Microsoft gets a lot of grief for being late to the party and often following in Apple’s footsteps when it comes to innovation. This week, however, marked something of a turnaround. Looking at photos of the new Apple iPad Pro — complete with keyboard cover and active stylus — you can’t help but be reminded of Microsoft’s Surface tablets. Originally the 99-pound weakling of the tablet market, the Surface product line has grown to be a multi-billion-dollar business for Microsoft, with the flagship Surface Pro 3 being one of the strongest Windows hybrids on the market. Even Dell has opted-in to reselling Microsoft’s Surface products. So how does the new iPad Pro “super-tablet” from Apple compare? While the devices look very similar, and share many nearly identical specs, they operate very differently.

Before today, it was tough to get excited about rumors of a “6s” version of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, given that it probably just meant a faster phone with the same.

After being announced back in June at Google I/O, Android Pay is finally rolling out to devices. Yes, Android users can finally pay for things with their phones. Of course, they’ve been able to do that for the last four years with Google Wallet, but Android Pay is a different product that is certainly better in some ways, but also much more restrictive.

One of the major differences between Apple’s iOS releases and Google’s annual Android refresh is the number of customers that can take immediate advantage of the new operating system. Google, for various reasons, can only roll out new Android versions to its own Nexus devices. Apple, of course, can push iOS to the entire set of eligible hardware immediately — and with iOS 9, it’s targeting a wide swath of equipment. The iPhone 4S, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, and 6 Plus will all receive iOS 9, along with the brand-new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Fifth and sixth-generation iPod Touch devices are supported, as well as all iPads from the iPad 2 forward to the new iPad Pro and the entire iPad Mini family.

In part two of this series on the state of ad blockers, I take a look at a new product from a well-known company whose earlier product has been available for nearly a decade: Adblock Plus (ABP). Adblock Plus develops extensions for web browsers which can block tracking, malware sites, and, of course, ads.

With today’s release of iOS 9, Apple has introduced a number of exciting new features. From the stylish News app to side-by-side multitasking on the iPad, iOS 9 is a must-have update for anyone with a device running the previous release. Ready to make the jump? Here’s how.