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Rovio To Slash Staff By 16 Percent Ahead Of Angry Birds Movie Debut
Think Apple And Google Encryption Makes You Safe From Prying Eyes Of The NSA And Law Enforcement? Guess Again
Tesla Has Something With A “D” Up Their Sleeve, Shares Jump As Musk Tweets Of October 9th Unveil
Honda Leverages NVIDIA Tegra Processors For In-Car Infotainment Center
Too Much Adhesive Makes Samsung Galaxy Alpha Difficult To Repair
Lost Opportunity: Windows 10 Has The Same Minimum PC Requirements That Have Existed Since 2006
Drag Queens Beat Facebook Into Submission Causing 'Real Name' Reversal
Google 'Drive For Education' Gives Students Unlimited Cloud Storage
Comcast Cloud X1 DVR Can Stream Your Favorite Recorded Shows On Any Connected Device
Rare Deal On HP ENVY Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Jawbone JAMBOX, Lenovo Laptops And More
One City Angel Investor Ron Conway’s MyBook Video Pokes Fun At Tech Device Mega-Hype
Dell's Venue 8 2014 Tablet Runs Android Powered By Intel, Our Full Review
Hackers Nabbed In Sting For Stealing $100 Million In IP From The US Army And Microsoft
Here's How To Score A Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for $100 Or LG G Pad 7.0 LTE For $1 Via AT&T
Kawasaki’s Latest Crotch Rocket Ninja Super Bike Is So Power It’s Not Street Legal
Would You Buy A Gold iPad? Reports Say Apple Thinks You Will
Zotac Squeezes Intel Haswell CPU Into Palm-Sized ZBOX Nano XS Mini PC
NVIDIA Shield Gaming Tablet Gains 4G LTE and 32GB Of Storage, Shipping Now For $399
AMD Demonstrates ARM-based APU, New Class Of Network Hardware
Microsoft CEO Nadella Encourages Students That Emotional Quotient ‘Trumps IQ In The Long Run’

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Rovio To Slash Staff By 16 Percent Ahead Of Angry Birds Movie Debut

Rovio To Slash Staff By 16 Percent Ahead Of Angry Birds Movie Debut

It's tough to fathom that Rovio could be in any kind of financial bind that would cause the company to hand out pink slips as a cost cutting measure, let alone layoff up to 130 employees, or 16 percent of its workforce. After all, this is the company responsible for the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, which has been massively successful....

Think Apple And Google Encryption Makes You Safe From Prying Eyes Of The NSA And Law Enforcement? Guess Again

Think Apple And Google Encryption Makes You Safe From Prying Eyes Of The NSA And Law Enforcement? Guess Again

Apple is making a big deal about its encryption scheme in iOS 8 and is championing itself as a purveyor of user privacy. The way Apple chief Tim Cook explains it, Apple wouldn't be able to help law enforcement infiltrate your iPhone even if it wanted to because the encryption is too strong. Google's been echoing a similar sentiment in regards...

Tesla Has Something With A “D” Up Their Sleeve, Shares Jump As Musk Tweets Of October 9th Unveil

Tesla Has Something With A “D” Up Their Sleeve, Shares Jump As Musk Tweets Of October 9th Unveil

A single letter of the alphabet has the Internet pondering what in the world is coming next from Tesla Motors. It's the letter "D," which Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk casually tossed in a vague Twitter post along with a date -- October 9, 2014 -- for the unveiling of whatever the "D" might be, as well as "something else."...

Honda Leverages NVIDIA Tegra Processors For In-Car Infotainment Center

Honda Leverages NVIDIA Tegra Processors For In-Car Infotainment Center

NVIDIA's Tegra processor is a pretty great slice of silicon to find in a tablet. But finding it in a car? Yeah, that's a reality as well. The company announced today an expansion of its automotive ecosystem in partnership with Honda. Together, the two are launching Honda Connect, which is NVIDIA's first Asia-based partner to use its chips...

Too Much Adhesive Makes Samsung Galaxy Alpha Difficult To Repair

Too Much Adhesive Makes Samsung Galaxy Alpha Difficult To Repair

Samsung took a page from Apple's design portfolio when it released the Galaxy Alpha, a handset that looks like a stretched out version of the iPhone 5s, complete with metal construction. Yes, the front and back are still made of plastic, but the metal frame gives the handset a premium look and feel that's not necessarily found on other Galaxy...

Lost Opportunity: Windows 10 Has The Same Minimum PC Requirements That Have Existed Since 2006

Lost Opportunity: Windows 10 Has The Same Minimum PC Requirements That Have Existed Since 2006

Buried in the details of Microsoft's technical preview for Windows 10 (look for our own discussion in short order), is a bit of a footnote concerning the operating system's requirements. I say footnote because this news -- that Windows 10 will have exactly the same requirements as Windows 8.1, which had the same requirements as Windows 8,...

Drag Queens Beat Facebook Into Submission Causing 'Real Name' Reversal

Drag Queens Beat Facebook Into Submission Causing 'Real Name' Reversal

Last weekend, we wrote about Ello, a proposed "Facebook-killer". Despite its myriad of lacking features and minimalistic interface, the service has grown incredibly in the past couple of weeks, all thanks to a bad move made by Facebook: Forcing people best-known under an alias to use their real names. The drag community has been integral in...

Google 'Drive For Education' Gives Students Unlimited Cloud Storage

Google 'Drive For Education' Gives Students Unlimited Cloud Storage

You could argue that the modern backpack is cloud storage, and if that's the case, you'd be hard pressed to find an offline bag that can compete with Google's "Drive for Education" initiative. Not that you'd want to -- the weight of such a thing would be overbearing, because what Google is offering is unlimited Drive storage. "For many of...

Comcast Cloud X1 DVR Can Stream Your Favorite Recorded Shows On Any Connected Device

Comcast Cloud X1 DVR Can Stream Your Favorite Recorded Shows On Any Connected Device

Good news for Comcast customers who have to travel a lot of live with someone who hogs the TV. Comcast has announced that it is rolling out its X1 DVR with cloud technology with the purpose of making it easier for customers to keep up with their shows. The X1 DVR comes with some new features that includes the ability to stream recordings to...

Rare Deal On HP ENVY Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Jawbone JAMBOX, Lenovo Laptops And More

Rare Deal On HP ENVY Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Jawbone JAMBOX, Lenovo Laptops And More

Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the HP ENVY x360 15t convertible laptop with touch, the Lenovo B40 All-In-One PC with touch, the Dell UP3214Q UltraSharp 32" Pro 4K display, and a whole lot more. Full details for all of the deals, along with...

One City Angel Investor Ron Conway’s MyBook Video Pokes Fun At Tech Device Mega-Hype

One City Angel Investor Ron Conway’s MyBook Video Pokes Fun At Tech Device Mega-Hype

As a way of promoting the One City initiative, and Circle the Schools, tech advocacy group sf.citi released a spoof video that makes fun of the furor that occurs during the unveiling of a new tech product. Founded by investor Ron Conway, sf.citi’s goal is to help bring tech companies and communities in San Francisco together. The organization’s...

Dell's Venue 8 2014 Tablet Runs Android Powered By Intel, Our Full Review

Dell's Venue 8 2014 Tablet Runs Android Powered By Intel, Our Full Review

While the company never found footing in the cutthroat smartphone arena, Dell is still keeping its toe dipped in tablet waters. Around six months after shipping its initial Venue 8, Dell’s latest edition, the Venue 8 3840,  is a vast improvement. The new $179 Venue 8 maintains the same product name as the prior edition, but inside,...

Hackers Nabbed In Sting For Stealing $100 Million In IP From The US Army And Microsoft

Hackers Nabbed In Sting For Stealing $100 Million In IP From The US Army And Microsoft

Four members belonging to an international computer hacking ring have been indicted. The Justice Department released a press release that revealed the members were charged with breaking into the computer networks of tech companies and even the U.S. Army. The estimated value of the theft of intellectual property is said to be over $100 million....

Here's How To Score A Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for $100 Or LG G Pad 7.0 LTE For $1 Via AT&T

Here's How To Score A Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for $100 Or LG G Pad 7.0 LTE For $1 Via AT&T

The wireless wars are in full swing, and while much of the initial skirmishes involved T-Mobile and Sprint going back and forth with each other, let's not forget that AT&T is right in the thick of things. Hot on the heels of announcing double the data for free on select mobile share plans, AT&T today unveiled a couple of enticing promotions...

Kawasaki’s Latest Crotch Rocket Ninja Super Bike Is So Power It’s Not Street Legal

Kawasaki’s Latest Crotch Rocket Ninja Super Bike Is So Power It’s Not Street Legal

Occasionally we'll report on stories that are off the beaten path for a PC and technology website, and though it doesn't happen often, some announcements and happenings are just too big (or awesome) to ignore. This is one of them. If you're a fan of technology in general or of motorcycles or of Kawasaki (and especially if you're a fan of all...

Would You Buy A Gold iPad? Reports Say Apple Thinks You Will

Would You Buy A Gold iPad? Reports Say Apple Thinks You Will

Say it with us now, "Gold is best!" That's the line made hilariously famous by a TeamCoco (Conan O'Brien) skit mocking the gold iPhone, but in all seriousness, the gold color option has turned into, well, a golden egg for Apple. It's apparently so popular that Apple will reportedly offer a gold color option for its next generation of 9.7-inch...

Zotac Squeezes Intel Haswell CPU Into Palm-Sized ZBOX Nano XS Mini PC

Zotac Squeezes Intel Haswell CPU Into Palm-Sized ZBOX Nano XS Mini PC

If there's a company that knows how to build a pint sized PC, it's Zotac, makers of a about a million different ZBOX models (we rounded up a bit). Zotac's newest creation is the ZBOX Nano XS. It's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet packs an Intel Core i3 4030U dual-core processor based on Haswell inside. That's not all. There...

NVIDIA Shield Gaming Tablet Gains 4G LTE and 32GB Of Storage, Shipping Now For $399

NVIDIA Shield Gaming Tablet Gains 4G LTE and 32GB Of Storage, Shipping Now For $399

If you somehow resisted buying an NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet earlier this year, you're in luck: there's a better model ready for your hard-earned dollars. The Android-based, gaming-centric slate is now available with 32GB of storage as well as a 4G LTE radio, with pre-orders open today. It's selling for $100 more than the basic $299 Shield...

AMD Demonstrates ARM-based APU, New Class Of Network Hardware

AMD Demonstrates ARM-based APU, New Class Of Network Hardware

Today, at ARM TechCon, AMD is kicking off the conference by launching its new embedded ARM platform (codenamed Hierofalcon) and its associated ARM Cortex-A57 chip, codenamed Seattle. This new solution is debuting inside the first ARM-based network function virtualization platform, and is meant as a proof-of-concept demonstration that shows...

Microsoft CEO Nadella Encourages Students That Emotional Quotient ‘Trumps IQ In The Long Run’

Microsoft CEO Nadella Encourages Students That Emotional Quotient ‘Trumps IQ In The Long Run’

At the Talent India 2014 event, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, joined by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Smitri Irani, addressed students on the subject of their future and possibilities. During his talk, Nadella spoke about the importance of emotional quotient (EQ) over intelligence quotient (IQ). “In the long run,...

Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Unveils Windows 10 And Windows Insider Program

Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Unveils Windows 10 And Windows Insider Program

Microsoft decided to really shake things up today when, instead of announcing what many expected to be called Windows 9, they jumped right to announcing their next OS as Windows 10. Many of the leaks and rumored feature enhancements were in fact accurate, though with full details on how Microsoft will implement these features and new...

Microsoft Prediciton Lab Develops Forecast Technology Based Partially On User Input

Microsoft Prediciton Lab Develops Forecast Technology Based Partially On User Input

As we slowly march towards a future where scenes from Minority Report and Transcendence feel more like reality and less like science fiction, Microsoft Research is unveiling a data-drive crystal ball of sorts. It's a project emerging from the Microsoft Prediction Lab, where laypeople are encouraged to make predictions about upcoming events....

Lowest Price Ever On Dell XPS Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Desktops, Bluetooth Speakers And More

Lowest Price Ever On Dell XPS Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Desktops, Bluetooth Speakers And More

Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deal on the Dell XPS 11 Core i5-based Convertible with 128GB SSD, the Lenovo C260 19.5" Dual-core All-in-one PC, a Samsung 850 Pro-Series 2.5" 512GB solid state drive, and a whole lot more. Full details, with links and...

Acer Starts Shipping V Nitro Black Edition Laptops In North America

Acer Starts Shipping V Nitro Black Edition Laptops In North America

Acer on Tuesday announced that its V Nitro Black Edition series of high-performance laptops built around Intel's Haswell platform is now available in North America. These notebooks purportedly offer workstation-class capabilities, though when it comes time to play, the inclusion of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M will happily get you gaming. "Acer...

Intel’s Basis Unveils Peak Fitness And Sleep Tracker Watch

Intel’s Basis Unveils Peak Fitness And Sleep Tracker Watch

Intel-owned Basis has just unveiled a brand-new smartwatch, and while I'd understand it if you didn't get too excited based on that fact alone, this model does seem to have what it takes to stand out of the crowd. Called Peak, this high-quality smartwatch features a Gorilla Glass touchscreen face and an anodized aluminum body that comes in...

Ebay And PayPal To Become Separate Standalone Companies in 2015

Ebay And PayPal To Become Separate Standalone Companies in 2015

Online auction site eBay announced today that its board of directors approved a plan to split eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in 2015. By spinning PayPal off into its own business, the board feels both companies will be in a better position to capitalize on their respective growth opportunities. "eBay and PayPal...

Thailand Is Building A Taster Bot To Ensure High Quality Cuisine That Tastes Right

Thailand Is Building A Taster Bot To Ensure High Quality Cuisine That Tastes Right

Cartoons taught us that robots mainly like to feast on oil, but then again, they also imparted other erroneous lessons, such coyotes being able to survive repeated falls off of cliffs -- beep, beep! Go ahead and color us intrigued, because it turns out robots have a taste for real human food. Or at least some do, such as the one developed...

HP Launches Stream Line Of Affordable Windows Notebooks And Tablets To Take On Chromebooks

HP Launches Stream Line Of Affordable Windows Notebooks And Tablets To Take On Chromebooks

All vendors take note -- the secret to success is price. It wasn't until Android tablets undercut the iPad on cost of ownership that they found an audience, and the reason Chromebooks are selling so well is because they're cheap, not because they're preferred over Windows laptops. Hewlett-Packard is one of the first OEMs to figure this out,...

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite With Streaming Photoshop Coming To Chromebooks

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite With Streaming Photoshop Coming To Chromebooks

In a move to supplement its list of applications available on its Chromebooks, Google has announced a partnership with Adobe on its official website. The new partnership will bring Adobe’s Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks starting with a streaming version of Photoshop. Google revealed that the new feature will be available first to U.S.-based...

Facebook Ads Will Now Follow You On Or Off Facebook, Wherever You Go

Facebook Ads Will Now Follow You On Or Off Facebook, Wherever You Go

Facebook has been making a push into ad marketing. Earlier this year, it acquired video ad company LiveRail to improve the social media company’s video ads. Now, Facebook has unveiled a rebuilt Atlas for the purpose of allowing advertisers the ability to track and measure the effects of their ad campaigns not only on Facebook, but browsers...

Microsoft To Open Swank Flagship Retail Store In The Big Apple

Microsoft To Open Swank Flagship Retail Store In The Big Apple

Microsoft's plans to build open a flagship store in New York has been in the works for about five years, and at some point in 2015, it'll finally become a reality. Current plans are to take over Fendi, located at 677 Fifth Ave., which is about five blocks away from Apple's flagship store at 767 Fifth Avenue. David Porter, Microsoft's Corporate...

Lowest Prices Of The Year On HP Envy Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Inspiron Desktops, Samsung HDTVs And More

Lowest Prices Of The Year On HP Envy Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Inspiron Desktops, Samsung HDTVs And More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you today, we have deals on the HP ENVY 15z-j100 15.6" AMD-based laptop, Dell P2815Q 28" 4K UltraHD monitor, a Lenovo IdeaCentre Flex 20 multi-mode PC with touch, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing for all of the deals...

Micron M600 SATA & M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Micron M600 SATA & M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Samsung made some waves earlier this year with the introduction of its 850 Pro family of solid state drives and the first commercial iteration of 3D stacked flash memory. Micron is striking back with lower-geometry 16nm conventional NAND, however, and a new drive technology it claims will accelerate performance more effectively than other...

HP Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Servers For The Enterprise

HP Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Servers For The Enterprise

ARM continues to make headway into territories typically occupied by AMD and in particular Intel. Namely, the server market. Giving ARM a boost in the enterprise segment, Hewlett-Packard today announced two ARM-based servers, one of which is the first enterprise-class 64-bit ARM-based server. In addition, HP is making available a production-ready...

GoPro Unleashes The HERO4 Action Video Camer, Available October 5th

GoPro Unleashes The HERO4 Action Video Camer, Available October 5th

GoPro has earned a reputation as the go-to brand when you need a camera for recording action on the go, but if you thought the company planned to rest on its past success, think again. Today sees the unveiling of GoPro's HERO4, the title given to the company's highest performance line of capture devices it has ever made. The HERO4 comes in...

Smartphone Makers Eager To Adopt 64-Bit Version Of Android L

Smartphone Makers Eager To Adopt 64-Bit Version Of Android L

Google is getting ready to unveil Android L (or Lemon Meringue Pie or Lollipop or Licorice or whatever tasty treat will serve as the next build's namesake), and one of the big features is that it will optionally support 64-bit processors. Of course, it will be up to smartphone and tablet makers to take advantage of the 64-bit opportunity that's...

Lenovo To Close $2.1 Billion IBM Deal October 1, Will Become World's Third Largest Server Player

Lenovo To Close $2.1 Billion IBM Deal October 1, Will Become World's Third Largest Server Player

Lenovo is already the world's top PC maker in terms of shipments and sales, and once it closes the deal with IBM for its server division, the Chinese company will become the third largest player in the global x86 server market. No small deal, Lenovo is paying IBM $2.1 billion to increase its standing in a market that's worth $42.1 billion....

Microsoft Finally Launches Xbox One In China, Only 10 Games Available So Far

Microsoft Finally Launches Xbox One In China, Only 10 Games Available So Far

Last week, Microsoft had announced that it was delaying the launch of its Xbox One in China from September 23 to the end of the year. However, no sooner was the announcement made before the company then decided to release it on September 29. Well, Microsoft has stuck to its guns, making the Xbox One the first console to launch in China. Consumers...

Microsoft Should (And Reportedly Will) Make Windows 9 Free For Windows 8 Users

Microsoft Should (And Reportedly Will) Make Windows 9 Free For Windows 8 Users

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...

AT&T Doubles Data For Free On Select Mobile Share Plans

AT&T Doubles Data For Free On Select Mobile Share Plans

For those who just can't seem to get enough data on a monthly basis, AT&T is upping the ante for select customers. For those who are willing to dive into the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans of 15GB and up, you'll get double the data for no extra charge for the life of the plan. The only catch? You need to sign up by October 31st, and...

Chevrolet Corvette’s Valet Mode Is Illegal In Some States, GM Warns Owners

Chevrolet Corvette’s Valet Mode Is Illegal In Some States, GM Warns Owners

Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes could be breaking the law if they use the vehicle’s Valet Mode feature. General Motors has been sending out letters to Corvette owners and its Chevrolet dealerships with the warning that the use of this feature could be illegal in some states. Valet Mode is simply a Performance Data Recorder that allows...

Snowden Effect: iPhone 6 Advanced Encryption Causes Major Heartburn For US Law Enforcement

Snowden Effect: iPhone 6 Advanced Encryption Causes Major Heartburn For US Law Enforcement

Late last week, we reported on the FBI's latest beef with Apple, as the company is soon to make encryption standard on its customer's iPhones. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's not just the FBI that's upset, but law enforcement in general. Since the FBI spoke out, some Bay Area police officials have spoken out as well, and they really don't like...

Vine Update For Android Lets You Access Camera Roll And Trim Existing Videos

Vine Update For Android Lets You Access Camera Roll And Trim Existing Videos

A little over a month ago, Vine gave iOS users the ability to tap into their existing videos and turn them into short Vines, complete with trimming and stitching functionality. Where's the love for Android, you ask? No need to pout if you're rocking an Android handset -- the newest update for Vine lets you take clips from your device's camera...

Motorola ‘Shamu’ Nexus Device Breaks Cover, Leaked Again And It’s Big

Motorola ‘Shamu’ Nexus Device Breaks Cover, Leaked Again And It’s Big

We suppose a smartphone as big as the rumored Shamu from Motorola (likely to be called Nexus 6 or Nexus X) is tough to hide, hence all the leaks to the web. The latest leak comes from an anonymous person who has been posting a supposed photo of the giant handset shown sitting next to an LG G3 device on at least two different forums. The picture...

Shellshock Fixes Ready For Download, Get Your Bash Patch Here

Shellshock Fixes Ready For Download, Get Your Bash Patch Here

Red Hat has announced that it has issued a complete set of patches to battle the 'Shellshock' Bash bug that it revealed to the world last week. You might notice that I said "patches", and that's because shortly after the initial CVE-2014-6271 was discovered and patched, more vulnerabilities came to the surface. These were not nearly as severe...

Apple Expected To Consume 25% Of All DRAM In 2015, Impact Industry Trends

Apple Expected To Consume 25% Of All DRAM In 2015, Impact Industry Trends

For years, RAM has followed a predictable pattern in the computing industry. New standards debut, with questionable performance gains and at significantly higher costs compared to previous products. As time passes, the new standard is adopted by more and more chipsets and vendors until it becomes dominant. Costs drop, volume rises, and everyone...

Intel Edison-Powered Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist To Capture The Moment

Intel Edison-Powered Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist To Capture The Moment

There are very few products that have genuinely made me go "wow", but I can safely add the Nixie drone camera to that modest list. Over the past couple of years, drones have become popular enough to the point where a new release doesn't excite most people. But Nixie is different. It's a drone that you wear, like a bracelet. Whenever you want...

Ello Is Supposed To Be The ‘Anti-Facebook’ But Is Its Business Model Sustainable?

Ello Is Supposed To Be The ‘Anti-Facebook’ But Is Its Business Model Sustainable?

Many people have finally become truly fed-up with the likes of Facebook. All the ads, all the tracking, all the rules. Last month, the world's most popular social network found itself in hot water after it forced some drag performers to use their real names, and while it's not hard to understand Facebook's reasoning, it's a no-brainer that...

Texting While Driving Google Glass Explorers Still A Hazard But With Faster Reflexes

Texting While Driving Google Glass Explorers Still A Hazard But With Faster Reflexes

Those hoping to Glass-and-drive might soon be in for a rude awakening: Research shows that using Google Glass while driving is just as dangerous as using a smartphone, and as it stands, 44 US states have banned the latter. The most important factor during this study was how quickly people reacted to an accident and slammed on the brakes -...

Boo! Microsoft Ending Windows 7’s Life Cycle Officially On Halloween

Boo! Microsoft Ending Windows 7’s Life Cycle Officially On Halloween

Consider this your friendly reminder that we're fast approaching Microsoft's cutoff date for providing its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. Once October 31, 2014 (Halloween) comes and goes, OEMs like Dell and Hewlett-Packard can still sell whatever inventory is...