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Volcanos on Jupiter’s moon are painting its surface with beautiful colors

ALMA loving, I will give to you… The ALMA radio telescope array. Image credit: EFE/Ariel Marinkovic Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers were able to see Io as it passed into the shadow of Jupiter, where sulfur dioxide gas freezes, falling out of the atmosphere of the Galilean moon. “When Io passes into Jupiter’s shadow, and is out of direct sunlight, it is too cold for sulfur dioxide gas, and it condenses onto Io’s surface. During that time we can only see volcanically-sourced sulfur dioxide. We can therefore see exactly how much of the atmosphere is impacted by volcanic activity,” explained Statia Luszcz-Cook from Columbia University, New York. Using this instrument, astronomers examined sulfur monoxide (SO) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) rising up from volcanoes. Study of the data revealed volcanic releases constitute 30 to 50 percent of the atmosphere of Io. As Io entered the shadow of Jupiter “the SO2 flux density dropped exponentially, and the atmosphere reformed in a linear fashion when re-emerging in sunlight, with a ‘post-eclipse brightening’ after ∼10 minutes. While both the in-eclipse decrease and in-sunlight increase in SO was more gradual than for SO2, the fact that SO decreased at all is evidence that self-reactions at the surface are important and fast, and that in-sunlight photolysis of SO2 is the dominant source of SO,” researchers describe in The Planetary Science Journal. In the video above, the atmosphere of Io seen by ALMA, layered with optical images of Jupiter’s innermost large moon. (Image credit:…Continue readingVolcanos on Jupiter’s moon are painting its surface with beautiful colors

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VentureBeat

Microsoft reports $35.7 billion in Q1 2021 revenue: Azure up 48%, Surface up 37%, and LinkedIn up 16%

Microsoft today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2021, including revenue up 12% to $37.2 billion, net income of $13.9 billion, and earnings per share of $1.82 (compared to revenue of $33.1 billion, net income of $10.7 billion, and earnings per share of $1.14 in Q1 2020). All three of the company’s operating groups saw year-over-year growth. Analysts had expected Microsoft to earn $35.7 billion in revenue and report earnings per share of $1.54. The company thus easily beat expectations, suggesting some (but not all) units are benefiting from the effects of the pandemic. The company’s stock was up 1.5% in regular trading and flat in after-hours trading. Microsoft returned $9.5 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends during the quarter. COVID-19 impact on the quarter Microsoft is the first of the tech giants to report results for a second full quarter during the coronavirus pandemic. In the past two quarters, Microsoft said COVID-19 had minimal net impact on the total company revenue. This time, Microsoft merely said its “focus remains on ensuring the safety of our employees, striving to protect the health and well-being of the communities in which we operate, and providing technology and resources to our customers and partners to help them do their best work while remote.” Indeed, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about “digital transformation” and didn’t even mention the virus. “The next decade of economic performance for every business will be defined by the speed of their digital…Continue readingMicrosoft reports $35.7 billion in Q1 2021 revenue: Azure up 48%, Surface up 37%, and LinkedIn up 16%

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Tech Radar

Microsoft Surface Go 3 release date, leaks and price: what we want to see

Rumors about the Microsoft Surface Go 3 are starting to emerge, even though Surface Go 2 only came out in May 2020, and we’re still a ways away from its expected release date.  Perhaps the biggest one is from a forum post on Tablet PC Review, suggesting that the next-generation Surface Go could be powered by new Ryzen chips, one of which has a very low 4.8W TDP (thermal design power).  If this rumor is to be believed, the Surface Go 3 could be transitioning from the Intel processors that powered earlier models to AMD mobile chips. This could only mean good things for consumers. Not only will the device have better battery life, but it may potentially be cheaper as well, offering budget-friendly configurations of one of the best Windows tablets to economizing consumers. This is all speculation at this point, but we still can’t help but be excited to see what else Microsoft has planned for its most affordable tablet. So, we thought this as good of a time as any to gather everything we know about – and everything we want from – the Microsoft Surface Go 3.  Be sure to keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it with any new details that reach our desks. Cut to the chase What is it? The next-generation Surface Go   When is it out? TBC  What will it cost? Probably starting around $399 (£379, AU$599)   Surface Go 3 release date  The Surface Go 2 was unveiled on May…Continue readingMicrosoft Surface Go 3 release date, leaks and price: what we want to see

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Tech Radar

Here’s the best alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go for Business

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga – $769.99 at Amazon(roughly £600)The best alternative to Microsoft’s new business laptop is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, a true 2-in-1 convertible. It’s heavier and a tad slower, but has more storage, a higher screen resolution, far more ports and costs less.View Deal Microsoft has quietly launched the Surface Laptop Go for Business, with the cheapest model starting from $799. However, there appear to be plenty of competitive models around that are worth looking at too. But first, let’s look at the main selling points of Microsoft’s new laptop: it’s very light and has a long battery life, powerful CPU, fast Wi-FI and a touch-capable display. It also offers a choice of three refreshing color schemes. Microsoft is also the only vendor to offer a 36-month PCaaS-like scheme that allows businesses to buy their laptops in interest-free monthly instalments. The Surface Laptop Go for Business also benefits from 60-day returns, up to 13 hours battery life thanks to extra optimizations and the Advanced Exchange program, which entitles you to an immediate replacement upon request. On closer inspection, Microsoft has produced a very intriguing product with only one big flaw: its screen resolution is about a third lower than a full HD screen (the strict minimum we’d recommend for any business laptop). The best alternative, in our eyes, is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, which costs slightly less, has more storage and boasts a superior display. Bear in mind If this product is unavailable in your region,…Continue readingHere’s the best alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go for Business

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Tech Radar

Forget the Surface Go 2 tablet, this challenger comes with a keyboard and stylus for half the price

Pipo W11 tablet – $269.99 at Banggood(£212.40/AU$383.51)Pipo is not a household brand, but given the W11 costs less than half the price of the Microsoft Surface Go 2 – and offers superior performance, storage and connectivity – it’s well worth a look.View Deal The new Surface Go 2 tablet from Microsoft received a solid review from TechRadar; we described it as “an excellent affordable Windows 10 tablet that features a premium design found in the company’s more expensive devices”.  However, if you want something even more affordable, you should check out the Pipo W11, which retails for about half the price of Microsoft’s diminutive tablet. Pipo is not a household name, but we’ve known about the company since 2014 when it unveiled the Pipo W2 tablet. The W11 follows in the footsteps of that 6-year old device, which back in the day ran on a little-known OS called Windows 8.1. The W11 also comes with a keyboard cover and stylus, all for the princely sum of $269.99 (£212.40/AU$383.51). For comparison, the cheapest Surface Go 2 configuration with pen and keyboard cover retails for $568.97 – more than twice the price.  The W11 wins out when it comes to performance, with its Celeron N4100 CPU trouncing the Surface Go 2’s Pentium 4425Y, according to CPUBenchmark. It’s also superior when it comes to storage (Pipo’s candidate has 64GB eMMC plus a dedicated 180GB SSD) and connectivity (the W11 has three more ports than its rival). On the other hand, the Surface Go…Continue readingForget the Surface Go 2 tablet, this challenger comes with a keyboard and stylus for half the price

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Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 are $50 off for Prime Day

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. If you buy something through one of the links on this page, we may earn an affiliate commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of the time of publication but are subject to change. Amazon’s Prime Day event has made a bunch of audio devices easier on the wallet, including Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2. If you’ve been looking to buy a pair of these over-ear noise canceling headphones, this is probably one of the best times to do so. You can grab the Surface Headphones 2 in black or gray from Amazon for only $200, or $50 less than its original price, if you’re a Prime member. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen them go for on the e-retail giant, not including used stocks sold by third-party sellers. Buy Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 at Amazon – $200 Source linkContinue readingMicrosoft’s Surface Headphones 2 are $50 off for Prime Day

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Tech Radar

Forget about the new Surface Laptop Go – these are the laptops you should consider

The Surface Laptop Go will probably wow customers at first, but when the dust settles, we’ll all come to realize it’s both unbalanced and overpriced. Sure, some will be ecstatic to see a 10th generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor powering a laptop with a touchscreen display. But look elsewhere and cracks start to appear. First, there’s the amount of system memory, which is vital to getting Windows and other memory-hungry applications to run smoothly. 4GB RAM is simply not enough (even if it is LPDDR4x), especially as the integrated graphics will occupy up to a quarter of that. Ditto for the onboard storage; 64GB eMMC won’t cut it. Not only is it the slowest storage tier outside of hard disk drives, but the capacity is also criminally low. Install Windows 10 and the relevant updates and you’ll probably be looking at 25GB already ring fenced. Add in the fact that solid state memory performance worsens as free storage shrinks and you’ve got a recipe for frustration. Microsoft’s other surprising choice is the inclusion of a screen with less than two megapixels. The 12.4-inch PixelSense display has a resolution of 1536 x 1024 pixels, which equates to 1.57 million pixels in all – a third less than full HD displays usually found on business laptops. And perhaps an even bigger kick in the teeth for potential buyers – other than the $550 price tag – is that it doesn’t offer a fingerprint power button like the rest of the range. So,…Continue readingForget about the new Surface Laptop Go – these are the laptops you should consider

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Microsoft’s new portable and affordable Surface Laptop Go is up for pre-order now

Microsoft has introduced another family member to its Surface range of portable computing devices – the Surface Laptop Go – available for pre-order now in Australia and looking set to take on the rumoured 12-inch MacBook. As the name suggests, this is a more affordable entry in the premium Surface Laptop line-up (Microsoft’s MacBook equivalents), starting at just AU$999 and getting more expensive with more powerful configurations. The Surface Laptop Go sports a more compact form factor than its bigger Surface siblings and, although Microsoft has kept costs down by sticking with an i5 processor for all configurations, you do still get a full-featured laptop. It sports a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen, a full-sized keyboard, a fingerprint scanner, an HD camera and the promise of 13 hours of battery life. There’s also a USB-C and USB-A port. Alongside the 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPUs are configurations ranging from 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of system memory (RAM) and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB SSD storage. Most importantly though, the new Surface Laptop Go is available in three stylish shades – Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum. As mentioned, Microsoft has opened up pre-orders already, with the device shipping out from October 13. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go | from AU$999 Available for pre-order right now in three different colours and shipping from October 13, this 12-inch laptop promises not just portability but some decent amount of power as well. This might actually give Apple a run for its money, potentially making it a great Windows alternative for students or anyone…Continue readingMicrosoft’s new portable and affordable Surface Laptop Go is up for pre-order now

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro X has a creepy eye contact feature for video chats

With the pandemic forcing a lot of us to work from home for the foreseeable future, it’s very likely people are upgrading their devices to something more suitable. And, it’s safe to say Microsoft is aware.  In response to these trying times, the company unveiled its next-generation Surface Pro X with some new improvements. Not only does it come with an all-new chipset, longer battery life, and support for more apps, but it also has a new feature built specifically for video chat called “eye contact.” Yes, it’s as creepy as it sounds.  The Surface Pro X starts at $1,499.99, which is higher than the $999.99 starting price for its predecessor.  Now, let’s talk about what’s improved with this new 2-in-1 as compared to last year’s model — it might help to justify that increase in price. To power the device, Microsoft has introduced its second-generation SQ2 chipset which is suitable for more intense multitasking. But if you don’t need such a beefy processor, you can opt for last year’s SQ1 instead. Either way, both versions come with LTE connectivity and up to 15 hours of battery life (an increase from 13 hours on its predecessor). Even though Microsoft has introduced a new SQ2 chip, you can still opt for the older version. Since the device runs Windows 10 on an ARM processor, Microsoft confirmed it’s rolling out expanded support for its 64-bit applications. But it’s important to note that unless the app has already been ported to ARM64, you…Continue readingMicrosoft’s new Surface Pro X has a creepy eye contact feature for video chats

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The Verge

Microsoft reportedly launching Surface Pro X 2 in fall with new chip and color variant

Microsoft is reportedly planning to refresh its ARM-powered Surface Pro X this fall. Windows Central reports that the Surface Pro X will be updated to include Microsoft’s SQ2 processor, which will likely be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G. It’s not clear if this refreshed Surface Pro X will include 5G support, but Qualcomm’s latest chip supports the option for Microsoft to include it. Microsoft is also rumored to be working on a new color variant for this updated Surface Pro X, which would see the device launch in the platinum typically found on the Intel-based Surface Pro line. Microsoft launched the Surface Pro X in black last year, with a black Type Cover. It’s likely we’ll see a variety of Type Cover colors for this new Surface Pro X to complement the new platinum variant. The ARM-based Surface Pro X processor.Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge There are no rumors around any design or significant hardware changes beyond the chip update, so it’s likely that Microsoft will stick to the thinner and lighter design it introduced last year for the Pro X. The processor alone could help improve the performance of the Surface Pro X, which struggled with traditional emulated apps. Microsoft will likely hold an October Surface event to introduce this updated Surface Pro X, alongside a rumored smaller 12.5-inch Surface Laptop. Source linkContinue readingMicrosoft reportedly launching Surface Pro X 2 in fall with new chip and color variant