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On the outside, the Surface 2 may look like its predecessor, the Surface RT. It’s ever-so-slightly thinner and lighter than the original, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the two. That doesn’t mean, however, that they’re identical. Far from it.

The Surface 2 has a new two-position kickstand, the microSD card slot has been moved down slightly, and there are no longer screws on the back of the case.

These subtle, external differences, however, pale when compared with the massive internal hardware and design changes Microsoft made on the new tablet

Unfortunately, when making all these hardware upgrades, Microsoft also completely reworked the tablet’s internal design, and in doing so made the Surface 2 much more difficult to crack open and repair than its predecessor.

Glued-on front panel, plastic body make opening difficult: Opening last year’s Surface RT began with removing the tablet’s back cover. Not so for the Surface 2. As with the Apple iPad, cracking open this tablet requires heating the edges of the front panel to loosen the adhesive that holds it to the tablet’s body. While heating the panel, you’ll need to gently pry it away from the body with thin tools. Unlike the iPad, however, the Surface has some internal components and external trim pieces that are made from plastic, which can warp if overheated.

Redesigned interior: The internal hardware is mounted to the Surface 2’s body, with the front panel and display being a single, removable unit. The Surface RT’s hardware on the other hand was actually mounted to the front panel and display assembly, which also served as the tablet’s body. There’s also a new plastic bezel that runs around the tablet’s outer edge and serves as the mounting surface for the front panel/display assembly. The Surface 2 is built more like the Surface Pro than the Surface RT, which makes the tablet more difficult to open and repair.

Filled with hardware upgrades: Along with the radically changing the tablet’s internal design, Microsoft also gave the Surface 2 lots of hardware upgrades. The Surface 2 has two microphones (compared with the Surface RT’s one), stereo speakers, a USB 3.0 port, better front-facing (3.5-megapixel) and rear-facing (5.0-megapixel) cameras, a new 1,920×1,080-pixel-resolution display, and a faster 1.7GHz Tegra 4 processor.

Difficult, time-consuming to open repair
The Surface 2 is definitely an improvement over last year’s model when it comes to hardware specifications and performance. Kudos to Microsoft for that.

But it has also officially become the most difficult-to-crack-open tablet I’ve ever worked on. The front-panel adhesive is incredibly hard to work around, there are more than 60 screws inside the case (of all different sizes), and most of the motherboard connectors are extremely fragile and easily broken. I can only hope Microsoft will make some design changes for next year’s model. Unfortunately, I doubt it will.

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Social networking sites Facebook should offer a feature which makes it easier to a couple’s joint content following a break up, researchers say ..

Experts believe this could enable people to deal with the break up more effectively ..

Social networking sites should enable couples who split up to erase the evidence of their relationship more easily, researchers say ..

They suggest automatic software to gather the digital evidence of the relationship following a break-up ..

Dr Corina Sas Lancaster University and Professor Steve Whittaker of the University of California at Santa Cruz interviewed 24 young people about how they handled the evidence of their broken relationship in the on-line world ..

These “digital possessions” include everything texts, emails, music, video, social media and photos whether kept on mobile devices, a laptop or digital picture frame ..

“It’s particularly hard to remove the traces of a past relationship left on social networking systems and it can be painful to revisit this accidentally,” Sas said ..

“The greatest problems involved content on Facebook couples could easily be reminded of their ex unless they deliberately unfriended them. Even then, there could be content about your ex on your friends’ pages which you can’t delete,” Sas said ..

Researchers said it can be very time consuming when digital content is spread across different devices laptops or tablets and this would make the task much simpler ..

It could also enable people to deal with the break up more effectively, they said ..

The research “Design for forgetting; disposing of digital possessions after a breakup” found that people adopted three strategies for dealing with digital content, either deleting or saving everything, or ively deleting after a while ..

“The best approach is not to act on impulse but instead try to wait. Then you can which memories you want to keep and which you are confident you will not regret deleting,” said Sas ..