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Windows 10 consumer preview tipped to arrive in January

Windows 10 consumer preview tipped to arrive in January

Excited for the next Windows release? No? Well, despite the antogonism against the "old guard" of operating systems, a lot of eyes are on Microsoft and its upcoming Windows 10, just to see how the company, under Satya Nadella's guiding, will fare this time around. And many eyes are especially curious on how the company will turn the wreck that is Windows 8 around. They might not have to wait long, though, as insider sources claim that the consumer features of Windows 10 will be laid out to the public in January next year.

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Ematic tablets trio spotted with Windows 8.1

Ematic tablets trio spotted with Windows 8.1

It appears Ematic has some new budget tablets inbound, with the folks at Liliputing spotting three Windows 8.1 slates on Amazon where they're currently listed as unavailable. These will serve as the company's first batch of Windows tablets, and though they're no longer listed as available for pre-order, galleries for each model -- 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch -- are still up, as well as all the details on what they offer. These slates will join the growing roster of budget-centric Windows devices, of which some big-name companies like HP have introduced their own offerings.

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Lenovo snaps MacBooks to push YOGA 3 Pro

Lenovo snaps MacBooks to push YOGA 3 Pro

To make clear that the Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro does, indeed, bend all the way backwards, Lenovo has taken to the mall to drop some pranks on unsuspecting shoppers. Working with the UCB Comedy crew and Above Average, Michael Kayne, Shaun Diston, and Jim Santangeli bring on some pre-broken MacBooks and some Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro units to a demonstration kiosk for the public. Watch as the YOGA's hinge allows it to bend all the way backwards, and the MacBooks'... doesn't bend quite so easily.

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HTC One for Windows nabs an Xbox Dot View cover

HTC One for Windows nabs an Xbox Dot View cover

Today we're having a quick peek at the Xbox Dot View cover - a sort of limited-engagement release made specifically for the Windows Phone version of the HTC One (M8). This case works exactly the same as the standard HTC Dot View cover, but here you're getting it in Xbox Green. You've also got the Xbox brand on the back, for good measure. This case is part of a push for the HTC One (M8) with Windows this holiday season, coming with the device with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile inside the United States.

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Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Government surveillance is a hot topic, and as news about the extent of such monitoring keeps coming, many individuals have wondered at one point or another whether any of their own data is under some agency's watchful eye. To help (potentially) ease your paranoia is a new open-source malware tool called Detekt, which its maker Claudio Guarnieri -- with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- says will help you determine whether your computer is infected. The malware detector is available for Windows users.

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E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN will be launching its Nextbook 8 tablet on Black Friday for $99, giving budget-conscious users a Windows 8.1 slate in the sub-$100 range. The announcement was made on the Windows blog today, with it being revealed that the Nextbook will be available at Walmart retail stores as part of a Black Friday promotion. Under the promotion, buyers will get a 16GB microSD card tossed into the mix, doubling the slate's 16GB of internal storage, as well as some other perks.

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Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

You're going to be told many things and given many offers this Black Friday, but we'd like to be the first to tell you not to get trapped by the following. Do not buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday. Do not fall for this trap. The math does not add up, no matter how you sling it. Show me the cheapest tablet at any given store on Black Friday and I'll show you why you shouldn't buy it - and why you shouldn't even consider it.

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New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

The latest preview of Windows 10, which brings the version number up to 9879, continues to build on the work of finally merging the disparate desktop and "Modern" worlds that Microsoft has built up around Windows. This, release, however, might probably be most remembered for adding a feature that some might take to be yet another sign of Redmond copying instead of innovating. Windows 10 has now gained support for three-finger gestures on the touchpad, a feature that is more readily associated today with Apple's OS X.

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Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

The tech world as a whole is still reeling from the OpenSSL vulnerability that was so bad that it was baptized with its own name. Now Microsoft might have an equally terrible, or perhaps even worse, issue in its hands. A bug in its Schannel (short for "Secure channel") security package could, in theory, allow any hacker to remotely run a program just by sending a specially crafted network packet to a Windows server. To add insult to injury, this security exploit exists in a wide range of Windows version dating back 2003.

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Dell has Windows, Android devices with 3D cameras slated for 2015

Dell has Windows, Android devices with 3D cameras slated for 2015

Dell's Venue 8 7000 -- set to arrive later on this month -- won't be the company's only device with 3D cameras, it has revealed. Both Android and Windows devices equipped with 3D cameras will be arriving throughout next year, according to the vice president of Dell's tablet group Neil Hand. Presumably the cameras will be based on Intel's RealSense technology, as is the case with the Venue 8 7000, ushering in a roster of devices that take mobile photography to the next level.

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