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HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

One of the biggest problems of road warriors, other than a consistent Internet connection everywhere, is the rapidly decreasing meter on their batteries. Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are easier to deal with, but when you really need to get work done, a laptop is your Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, and this new HP backpack. Unassumingly stylish, the HP Powerup Backpack actually stores a large 22,400 mAh 84 Wh battery pack that can keep even your laptop sufficiently juiced up when power outlets are as rare as a Mewtwo.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 to receive two big updates in 2017

Microsoft says Windows 10 to receive two big updates in 2017

The last week has been a big one for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. The OS officially turned one year old, bringing an end to the free upgrade period for Windows 7 and 8 users, and shortly after Microsoft began rolling out the highly anticipated Anniversary Update, which introduces a number of new features and cross compatibility with the Xbox One. However, it seems Microsoft also quietly mentioned that it already has planned for two large updates to see release in 2017.

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Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard Review

Steelseries Apex M800 Keyboard Review

When it comes to desktop keyboards, there are generally two types to choose from. There are those with the typical rubber-dome keys, and those that use mechanical switches. Gamers tend to gravitate toward the latter for many reasons, and the latest keyboard from Steelseries takes a different approach to the mechanical keyboard.

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PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough starter kit adds an outlet

PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough starter kit adds an outlet

WiFi doesn't always work when it comes to getting connectivity for all your computers and gadgets around your home. The problem is that some areas can be hard to reach or unreachable depending on interferences in and around the home or business. In instances where WiFi isn't cutting it for some reason, a good alternative is power line networking and D-Link has a new PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough Starter Kit that is good for up to 2000Mbps speeds.

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Lenovo plans to offer Endless OS laptop in Mexico

Lenovo plans to offer Endless OS laptop in Mexico

Lenovo plans to offer a low-cost laptop in Mexico soon, shedding the Windows operating system in favor of Endless OS, which is available freely for anyone to download. The laptop will be one of its more budget-friendly models, the Lenovo B41-30, helping the entire product hit a modest price point for buyers who are as concerned about cost as they are usability. Endless OS includes dozens of app preinstalled, all of them targeted at the average consumer's needs.

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Windows 10 update still free for Assistive Technology users

Windows 10 update still free for Assistive Technology users

Missed the free gravy train of Windows 10 updates? Feeling some regret for not grabbing the opportunity while it lasted? Don't worry. Apparently, there's a sort of "loophole" that you can use to still get the Windows 10 update for free, depending on your conscience. Microsoft has revealed that it will continue to offer the update for free for owners that use its Assistive Technologies. As luck would have it, Microsoft isn't checking whether you really do use, let alone need, those assistive features anyway.

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AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 specs and shipping unveiled

AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 specs and shipping unveiled

We've known that the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 graphics card were coming for a few weeks now, but we didn’t know key details about either of the cards. These cards were teased a bit back during the AMD E3 show. We knew the names of the cards, but that was about it. Now the specifications of the cards have been revealed and we know just about all there is to know about both.

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Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu has a very ambitious goal with Ubuntu Touch. It proposed an operating system that could work equally on any capable device, a smartphone that can truly be your computer, no holds barred. That was the promise of Convergence, which we took for a spin with the Meizu PRO 5 smartphone and, before that, the bq Aquaris M10 tablet. The results back then where disappointing yet promising. Ubuntu Touch, as it was when we reviewed these devices, still lacked that punch that would make you truly go "wow!". But, unlike other operating systems, Ubuntu is fast evolving, and the latest OTA-12 brings much needed improvements to bring us closer to true Convergence.

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Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

"Stay Calm and Keep Updating." That seems to be the message that Microsoft, at long last, is giving baffled and irate Surface Pro 3 owners regarding their concern about the suddenly degraded battery life of their beloved 2-in-1 tablets. Rather than a cunning marketing ploy to get those to upgrade to, say, a Surface Pro 4 or even a Surface Book after their warranties run out, Microsoft simply claims it is a simple case of a software bug and that it can simply be fixed with an update. Whenever that update comes.

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LastPass browser extensions reported to be vulnerable to exploits

LastPass browser extensions reported to be vulnerable to exploits

Passwords are the first and last line of defense against getting hacked, which is why users are strongly advised to use strong and different passwords for each service. Keeping track of those, however, is more than our little brains can handle, which is why password managing services have thrived. But what if those services themselves become vulnerable? That was the situation LastPass found itself in when its web extensions were discovered to be exploitable and can be used to trick users into giving away their passwords. The good news is that LastPass has already addressed those issues, but should still serve as a warning to everyone.

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Microsoft will make Cortana mandatory in Anniversary Update

Microsoft will make Cortana mandatory in Anniversary Update

Virtual personal assistants and chatbots are all the rage these days. But while some of them, like Siri, Alexa, or even Cortana, are interesting and at times even useful, they aren't exactly suited for all situations and all devices. And yet, that is the message that Microsoft is trying to get across by forcing Cortana on all Windows 10 users, whether they like to or not. Come August 2nd, when the Anniversary Update rolls out, users will no longer be able to disable Cortana like before, ensuring that she becomes the center of all your desktop, and online, searches.

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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air wants to compete with Apple

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air wants to compete with Apple

Xiaomi is a Chinese maker of smartphones that we talk about often enough and the last time we talked about the company there were some rumors floating around about a notebook. That rumor has turned out to be true with Xiaomi officially unveiled a pair of notebook models with a Mi Notebook Air 13.3" and a Mi Notebook Air 12.5" notebook. Both of the machines are impressively thin and have nice hardware inside.

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