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Updated Nook for Windows 8.1 app launches

Updated Nook for Windows 8.1 app launches

Yesterday marked the official launch of Windows 8.1 as a downloadable product for users of the Windows operating system. Today the Windows 8.1 operating system will be available on DVD and on new computers and other products from retailers. The launch of Windows 8.1 has also brought with it a rash of updated applications specifically designed for Windows 8.1 operating system, such as the Facebook app from yesterday. Barnes & Noble has announced an updated Nook app for Windows 8.1.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus beefed up with Core i7 and Windows 8.1

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus beefed up with Core i7 and Windows 8.1

The notebook team at Samsung have unveiled a new Ultrabook configuration this week in the ATIV Book 9 Plus, a machine rolling out with a build just a pinch (or a punch, whichever you perceive it to be) of a feature set upgrade. This new configuration still works with a 13.3-inch QHD+ 3200 x 1800 pixel display with 10-point multitouch abilities, but this time you're rolling with Windows 8.1 right out of the box. This configuration also - importantly - works with an Intel Core i7 processor (Haswell) rather than the same generation in i5 style.

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Here’s how to get Windows 8.1

Here’s how to get Windows 8.1

Microsoft has finally got around to releasing Windows 8.1, the company's first significant refresh of its desktop, laptop, and tablet platform. Available as a free update to those already using Windows 8, the new upgrade refreshes how the Metro-themed Start menu looks and works, with easier access to all applications, boosted multitasking with the ability to show up to four titles on-screen at any one time, and deeper integration of Bing search.

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Lenovo Miix2 hands-on

Lenovo Miix2 hands-on

Lenovo's play for the smaller Windows 8.1 tablet market is the Miix2, a new 8-inch slate running the full version of Windows but carrying the sort of price tag you might associate with an ARM-based model. Headed to shelves later this month priced at $299, the Miix2 runs Intel's latest Bay Trail-T Atom processor, while its display promises above-average viewing angles. We grabbed some hands-on time with the Miix2; read on for our first impressions.

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Google Chrome on Windows XP put on life support until April 2015

Google Chrome on Windows XP put on life support until April 2015

As they say, all things, even the good ones, eventually come to an end. Next year, we will finally bid farewell to Windows XP, which so far has managed to hold on to its dear life far longer than it was supposed to. Google, however, will not be so quick on abandoning the operating system and will continue to support its Chrome web browser on Windows XP for at least another year.

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