From Surface success and the Office touch, to revenge porn, Amazon stores, flagship Lumias and a serving of HTC (c)rap, we take a look back at highlights from this week's top tech news.
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The Surface RT, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 3 all received firmware updates today as part of Patch Tuesday. Improvements for Ethernet, WiFi and the front-facing LifeCam were amongst the updates.
The first-generation Surface 64GB is available from the Microsoft Store for just $249 in a special Memorial Day promotion, while a black Touch Cover can be added to the package for only $30 more.
Microsoft has decided not to release new firmware updates for its Surface tablets for a second straight month on "Patch Tuesday", one week before the rumored reveal of new Surface products.
The opening days of the new Microsoft specialty stores will offer deep price cuts for certain items, including the 32GB Surface RT for $199, and the 8 inch Dell Venue Pro for just $99.
Microsoft has announced that CDI College, a business school with a number of locations in Canada, has bought over 5,800 Surface 2 tablets from Microsoft that will be given to students this summer.
Microsoft decided not to release new firmware updates for any of its Surface tablets for April in favor of letting the devices download the new Windows 8.1 Update.
Microsoft is offering the original Touch Cover with any Surface tablet purchsed through its online store by Saturday, including the recently released Surface 2 with LTE on AT&T.
As part of an overall tablet sale, retailer Best Buy is currently offering the 32GB Surface RT tablet for the price of $299, while the 64GB version is priced at just $329.
Microsoft will release firmware updates for all four versions of its Surface tablets today, including major downloads for its two newest versions, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
In a last minute Black Friday 2013 sales alert, the 23 Micro Center stores in the US are selling Microsoft's Surface RT tablet with a Touch Cover for just $179.99 today only.
Looking to score a great deal on the original Surface? Microsoft will be offering the tablet up for $199 on Friday which is a great value for the device.
Microsoft will release new firmware updates for its Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro tablets later today as part of Patch Tuesday but the new Surface Pro 2 will not receive an update.
Microsoft's Surface support web page shows that older Surface RT products can finally use the company's Surface Ethernet adapter if they upgrade to Windows RT 8.1.
Microsoft has published a workaround for Surface RT owners who have experienced shorter battery life after updating from Windows RT 8.1 Preview to the final version of Windows RT 8.1.
Microsoft said that unit sales of its Surface line of tablets more than doubled in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the previous quarter, most likely due to deep price cuts.
Microsoft has dropped the "RT" from the name of the original Surface tablet on its official website although, as with its last Surface rebranding, it didn't formally announce the changes.
If you are curious about the speed boost the Surface 2 has over the RT, make the jump and check out our video that compares the Surface 2 in two tests against the RT to quantify the speed difference.
If you have been wanting a closer look at the Surface 2 and how it compares to the Surface RT, make the jump to view our gallery of comparisons shots so you can see if the new device is worth the upgr
Microsoft has now announced that the issues that caused the company to pull the Windows RT 8.1 update have only affected a small fraction of Surface RT device owners.
Microsoft now has a Surface RT Recovery Image available for download, presumably to help out some Surface RT owners who have had issues with updating to Windows RT 8.1.
Jack Cowett, Microsoft's product marketing manager for Surface, has stated in an interview that the Surface RT branding for its first tablet, launched in 2012, caused "some confusion in the market".
Retailer Best Buy has launched a new trade-in program that offers people at least $200 in a gift card for their Surface RT or Surface Pro tablets, with a maximum trade in offer of $350.
Resellers in the U.K. have apparently sold out of first-gen Surfaces - although it seems that amounts to sales of just 2,000 of Microsoft's tablets through its reseller partners in the last 3 months.
"The Mindy Project" has displayed the best product placement for Microsoft's Surface tablet yet, with guest star James Franco using it to display what's portrayed as a video of his sperm.
Dell is no longer selling its Windows RT-based XPS 10 tablet on its website, which makes Microsoft the only company selling a Windows RT hardware product for now.
Microsoft has announced today at its Surface event in New York that it will be doing away with the RT branding for the Surface in an effort to reduce consumer confusion about the Windows RT product.
Microsoft will not offer any firmware updates for either its Surface Pro or Surface RT tablets this month, which is the first month both products won't get such an update.
Microsoft's move to buy Nokia's smartphone hardware business will likely have massive effects on not just Microsoft but other companies as well, not to mention just about everybody.
The Microsoft Store website has now started selling refurbished versions of its two Surface RT tablet models at lower prices than new versions, with the 32 GB model selling for $299.
A new survey of Windows 8 and RT devices from the AdDuplex ad network shows that Microsoft's Surface RT is still the most used product in that ecosystem. Listings for a Surface 2 tablet have shown up.
A new report claims that Microsoft will permanently cut the price of its Surface RT tablets that are bundled with the black Touch Cover by $50 on Friday, August 30th.
Microsoft has announced that it is expanding the commercial, education and public sector customers sales of its Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets to 17 more markets around the world.
Figures from IDC reveal that Microsoft shipped just 300,000 Surface tablets last quarter, while a total of only 200,000 Windows RT tablets were shipped across all manufacturers.
Microsoft has new automatic firmware updates for both their Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets to download, which include some audio improvements for the Surface RT tablet.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Microsoft, claiming that the company has issued "false and misleading statements" concerning the sales of its Surface RT tablet.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has confirmed that the company is "working really hard" on the second generation version of the Surface RT tablet for Microsoft, but offered no other details.
Microsoft is extending its offer for schools to buy Surface RT tablets for just $199 each, along with price cuts for Touch and Type Covers, from August 31st to September 30th.
A new rumor claims that Microsoft will finally add official support for an external ethernet port to be used on its Surface RT tablets, running on the Windows RT OS.
Microsoft has provided a workaround for users of the Surface RT tablet that have been experiencing large battery drain issues when they installed the Windows 8.1 preview version.
Microsoft began selling its Surface RT and Surface Pro in Taiwan on Sunday, marking the first time the tablets have been officially available in the country where they're manufactured.
Microsoft has finally given some official sales numbers for its Surface tablets, claiming in a new financial disclosure that the products brought in $853 million from its launch until June 30.
Microsoft has released an updated iPad vs. Surface RT commercial that highlights the new price of the RT and the features that set it apart from Apple's iPad.
Microsoft chief financial officer Amy Hood told financial analysts today, "We know we have to do better" in terms of making the change from a PC-centric company to its devices and services plans.
NVIDIA VP Rene Haas said in a new interview that the chipmaker's support of Windows RT and Microsoft's Surface RT tablet "remains at a high level and hasn't changed."
The Surface RT has been discounted in other regions aside from the United States, including the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and Australia, with the cuts coming close to the equivalent of US$150
As previously rumored, Microsoft has now cut the price of both the 32 GB and 64 GB versions of its Surface RT tablets by $150, with the 32 GB version now priced at just $349.
Microsoft is reportedly preparing to reduce prices in its Surface RT range, with prices being slashed by up to 30%. The reductions could be introduced as early as next week.
Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, who will host the finals of Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2013 Thursday, said in an interview he uses a Nokia Lumia 920 and a Surface RT, although he also uses Apple products.
During the day 3 keynote at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference today, it was announced that over 16,000 units of its discounted Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets have been sold at the event.