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Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel may be particularly pleased with its Idol 4S smartphone at MWC 2016 this week, with packaging that doubles as a VR headset, but it also brought along a convertible Windows 10 tablet. The Alcatel PLUS 10 is a combination tablet and laptop, the company's first 2-in-1 to run Microsoft's latest OS, and one of a rare breed of such models with integrated 4G.

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CloudReady update dual boots Windows and Chrome OS

CloudReady update dual boots Windows and Chrome OS

CloudReady has been around for a while now and over 75,000 computer users have installed the software on their machines. The software supports Mac and Windows devices and has always promised a different mobile computing experience. A new update is available that adds in a feature that people on the fence between trying Chrome OS/Chromium and sticking with Windows will appreciate.

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NexDock wants to turn smartphones, tablets into laptops

NexDock wants to turn smartphones, tablets into laptops

Smartphones and tablets these days, especially the high-end ones, are almost capable of doing anything our computers can, save for a few quirks of the OS and apps they run. But their real limitation isn't exactly the software but the form they come in. Smartphones are great to use on one hand but are terrible with larger content and input. Tablets have a bigger screen space but keyboard input leaves a lot to be desired. Accessories that address these do exist, but in separate pieces. Enter NexDock, practically a portable display attached to a keyboard masquerading and acting as a laptop, with your smartphone or tablet as the brain.

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Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute: behind the scenes with Intel x Grammys

Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute: behind the scenes with Intel x Grammys

Lady Gaga has teamed with the minds at Intel to create a spectacular performance during the 2016 Grammy Awards, all in tribute to the late great David Bowie. Inside this performance you'll see not only 9 movements, Space Oddity to Heroes, but a multisensory experience the likes of which only Gaga has aimed for before. Intel technology is leveraged to create visuals for the performance, ranging from 3D body tracking to projections for mid-performance costume changes.

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Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Microsoft HoloLens team teases more Galaxy Explorer pieces

Augmented reality may have had a very short period of hype on mobile devices, but may get a new lease on life with Microsoft's HoloLens. AR might be fun for games but Microsoft , one of AR's current biggest advocates, is trying to show how the technology can be harnessed for more than just entertainment. Like education and research, for example. That might be the key motivation behind Galaxy Explorer, one of the AR projects being developed by Microsoft's HoloLens team. And now that team is giving a few peeks at the prototype.

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Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Did you purchase one of Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBooks in the first few months after it launched last year? If so, you'll want to check the company's latest replacement program over the USB-C charging cables that shipped with the laptop. It seems that the cables that either shipped with the MacBook or were purchased individually through June 2015 have been determined to have a "design issue" that could cause them to stop working.

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Internet Archive now has, and runs, Windows 3.1 programs

Internet Archive now has, and runs, Windows 3.1 programs

The Internet Archive, perhaps more known for its archive.org address, has an interesting history. What started as a website to hold old copies of web pages for posterity's sake, the archives has become home to the many of the computing world's history, both the highs and the lows, from websites to games and, more recently, even malware. And now, the Internet Archive has added one more important part of history, making available Windows 3.1 programs for yesteryears, and allowing uses not only to view but even run such ancient software in their browsers.

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Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors

Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors

The fight for security and privacy, now embodied in the encryption of devices and services, has long taken a political flavor when the US government publicly advocated installing backdoors on such systems for the sake of criminal investigation. Now the story takes an interesting turn when two lawmakers cross the political divide to propose a bill that will preempt such proposals. Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, and Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from New York, have proposed a House bill that will prevent any state or local government from forcing OEMs to create such backdoors.

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Sparkle app updater exposes many Mac apps to hacking

Sparkle app updater exposes many Mac apps to hacking

In the age before app stores, at least on Windows PCs and Macs, people got their software directly from vendors or third party download sites. App markets, however, gave birth to the idea of a single canonical repository where people can get not only their apps but also updates for said apps. However, not every single software on the planet has jumped aboard, even on Macs. Now those developers and users maybe be given a stronger reason to do so, thanks to a gaping security hole in the Sparkle update framework recently discovered.

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Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft has been traditional dreadful when it came to system-related error messages and notifications that it has become somewhat of a running joke in the tech community (Error 0x8020002b anyone?). It's no laughing matter, however, when Windows 10's continuously flowing stream of updates are concerned. Microsoft has been chided for its near secrecy of these system updates, that could, and sometimes have, make important changes without the user's knowledge. While not completely reversing course, Microsoft has now come up with a compromise, a website that lists Windows 10's update history and details.

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Google’s ads will be Flash-free in 2017

Google’s ads will be Flash-free in 2017

We've known for quite some time that Flash's days are numbered. When Apple first announced that they wouldn't support it on their crazy new phone back in 2007, people went crazy. But they were onto something, and the rest of the web seems to be following suit. The latest domino to fall is from Google, and it's a very welcome one.

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ViewSonic XG gaming monitors pack up to 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh

ViewSonic XG gaming monitors pack up to 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh

Ardent PC gamers know that now all hardware is the same and not all of it is up to the task of high-end gaming. Computer displays and other peripherals that work just fine for doing home work and surfing the web don’t always work well for playing Fallout 4 with all the options turned on. ViewSonic has announced that it's new XG series of computer displays are now shipping and they all aim directly at gamers wanting the best performance and tech they can get.

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