Ok, there’s lots of Microsoft news today because they had an event in New York at which they unveiled some pretty cool looking stuff. The biggest news today was about Surface Studio, Microsoft’s first ever desktop PC. It’s an all in one PC like the IMAC, all of its components are held in a single base and monitor unit, but hey guys it does more than the IMAC, all right?It’sets a 28-inch display with 13.5 million pixels at a 4500 x 3000 resolution. With its ‘zero gravity’ hinge, you can adjust the screen height from upright to flat, making it easy to use the Surface Pen, which, yes, Studio supports. Microsoft also unveiled the very cool ‘Surface Dial’ to go along with Surface Studio as well as the Surface Pros and Books actually. It’s a deal that is in line with the functionality of a mouse and keyboard, but makes graphic design and other working tasks more accessible. You can use it on your desk like a keyboard or put it directly on the screen to interact easily with your project. For specs on the Surface Studio, there’s Intel Core i5 and i7 options with an NVIDIA 980 4GB GPU, 32 GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. There are 4 USB 3.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort, an SD card slot, and ethernet port. You can pre-order now for a shipping date of December 15th starting at $3000.
Also, at the Microsoft event, the company told the world about the Surface Book i7. As you can probably guess, the new Surface Book has a Core i7 as well as twice the graphics performance of the original Surface Book with a Geforce GTX 965m video, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also includes a larger battery said to last 16 hours, which is quite a bit longer than the 1 minute one on the Surface Pro 3. The inside has a new thermal system with a second fan and the laptop design has the 2-in-1 design of the original with the detachable PixelSense touchscreen, full keyboard, and the compatible Surface Pen, of course. You can also pre-order this now for $2400 and it ships on November 10th.
Ok, and a few more things from the Microsoft event. First, the Windows 10 Creators Update, mostly 3D stuff, like the 3D version of the classic program Paint. It will allow you to scan objects from the real world with the ‘Capture 3D tool’ and bring them into a 3D environment. Once you create an object or scene, you can convert it to a format that easily be 3D printed. There is also a community pane that allows you to find and pull in creations from other users. Additionally, in 3D paint, you can turn your 2D doodles into 3D ones. The creations can also be viewed in 360 degrees with the Hololens. There’s also 3D in PowerPoint now where you can integrate 3D objects from a 3D clipart library, and then layer movements into your presentation. And ya, Microsoft promises to implement 3D into is most popular application this coming year. There’s more to the Creators Update, so check that out, but this 3D stuff looks pretty awesome to me, even though I’m terrible at art and design and stuff.
Ok ok, last thing, Microsoft announced that it will bring Windows 10 VR headsets down to $299. The headsets will have six-degrees of freedom, so you won’t have to be tethere down to system. There aren’t many other details yet, but Microsoft announced that it is partnered with Asus, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo to bring a wide range of Windows 10 VR headsets to the market next year.
All right, that’s enough Microsoft stuff for one day. Let’s get to some Shorter News Stories…said more Quickly than those other ones.
A YouTuber shared a screen grab showing a conversation supposedly between VR developers about the spread of eye herpes at VR demonstration events. This is just a rumour, but….I’ve done quite a few demonstrations now.
The Apple Airpods are being delayed a little longer than the late October release window because they need a little more time to make them ready for your ears, said an Apple spokesperson, in a pretentious way. Also, there’s a big Apple event tomorrow.
Google Fiber has cut 9% of its staff and paused fiber plans in 11 cities since it has not reached its subscriber goals and Fiber construction is a costly endeavor. It is, however, not the end of Google Fiber.
And Xiaomi has announced the Xiaomi Mi Mix featuring a 6.4-inch screen, which is basically bezelless, with a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio. It has a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4400mAh battery, and a 16MP rear camera. The phone doesn’t have a call speaker, but used a technology that employs the acoustics of the phone’s design to send electrical signals to create sound in the ear when on a call. I mean, even if that doesn’t end up working very well, at least it sounds cool!
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the ncix forum post linked in the description.
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