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blink(1) gives your computer a notification light via USB

blink(1) gives your computer a notification light via USB

For mobile tech, a notification light is one of those handy reminders that something is going on that you need to check out. You don’t need to even be online, or have the app open — your phone checks up on things for you! Why should the phone have all the fun, though? With the blink(1), it doesn’t have to.

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Windows 9 rumors: no desktop on tablets, interactive live tiles

Windows 9 rumors: no desktop on tablets, interactive live tiles

Although Microsoft won't be using IFA 2014 as a stage to announce it's next Windows version, alternately called Windows Threshold and Windows 9, it will be holding a separate press conference near the end of next month. That leaves us enough time to build a better picture of what the next Windows might become, though it seems it might be as controversial and divisive as ever, like this rumor about Microsoft completely doing away with the traditional desktop for "devices that don't need it".

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Lenovo Fiscal Q1 figures show strong mobile and PC sales

Lenovo Fiscal Q1 figures show strong mobile and PC sales

It is all good news for Lenovo based on its financial reports for the first fiscal quarter of the year which ended June 30. Not only has it beat all odds and ended up with a net profit significantly higher than what analysts estimated, its PC business also managed to stay on top, not to mention profitable, during a period of lull in the entire industry. It is quite telling, however, that Lenovo declares that for the first time, it has sold more smartphones ever than PCs, bulk of which went to its chief market of China.

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Google Hangouts native Chrome update may look like Chat Heads

Google Hangouts native Chrome update may look like Chat Heads

Watch out, Facebook Messenger lovers, some more circular heads for chatting may be coming your way soon. What we’re seeing this afternoon is a leak of what appears to be an update for Google Chrome, the web browser, which integrates Hangouts for chat natively. That means no more plugins.

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Surface Pro 3 arrives with Intel i3 and i7 cores

Surface Pro 3 arrives with Intel i3 and i7 cores

The return of the Surface Pro means heftier processors and more refined hardware around the edges, and this week new store availability. Both the Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i7 versions of the Surface Pro 3 will become available immediately if not soon in the United States and Canada. This week’s release will appear at Best Buy, Tiger Direct, Staples, and a variety of other major brand stores.

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OS X Yosemite: beware the beta

OS X Yosemite: beware the beta

If you’re considering downloading the Beta of Apple’s OS X Yosemite, think twice. It’s not that the operating system itself is weak in any way, but if you’re an average user, you should not go rushing in to downloading this particular build at this particular time. The reasons you should avoid this Beta are simple.

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Tango Super PC puts a gaming desktop in your pocket

Tango Super PC puts a gaming desktop in your pocket

Ever wished you could take your PC games, not to mention documents, with you anywhere you go? If you did, then you might be in the same league as the creators of Tango Super PC, an attempt to reduce a decent gaming desktop PC down to the size of large, thick smartphone, a pipe dream that is about to come true if this project hits the production line.

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Windows 8 update brings back the desktop

Windows 8 update brings back the desktop

There’s a new Windows 8 update coming your way this year which is said to bring a real return back to a more "classic" desktop environment. With Windows 8, the launch of the "Modern UI" was made ready for touch screens, appearing to many to ditch the original work environment. Microsoft has clearly seen the light and felt the complaints of workers around the world - Threshold will alleviate.

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Giada D2308 tiny PCs include Haswell, GeForce

Giada D2308 tiny PCs include Haswell, GeForce

Giada, maker of ultra-small computers, has introduced a new product that falls into the higher-end range of small-form-factor PCs. The Giada D2308 desktop features a couple Intel Haswell processor options, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce graphics.

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pcDuino3S mini PC runs Linux and Android

pcDuino3S mini PC runs Linux and Android

Another day, another small-form-factor PC. This one, the pcDuinos3S, meets that fine line between budget-friendly and usable, being priced at $99 and able to run either Android or Linux, depending on your needs. We've got a rundown of its features after the jump.

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Gigabyte BRIX mini PC launches with Bay Trail

Gigabyte BRIX mini PC launches with Bay Trail

Gigabyte is back again with a new small form factor (mini) PC, and with it comes the inclusion of Intel's Bay Trail processor and Intel HD graphics. The BRIX GB-BXBT-2807 is available now for approximately $130 USD.

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Google Hangouts adds sketch feature via Chrome for desktop

Google Hangouts adds sketch feature via Chrome for desktop

Hangouts on the desktop has an interesting new feature, giving us all the ability to sketch a message out. It’s currently pretty crude, but the ability to annotate pics could come in pretty handy. Just ahead of I/O, Google might have added one of the more useful features we’ve seen in their messaging app in some time.

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