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HP Stream 11 Windows laptop now available

HP Stream 11 Windows laptop now available

Last last month HP rolled the red carpet out for its new colorful -- and more importantly, cheap -- Stream laptops. Their appeal is multi-fauceted, and though they aren't the most powerful machines out there, the mixture of a sub-$200 price tag and the inclusion of Windows 8.1 makes the HP Stream 11, in particular, a milestone machine for the company. When it was announced, HP stayed quiet on the laptop's launch date, and now about a month later it has quietly changed the machine's status to "available".

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 arrives with Action Center

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 arrives with Action Center

The Windows 10 Technical Preview became available on October 1st, and now following closely after it is the first update build, Build 9860. Microsoft's Gabe Aul introduced the new build today, saying that updates will sometimes be frequent and sometimes be spaced longer apart -- regardless, each will bring improvements and other changes, as well as the bugs users should expect to encounter for the time being. Though the first update is bringing a slew of changes, the most notable one is perhaps the inclusion of Action Center.

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Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

The Security Key is not something you probably have in your pocket right this minute. It’s a newer sort of verification system made in partnership with the FIDO Alliance, now working with Google and Google Chrome for an added layer of security for Google websites. With this system you’ll never need worry about being scammed by a website pretending to be Google - not even once. You will need an official U2F Security Key to make it all work to Google's satisfaction.

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Toshiba Satellite Radius 11: converting the low end

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11: converting the low end

To the naked eye, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 might look like any other new converting notebook/tablet device here in the age of touchscreen-friendly Windows 8.1. At $329.99 MSRP, though, there’s something to be said about Toshiba’s ability to keep their cost/value ration high. Under an 11.6-inch touchscreen display you’ll find a 360-degree two-axis and "flip-and-fold" hinge design for the next generation of converters. Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation, and Audience modes are all included in the mix with this silently-interesting device from Toshiba, coming your way very, very soon.

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E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN has taken the wraps off a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet aimed at the budget-conscious market, saying its product is the first of its size to be loaded with Windows and offered for less than $200 USD. The newest E FUN Nextbook was made in close development with both Intel and Microsoft, says E FUN, and in addition to its detachable keyboard is a year of Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive storage. Not surprisingly given its pricing, the laptop will launch through Walmart and Sam's Club.

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Equil Smartpen 2 still available, ships this month

Equil Smartpen 2 still available, ships this month

Earlier this year at CES, we got our hands on the Equil Smartpen. The physical-to-digital writing instrument was pretty impressive, but like any good product, the Smartpen can improve. Equil’s Smartpen 2 looks to make some necessary adjustments, and even breaks free of the pen-and-paper world as a stylus. Currently enjoying a funding run on Indiegogo that has seen Smartpen 2 lap it’’s goal several times over, the Smartpen 2 is coming soon — but you still have time to snap one up via crowdfunding!

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Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Hackers have been in the news on a regular basis -- sometimes for their escapades, other times for their convictions. The latest among them is a Russian hacking collective that has been spying on high-profile targets for the last five years. The collective is being referred to as the Sandworm Team by iSight Partners, which made the discovery, due to Dune references spotted in the hackers' code. The hacking efforts are said to be ongoing even now, and involve phishing tactics to infect the various targets' computers.

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Windows Insider Program has over 1 million users

Windows Insider Program has over 1 million users

Windows 10 might have thrown us for a loop in naming, but it won’t sneak p on us again. The Windows Insider Program allows for anyone interested (and qualified, really) to test out the software in its beta form, and contribute their ideas along the way to a final release sometime next year. If you thought Windows was nearly dead, news that over one million people are involved in the Windows Insider Program might change your mind just a little bit.

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