Top 10 most read: Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air, Chinese smartphone firm collecting user data

When Microsoft launched its latest Surface tablet, the firm was keen to compare the device with Apple’s popular lightweight MacBook Air laptop, even claiming that the tablet could replace the Air. So we decided to put Microsoft’s claims to the test and see which is the better device, the Surface Pro 3 or the MacBook Air – and the results were closer than we originally expected.

Readers were also keen to find out whether the latest Surface is a worthwhile upgrade to its predecessor, with our comparison of the Pro 3 versus Pro 2 also proving popular. 

For those concerned about privacy invasions, look away now, as F-Secure reported last week that smartphone firm Xiaomi was sending personal data to Chinese servers without requesting their users’ consent. But this shouldn’t prove too troublesome, as Xiaomi isn’t a hugely popular brand outside of China.

Last week also saw the anniversary of the original smartphone. 16 August 1994 marked the launch of the IBM Simon (now on display at the Science Museum). While it may have one of the worst phone names in history, it showed what a mobile phone could become, and to mark the occasion we counted down our top 10 smartphones that have shaped the market.

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We compare whether Microsoft’s laptop replacement tablet can stand up against Apple’s flagship ultra-portable

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Probably accidental, not surveillance, says F-Secure

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We see how Microsoft’s new all-in-one compares to its predecessor

Malware cyber criminalKovter police ransomware infecting 44,000 devices per day
Takedown doesn’t spell GameOver for cyber blackmail operations, says Damballa

Samsung Chromebook 2 SeriesApple and Android tablets threaten Google Chromebook success
Cloud-powered devices could struggle for serious traction, argue analysts

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Windows 7 end of life may seem far off, but Gartner advises to start planning for a migration now

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Core M enables fanless designs less than 9mm thick, with systems by the end of the year

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Gameover Zeus has returned with a vengeance, reports Arbor Networks

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Microsoft Internet ExplorerMicrosoft issues critical fix for 26 Internet Explorer flaws
August Patch Tuesday update again sees browser in the thick of the action

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