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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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Microsoft is set to publish a new update for the Surface Pro 3 that will address some lingering issues with the hybrid device and make it less likely to wake up accidentally while being carried or stowed.

In a blog post on TechNet, Microsoft's J.C. Hornbeck details the upcoming update. Previously, Microsoft would announce the changes after the update has gone live, usually Tuesdays every few weeks. This change is in response to organizations who deploy fleets of Surfaces and where the IT team would like to know before the updates get pushed to their employees.

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There's a new commercial that highlights the benefits of the Surface Pro 3 over the MacBook Air, and why should you get Microsoft's latest tablet this holiday season. The commercial continues along the same vein as previous ads, and touches on the touchscreen, kickstand, stylus and performance offered by the Surface Pro 3. And yes, there's singing (or some version thereof) involved.

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BitTorrent doesn't exactly have the best reputation in the mainstream due to its widespread usage for pirating software and media. However, it can be a useful tool for sharing content and downloading large files quickly, mainly when you are on the go with your Surface or other Windows tablet. With Torrex Surface Edition, it doesn't matter if you have a tablet running the full version of Windows 8 or an RT-powered tablet. You can get touch-friendly torrenting anywhere you go.

Finebits OU, the developers of Torrex Surface Edition, describe it as a "full-featured BitTorrent client" for Windows 8. They aren't kidding.

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New fourth quarter 2014 tablet market share data suggests that Microsoft may have increased its market share with the Surface tablets by as much as 60 percent year-over-year compared to the same time last year. While Microsoft had a 1 percent market share last year, it is now up to 1.6 percent. This is still small compared to Apple, which is leading the charge at 79.9 percent, but it shows that Microsoft is gaining market share while some of its competitors are dropping.

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CNN's Jake Tapper mentioned on Twitter that the controversy surrounding the commentator's use of iPads over the network-provided Surface Pro 3 was "false and idiotic". Microsoft partnered with CNN to give its Surface Pro 3 tablets airtime during the broadcaster's election coverage, which backfired as commentators were found to be using iPads hidden behind Microsoft's tablets. Tapper said that he was using his iPad for tweeting while the Surface Pro 3 was showing statistics of the exit polls.

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Microsoft is keen on keeping the Surface Pro 3 running in tip-top shape, and that includes rolling our frequent firmware updates to get the hardware to perform at its best.

Starting at 1 PM ET today, Surface Pro 3 users can now grab the October 28 System Firmware Update, the second for this month. The changelog is detailed and significant, addressing many aspects of performance including the graphics, Wi-Fi, and even Windows 10.

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