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In the lab: Dell's Venue 8 7000 tablet
— 10:55 AM on January 29, 2015

Another piece of hardware has arrived in our labs for testing. Say hello to Dell's Venue 8 7000, which is billed as the thinnest tablet...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing

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Qualcomm posts record revenue, loses high-profile design
— 9:10 AM on January 29, 2015

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm reported its quarterly financial results yesterday. For the three months ended December 28, its first fiscal quarter of 2015, the firm...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Mobile computing

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Intel refreshes high-endurance server SSDs with 20-nm NAND
— 6:00 AM on January 29, 2015

Consumer SSDs aren't the only ones that get periodic NAND updates. Intel has also refreshed some of...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Servers

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So long, Flash; YouTube now uses HTML5 by default
— 9:15 AM on January 28, 2015

Using a recent browser? Then chances are Adobe's Flash plug-in will remain dormant the next time you fire up a YouTube video. That's because, according...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Internet Software

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Cloud surge, Surface sales buoy Microsoft's quarterly results
— 6:00 AM on January 27, 2015

The financial results for Microsoft's second fiscal quarter, which ended December 31, paint a mixed picture of the company's businesses. Overall revenue hit $26.5 billion,...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Operating systems

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Windows 10 build 9926 adds Cortana, Continuum, and more
— 12:51 PM on January 23, 2015

On the heels of Wednesday's Windows 10 event, Microsoft has released a new preview build of the operating system. Available now to members of...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Windows 10 may support streaming from PC to Xbox One, too
— 6:00 AM on January 22, 2015

We learned yesterday that Windows 10 will let users stream Xbox One games to their PCs. But what about the other way around? As...

Type: News story Tags: Game consoles Windows

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HP's new Core M convertible hides an extra battery in its keyboard dock
— 10:43 AM on January 21, 2015

HP uncorked a boatload of business-oriented mobile systems yesterday, including multiple Windows and Android tablets. For me, the most intriguing of the bunch is...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing

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Report: Windows 10 mobile preview coming next month
— 3:30 PM on January 20, 2015

Tomorrow, Microsoft will stage an event where it will pull back the curtain on Windows 10's "consumer experience." According to Microsoft reporter Mary Jo...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Report: Win8.1 costs tablet makers only $15 for 10'' devices
— 6:00 AM on January 20, 2015

Microsoft has been aggressive about pushing Windows for low-cost tablets. Last April, it announced that the OS...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Operating systems

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Deal of the week: An unlocked FX quad for $90, Bay Trail convertible for $230, and more
— 11:13 AM on January 16, 2015

This week's deals post is brought to you by the letter A, because it fits with our first item—and because I've run out of other...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Storage Memory Mobile computing

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Xbox chief further teases Windows 10 announcement
— 6:00 AM on January 16, 2015

We already know that, next Wednesday, Xbox chief Phil Spencer will talk about PC gaming at Microsoft's Windows 10 consumer event. The details of...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming Game consoles Windows

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New Intel IGP drivers add H.265, VP9 hardware decode support
— 9:56 AM on January 15, 2015

Intel graphics drivers releases aren't usually very exciting, but this one is worth pointing out. Numbered 15.36.14.4080, this update imbues Haswell and Broadwell processors...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Multimedia

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Samsung starts making 8Gb GDDR5 memory chips
— 9:11 AM on January 15, 2015

Samsung is making it easier for graphics card makers load up on memory. The firm has kicked off mass production of GDDR5 RAM with a...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Memory

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Google demos new Project Ara prototype, schedules pilot program
— 6:00 AM on January 15, 2015

If smartphones are the new personal computers, Project Ara may be the future of the DIY PC scene. Google's modular handset promises to bring extensive...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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Q4 shipment data shows double-digit PC growth in U.S.
— 6:00 AM on January 14, 2015

Remember all that doom and gloom about the death of the PC industry? Yeah, not so much...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Mobile computing

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The Witcher 3 specs call for 6GB of RAM, quad-core CPUs
— 6:00 AM on January 13, 2015

Add another game to the growing list of titles with steep RAM requirements. Like Watch Dogs, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Memory Gaming

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Cooler Master prototype melds vertical vapor chambers with CPU block
— 10:52 AM on January 12, 2015

CPU coolers with vertical vapor chambers are nothing new; Cooler Master has been making them since 2012. But the company showed off a new...

Type: News story Tags: Cooling

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