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The Acer Aspire Z3-600 portable All-in-One PC

Acer is set to join the mobile All-in-One computer party later this month with the release of the Aspire Z3-600. Able to lie flat on a coffee table or stand proud on a desk, the new portable Windows 8 PC packs a Pentium quad-core processor, Harman Kardon speakers, gesture control, and a 6-cell Li-ion battery that allows for over 2.5 hours of use away from a power outlet. It offers the same Full HD display real estate as Sony's recently-released Vaio Tap 21, but has a significantly lower price tag.  Read More

The If Convertible transforms from an ultrabook, to a tablet, to a smartphone

After a series of legal wrangles derailed the 2003 release of the Xentex Flip-Pad, a dual-screen laptop with independently-pivoting screens, former Xentex founder and CEO Jeff Batio has climbed back on the horse and is preparing to launch an updated version. The If Convertible is a mobile device that flips and folds to transform from a dual-screen ultrabook to a tablet, with one screen also detaching to serve as a smartphone.  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

Here's how to make the Windows 8.1 Metro-style interface stay off your desktop

The Metro interface in Windows 8.1 makes sense on a touch-enabled device, but on a traditional computer, it's only an afterthought. In the first iteration of Windows 8, it was hard to get around on the desktop without the Start screen, hot corners, app switcher bar and other elements of the touch interface getting in your way. Windows 8.1 has been improved and includes features that let you boot directly to the desktop and keep Metro elements out of your way. If you prefer to stay on the traditional desktop as much as possible, here's a look at how to do it.  Read More

Here's how to update Windows 8 to the new Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store

Windows 8 wasn't the greatest success for Microsoft, but the much anticipated update, Windows 8.1, is now available either electronically or through traditional physical discs in retail outlets. Here's a look at how to get your Windows 8 system ready and the process of upgrading to Windows 8.1 through the electronic update now available in the Windows Store.  Read More

We've been impressed with Lenovo's Ultrabook keyboards before – will the new model continu...

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

Windows 8.1 will be arriving soon and we have a look at what's new and some helpful tips t...

When Windows 8 was released last October it didn't receive a lot of fanfare. But this year Microsoft is making several changes to the operating system with version 8.1 and a lot of them are for the better. While it's not a complete overhaul, there are some subtle changes that should make it easier for new users to learn and use. Here's a look at some tips and tricks for using new features in Windows 8.1.  Read More

Tired of Windows 8 opening your files in metro-style apps? Here's how to make them open in...

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

Curious about what Windows 8.1 has to offer? Here'show to install it on VirtualBox and tes...

If you aren't happy with Windows 8, and are curious to find out what's new in Windows 8.1, rather than just read about it, why not try it for yourself and install it in a Virtual Machine? It's easy to do, and will give you some hands on time to really see what you can expect. Here I'll show you the quickest and easiest way to get it installed and working.  Read More

Windows 8 no longer supports playback of DVDs natively, but there are a number of powerful...

If you get a new Windows 8 computer, you might be surprised to find out that it won't play your DVDs as Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, omitted this feature in the new version of the OS. Although optical media is going the way of the VHS tape, there's a lot of content out there that's not available for streaming or in compatible video formats. Hare are five free apps to get around the lack of native Windows DVD playback and let you enjoy your DVD collection.  Read More

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