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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Things are starting to heat up for Windows 10. Just this week, Microsoft has dropped word on various features and interesting tidbits to look forward to in the next major version of Windows. Free upgrades were promised, probably even for pirated copies of the OS, and a summer launch has been mentioned. But just because the upgrade will be free and available doesn't immediately mean your PC or smartphone will be able to get it without a hitch. Again in China, Redmond is sharing what it will take for your PC or mobile to get Windows 10 up and running.

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Plugzee gives any speaker Bluetooth support

Plugzee gives any speaker Bluetooth support

Wireless is the way to go, but the odds are high that not all your devices offer that functionality. Your older portable speaker, for example, may still function perfectly fine and sound excellent, but lack Bluetooth, making it a modern inconvenience. That's where Plugzee comes in, a small square dongle that plugs into the device's audio cable and lends its own Bluetooth functionality, allowing for wireless streaming. This includes car radios that feature an audio jack but don't have Bluetooth.

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Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

This week the newest in the classic "Das Keyboard" line has arrived with Mac-specific keys and aim. This model is the "most significant keyboard for Mac users" with Das Keyboard since their original Model S. This unit is just like what you see in our release back in March of last year, with all the power and reliability of the unit we reviewed this January. This newest unit works with mechanical key switches with gold contacts - just like each of the other most recent Das Keyboard units, and works with dedicated media controls with an oversized volume knob, for good measure.

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Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

This week Apple's Spring event delivered final details for the release of the Apple Watch. Along with the final drop, the company revealed that they'd been working with HBO for an exclusive on web-only streaming content for their Apple TV. The service is called HBO NOW and it requires no cable subscription to get you HBO content. They'd also been working on a new MacBook line. This new MacBook is slim, light, and works with a keyboard that runs edge-to-edge - just like its display glass.

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MacBook Pro gets Force Touch trackpad, MacBook Air updated

MacBook Pro gets Force Touch trackpad, MacBook Air updated

There's a brand new "MacBook" in town - not a MacBook Air, not a MacBook Pro, but just a "MacBook." With the release of this next device in line comes a new set of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro devices. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be getting a faster processor, faster flash memory, and an updated 10-hour battery. Both the new updated Air and Pro models will be shipping today, while the MacBook will be shipping April 10th - and the whole family will continue to ship through the foreseeable future.

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New MacBook has “Force Touch” trackpad

New MacBook has “Force Touch” trackpad

This isn't a Star Wars tie-in, and you don't have to be a Jedi to use the new MacBook for 2015. This is a new trackpad in the new MacBook, made to be what Apple's Phil Schiller suggests is an "incredible feat of engineering." Four individual force sensors exist under the pad, with a glass surface up top. Instead of "clicking," you'll be doing a sort of "push" more akin to what you do on a touchscreen - but don't call it a tap.

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AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

AVG creates facial recognition blocking glasses

Facial recognition software is ubiquitous. From being auto-tagged by facebook to being added to a database of images, we can't control what happens to our likeness once it gets online. These days more data is being extracted from each of our online interactions. Tracking cookies and search history give companies a clear view of your Internet footprint. Most precious of all is your own face. Enter AVG's new concept invisibility glasses which were presented at in Barcelona for the MWC 2015. Once you put them on, you're rendered instantly invisible to facial recognition software.

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ARCHOS smartphones bring Mediatek to MWC 2015

ARCHOS smartphones bring Mediatek to MWC 2015

A number of new ARCHOS smartphones are headed to Mobile World Congress 2015, each of them with MediaTek quad-core processors and relatively low price points. This is not the first time ARCHOS has released smartphones at this time of year - they have the last several years running, in fact. It is the first time they're bringing three phones with Android 4.4 KitKat. They're all coming with displays larger than 5-inches, as well - so that age of small-screen smartphones is pretty much over for this brand.

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Moto E 2015 surprise release detailed worldwide today

Moto E 2015 surprise release detailed worldwide today

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed the Moto E 2015 in all its affordable-tier glory. This smartphone is being released in "more than 50 countries" all at once, including North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and it'll be released to the states through Motorola's webpage unlocked. That's relatively unheard of - even for a mid-tier smartphone from Motorola, the company that pioneered such a release with the Moto G. Today we'll be getting our hands on the Moto E as well - just as soon as the mail arrives.

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Jony Ive’s Lightsaber: not another iPhone

Jony Ive’s Lightsaber: not another iPhone

Believe it or not, not every device or piece of software Apple design guru Jony Ive has conceived looks as smooth and precise as an iPhone. In fact this week a conversation has come to light - one between Jony Ive and the director of the next Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams. In a chat between the two, Abrams suggests that Ive made "very specific" suggestions on how a re-designed lightsaber might look. Not smooth, nor refined. Just the opposite - far more gritty.

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