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Keyboard Problems with Surface

While the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets are great little devices, like any other computer, they will occasionally have issues. A common problem that seems to come up is difficulty with the touch or type keyboards from Microsoft.

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The Surface tablets have the bug. The onscreen keyboard does not display, if you remove the type cover before wakes it up. Other issue is that the soft keyboard does not automatically appear in desktop mode.
So, in this post, I’m going to go over how to (hopefully) avoid touch and type keyboard problems with Surface tablets and then fix them if they happen to you.

I’m not going to cover issues with Bluetooth or USB keyboards specifically but a lot of these techniques could help you troubleshoot problems with them as well.

This post continues to be one of our most popular posts; clearly folks are still having problems with keyboards.

In this post, find the following on the subject of Keyboard Problems with Surface:

  • Avoiding Keyboard Problems
  • Fixing Keyboard Problems
  1. The Basics: Detach and reattach, restart, two-button shut down
  2. Look for updates
  3. Check Ease of Access Functions
  4. Clean the Keyboard Connections:
  • Testing your keyboard
  • Reset your Surface
  • Microsoft’s suggestions (NEW)
  • Contact Microsoft for Service

Let’s get started…

1. Avoiding Keyboard Problems with Surface Tablets

For the most part, there are two things you can do to avoid keyboard issues with your Surface.

  • Check for Issues Before Updates/Upgrades

Keep in mind, there will ALWAYS be someone who had problems. The question you need to ask yourself is; “are a lot of people having problems after the upgrade?” If there are, look to see if there’s a response from Microsoft or a posted fix before going ahead with the upgrade. Otherwise, you might want to put it off for a while to see if a fix or another update is issued.

  • Be Careful with Your Keyboard Cover: This is not to say that you have to treat your touch or type cover with kid gloves. It is designed to be quite durable but, that doesn’t mean that you can be constantly bending it or stepping on it or running over it with your car.

2. Fixing Keyboard Problems with Surface Tablets

So, you took my advice and checked before applying upgrades and you’ve been gentle on your keyboard but your touch or type keyboard isn’t working anymore. Or your keyboard started acting up out of the blue and there were no updates applied.

Now what?

I’ll go over the steps, in order, that you take to try to resolve keyboard problems with Surface tablets and the touch/type covers. I’ve had a good success rate with them and so far, have not had an instance where I haven’t been able to get the keyboard working again. Though I must admit, sometimes they come back.

A. The Basics of Fixing Keyboard Problems:

Detach and Reattach your Keyboard:

Simple and surprisingly effective. Sometimes, all you need to do is detach and reattach your keyboard cover. Make sure you leave it detached for at least, 10 seconds and I always do something to cause the on-screen keyboard to appear (like bring up IE and do a Google search) just to make sure the Surface recognizes that the keyboard is no longer attached.

Restart your Surface:

I know it’s almost cliche to say it but, Windows 8 is like every other version of Windows since 3.1. It just needs kicked in the head sometimes to work properly. So, the first thing you should try is to restart your Surface.

To do so, follow these instructions:

Make sure your keyboard cover is connected properly.
Swipe in from the right side of the screen to bring up the charms menu.
Tap on Settings.
Tap on Power.
Select Shut Down.
Wait 60 seconds and press the power button at the top of your Surface to turn it back on.

Two Button Shutdown: if you have a Surface Pro/Pro 2 you can try a two-button shutdown. This is sometimes called a hard shutdown as it, essentially, pulls the plug on the Surface hardware.


Shutdown your Surface Pro/Pro 2 as above
Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons for, at least, 15 seconds.
The screen may flash the Surface logo or other things but keep the buttons held for the 15 seconds.
When you release them, your Surface Pro/Pro 2 should be powered off. Wait at least 10 seconds and then turn it on normally.

Hopefully, this fix will do the trick. If not, let’s try the next thing.

B. Look for Updates:

This might sound ironic considering the advice in the first section but assuming the problems didn’t start because of an update, one of the first things you should do is to check for updates from Microsoft. It is possible that there is a known problem and they have provided a fix.

Note: Microsoft says to always have your keyboard plugged in when running an update, otherwise it will not apply the keyboard updates.

To do so, follow these steps:

Bring up the Search charm and look for “Updates”.

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Choose Check for Updates from the options shown.

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Tap the Check Now button.

If there are any updates, go ahead and install them.

After the updates install, you might want to do a restart (the normal kind, not the hard shutdown). If that fixes your problem then great! If not, let’s try the next thing.

C. Ease of Access Functions:

Ironically, features designed to help people with disabilities may actually be causing or contributing to your keyboard problems with Surface tablets. It’s possible that a couple features dealing with the keyboard were accidentally turned on and that could be what’s causing your problems.

To check if that’s the case do the following:

Bring up the Search charm and look for “Ease of Access”.

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Choose Ease of Access Keyboard Settings.
Under the Useful Keys section (at the bottom) make sure Sticky Keys and Filter Keys are both set to Off.

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D. Clean the Keyboard Connections:

This one is often overlooked. Your keyboard connects to your Surface via a series of six brass colored contacts at the bottom of the tablet.

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They will occasionally become tarnished or maybe even have dirt/food/dried coffee/etc. on them. This is normal as they often spend time shoved in a computer bag (when’s the last time you cleaned it out?) or on your desk where you might be eating or drinking.

You can clean them (both on the Surface and on the keyboard) by taking a pencil eraser and gentlyscrubbing the contacts until they are shiny again. Alternatively, you can use some rubbing alcohol and Q-tips to clean the contacts. Better yet, do both if you can.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your Surface is powered completely off and not plugged in when you’re cleaning your connections. Especially if you’re using the rubbing alcohol technique.

Remove your Surface from its Case:

If you have a protective sleeve or case for your Surface that still allows for the keyboard cover to be attached, remove it and see if the problem persists. It could be as simple as the case is interfering with a solid connection between the cover keyboard and the tablet.

Things to Look for:

Make sure your Surface fits snugly in the case. It could be that the Surface is simply slipping out of position preventing a good connection with the keyboard cover.
Loose connections between the keyboard and Surface because some piece of the case is in the way or being pinched.
Wear on the case that might result in flakes or loose threads getting into the keyboard connector on your Surface.
Check your case for Magnets. Some cases have a magnetic clasp or plate to hold the cover shut. These magnets can interfere with the magnets used to make the keyboard connection between the Surface and it’s type or touch cover.

3. Test Your Keyboard:

Your keyboard could be the problem. Don’t forget, it’s flexible and not quite as rugged as your Surface. So it’s not out of the question that your keyboard simply broke.

The easiest way to test that it’s not your keyboard is to simply try it on another Surface. If you have a friend that has a Surface, see if he/she will allow you to swap keyboards for a while. If the problem moves with the keyboard, it’s probably the keyboard that’s at fault.

If you don’t have a friend to swap with, try disconnecting your keyboard and opening notepad – start typing something. Then reconnect your keyboard and see if the onscreen keyboard goes away. If it does, then your external keyboard is at least being recognized. If it doesn’t, well then there is a problem.

You can also, always take your keyboard into your local Microsoft Store (if you have one nearby) or Best Buy to try it out on one of their demo machines. It’s probably a good idea to let the sales people know what you’re doing so they don’t think you’re up to no good.

If your keyboard is bad, you’ll probably have to bite the bullet and buy a new keyboard as they’re not really designed to be serviced. Although complaining to Microsoft might get you a replacement.

4. Reset your Surface:

If you’re here, I have some bad news. We’re to the point that there’s a good possibility that something is corrupt in Windows. This occasionally happens especially if you’re adding and removing a lot of software.

The way to deal with this is to do a reset or restore of your Surface tablet. I’ve provided links below to Microsoft’s pages on how to do a reset or restore for Both Surface RT/2 and Surface Pro/Pro2 tablets.

Refresh or Reset Surface RT/2
Refresh or Reset Surface Pro/Pro2

I recommend you try a refresh first and a reset only if a refresh fails. Don’t forget to backup your data to Skydrive or a USB drive before doing the reset as the drive will be wiped as part of the procedure.

5. Microsoft’s suggestions:

We’ve had reports from our readers of Microsoft suggesting weird stuff. For example, one person reported that Microsoft support had her detach and reattach her keyboard 10 time in a row. Reportedly that fixed her problem.

Microsoft support also suggest to do the following:

Go to your Desktop
Open Device Manager (in Control Panel)
Click Keyboards
Press and hold on your keyboard item
Select Update Driver Software.. (Surface Touch Cover Filter Device) from the menu
Select Browse my computer for driver software
Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
If there are two versions presented, pick version 141 for Pro or 101 for RT to install. If there is only one version shown, pick and install it

6. Contact Microsoft for Service:

If you’ve made it to here then it’s possible that your Surface has suffered some sort of hardware fault. If that’s the case, hopefully you’re still in the warranty period or you’ve bought an extended service plan.

Hopefully, this post helps you avoid and fix touch or type keyboard problems with your Surface tablet. As usual, if you have questions, let me know and I’ll answer them as I can.

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The LG G3 was officially announced only recently but reports carrying details about the LG G3 Mini have already started coming out. It is common practice for big brands, even some small brands, to make mini variants of their popular flagship phones. Some manufacturers offer high end specs and the same design in a more compact shell while some try to make a smaller device without caring about the specs too much.

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The HTC One mini 2 which is the smaller variant of the HTC One M8 adopts its design from the bigger One M8 while the specs are unfairly trimmed to fit the smaller frame. Unlike HTC, Sony made the Xperia Z compact and claimed it was the most powerful compact smartphone, with specs just as powerful as those of its older sibling Xperia Z1.

In keeping with this, we expect LG not just to make a smaller G3 but also make a powerful smartphone. The device must match the pace of the bigger G3 which is a 5.5-inch device with Quad HD resolution. Right now the leaked specs disappoint as they suggest the LG G3 Mini would come with a 4.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor and a 2,100mAH battery. It is also rumored that the device will bear only a 5 MP rear camera. We are having a hard time trusting these rumours and we suggest you don’t take them too seriously either as we all know the potential LG has now in making smartphones. Stay tuned for an official update!

From: http://mobiles.sulekha.com/lg-g3-mini-details-surface-ahead-of-official-launch_news_835

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Are you excited about iOS 8?

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted by mobmshare in News - (0 Comments)

In less than 24 hours from now, Apple will unveil iOS 8, the next generation mobileoperating system for our iOS devices at one of the most anticipated Apple event.

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Since iOS 7 featured an all-new design, we don’t expect Apple to make radical changes in iOS 8. We expect it to be an evolutionary upgrade from iOS 7.

So far leaks also seem to suggest that iOS 8 won’t be revolutionary or controversial as the iOS 7 update. While we have a fairly long wish list for iOS 8, here are some of the features that it is likely to include:

  • All-new Healthbook app that will monitor your most important health statistics like steps taken, calories burned, weight lost and track vital signs like blood pressure, heart rate and other blood-related parameters like glucose levels. All this data would likely be obtained by the sensors on the iWatch.
  • Split-Screen Multitasking feature for the iPad that will allow users to run twoapps simultaneously
  • Improved Maps with public transit directions, improved point-of-interest data, augmented reality and indoor maps
  • All-new Preview and Textedit apps to make iCloud more useful
  • Improved Notification Center is likely to include more information from your online accounts powered by Apple’s acquisition of Cue.
  • All-new Smart Home platform
  • Song identification feature powered by Shazam
  • Inter-app communication abilities to better facilitate sharing of information between apps.
  • Support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for improved call quality, and allow users to surf the web over LTE while on a call.
  • High definition playback support
  • Standalone iTunes Radio app

So the question is, are you excited about iOS 8? Based on the response I have seen for the iOS 8 related articles, there isn’t as much excitement as there was the same time last year for iOS 7. It looks like people were disappointed with iOS 7, and don’t have high hopes, or they know that it is not going to be big update. What about you?

From: http://www.iphonehacks.com/2014/06/excited-about-ios-8.html

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Spotify is one of the most popular cross-platform streaming music services, with over 40 million active users worldwide. While I am out of luck using the service as a Canadian, our neighbors to the south and elsewhere can benefit from a jailbreak tweak called DefaultSpot. The simple iOS extension sets Spotify as the default music player on iPhone, and also integrates with the Control Center playback controls…

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I decided to give DefaultSpot a test by signing in to my Apple ID for the United States, downloading Spotify and creating an account. After toggling on the tweak through the Settings app and respringing my iPhone, it worked just as advertised. When the stock Musicapp is not in use, tapping on the play button or other music controls in Control Center or other areas causes the Spotify app to open for listening to streaming music.

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DefaultSpot is a free download on Cydia in the default BigBoss repository, and it must be enabled through the Settings menu after installation. The tweak, developed by Ron Thakrar, is compatible with iOS 7 and 64-bit devices. It can be combined with the Controls for Spotify package to enable auto-resume on launching Spotify. That feature must be toggled through the Settings menu as well.

Our own Jeff Benjamin previously reviewed Controls for Spotify, which is also developed by Thakrar. The tweak enhances your Spotify controls with Activator actions for shuffle, repeat, thumbs up, thumbs down, star, star and thumbs up, and copy playing URL. It allows you to set two-finger gestures from the bottom of the screen, left, right, top or elsewhere to gain better control over the streaming music app.

From: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/05/26/defaultspot/

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Aiming to improve customers’ experience and product improvements, Pavtube Studio recently launched its new official website - multipelife.com.

Along with the new website, Pavtube has migrated its all BD/DVD Copying & Ripping software products to the new site with some brand new names, fantastic discounts waiting for you:

  • DVD Ripper (Windows/Mac) -> DVDAid (Windows/Mac)
  • Blu-ray Ripper (Windows/Mac) -> BDMagic (Windows/Mac)

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If you always fan our Facebook or will be a new fan, you might have a chance to get “New Site Special” with up to 40% off fantastic discounts now!

Seems wonderful? Take action now without hesitation!!! Start to experience more fresh enjoyment while exploring Pavtube new website- multipelife.com.

More detailed information is published on prweb.com.

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High-definition screens for TV showsis all the rage in Hollywood. Here is our wishlist of Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for DVD Collectors for May, 2014.

  • 1. House of Cards Season 1
    1 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

First season of House of Cards, an American political drama TV series, developed and produced by Beau Willimon, on 4 disc DVD.

House of Cards is a political drama series that slithers behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C. An uncompromising exploration of power, ambition and the American way, the series orbits Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politicians politician masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy.

House of Cards Series Awards

Won Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Robin Wright (Golden Globes, USA 2014)
Nominated Golden Globe Best Television Series – Drama (Golden Globes, USA 2014)
Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Kevin Spacey (Golden Globes, USA 2014)
Nominated Primetime Emmy Outstanding Drama Series (Primetime Emmy Awards 2013)
Nominated Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kevin Spacey (Primetime Emmy Awards 2013)
Nominated Primetime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Robin Wright (Primetime Emmy Awards 2013)
8 more wins and 17 other nominations

House of Cards Series Reviews:

“Deliciously dark undertow.” TV Guide

“It’s a heavyweight new contender in the drama category, just as Netflix now is as a content provider.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Deeply cynical about human beings as well as politics and almost gleeful in its portrayal of limitless ambition, House of Cards is a wonderfully sour take on power and corruption.” Denver Post

“It’s beautifully filmed in and around Washington, D.C., it’s well-acted, and it’s cleverly written by Beau Willimon.” Denver Post

“Season two does a better job of embracing the absurdity of its dark universe, where only characters with no moral compass can ever come out on top. It is our collective paranoid concept of Washington politics, in all of its depraved glory.” Under the Radar

  • 2. Endeavour Season 1
    2 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

Endeavour is a British detective drama TV show available on DVD, the hugely successful and gripping prequel to the classic Inspector Morse series.

Contains five new mysteries that promise to shape the young Endeavour Morse, whose early days as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police see him risk everything to solve mysteries and secure justice. Despite encouragement by mentor DI Fred Thursday, the novice detectives rebellious attitude means he has a lot to prove before he’s trusted to run his own murder enquiry. Written by Russell Lewis, Endeavour proudly harnesses the great traditions of Inspector Morse – the devious crimes, intricate plotting and filmic production values – but promises to take this enduring franchise back into the turbulent, transformative 1960s, and unexplored realms of Oxford life.

Endeavour TV Series Reviews

“If you love English mysteries, and love the old Inspector Morse, you will love young inspector Morse more.” New York Post

“All good stuff, plus a brief but powerful moment at the end that will leave longtime “Morse” fans in an agony of nostalgia” Wall Street Journal

“It is a suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery, with a large cast of characters” Los Angeles Times

“Endeavour is wonderfully entertaining on its own, but what puts it over the top is its loving respect for John Thaw.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Endeavour is most interesting for the light it sheds on the character development of young Morse.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Endeavour Season 1 Release Date NZ: May 21st, 2014

  • 3. Top Gear Season 21
    3 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

BBC’s Top Gear TV Series – The Complete Season 21 on 3 disc DVD.

In the all-new 21st series of the world’s favourite car show, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May embark on a huge road trip across Ukraine in three small cars with even smaller engines, re-live the glory days of the 1980s in three ‘classic’ hot hatchbacks, and have a ham-fisted crack at making a public safety film for the government.

There’s also the new Alfa 4C sports car racing a very unusual quad bike, the sensational McLaren P1 tearing a strip off Belgium, an insane six-wheeled Mercedes in the desert and the unusual sight of James May in a Caterham. And as
if that wasn’t enough, the series includes an epic two part adventure across the wilds of Burma as the presenters take three lorries on what could be Top Gear’s toughest challenge to date.

Top Gear Season 21 Release Date NZ: May 21st, 2014

  • 4. Pokemon: Origins
    4 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

Pokemon: Origins animated children’s TV series on DVD.

It’s the Kanto region like you’ve never seen it before! Pokémon Origins explores the stories of the very first Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. A new Pokémon Trainer named Red and his arrogant rival, Blue, set out to realize Professor Oak’s dream of completing the Pokédex. The world that Red encounters is corrupted by the evil Team Rocket, an organization that leaves its mark on all walks of life, from a baby Cubone to the massive Silph Co. They are just among a few of those counting on Red’s heroics as he embarks on his action-packed quest!

Pokemon: Origins Release Date NZ: May 21st, 2014

  • 5. Step Dave
    5 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

Step Dave is a New Zealand comedy drama TV series on DVD.

Dave, a 24-year-old ordinary kiwi slacker, finds his life turned upside down when he meets the girl of his dreams – Cara – and her three kids. Step Dave is a light-hearted, feel-good family drama which demonstrates one of the realities of modern life – that families come in all different shapes and sizes.

In this TV Show, home is where the heart is – even if that home is crammed full of kids, teenagers, ex-mother-in-laws and hangers-on. Can this unconventional relationship survive the age difference and the pressures of the multi-generational household? Can Dave step up (no pun intended) and be a proper parent? Should he even try to? Can this unruly bunch live happily ever after as one big happy family?

Step Dave Release Date NZ: May 14th, 2014

  • 6.Californication – Season 6
    6 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

Californication – Season 6 of the American comedy-drama television series created by Tom Kapinos starring David Duchovny.

Hank tries to co­llaborate on a roc­k opera based on his b­ook with a fa­mous rock star At­ticus
Fetch, portra­yed by Tim Min­chin, while ta­king up with his be­autiful muse Fa­ith, portrayed by Mag­gie Grace.; Char­lie and Stu com­pete for the af­fections of Mar­cy; Marcy falls un­der the spellof a se­riously radical fe­minist; Becca drop­s out of colle­ge to become a wri­ter. The season al­so features Ma­rilyn Manson ap­pearing as him­self, a frien­d of the rock star At­ticus Fetch.

Californication – Season 6 Release Date NZ: May 21st, 2014

  • 7. The Middle Season 4
    7 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

Complete fourth season of American ABC sitcom TV series The Middle on 3 disc DVD.

It’s Season 4, and where in the heck do the Hecks go from here? As the kids grow up, Frankie and Mike think family life is going to be easier, but they couldn’t be more wrong! Bigger kids only means bigger problems

You’ll reel with laughter as Brick gets an evil pet and a dose of Sex Ed, sue runs over Axl while learning to drive and Axl cashes in on Valentines day breakups, while Frankie and Mike come up with a novel way to discipline the kids –something called “The Wheel of Pain”.

Season 4 also sees an all-star gust line-up including Brooke Shields and Jane Kaczmarekas well as comedic standouts Chris Kattan, Dave Foley, Norm MacDonald, Jack McBrayerand Molly Shannon.


The Middle Season 4 Release Date NZ: May 28th, 2014

  • 8. Veep Season 28 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

Complete second season of American HBO comedy TV series Veep on 2 disc DVD.

Julia Louise Dreyfus returns for a second season in her Emmy – winning role as Vice President Selina Meyer in Veep, the hilarious political comedy created by Oscar® nominee Armando Iannucci.

As midterm elections loom, Vice President Meyer is scoring higher ratings than the president in several popularity polls, which she hopes will boost her influence and help her curry favour with the chief executive. But despite her best intentions, even the most banal actions can set off unexpected and often disastrous consequences.


Veep TV Series Reviews

“The show is smart–smarter than most on network television–and it has life.” Sioux City Journal

“HBO’s Veep is the sharpest Beltway satire the medium has ever seen, mostly because it focuses not on the power wielded by politicians, but on their desperate venality” Philadelphia Inquirer

“Everything you fear might be true about how our government works–or doesn’t–becomes hilarious fodder for Veep’s biting satire.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Iannucci and his cast are as deft with a wonky policy joke as they are with good old-fashioned bathroom humor and Louis-Dreyfus shines, throwing herself, as she so often did on “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” physically into the role.” Boston Globe

Veep Season 2 Release Date NZ: May 28th, 2014

  • 9. Hannibal Season 19 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

First season of the TV series Hannibal on 4 disc DVD.

Before Silence of the Lambs, before Red Dragon, Hannibal Lecter was a brilliant psychiatrist in the employ of the FBI. His task: to help an unusually gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to see into the minds of serial killers. After a particularly gruelling case hunting a serial killer known as the Minnesota Shrike, Will Graham threatens to walk away. Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, desperately needs Will on his team to break the tough cases, so he enlists Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to ensure Will’s mental well-being. Unbeknownst to Will, Hannibal also has a particular insight into these horrible crimes and the psychopaths who commit them. As Will hunts down the brutal killers, he is unwittingly sitting across from the most gifted killer of them all. From the imaginative mind of Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Pushing Daisies), and under the artful direction of David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night), Hannibal is a thrilling new series – a story of masterful manipulation that will shock, amaze and leave you hungry for more.

Special Features

Gag reel
Deleted scene
Audio commentary

Hannibal TV Show Reviews

“Deliciously disturbing, Hannibal is bound to leave viewers hungry for more.” Chicago Sun-Times

“[This] prequel to The Silence of the Lambs manages to be engaging and haunting without being formulaic.”Hollywood Reporter

“Hannibal is the most beautiful series on network TV, alarmingly so.” Vulture

“Hannibal, however, aspires to be something better than the average network crime procedural, and it shows.”Washington Post

“The show may be titled Hannibal, which for commercial branding purposes makes complete sense, but this is Will’s story. And an absorbing, psychologically rich one it is, too – immeasurably smarter than The Following, more haunting than Bates Motel.” TV Guide

Hannibal Season 1 Release Date NZ: May 28th, 2014

  • 10. Duck Dynasty Season 410 Movies and TV Shows coming to DVD and Blueray for May, 2014

Complete second season of American TV series Duck Dynasty on 2 disc DVD.

Hold on to your hunting hats! The Robertsons are back in Season 4 of DUCK DYNASTY® and they’ve never had so much Southern charm. This season, it’s a family affair as everyone comes together to throw a surprise vow renewal for Phil and Kay. And when the guys and their wives realise Martin is foregoing poker for a date, they all take turns coaching him for romance. Meanwhile, Phil tries to teach his granddaughters how to fish, but the girls outsmart him and have him doing all the work. Later, he and Kay teach Sadie and John Luke how to make Mayhaw jelly. The guys’ antics continue as they attempt to make duck jerky, and a series of “gentleman’s bets” leads them to the ultimate challenge of helping Phil get a boat down from a tree.

Duck Dynasty Season 4 Release Date NZ: May 21st, 2014

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Yesterday, LG has announced that they will be adding three more new tablets to their tablet line up. In addition to the already available LG G Pad 8.3 which has received mostly positive reviews, as people seemed to have mixed feelings on 8-inch tablets being the perfect size with some loving it and some hating it. LG was aware of this fact and realized that tablet buyers like to have choice in deciding which size tablets are right for them. This led them to develop and prepare three more tablet sizes, so that there can be a size for every taste.

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Starting on May 13th at the MedPI 2014 in Monaco, LG will be set to unveil the LG G Pad 7.0, the LG G Pad 8.0, and the LG G Pad 10.1, bringing their G Pad line to four devices total which should do nicely for those who were interested in the G Pad but may have wanted either a smaller or larger size screen. With the G Pad 8.0 there isn’t much size difference from the 8.3, but a newly refreshed tablet with a slightly smaller size will surely appeal to some. With a wider selection, LG should be setting themselves up to better compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, who currently dominate the marketshare. President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Dr. Jong-seok Park, had stated that “Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability”. In today’s market where people are increasingly more mobile on a day to day basis and with smartphone screens coming out in larger and larger sizes, it makes sense that the tablets screens should have just as much variety.

gpad LG Announces Three New G Pad Tablets In 7, 8, and 10 Inch Sizes

All three new tablets will have some of LG’s proprietary UX features like Knock Code and QPair 2.0. However each tablet will likely cater to a specific group. The G Pad 7.0 was designed with one handed use in mind, so those who constantly use their device and like to hold it in one hand while keeping the other free will be able to do so, while those wanting to be somewhere in the middle would go for something like the G Pad 8.3 or the brand new G Pad 8.0. For people who want the absolute most immersive experience though might want to look into LG’s newest and largest offering which will end up being the LG G Pad 10.1. As of right now LG hasn’t released any official information on specs or hardware features of these newly announced devices, but they did specify that more details would be coming in the weeks ahead. We’ll surely end up learning more MedPI 2014, but we wouldn’t be surprised if LG kept some stuff a secret to keep consumers on the hook.

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With Surface 2 and Windows 8.1 RT, Microsoft has certainly addressed some of usability issues that plagued the original Surface RT models.

Based around an Nvidia Tegra 4 chip, the second generation Surface hardware is faster and has a superior battery life. It also boasts an improved 1080p HD display, redesigned kickstand and a competitive price tag that undercuts Apple’s iPad. You can see how Surface and Surface 2 compare in Surface vs Surface 2.

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Whatever Microsoft is doing it is working – albeit slowly. Numerous reports say overall Surface usage went upover the festive period in late 2013.

So what will Microsoft do next? What might a Surface 3 device look like in 2014?

Surface 3: The Windows RT dilemma

There’s arguably nothing wrong with the Surface hardware. We like it. The Surface 2 looks good and feels good. It’s smartly, stylishly designed and the two-stage kickstand makes it easier to position the device comfortably for work. Although not including one of the iconic click-in keyboards as standard is frankly criminal.

A Surface 3 tablet should look fundamentally the same, albeit with a customary millimetre shaved off its magnesium alloy waistline and a few grams shifted from its chassis. Hardware isn’t the problem. The problem is Windows RT.

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We really like Surface 2 – can Surface 3 improve on the formula?

With Dell recently dumping the ‘Lite’ Windows 8 OS citing poor sales of its XPS 10, any new Surface hardware could be held back by the limitations of the RT software, which restricts users to using ‘Metro’ apps. It’s Windows, but not as consumers know or expect it.

Admittedly, Windows 8.1 has improved the usability of the OS, and Office RT is now included. Any future Windows 8.2 update should do even more to iron out the inconsistencies. The Windows Store also boasts more apps than a year ago – over 100,000 at the last count. By the time a Surface 3 line-up rolls out, there should be double that number.

See also: Windows 9 release date, news and rumors

But a stripped down version of an OS that many people already dislike isn’t going to help Microsoft claw back the $900 million it has lost on Surface RT so far. At the moment, there’s no clear benefit to running RT over the full version of Windows and so no clear benefit for investing in a non-Pro Surface tablet, Surface 3 or otherwise.

If Microsoft wants to be bold, Surface 3 needs to quietly dump Windows RT and eliminate customer confusion. The popularity of the Surface Pro model and the powerful potential of the new Surface Pro 2 point the way forward for a more successful, populist Surface 3.Surface 3: Mini or Maxi?

If Microsoft does stubbornly stick with Windows RT (and it will), then perhaps a Surface 3 line-up will offer more hardware options.

Before the Surface 2 launch, there were strong rumours of a ‘Surface Mini’ with a 7.5-inch or 8-inch display, especially as Windows 8.1 now provides improved support for smaller tablets. This would range it against more compact slates such as the iPad mini and the Google Nexus 7, not to mention the Acer Iconia W3 and Toshiba Encore.

At the other end of the scale, we can imagine a bigger touchscreen model. There are rumours of Apple experimenting with 12- and 13-inch iPad displays and where Apple leads, the other manufacturers are sure to follow. With this in mind, perhaps fingerprint sensors might become standard issue too, after their iPhone 5S debut.

Or we might see an even larger device that takes its cue from Sony’s VAIO Tap 20. Such a ‘Surface Maxi’ would move Surface into all-in-one desktop PC territory, although it would require ditching Windows RT in favour of the full-fat Windows 8 OS. A Surface Pro 2 XS or XL would be ideal.

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The most obvious change for Surface 3 would be to shrink the device down and ship an iPad mini-sized model

Surface 3: Is there a smartwatch in the works?

With wearable tech all the rage, it must surely have occurred to Microsoft that the touchy-feely Surface brand could be extended into smartwatch territory. Like the Galaxy Gear, a ‘Surface Watch’ with a small screen and obligatory built-in fitness tech could be launched as a companion device for its Windows-powered tablets and smartphones.

Then there’s Surface gaming to consider. Gamers have long hankered after a portable Xbox and devices such as the Razer Edge give us glimpses of how this idea could work. Yet Microsoft barely touched on the gaming potential of its Surface 2 hardware at launch, choosing instead to focus on productivity and business.

But with reports of Microsoft cloud-streaming Halo 4 to a low-end Windows PC and a Windows Phone, a future Surface 3 device could easily evolve into a portable games console.Surface 3: The obvious answer

Surface 2 is affordable but limited by its Windows RT software; while the Surface Pro 2 has all the versatility of a Windows PC but, in tablet terms, costs way too much. Surely any Surface 3 machine needs to hit the sweet spot between the two – full Windows functionality at an affordable and competitive price point?

What would you like to see in a Surface 3 device? Leave your comments below.

From: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/surface-3-what-we-want-to-see-1188708

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iOS 7.1, the first major update to Apple’s iOS 7 software, has been released for iPhone Although the features and enhancements were brought in by iOS 7.1, software update was praised by critics and users alike. There were many complaints from the …

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iOS 7.1, the first major update to Apple’s iOS 7 software, has been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models in March.

Although the features and enhancements were brought in by iOS 7.1, software update was praised by critics and users alike. There were many complaints from the users after the update.

iOS 7.1.1 Update

According to 9to5mac, Apple is gearing up to a bug fix (update) to iOS 7.1 called iOS 7.1.1. The Web site saw countless visits from areas around Apple’s campus. Apparently, the devices were running on iOS 7.1.1 as shown in their analytics. In all likelihood, the increase in views indicates the bug fix update will come over-the-air to all Apple devices shortly. The Web site also indicated iOS 8 testing inside Apple has also seen a considerable increase in its analytics.

Here is a list of bugs compiled by CNet, introduced after upgrading to iOS 7.1:

1. Battery Drain Issue

Every time Apple sends out its software update, users are bogged down by perennial battery drain issues and the situation was no different. Many users complained of their sudden reduction in battery life once they updated their device to iOS 7.1.

2. Fingerprint Scanner Malfunction

After upgrading to iOS 7.1, many users complained the Apple’s touchID (fingerprint scanner) did not work as expected by not recognizing the users’ fingerprint.

3. Disabled Bluetooth And Wi-Fi

Fewer users complained the iOS 7.1 update causing their iPhones to disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity completely. For some users, however, the Bluetooth disconnected sporadically.

4. Bluetooth Pairing (in Cars) And Device Volume Issues

A good bunch of users have complained the iOS 7.1 update has caused Bluetooth connectivity and synchronization problems, especially when using mobile devices in their cars. Upon making a hands-free call, many users realized that the audio is not routed via Bluetooth. Also, iPad volume jammed after upgrading to iOS 7.1.

5. Personal Hotspot Problems

Several users found out the personal hotspot APN settings were not getting saved after iOS 7.1 update. This issue was quite prevalent with iPhone 4 but not with any other models.

From: http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/548669/20140418/apple-ios-7-1-bug-fix-battery.htm

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