; 2GB RAM; 16/64/128GB storage ; 12-megapixel iSight camera; 5-megapixel Facetime HD camera. The new S variant of the iPhone 6 is once again a fast and smooth looking device. As always it has no change in exterior besides a little added weight and 0.2 mm thickness. The screen once again looks amazing and the besides this there is very little to say about the device.iphone-6s-6splus


Tablets – Tablets – Tablets Review

Here is a great compilation review of all the newest tablets out there. If you, like many others, are just not sure which tablet you really want, then this might be perfect for you. Check out the guys from: Zeo221

China is the fuel on the fire for Apple – Not the watch

downloadA great article written by Engadgets Senior editor: Chris Velazco about the true drivers of growth for Apple:

“It’s that time again — Apple just dropped its Q3 2015 earnings and despite missing Wall Street’s always-lofty expectations, it’s been a solid three months of growth thanks to the two usual suspects. Say it with us now, folks: It’s all thanks to the iPhone and China. (If you’re the sort who cares, Apple just missed most Wall Street estimates by posting earnings of $1.85 per share.)

Just under 27 percent of the 49.6 billion dollars in revenue Apple generated in the past three months was thanks to Greater China, which is more than double the amount of the pie the country accounted for this time last year. (The addition of a ritzy, massive new Apple store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong should help wealthy mainlanders get their fix that much easier, too). Meanwhile, iPhones were still far and away the most sought after gadgets in Apple’s portfolio with 47.5 million moved in a single quarter — not quite as much as last quarter’s blowout but a big lift over the year before. To hear CEO Tim Cook tell…”

For the full article, please visit:


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6 Things you didnt know you could do with your iPad

Let’s be honest with ourselves, most of us use our iPad for the basic tasks that require very little knowledge of the machine at your finger tips; browse the internet, check mail and the occasional game. Do not worry, you are not alone and GlobalGadgets gas you covered with all the things you didn’t know!

Lets begin:ipad-mini-preview-pic

1. Use your iPad as a card table

What?! Yeah. Next time your friends are over and you are looking for a deck of cards, just use Card Table app. The app turns your iPad into a card table, and players use their iPhones to hold cards in their hand. If you want to feel like you are truly part of the next generation, then this is what will help with exactly that.

2. You can create a virtual home or sleep button

You can now create easy access virtual versions of all your iPads physical buttons such as home, sleep, volume, or lock screen.

To enable Assistive Touch, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch and turn the feature on.

3. Switch between apps quicker than you could have possibly imagined

The Apple iPad is much larger than the iPhone. It therefore also comes with some neat added finger features. You can switch between apps quickly by using four or five fingers and dragging them sideways in any direction. Using four fingers and making a pinch motion you can also close the app quickly.

To enable the feature, go to Settings, toggle on Multitasking Gestures, and you are all set.

4. Darken the colors of your iPad

Theres transparency all over in iOS 7, but you can darken things up by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase Contrast.  Once there, you can chane the colours and transparency however you like. Enjoy!

5. Turn your iPad and iPhone into an arcade and controller

This one has to be my all time favourite (I am a bit of a gamer). With the Joypad app, you can play over 50 arcade-style games on your iPad using your iPhone as a controller. Now I am not a big fan of using a touch screen as a controller but I can see how I would enjoy this on a long flight when there are very few options available to me otherwise.

Just download the Joypad Game Console for iPad (Free), and the Joypad Game Controller (Free) for your iPhone.

6. Inverted colours for night reading

Do you find your screen to bright when you want to have a read in bed? Dimming your screen just makes you need to squint and isn’t a great option for your eyes. With this setting it will turn the white to black and the black to white. Easy reading and easy on your eyes.

To invert colors on your iPad, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and toggle on Invert Colors.


These are just a few of the cool tricks you can do with your iPad. Dig a little deeper in the web and I am sure you will find some awesome stuff. The Telegraph has a few nice tips. Check it out here!

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