Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Hands-On

If you’ve been scoping the market lately for a full fledged tablet computer, then the Pro 3 of the Microsoft Surface Series should be right up your alley. According to the latest technology news, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the latest installment of their super tablet line, and quite frankly is pretty impressive considering the extra bucks needed to acquire it.

The Design

With a thinner chassis and slick design, the Surface Pro 3 has managed to pull off a unified device to end all other devices, (for the time being). With a larger 12-inch, 2160×1440 high resolution display, and a aspect ratio of 3:2, the difference in the Surface Pro 3 is immediately noticeable, especially while it’s being used in notebook-style (which is more laptop-like than its previous version. The Surface Pro 3 also feature a cool new kickstand which makes it easier to set up and use, and this version is also optimized for a digital pen, which is a nifty additional.

The Hardware

Considering a thin (9.1mm) chassis, the Surface Pro 3 features some serious hardware. Along with having i-series core options of i3 and i7, the Pro 3 still runs on a 15W Haswell ULT SoC. And if you go for the i5 option, you will get a dual-core/4 thread Haswell part along with a 3MB L3 cache. According to the latest technology news regarding the Surface Pro 3, the top speeds of all variations of its CPU cores are 1.9GHz base frequency and 2.9GHz max turbo, which makes it a pretty impressive machine which is able to perform at low thermals for the serious users. Both 64 and 128 GB of storage come with 4 GB of RAM, while those with 256 or 512 GB storage feature 8 GB of RAM.

Since the keyboard is an important component in all laptop/Tablet devices, the Surface Pro 3 type cover is clearly designed for improved precision for both artists and inkers alike.

For the techno geeks out there, the 64 GB version has more than 36 Gs’ of available disk space, and the 128, 256, and 512 GB variations come with the 96, 211, and 450 GB, respectively. In terms of storage, the 64 GB Surface Pro can be compared to a 32 GB iPad. That being said, the Surface is way more powerful. The surface features a full-size USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort, along with a MicroSD card slot as well, for up 128 GB of additional storage space.

Battery Life
The pen uses a single AAAA battery and two coin cell batteries, while Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 3 features a battery which allows it to get juiced for the whole day after a single charge.

The Verdict
So, the one question that has been bugging some people is the SATA-based drive and why Microsoft hasn’t switched to PCI-E yet. We think that the reason might be that PCI-E SSDs are a bit longer than the mSATA SSDs.

It seems that Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella has taken the route of Apple Inc., which is that using cutting-edge technology only leads to an increase in prices (and not to mention a reduced profit margin). So, if it’s fast enough already, why push the tempo by adding hardware which will only lead to the device being more expensive than it already is.

Bottom Line
Since the latest, MacBook Pro is around 4.5 pounds, (which is one super heavy tablet) and considering all other Tablets, Android or otherwise cannot be considered as super-computers, which is a serious deal breaker especially for the pros, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 seems like the obvious choice for those who want to enjoy the latency and transfer rate of a high-end Tablet computer with real practical usability.


Linn Kiko a Premium Sound System with Superior Sound

There are plenty of speaker systems out at the moment that offer good sound plenty of options for connections from Bluetooth to Apple’s AirPlay and all come at a nice enough price. These focus mostly on having variety and the streaming, and arguably save money in the audio department where though the sound can be above average, to get the best you have to pay a little more money.

The Linn Kiko is a sound system that looks more to the high end of the price scale and concentrates on the audio aspect and the looks of the system which some would argue is just as important. When these systems are made to fit into your living room you need it to look good, and the Linn Kiko definitely fits that bill.

The Kiko sound system is a high end model in not only sound but also looks. With its elegant and fashionable look, with curves in all the right places you should find no problem in fitting this into your living room if this is the placing of choice. Colours available are silver, champagne, blue (dark and light), white and black so there is plenty of choices to fit your personal needs. One drawback (or could be a positive based on your needs for the system) is there are very little controls visible at all, no high tech touchscreen here. Just a blue LED display and power switch, it’s a minimalistic look to fit the design. For most of the functionality you’ll need your computer, smartphone or tablet though there are a few controls available for skipping songs etc. on a remote that is provided.


The main aim of the Kiki is to be able to play your music easily and quickly without having to spend too long installing anything. This is done through your network, so it’s easy to connect to things like AirPlay, internet radio services and music apps like Spotify. Software is provided by Linn (Kinsky software) this allows connection through tablets, smartphone and your computer. One of the surprising things though is there is no wireless internet for the Kiko, it will have to be wired up to your router by an Ethernet cable. This is quite against the minimalist design in a way. What this does though is improves sound quality and connection speed as you’ll have no problems that Wi-fi can sometimes have.

As well as the connection to your router to connect to your network there are also HDMI ports available as well as phono audio and coaxial digital inputs. This means that you can connect the sound system up to your television and Blu-ray player to use the Kiko’s audio system for output. The one problem with the Kiko as hinted above is that there are going to be wires coming out of the system, the speakers for example have quite a thick wire going to each. Part of getting the look of the Kiko right for your home will obviously be finding a place to hide these wires. Once they are hidden of course they won’t cause many problems at all.

Audio Quality
For an expensive audio system like this you’ll be expecting high end sound and that’s what you’ll get with the Linn Kiko. For a system that uses speakers that are quite small the small amplified drives pack plenty of punch and show why the Kiko is such a special system. Ranging from the quiet listening experience to the loud there is still plenty of punch and high quality sound that shows where your money went.

The big problem you’ll have with the Linn Kiko is finding the excuse to spend £2,500($4,048) on it, but for a premium audio system it’s definitely worth it. The drawback of having to use the Ethernet connection to connect to your router and the internet is a drawback but once the system is up and running and you hear the sound quality it makes it worth it.


Make Your Products Known by A Million People Effective Marketing Strategies

Don’t wait at home for your customers to come and buy your products; remember, they are used to choose which to buy through their experiences and what their friends and family members tell them. Here I have some tips about marketing, hope they are helpful to you.

The recommended marketing strategy we are going to talk about is EDM, Email Direct Marketing. The marketing mails we make usually consist of 3 types. The first one is notification type.

Notification Type

Notification type is usually used to notice the customers your new activity, for instance, upgrades or modifies of your website. This kind of mails contains more words than pictures, and its target is often your registered customers. Sometimes, we use notification mails especially when we have no promotional sales for a long time, and to some extend the notification mails express our voices “You haven’t visit our website since last month, why don’t you come and shop around? I promise you won’t regret.” During my tests, I found out that notification mails with portrait are more believable than those without portraits. The portraits can be your CEOs, chairmen or other senior leaders. Make sure the portraits are friendly and professional.

Invitation Type

The second type of marketing mails is invitation. From the name you can easily guess this kind of emails is for attracting and inviting new users to register as your users. As a result, invitation mails have to be designed with great care. It’s the pioneer who drags the customers’ attentions, thus the importance and significance of invitation mails can be ignored in no way. In invitation mails, you exhibit the best and most competitive products and try your best to make your website more reliable because it’s a totally strange one to the receivers. Nowadays, we often add SNS icon at the bottom of a mail, such as twitter, face book or my space. This is convenient but one thing has to be mentioned here is that adding these SNS icons would increase the possibilities of being judged as a junk mail.

Sales Promotion Type

The third type of mails is mostly used during


. Sales promotion mails are usually designed in order to show the unique products and attractive discounts or prices. When sending sales promotion mails, don’t use words like “free”, “free shipping”, or “low price”, they are not attractive anymore and likely to arouse dislike. Don’t emphasize your prices too much; you know that sometimes low prices give the feelings of low qualities, too. Finally, remember to keep a balance between pictures and words. Too many pictures increase the junk mail risk; meanwhile too many words make readers lose their patient.


Make your iPhone Camera Even Better With These Devices

An iPhone user can upgrade their camera with a number of devices.
There’s no need to have more than one camera to capture certain images at a high quality. What are some of the best attachments to purchase? It really all depends on the overall goal a person has whether it be capturing portraits or nature shots. Here are a few ideas to help an interested buyer get some ideas. The Bubblescope is a camera that provides a 360 degree pictures and videos. The images can be posted on a social network and are known as “bubbles”. This device is small and easy to store in a pocket or purse. To install it, the camera screwed into the top of the phone to ensure that images can be captured accurately from places like a moving car or even roller coaster.

Glif is a tripod that is specially designed for iPhones.
It allows an individual to take sharp and breathtaking pictures without worrying about small movements. One common problem with phone cameras is that it’s very easy to create movement that in turn makes a picture fuzzy. Another great panorama camera is known as the Kogeto. It’s a gadget that will actually snap onto the back of the phone to capture the anticipated images. When this is paired with the “looker” app, a cell phone user has the ability to view the images on their screen by swiping to different areas of the actual panorama. This is a great way for viewers to actually see the whole area of a certain place where the picture was taken. The Factron Quattro makes professional photographers think twice about purchasing a large DSLR camera. This device includes a wide range of abilities including a wide lens and fish eye. The device is actually a case for the iPhone so it’s attached quite securely. It will take some of the best pictures without even trying. Cameras have advanced tremendously with the growth of the smart phone industry. More individuals have turned to their phones rather than a bulky camera to capture special moments in their lives. It has proved to be a convenience rather than packing around multiple items.


Campaign Update: Landmines and IEDs

Recently the Global Campaign was asked to write an op-ed column for  During preparation of the column we were asked to clarify the relationship between landmines and IEDs.  This question arose specifically in the context of U.S. House Resolution 190 and our observation that the United Nations issues an annual resolution condemning landmines.

We are publishing this Blog post to give our answer to this question wider distribution and a permanent link for future reference.

Landmines and IEDs are not the same. Unlike landmines, IEDs are not covered under a current international treaty that bans their use. There is also a fundamental difference between the International Committee to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Global Campaign against IEDS. The efforts of the Global Campaign are directed at those who use IEDs for terror and violence and not toward the actions of any legitimate nation. In email communications with the Global Campaign, the ICBL has indicated that IEDs are beyond the scope of their efforts except those that are victim-activated and banned by treaty.

There is however one point at which the landmine and IED issues converge. That is when landmines are used as components in IEDs. This happens when abandoned mine stocks are left uncontrolled and find their way into the black market.

Now back to U.S. House Resolution 190 … supporting this resolution and condemning IEDs will not change anyone’s position on landmines or infer any type of altered ban on their use.


Microsoft receives $ 5 for every phone sold HTC Android

For each sold HTC Android, Microsoft receives $ 5. The company earned more than the licensing of Windows 7 Phone! The wars between manufacturers to blow filings have become a commonplace to the point where we no longer know who attacked whom. You may recall that Microsoft had attacked HTC. In reality, Android as a whole is concerned and therefore all manufacturers. HTC, the situation seemed to be resolved with the release of Windows mobile Phone 7. But in reality, an agreement was reached between both parties quietly, for a license of $ 5 is given for each Android smartphone sold.

If we look at overall sales, HTC had sold around 30 million smartphones since launching the platform from Google. Leaving our calculator, we see that Microsoft has won nearly 150 million dollars! Now compare this figure to 2 million smartphones sold Windows Phone 7. As a reminder, only third party manufacturers provide phones (not yet in Microsoft Phone WP7). However, they must pay a license of $ 15 (excluding negotiations). Let’s start again our calculator, which gives us a total of about 30 million. Comparing these two figures, Microsoft wins five times while watching the Android phone sales rise, by selling its own operating system! Do not forget under WP7 phones from HTC, which makes this a very good builder client for the Redmond giant.

According to a Citi analyst, Microsoft will now seek a license between $ 7.50 and $ 12.50 for each phone Android sold to other manufacturers. But the recent shock Barnes & Noble (creator of Nook) vs. Microsoft, the license will be sought even greater than that applied for mobile Phone Windows 7!

At the Nokia-Microsoft partnership many analysts said the deal was unofficially to combine the portfolios of patents of both companies. The stated objective is clearly to charge licenses to all competitors. There is no evidence so far officially this path, but it will watch closely the next filings.

Google does not require a license for his system, but the prices charged by manufacturers are not necessarily lower than the competition. Are these licenses – which are likely to multiply in the coming months – will raise prices?


Campaign Update 14 November 2012

Congressman Gellegly (R-CA) rejects response to Congressional Letter to President Obama on IEDs and Veterans – On behalf of the 92 bi-partisan members of the House of Representatives, Congressman Elton Gallegly rejected as “inadequate” the response received from Michael A. Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict” and Robert A. Blecksmith, Assistant Director, FBI Critical Incident Response Group. In his November 14, 2012 letter back to the agencies, Congressman Gallegly cited numerous omissions in the letter received and requested a “complete response.”

Gallegly Letter (pdf)

Sheehan-Blecksmith Letter (pdf)

The House Letter to President Obama (pdf)

More information about the House of Representatives Letter to President Obama.


Campaign Update 15 October 2012

Response to Congressional Letter to President Obama has been received – Responding on behalf of President Obama, Michael A. Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict” and Robert A. Blecksmith, Assistant Director, FBI Critical Incident Response Group replied to the letter from 92 Members of Congress to President Obama that called for for a unified U.S. strategy and international action against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as well as steps to support veterans who were victims of IEDs. The undated letter on plain paper failed to address the majority of the issues covered in the Member’s Letter including: designation of a Lead Federal Agency to develop a U.S. Government strategy that coordinates and shares IED event data and other information with the Global Campaign against IEDs; introduction of a United Nations resolution condemning the use of IEDs and calling for international cooperation in prosecuting IED users under international rule of law; and a U.S. Government strategy partnered with Veterans Service Organizations, Military Service Organizations, and other public-private partners to identify the long term physical and psycho-social effects of IED related injuries.

Sheehan-Blecksmith Letter (pdf)

The House Letter to President Obama (pdf)

More information about the House of Representatives Letter to President Obama.


Campaign Update 01 June 2012

Signatories on IED and Veterans’ Letter to President Obama reaches 92 – June 1, 2012 -Twenty-Five more members of the U.S. House of Representatives  today join their colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama calling for a unified U.S. strategy and international action against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  Organizers hope more will join the call. The action follows the recent serious Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula plot to bomb a U.S. –bound airliner with updated and difficult to detect Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed in underwear.


Campaign Update 11 May 2012

Signatories on Letter to President Obama reaches 69 – May 11, 2012 – Sixty-nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives  today sent a letter to President Obama calling for a unified U.S. strategy and international action against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  Organizers hope others will join the call. The action follows this week’s leak of a serious new Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula plot to bomb a U.S. –bound airliner with updated and difficult to detect Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed in underwear.