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Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 and XPS 13 refresh released to the wild

Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 and XPS 13 refresh released to the wild

This week the folks at Dell have issued forth two of there newest notebook machines - the Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 and the Dell XPS 13. These machines are both rolling with extremely high definition displays and work with the newest in new 4th generation Haswell Intel Core processors, not to mention Gorilla Glass up front to protect that all-important screen. Both of these systems are being made available today through Dell online.

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Microsoft issues hacker vulnerability alert for Vista, Server, Lync, Office

Microsoft issues hacker vulnerability alert for Vista, Server, Lync, Office

Microsoft today issued a security alert for some of its products. A vulnerability has been detected in Windows operating systems Vista and Server 2008, and in Microsoft products Office 2003-2010 and Lync. Hackers could potentially send a link via email or the Web to unsuspecting users, who would then be convinced to click it to view a Web page or Word document that, when opened, would let the hackers seize administrative control of the users' machines.

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Acer CEO resigns as Q3 loss pushes restructuring plan

Acer CEO resigns as Q3 loss pushes restructuring plan

Today Acer has reported that they're not doing especially well in the PC business, reporting losses and a restructuring plan which includes the resignation of J.T. Wang as CEO. Acer corporate President Jim Wong will take over as CEO, while Wang will remain as chairman until June of 2014. Plans for restructure include a cut of 7 percent of employees worldwide, while raising T$2.87 billion (approximately $98 million USD) with 136 million new common shares.

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Windows XP may get no antivirus updates for Security Essentials after April

Windows XP may get no antivirus updates for Security Essentials after April

If you're using the computer that runs Windows XP, you know that Microsoft is ending support for the operating system as of April 2014. Microsoft has been pushing hard to get users to upgrade to a new version of the operating system from Windows XP and it began a big push to get people to upgrade in April of this year. As of April 2014, there will be no more security updates for the operating system.

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Microsoft: free Apple software “hardly that surprising or significant”

Microsoft: free Apple software “hardly that surprising or significant”

One day after the newest Apple event in which they showed off a set of new iPads and desktop machines and Microsoft has fired back at Apple's most interesting move: free software. Apple turned the latest release of their desktop operating system (OS X Mavericks) as well as their iWork and iLife suites of apps into free releases. Microsoft's own Corporate Vice President of Communications, Frank Shaw, today suggested that the public's response to this set of freebies were all due to the so-called Apple RDF (Reality Distortion Field).

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iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

The war is on for the most sought-after tablet on the market, and the differentiation between the front-runners appears now, more than ever, to be strikingly high. What we've got from Apple is the iPad Air, a new far-smaller iteration of the same Retina display as the 4th generation unit. From Google there's the Nexus 7 (2013), a low-priced high-powered Android tablet manufactured by ASUS. Microsoft's competitor in the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 works with Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT, making this battle a three-way fight between operating systems right off the bat.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 2520 hands-on

Nokia's Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet has been some time coming. The company's last attempt at full Windows, the Nokia Booklet, proved too expensive and too slow, and Nokia's enthusiasm for big-screen devices has waned ever since. The Lumia 2520 changes all that, however, a 10.1-inch alternative to the full-sized iPad and numerous Android tablets, cladding Windows RT in the distinctive and colorful polycarbonate Nokia's Windows Phone range has become known for. Read on for our first-impressions.

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