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Internet Explorer 11 released for Windows 7 PCs

Internet Explorer 11 released for Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft has pushed out Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, expanding availability of the latest version of the browser from just Windows 8/8.1 machines. The release - in 95 languages - will eventually be pushed out automatically, Microsoft says, with the promise of a 30-percent real-world boost in performance versus IE10.

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Acer CEO resigns as Q3 loss pushes restructuring plan

Acer CEO resigns as Q3 loss pushes restructuring plan

Today Acer has reported that they're not doing especially well in the PC business, reporting losses and a restructuring plan which includes the resignation of J.T. Wang as CEO. Acer corporate President Jim Wong will take over as CEO, while Wang will remain as chairman until June of 2014. Plans for restructure include a cut of 7 percent of employees worldwide, while raising T$2.87 billion (approximately $98 million USD) with 136 million new common shares.

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Nokia Lumia tablet with 8-inch display in the works

Nokia Lumia tablet with 8-inch display in the works

There’s another Nokia tablet in the wings, readied for a release and reveal as early as Q1 of 2014, so says sources close to the matter speaking anonymously. This next-generation will follow along closely with the machine that’s being released this fall, that being the Nokia Lumia 2520. Just like what we got a hands-on experience with just this October, the 8-inch table will work with Windows RT - of course it will be pushed with Windows RT 8.1, but it’ll be RT all the same. That means an ever-so-slight bit of difference between full Windows 8 and a big difference for those hoping to roll with the full experience.

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Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

In a report overseen by Microsoft, the Windows XP operating system was found to be more than five times as vulnerable to viruses as Windows 8 is. Out of every 1,000 computers scanned, 9.1 Windows XP SP3 systems were infected with a virus, while only 1.6 Windows 8 RTM machines had to be cleaned. The report, which was conducted by Microsoft's own Trustworthy Computing Group, shows that the older the OS, the more vulnerable it is.

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Windows 8.1 market share increases as Windows overall decreases

Windows 8.1 market share increases as Windows overall decreases

Windows 8.1 doubled its market share among operating systems in its first half-month on the market, according to a new report by web analytics firm Net Applications. The OS rose from 0.87% market share to 1.72%, for a 0.85% gain. The trend is expected to continue in November and beyond as Microsoft herds its customers away from its previous operating systems and towards 8.1.

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Medion The Touch 10 notebook features AMD A4-1200 CPU

Medion The Touch 10 notebook features AMD A4-1200 CPU

Computer manufacturer Medion has announced its first ultracompact notebook computer that features a HD multitouch display. The ultracompact notebook is called the Medion The Touch 10. The machine gets its name from its 10-inch multitouch HD resolution screen.

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iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

The war is on for the most sought-after tablet on the market, and the differentiation between the front-runners appears now, more than ever, to be strikingly high. What we've got from Apple is the iPad Air, a new far-smaller iteration of the same Retina display as the 4th generation unit. From Google there's the Nexus 7 (2013), a low-priced high-powered Android tablet manufactured by ASUS. Microsoft's competitor in the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 works with Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT, making this battle a three-way fight between operating systems right off the bat.

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Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 priced and released

Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 priced and released

Microsoft has unveiled its latest Surface tablets, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. All varieties of both tablets are available for pre-order now from Microsoft, and are being offered alongside a variety of different accessories. Earlier this month, it was revealed that 11,000 Delta airlines pilots will be using the Surface 2.

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Lenovo tablet event predictions: magnets, battery life, grippiness

Lenovo tablet event predictions: magnets, battery life, grippiness

There's nothing like a few odd previews that say seemingly nothing about a product to get your brain rolling, and Lenovo knows this. They've released a trio of product pre-announcements with the tag "BetterWay" teasing an event set for the 29th of October at 7PM PST with none other than celebrity Ashton Kutcher set to help host. They say that "a #betterway is coming", and suggest that this machine (or these machines) will work with a variety of features that've never been combined on a single tablet before.

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Microsoft Windows RT 8.1 bricks Surfaces, is temporarily pulled from Windows Store

Microsoft Windows RT 8.1 bricks Surfaces, is temporarily pulled from Windows Store

Windows RT users looking to upgrade their copies of Windows RT 8 to Windows RT 8.1 will have to wait. Some users are reporting that the update is bricking their Surface machines, so Microsoft has pulled the upgrade from the Windows Store for the time being. No official announcement has been made about the cause of the problem or when the fixed upgrade will be available again.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus beefed up with Core i7 and Windows 8.1

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus beefed up with Core i7 and Windows 8.1

The notebook team at Samsung have unveiled a new Ultrabook configuration this week in the ATIV Book 9 Plus, a machine rolling out with a build just a pinch (or a punch, whichever you perceive it to be) of a feature set upgrade. This new configuration still works with a 13.3-inch QHD+ 3200 x 1800 pixel display with 10-point multitouch abilities, but this time you're rolling with Windows 8.1 right out of the box. This configuration also - importantly - works with an Intel Core i7 processor (Haswell) rather than the same generation in i5 style.

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Here’s how to get Windows 8.1

Here’s how to get Windows 8.1

Microsoft has finally got around to releasing Windows 8.1, the company's first significant refresh of its desktop, laptop, and tablet platform. Available as a free update to those already using Windows 8, the new upgrade refreshes how the Metro-themed Start menu looks and works, with easier access to all applications, boosted multitasking with the ability to show up to four titles on-screen at any one time, and deeper integration of Bing search.

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