Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:10 UTC
Windows So, the Microsoft announcement - taking place as I write this, 01:45 in my timezone - turns out to be a bigger deal than expected. Microsoft just announced it's going full-on hardware - the company announced a new tablet called 'Surface', and boy, is this thing something to behold. Microsoft's hardware partners? They're not happy right now. Update: Here's Microsoft's official Surface site. I believe someone coined the phrase 'sexy as a succubus' in the comments about Vizio? Stealin' it! Update II: They aren't just taking the iPad head-on - this is a straight-up MacBook Air competitor.
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RE[5]: Another good idea
by Neolander on Tue 19th Jun 2012 06:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Another good idea"
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

Then there's the stupid non standard charger. Good luck charging it with a wall piece that's not made by ASUS. It'll take you 8 hours to get from 0-10% battery. No. Lie. Treat your charger like gold.

Just one remark : as strange as it may sound, there is no standard spec for a USB2 port that can deliver lots of current. All fast cellphone chargers are based on manufacturer-specific tricks like shorting pins together.

That's what happen when people take a port designed for data transfers and say "meh, it will work as a power input just fine" for the sake of cool design.

Edited 2012-06-19 06:38 UTC

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RE[6]: Another good idea
by Nelson on Tue 19th Jun 2012 09:46 in reply to "RE[5]: Another good idea"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

+1 Did not know. Interesting!

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RE[7]: Another good idea
by Neolander on Tue 19th Jun 2012 16:59 in reply to "RE[6]: Another good idea"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Correcting myself : there have been effort in the direction of standardizing high-current USB in the past few years (such as the Battery Charging Specification of 2010), the standards are just not in widespread use at the moment.

Edited 2012-06-19 16:59 UTC

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