Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse Launched as a Companion for the Surface Laptop

While Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S managed to take the spotlight on Tuesday, the Redmond-based company also launched the new version of its Arc Touch Mouse – called the Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse. While the mouse still comes with the same arc design that provided a distinct look to the earlier versions, the latest iteration doesn’t have distinguishable left and right click buttons as before. The company has priced the accessory at $80 (roughly Rs. 5,100) and interested users can already pre-order the device from company’s website.

In order to power up the new Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse, users simply need to snap the mouse into its curved position and can snap it into a flat position to power it down, or better store and carry it. The new mouse comes with two buttons (left and right click) but on a single surface, featuring a capacitive touch ‘full scroll pane’. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity – this limits use with certain Apple and Windows 7 machines, the company said. The accessory comes with 2 AAA alkaline batteries (included) and has a battery life of up to 9 months, as per the company’s claims. The Surface Arc Mouse has frequency range of 2.4GHz and will be made available in Burgundy, Light Gray, and Cobalt Blue colours – which complement the newly launched Surface Laptop.

Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse Launched as a Companion for the Surface LaptopThe new mouse from Microsoft measures 131x55x14mm and weighs 82.49 grams. “Slim, light, and ready to travel, Surface Arc Mouse is designed to conform to your hand and snaps flat to fit easily in your bag,” the company says on its website.

On Tuesday, alongside education-focused Windows 10 S, Microsoft also launched its Surface Laptop at its New York Spring event. The new device runs on the Windows 10 S, and will be made available in four colour options including Burgundy, Graphite Gold, Platinum, and Cobalt Blue. The Surface laptop has been made available for pre-orders right away, and will be shipped starting June 15.

Laptop Ban on Direct Flights Between Morocco and US to Be Lifted, Says Royal Air Maroc

A ban on carrying laptop computers and other large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on direct flights between Morocco and the United States will be lifted on Thursday, Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc said in a statement.

In March, the United States banned laptops in cabins on flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries – Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey – to address fears that bombs could be concealed in them.

Laptop Ban on Direct Flights Between Morocco and US to Be Lifted, Says Royal Air MarocRoyal Air Maroc is the only carrier to operate direct flights to the United States, flying from Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport to New York and Washington D.C.

It did not say why the restrictions had been lifted, but the US Department of Homeland Security had already dropped restrictions on six of the airlines after they adopted stricter screening for explosives and other enhanced measures.

The department said on Tuesday it would review requests by the remaining three Middle Eastern airlines – from Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – to have the ban lifted.

State-owned EgyptAir said it expected the restrictions to be removed on Wednesday. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, said it expected the ban to be lifted on flights from Jeddah and Riyadh by July 19.

US Laptop Ban on Middle East Carriers Has Officially Ended

The United States has ended a four month ban on passengers carrying laptops onboard US bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controversial travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration.

Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport was the last of 10 airports to be exempted from the ban, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed in a tweet late on Wednesday local time.

Middle East carriers have blamed Trump’s travel restrictions, which include banning citizens of some Muslim majority countries from visiting the United States, for a downturn in demand on US routes.

In March, the United States banned large electronics in cabins on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa over concerns that explosives could be concealed in the devices taken onboard aircraft.

The ban has been lifted on the nine airlines affected – Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc — which are the only carriers to fly direct to the United States from the region.

A ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, – remains in place though has been limited after several US court hearings challenged the restrictions.

“The aviation industry has been trying to come together with a united message to governments and stakeholders about regulation and supporting the industry,” said Will Horton, senior analyst at Australian aviation consultancy CAPA.

“That was dealt a first blow from the travel ban and then a second from the large electronics ban.”

Leading industry group the International Air Transport Association (IATA) criticised the laptop ban as ineffective, as security experts argued that militants could travel to the United States via Europe or elsewhere where the restrictions didn’t apply.

The restrictions were imposed as major US carriers American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines resumed their campaign against the Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways by pressuring the new US administration to renegotiate its open skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

However, US and Middle East officials said the campaign and the travel restrictions were not related.

US officials lifted the ban after visiting the 10 airports in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey over the past three weeks to confirm new security measures announced last month were being implemented.

US Laptop Ban on Middle East Carriers Has Officially EndedOn Thursday, the US issued a revised directive to airlines around the world in response to requests that it clarify aviation security measures scheduled to start taking effect this week.

The new requirements include enhanced passenger screening at foreign airports, increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas and expanded canine screening. They affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.

Airlines that fail to meet the new security requirements could face in-cabin electronics restrictions.

The United Kingdom continues to enforce a similar in-cabin ban on electronics ban on flights from some Middle Eastern airports. Those restrictions apply to flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Locating the Perfect Tablet or Laptop

Electronic devices have made the lives of millions of professionals much easier. However, there are many different companies that are making these revolutionary devices. Are you thinking about buying either a tablet or a laptop in the near future? If this is the case, you need to educate yourself so you can be a smart shopper. This will enable you to avoid getting ripped off. These gadgets can tend to be very expensive. Therefore, you need to be sure that you are getting the right amount of value for the considerable sum of money you are spending. Here are some shopping tips that should help you to achieve this goal.

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  1. Decide whether you want a laptop or a tablet.


Laptops have been around for a long time. However, they have become considerably more advanced in recent years. They are much faster and can perform many more functions than laptops of years gone by. Tablets are a much newer type of device. They have no keys and require you to type everything on a touchscreen. This can take some getting used to if you have never done it before. Both are very compact and can be carried very easily if you are a person who travels often for your job. It is just a matter of determining which ones feels right for you.

  1. How much are you willing to spend?

Tablets and laptops are available for many different prices. Therefore, it should not be hard to find one that fits into your budget. However, you must understand that cheaper models will be slower and will not have as many frills as the pricier models. That is to be expected. You do not need to buy a brand new laptop or tablet. For example, you can get a very good deal on a refurbished Toughbook 53. You can also check out many of the online classified sites where people are selling used tablets and laptops.

  1. What type of warranty does the tablet or laptop come with?

One of the biggest advantages that you get when you buy a brand new tablet or laptop is a warranty from the company that made it. This is something you should take into consideration. This means that you will not have to pay to have the device repaired as long as it is still covered by the warranty.