Month: Jul 2018

Microsoft debuts $399 Surface Go tablet, taking on cheaper iPads

;widows: 2;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;text-decoration-style: initial;text-decoration-color: initial;word-spacing:0px’>The Surface Go has a 10-inch screen, about the same size as the entry-level iPad. At $399 (R5 386), the device is $400 (R5 400) cheaper than the current Surface Pro tablet, but has slower Intel processors and about four hours less battery time, Microsoft said.

The new tablet weighs 521.6 grams, far lighter than existing Surface products. It goes on sale on August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity. Cellular versions are coming later.

Like Microsoft’s earlier devices, the Surface Go will work with an optional keyboard and mouse.

The company announced cheaper versions of both accessories on Monday.

For the first time on Microsoft hardware, the Go will use the USB-C charging standard. The new tablets come in multiple configurations, including 64, 128, and 256 gigabyte storage options and 4 or 8 gigabytes of RAM. Prices range from $399 to more than $549.

The sub-$400 price point is key for Microsoft as it tries to turn its Surface business into a more serious challenger to other computer hardware makers. Cheaper devices can attract students who get comfortable with the technology and spread it to the workplace after they graduate.

That strategy has helped Apple, which unveiled a $299 iPad earlier this year for schools. Google has also seen some success with its low-cost Chromebook laptops.

The Surface Go is still more expensive than the cheapest iPad, but the Go tablet is compatible with professional features, like the detachable keyboard, that are missing on the entry-level iPad. Bloomberg News reported on Microsoft’s new tablet line in May.

Microsoft released a $499 Surface 3 tablet in 2015 but discontinued the product in 2016. The software giant kicked off its consumer hardware push in 2012 with the launch of the Surface RT. These tablets didn’t resonate with consumers, so the company focused more on pricier Pro models.

So far, Microsoft has struggled to make a hit Surface product. The business generated $4.4bn in revenue in the past four quarters. Apple sold $20bn worth of iPads in the same period.


I Lost All of the Contacts on My Cell Phone!

Follow these tips on how to retrieve lost contacts.


“I lost all the numbers on my cell phone when I replaced it. And, no, I don’t have them backed up.”

Casey Sherman, via e-mail

If you have a new iPhone or Android, sync it with Facebook to get the digits of any friends who include their numbers on their profiles, says Carley Knobloch, the host of the tech-focused Web show Digitwirl. For a more curated contact list, e-mail pals a link to with a nice note requesting that they click it as a favor to you. They’ll be prompted to enter their contact info, which will then be sent to your online address book. To transfer the numbers from the Web to your phone, export them as a CSV file (the site shows you how), import that file to your cloud-based e-mail account, and connect your device to your computer with a USB cord. Or, if your eyes glazed over reading that sentence, enter the numbers the low-tech way—by hand.


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