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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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Samsung Creative Book 8 may bring Galaxy Note to notebooks

Samsung Creative Book 8 may bring Galaxy Note to notebooks

The reboot of the Samsung ATIV Book collection of high-powered notebooks is looking a lot like the slightly more mobile universe this week with a glimpse at the faux-stitch back of one unit. Straight from a Samsung press event in Korea we're being shown a set of images that are bringing light to the company's soon-to-appear notebooks and tablets, starting with the bigger screens and working their way down to the heroes. What we're seeing here is the closest thing to a Samsung crossover device as we've ever witnessed.

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ASUS VivoTab Note 8 leaked with Windows and active digitizer

ASUS VivoTab Note 8 leaked with Windows and active digitizer

Earlier this week, evidence surfaced on ASUS's website of a tablet referred to as model M80TA, something that was speculated as a possible small Transformer Book. This led to some digging around on the part of German website Mobile Geeks, which discovered the tablet is actually called the ASUS VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch Windows-toting tablet and what would be a first in that form factor for the company.

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Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Windows 7 OEM sales end date redacted by Microsoft

Earlier this month, Microsoft's operating system lifecycle chart was given an update with little (read: no) fanfare. With the update came two dates, one showing the end of retail sales for Windows 7, and one showing the end of OEM sales for the same aged OS. The revelation sparked grumbles and whatnot, but as it turns out, only half of the lifecycle chart was correct.

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Firefly Online preview brings us closer to QMX-made greatness

Firefly Online preview brings us closer to QMX-made greatness

There's a real call for a return to glory for the Joss Whedon* original television series Firefly, tragically cut short well before the end of its potential lifespan. Set to appear sometime inside the summer of 2014, the folks at Quantum Mechanix have taken on the task of producing Firefly as an online game, one that massive amounts of players will be able to roll with at once. Before then, they have shown off a series of preview images that'll land as a final product in the next few months.

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Windows Start Menu returns attached to button in 2015

Windows Start Menu returns attached to button in 2015

For those of you waiting for Microsoft to bring Windows back to Windows 8 with a real-deal return to traditional elements, you may want to grab a drink. It would appear that two rather well-placed sources have agreed on the possibility of the next wave of Windows updates in the form of codename "Threshold" will be appearing in the Spring of 2015 - aka just a bit over a year from the time this article is published. There this release will bring on a variety of changes to the system, with items like "Metro" apps being able to launch inside movable browser windows and the full-on return of the Start Menu.

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Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 adds 3D cities and Skype integration

Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 adds 3D cities and Skype integration

Microsoft has released Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1, its Google Maps-rivaling navigation app with over seventy high-res 3D cities, Skype and OpenTable integration, street-level photography, and Live Tile support. The new app, hitting the Windows Store today, introduces a new 3D graphics engine which Microsoft says delivers more realistic visuals across a wide range of angles.

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