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Winners drawn in $1500 spring cleaning contest
— 6:37 PM on April 23, 2014

Our $1500 spring cleaning contest has drawn to a close. Our winners are Esproc and highlandr, who followed our entry rules and posted some...

Type: News story Tags: Systems The Tech Report

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Dual-core Haswell, desktop GeForce team up in Brix Gaming mini PC
— 8:41 AM on April 23, 2014

Gigabyte is prepping another small-form-factor system targeting gamers. This latest addition to the Brix Gaming family combines a Haswell processor with discrete GeForce graphics pulled...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Systems

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Microsoft expected to further shorten Windows cycle
— 6:00 AM on April 23, 2014

A couple years back, famed Microsoft rumor-monger Mary Jo Foley reported that...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Report predicts September return for Start menu
— 6:00 AM on April 22, 2014

When Microsoft announced the return of the Start menu earlier this month,...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Tactile touchscreen buttons coming this year
— 12:31 PM on April 21, 2014

At CES last year, a company called Tactus demoed a novel twist on touchscreen buttons. The approach pipes fluid into elastic bubbles that...

Type: News story Tags: Displays Input devices Mobile computing

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Friday night topic: where are the good ultraportables?
— 5:20 PM on April 18, 2014

If I don't upgrade before October, my primary laptop will soon celebrate its fifth birthday. I didn't mean for things to turn out this way....

Type: News story Tags: Systems Mobile computing

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Release roundup: Bits, pieces, and whole PCs
— 2:09 PM on April 18, 2014

Almost no week passes without some new PC hardware products being announced. This week, we have a handful of newcomers that may be worthy of...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards Cases Systems Memory Mobile computing Networking

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Report: NSA knew about Heartbleed bug for ''at least two years''
— 6:00 AM on April 14, 2014

Before it was patched and publicly disclosed a week ago, the Heartbleed bug...

Type: News story Tags: Internet

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Here's a list of major services affected by the Heartbleed bug
— 2:08 PM on April 10, 2014

OpenSSL's Heartbleed bug has made worldwide news this week, and for good reason: it compromised the security of a huge portion of the web...

Type: News story Tags: Internet Software

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PC shipments fell again last quarter, but U.S. market fared better than others
— 11:39 AM on April 10, 2014

It's that time again. Research firms Gartner and IDC have both...

Type: News story Tags: Systems

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Logitech backlights wireless keyboard for the living room
— 10:29 AM on April 9, 2014

Simple remotes usually don't cut it for home-theater PCs. Although basic media and directional controls are usually sufficient for applications like XBMC and Windows...

Type: News story Tags: Input devices

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Here's the new Windows 8.1 Start menu in action
— 3:07 PM on April 8, 2014

Last week, at the Build conference, Microsoft announced the long-awaited return of the Start menu. Those not in attendance were only treated to a...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Logitech's G502 gaming mouse tracks movement with a 12,000-DPI sensor
— 10:30 AM on April 8, 2014

Logitech has introduced a new wired mouse for gamers. The G502 Proteus Core has all the trappings of a modern gaming rodent, including...

Type: News story Tags: Input devices

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Aimpad game controller ties Cherry MX switches to analog input
— 11:43 AM on April 7, 2014

We've seen a lot of unconventional PC controllers over the years, including several keypads primed specifically for first-person shooters. The Aimpad looks similar to...

Type: News story Tags: Input devices Gaming

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Cooler Master's fancy backlit keyboard will be out on April 13
— 4:14 PM on April 3, 2014

At CES, Cooler Master showed us a keyboard with a fancy backlighting system that lit up keys after each keypress. The company has now...

Type: News story Tags: Input devices

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It's official: the Windows 8.1 Update is coming April 8
— 11:37 AM on April 3, 2014

Microsoft has announced some big things at this week's Build conference, from the impending return of the Start menu to pricing changes for...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Microsoft announces revived Start menu, universal apps
— 4:43 PM on April 2, 2014

Windows 8.1 got us part of the way there by restoring the Start button, and now, Microsoft is going all the way. As PC World...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Amazon's Fire TV set-top box streams video, runs games
— 1:27 PM on April 2, 2014

Well, look at that! A $99 Amazon set-top box for the living room....

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Game consoles Personal tech

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