Designing Surface Pro 4: a chat with a Microsoft hardware lead

At first glance, Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4 doesn't look that much different than last year's Surface Pro 3. But there are a slew of upgrades on the Surface Pro 4, as well as its accessories, that should make for an even better computing experience. It's screen is slightly bigger, the Type Cover feels a lot more like a traditional laptop keyboard and using the Surface Pen now feels like actually putting pen to paper. At Microsoft's huge device launch event in New York City earlier this week, we talked with Dave Mitchell, the senior director of program management for the Microsoft Devices Group, who gave us the lowdown on how his team went about improving on the already great Surface Pro 3. Check out the interview below, and be sure to take a look at our hands-on with the Surface Pro 4.

How to send video wirelessly from your Mac to TV

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Since OS X 10.9 Mavericks owners of the Apple TV have been able to wirelessly mirror their Mac screen to the big screen TV with an AirPlay feature called AirDisplay. There was just one slight problem: you couldn’t stream individual videos without mirroring the whole screen.

Apple has solved this annoyance with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which introduced richer AirPlay support permitting you to send video from Safari and other apps to the Apple TV.... Read the rest of this post here

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Mini review video: our verdict on the new iPhones in under a minute

Mini Review: iPhone 6S / 6S Plus

If you haven't yet read our iPhone 6s and 6s Plus review (and why not?), the whole thing can be summed up in just one sentence: These are the best iPhones Apple has ever made. Kidding! We actually had quite a bit more to say than that. As on last year's models, there are some tradeoffs unique to both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch editions, with the smaller 6s being easier to hold, but the 6s Plus offering longer battery life and optical image stabilization. Other than that, the two have many of the same pros and cons, which ultimately explains why we elected to give each a score of 91 out of 100. In particular, both benefit from faster performance and a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display (yay) but, on the down side, start with a meager 16GB of storage (boo). All told, we recommend both, but the question as to which you should buy boils down to how big a phone you're comfortable using. That's the gist, as recapped in our mini review video above, and if you have time to read up on on the finer points, you can find our full review here.

‘RoboHon’ is the tiny robot smartphone you never knew you needed

Watch the teaser video after the break. Skip along then come back to me. Sharp's RoboHon is so damn adorable, I can't look away from this kawaii singularity. This robot smartphone is also jammed full of skills and features. A projector, articulated animated arms and legs, talkative but in a cutesy Japanese robot sort of way. You're old, Pepper the robot. There I said it.

Source: RoboHon

Watch this: Inside Android’s Easter egg tradition

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Google loves placing Easter eggs in its products. On Android devices, this has been a tradition since the Gingerbread days, wherein a zombie showed up on the screen after repeatedly tapping a menu's setting. That's still the case now, although the results have changed throughout the years to resemble the name of the platform -- Android 4.1, for instance, made room for a bunch of cute, floating jelly beans that you could flick out of your sight. But what's the story behind these Easter eggs? Now you can learn more about it thanks to Nat and Lo, a side-project started by two Google employees (Natalie and Lorraine) to give people an inside look at the company. In the video below, they sit down with Android Framework Engineer Dan Sandler, who shares some insight into Google's long history of Android Easter eggs.

Source: Nat and Lo (YouTube), Android Developers Blog

Video, time-limited images and more coming to Facebook profiles soon

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Facebook is currently testing a brand new look for profile pages on mobile with a small number of iPhone users in the United Kingdom and California.

The upcoming mobile-friendly features were designed to bring Facebook profiles to life with videos, time-limited images, custom layouts and other new features coming soon to everyone, said Facebook.... Read the rest of this post here

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus review: more than just a refresh

Some people look a little unkindly on the so-called "S" years -- those years when Apple updates the iPhone, but doesn't change how it looks, and then sells that while secretly working on something flashier that will debut 12 months later. I don't think that's exactly fair. Those "S" years are when Apple adds some of its most useful features. Siri? Touch ID? Both valuable additions to the iPhone platform that have since grown in importance. This year we get 3D Touch, a potentially awesome way to interact with iPhones. The thing is, a device's worth isn't just tied up in one feature: It's about how all those moving parts work together. That's why the new 6s and 6s Plus (starting at $649 and $749, respectively, for 16GB models) are such great phones. The combination of much-improved hardware and some polished software makes this year's release far more than just a modest refresh.Slideshow-324598

5 awesome 3D Touch tips that you may not know

3D Touch Tips

Now that we’ve had the new iPhone 6s for about a week, it’s time to share a few more 3D Touch tips that we’ve picked up over the last few days. By now, everyone knows about the basic 3D Touch features, but there remain a few usage scenarios that continue to fly under the radar. In this post and video walkthrough, we’ll examine five different 3D Touch gestures that can help make your life easier when using your iPhone 6s. ... Read the rest of this post here

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OS X El Capitan: how to use the new Mission Control

Mission Control OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan now features a redesigned Mission Control that’s smarter and more efficient. Now, all of your apps are easily viewable with just a swipe up gesture on your trackpad. Because OS X now arranges all windows in a single layer,  it’s now easier than ever to see everything that you have open on your Mac.

Mission Control El Capitan also places windows in a position relative to where they currently are on your screen. This makes it easier to quickly locate the specific app that you’re looking for when entering and exiting Mission Control

But that’s not all. Mission Control now allows you to easily place an app on a different desktop or in its own full screen view by simply dragging the app towards the top of the interface. Watch our video walkthrough and see how it all comes together.... Read the rest of this post here

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How to disable the mouse pointer shake gesture in OS X El Capitan

Callout cursor OS X El Capitan

Have you ever woke your Mac up from sleep, and couldn’t find the mouse pointer among the mess of windows and desktop icons. We’ve all been there before.

OS X El Capitan is hoping to help out with that, courtesy of a brand new addition to the OS. It’s certainly not a headline feature, but El Capitan can help you quickly locate your mouse or trackpad pointer by simply shaking your mouse or swiping your finger back and forth on the trackpad in quick succession.

Watch our video inside to see how it works. We’ll also show you where to go to disable the feature in System Preferences.

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