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LA Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer exits Microsoft's board, six months after CEO retirement

LA Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer exits Microsoft's board, six months after CEO retirement

By 19 August 2014

Steve Ballmer has written a letter to Microsoft's CEO, explaining that his new Los Angeles Clippers purchase will probably keep him so busy in the coming years that he has no choice but to leave the company's Board of Directors. Ballmer's resignation... >>

Lenovo launches affordable laptop with good specs for only £229

Lenovo launches affordable laptop with good specs for only £229

By 19 August 2014

Lenovo has announced its latest affordable laptop, the B50-30 is available now for just £229. The Lenovo B50-30 comes with the Windows 8 operating system with enough power to offer smooth use, despite that impressive price. The screen is an anti-glare... >>

HP Stream 14 is a Windows 8.1 Chromebook rival, with 100GB of OneDrive storage

HP Stream 14 is a Windows 8.1 Chromebook rival, with 100GB of OneDrive storage

By 19 August 2014

Microsoft's first Chromebook competitor is expected to be a Windows PC called HP Stream 14. It'll even come with 100 GB of OneDrive cloud storage for two years. The HP Stream 14 will not only offer cloud storage, just like a Chromebook, it will be lower-priced... >>

A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

By 16 August 2014

Ahead of the Surface Pro 3 release date on 28 August here in Blighty, we've got the full ins and outs of the latest laptop-meets-tablet. Is it the "laptop killer" it claims to be or at 12-inches is it too big to tick the successful tablet box? Next up... >>

Microsoft might launch Windows 9 Threshold preview this autumn

Microsoft might launch Windows 9 Threshold preview this autumn

By 15 August 2014

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,... >>

What is Type-C USB 3.1? Faster charging, quicker data, smaller mobiles and the death of AC laptop chargers

What is Type-C USB 3.1? Faster charging, quicker data, smaller mobiles and the death of AC laptop chargers

By 13 August 2014

At last the new Type-C USB connector is ready for mass production. It will come with reversible ends, featuring the same small connector on either end. But it means so much more for new smartphones, tablets and even laptops. The new Type-C USB will mean... >>

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

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

By 9 August 2014

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

By 7 August 2014

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

By 7 August 2014

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... >>

A week in reviews: 28 July - 1 August

A week in reviews: 28 July - 1 August

By 2 August 2014

There have been some serious bits of kit in the office this week: from phones to cameras and tablets to next-gen games. Top of the stack is the Nikon D810. It delivers more spec than many other DSLR cameras ever have, but does this 36-megapixel full-framer... >>