Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has been doing pretty well since the company unveiled it back in May, and has earned widespread praise from reviewers and owners alike. But not everyone wants - or can afford - a device in the Pro 3's size and price range; some buyers just want something a bit more manageable, both for their hands and their wallets.

The Surface 2 addresses those needs, but the Windows RT tablet is now over a year old, and ready to be replaced with a more up to date model. According to TK Tech News, that replacement is on the way and, more surprisingly, it's said that the Surface mini will be along for the ride too.

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Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch iPad set for release early next year, a move that would give Microsoft its first large-screen tablet competitor for the 12-inch Surface Pro 3.

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple will release the tablet in the first quarter of 2015, though details beyond the alleged release are scarce. As Bloomberg points out, growth on Apple's current iPad tablets, the 9.7-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch mini variant, have been relatively stagnant in the past year, with sales declines for two straight financial quarters.

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Samsung has confirmed that it is ending sales of all of its laptops - including both Windows notebooks and Chromebooks - in Europe. The move comes as the PC market continues to struggle in the face of increasingly powerful smartphones and tablets, reducing users' dependence on 'traditional' form factors, including notebooks and desktops.

A Samsung spokesperson confirmed the company's plans to PC Advisor today, saying:

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We are less than a month away from an event that could see the official announcement of the rumored iPhone 6. Unless previous leaks were incorrect, we have a pretty good idea of what the device will look like, but it looks like Apple still might have a couple of tricks up its sleeve in regards to the device and its accessories.

Interestingly, it looks like Apple might improve on the experience by introducing a new Lightning Cable with a reversible USB port.

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You may be familiar the virtual reality helmet Oculus VR, but did you know Sony is working on their own VR equipment, dubbed Morpheus? And according to the latest news Morpheus might launch in the near future

We reported on Morpheus back in March when Sony revealed their plan for VR helmets. After that, the company went a bit quiet as to how their work was progressing, but now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Morpheus is 85% complete.

VR helmets use speakers, high resolution displays and sensors to give the user the feeling of complete immersion in a virtual environment. Through its sensors the helmet tracks your head movements and adjust the scene you’re seeing in real time to create the illusion you’re actually there.

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The Surface Pro 3 may be a very impressive device in and of itself, but that’s not to say it couldn’t use some marketing. Microsoft’s latest ads pit the Surface Pro 3 against Apple’s Macbook Air.

The new commercials are comparing the latest offering from Microsoft against its main rival company, Apple. When the Surface Pro 3 was launched, Microsoft insisted on comparing it to the Macbook Pro and iPad, and now these latest videos compare it to the Macbook Air.

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Earlier this month, at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Toshiba unveiled one of the most affordable Windows devices ever. Priced at just $119.99, the 7-inch Encore Mini tablet comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing - the fully-featured version of the OS introduced after Microsoft dropped its OS licensing fees for devices under 10-inches.

The new device has now gone on sale via the Microsoft Store, and you'll even save 99 cents compared with the price stated in the press release, as it will only set you back $119.

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Apple has announced today that they have updated the specs on their premium line of laptops, the MacBook Pro, and have lowered the price for entry too. All of the Retina laptops now come with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. The price was also dropped on the non-Retina MacBook Pro too, by $100, which Apple claims is very popular with folks who are switching from Windows.

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If you bought a Surface Pro 3 with an i7, your ears likely perked up when we reported that users were stating that their machines were overheating and causing a thermometer to pop up on the screen. The problem seems quite serious and we even posted a potential fix for the heat issue, but Microsoft has come forward and started to talk about the issue that is affecting a small number of these devices.

Microsoft has provided the following statement to Neowin about the heat issues with these devices:

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While there have been leaks about an upcoming gaming tablet by NVIDIA, this leak is probably the most comprehensive and detailed. The leaked documents shows the tablet, its specifications, and a couple of its accessories. This will be NVIDIA's latest attempt at a portable gaming device, a follow-up to last year's SHIELD.

According to VideoCardz, the site has obtained some interesting details and pictures of the unreleased SHIELD Tablet that will be launching on July 22nd, 2014. The tablet will be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 2GB RAM, and have an 8" screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200.

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