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Move over, Intel Compute Stick; there’s a new sheriff in town in the miniature PC realm. Lenovo today pulled the wraps off its ideacentre Stick 300 which manages to cram an Intel Atom processor into a stick that measure just 3.94-inches x 1.5-inches x 0.59-inches. The minuscule ideacentre Stick 300 is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” processor — which has a base frequency of 1.33GHz and can burst to 1.83GHz — and comes configured with 2GB of RAM. You’ll find 32GB of internal storage along while standard connectivity features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro USB 2.0 port,... Read more...
Although we have to wait until October 27 when Halo 5 officially launches for the Xbox One, another Halo: Spartan Strike is now available for iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Steam for the relatively low price of $5.99. And you don’t have to worry about dealing with ridiculous microtransactions as seen with the Halo: Spartan Assault. All in-game purchases are taken care of with currency that you earn as you progress through the game. Spartan Strike is a top-down gaming affair and you control your on-screen action using dual control sticks. Compared to Spartan Assault, Microsoft says that Spartan... Read more...
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP a year ago, but that hasn't stopped nearly two out of every 10 Windows users from clinging to the legacy operating system, according to data collected by Net Applications. What's even more interesting about Windows XP's 16.94 percent of the desktop PC market is that it once again has eclipsed the number of Windows 8 and 8.1 users combined.Here's the deal -- based on Net Application's numbers, Windows 8.1 ended March with a 10.55 percent share of the desktop PC market while Windows 8 crossed over in April with a 3.52 percent share. Between the to, that works... Read more...
It has been a few weeks since Microsoft released its Technical Preview of Windows 10 -- which means we've had enough time to walk around the vehicle, kick the tires, and investigate the product in its current form. After the drubbing that Windows 8 took in the tech press and from angry users, Microsoft badly needs this new operating system to be a success, but simply cramming the Start menu back into the OS isn't going to cut it. Windows 10 Hands-On: Beyond The Start Menu, What You Need To Know Don't mistake us here. It's still important to evaluate Windows 10 as a work-in-progress but we're going... Read more...
At the risk of getting people's hopes up, the web is quickly filling with reports that Microsoft is planning to offer Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold) as a free upgrade for Windows 8 users. The original source of the rumor comes from an Indonesian-language website quoting Andreas Diantor, President of Microsoft Indonesia, as saying that Windows 8 device owners will receive the new operating system as a free update. Sounds good, doesn't it? Whether or not it's true remains to be seen -- several sites have used the word "confirmed" when referencing the foreign report, and while we're keeping out fingers... Read more...
It appears that there is still some life left in Window’s 8. Microsoft’s current operating system has been a disappointment for the company since its release. While the OS has seen its percentage of user shares increase it has been unable to outpace Windows Vista during the same time period six years ago. According to web analytics firm Net Applications, the combined user share for Windows 8 and 8.1 is at 13.4 percent of the worlds combined number of desktops and notebooks for the month of August. That is up nine-tenths of a percentage point from July and is the first time since May... Read more...
Of all the things that Windows 8 brought to the table, it's the much-maligned Start Screen that seems to get most of the attention. That's unfortunate, because there were many other aspects of the OS that made it a major release. Take for example the fact that it was the first version of Windows to include an app store. That feature might seem minor to OS X and Linux users who've had access to their own app stores for a while, but for Windows, the addition was significant. However, as significant as the addition may be, the app store in Windows 8 is easily one of the worst around - if not the worst... Read more...
When we reported on the potential incentives Microsoft could be bringing with Windows 9 earlier this month, we talked about Windows 8.1's "Update 2" being a little thinner than was originally planned. As Microsoft has finally rolled that update out this week, we can see that's just the case. To some, the update might not even be worth pursuing, though we'd still recommend opting in for it to keep as up-to-date as possible. The interesting thing about Update 2 is that at the moment, it's an "optional" update. This alone might cause many to go a while without it, and proves that it's really not a... Read more...
For months, it's been rumored that Microsoft would unveil a new version of Windows 8.1 with specific Bing branding and a lower price tag. Now the company has formally unveiled the SKU, which will carry a "reduced cost" to manufacturers of PCs that cost less than $250. Microsoft also makes Windows free to devices with a screen smaller than nine inches, What this means is that devices that sell for less than $250 and have screens smaller than nine inches will get W8.1 + Bing for free. Other devices will be able to buy W8.1 at a reduced price, but the scope of the discount isn't known. The impact... Read more...
China's Central Government Procurement Center has reportedly issued a ban on installing Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system on government computers. The ban is supposedly in place to ensure computer security after Microsoft decided to end support for Windows XP last April, a legacy OS that was released to the public nearly 13 years ago. Citing a report from the Xinhua news agency, Reuters says the ban was included on part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products posted to its website last week, but that the notice didn't say how the ban would have any positive effect on energy savings,... Read more...
Lenovo's Australian portal had an oopsy-daisy moment over the weekend when it inadvertently posted a full listing for its as-yet unannounced ThinkPad 10 tablet. The listing has since been pulled offline, though with the cat out of the bag, Lenovo is at least willing to concede that the ThinkPad 10 is "coming soon," as it states on its ThinkPad page. The ThinkPad 10 is bigger version of the ThinkPad 8 that we recently reviewed. Assuming the leaked specs were accurate, it will sport a 10.1-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1920x1200 resolution powered by an Intel Bay Trail Z3795 quad-core... Read more...
As we discussed yesterday, Microsoft's latest Windows 8 patch is well-worth downloading; it brings some long overdue enhancements that will make using the OS all the more enjoyable. However, as worthwhile as the update is, it appears as though Microsoft was a bit slack in testing it on the server side. In effect, installing 8.1 Update could break WSUS' (Windows Service Update Service) ability to scan for future updates - a major headache waiting to happen for IT folk. Microsoft states that this issue applies to those who use HTTPS and SSL, and do not have TLS 1.2 enabled. The bug affects both WSUS... Read more...
As of today, Windows XP is retired. So, it seems fitting that Microsoft chose the same day to roll-out a huge update to its current flagship OS, Windows 8. Simply called "Windows 8.1 Update", this ~800MB patch aims to vastly improve usability for keyboard+mouse users, as well as enhance other parts of the OS to make the entire experience that much more enjoyable. With 8.1, Microsoft hoped to lure some Windows 8 opposers in, and with 8.1 Update, it's hoping to eke more success out of that. Given the KB+M enhancements, it might just do that. For starters, proper context menus now appear when a tile... Read more...
Up until now, the only place you've been able to score an ASUS VivoTab Note 8 tablet is from the Microsoft Store, and that's provided it would be in stock (it is at the time of this writing). From here on out, availability should be a little easier to come by, as ASUS just let us know that its Windows 8.1 tablet is going up for pre-order today. Part of what makes the VivoTab Note 8 an intriguing device is its price tag. Pricing starts at $329 for the 32GB model, which includes not only the tablet itself, but also a Wacom digitizer stylus and Microsoft Office Home and Student (Word, Excel, PowerPoint,... Read more...
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