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SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2013

In the year 2013 we've seen some real stand-out stars in several sectors, including mobile, automotive, desktop computing, and gaming. This was certainly a year of hero devices, with manufacturers often bringing just one or two devices to headline their entire 12-month market presence. There were also several new totally unexpected releases initiated through the year, with entirely new device categories being created in the process.

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Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

Mac Pro iFixit teardown: most repairable Apple product of 2013

This week the folks at iFixit have taken to the Mac Pro for 2013, and under the hood they’ve found some extremely favorable results. In addition to finding what iFixit suggests is "the most repairable Apple products we’ve seen all year." While that’s not exactly the same as the most repairable product they’ve seen all year period, it’s still a real positive marker for the company.

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Google+ Auto Backup brings drive uploads to desktop

Google+ Auto Backup brings drive uploads to desktop

The same service you’ve been using with your smartphone for several months is hitting the desktop world this week with Google+ Auto Backup. This software ships - strangely enough - with the newest version of Picasa, uploading your photos automatically from a certain directory to your Google+ social networking account. This service works with photos that are 2048pixels on their longest end unless you’d like to devote Google Drive space to the effort.

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LG Chromebase puts Chrome OS on a Full HD all-in-one

LG Chromebase puts Chrome OS on a Full HD all-in-one

LG has taken the wraps off the LG Chromebase 22CV241, a new all-in-one desktop running Google's Chrome OS on a 21.5-inch, Full HD display. Running the web-centric platform on Intel's fourth-gen Celeron processor, the Chromebase is seemingly aiming to displace the PC or Mac you might ordinarily put in a kid's room or kitchen, doing everything Windows or OS X might regularly be asked to, but without the maintenance.

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Windows Start Menu returns attached to button in 2015

Windows Start Menu returns attached to button in 2015

For those of you waiting for Microsoft to bring Windows back to Windows 8 with a real-deal return to traditional elements, you may want to grab a drink. It would appear that two rather well-placed sources have agreed on the possibility of the next wave of Windows updates in the form of codename "Threshold" will be appearing in the Spring of 2015 - aka just a bit over a year from the time this article is published. There this release will bring on a variety of changes to the system, with items like "Metro" apps being able to launch inside movable browser windows and the full-on return of the Start Menu.

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HP Leap Motion integration expands to desktops and all-in-ones

HP Leap Motion integration expands to desktops and all-in-ones

Supposing you're in the mood for controlling your computer with a wisp of your hand this upcoming winter season, HP and Leap Motion have today suggested that you're in luck. They've made clear that they're bringing the move beyond their original integration of Leap Motion control in the HP Envy 17 and are moving on up to a massive 11 new devices. These devices include desktop and all-in-one computers as well as a new Leap Motion keyboard.

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