A Month with the Surface Go: Hardware Design and Build Quality

As I mentioned in a previous post, I picked up the higher end of the two Surface Go models right after release, along with a Type Cover and a Surface Pen. I’ve taken my time with the device, and used it in different situations to try to get a feel for it. Being that I am already a Windows user at work who’s had a Lenovo Yoga (original), Yoga 2, and Yoga 720 spanning the last five years, the experience certainly isn’t unfamiliar. The Yoga has been a very good touchscreen ultrabook line since the original, and I have no complaints with it as a laptop.

The Yogas can also be used as tablets, although that experience certainly leaves something to be desired. Frankly, a LOT to be desired. Ultimately, my ambivalence toward touch on Windows based on my experience with what is a good, high-end touchscreen convertible device kept my interest in Microsoft’s Surface products low over the years.

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Ming-Chi Kuo with Some Interesting iPad Pro and Apple Watch Leaks Ahead of Launch Event

Photo Source: MacRumors

Not to be outdone by 9to5Mac and Mark Gurman, Ming-Chi Kuo has leaked some new information (via MacRumors) on the coming iPad Pros, the Apple Watch, and other odds and ends ahead of Apple’s event on Wednesday. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights, and whether they make sense or not.

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Review: Mission Workshop Spec Laptop Sleeve

If you have a laptop or a tablet, you had better have something that provides adequate protection to carry it in. The world is a hard place for electronics, with drops and the weather putting your expensive investment at constant risk. Mission Workshop’s Spec Laptop Sleeve is a good choice that I have been testing recently.

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Review: Sandmarc Photography Edition for iPhone X

I have been using and reviewing iPhone accessory lenses, lens cases, and lens kits going back six years now. I’ve tried products from most of the major brands, and some others that aren’t so well known. All of these photo accessories have one thing in common- they are designed to augment and enhance the already ample capability of the iPhone’s camera.

While Apple and other smartphone manufacturers have done amazing work with the space they have available in these increasingly thin devices, they are ultimately bound by the laws of physics. And that is the reason that photo accessories exist. They take the smartphone camera out of its small shell and add capabilities beyond what are currently possible, even with the big money and magic that Apple puts into its lenses and photo processing software.

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Deals: Takieso Marble Wireless Charger

Wireless chargers are everywhere now. Thanks to Apple finally including wireless charging capability on the latest iPhones, these Qi wireless chargers have an even wider accessory market to address and more people to sell to.

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The Apple Watch is About to Get Bigger, But Will it Grow Up Some More?

Photo Source: 9to5Mac

Over the last week, 9to5Mac has let us know that the coming Apple Watch Series 4 will have both a little larger screen and a higher resolution. The new model’s screen is expected to be edge to edge and the resolution will jump significantly from 312 x 390 to 384 x 480. Both of these improvements will allow users to see more information at a glance (the watch face above is an excellent example), and should give developers more flexibility to create more useful apps for the platform.

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Apple’s iPhone Event is a Week Away, and the Rumors are Flying Fast

At this time one week from now, the dust will all be settled and we will know what the heck Apple is up to. Today, not so much. I thought 9to5Mac’s flurry a weeks ago would take a bit of the air out of rumor silly season, but as today showed, that answer is an emphatic NO.

Here are some of the new predictions of what Apple will be releasing, and the names they will go by. The good, the bad, and the just plain dumb.

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Deals: Nix Mini Color Sensor

A mobile color sensor may not seem all that useful at first, but if you’ve ever had to match a paint color, you might think twice. In fact, when you really think about it, there are several uses for an acurate color sensor. Your eye can only get so close, and your memory is only so good. The Nix Mini Color Sensor, on the other hand, never gets it wrong.

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A Render of the New 12.9″ iPad Pro Surfaces…Maybe

Photo Source: MySmartPrice

Some new reports of the potential upcoming iPad Pros surfaced yesterday. MySmartPrice and noted device leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as Steve H on Twitter, posted a render of the supposed new 12.9″ iPad Pro based on earlier CAD design leaks. I say supposed because both sources are clear that they aren’t 100% sure about this information.

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Deals: Layze Phone Holder

There is no shortage of stands that work with the iPhone, but flexibility of positioning  isn’t a feature that you often find. Most simply hold your phone in one orientation at between one to five different angles. Most are also only designed to be used on a flat, stationary surface. The Layzee Phone Holder from RAWtronics breaks this mold, allowing almost limitless positioning options and the ability to anchor to all kinds of different surfaces.

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In Case There Was Any Doubt, Apple Confirms Their Intentions in AR

You know the old phrase “follow the money?” Well Apple left us a pretty clear trail that came to light this week, and it leads directly to their intentions in Augmented Reality. The rumors that Apple is working toward making a set of stylish and accessible AR glasses have steadily gained steam over the last two years. We even have a report from a reliable source in Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman from last year, talking about Apple working toward a 2020 release date. However, Apple’s recent acquisition of Akonia Holographics is no rumor, and the implications are pretty clear.

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