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Repair shop iFixit has been busy with tablets these past few weeks. The website has put a number of popular slates under the screwdriver and rated them based on its own criteria of repairability.
As covered here a couple of weeks back, the experts over at iFixit tore down a Surface Pro in order to find out just how difficult it was to repair (as well as gain insight on construction)
This pretty much makes it the lowest possible score a device can get in iFixit’s rankings, meaning repairing or fixing a broken Surface Pro is a really tough challenge — unless you are MacGyver.
Now the folks over at the website have put together a Tablet Repairability list, and the Surface Pro takes its position as the solitary member of the 1 point club. According to the teardown analysis, it has tons of adhesive that holds everything in place and opening the unit risks shearing the display cables.
On the positive side of things, the battery is not soldered to the motherboard.
The tablet’s cousin, Surface RT, got 4 points, putting it easier to fix than the iPad 2, 3, 4 and Mini. The RT got the extra points owing the fact that its battery is easily replaceable. It lost a few as well because the device is very difficult to open and the LCD, which is fused to the front of the glass.
At the end of the day, this at least shows that the Surface tablets are solidly built.
And while Microsoft covers most mishaps by warranty there may be cases when advanced users may want to tinker with the underlying hardware, repair or modify a certain component. If they do, they will have quite a task at their hands, this much is certain.
Microsoft: Expect Another Major Anti-Google Attack From U.
If you think the Scroogled campaign was all there was to it, think again. With Microsoft’s anti-Google campaign about to come to an end, the company is gearing on a second version.
Most of you may be well familiar by now with Redmond’s efforts against Google — the software titan has published ads all around and even put up a petition to gather user signatures, bringing to attention what it calls privacy invasion from the search engine giant.
Giants and titans, eh, what not to expect!
Now Microsoft’s Senior Director of Online Services, Stefan Weitz recently talked to radio and TV station KQED that while the Scroogled campaign is about to come to an end, the company has in fact lined up a second version of its anti-Google push.
The idea for the first actually came about after Roper Center for Public Opinion Research put out the results of a poll that showed seven out of ten respondents did not agree with scanning emails for advertising purposes.
In fact, a Microsoft representative talking to BGR said in a statement that the company has no intentions to stop its anti-Google ads, pointing to the number of users who are backing the company:
“More than 3.5 million people visited Scroogled.com, and over 114k signed a petition asking Google to stop going through their Gmail. While the ad portion of this phase of the consumer education campaign has finished its scheduled run, this important conversation about privacy continues, and so does this important consumer choice.”
Additionally, the company followed up by releasing an updated statement to The Verge, confirming that the next version of its Scroogled campaign is about to go live soon:
“Scroogled will go on as long as Google keeps Scroogling people. We know Google doesn’t like it when the facts come out. Chapter two of the consumer education campaign has shown people care about their privacy. More than 3.5 million people visited scroogled.com, and nearly 115,000 people signed a petition asking Google to stop going through their Gmail. Stay tuned for the next chapter.”
Stay tuned we will. In the meantime, the Scroogled website is up and running if you want to take a look at the latest. If all goes according to plan the next version should pop up here in the near future.
So then, what’s your take on the Scroogled campaign, how effective it was, and should Redmond indulged in this at all? The comment box below is open for business seven days a week.
ARM Foresees 16 And 32 Core Chips For Smartphone
Stuff of fantasy you say? Simon Segars would like to disagree with you. The President of ARM believes Moore’s Law will enable cost-efficient multi-core ARM processing chips for smartphones.
That said, however, multi-core processors for smartphones do seem like a new thing — it was only yesterday dual-core processors arrived for handsets, and now quad-core is the new norm for power processing on mobile platforms.
Talking to Engadget, the President of ARM said:
“Having eight cores on the same die seems like crazy. It is a lot of processing capability in a phone. But the great thing about phones is the fact that it is a very open platform. Developing software is very easy, very low cost; and as you put all this performance in, somebody will think of something to do with it.
So eight cores seems like far more in the land of compute power today. Will we see 16, 32 in a few years’ time? I think two things are going to govern that. Basically the drive of Moore’s Law driving cost down meaning that you can put all of those transistors in at very low cost.”
However, it must be said that most programs do not yet take advantage of these additional cores, not all software is optimized to make the most of them. Still, the situation is improving, and the (relatively)
Segars concluded that parallelism will dictate things in this regards:
“Overtime, I am sure you will see more and more cores. There is a limit to how much parallelism you can get out of any one application, but I think you will see the different processors being used for different tasks in parallel. Where the limit is of that I do not know.
I mean when you think back, you know, the iPad is only three years old. Smartphones themselves are a relatively new product category, and I do not think we are at the end of people just working out what they can be used for by any means.”
A number of SoC designers — including titans like Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, and MediaTek — have already introduced or plan to introduce multi-core system-on-chips that feature ARM’s Big.Little technology, allowing for a combination of low-power yet high-performance inside a chip.
Considering the fact that most smartphones are often used to run many apps at the same time (even in the background), having this extra headroom with all these extra cores will only prove to be useful.