Microsoft memo confirms Consumer Reports was right about the Surface

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The Surface Book has an unusually high return rate.
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A leaked Microsoft memo confirms that Consumer Reports was right to retract its recommendation rating from the Surface lineup due to reliability concerns.

Microsoft previously denied that users were experiencing an abnormal number of issues with its devices, but an internal document reveals that the Surface Book and Surface Pro 3 both have unusually high return rates long after launch.

Today in Apple history: Tide turns against Apple in war with Microsoft

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A judge's decision proves very damaging to Apple.
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Today in Apple history August 14 August 14, 1991: As Apple and Microsoft head to court to battle each other, the tide begins to turn against Apple and its claims that Windows has unlawfully copied the look and feel of Mac OS.

The case concerns whether key elements of Apple’s operating system are original enough for copyright protection. The decision turns out to be a major blow against Apple — and the start of Cupertino’s 1990s decline.

Consumer Reports no longer recommends Microsoft Surface devices

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Beware the Surface Laptop's reliability.
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Consumer Reports has pulled the “recommendation” rating it awarded to four Microsoft Surface devices.

The publication says the change was made as a result of “poor predicated reliability,” and said the estimated breakage rate for Microsoft tablets and notebooks was higher than that for most other brands.

Microsoft ditches its Word Flow keyboard for iPhone

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Word Flow for iPhone is no more.
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Three ways to upgrade your mobile audio, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals include three top shelf audio upgrades and lessons in one of the office's most-used applications.
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Here’s hoping everybody’s summer is rolling along nicely. This week at the Cult of Mac Store, we’ve got three personal audio upgrades that can help dial in the summer vibes. Because some people are still thinking about their work, we’ve also got a pair of courses in Excel. That’s a skill that looks good on any resume. Everything is available at a major discount – read on for more details: