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If you're an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber and you're currently weighing up getting a Surface Pro 3, definitely check your inbox. A promotional offer is going out this morning to all subscribers offering a whopping £400 discount on a Surface Pro 3 and black type cover bundle from the Microsoft Store. But you'll still need to spend a fair bit.

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With Microsoft's recent firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, among the new bits and pieces was a new Marvell Wifi driver that lets you switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands on the fly. For those of us using a dual-band router, the updated driver should help resolve any related issues.

Switching bands is easy, so long as you know where to look. Here's how to do it.

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Microsoft is pushing out new firmware for all three Surface Pro devices

Patch Tuesday came and went this week without anything additional for the Surface Pro 3, however, late tonight a new firmware package did go out. Additionally, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro owners are also getting some new firmware, though not as comprehensive as the one for the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft has published the full details of the firmware bundles, which includes many new additions, including new HD graphics drivers, some Wi-Fi connectivity fixes when using Hyper-V and more.

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In 2014, Microsoft inked a deal with the NFL for them to exclusively use the Surface Pro 2 on the sidelines. The devices were meant for the various coaches as a tool to replace the tried and true printer and paper method of years past. Now, instead of printing up plays and grainy images, coaches can use sanctioned photos along with the Surface's pen to go over plays and adjust strategy.

Tonight at a preview event for CES, Microsoft was on hand to show off the combination all-weather case for the Surface Pro 2 and the massive storage sheds where the device gets charged and stay protected.

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Things may have been off to a rocky start when the NFL started using Surface tablets earlier this year, but today brought a pretty cool little story about how the tablets have helped out Washington's own Seattle Seahawks. In an interview with Washington's King 5 News, quarterback Russell Wilson said that the ability to instantly review plays on the tablet has helped the team win.

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When the Surface Pro 3 was announced, Microsoft had righted many wrongs with the previous version of the hardware. Faster, more processor choices, thinner, lighter, larger display, the list goes on.

However, one thing that irked some people who used the Surface Pen was the placement of the Windows Key. Due to the new keyboard positioning, placing the key near the bottom was simply not possible, so Microsoft opted to put it on the right. The downside? Some artists and graphic designers complained of accidental clicks when they laid their hands on the display to draw.

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Earlier this month, Austrian Airlines announced that its pilots would start using the Surface Pro 3 as electronic flight bags instead of paper-based manuals, and now Lufthansa is following suit. The airline purchased more than 5,000 Surface Pro 3 tablets that will allow pilots to check weather reports, charts and navigation utilities in-flight. The tablets will be made available to pilots in all regions where Lufthansa flies, with the rollout commencing from February 2015.

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