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Microsoft unveiled its latest version of Windows 8.1 at its developer's conference

Who would have thought that a button would have meant so much to so many people? On Wednesday at its developers conference, Microsoft announced that after bringing back the Start button, it’s now rolling out a package of new features for Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1. Based on customer feedback, it’s part of an effort to make 8.1 feel more like older versions of Windows by stepping away from the touchscreen, cloud-centric version of Windows 8 that proved less than a hit with consumers.  Read More

Microsoft is ceasing support for Windows XP on April 8th so it's time to consider your opt...

On April 8, Microsoft will cease all support to consumers who are still running Windows XP. On the same day, the company will also end support for Office 2003. If you're a procrastinator still plugging away on an XP machine or working away in Microsoft's aging productivity suite, it's high time you considered your options. Gizmag provides a few suggestions.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Surface Pro 2,

With the first Surface Pro, Microsoft laid out its vision of the future: one mobile device with the guts of a laptop that can replace your tablet, laptop, and maybe even desktop. Unfortunately that first model also brought along some sketchy battery life. But what happens when you improve on that by 75 percent? You have the Surface Pro 2, a much less compromised hybrid PC.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Surface 2, the second-generation version of Microsoft's Windows RT hybr...

The slow sales of the original Microsoft Surface may have made it an easy target for snarky comments (including some from yours truly), but we also think there's a lot to love about Microsoft's series of hybrid PCs. Let's take a look at the latest version of the Windows RT model, as Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface 2.  Read More

Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be released in a couple of months and here's what you can expect

Whether you love it or hate it, Windows 8 keeps moving forward. Windows 8.1 added a lot of features and interface improvements to the first iteration. Now another improvement is coming, which Microsoft is calling Windows 8.1 Update 1. It's like a service pack that improves security and stability under the hood. But what's most notable is how it makes the Start screen and modern interface easier to use with keyboard and mouse on traditional computers.  Read More

The three new OPC models from Orange Amps

Orange Amplification has announced the arrival of OPC triplets. For the Mark IV release, Orange has divided its musician's computer into Studio, Professional and Ultimate editions, each coming with the same impressive suite of player-friendly software, but packing slightly different hardware configurations.  Read More

The ThinkPad 8 business tablet from Lenovo

Lenovo's first 8-inch business tablet also happens to be its thinnest and lightest ThinkPad. The new ThinkPad 8 features a high resolution IPS display panel that supports up to 10 simultaneous touch points. It runs Windows 8.1 Professional, is powered by a 2.4 GHz Bay Trail processor from Intel and has a battery that should be good for a full day's work before needing to hit the wall outlet.  Read More

The Transformer Book Duet is a large tablet with a  docking station that adds a 1 TB hard ...

Perhaps the hottest item of many on display at Intel's huge booth at CES 2014 was a relatively non-descript convertible laptop from Asus. The unique selling point for this touchscreen system, dubbed the Transformer Book Duet, is that it not only runs Windows 8.1 but can also switch over to an Android 4.2.2 mode with just a few clicks or taps.  Read More

Panasonic has announced two new Toughpad rugged tablets at CES 2014

Panasonic broke out a couple of new business-rugged tablets in Las Vegas this week. Looking at the Goliath end of the equation first, the company has announced a performance version of the 20-inch high resolution Toughpad monster we caught a glimpse of at last year's CES. At the other, David, end comes a highly configurable 7-inch, hard-as-nails mobile workstation which goes by the name of the FZ-M1.  Read More

3D Builder is a new 3D printing app from Microsoft for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has released a 3D printing application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It allows users to view, design and prepare objects for printing and includes a library of editable objects to help users familiarize themselves with the software.  Read More

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