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HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

The HP Spectre x360 is, if you're brave enough to play Devil’s Advocate, the Windows notebook you create when you channel Apple levels of obsessive-compulsion. Latest in HP’s high-end ultraportable family, the new Spectre isn’t just a capable aluminum laptop but a turning point in involvement between an OEM and Microsoft: a never-before-seen investment in time, energy, and Very Clever People. In fact, you could well argue that the Spectre x360 is the Surface Laptop that Microsoft refuses to make. I caught up with both companies to get my hands on their collaborative aluminum slab, and find out what makes it really special.

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Gigabyte P37X 17.3-inch laptop gets its game on

Gigabyte P37X 17.3-inch laptop gets its game on

It's been barely two months since Gigabyte launched its 15.6-inch P35X gaming laptop, and yet here it is again announcing a successor. The Gigabyte P37X, however, might not be too big of a jump to deter you from grabbing the smaller notebook. It is, naturally, bigger than the P35X, but, aside from some few highlights, the two share a lot in common, especially in design. That said, if you're aiming to go big with your gaming on the go, this laptop might be worth considering too.

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Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos is probably well known for its almost endless list of budget smartphones and tablets, and even odd ones like a gaming handheld or a kid's ablet. Now the French manufacturer is trying its hands at a slightly different market. The company has just announced its first ever formal venture into the world of the academia, revealing tablets and notbeooks of varying sizes, as well as varying operating systems, that are specifically designed and priced to cater to the younger crowd, particularly students.

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Lenovo users: how to remove Superfish Adware

Lenovo users: how to remove Superfish Adware

The steps to remove Superfish from your Lenovo laptop are relatively straightforward. The first thing you'll want to do is to uninstall Superfish. This is an app, so you'll be removing it the same way you remove any app. Once you're done there, you'll need to remove the Superfish-installed self-signed root certificate authority (CA). This is the most important part of this removal sequence, and it's a step you should not skip. It's easy to do, and you SHOULD do it right now.

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OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a laudable goal, but unfortunately those plans materialized in very different, and sometimes disappointing, ways. But for all their failures, you have to give them props for never knowing when or how to give up. Now OLPC's Australian partner One Education is said to have a new XO device ready to be unveiled in a few weeks and it is probably more ambitious than ever. Not only will it be a tablet/laptop hybrid, it will also be a modular one.

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ASUS’ ultra slim ZenBook UX305 now available for purchase

ASUS’ ultra slim ZenBook UX305 now available for purchase

ASUS sometimes really takes its time before putting an already announced product to market. Sometimes, it's almost a miracle if it does, like some of its more interesting devices. But for those who were taken by the ZenBook UX305 last IFA 2014, you're in luck because ASUS has finally launched the ultrabook in the US market. And this time, the 13-inch laptop with a QHD screen has a lot more details to share and a price tag to go along with it.

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VAIO makes a comeback with new VAIO Z, VAIO Z Canvas hybrids

VAIO makes a comeback with new VAIO Z, VAIO Z Canvas hybrids

Sony may have given up the fight, but VAIO, now a company in its own right, is still fighting the good fight. In fact, the now Japanese-owned PC maker has just unveiled two new members of its family, one of which could take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. One reuses the VAIO Z name, but with a completely different design, while the other calls itself the VAIO Z Canvas. What both have in common, aside from some specs, is that they are both convertibles.

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Panasonic Toughbook 54 officially “semi-rugged”

Panasonic Toughbook 54 officially “semi-rugged”

It's time to bring heat to the "semi-rugged" laptop environment with the Panasonic Toughbook 54. So suggests Panasonic this week as they unveil this laptop that they also suggest is the thinnest and lightest in its class. This machine works with a 5th-gen Intel Core i5 vPro professor, a battery that they say will last 11 hours, and the option for a replaceable battery that'll last 18 hours. This Toughbook 54 laptop is made for mobile workers - people in the field with construction, field service, utilities, and video production.

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Dell Chromebook 11 designed to be “schoolyard tough”

Dell Chromebook 11 designed to be “schoolyard tough”

The next Chrome OS device to come from Dell will be prepared for students - the Chromebook 11. This unit is working with an 11-inch display with anti-glare coating and 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and comes with a battery rated at 10-hours per charge. For the schoolyard, this machine works with military grade testing for durability, pressure, temperature, shock, and vibration. The keyboard is also liquid-resistant - as is the touchpad.

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Whiteboard sticker turns your laptop lid into a scratchpad

Whiteboard sticker turns your laptop lid into a scratchpad

If your laptop has a touchscreen and you feel the impromptu need to scribble out notes, all you need is a stylus. If it doesn't have a touchscreen, you can turn to your tablet, and if you don't have a tablet, you can turn to your smartphone (and, of course, there are things like Wacom slates). None of those sound appealing? You can go the old-school route, but who wants to carry about paper pads and pens? Enter the whiteboard laptop sticker.

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