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Chrome Apps go near-native on Windows and Chrome OS

Chrome Apps go near-native on Windows and Chrome OS

Chrome is celebrating its fifth birthday today, and amidst the fan fare is a new announcement: Chrome Apps have gone (near) native on Windows and Chrome OS, gaining a launcher and allowing for use on desktops in the same way apps are used on a tablet or smartphone. The "new breed of Chrome Apps" are available now, with Google promising Linux and Mac support soon.

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HP ENVY Recline 23 and 27 TouchSmart AIO fill the gap below the desk

HP ENVY Recline 23 and 27 TouchSmart AIO fill the gap below the desk

With the dawning of the age of touchscreen friendliness with Windows 8 in the PC world, HP has made more than one innovative move in filling every gap that appeared in usability options, this week with the HP ENVY Recline series. The ENVY Recline 23-k030 TouchSmart All-in-one, ENVY Recline 27-k050 TouchSmart All-in-One, and special Beats Audio edition Recline 23 all offer a neck and a base configured uniquely to hold up a touch display for your ever-expanding list of wants and needs in the massive display-toting PC market.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga brings cross-breed performance and Multimode abilities

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga brings cross-breed performance and Multimode abilities

With most-wanted features picked from both the Yoga and ThinkPad device families this season, Lenovo has unveiled the first Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (bet you didn't see that name coming). This device is made to bring on Windows 8.1 and up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors (that's Haswell) along with touchscreen capabilities and the unique abilities of the Yoga with "lift and lock." Here you've also got the "legendary" ThinkPad keyboard with the option for backlighting as well.

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Lenovo Flex 14 and 15 notebooks make multi-mode budget-friendly

Lenovo Flex 14 and 15 notebooks make multi-mode budget-friendly

While the team at Lenovo have made clear that they have no intention of ending their run of high-powered, best-in-class multi-mode touchscreen computers with their Yoga lineup, they've shown that they can keep it simple as well with the budget-friendly Flex 14 and Flex 15 as well. These devices work with a hinge that allows 300-degrees of rotation and two modes of use - laptop and "stand". This lineup has models measuring in at less than 0.87-inches thick and "no more than" 5.07 pounds.

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Lenovo Flex 20 All-in-one aims to replicate Table PC greatness

Lenovo Flex 20 All-in-one aims to replicate Table PC greatness

When we reviewed the larger relative to this Lenovo Flex 20 earlier this year in the company's infamous Horizon Table PC, we found that it was only the basics that were holding us back: it was just too big. Here with the Lenovo Flex 20, it would appear that the team behind that larger beast have created another monster - one that's much more well prepared and reasonable for the real world, with a 19.5-inch HD+ 1600 x 900 pixel resolution display on a multi-mode adjustable built-in back base.

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Toshiba Satellite Click W30Dt and W30t hands-on

Toshiba Satellite Click W30Dt and W30t hands-on

Touchscreens and Windows 8 go together, Microsoft keeps insisting, and it looks like at least Toshiba is listening: the company has a pair of new notebooks, the Satellite W30t and "Click" W30Dt, with detachable screen sections for standalone slate use. Running Windows 8.1 on a 13.3-inch HD IPS touchscreen with 10-finger multitouch, the Satellite W30t is Toshiba's Intel model with a choice of Haswell-generation Core processor and Intel HD 4300 graphics, while the W30Dt - which will launch as the Satellite Click in the US - opts for AMD, with the A4 APU and Radeon HD 8180 graphics.

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Toshiba Encore hands-on: 8-inch Win 8.1 tablet gives Acer competition

Toshiba Encore hands-on: 8-inch Win 8.1 tablet gives Acer competition

8-inch Windows 8 tablets didn't get off to a particularly auspicious start, with Acer's Iconia W3 struggling to impress with its lackluster display, but Toshiba is hoping the Encore will turn around the trend. Announced at IFA 2013 today, the Encore puts Windows 8.1 on an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 screen run by an Intel Atom Bay Trail T processor and 2GB of LPDDR3 memory; best of all, the display is a wide-angle HFFS panel, which has the viewing angles, consistency of color, and brightness that the Iconia W3 lacked.

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ASUS Transformer Book Trio ultraportable unveiled at IFA 2013

ASUS Transformer Book Trio ultraportable unveiled at IFA 2013

Knowing that people want the best of everything without needing to buy everything, ASUS announced its Transformer Book Trio today at the IFA 2013 show in Berlin. This three-in-one ultraportable device, the world's first according to ASUS, marries not only the two form factors of a notebook and a tablet, but also combines the top operating systems Windows and Android in one complete package.

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