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However, there is one other value benefit to the Surface 3; you might have an entirely new and revolutionary device in about three months. Why? Windows 10. All Surface 3 tablets come with free upgrades to Windows 10, which is set to be released this summer. With it will come a brand new focus on allowing tablets to work well as tablets, laptops as laptops, and the transition between each to make actual sense. This all bodes well and early builds are encouraging. For the Surface 3 it come mean a new lease of life. But that's still to come. The Surface 3 makes a lot of sense to me... as an individual. I'm a mobile, distracted, internet-obsessed and often disorganised person for whom carrying more than one full-size device isn't really very practical. To have a sleek, light tablet with a genuinely good keyboard, and excellent pen input, is ideal. I can use it to watch Adventure Time, draw comics, do my day job and know where everything is, all the time. Unfortunately, for the Surface 3, I already own a Surface Pro 3. It's more powerful, larger, sharper and can run everything from Skyrim to full-scale drawing apps. And it doesn't cost that much more.

For the Surface 3 to make sense for someone else, that person will need an equally specific set of needs and circumstances. They will have to require just the right amount of processing power -- enough to run Windows, but not enough to run games -- and be content with a 10.8-inch screen and a poor selection of touchscreen apps. They will need to reconcile themselves to giving up the stability of a laptop, the power of a higher-end device, and the overall quality of an iPad, and console themselves by hoping Windows 10 solves the core software problems with Windows 8.1.That's not to say that customer doesn't exist. Clearly, looking at Microsoft's recent sales figures, they're onto something here. But when you're combining a laptop, tablet and creative ideas pad into one device it's always going to be a question of balance as much as execution. And balance, unfortunately, is what the Surface 3 lacks.

Your daily briefing. Today, Amazon resets some users' passwords amid fears of accidental exposure, Dell apologises for its laptop security hole and releases a fix, Apple has bought the motion capture technology behind Star Wars and more. Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click here to sign up to the WIRED Awake newsletter.Amazon has reset the passwords of an unknown number of user accounts, including those of UK users, saying that it "recently discovered that your [Amazon] password may have been improperly stored on your device or transmitted to Amazon in a way that could potentially expose it to a third party" (ZDNet). The email sent to affected users ascribes the move to "an abundance of caution" and says that the company has no reason to believe that any passwords actually have been disclosed to a third party. Amazon has yet to comment to the press.Dell has admitted that several models of recently shipped computers contain a serious security vulnerability of its own making ( The computer giant said it "deeply regrets that this has happened" and that it is "taking steps to address it". The vulnerability is caused by a preinstalled SSL certificate called eDellRoot, designed for easy servicing by Dell staff, but which could be spoofed by attackers to access all your personal data. This guide tells you how to see if you're affected and what to do if you are.

Apple has confirmed that it has bought Faceshift, the Swiss company behind the motion capture software used to help bring non-human characters to life in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TechCrunch). Originally developed for real-time motion capture that allows users' facial movements to be mapped onto an animated avatar, Faceshift's technology has obvious applications for facial recognition and augmented reality, as well as live and recorded motion capture. Although it's only just come to light, the deal was hammered out at the end of August this year.Google parent company Alphabet has released a video of its Project Loon internet balloons being tested in the sub-zero environment of the McKinley Climatic Laboratory on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, USA (VentureBeat). With the balloons set to cruise at heights of 20,000 metres, the Project Loon team has had to emulate the pressures and temperatures they'll experience at that environment to ensure that the material of the balloons can stand up to the stress.Scientists have demonstrated that fish show signs of sentience in the form of an "emotional fever" -- a 1 to 2 degree increase in body temperature that occurs when they're introduced to a new environment (Science). Some scientists argue that this phenomenon only occurs in sentient creatures such as humans and other mammals, and the finding thus throws into question popular theories about fish lacking either consciousness or emotion. A study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B detailed the results of tests on goldfish and zebrafish showing that stressed fish had raised body temperatures and sought out warmer waters.

Researchers have found that, twenty minutes after a meal, gut microbes produce proteins that can make animals feel full (ScienceDaily). The team found that when nutrients reach the gut, its resident bacteria divide and replace members lost to stool production. Once this feeding and expansion process is over, the gut's resident E. coli bacteria start producing different kinds of proteins, contributing to feelings of satiety in the host. It appears that, in order to prompt and curtail their own population expansion, gut bacteria use proteins to tell their host when they're hungry and when they're sufficiently nourished.The Tor Project, the non-profit organisation behind the Tor network and browser, is appealing for donations to lessen its dependence on US government funding (TechCrunch). Tor, which allows people to communicate and use the internet more securely via a network of virtual tunnels that obfuscate their point of origin, has played an important role in personal data security, whistleblowing and political activism in recent years. However, the project's continued association with the US government has raised questions about its security as far as some users are concerned.

A lunar rainbow has been photographed in the skies above Stykkisholmur in Iceland by local photographer Vidir Bjornsson (BBC). The rare phenomenon is caused when moonlight is refracted by moisture, just as daytime rainbows are the product of refracted sunlight. However, "moonbows" are far rarer and more delicate in appearance due to the faintness of moonlight. They often appear white to the naked eye, with their full colours only becoming visible through long-exposure photography.Artist Kyle McDonald has produced a video that shows a neural networking program called NeuralTalk2 trying to describe a live video of him walking around Amsterdam in real time (Motherboard). The program, developed by Google and Stanford University, sometimes struggled, particularly when McDonald was moving, but was startlingly accurate on other occasions, correctly describing foods, places, and people. Like other neural networks, NeuralTalk2 has to be trained by feeding it images, getting it to associate certain patterns and naming them for it.Randall Munroe's XKCD webcomic features an interactive game called Hoverboard as its current strip (BoingBoing). Produced to promote the launch of Munroe's new book, Thing Explainer, the strip at first appears to be a simple single-screen game. However, once you leave the playing field, a huge world and complex narrative unfold.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' private space company Blue Origin has completed a 'historic' test flight, after sending a craft to space before successfully landing it on Earth. The feat was marked in a YouTube video, which shows the New Shepard space vehicle reaching more than 100 kilometres in altitude before descending back to its launch site in West Texas. The booster reached more than Mach 3.7 before landing on the launch pad at just 4.4 miles per hour. The capsule, in which any passengers to space would be placed, landed separately by parachute.All this month WIRED is going behind the scenes on The Force Awakens. Head to our hub page for exclusive interviews, photos, videos and more. And pick up WIRED 01.16 (on sale 10 December) for some extra-special exclusive features.In WIRED Out of Office, WIRED’s deputy editor Greg Williams investigates the ideas and technology behind the work of pioneering people in our network, to find out what this might tell us about the future of motoring, mobility and beyond. Each report is inspired by the technologies and design elements of the new XF and for the second, Greg Williams meets multidisciplinary designer Francis Bitonti at the makersCAFE in Shoreditch, East London. [PROMO]We go inside Pixar, GE Appliances and games company Supercell to find out how three very different corporate cultures are building huge growth by ignoring traditional rules. Plus our seasonal Gear of the Year wishlist. Out now in print, iPad and our new, better-than-ever iPhone app. Subscribe now and save.

Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has been adopting an increasingly aggressive pricing strategy to carve out a place for itself in thetablet and laptop market recently, and the Asus Transformer Book T100 hybrid design is no exception. It's good to see an affordable Windows 8.1 device, but are the tech compromises a bit too much to make it worthwhile? It's a solidly built device. Perhaps a bit too solidly built -- it looks like a sturdy workhorse with little in the way of fancy styling, and weighs a over a kilogramme with the tablet docked into the keyboard.It's available in both 32GB and 64GB versions, plus you can add a further 64GB via the microSD card slot in the side (incidentally, you get 1,000GB of free web storage from Asus too, which can't be bad). There's also a micro HDMI out on the tablet port and a full-size USB port on the keyboard.As a full Windows 8.1 device it's running the latest version of the rapidly evolving operating system. The new version has brought back the Start button which was much missed by seasoned Windows users (i.e. most people). And this is the full Windows experience, rather than the RT version, so you're not just limited to installing apps from the Windows Marketplace, and you also get a full version of Office as standard. Yes, there's still a bit of a learning curve to find your way around, but it's a slick, fast and easy-to-use operating system for the most part, that makes the most of the touch-sensitive screen.

As a hybrid device it works pretty well. Both screen and keyboard weigh the same amount, though it's still prone to tipping if you place the screen beyond about 45 degrees. The dock is nicely robust and the screen clips into it and releases very easily via an outsize button just above the keyboard. The keyboard itself feels pretty good for the most part, though the touchpad feels a little cramped and isn't the most sensitive we've come across.The 10.1-inch screen offers a resolution of 1,366x768 pixels -- not the very highest of res, but good enough for a screen of this size. It's nicely sensitive too, and we didn't have any problems skipping around the touchy, slidy interface.The quad-core Intel Atom processor is clocked at 1.3GHz, backed by 2GB of RAM and does a pretty decent job in general use, fast and efficient with browsing and movie watching. Standard gaming seemed to be okay too, but it clearly has its limits, and we couldn't get it to run our usual test HD game of Portal (which isn't exactly a demanding game these days either). The battery held up very well though, running for a solid 11 hours in our test, which is just as well, since it takes a surprisingly long time to charge up.Yes, you can get Microsoft's Surface 2 for a tenner more, but that model only runs the limited RT version of Windows 8.1 and you'll still need to shell out another £100 for the accompanying keyboard. The T100 may not be the best looking hybrid out there, but it's solidly built, offers a decent screen and processor, plus the latest Windows 8.1 at an extremely reasonable price.