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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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Acer Iconia W4 tablet official as Acer tries 8-inch Windows 8 again

Acer Iconia W4 tablet official as Acer tries 8-inch Windows 8 again

Acer beat rivals to the punch with an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3, but it's already time for its replacement, the Acer Iconia W4, to be revealed. Set to deliver Windows 8.1 on an Intel Atom 1.8GHz processor sometime this month, the $330 tablet isn't exactly a huge surprise, and nor is the W3's rapid demise so disappointing; we - and others - complained so much about the mediocre display, that Acer has given the Iconia W4 a new IPS LCD panel with Zero Air Gap touch.

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Lenovo Miix2 hands-on

Lenovo Miix2 hands-on

Lenovo's play for the smaller Windows 8.1 tablet market is the Miix2, a new 8-inch slate running the full version of Windows but carrying the sort of price tag you might associate with an ARM-based model. Headed to shelves later this month priced at $299, the Miix2 runs Intel's latest Bay Trail-T Atom processor, while its display promises above-average viewing angles. We grabbed some hands-on time with the Miix2; read on for our first impressions.

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Sony VAIO Tap 11 and VAIO Flip hybrid notebook get priced for October

Sony VAIO Tap 11 and VAIO Flip hybrid notebook get priced for October

Sony took a two-pronged approach with Windows 8 tablets back at IFA 2013 last month, opting to hit both the slate form-factor with the VAIO Tap 11 and the convertible hybrid with the VAIO Flip, and now the company has confirmed price and availability for both. The Sony VAIO Flip 13A, 14A, and 15A are all landing in late October, priced from $749, complete with a clever folding-rotating touchscreen running at at least Full HD resolution. Meanwhile, the Sony VAIO Tap 11 is the thinnest Windows 8 tablet around.

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Sony VAIO Tap 11 Review

Sony VAIO Tap 11 Review

Sony knows how to make a good looking tablet. Flush from the success of the XPERIA Tablet Z, the company has borrowed the same slimline aesthetic for a Windows 8 version, the Sony VAIO Tap 11. It's the thinnest full-Windows tablet around with a proper processor, and still offers a range of input options from a Full HD touchscreen, to a wireless keyboard-cover, and even a digital pen. Is this the tablet to upstage Microsoft's own Surface Pro 2? Read on for our full review.

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ASUS ET2321 all-in-one appears with slimline presentation

ASUS ET2321 all-in-one appears with slimline presentation

This week the folks at ASUS have shown off a computer that you may feel that you've seen before - it's part of a new wave of all-in-one machines that's cut down to their most minimal appearance. You've got a display with a flat black bezel and no edge save one metal bottom and the logo ASUS. This machine is the ASUS ET2321 and it's headed to the market with 4th generation Intel Core processor technology soon.

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Microsoft shells out award for Windows 8.1 exploit as bug bounty continues

Microsoft shells out award for Windows 8.1 exploit as bug bounty continues

Back in June, Microsoft announced a bug bounty program, offering a variety of awards for those who found bugs and exploitations for its software. While the Internet Explorer 11 portion of the bounty has come to a close, Microsoft is continuing the "Mitigation Bypass" bounty and has shelled out an award to one industrious individual who found an exploit in Windows 8.1 Preview.

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Microsoft native Remote Desktop coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft native Remote Desktop coming to iOS and Android

In a move that's sure to make the folks at Splashtop less than pleased, the team at Microsoft behind the native Remote Desktop functionality inside Windows have announced extensions to iOS and Android. This means that there will be apps from Microsoft for your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Android tablet that allow you to see your Windows PC's desktop from your smaller device. Seeing it there will also include full tap access - and with the touch-friendly abilities of Windows 8, the whole process is likely going to take on a functionality not unlike that of a full touchscreen desktop computer, too.

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