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Lenovo's new Yoga 2 Pro: Same versatile form factor, with upgrades all around

Last year's Windows 8 launch was accompanied by a slew of new Ultrabooks, tablets, and hybrid convertibles. Out of that bunch, one of the most interesting has been Lenovo's series of Yoga PCs. Like a yoga instructor, the Yoga PC bends, stretches, and flips into several different poses. If you've been eyeing that form factor but haven't yet pulled the trigger, then you might want to know that Lenovo just announced its first proper follow-up, the Yoga 2 Pro. Read More
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How to stay secure on public Wi-Fi

There are plenty of opportunities to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots when you're on the go these days. Coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and airports are just some of the places where you can jump online, but often these networks are open and not secure. Whether you're using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you'll want to connect your device securely to protect your data as much as possible. Here's some simple steps you can take to help make sure your data is safe on open public Wi-Fi. Read More
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Pen-shaped gStick mouse promises extra precision

A normal computer mouse is an innovation many of us take for granted, especially those of us who use one all day, every day. This also means we may ignore the limitations of this device which has been with us for more than 40 years. That is until the dreaded carpal tunnel strikes or we come up against a task that requires an extra degree of precision difficult to attain using a conventional mouse. Mimicking a pen in shape and size, gStick is looking to join the ranks of alternative mouse designs that aim to address these problems. Read More
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SOL: The $350 Ubuntu laptop that runs on solar power

In the Western world, we tend to take for granted some pretty basic amenities, like reliable electricity. For people living in those corners of the globe where electricity can be scarce, WeWi Telecommunications, Inc. has developed the SOL, a rugged laptop that doesn't rely on a power socket to stay charged. The Ubuntu Linux-powered computer is instead equipped with a detachable solar panel, which the developers claim will provide up to 10 hours of battery life after just two hours in the sun. Read More
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How to make Windows 8 Metro open files on the desktop

One of the more annoying behaviors in Windows 8 and 8.1 is that all of your files are set to open in native Metro-style apps. For instance, if you're working on the desktop and view a picture or PDF, it opens full screen in the associated app. If you're working on a traditional computer without a touchscreen, this is frustrating to say the least. Especially if you're on a laptop with a single screen. Here's how to take control of your Windows 8 system and make your files open in the desktop programs you want them to. Read More
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LittleBox turns Raspberry Pi into all-singing touchscreen desktop PC

Gregory Holloway's LittleBox PC is a build-it-yourself kit designed to turn the Raspberry Pi into a complete touchscreen desktop computer. LittleBox, which includes a screen and comes with 61 pieces of plywood held together by over 100 nuts, bolts and screws, is designed to be easy enough for almost anyone to put together with only a few tools. And wouldn't you know, Holloway has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring LittleBox to the people. Read More
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Samsung denies reports it's quitting desktop PCs

Despite the well-documented struggles of the desktop PC market, the major players have kept plugging away. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer ... you can walk into an electronics store and buy desktop PCs from any of these companies today. But not everyone wants to stay in that club. According to a new report, Samsung, one of the biggest names in consumer electronics, may soon be turning in its badge and dropping out. Read More
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