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Microsoft fixes Surface Pro 2 battery goof with new firmware

Microsoft fixes Surface Pro 2 battery goof with new firmware

Microsoft has released its second attempt at a firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 tablet, after a December upgrade left some users with reduced battery life and a Windows 8 slate that would unexpectedly go in and out of sleep mode. The new firmware release is only of use for those Surface Pro 2 owners who managed to install the December 10th update before Microsoft pulled it following complaints.

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Windows 9 to “put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror” at BUILD

Windows 9 to “put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror” at BUILD

As Microsoft ramps up their outlay of Windows 8.1, a system which takes a variety of Windows 8 parts that needed improvement and … improves them, there’s chat of a next-generation release called “Threshold,” aka Windows 9. Speaking on the subject with sources just about as close to the source as you can get without actually tapping Microsoft publicly, Windows insider Paul Thurrott suggests that this next big release will have Microsoft attempting to “put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror.”

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon unveiled as world’s lightest 14-inch notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon unveiled as world’s lightest 14-inch notebook

Lenovo has rolled out the red carpet for its ThinkPad X1 Carbon, an offering it says is the thinnest 14-inch ultrabook available. Saying it is a "beautiful contradition," the X1 Carbon is designed to be nearly indestructible, and yet is very thin and weighs only 2.8 pounds. As the name suggests, the laptop is constructed from carbon fiber, making it both lighter and stronger than aluminum and magnesium.

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Surface Pro 2 gets sly upgrade as Microsoft swaps CPU

Surface Pro 2 gets sly upgrade as Microsoft swaps CPU

Microsoft has quietly upgraded the Surface Pro 2, with new hardware including faster processors being sent out to those who returned their Windows 8 tablets after the December firmware update debacle. Although Microsoft yanked the firmware package before every Surface Pro 2 user could upgrade it, some owners sent back their tablets for replacement, only to find, WinBeta reports, that the hardware returned had a newer generation of Intel Core i5 processor inside.

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Lenovo T440s Review

Lenovo T440s Review

Among Lenovo's newest offerings this year is another release in the T-Series lineup, the T440s. With this ultrabook comes all the trimmings you'd expect to see: Windows 8 Pro, a touchscreen display, Intel Haswell under the hood, and the ever-present TrackPoint nestled in the keyboard. The T440s stands out as a larger offering when compared to the ThinkPad X240 we reviewed last month, but in many ways they are the same, targeting the same general type of user but bringing its own flair to the table. Read our full review to find out what the Lenovo T440s offers those in the market for a ThinkPad ultrabook.

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Halo: Spartan Assault released for Xbox One with top-down fury

Halo: Spartan Assault released for Xbox One with top-down fury

This week the next Halo title has appeared for Xbox One - the first Halo title for the console - and it’s a top-down shooter. While we’re sure the most massive cross-section of gamers will be digging their fingernails into their kneecaps in anticipation of the next first-person shooter with Halo on its box, this will have to do for the moment. Developed by Vanguard Games and published by Microsoft Studios, this game also functions as a multi-player online battle arena title - blast away!

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