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PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

We've all heard the marketing spiels before. "The PC is dead". "This is the device that will replace your PC". Or even "this is the new PC". Whatever the tune, they almost all have the same chorus: replacing the venerable yet perhaps outdated computing devices, otherwise known as desktops and laptops, most of them running Windows versions of ages past. And maybe they're right. Maybe these will indeed replace those PCs. Maybe the sudden surge in popularity of 2-in-1's, detachable, and convertibles are going to save the dying PC market. Or maybe it will only for a short time, because what consumers these days are looking for aren't just PC replacement. Ultimately, they're looking for new, modern experiences.

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex released in Open Beta for Windows 10 users

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex released in Open Beta for Windows 10 users

This morning, the newest in new Forza racing games became available for all Windows 10 users in open Beta. This means that you can jump on in and take a race spot at your leisure. Drive the biggest and baddest of vehicles. Crash into walls immediately. Find that you'll never be a match for the graphics. Make certain you understand what driving a six-figure vehicle is all about!

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DOOM launch trailer ushers in ultimate brutality

DOOM launch trailer ushers in ultimate brutality

Just so long as you are 18 years of age or older, you may freely view the following video game trailer. Can you imagine this version of DOOM being released back in the early 1990's? Not for the graphics - those are a generation ahead already. For the violence! The gore! The madness that drove our country insane throughout the government's rally against the playing of violent titles altogether! Bethesda wants you to have freedom. Freedom to mash all the monsters you wish, here in the present - DOOM time it is.

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The free Windows 10 upgrade gravy train is ending soon

The free Windows 10 upgrade gravy train is ending soon

The days of a free Windows 10 upgrade are numbered, with Microsoft confirming that, after July 29, you'll be expected to open your wallet if you want to bring an older Windows PC up to the cutting edge. As part of its efforts to get Windows 10 on as many PCs as possible, as soon as possible, Microsoft had launched the OS with a year-long free upgrade offer.

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WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

Users in Brazil aren't able to use WhatsApp to communicate with friends, family, or anyone else, thanks to a government shutdown. Thankfully, the blackout is only set to last 72 hours, which is a small price to pay for showing a government that users want access to encrypted communication. And it would seem that the makers of the popular app are looking at a new way for you to use it.

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Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

In the long, long list of ancient operating systems and software that's been installed on smartwatches, the combination of Windows 95 and the Apple Watch has been missing. Thankfully, developer Nick Lee has put things right. It may take an hour to boot up, but the OS is almost fully functional on the wearable, despite being completely impractical. Lee shared his achievement in a video, so there's no need to go through the nightmare of trying to open the Start menu yourself.

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Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Cortona's web search abilities no longer include Google in a move Microsoft calls its "Personalized Search Experience in Windows 10." According to Ryan Gavin, Microsoft GM of Search and Cortana, "with Windows 10, we have invested in delivering comprehensive, end-to-end search capabilities that make Windows more personal, intuitive and helpful." It's become apparent that users who've put Google's Search into that mix are no longer welcome.

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Anime Steam Sale is super kawaii desu ne

Anime Steam Sale is super kawaii desu ne

Today Valve launches their next Steam Sale, one that'll have all your SUPER KAWAII plans set for the whole weekend. That is, another Anime Weekend sort of event in which all sorts of games and movies and such. You'll find a total of 226 titles in this particular price knock-down - one that appears at the same time as Sony's Golden Week sale. That event is in place to celebrate the series of Japanese holidays about to happen in the video game capital of the universe.

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Windows 10 notification rains on local weather forecast

Windows 10 notification rains on local weather forecast

Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? If not, you probably get hounded by Windows to make the switch every day. Microsoft has grown more and more persistant in their efforts to get everyone to upgrade to their latest OS. Not only are home users getting bombarded with notifications, but businesses are too. This includes one local news station.

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HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation is as handsome as it is prepared to do the work you're going to need it to do. Unlike workstation laptops of the past, this unit does not dispense with the thinness or the weight, either. This machine is an Ultrabook - what HP calls the world's first quad core workstation Ultrabook, in fact. It has a 15.6-inch display up front and your choice of a bunch of different innards under the hood.

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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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HP Elite x2 Review

HP Elite x2 Review

HP has a new Elite tablet, and it is the most striking to date. The HP Elite x2 is a convertible system composed of a tablet with a hinged kickstand and a keyboard that attaches to the tablet using a magnetic connector. Anyone familiar with the Surface Pro, as one example, will be familiar with the design nature of the new Elite tablet. How does HP's offering hold up compared to competing models? Read our full review to find out!

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