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Microsoft Surface is Glue-Heavy and Unrepairable

The Microsoft Surface Laptop seems a little odd when it comes to target audience. It is also odd that with the repairability of the Microsoft Surface tablet being pretty solid, they decided to glue everything in the Surface Laptop to make it literally unrepairable. While there are some benefits to this design, hardware does fail, and unless you ship it back to Microsoft for warranty, the chances are good that it will become a very pricey paperweight.

Teardown is the word of the day, and today we plan to dive into Microsoft's new Surface Laptop. Will this carpeted Alcantara clad laptop excel in our teardown room? The power is in our hands. Let's get to the point... Ladies and gents, it's teardown time! And there's even more where that came from! Check out our Surface Pro 5 teardown to get your fill of all the latest Microsoft hardware.


Source: iFixit

Buy One Get One Free: Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is pushing hard to get their devices into the hands of as many people as possible and with the latest buy one, get one free deal applying to the Galaxy S8, there isn't a better time to buy one than now - if you're a T-Mobile customer. That is pretty much the only requirement in order to get this deal. The second device is free with an instant rebate, so  there will be no waiting to get money back or bill credit.

Unlike other deals, where you had to activate a new line or lease both phones, Samsung’s offer just requires that you activate one of the two S8s on an existing T-Mobile line through Samsung’s website, after which the company will issue you a $750 refund to cover the second phone on your original method of payment within seven to 10 days.

Source: TheVerge 

The PC WIns E3 Thanks to Microsoft

Thanks to Microsoft and a few of their upcoming titles, the PC had a very strong showing this year at E3. In fact, the PC has more games coming in 2017 tha either of the big mainstream consoles and far more than the Nintendo Switch. While the Switch is a solid device in its own right, it's kind of embarrasing to see how few titles actually make it to Nintendo's latest platform. The PC is alive and well, and looks like it will continue for the rest of the year at least.

Of course there’s been a bit of a surprising twist at E3 this year, as Microsoft chose to shift focus from Xbox exclusivity to a shared Windows 10/Xbox One environment, causing a nice boost to the PC as a platform when it comes to the sheer number of big titles it’ll see in the coming months. This move is hardly surprising, considering that as far as platforms go Windows 10 and the Xbox One are as close to cousins as any gaming systems can get, but the result is a huge win for PC gamers, who are rewarded with more new titles rolling out from the big names in the industry for PC than any other gaming platform.

Source: GameCrate

Atairi Working on New Game Console

The word on the street is that Atari is working on a new game console. The word is further solidified by the CEO of Atari confirming the rumor. My fear is that the Atari will simply be a miniturized version of the Atari 2600 and have a bunch of pre-loaded retro games that seem to be all the rage these days. While the idea is nice, the amount of time people play retro games is quite limited and while the nostalgia is great, the experience often isn't. Time will tell what they lauch - hopefully later this year.

Source: VentureBeat

iPad Pro is Clear Example that Apple is #2

Microsoft has come out and made the complaint official. The iPad Pro is a rip-off of the Surface series of products from Microsoft. This puts Apple as a copier, not an innovator and while we've known this for years, it's not often that a Microsoft executive will come out and tell it like it is. The thing that makes the iPad Pro less of an option over the Microsoft Surface is that the iPad Pro still runs a mobile OS and therefore is limited when it comes to overall functionality. The Microsoft Surface, on the other hand, has a full OS and is much more usable for mainstream and workstation tasks.

Surface Pro, Laptop, and Book are the company's mobile computers, but Microsoft has recently launched its all-in-one Surface Studio as well. Business Insider asked Gavin whether the iMac Pro — just unveiled at Apple's WWDC developer conference earlier this month — would prompt Microsoft to follow suit and make a machine more suited for people demanding raw power.

Source: BusinessInsider

Spotify Tops 140 Million Users

Spotify is on the way up in a hurry. Back in March, they claimed to have 50 million monthly users - which is the same amount that Netflix has in the USA - not a bad crowd at all. Things have been heating up since then however, as they now have nailed the 140 million user mark. While this seems like a fantastic service, currently Spotify hasn't secured licensing deals with Sony or Warner music, and until that happens, they are just one meeting from virtual oblivion. With this kind of user base, Sony and Warner think they can milk the service, and that in turn could push it deeper in debt and into the pages of history as another failed streaming service.

The numbers are truly massive, and they show just how much of a lead Spotify has over Apple Music, which recently announced it has 27 million subscribers. Given its subscriber growth rate, Spotify should have no trouble keeping its lead as the biggest paid music streaming service over Apple. But while that may be comforting to Spotify, right now its troubles are largely financial.

Source: TheVerge

YotaPhone 3 is Coming

It's been a while since the original YotaPhone was launched and the dual-screen (one LCD and one e-Ink) device showed promise. The YotaPhone 2 was a worth successor as it had a solid hardware package as well as better screens front and back. Now the YotaPhone 3 is coming and while I hoped for a mid-range to high-end device to help curb my eBook reader and mutlimedia desires, it looks like the YotaPhone 3 is going to be mid-range at best. The phone will be priced my more attractively though - which I'm sure is the biggest reason for the lower specs. 

Now, a couple months after its last update in May, at an event in China, the firm has once again announced that the YotaPhone 3 is coming. Although the company was fairly mum about a majority of the details of the handset, it did manage to give pricing, which should see the phone come in at $350 for the 64GB version, while the 128GB model will arrive at $450. Naturally, like its predecessor, the handset will arrive with a dual screen, one full color and the other being an E-ink.

Source: Neowin

Tech stocks dropping, Apple leading the way

Technology stocks have been taking a beating in the past few weeks and Apple is leading the way with investors dumping shares at a higher than normal pace. Apple had been riding a pretty good surge for quite some time but has seen a 7% drop in the past 5 days alone. Alphabet (Google), Facebook, and Amazon have al seen 4-5% drops during the same period as for some reason investors are trying to shed technology shares from their portfolios. A few of these companies are probably a bit inflated in their values so it was a matter of time before this happened but only time will tell how much the big technology players lose in stock value before it bottoms out. Reuters has the story.

Shares of Apple have been more bruised than those of other Silicon Valley heavyweights by a technology stock selloff this week, with many on Wall Street cautious following the iPhone maker's rally in recent months.

While its stock may not appear expensive in terms of expected earnings, some investors believe further gains in Apple will be less likely as an expected iPhone launch approaches.

"Anticipation of a new iPhone has been out there for a while now, and maybe we're entering a period where the stock is topped out," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York. Apple accounts for about 4.5 percent of his firm's equity exposure.

Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Not sure who saw this coming but Amazon has announced that they'll be buying the Whole Foods chain of grocery stores in a deal worth $13.7 billion dollars. In a way it's a bit ironic that the company (Amazon) that's killed numerous brick and mortar stores is now buying up brick and mortar stores, but more often that not it seems like Amazon has a pretty good plan before they make any acquisitions. Whole Foods will continue to operate as a separate unit of Amazon, but it's probably a safe bet to say that we'll see some collaboration and options for Amazon customers to order Whole Foods products online in the near future. CNN Money has the full story.

The online retail giant announced Friday that is buying organic grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash. The deal values Whole Foods at $42 a share, 27% higher than where the stock was trading Thursday.

Amazon said Whole Foods stores will continue operating under that name as a separate unit of the company. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey will stay on to lead Whole Foods, which will keep its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

The deal shows Amazon's interest in moving into the business of operating traditional brick-and-mortar stores, even as many retailers that have been crippled by Amazon's growth have announced a series of store closings.

Weekly Tech Update #402 - Microsofts Xbox One XOXOX

We have just posted up Episode #402 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode, we will be discussing Apple launches the HomePod to a bunch of puzzled people, Microsoft shows off the Xbox One X, and is Microsoft getting ready to jump into the mobile market for the 16th time? We have those stories and more at the links below...


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