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E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN will be launching its Nextbook 8 tablet on Black Friday for $99, giving budget-conscious users a Windows 8.1 slate in the sub-$100 range. The announcement was made on the Windows blog today, with it being revealed that the Nextbook will be available at Walmart retail stores as part of a Black Friday promotion. Under the promotion, buyers will get a 16GB microSD card tossed into the mix, doubling the slate's 16GB of internal storage, as well as some other perks.

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Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

You're going to be told many things and given many offers this Black Friday, but we'd like to be the first to tell you not to get trapped by the following. Do not buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday. Do not fall for this trap. The math does not add up, no matter how you sling it. Show me the cheapest tablet at any given store on Black Friday and I'll show you why you shouldn't buy it - and why you shouldn't even consider it.

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New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

The latest preview of Windows 10, which brings the version number up to 9879, continues to build on the work of finally merging the disparate desktop and "Modern" worlds that Microsoft has built up around Windows. This, release, however, might probably be most remembered for adding a feature that some might take to be yet another sign of Redmond copying instead of innovating. Windows 10 has now gained support for three-finger gestures on the touchpad, a feature that is more readily associated today with Apple's OS X.

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Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

Windows Schannel bug as bad as Heartbleed, patch available

The tech world as a whole is still reeling from the OpenSSL vulnerability that was so bad that it was baptized with its own name. Now Microsoft might have an equally terrible, or perhaps even worse, issue in its hands. A bug in its Schannel (short for "Secure channel") security package could, in theory, allow any hacker to remotely run a program just by sending a specially crafted network packet to a Windows server. To add insult to injury, this security exploit exists in a wide range of Windows version dating back 2003.

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Dell has Windows, Android devices with 3D cameras slated for 2015

Dell has Windows, Android devices with 3D cameras slated for 2015

Dell's Venue 8 7000 -- set to arrive later on this month -- won't be the company's only device with 3D cameras, it has revealed. Both Android and Windows devices equipped with 3D cameras will be arriving throughout next year, according to the vice president of Dell's tablet group Neil Hand. Presumably the cameras will be based on Intel's RealSense technology, as is the case with the Venue 8 7000, ushering in a roster of devices that take mobile photography to the next level.

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Venue 11 Pro 7000 is Dell’s new Surface Pro 3 double

Venue 11 Pro 7000 is Dell’s new Surface Pro 3 double

Dell has dragged its Venue 11 Pro tablet back into the labs and given it a makeover, slimming down and speeding up the Windows 8.1 slate to better compete with Microsoft's own Surface Pro 3. The new Venue 11 Pro 7000 now looks distinctly similar to the Surface Pro 3, in fact, and Dell has seemingly taken some inspiration from there when it comes to accessories and peripherals, too, with a mobile keyboard and an active stylus both on offer. That's not to say the new Dell isn't interesting in its own right, however.

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ASUS EeeBook X205 Windows laptop now available

ASUS EeeBook X205 Windows laptop now available

Back in September we got our first look at ASUS's sleek budget-friendly EeeBook X205, a thin laptop running Windows 8.1 and offering users a so-called smartphone experience. Though we got all the details on the machine a couple months ago, ASUS was quiet on when it would launch the notebook, something that is no longer of any concern: the laptop is now available, and is priced at $199 USD. The device is poised to take on HP's recent similar offering, the equally budget-friendly Stream 11 notebook.

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Acer Aspire Switch 12 launches in 2015 with five modes

Acer Aspire Switch 12 launches in 2015 with five modes

Acer has just introduced its new Aspire Switch 12, a five-in-one convertible notebook that will be making its way to the United States and Canada in the first quarter of next year. Though Acer is still silent on pricing info, we do know what the machine has to offer: a Full HD display, Intel Core M processor, and detachable keyboard, among other things. The notebook can be used in traditional desktop fashion, or in one of four other modes: notebook, display, tent, and pad, according to the maker.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro pit against Macbook Air in new Microsoft ad

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro pit against Macbook Air in new Microsoft ad

Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro notebook is thin, it's transformable, and it would appear to be Microsoft's newest favored son as it does battle with the MacBook Air in Microsoft's newest TV ad spot. This device is thinner than the MacBook Air. It's able to bend backwards far enough to turn itself into a tablet. It's got a touchscreen. It's also very similar looking to the MacBook Air from afar - but they really couldn't be more difference, when it comes down to it.

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Look Ma, no Nokia – just Microsoft

Look Ma, no Nokia – just Microsoft

This morning we've caught our first full glimpse of what it'll look like to own a smartphone made by the Nokia crew under Microsoft. Microsoft of course purchased the Nokia devices business earlier this year, and just now we're seeing the first device they've released without the Nokia brand. Unlike renderings we've seen before, this brand has no "Lumia" or "by Microsoft" at all - it's just Microsoft and the Windows logo, the same logo enacted for the first time back in 2012.

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