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Windows 8.1 August Update causes crashes, gets pulled
— 6:00 AM on August 18, 2014

The latest major update to Windows 8.1 wasn't just underwhelming. Turns out it has a host of other issues on top of that. As...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Report: Windows Threshold public beta is indeed coming this fall
— 2:59 PM on August 15, 2014

Hoping to sample the next major version of Windows? You may get your chance sooner than you think. Last week, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Deal of the week: A 480GB SSD for $150
— 10:40 AM on August 15, 2014

I didn't intend for this week's deals post to be all about storage, but that's kinda what happened. Before we get into cheap SSDs and...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Personal tech

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Intel: DirectX 12 yields big gains on tablets, other thermally constrained devices
— 12:01 PM on August 13, 2014

We already know that DirectX 12 will reduce CPU utilization in games by cutting API overhead. The performance benefits of this approach on desktop...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Mobile computing Gaming Personal tech

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Errata prompts Intel to disable TSX in Haswell, early Broadwell CPUs
— 1:28 PM on August 12, 2014

The TSX instructions built into Intel's Haswell CPU cores haven't become widely used by everyday software just yet, but they promise to make certain...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Servers Workstations

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Gartner: Chromebook sales to nearly triple by 2017
— 10:24 AM on August 12, 2014

Chromebooks are sprouting up all over the place these days. We'll apparently be seeing a lot more of them, too. Market research firm Gartner projects...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing

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Nvidia claims Haswell-class performance for Denver CPU core
— 6:36 PM on August 11, 2014

Some of Nvidia's CPU architects gave a talk at the Hot Chips symposium today, and they revealed some long-awaited details about  Nvidia's first custom CPU...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Mobile computing

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Steam beta code mentions music, movies, and TV series
— 10:56 AM on August 11, 2014

Valve may be preparing to turn Steam more of an all-purpose entertainment platform. SteamDB found snippets of code in the latest Steam beta client...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Software

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New Acer Chromebook couples Tegra K1, 13-hour battery
— 9:35 AM on August 11, 2014

Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor has just landed in another system, and this one's pretty cool. Acer's new Chromebook 13 couples the Nvidia system-on-a-chip with a...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing

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New Chrome beta enables HTML5 Netflix on Linux
— 6:00 AM on August 11, 2014

Playing Netflix on Linux still requires jumping through a few hoops, but happily, the hoops are getting...

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Internet Software

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Friday night topic: Virtualizing your stuff
— 5:52 PM on August 8, 2014

The rise of virtualization has transformed the landscape in IT in the past ten years. Sounds a little stiff and boring, maybe, but the ability...

Type: News story Tags: Software Operating systems

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Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 might be for real
— 4:05 PM on August 8, 2014

The next Nexus tablet really could be Nvidia-powered. Today, both SlashGear and ExtremeTech are reporting on fresh rumors about the Nexus 9, which...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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Nvidia posts healthy revenue, earnings growth
— 11:50 AM on August 8, 2014

Things are still looking up for Nvidia. The company has posted results for its fiscal second quarter, showing double-digit growth in both revenue and...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Mobile computing Servers

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Rumor: Windows Threshold to kill charms bar; public beta due this fall
— 11:42 AM on August 7, 2014

I gotta tell you, Windows Threshold is sounding better and better. The latest report from WinBeta suggests the upcoming Windows release will do away...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Here's the official word on Windows 8.1 Update 2
— 9:24 AM on August 6, 2014

After weeks of rumors, we finally have some official dirt on the next major Windows 8.1 update—which, as we expected, isn't going to be very...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Phase-change prototype claimed to be world's fastest SSD
— 10:27 AM on August 5, 2014

We've been hearing about phase-change memory (PCM) for years. The non-volatile storage technology seems to be inching closer to prime time, though, and...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Servers

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This Bay Trail-powered Gigabyte laptop could be a netbook
— 9:26 AM on August 5, 2014

Are netbooks making a comeback? Sure seems like it, based on Gigabyte's latest launch. The Q21 is an 11.6" laptop with a Bay Trail-based...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing

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Dock turns mini Win8.1 tablets into desktop systems
— 10:47 AM on August 4, 2014

Intel's Bay Trail SoC has enabled some seriously small Windows 8.1 devices. The Dell Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo Miix 2, for example, squeeze quad-core...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing

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