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Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype has been working on its Translator service for a long while now, something that allows individuals to video chat in two different languages with real-time translations. The company revealed preview plans recently, and now it has introduced the first phase of that preview program: Spanish and English translation, as well as more than 40 instant messaging languages. Those interested must be signed up for the Skype Translator preview, and must be running Windows 8.1.

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Windows 10 build 9901 leak: prettier Cortana, better Modern UI

Windows 10 build 9901 leak: prettier Cortana, better Modern UI

It is still a good month or so before Microsoft unveils the Consumer Preview of Windows 10, formerly known as Threshold, and it will still be a few months before consumers can actually get their hands on it. But if the features and changes that are being showcased in this leaked build of Windows 10, specifically build number 9901, then consumers might indeed want to get their hands on it, in contrast to the rather divisive Windows 8.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma gaming headset Review

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma gaming headset Review

Razer has cemented itself as an industry leader in the gaming peripherals business, and here with their "Chroma" line, these accessories get colorful. To be clear - these are the same devices that've been on the market for some time - they're just being released in the Chroma line with light-up bits. We've got the Razer BlackWidow mechanical keyboard, DeathAdder mouse, and Kraken 7.1 USB headset. The review you're seeing here is for the headset specifically - you can also catch our DeathAdder and BlackWidow reviews lighting up immediately if not soon.

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Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

For those keeping an eye on Microsoft next big Windows release, most might be more focused on the fusion of desktop and Modern UI, but there are definitely a lot of other nifty features that should be making their way to Windows 10. One of those is Cortana on the desktop. Microsoft will be bringing its intelligent virtual assistant to Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets and she (or it) will be equipped with almost all the functionality that has perhaps impressed some users on Windows Phone devices.

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HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Review

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Review

The HP ElitePad 1000 is a tablet built for business. Working with a 64-bit Intel Atom processor under the hood, Windows 8.1 up front, and both TPM 1.2 and HP Bios protection throughout, this unit is a true contender for the finest business world-oriented slate on the market today. With MIL-STD 810G testing approval (that's Military Standard testing for ruggedness), this unit is ready to roll for your in-the-field needs, regardless of if you're working in an office, on an airplane, or anywhere in-between.

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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 ultrabook lineup unveiled

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 ultrabook lineup unveiled

HP has introduced its new EliteBook Folio 1020 lineup, and with it comes two new business ultrabooks: the EliteBook 1020 and the EliteBook 1020 Special Edition. The maker brags its new models are the lightest and thinnest business laptops currently available, with both measuring in at 15.7mm thin and the special edition featuring a 2.2lbs weight. This is the latest expansion to HP's Elite PC products, and joining the announcement are updates to existing EliteBooks that will feature current-gen Intel Core processors, among other things.

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IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

Here’s an interesting statistic you may not have seen coming: Windows Phone is expected to double their global market share over the next three years or so, according to IDC. In their most recent forecast, the analytics firm is noting Windows will become a more prominent player in the global smartphone market, while incumbents hold fast. IDC also cites the proliferation of lower priced phones with higher end specs as those to look for on the world stage, as emerging markets become important.

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Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Security for your Intel-toting PC may soon be getting a whole lot easer. Intel made clear this morning that they'd be acquiring PasswordBox, a service that will allow users to collect all of their webpage passwords in to one package, requiring that they only remember a single password instead. PasswordBox has been in service for about a year, having been downloaded by users over 14 million times in the past 12-18 months. Intel has not let it be known exactly how they'll be integrating PasswordBox into their own services yet, but they have suggested that the PasswordBox will be moved into their security software business.

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Archos unveils the 80 Cesium Windows 8.1 budget tablet

Archos unveils the 80 Cesium Windows 8.1 budget tablet

Ever since Microsoft lowered the entry barrier for putting Windows on small form devices, there has been quite a rush of budget-friendly Windows tablets in the market. Archos, long known for that category especially with Android, is taking another stab at that same market with the Archos 80 Cesium, an Intel-powered Windows 8.1 tablet that tries to deliver your choice of finger-friendliness or productivity, either in your pocket, bag, or desk.

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