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#1503159 --- 08/10/17 01:45 PM Good, Bad & Ugly
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Consumer Reports - Don't Buy Microsoft Surface:

Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation of Microsoft's Surface line of laptops and 2-in-1s, following a survey of its users suggesting that the machines aren't reliable enough. Specifically, the "predicted reliability" is worse than other brands, the magazine says.

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/consumer-reports-microsoft-surface-recommendation
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#1503161 --- 08/10/17 01:47 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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I have a surface pro, it's quite nice.

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#1503162 --- 08/10/17 01:50 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Apple’s iPads and Laptops are ‘Most Reliable’, says Consumer Reports:

"People like to say Apple is more expensive and that’s why it can afford to be good about fixing stuff, but when it comes to these product it isn’t like you are getting what you pay for. The Surface Laptop starts at $999 while the Book costs from $1,119. Apple’s iPad range, meanwhile, starts at just $649 for an iPad Pro.

The inescapable conclusion surely has to be that Apple’s tablets are cheaper, less fault-ridden, faster, iOS and Mac compatible and ship with better tech support – just a better deal all round."


Story:
http://www.applemust.com/apples-ipads-and-laptops-are-most-reliable-says-consumer-Reports/
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#1503163 --- 08/10/17 01:53 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: DR. D]
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Originally Posted By: DR. D
I have a surface pro, it's quite nice.

CR reports a failure rate of 25% over two years. Hopefully you're in the 75 percentile.
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#1503164 --- 08/10/17 02:04 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Surface has been flawless, have an Ipad as well works perfect. Use the tool for the job your doing, that's what I say.

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#1503165 --- 08/10/17 02:05 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Father of passwords regrets the advice he gave:

Commentary: Bill Burr thought he gave the right advice about password creation. He's decided he was wrong.

The former National Institute of Standards and Technology manager is regarded as the father of the modern password.

In 2003, he advised all government departments that passwords should be an entirely random string of letters and symbols. The sorts of things that (you'd imagine) no one could guess and you could never remember.

It turned out that these are easier for hackers to crack than, say, weird words that you can actually remember. Like "gobbledegook." Or "nincompoop."

Article:
https://www.cnet.com/news/father-of-passwords-bill-burr-regrets-the-advice-he-gave/
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#1503166 --- 08/10/17 02:19 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Android vs iOS - Which is more secure?:

"They’re both selling by the millions, with no sign of slowing down, but there are big differences between the iOS and Android mobile platforms – not least in the array of security threats they face, and the ways in which they attempt to mitigate them. You’re never totally secure when using a mobile device on either platform, but should the security conscious be choosing one over the other?"

Story:
https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-mobile-android-vs-ios-which-is-more-secure.html
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#1503167 --- 08/10/17 02:23 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Microsoft Surface reliability problem - It’s more than hardware and software:

"Consumer Reports yanked the “Recommended” imprimatur for Surface devices — but Microsoft’s service should be sent to the woodshed, too."

http://www.computerworld.com/article/321...d-software.html
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#1503168 --- 08/10/17 02:31 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Recommended Linux distros 2017:

For beginners, connoisseurs and veterans alike.

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/best-linux-distro-five-we-recommend-1090058
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#1503169 --- 08/10/17 02:42 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Best Desktop Computers 2017:

"Packing more power and flexibility than laptops, and more stylish designs than in the past, desktops are still an appealing option. Here are some of our recent favorites along with some free shopping advice."

Review:
https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372609,00.asp
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#1503170 --- 08/10/17 02:47 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Best Laptops 2017:

"When shopping for a laptop, there's a lot to consider. To help you choose a system, we've put our up-to-date list of favorite notebooks, along with five points to keep in mind when choosing a system."

Review:
https://www.laptopmag.com/best-laptops
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#1503174 --- 08/10/17 05:43 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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You do realize that Consumer Reports pulled data specifically for the Surface Pro 4 only, I have a 3 still a workhorse.


Secondly unlike Apple and their pay for any support model Microsoft is not that way. I know folks who have brought out of Warranty units to the Microsoft store and received new ones at no cost.

Now if you want to talk laptops my personal monster is an Alienware 17inch intel I7, so fast, so furious.

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#1503248 --- 08/12/17 08:05 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: DR. D]
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You do realize that Consumer Reports pulled data specifically for the Surface Pro 4 only, I have a 3 still a workhorse.

What evidence are you basing that statement on? Not saying that you're wrong, just interested in establishing the veracity of that. While I don't recall where, I recall recently reading that, in fact, CR was indeed using series 3s in their survey data.

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Secondly unlike Apple and their pay for any support model Microsoft is not that way. I know folks who have brought out of Warranty units to the Microsoft store and received new ones at no cost.

As have I with a couple brief phone calls to Apple. Twice on separate iPhones and twice on a loaded 27" iMac. Two years out of warrantee in fact. Apple's support is consistently rated second to none.

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Now if you want to talk laptops my personal monster is an Alienware 17inch intel I7, so fast, so furious.

No doubt a screamer.

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#1503325 --- 08/13/17 02:23 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: DR. D]
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Originally Posted By: DR. D
You do realize that Consumer Reports pulled data specifically for the Surface Pro 4 only,

Incorrect:

Consumer Reports extrapolated reliability reports from products like the Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, and early Surface Book—all of which suffered from some hardware flaws—to unrelated products like the Surface Laptop, which wasn’t even in production during the time of the survey.

The question is whether, in an analogous situation, a Chevrolet Malibu sedan that had suffered repeated manufacturing defects would cause the publication to stop recommending the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. While a specific warning about the Surface Book might be defensible, claiming that a quarter of Book and Laptop buyers will experience problems seems like a leap of logic.


Can past Surface performance predict the future?

Consumer Reports, which bases its reliability reports on surveys that it sends to its subscribers, compiled data on 90,741 tablets and laptops that its members bought from 2014 until the beginning of 2017, it said. That data included devices from a variety of manufacturers, including Microsoft Surface devices.

The reliability predictions represent extrapolations made from data reported on older devices, such as the Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, and other devices sold during that time, the CR report said. Actual problems that consumers experienced included freezing or unexpected shutdowns, and touchscreens that weren’t responsive enough, the publication said. Using that past data, Consumer Reports then generated a reliability rating for the brand as a whole."


http://www.pcworld.com/article/3215232/t...ace-models.html

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Nonetheless, I can't say as the methodology actually applied by CR is the best way to provide a comprehensive rating of the product(s).
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#1503363 --- 08/14/17 12:28 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Leaked Microsoft memo points to high initial return rates for Surface Book & Surface Pro 4.

Problems with the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 may be responsible for Consumer Reports's recent decision not to recommend the Surface line as a whole, a leaked Microsoft memo suggests:

http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/08/1...k-surface-pro-4
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#1503422 --- 08/15/17 04:01 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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100 COOLEST Tech Gadgets of 2017.

Think - invincible action cameras, waterproof Bluetooth speakers, a mobile printer, a compact phone charger, and more:

http://www.bestproducts.com/tech/g864/cool-tech-products-you-need/?slide=1
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#1503423 --- 08/15/17 04:05 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Most secure browsers of 2017.

All browsers claim to be secure these days, so is there any point in using one that majors on its security?

http://www.techworld.com/security/best-8-secure-browsers-3246550/
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#1503902 --- 08/22/17 05:33 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Verizon's always-on throttling is an affront to customers and net neutrality.

Anyone who uses Verizon is now going to have a worse experience streaming video:

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/22/veri...source=Facebook
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#1503966 --- 08/23/17 09:16 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Android Oreo is wreaking havoc with people’s Bluetooth

The final beta of Android Oreo is out for Pixel and Nexus owners, which means that there’s more people than ever running experimental software on their day-to-day devices.

So it really shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that Google’s forums are blowing up with complaints about Oreo wrecking Bluetooth connectivity. But it sure doesn’t bode well for Google rolling out Oreo to everyone any time soon.


Story:
http://bgr.com/2017/08/23/android-oreo-bluetooth-problems/
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#1504049 --- 08/24/17 07:13 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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Originally Posted By: Timbo

Android Oreo is wreaking havoc with people’s Bluetooth

The final beta of Android Oreo is out for Pixel and Nexus owners, which means that there’s more people than ever running experimental software on their day-to-day devices.

So it really shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that Google’s forums are blowing up with complaints about Oreo wrecking Bluetooth connectivity. But it sure doesn’t bode well for Google rolling out Oreo to everyone any time soon.


Story:
http://bgr.com/2017/08/23/android-oreo-bluetooth-problems/


I guess that's the good part about being on Verizon, they won't give us the update for Galaxy phones for a good long time. (yes I finally switched)

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#1504136 --- 08/26/17 11:29 AM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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The Essential Phone Is Too Expensive to Have a Camera This Bad:

https://gizmodo.com/the-essential-phone-is-too-expensive-to-have-a-camera-t-1798408448
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#1505031 --- 09/22/17 12:03 PM Re: Good, Bad & Ugly [Re: Timbo]
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DxO Labs Says iPhone 8 Plus Has Best Smartphone Camera They've Ever Tested:

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/22/dxomark-iphone-8-plus-best-smartphone-camera/
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