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Surface Book packing Core i5, 128GB SSD and NVIDIA graphics returns

Surface Book packing Core i5, 128GB SSD and NVIDIA graphics returns

Back when the Surface Book first launched Microsoft was offering a model that had an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD, and the discrete NVIDIA graphics card. That particular model was the lowest priced version of the Surface Book to bring that NVIDIA dGPU and as such, it turned out to be very popular. Microsoft said at the time that it had only made a limited number of that model and it sold out quickly. Undoubtedly, Microsoft was hoping that people would instead opt for a more expensive version of the Surface Book with dGPU.

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Windows 10’s (hopefully) last nag goes full screen

Windows 10’s (hopefully) last nag goes full screen

Winter, er, the end of the Windows 10 free update is coming. And so will all the nagware and nag windows. Or at least promises Microsoft. However, that isn't stopping the company from trying one last time to force convince users to upgrade before time runs out (for Microsoft). Don't worry, it's not going to suddenly pop up a window in the middle of your weather forecast. Instead, it will fully block your entire screen with the reminder. Considering that same style is used for serious error messages, it has some shock effect to make users perhaps unwillingly click on that "Upgrade Now" button.

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Evidence of upcoming Microsoft Surface revealed, all-in-one also rumored

Evidence of upcoming Microsoft Surface revealed, all-in-one also rumored

Just a week after Microsoft confirmed Surface 3 production would end later this year, potentially leaving 2016 with no new Surface hardware announcements, evidence has popped up to prove otherwise. On a visit to Microsoft's building 88 in Redmond, developer Shubhan Chemburkar was able to take photos of a wall that highlighted the history of Surface hardware releases. Surprisingly, there were placeholders for both 2016 and 2017 products.

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One Laptop Per Child debuts new, larger Infinity:One model

One Laptop Per Child debuts new, larger Infinity:One model

You don't hear about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative much anymore, but with its partner One Education, it made waves with its cheap, simple, and rugged XO laptop designed for children in poorer countries. Now the Australia-based One Education is back with a new, larger laptop: the Infinity:One. It's scheduled to start shipping in August, and along with a number of changes from previous OLPC models, it's priced at just $230 — just over double the original $100 XO model.

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Das Keyboard 5Q cloud-connected keyboard color controls keys over the internet

Das Keyboard 5Q cloud-connected keyboard color controls keys over the internet

The Das Keyboard has been around for a while now in different forms and as each new generation comes to market, it brings with it some cool new features. The next version called the Das keyboard 5Q has turned up on Kickstarter and its bit of new tech comes in the form of cloud connectivity along with an open API and RGB mechanical keys.

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Samsung Gear VR owners to enjoy exclusive 2016 Olympics videos

Samsung Gear VR owners to enjoy exclusive 2016 Olympics videos

If there were still any doubt that virtual reality is the next big thing in computing and entertainment, this should probably banish those. For the first time ever, Olympics, which will be held this year in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, will be available via VR, though not in live coverage. And not just any VR, mind you, NBC is making it an exclusive for Samsung Gear VR owners, with authorized Samsung Galaxy smartphones only, and for certain pay-TV subscribers only. Talk about VIP.

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Windows 10 isn’t getting “Messaging Everywhere” after all

Windows 10 isn’t getting “Messaging Everywhere” after all

Windows Phone users should probably be used to things by now. Microsoft promiseth and Microsoft taketh away. Although this latest official word from Microsoft does affect all Windows 10 users, it will be Windows 10 Mobile users who will most likely feel the biggest effects. In the past builds of Windows 10 leading to the Anniversary Update, Microsoft has been getting Insiders to test its Messaging Everywhere feature. But now with little over a month before the promised update, Microsoft is pulling the plug on that feature.

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Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book 1TB models slink into ten more markets

Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book 1TB models slink into ten more markets

Microsoft has announced that it has expanded availability for the 1TB Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 tablet to ten additional countries with additional countries gaining availability this summer. Previously these devices were available in the US and Canada. With the expansion of availability fans in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can order both of these devices online via the Microsoft Store and via partners and resellers.

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Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

Dospara DG-STKLC PC Stick Docking Station adds connectivity to PC sticks

The idea behind tiny stick computers is very cool, the PC is small enough that you can carry it with you wherever you go and you can connect it directly to an HDMI port to turn any monitor into a PC. The drawback to that small size is that there isn't a lot of space for ports and connectivity options. A Japanese company called Dospara has a new docking station made just for stick computers that will expand your connectivity options.

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Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

The world is full of mysteries, but the question simmering among many is why Apple is still yet to produce a USB-C dock for the Retina MacBook. The port-light ultraportable has demonstrated its commitment to the USB-C spirit with two generations resolutely sticking to the idea that a single port is sufficient, but salvation for those with a handful of things to connect comes from a perhaps unlikely source.

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Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

For years, Apple has cornered the market in stylish tablets, but Huawei's MateBook has arrived to steal the iPad's crown. Announced to no shortage of fanfare at Mobile World Congress in February, the MateBook pieces together the style of an iPad Pro, the connectivity of a MacBook, and the flexibility of full Windows 10. Question is, does Huawei's math add up, or is the MateBook too ambitious for its own good?

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Browser power test shows Microsoft Edge only marginally better

Browser power test shows Microsoft Edge only marginally better

Microsoft took the gloves off when it claimed that its Edge web browser outperformed the competition in terms of power efficiency. While Google and Mozilla have yet to make official counterclaims, Opera published a post showing that, at least with Power Saving enabled, its browser actually tops the rest. So which one is telling the truth? PCWorld conducts its own test and discovers that, while Microsoft did have an edge over the others, its results arent's as dramatic as either claim them to be.

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