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Gizmag reviews the 8-in Toshiba Encore 2 tablet

When Microsoft made its announcement of a new Surface earlier this year, most were expecting a 7-inch Surface Mini. But instead, we got a larger Surface Pro 3. Other manufacturers are making their own mini tablets that run full versions of Windows 8.1, and one of them is the 8-in Toshiba Encore 2 with a price tag starting at US$199.  Read More

The Windows 2-in-1 form factor has seen some of the most imaginative hardware we've seen i...

While desktop operating systems have traditionally been tied to mouse and keyboard, Windows 8 (and subsequently Windows 8.1) has also embraced touch. In addition to a wealth of touchscreen-toting laptops, there are now a range of hybrid machines that blur the line between tablet and notebook, with the goal of providing the best of both experiences. Join Gizmag, as we compare the top Windows hybrids, aka convertibles or 2-in-1s.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the latest Logitech illuminated Living Room Keyboard K830

Logitech recently launched its Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830, which is aimed at those who have a PC connected to a big screen and need a companion keyboard. Not only does it illuminate in the dark while you're watching a flick, but it also allows you to control Windows 7 or 8 from the built-in touchpad. Read on, as Gizmag reviews Logitech's living room PC companion.  Read More

Here's how to perform a PC Refresh on Windows 8.1

Just like with previous versions, once you've had your Windows 8 computer for a while, chances are it will become unstable or not be as sprightly as it once was. That's when a little clean up might be on order to return it to its former glory. Here's how to use the PC Refresh feature to reclaim the speed and stability the computer once had and not lose your personal files. This article will also show you how to make PC Refresh (and Reset) work if you receive a common error message.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Microsoft's new and improved take on the 2-in-1, the Surface Pro 3

Microsoft's Surface brand is only two years old, but it's already been on quite the roller coaster ride. When the company first announced the tablet/laptop hybrid, reactions may have been cautious, but they were also unmistakably intrigued. But that buzz fizzled quickly, as the two 1st-gen models launched with some huge compromises. Less than a year after we saw an improved pair of 2nd-gen Surfaces, can the third time be a charm? Read on, as Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  Read More

Ideum's new Platform 55 prototype is believed to be one the largest Android-based systems ...

New Mexico's Ideum has managed to shave over an inch and a half off the thickness of its Platform 55 display in time for the infoComm 14 trade show being held in Las Vegas this week. The dual boot prototype is being shown off at the booth of development partner 3M Touch Systems.  Read More

Here's how to use Taskbar features in Windows 8.1 update to get the most from the desktop ...

Microsoft took a gamble when it launched Windows 8 and making the Modern interface so prominent. Users reacted, and Microsoft has made three major revisions to Windows 8. Each update has made it easier to use with traditional computers that aren't touch-enabled, while still adding more functionality to 2-in-1 devices. Here's some Taskbar tips for getting the most from both environments on a traditional PC running Windows 8.1.  Read More

Here's how to connect to a remote computer on Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft recently launched the Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1. It's free and allows you to connect your phone to a remote PC over a local network or from the internet. Although it's a pre-release version and doesn't include certain functionality that you would expect from a remote desktop app from your computer, it's still handy for a lot of situations. Here's a look at how to set up your computer to receive remote connections, and how to use your phone for remote desktop.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Apple MacBook Pr...

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a device without an arch rival. It has more tablet DNA than most laptops do, and more laptop DNA than most tablets. But then it's also much bigger and thinner than other Windows 2-in-1s. So why not see how it sizes up next to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display? Sounds as good as anything. Read on, as Gizmag compares the two PCs' features and specs.  Read More

The Dell Venue 11 Pro is a powerful and versatile tablet

It's often said that that you shouldn't mix business with pleasure. If that's the case, someone needs to tell the folks at Dell, because the high-end business-focused Venue 11 Pro tablet is a joy to use. We already knew its specs looked impressive, but after testing it, we didn't want to give it back.  Read More

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