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Windows 10 upgrades getting scheduled, whether you like it or not

Windows 10 upgrades getting scheduled, whether you like it or not

If you thought getting reminded to upgrade your TV studio's computers to Windows 10, right in the middle of a weather report, was the worst, things are about to get hairier. Good news: you might no longer get a reminder to upgrade before the world ends on July 29. The bad news: that's because Microsoft is now automatically scheduling the upgrade on its own, without the user's knowledge and whether they like it or not. And if they've held out as long as this, chances are, they don't.

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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 Whatever the tune, they almost all have the same chorus: replacing the venerable yet perhaps outdated computing devices, otherwise known as desktops and laptops, most of them running Windows versions of ages past.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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TAP lets you type on any surface, looks like a weapon

TAP lets you type on any surface, looks like a weapon

There are devices that aim to deliver the utmost convenience in our digital lives. Some of them, however, could give security personnel a fit, like bags with hidden pockets for electronics, particularly batteries, and rings that are too large to be innocent. While this TAP wearable is actually made from soft, flexible textile, it might very well look like a knuckle weapon at first glance or from a distance. It may, however, be worth the odd glance or interrogation, as the odd-looking contraption will let you type on smartphones, computers, TVs, and even smartwatches, all without a keyboard.

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Opera power saving mode aims to get you 50% more battery life

Opera power saving mode aims to get you 50% more battery life

Opera has announced a new feature that has been added to the developer channel for Opera for computers. The new feature is one that people who work frequently from a laptop computer will appreciate. Power saving mode claims to be able to extend your laptop battery life by 50% compared with using another browser such as Google Chrome.

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AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

Android was initially developed for smartphones and, in fact, it took quite some time before Google even acknowledged and officially supported tablets. Now it is found almost everywhere, from watches to TVs to cars and even in some places you'd least expect. Ironically, Android is noticeably missing in the PC market, a situation that Jide is trying to fix with its Remix OS. Partnering with display maker AOC, the two companies have banded together to launch what is the first official all-in-one PC running Jide's literal Remix of the Android OS.

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VRidge lets you play Oculus, Vive games on Cardboard

VRidge lets you play Oculus, Vive games on Cardboard

Virtual reality might be great and all, but the current generation practically sets up their own walled gardens. You have, for example, somewhat incompatible platforms from Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. That's not to mention the rift (no pun intended) that exists between PC-based VR and mobile. The gap is harder to bridge considering the drastically different requirements for PC and mobile games. Things, however, don't have to be so bleak. Thanks to VRidge from developer Riftcat, you now at least have the chance to get a taste of an Oculus Rift or even an HTC Vive, even if all that you have is a Google Cardboard.

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Too late the hero: Windows 10 upgrade nag ends July 29

Too late the hero: Windows 10 upgrade nag ends July 29

While Microsoft's rollout of Windows 10 has generally been successful, it hasn't been without its fair share of controversy. From upgrades that change users' previously selected defaults to ones that quietly change security and privacy settings. But perhaps the most reviled part of the Windows 10 upgrade process is the nagware notifications that have plagued and irritated users to no end. Good news: Microsoft will be putting an end to that in about two months. But not because they've finally listened but because Windows 10's free upgrade is ending anyway.

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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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Viv, from Siri’s makers, aims to be a better conversationalist

Viv, from Siri’s makers, aims to be a better conversationalist

Siri may be known for her (possibly even his) sometimes amusing, sometimes cheeky responses, but when it comes doing useful things, she/he/it turns out to be a less capable conversation partner. Sure, she can do some things but only if you ask Siri the right way. And even then, she/he/it can only carry a dialogue only so far, refusing to continue listening even when you're not yet done talking. And at times all that she does is bring up a web search result. These are the limitations that Viv, an up and coming personal assistant, is promised to overcome. And its creators are no other than Siri's creators as well.

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Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

When Intel suddenly revealed that it was discontinuing the Atom line of processors, the Internet was ablaze with questions about the future of devices. As underpowered and disappointing as the chips might be compared to the ARM processors they are competing against, Atoms do power a good number of current devices as well as some that are still in development. Apparently, one of those is Microsoft's HoloLens. Windows Central took a peek inside the mixed reality headset to find an Intel Atom x5, which raises the question of the device's future iterations.

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MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

More than a year after it first launched, the MacBook Retina is still one of the most divisive of Apple's products. Now, in its 2016 refresh, it finds itself in a replay of many of those initial complaints: just one port; a processor chosen for being humble; and a variety of other compromises in the name of keeping a waif-like form factor. Has Apple's stubbornness damned its premium ultraportable in the process?

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Microsoft Flow to be an IFTTT for very serious business

Microsoft Flow to be an IFTTT for very serious business

Although not exactly a household name among consumers, IFTTT has become the darling of power users of all shapes and sizes, platforms, and devices. The web-based service basically takes inputs, triggers, and other events that can send a sort of signal and ties it with any other action. Taking a page from that strategy, Microsoft has silently launched Flow, a service that sounds and looks almost like IFTTT. But, as they say, looks can be deceiving, and that's because Flow is only available for Microsoft's business and education customers.

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