Rick Tallant

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Addiction, Mental Health and a Society That Fails to Understand Either

Philip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday. He was found with a needle still wedged into his arm, heroin believed to be the culprit.<p>When I heard of his …

Surface Pro 2 review: This is the Windows tablet you're looking for

You have to appreciate Microsoft’s tenacity. After launching the original Surface Pro tablet to mixed reviews, the company opted not to rebuild from scratch but to refine its vision for a thick and heavy, but powerful, tablet. The result is Surface Pro 2.<p>Much like Windows 8.1, Surface Pro 2 is less …

Facebook, Foursquare, and Flipboard lead a flood of big-name Windows 8 apps

Don’t be fooled by all this blabber about Windows 8.1 being Microsoft’s grand chance for a re-do—talk I’m admittedly guilty of myself. Windows 8.1 does a terrific job of refining Microsoft’s modern-style vision, but as an operating system built from the ground up to revolve around an app-based …

The PC makers' battle against Microsoft's Surface, in their own words

Tremors are a-quaking throughout the PC industry, and the violent shake-up is turning former bedfellows into bitter rivals. Over the past year, PC makers have been vocally complaining about Microsoft's recent decisions, and what's more, virtually every manufacturer has put their money where their …

From Windows 8.1 to Surface 2 and beyond: What Microsoft's ecosystem needs to thrive

Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablets finally go on sale today—so it's a good time to begin thinking about the <i>real</i> impact these devices will have on the greater Microsoft ecosystem. Indeed, ever since the tablets were introduced in late September, most people have been thinking about them the wrong way—the …

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review: Better battery and performance, same thick body - CNET

MSRP: $899.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Microsoft Surface Pro 2</b> is a faster, longer-battery-life version of the original model, upgraded with a current-gen Haswell processor. The keyboard cover is also improved with backlit keys, and is among the best tablet accessories ever devised.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Surface Pro 2 …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft downplays 'RT' and hides the desktop on its Surface tablets

When tech punditry got its first look at the Surface tablets back in June 2012, most tech observers believed calling the new tablet "Surface with Windows RT" was a bad idea. Not only did it sound terrible, but it all but guaranteed to confuse consumers used to dealing with just one flavor of …

Surface Pro 2 teardown shows Microsoft's tablet is still nearly impossible to repair

Don’t even think about trying to repair or upgrade the Surface Pro 2, because it’s just as tough to crack as the original, according to iFixit.<p>The group, which is known for its device teardowns, gave the Surface Pro 2 a repairability score of one out of 10, same as the first-generation Surface Pro. …

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows woes for DIYers

The industrious folks at iFixit have taken to tearing into Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2, putting it through the same dismantling process the Kindle Fire …

Microsoft Slices Another $100 Off Original Surface Pro Tablet

It looks like Microsoft is trying to get rid of the original Surface Pro tablets. The company has now reduced the Windows 8 tablet’s price by another …

Surface 2 review: Cautious upgrades don't help a tablet in desperate need of relevance

Microsoft could have impressed the world with the update to its entry-level Surface tablet, but instead it released the Surface 2. The new tablet’s price tag might be $50 less than the original, introductory cost of the Surface RT, but no price reduction can mitigate the Surface 2’s fundamental …

Surface Pro 2: Less than a laptop | Ars Technica

Review: The heart of a laptop it may be, but I want the body of a laptop, too.<p>A few months after its first computer hit the market, Microsoft …

Deep sleep: ObamaCare site goes offline for extended maintenance

The problem-plagued ObamaCare website shut down Saturday night for “extended” repairs, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.<p>Technicians have shut down HealthCare.gov during weekends since the site launched Oct. 1 but just for a few overnight hours.<p>The site was scheduled to be …