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A ROUND-UP OF THE LAT­EST NEWS IN THE DIG­I­TAL WORLD

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GO BE­NEATH THE SUR­FACE

MI­CROSOFT is still fight­ing to be rel­e­vant in a time of up­heaval, as more peo­ple rely on smart­phones to do all the com­puter things they need to do out­side of work.

Which is why most of Mi­crosoft’s new suite of Sur­face-branded de­vices fo­cuses on work.

The ob­vi­ous ex­cep­tion is the Sur­face Head­phones, which were among a set of de­vices re­vealed this week. The head­phones are over-the-ear high-end bulky ef­forts, and have Mi­crosoft’s own Ai as­sis­tant Cor­tana built in.

Mi­crosoft also re­leased the sec­ond ver­sion of its Sur­face lap­top – and now of­fers it in a rather nice-look­ing matt black colour op­tion. It does all the things a Win­dows lap­top can do, which ob­vi­ously is quite a lot.

One puz­zling omis­sion is the lack of USB-C con­nec­tiv­ity but still, it’s a lovely look­ing ma­chine and starts at £979. There’s also a new Sur­face Pro (from £879) in the off­ing, ver­sion 6 of the hy­brid de­vice that can be a lap­top, tablet, or “por­ta­ble stu­dio” (it lies down al­most flat so you can work on it with a sty­lus).

Up­grades in­clude a bet­ter pro­ces­sor, but be­yond that it’s pretty un­der­whelm­ing.

Fi­nally, there’s a new ver­sion of the Sur­face Stu­dio – the gi­ant com­puter with a 28in touch-screen that you can ad­just to work ei­ther like a tra­di­tional desk­top, or al­most flat so you can draw on it.

The Sur­face Stu­dio 2, pic­tured above, is US-only at the mo­ment, but it’s by far Mi­crosoft’s most in­ter­est­ing de­vice. See mi­crosoft. com/en-gb

AP­PLE TV HOPES FOR A BT BOOST

AP­PLE TV, pic­tured, is a great de­vice – it runs some fab­u­lous apps and ties into your iCloud ac­count so you can view your own pho­tos and videos on the big screen.

But it just seems to be strug­gling to gain any trac­tion in the mar­ket.

That might be why, if the ru­mours are true, Ap­ple is ne­go­ti­at­ing with BT and its mo­bile net­work EE to bun­dle the de­vice with its ser­vices.

Word is the BT and EE ver­sion will come with some new BT apps so you can watch BT Sport ac­tion and other BT of­fer­ings on your TV.

Sounds good, as long as you’re able to do all the other things you can do with an Ap­ple TV as well.

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