Microsoft says its latest tablet can replace a notebook. Now the company’s putting its money where its mouth is by offering shoppers up to $650 in credit when they trade in select MacBook Air models for a Surface Pro 3 tablet.
As WinBeta notes, you’ll need a working device, you’ll have to take it into a bricks and mortar Microsoft Store (online trade-ins aren’t allowed), and you’ll need to make the trade by July 31st. Oh yeah… you’ll also have to think you want a Surface Pro 3 more than a MacBook Air… an idea I suspect many existing MacBook Air owners won’t subscribe to.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Microsoft Store: Get up to $650 credit when you trade in a MacBook Air for a Surface Pro 3
Sure… if you’ve got a MacBook Air that qualifies for the full $650 trade-in value, you might be able to get even more than that by selling it on eBay. But that’s still a pretty good discount for anyone who actually thinks the trade is a good idea. [Microsoft Store]
- What to expect from Google IO (maybe): Wearables, TVs, cars, Android refinements, etc
Google’s annual developer conference starts Wednesday, and while it’s not clear if we’ll see the next version of Android, Google is likely to focus heavily on the recently announced Android Wear platform for smartwatches as well as software for TVs, cars, and more. [Ars Technica]
- Sprint unveils the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport… it’s basically Sprint’s version of AT&T’s Galaxy S5 Active
Samsung’s rugged version of the Galaxy S5 phone is coming to Sprint this summer, and it’s a Sprint exclusive… thanks to a name change. [Sprint]
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 leaks suggest it’ll have a super-fast Exynos 5433 processor
It’s best to take benchmark reports with a heavy grain of salt… but it looks like Samsung’s next Note phone could have a chip that’s pretty dang fast. [G for Games]
- In case you were wondering if Amazon’s Fire Phone appeals to tech geeks/developers… no.
Last week Amazon unveiled its first smartphone. This week a poll at Hacker News shows that almost none of the users of the rather geeky site plan to buy one. This tells us nothing about Amazon’s core audience of regular Amazon customers and first-time smartphone buyers. [Hacker News]
- Amazon now offers selected TV shows for free, ad-supported viewing (in its iOS app)
Speaking of Amazon, the company is now letting folks use its Amazon Instant Video app for iOS to stream some ad-supported TV shows for free. There’s still no Instant Video app for non-Kindle Android devices at all. [TechCrunch]
- Sunshine is a paid tool for S-Off, Bootloader unlock on the HTC One (M8)
Tired of having HTC patch the exploits that allowed hackers to enable S-Off on older firmware? Then pay to help fund development of new tools like Sunshine. It costs $25, but it’s the best tool to fully unlock the capabilities of the latest HTC devices. [TheRoot Ninja]
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 wins a 1 out of 10 repairability score from iFixit… but look at the pretty pictures!
Let’s face it… you probably weren’t going to try to fix this thing at home anyway. But it’s always nice when someone else takes it apart to see what’s under the hood… so you don’t have to do it yourself. [iFixit]