Microsoft Surface Book 3 15 review: Likable but not lovable

Microsoft’s update to the 15-inch Surface Book 2, the aptly named Surface Book 3, remains essentially the same. It’s still the laptop that tries to be all things to all people: it’s a clamshell, a convertible and a standalone tablet, where most laptops settle for two out of three. But in the past couple of years the competition for creative dollars has gotten a lot tougher while the Surface Book has pretty much stood still. If you want its exact combination of convertible/detachable/clamshell operation or want to stick with it as an upgrade from the Surface Book 2, it won’t disappoint. 

Like

  • Flexible and unique laptop-tablet-convertible design
  • Decent 1080p gaming performance for its class
  • Solid battery life
  • Good, touch-typing-friendly keyboard

Don’t Like

  • Unremarkable processor performance given its price and size
  • No Thunderbolt 3 connection

Microsoft does offer a new configuration with an Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 graphics processor. The Quadro’s a professional GPU that’s roughly equivalent to a GeForce RTX 2070. Quadro graphics enable professionals to take advantage of some acceleration capabilities in high-end video and 3D-intensive software that aren’t enabled for GeForce consumer-level GPUs. 

The display section detaches to become a tablet, but can also bereattached flipped

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Can I track my stimulus check status? Here’s how to use the free IRS app

An online tool can help tell you when your stimulus money is coming.


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You already know that the IRS is sending you a coronavirus stimulus check of up to $1,200. You just don’t know when. Turns out, the IRS can help. Its online tool called Get My Payment can show you if your check has been scheduled and point out problems you may need to address before the IRS can process your money. 

It can also tell you whether your money will arrive as a paper check, a prepaid debit card or, in some cases, as a direct deposit to your bank account. While some who used the portal when the IRS first opened it, the IRS said it has fixed some common problems.

We’ll explain how to use the site, including the details you should have on hand before you begin. For more information about stimulus checks, here’s what to do if you think your payment might not arrive at all. Plus, these are the latest details about a second round of stimulus checks and

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Popular mobile banking apps are riddled with security flaws, and Android users are more at risk

A study of banking apps for iOS and Android found poor source code protection, cleartext storage of sensitive data, and other serious flaws that make it easy for attackers to break into accounts.

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A study of banking apps for iOS and Android has led researchers to conclude that “none of the tested mobile banking applications has an acceptable level of security.”

Performed by IT security vendor Positive Technologies, the study tested 14 banking apps available on both iOS and Android that had more than 500,000 downloads each. Despite the small sample size, there are reasons to pay attention to the results. 

Every single app contained vulnerabilities, and three were common to all of them: A lack of obfuscation, no protection against code injection and repackaging, and code that contained names of classes and methods.

In short, use your bank’s mobile app at your own risk.

Luckily for iOS users, none of the flaws discovered in the iOS versions of the apps surveyed was worse than a “medium” risk; by comparison 29% of Android banking apps contained high-risk flaws. 

The vulnerabilities uncovered in the study put individual users, and business clients, directly in harm’s way, and in many cases

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