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Stardock Start10 gives back the nostalgic Start menu on Windows 10

Stardock Start10 gives back the nostalgic Start menu on Windows 10

Since Windows 8, the newer Microsoft OS's have been designed with touchscreen capabilities in mind. This led to the diminished functionality of the classically recognizable Start menu. Earlier versions of Windows 8 didn't use a start menu, that bottom-left based pop-up menu that Windows users had grown accustomed to over the years. Stardock is a company that released their own start menu, Start8, to fill the lacuna in Windows features. Windows 10 is now on the horizon, and Stardock is following suit in announcing their completed development of Start10, their newest Start menu.

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Whiteboard sticker turns your laptop lid into a scratchpad

Whiteboard sticker turns your laptop lid into a scratchpad

If your laptop has a touchscreen and you feel the impromptu need to scribble out notes, all you need is a stylus. If it doesn't have a touchscreen, you can turn to your tablet, and if you don't have a tablet, you can turn to your smartphone (and, of course, there are things like Wacom slates). None of those sound appealing? You can go the old-school route, but who wants to carry about paper pads and pens? Enter the whiteboard laptop sticker.

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HP Spectre 13 x360 convertible laptop surfaces online

HP Spectre 13 x360 convertible laptop surfaces online

Convertible laptops have found favor among consumers, and we've seen different options from various makers, mostly notably being some of the YOGA devices from Lenovo. Clues have surfaced indicating that HP will be launching it own new convertible in the future, the HP Spectre 13 x360 2-in-1 notebook. Though it'll be relatively small with a 13.3-inch display, everything about the machine looks to be higher-end, including the use of a fifth-generation Intel Core processor and above a Full HD resolution.

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Dell Precision M3800 workstation update adds 4K, Thunderbolt 2

Dell Precision M3800 workstation update adds 4K, Thunderbolt 2

It seems to be the week of laptop refreshes, with Panasonic having introduced its updated Toughbook 31 yesterday, and now Dell has done similar with its M3800 mobile workstation. This laptop promises to be the type of powerhouse workstation professionals and otherwise demanding users need while remaining relatively thin and light -- something not entirely common in a segment mostly composed of heavy brick-like machines. The M3800 update tacks some hardware improvements into place that meet modern needs, including a 4k-resolution display.

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Panasonic Toughbook 31 refreshed with better performance, battery life

Panasonic Toughbook 31 refreshed with better performance, battery life

Panasonic has refreshed its Toughbook 31, making its ultra-durable laptop a little more appealing to those operating in harsh environments. The biggest difference is the improvement in battery life, with the maker saying its updated model offers 18 hours of run time, something that can be boosted to 27 hours by tossing in a second battery. Other improvements are also in place, including the promise of a "significant" increase in performance and more general improvements to wireless connectivity, among others.

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12-inch MacBook Air display (allegedly) surfaces in gallery

12-inch MacBook Air display (allegedly) surfaces in gallery

Rumor has it that a new MacBook Air is inbound, and that it'll be bringing with it a 12-inch display with a total size more akin to the 11-inch model. Such is said to be accomplished by shrinking down the bezels on the display, the latter of which has reportedly surfaced in a series of images including comparison shots with other Apple devices. The images show what appears to be a small MacBook Air display sans the rest of the computer, and while it should all be taken with a grain of salt, we've the details after the jump.

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ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 with ThinkCentre M83 PC Review

ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 with ThinkCentre M83 PC Review

One of the biggest criticisms of all-in-one PCs is the inability to upgrade hardware if necessary. Lenovo has addressed that issue with its ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23, an all-in-one monitor with an open slot in the back in which users can slide certain slim Lenovo PCs. Connectors built into the monitor connect to the PC, which can then be accessed through "wings" on the back of the monitor that expose its various ports. Likewise, a couple of USB ports are offered on the front of the monitor for ease of access, ultimately providing a typical AiO experience. Sound interesting? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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GTA V for PC details drop ahead of March 24 release

GTA V for PC details drop ahead of March 24 release

Rockstar Games has dropped the details for Grand Theft Auto V for PC, as well as a gallery of several screenshots. The title will be released on March 24, a date shift that Rockstar has apologized for. According to the company, this change was due to needing a little extra time for "testing and polish", and Rockstar says it will make sure the few extra weeks of waiting will ultimately be worth it for gamers. We've got the system specs after the jump.

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Toshiba Portégé Z20t offers a 2-in-1 detachable experience

Toshiba Portégé Z20t offers a 2-in-1 detachable experience

Joining Toshiba's new products at CES 2015 is the 2-in-1 Portege Z20t, a pen-toting tablet that transforms into an ultrabook with the use of a detachable keyboard component. The entire system is promised to be a mixture of sleek and lightweight while offering precise input via Wacom technologies and some features not entirely common on systems like this, such as a keyboard that is resistant to accidental spills. Despite its small size, this is no toy -- the system covers all the bases, and comes with a price tag to match.

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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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