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Microsoft shared details of the latest Surface Pro 3 software update on Tuesday, saying it is now rolling out in stages. Dubbed “System Firmware Update – 7/8/2014” the changes help improve both Wi-Fi stability and the Type Cover trackpad, and show or hide the on-screen keyboard at the appropriate times. The update will also help reduce power consumption while enhancing battery life. Microsoft says an additional update will follow next week to “further improve Wi-Fi connection and throughput scenarios.” Some Surface Pro 3 users reported poor Wi-Fi connections in certain circumstances, so these two updates are likely meant to resolve those issues.

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iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service announced by Apple at WWDC, looks like a Dropbox killer in its ability to share files across devices and platforms. The company had officially announced that it would work on iOS, OS X and (surprisingly) Windows, but according to a snippet discovered in the third iOS 8 beta by 9to5Mac, it looks as if you’ll be able to access your files from iCloud.com as well. If you were hoping web access means iCloud Drive would get some form of Android support, unfortunately, Apple will first need to change its current policy, as most browsers on Android can’t access iCloud.com. Still, coupled with last week’s news that iCloud is getting two-factor authentication, it does look as if Apple is beefing up its web services — a historic weak point for the giant from Cupertino.

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The app tells users what services like Facebook can figure out about their personality and intentions. In the future, it wants to encourage people to feed that data to advertisers for cash rewards. This is an attempt to improve rather than reinvent the current internet model. Read more »

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