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Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware's Alpha console has gone up for preorder, no longer waiting for the delayed SteamOS and instead running Windows 8.1 with deep ties into the Steam game library thanks to a homegrown couch-friendly interface. Priced from $549, the Alpha runs a choice of Intel Haswell dual- and quadcore Core i chip, paired with a custom NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU with 2GB of its own memory, and up to 16GB of DDR3 system memory. That's all squeezed into a box that's compact enough to fit discretely under your TV.

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Wacom Bamboo Paper now available on Android, Windows 8

Wacom Bamboo Paper now available on Android, Windows 8

Wacom is taking on Paper, 53's highly popular iPad app, by taking its own drawing-based software where Paper dare not tread. Wacom is expanding the scope of its Bamboo Paper app beyond iOS, making it available on Windows 8 and Android, both of the Google kind and the Amazon flavor. What's more, to celebrate the milestone, Wacom is offering many of its tools, features, and brushes for free for a limited time only.

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Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

HP is readying a $199 Windows notebook for the holidays, as Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 against Google Chromebooks, one of a number of more affordable PC options. The HP Stream laptop, confirmed during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, will be one of at least three models, though versions from Acer and Toshiba will be slightly more expensive, at $249 apiece.

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Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Microsoft has received a lot of flack for how it ungraciously retired the Start Menu in Windows 8, but almost every time the topic comes up, there is always word of its return. Now it appears that the day is close at hand and the Start Menu will indeed be returning. But Microsoft isn't so quick to relinquish its investment on the "Modern" paradigm and has chosen instead to mix the two a bit artificially.

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