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Surface Pro 3’s battery woes begin anew

Surface Pro 3’s battery woes begin anew

Batteries on mobile devices are becoming a hot (sometimes literally) these days. On the one hand, that could help hasten the development of newer, safer, and more reliable power sources. On the other hand, it infuriates and worries consumers to no end. Even before the Galaxy Note 7’s battery fiasco, Surface Pro 3 owners were already up in arms about their own problems. But while a firmware update did seemingly fix the issue for those affected by it, it may have inadvertently trigger another, perhaps more debilitating, bug for others.

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macOS Sierra has landed: here’s what you’re getting

macOS Sierra has landed: here’s what you’re getting

While we’re still waiting for a refreshed MacBook line, Apple has gotten the Mac ball rolling with the official release of macOS Sierra. Available as a free update, for those who already own the previous El Capitan version, of course, the latest version of the operating system formerly known as “OS X” closes the gap between desktop and mobile even further. From talking to Siri to being able to share clipboard content between Mac and iPhone or iPad, the latest version of Apple’s desktop OS is perhaps, somewhat ironically, also the most mobile.

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Lenovo Yoga Book goes on pre-order in the US

Lenovo Yoga Book goes on pre-order in the US

While we've seen no small amount of new devices back at IFA 2016 earlier this month, few managed to really make head turns and capture attendees' imaginations than the Lenovo Yoga Book. Part tablet, part laptop, part notepad, part stylish Frankenstein, the Yoga Book targets as many markets and use cases as Lenovo can. Interesting as it may be, the real test will be in sales numbers, and now that theory will be put to the test as the device starts its pre-order period, with a shipping date set for October.

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“HoloLens Daily” shows how to do multi-screens in style

“HoloLens Daily” shows how to do multi-screens in style

Virtual reality is great and is entertaining for a lot of things, but there are just some scenarios where a mix of virtual and actual realities is, perhaps, more productive. Hence, the augmented, or rather mixed, reality offered by platforms like the Microsoft HoloLens. One such use case, flaunted around by AR/MR proponents, is eventually replacing one or two real-world, physical computer screens with nearly a dozen virtual ones. And while we all wait for the day when such devices do become more common, the folks over at The Holo Herald are already teasing what that future might look like.

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HP printer firmware snuck in failure date for 3rd-party cartridges

HP printer firmware snuck in failure date for 3rd-party cartridges

Expiring messages on instant messaging services is one thing. But an undisclosed “expiring” dates on printers using unofficial ink cartridges? Not that usual. And yet, that is practically what HP is admitting to after it has been accused of sneaking in a pre-programmed failure date for printers that were using non-blessed, third party ink cartridges. And that happened only after thousands have already reported that their printers suddenly started showing cartridge error messages, all on the same date: September 13.

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This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

When most people think of an arcade game cabinet, they think of units measuring six-feet tall. Sure, we've seen home-friendly devices in the past that use an iPad as the display, but Adafruit's latest creation takes the idea of shrinking things down to a whole new level. The DIY Raspberry Pi Zero wizards have put together a MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) cabinet that measures less than 3 inches tall, uses a 0.96-inch RGB OLED display, and is still fully playable.

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Microsoft challenges Google’s battery test, shows Edge better than Chrome

Microsoft challenges Google’s battery test, shows Edge better than Chrome

The battery test wars between Microsoft's Edge browser and Google's Chrome are far from over, it seems. The back-and-forth between the two web giants began in June when Microsoft showed that Edge outlasted not only Chrome, but Opera and Firefox as well when all were running on the same type of PC. Google retaliated last week, using the latest version of Chrome to prove that it came out on top in battery life. But now Microsoft is back, again claiming to be the best.

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InFocus Kangaroo Notebook Bundle is two Windows mobiles and a laptop dock

InFocus Kangaroo Notebook Bundle is two Windows mobiles and a laptop dock

InFocus is a company we normally talk about when a new projector has launched for home theater or business use. The company has something new that might be interesting for some usage scenarios in the home or business. The new product is the InFocus Kangaroo Notebook Bundle that promises a modular mobile PC experience.

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Jide’s Remix OS Player runs Android PC on top of Windows

Jide’s Remix OS Player runs Android PC on top of Windows

There is no shortage of ways to run Android apps on Windows, from developer-oriented options like GenyMotion to those that put a focus on gaming like Bluestacks. Of course, there's always room for more, and Jide is eager to join the party. The company that is now perhaps most popular for its "Android PC" Remix OS spin is bringing that very same productivity-focused Android experience to Windows as the Remix OS Player. No, not as a dual-boot system or something that you need to install directly on the hardware, but as something you can run on top of Windows, giving you access to your favorite Android apps and, of course, games.

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Dell XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops coming in new colors

Dell XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops coming in new colors

For some people the buying process for a new notebook computer is all about the specifications with not a single thought towards what color the machine comes in. For others the color of the machine is every bit as important as processor speed or RAM. Dell wants to cater to both types of shoppers and to do so it has rolled out some new colors for its XPS and Inspiron laptops with the new colors being available to purchase on October 4.

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Windows desktop apps start trickling into Windows Store

Windows desktop apps start trickling into Windows Store

Back when Microsoft launched its Windows 8 platform and store, both on desktop and mobile, it was largely panned and criticized for the dearth of apps available. Now under Windows 10’s “Universal Windows Platform” banner, the situation has improved but still leaves out the question of traditional “win32” software that exists by the hundreds. Microsoft’s stop gap solution? Project Centennial, more formally called the “Desktop Bridge”, to bring those apps to the new Windows Store. And now, the first batch of those apps, which includes Evernote, are finally up on that Store, with more promised to follow.

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Dell Latitude 13 3000 convertible targets small businesses

Dell Latitude 13 3000 convertible targets small businesses

2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrids, whether the detachable or the convertible kind, seem to be the rage these days, as predicted by market analysts like IDC. Most of them, however, are priced “competitively”, which usually means they’re way beyond the reach of small businesses. At least that is the spiel that Dell is making with the launch of its new Latitude 13 3000 series that offers small businesses, or really anyone for that matter, a 13.3-inch laptop that turns into a tablet for a starting price of $699.

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