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Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

With the LaVie Z HZ550, Lenovo brings the heat with what they call the "world's lightest 13.3-inch notebook" with 1.72-lbs of metal, plastic, and glass. The casing for this notebook is made of Magnesium-Lithium (Mg-Li) Alloy, allowing it to be strong and light. Lenovo suggests that they've used an exclusive "Forged" case engineering technique to create it. Both the keyboard and the panel are built in, and the entire unit can lay flat - if you'd ever want it to do such a thing.

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HP Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini: Windows in the palm of your hand

HP Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini: Windows in the palm of your hand

HP has set its sights on both tiny Chromeboxes and cheap Windows devices with its new pair of budget-friendly and small-form-factor Windows PCs. Both the HP Pavilion Mini and the HP Stream Mini Desktops are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, being similar in style and size to, for example, a set-top-box or a Chrome box. Despite the small size, both run Windows 8.1, giving users an option to get their Windows fix without planting a big desktop or shelling out for an expensive laptop.

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HP Pro Tablet 408 rocks 8-inch screen and Windows OS

HP Pro Tablet 408 rocks 8-inch screen and Windows OS

HP already has a couple tablets that it offers to tablet users that run the Windows operating system. It has the HP Stream 7 and Stream 8 for instance. Those are both rather inexpensive tablets with the Stream 7 selling for around $100 and the Stream 8 for around $150. Those tablets are both mostly aimed at normal consumers rather than professional users.

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LG Windows Phone spotted in OEM report

LG Windows Phone spotted in OEM report

In a recent study on the breakdown for Windows Phone OEMs across the world, AdDuplex found something unique. A small sliver of the overall metrics yielded results they hadn’t yet seen, and news Windows Phone fans might find exciting. It seems LG is in the testing phase for Windows Phone, as a previously unseen device tagged as LGVW820 popped up. LG has forgone Windows in favor of Android lately, so seeing a device from them pop up for Windows is interesting.

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Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Internet Explorer is hardly the most loved of browsers, and Microsoft is reportedly planning a drastic fix with a new browser codenamed Spartan tipped to launch alongside Windows 10. Intended to be more lightweight and flexible - borrowing a look and feel more akin to Google's Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox - than previous Microsoft web browsers, Spartan would stick with Microsoft's existing engine technologies under the hood, but wrap them up in such a way that the company's engineers hope users forget whatever bad experiences they may have had with legacy software such as IE6.

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Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype has been working on its Translator service for a long while now, something that allows individuals to video chat in two different languages with real-time translations. The company revealed preview plans recently, and now it has introduced the first phase of that preview program: Spanish and English translation, as well as more than 40 instant messaging languages. Those interested must be signed up for the Skype Translator preview, and must be running Windows 8.1.

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Windows 10 build 9901 leak: prettier Cortana, better Modern UI

Windows 10 build 9901 leak: prettier Cortana, better Modern UI

It is still a good month or so before Microsoft unveils the Consumer Preview of Windows 10, formerly known as Threshold, and it will still be a few months before consumers can actually get their hands on it. But if the features and changes that are being showcased in this leaked build of Windows 10, specifically build number 9901, then consumers might indeed want to get their hands on it, in contrast to the rather divisive Windows 8.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma gaming headset Review

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma gaming headset Review

Razer has cemented itself as an industry leader in the gaming peripherals business, and here with their "Chroma" line, these accessories get colorful. To be clear - these are the same devices that've been on the market for some time - they're just being released in the Chroma line with light-up bits. We've got the Razer BlackWidow mechanical keyboard, DeathAdder mouse, and Kraken 7.1 USB headset. The review you're seeing here is for the headset specifically - you can also catch our DeathAdder and BlackWidow reviews lighting up immediately if not soon.

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Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

For those keeping an eye on Microsoft next big Windows release, most might be more focused on the fusion of desktop and Modern UI, but there are definitely a lot of other nifty features that should be making their way to Windows 10. One of those is Cortana on the desktop. Microsoft will be bringing its intelligent virtual assistant to Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets and she (or it) will be equipped with almost all the functionality that has perhaps impressed some users on Windows Phone devices.

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