Windows 9 Public Preview

Windows 9 preview set to be released in September

By on August 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Windows 9 preview set to be released in September

Disgruntled Windows 8 users: there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning to release a Windows 9 “technology preview” sometime between the end of September and the beginning of October. In order to install the preview, you’ll have to agree to receive automatic monthly updates, but the preview will be publicly available for anyone interested in testing out the Threshold operating system. More →

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Chromebook Vs Windows

The one reason you should consider buying a Chromebook over a Windows or Mac laptop

By on August 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM.

The one reason you should consider buying a Chromebook over a Windows or Mac laptop

When Google first announced its plans to offer a lightweight, browser-like operating system, pundits had a field day. Why go up against Windows? Why not use Android? Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find that sales of inexpensive Chromebooks are climbing faster than almost anyone expected, particularly in schools. It makes sense, of course – why should a school spend twice as much on a Windows machine when a cheap Chromebook can get the job done?

For personal use, Windows notebooks and Apple’s MacBook laptops are seen by many as the obvious choice over Chromebooks because they are so much more powerful and flexible. As it turns out, however, Chromebooks’ biggest weakness might also be their greatest strength. More →

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MacBook Pro Graphics Card Bug

Users become enraged as Apple continues to ignore major laptop bug

By on August 13, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Users become enraged as Apple continues to ignore major laptop bug

Imagine spending well over $2,000 for a laptop and then finding that it has a major bug that causes system failures. Then, imagine having to deal with the huge bug for several years while the manufacturer remains silent despite the fact that it clearly knows the bug exists.

That is the exact experience many MacBook Pro owners are enduring right now as Apple continues to publicly ignore a serious issue found to affect multiple MacBook Pro models. More →

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Retina MacBook Air Intel Broadwell

There’s a chance that the Retina MacBook Air might be ready for Christmas after all

By on August 11, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

There’s a chance that the Retina MacBook Air might be ready for Christmas after all

Remember that rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air that’s reportedly in the making, and whose launch could be delayed because of Intel? Well, it appears that Apple may be able to launch the device this year after all, Intel sort-of confirmed on Monday in a press release. More →

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Surface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air TV Ads

Microsoft realizes the Surface will never beat the iPad, goes after the MacBook Air instead

By on August 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Microsoft realizes the Surface will never beat the iPad, goes after the MacBook Air instead

Apple may have dumped its Mac vs PC ads a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean such ad comparisons are over. It’s now Microsoft’s time to troll Apple with comparison ads, this time using the Surface Pro 3 to take on one of Apple’s most iconic laptops out there in the MacBook Air. More →

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Google Nexus Foo Benchmark

Strange benchmark says Google is making a laptop that runs on… Android Wear?

By on August 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

Strange benchmark says Google is making a laptop that runs on… Android Wear?

Benchmark tests often reveal details about unreleased devices, but at the same time, they can be manipulated to show such “leaked” details about unreleased devices. A rather strange Google Nexus Foo device has been spotted on benchmark site GFXBench, Phone Arena reports, revealing what appears to be a 10.3-inch non-tablet device that’s apparently running a version of Android Wear OS. More →

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Best Windows PC Deals

Believe it or not, there’s a very good reason to shop at Microsoft’s retail outlets

By on August 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Believe it or not, there’s a very good reason to shop at Microsoft’s retail outlets

Microsoft’s retail stores don’t typically generate the same crowds as Apple stores but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out, especially if you’re in the market for a new PC. The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern points out that buying a PC at a Microsoft store means that it will come without one of the most annoying problems that has long plagued PC users: OEM bloatware. More →

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Alienware 13 Gaming Laptop

Alienware’s latest lightweight laptop could be the MacBook Air for PC gamers

By on August 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Alienware’s latest lightweight laptop could be the MacBook Air for PC gamers

There are plenty of capable gaming laptops on the market, but most of them are large and unwieldy. Portability is often the price you pay for power, but that’s not the case with the Alienware 13. Engadget went hands-on with Dell’s latest Alienware gaming laptop, and although it isn’t the lightest device the company has ever released, it’s still far more portable than the current Alienware line. More →

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AOL's You've Got Mail Voice

Meet the voice behind AOL’s ‘You’ve got mail’ sound clip

By on July 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Meet the voice behind AOL’s ‘You’ve got mail’ sound clip

Have you ever wondered who recorded AOL’s extremely popular “You’ve got mail” line, which you may have heard countless times so far alongside other familiar phrases spoken by your computer including “Welcome,” “File’s done” or “Goodbye?” CNBC has the answer, as the actor who was hired to record the clip more than twenty years ago retired this past March after a career of 47 years in television. More →

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27-inch Mid-2014 iMac Leak

Apple may release an all-new ‘mid-2014′ 27-inch iMac soon

By on July 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Apple may release an all-new ‘mid-2014′ 27-inch iMac soon

Following a previous accidental mention on Tuesday of an updated iMac Mini on Apple’s website, the company has apparently spilled the proverbial beans on another upcoming product that should have been kept under wraps. French site ConsoMac has discovered a mid-2014 iMac mention on Apple’s site in a chart detailing what kind of Windows versions Apple’s iMacs support, just as was the case with the 2014 iMac mini refresh. More →

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Best Kickstarter Projects Modbook Pro X

How to get the touchscreen Retina MacBook Pro of your dreams

By on July 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

How to get the touchscreen Retina MacBook Pro of your dreams

Apple has never been all that keen on the idea of releasing a MacBook with a touchscreen, even if it has been toying with the idea of releasing a larger “iPad Pro.” Just because Apple isn’t going to release a touchscreen MacBook, however, doesn’t mean that a bold entrepreneur on Kickstarter won’t give it a shot. A new Kickstarter projected called Modbook Pro X is trying to raise $150,000 to build a massive MacBook-tablet hybrid that even utilizes one of Steve Jobs’ most hated accessories — the stylus. More →

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Mid-2014 Mac Mini

Apple may have just revealed a new Mac mini coming in mid-2014

By on July 29, 2014 at 6:40 PM.

Apple may have just revealed a new Mac mini coming in mid-2014

It’s been nearly two years since the last update to the Mac mini line, but Apple may have quietly revealed a new model on Tuesday amid the launch of the 2014 versions of the Retina MacBook Pro. 9to5Mac points out that a new listing on the Boot Camp support page on Apple’s website shows “Mac mini (Mid 2014)” as one of the Mac mini models near the bottom of the page. More →

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