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Microsoft might launch Windows 9 Threshold preview this autumn

Microsoft might launch Windows 9 Threshold preview this autumn

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You can expect the next major version of the Windows operating system to debut as a "technology preview" in September or October of this year, it's claimed.According to ZDNet, a technology site with a good track record when it comes to Windows rumours,... >>

EE customers complain about 50p queue-jump charge for customer service

EE customers complain about 50p queue-jump charge for customer service

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EE introduced a customer service queue-jump for those willing to pay a flat fee of 50p. This has been running for a week and now customer dissatisfaction is beginning to appear.Some customers, especially those who have been with EE for some time, feel... >>

Apple could kill the double-click with its haptic feedback and pressure sensitive mouse

Apple could kill the double-click with its haptic feedback and pressure sensitive mouse

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Apple may be preparing to build a new type of mouse that takes sensitivity and feedback to a new level.The "Force Sensing Mouse" has appeared on the US Patent and Trademark Office with plenty of details.The new mouse will have a pressure sensor under... >>

Why is Android's first 64-bit ARM chip with 192-cores so important?

Why is Android's first 64-bit ARM chip with 192-cores so important?

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Nvidia has unveiled details on the world's first Android 64-bit ARM processor in its Tegra K1 Denver. This is going to change the way Android mobiles work.Apple already has a 64-bit chip in its iPhone 5S with A7 processor. This should prove helpful when... >>

Ofcom reveals best mobile networks for call quality, EE tops the list

Ofcom reveals best mobile networks for call quality, EE tops the list

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Ofcom, the government approved regulatory office, has released its research on mobile phone networks' phone call quality. EE has come out on top.The research was carried out to help people make an informed decision on the best network for them. This will... >>

Microsoft to update Windows 8 every month, with new features and tweaks

Microsoft to update Windows 8 every month, with new features and tweaks

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Instead of issuing major Windows 8 updates every few months or years, like the Windows 8.1 Update that debuted in April, Microsoft has announced it will adopt a more frequent update schedule going forward.Microsoft already has a regular monthly update... >>

Windows 9 Threshold to ditch Charms bar, add virtual desktops

Windows 9 Threshold to ditch Charms bar, add virtual desktops

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Microsoft wants the next major version of Windows to be noticeably different from Windows 8, so much so that the company plans to completely remove the Charms bar from its operating system and add virtual desktops, it is claimed.Following numerous reports... >>

Apple imagined a powerful Siri for Mac that is voice-prompted, reveals patent

Apple imagined a powerful Siri for Mac that is voice-prompted, reveals patent

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Apple has detailed how its virtual assistant Siri could work on Macs.It's long been assumed Siri would one day extend to desktops, beyond the voice dictation functionality currently available in Macs, but Apple has never actually confirmed that as a real... >>

Asus X102B review
3.5 stars

Asus X102B review

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When you start to look at budget laptops, the first thing most people will tell you is to go with a Chromebook. Google's Chrome OS laptops from HP, Acer, and others are affordable, lightweight, and somewhat easy to use - so long as you've got an internet... >>

Logitech claims G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse ever, and it's only £50

Logitech claims G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse ever, and it's only £50

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Logitech has announced an addition to its hardcore PC gaming accessory line-up and it has been designed specifically for first-person shooter fans.The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse looks externally much like the customisable G502 released recently,... >>

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display line, adds mighty processor bumps

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display line, adds mighty processor bumps

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Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with Retina display line by beefing up the processors and has increased the RAM to 16GB on all 15-inchers, not just the top model.Previously leaked through a Chinese crib sheet, the new range doesn't scrimp on specifications.... >>

Apple MacBook Pro Retina spec upgrade leaked

Apple MacBook Pro Retina spec upgrade leaked

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Apple should be updating the MacBook Pro Retina line soon with improved power specs.According to a photo of Apple's MacBook Pro Retina specs, leaked in China, an upgrade is due soon. We've already heard rumours of Apple updating its MacBook line but that... >>

Retina Macbook Air and 4K Macs planned for October?

Retina Macbook Air and 4K Macs planned for October?

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Apple plans to release its next operating system, OS X Yosemite, this October. There could also be an appearance of a new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and 4K desktop Mac.According to sources of 9to5mac, Apple is currently finishing work on its next-generation... >>

Mac OS X Yosemite preview: Is this going to be Apple's best desktop OS yet?

Mac OS X Yosemite preview: Is this going to be Apple's best desktop OS yet?

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Times are changing at Apple. The days of not letting you know or see what the company is up to until it is on sale are no more and now, for the first time, Apple is letting the public play with its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the... >>

Apple OS X Yosemite beta now available, here are 7 tips to get you started

Apple OS X Yosemite beta now available, here are 7 tips to get you started

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Apple for the first time in the company's history is letting the general public beta test its latest operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the final release later in the year.Following in the footsteps of Microsoft who for the last couple of versions... >>

Apple turns to Breaking Bad’s Walter White, Space Invaders and Homer Simpson to sell new MacBook Air

Apple turns to Breaking Bad’s Walter White, Space Invaders and Homer Simpson to sell new MacBook Air

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Walter White in his Heisenberg guise is one of many icons used by Apple for its new MacBook Air TV advert.Showing just the back of the laptop and the iconic Apple symbol, the "Stickers" ad rattles through a large variety of customisations that include... >>

Microsoft Q4 2014 earnings: $4.6B net income, $23.3B revenue, and strong cloud sales

Microsoft Q4 2014 earnings: $4.6B net income, $23.3B revenue, and strong cloud sales

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Microsoft has posted its Q4 2014 earnings report. Earnings missed expectations, though revenue beat Wall Street forecasts.Specifically, the company reported $4.6 billion in net income on $23.38 billion in revenue. Although net income decreased from last... >>

Wacom's Bamboo Paper app isn't iPad-only anymore, arrives for Android and Windows 8

Wacom's Bamboo Paper app isn't iPad-only anymore, arrives for Android and Windows 8

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You can now download Wacom's Bamboo Paper app from the Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, and Windows Store.There are countless apps out there that'll let you sketch and take notes, but it's not often that a giant in the graphics tablet space launches... >>

Google shows off Chrome OS redesign experiment, with windows stacked in card-like view

Google shows off Chrome OS redesign experiment, with windows stacked in card-like view

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Google is experimenting with a new version of its desktop OS, and parts of the interface looks completely different. In fact, it subtly resembles Android L.Following last month's introduction of Material Design, a part of the upcoming Android L release... >>

How to stop your gadgets from overheating in the summer heatwave

How to stop your gadgets from overheating in the summer heatwave

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The UK is finally seeing a bit of sun and heat this summer. So rare is this occasion that most people won't realise their gadgets could be damaged from overheating.We've put together this guide to make sure you don't lose speed or gadget life from the... >>

Microsoft to give Chromebooks some stiff competition this Christmas, says cheap PCs are coming

Microsoft to give Chromebooks some stiff competition this Christmas, says cheap PCs are coming

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Those of you want to buy cheap computers for your kids will have more options to consider beyond Google's Chromebook lineup this Christmas, it's claimed.Microsoft shined a spotlight on several new Windows-powered laptops and PCs at its partner conference... >>

Leaked Windows 9 Threshold build shows the Start menu is back

Leaked Windows 9 Threshold build shows the Start menu is back

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If you're hoping Microsoft will bring back the Start menu to Windows sometime soon, then feast your eyes on the latest Windows 9 Threshold leak.The Start menu pictured above provides a look at how Metro-style apps will look in the Start menu, though we... >>

New Elbrus-8C processor could usher in a new level of computing speed

New Elbrus-8C processor could usher in a new level of computing speed

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The Elbrus-8C microprocessor is being made in Russia right now to make current computer chips look weak.The processor will feature an impressive 8-cores, doubling the current efforts of most computers. It will also use 64-bit processing which is all... >>

Raspberry Pi gets re-designed as B+ with upgraded connections and lower power consumption

Raspberry Pi gets re-designed as B+ with upgraded connections and lower power consumption

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The all-in-one mini computer, Raspberry Pi, has been updated thanks to a re-designed model called B+.The B+ will consume less power than the Raspberry Pi thanks to its ability to use more peripherals without the need for a dedicated power source. It... >>

Contact lens displays and even synthetic retinas just got real as 'nano-pixels' are discovered

Contact lens displays and even synthetic retinas just got real as 'nano-pixels' are discovered

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Scientists at Oxford University have discovered a new "nano-pixel" that will mean displays on contact lenses, in car windows and flexible screens are all possible. It could even mean synthetic retinas in your eyes.The discovery was made when researching... >>

Acer C720 is the first Chromebook to offer Intel Core i3, but it'll cost you

Acer C720 is the first Chromebook to offer Intel Core i3, but it'll cost you

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The Acer C720 Chromebook is a little less affordable now, thanks to a spec bump that includes a new Intel chip.Acer America has introduced the first Chromebook to come with a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 processor. The news shouldn't be too surprising... >>

Step aside fibre optic: Bell Labs uses copper phone lines to achieve 10 Gbps net speeds

Step aside fibre optic: Bell Labs uses copper phone lines to achieve 10 Gbps net speeds

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A team of Bell Labs researchers has announced that traditional copper phones line are capable of delivering an ultra broadband-like connection. In fact, it has successfully used the aged technology to transfer data at a record speed of 10 Gbps.During... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 review (2014)
4.0 stars

Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 review (2014)

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Serious laptops don't have to be dull anymore. Just a few years ago, we'd have avoided those designed for business folk like we would a swaying drunk on the train - but the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon proves that Ultrabooks fit for business are now good... >>

101 Best cakes for geeks

101 Best cakes for geeks

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It's our editor Chris Hall's birthday today so to celebrate we thought we'd present him with not one cake but 101 of them. And what's better, they are all geek-based (and probably flour and eggs and that).So we've collected the finest we've seen and pieced... >>

Samsung factory gets raided for $36 million worth of gadgets

Samsung factory gets raided for $36 million worth of gadgets

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Samsung's Campinas factory near Sao Paolo was invaded late Sunday night and its workers were held hostage as the criminals made off with BRL $36 million worth of gadgets.The armed robbers made off with seven trucks full of Samsung phones, tablets, and... >>

Cycorp is the most ambitious artificial intelligence project yet, and it’s been working secretly for 30 years

Cycorp is the most ambitious artificial intelligence project yet, and it’s been working secretly for 30 years

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Since 1984 a company called Cycorp has been quietly working on artificial intelligence. Now, as it nears real intelligence, its creators are beginning to talk about Cyc. Cyc is a machine intelligence that learns, and has been doing so for the last 30... >>

Vodafone follows Three in scrapping data roaming charges, but you will have to pay £5 a day extra

Vodafone follows Three in scrapping data roaming charges, but you will have to pay £5 a day extra

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Vodafone has announced that it is scrapping extra charges for data roaming or using minutes and texts in other countries.Vodafone WorldTraveller enables the network's Pay Monthly customers to use their existing minutes, texts and data plans when abroad... >>

Silent Power is the 'world's smallest high-end PC' and it's noiseless

Silent Power is the 'world's smallest high-end PC' and it's noiseless

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Soon the days of noise fan cooled PCs or liquid cooled machines will be gone thanks to Silent Power. The device is apparently able to keep a PC cool without making any noise at all.Being billed as the "smallest high-end PC in the world" Silent Power is... >>

Hands-on: 21.5-inch entry-level Apple iMac (2014) review

Hands-on: 21.5-inch entry-level Apple iMac (2014) review

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In June Apple announced a new version of its super slim iMac that is lower specced than the ones already on the market, but similarly offered at a lower price to allow those on a smaller budget a chance to jump on board team Mac.The 21.5-inch has the... >>

Vaio is back in the laptop game and there's no Sony involved

Vaio is back in the laptop game and there's no Sony involved

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Vaio was sold off by Sony but that doesn't mean it's gone. Vaio is now back with a range of laptops, without Sony but looking decidedly familiar.Vaio says it will be a "small" PC maker that will mean change. But the first two laptops shown off on its... >>

Windows 9 Threshold preview coming this year, with default Mini Start menu for desktops

Windows 9 Threshold preview coming this year, with default Mini Start menu for desktops

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It looks like Microsoft's next major operating system release could launch soon and include the much-missed Start menu. Kind of.According to ZDNet, Windows 9, also known as Windows Threshold, will reportedly somewhat abandon the colourful tile layout... >>

Android Apps come to Chromebooks as lines blur even more between the two operating systems

Android Apps come to Chromebooks as lines blur even more between the two operating systems

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Google has confirmed that it will soon allow Chromebook users run Android apps on the desktop operating system, blurring the lines of what Chrome OS and Android is.Google demoed Evernote, Vine, and Flipboard Android apps working on a Chromebook Pixel... >>

Going to Glastonbury and want free Wi-Fi? Just plonk yourself next to a cow

Going to Glastonbury and want free Wi-Fi? Just plonk yourself next to a cow

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After unleashing its Wi-Fi tractor at the event last year, EE has gone one better for Glastonbury 2014 and is providing free 4G Wi-Fi to festival goers by converting cows into mobile internet hotspots.That doesn't mean it's strapping devices to Worthy... >>

EE voice over data trials could spell the end for Skype and Viber

EE voice over data trials could spell the end for Skype and Viber

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EE has announced live trials of phone calls over Wi-Fi and 4G which could lead to improved audio quality and eliminate dropped signals. The network is investing £275 million in voice calling technology, which could eventually lead to calls being made... >>

Apple introduces new entry-level 21.5-inch iMac desktops from £899

Apple introduces new entry-level 21.5-inch iMac desktops from £899

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Apple's latest ultra thin iMac desktops have a new member in the family, a more affordable, entry-level 21.5-inch iMac that starts at £899.The latest iMac, at that £899 price, will come with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. It can manage up... >>

Hands-on: The Knomo Knomad will carry all your gadgets and still look good

Hands-on: The Knomo Knomad will carry all your gadgets and still look good

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Pocket-lint's Tech Tavern at The Fable in Holborn Viaduct is in full swing, with a number of phone manufacturers showing off their latest flagship handsets today.There has also been a glove to show you what it feels like to have arthritis and a Yike Bike... >>

Kano allows children of all ages to build a computer from scratch, like Lego

Kano allows children of all ages to build a computer from scratch, like Lego

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London Technology Week has arrived and with it comes a focus on Kano, a computer and coding kit for all ages that allows you to build a computer yourself.The youngest child to have built Kano was six and the oldest adult was 81 so when it says all ages,... >>

Alienware Windows-based Alpha Steam Machine pictures and hands-on

Alienware Windows-based Alpha Steam Machine pictures and hands-on

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Alienware has shown off its new Alpha Steam Machine at E3 2014 in Los Angeles, where Pocket-lint experienced a brief demo with the console and learned about a recent change in plans. Here's the big twist: Alienware's new Steam Machine actually runs Windows.By... >>

Faster Apple iMacs could arrive as soon as next week

Faster Apple iMacs could arrive as soon as next week

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Apple may refresh the iMac line next week with faster machines, but there's still no Retina Display to be seen.A spec list has leaked on French tech site Mac Generation which shows the speed bumps. The source of the site recently correctly predicted the... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review
4.0 stars

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review

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The PC era is on its deathbed and manufacturers are reacting in experimental and interesting ways to evolve the market. The Acer Switch 10 is a multi-positional laptop-meets-tablet device, and while it's far from the first device to proposition such a... >>

Alien: Isolation preview: One-hour play-through of one scary game

Alien: Isolation preview: One-hour play-through of one scary game

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There have been many games based around the Alien franchise of films, books and comics, some truly fantastic - like the first Aliens vs Predator first person shooter - some far from it - like the last Aliens vs Predator FPS. But most of them take their... >>