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Surface Pro 3, DuckDuckGo Update, Netflix In Europe, Facebook Ask Button [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 21-05-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3, DuckDuckGo gets updated, Netflix expands into Europe, Facebook gets personal, Wii & DS owners saved by server, Wikipedia discourages anonymity, and Michael Bay explains the birds and the bees.


Microsoft Unveils New Surface Pro 3

Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 3, the latest version of its iPad-baiting touchscreen tablet. Microsoft is referring to the Surface Pro 3 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” but most people who have seen the device in action are reserving judgement for the time being.

Specs-wise the Surface Pro 3 is a vast improvement on its predecessors. It features a 12-inch HD display, a choice of Intel Core processors, between 4GB and 8GB of RAM, storage of between 64GB and 512GB, and 5MP cameras front and rear.

Additionally, the Surface Pro 3 is lighter than its predecessors, has a better Type Cover keyboard with larger trackpad, and comes with a new kickstand capable of holding the tablet at any angle between zero degrees and 150 degrees. Price start at $799.

Interestingly, it appears Microsoft backed out of unveiling a smaller Surface at the last minute, with execs deciding it wouldn’t be different enough from what’s already on the market to grab the public’s attention. This means there is practically zero chance of seeing a mini Microsoft-branded tablet Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Read More before 2015.

Do you have any interest in the Surface Pro 3? Let us know in the comments section below.


DuckDuckGo Gets Major Update

After being in beta for a few weeks Amazon Shopping For Twitter, Lenovo Chromebooks, Secret Apple EarPods [Tech News Digest] #AmazonCart shopping on Twitter, Lenovo Chromebooks, new DuckDuckGo, Apple EarPods hoax, Rakesh Agrawal tweets, Oculus Rift MMO, Amplitude remake, and Star Wars auditions. Read More , the new DuckDuckGo has launched on the Web. New features on the privacy-focused search engine include verticals for images, video, and audio, plus local search and auto-suggest options. Updates for the iOS and Android apps will follow shortly.

Netflix Expands Into Europe

Netflix has announced an expansion into mainland Europe. The media streaming service will launch in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg before the end of 2014.

Netflix faces challenges in these new territories owing both to existing competition and the need to subtitle or dub content produced in English. This expansion does help explain the Netflix price rises Net Neutrality Niggles, Amazon Patents, Google Glass Golfers, Live-Action Akira [Tech News Digest] FCC backtracks on net neutrality, Amazon wins a photography patent, Netflix raises its prices, piracy in the UK, Google Glass golfers, Adobe finds its Voice, and a live-action Akira movie trailer. Read More for everyone else though.

Facebook Introduces Creepy ‘Ask’ Button

Facebook has introduced an ‘Ask’ button in its latest attempt to force us all to give up personal information How To Hide Your Personal Information On Facebook In the age of the Internet, privacy is a luxury and you have to constantly be on your heels to maintain it. Facebook makes it particularly hard for users to guard their personal data. Despite... Read More . The ‘Ask’ button appears alongside key components of a user’s profile they have chosen not to share with the world.


As the information that can be requested includes a person’s “Relationship Status” many people are suggesting this is an extremely creepy addition to the social networking site. Our advice is to refuse to comply with any such requests. Just because someone asks you to reveal something personal doesn’t mean you’re obligated to do so.

Homebrew Server Created For Wii & DS

As announced in February Project Ara Arrives, Apple Hates Snow Leopard, Nintendo Kills Multiplayer [Tech News Digest] Project Ara is happening, Apple ends support for Snow Leopard, Nintendo ends support for online multiplayer on Wii and DS, Sony to close most stores, Facebook retires email service, and retro games invading Adam Sandler. Read More , Nintendo has ended official support for online multiplayer gaming on the Wii and DS. Thankfully, some hardened Nintendo fans have launched an unofficial server to replace Wi-Fi Connection.

Instructions on setting up access to the new server are available on GitHub, with a warning that it could get overloaded, be restarted, or go down at any moment. Still, a buggy Homebrew solution What to Do With an Old Nintendo Wii: 12 Fun DIY Ideas and Projects Got an old Nintendo Wii cluttering up closet space and no idea what to do with it? Here are some ways to repurpose your old Wii. Read More is better than nothing, and nothing is exactly what Nintendo is offering right now.

Anonymous Wikipedia Editors Discouraged

Wikipedia is ramping up its efforts to turn people from anonymous editors into fully-fledged members of the community. To achieve this it has added a couple of prompts to register as an editor, and is citing the advantages of doing so. With 900,000 edits made anonymously every month this is clearly a problem that needs tackling.


Michael Bay Explains The Birds & The Bees

And finally, there comes a point in every child’s life when their parents sit them down and tell them all about the birds and the bees. As embarrassing as this moment may be, they can consider themselves lucky not to be Michael Bay’s offspring, as his take on the birds and the bees is a little different from the norm. And no, this isn’t the new Transformers movie.

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  1. Rajaa C
    May 22, 2014 at 3:41 am


    Which search engine will throw up a better result : The improved DuckDuckGo search or the new Google search with Google Panda 4.0 algorithm, which has also been rolled out?

  2. Ryashini K
    May 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Suprisingly, Reddit loves Surface 3 though.

  3. dragonmouth
    May 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Can Windows on Surface Pro 3 be replaced with Linux?

    • Ryashini K
      May 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      You should be able to but I'm not sure what restrictions have been put by Microsoft to stop that. But why would you want to anyway? Windows 8 is awesome on tablets. I don't think there are any tablet-friendly linux distros yet.

    • dragonmouth
      May 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Windows is swiss cheese when it comes to security.

      Ubuntu with Unity desktop is designed for touch screens.

    • mona
      May 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Why would you install a crippled non touch OS on your Surface? Windows 8 is way better for touch and better supported.