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Microsoft Patents Magnetic Lock for Potential Surface Phone

By Radu Iorga

And today we see another Microsoft patent popping up, this time one that has to do with a special Magnetic Lock for the Surface Phone. I should rather say “presumed Surface Phone”, since we’re not 100% sure of what MS is prepping. Let’s check it out.

Be it Andromeda or some other device, Microsoft is brewing something for sure. This time the patent has to do with the “magnetic block locking of an electronic device”, which describes an unique magnet lock with some useful properties. The magnetic lock sounds like something you’d see on laptops, in order to keep the two halves of a device closed. The problem is that when you turn that into a pocketable device, some issues may arise.

For example, the strong magnetic field may demagnetize or overwrite magnetic swipe cards. Microsoft invented a strong magnet on a pivot with torsion spring, which is able to rotate on the pivot when the two halves are brought closer together. A stronger lock in the closed position is thus provided, with minimal magnetic field in the open position. A rotating magnet has other appeals, like being able to rotate in both directions, so you can keep the device closed in both the zero degree position and when opened at 360 degrees.

 

Microsoft also wants to use a similar type of magnetic lock in the hinge area of the device, where it may lock the device in an 180 degree open position securely. Of course, a patent doesn’t mean that this will be used in real life, but it’s surely a hint about it.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Launched India, Priced at $999 and Up

By Radu Iorga

India may be Lenovo’s playing field, since they’re getting solid results on the tablet market, but Microsoft also wants a foothold there. As such, they’re debuting locally the Microsoft Surface Pro, a move that was expected for many months now. The product starts at $999.

Launched in USA last summer, the Surface Pro tablet took its time to get to India. Interestingly, Microsoft skipped the first two generations of Surface in India, but the Surface Pro 3 and Pro 4 came there in January 2016. The Surface Book still isn’t available there. The starting price of $999 brings locals an Intel Core m3 model, with 128 GB of SSD storage, 4 GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 615.

There’s also a Core i5 version with 128 GB of SSD storage at $1230. You can go as high as Intel Core i7, 512 GB of SSD and 16 GB of RAM, plus Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 for $2814. The new Surface Pro will be available on Amazon and Flipkart, plus leading offline stores, like Croma, Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales and other retailers. For commercial customers, the slate will come to over 130 commercial resellers.

Accessories are also available, like the Surface Pro Type Cover (black), Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, Surface Pen and Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse.

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Microsoft Accidentally Unveils Windows 10 on ARM Limitations

By Radu Iorga

Today’s news is marked by a rather atypical blunder from Microsoft, who unveiled a list of limitations for the Windows 10 on ARM platform. Turns out that some driver incompatibilities may occur and we detailed them below.

Windows 10 on ARM debuted last fall, with the promise of bringing always on LTE connectivity to laptops and also 20+ hours of battery life. Some models are even predicted to have 30 hours of battery life. Now there were obvious limitations to be expected, with people worrying about x86 compatibility most of all.

Microsoft managed to leak a full list of limitations for the platform, which they also quickly deleted. The list, shown in full here reveals that Windows 10 on ARM will only support ARM64 drivers. This is a problem with people with older peripherals or accessories.

Windows 10 on ARM doesn’t quite allow emulation of x86 apps, but apparently that’s also coming at some point. Another problem on the list is the fact that apps and games that need OpenGL version 1.1 or latter won’t work on the platform. Also, those new fangled games with anti cheat technology also will not work on it.

Right now, Qualcomm, Microsoft, HP, Lenovo and ASUS are working together to make this project happen. Frankly speaking none of the drawbacks above bothers me terribly if I get 20 hours of battery life and LTE.

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Surface Pen Gets New Patent Showing Touch Sensitive Retention Clip

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft is looking into new and improved ways of storing the Surface Pen with its Surface devices and make it interact better with them. A fresh patent details that. The documents hint that the company will make the pen sport a sort of scroll touch mechanism.

The new patent awarded to Microsoft this week shows a touch sensitive technology on the retention clip of the stylus. That one is placed at the top of the Surface Pen and it allows the accessory to serve as an improved input device. One application shown in the Microsoft patent involves using the retention clip as a “scroll wheel” replacement, which lets users navigate long lists and web pages.

There’s also the option of using the retention clip as a wake up button for the pen. This lets the pen save power and operate in a low power mode. It’ll only be turned on when pressure is applied to clip. An extra scroll feature on a pen is a smart feature and with the finger input and the Dial, interactions are about to get more complicated on the go.

Any extras would make the pen thicker, though, which makes it less comfy, so we’re hoping they integrate the touch part in a seamless manner.

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