Tablets

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Microsoft Event Showcases Dual Screen Surface Products

Microsoft Event Showcases Dual Screen Surface Products

Episode 1632

At a surprise event, Microsoft announced two new Surface products, one like a digital book, the other a 5.5" dual screen mobile phone. Dubbed the Surface Neo and Surface Duo respectively, both devices will run on Windows 10X, a new mobile version of the OS, and will be available Christmas 2020. Microsoft says it will fold together like a book, or open up to be both screens on either side, or close facing each other. Unlike the overpriced Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Surface duo is hinged, rather than folding the screen.

How can I backup both Windows and iPad without iTunes?

iTunes

Episode 1625

Octavio from Fontana, CA

Octavio wants to make a switch to iOS, but he wants to know how he can do backup while on the road and not use iTunes? He wants to also backup his Windows machine with the same option. Leo says that if you want a "trust no one cloud backup" then there really isn't going to be a solution. But a local backup is your best bet for that, and that means a NAS (network-attached storage). Leo likes Synology. It'll backup every machine, except Octavio's iPad. Your only option there is to iCloud directly or through iTunes.

What tablet has the best voice recognition?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1615

Audrey from West Lake Village, California

Audrey needs a tablet with the best voice recognition, that she can then email to her desktop for cleaning up. Her computer isn't Apple, would an iPad work? Leo says that doesn't matter. Word is about formatting, you can start with an email or even text file and dictate. Formatting doesn't matter. What Leo recommends is using a notetaking app that will automatically sync it to your desktop. Evernote is a good example. Microsoft's OneNote is a great example. All Android devices will use Google's voice recognition and that's excellent. Google Keep as well.

How Can I Move PDF Files to My iBooks on iPad Pro?

iBooks

Episode 1612

Peter from New York, NY

Peter has stored PDF files on his USB thumb drive and wants to know how to add them to iBooks in his iPad Pro. Leo says that the good news is that the new iPadOS is going to be making this much easier when it comes out in the fall. Then he'll have a files app, which he can connect via a USB-C dongle and copy them directly. Or, he could try putting files into iCloud and then download them to the iPad Pro. Or use iTunes. Lastly, he can email it to himself and open them through the mail app, then save them to iBooks.

Should I Get a Cheap Tablet for Streaming?

Alcatel

Episode 1608

John from Mangum, Oklahoma

John wants to know if an Alcatel tablet will be good for streaming video. He can get one for cheap from T-Mobile. Leo says the price may indicate a subsidized two-year contract. And if he's going to do that, AT&T is currently offering a free tablet with a two-year commitment. Stream it from the store to see. If he can get it out the door for that price, it'll also work with MINT, an MVNO that offers T-Mobile service for less. 

Can I Root an Amazon Fire tablet?

 Amazon Fire tablet

Episode 1606

John from San Diego, CA

John got an Amazon Fire Tablet and he'd love to wipe it clean to get rid of having to go into Amazon for everything. Leo says one thing he can do is put the Google Play store on it. Once done, everything else on Android is available. Leo says he stopped using the FireTV because it was all about Amazon as well. He could maybe "root" the tablet in order to make it Android only.