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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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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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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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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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