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Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

As PC users have had a few month now to get used to Windows 10, it's already nearing time for Microsoft to release the first big update to the new operating system. As it turns out, such a release is only a few short weeks away, according to analyst Paul Thurrott. The update is said to be codenamed Threshold 2, and will include a number of bug fixes, as well as some adjustments to the overall user interface that were intended to be included in the initial release of Windows 10.

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HoloLens may be the next smartphone: ASUS in talks with Microsoft

HoloLens may be the next smartphone: ASUS in talks with Microsoft

This week ASUS CEO Jonney Shih has confirmed talks between ASUS and Microsoft on creating an ASUS HoloLens-like device. This headset would likely run Windows Holographic, the same system that Microsoft's own HoloLens runs. As Microsoft's goal, apparently, wasn't just to create a device, but a whole new category of devices, it should follow that a manufacturer like ASUS would jump aboard eventually. The ASUS headset wouldn't necessarily be called HoloLens - but it'd be very similar in implementation - it'd certainly be a headset, at least.

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Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whether you like it or not, here might be coming your computer's update to Windows 10. A recent update to genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers has apparently included a checked box intended to be opt-in for an automatic update to Windows 10. As it were, this checkbox was checked by default instead. This means that many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that've updated their system (but not to Windows 10) recently might just be getting that big update anyway. Whether they intended to or not.

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These “PC Does What?” ads are either catchy or cringeworthy

These “PC Does What?” ads are either catchy or cringeworthy

Microsoft is kicking off a "PC Does What?" campaign with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Intel, attempting to build excitement about laptop form-factors. The campaign, which will run online as well as with commercials, is due to kick off in earnest on October 19, though the five firms previewed the spots today.

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NVIDIA GeForce Experience splits from standard GPU drivers

NVIDIA GeForce Experience splits from standard GPU drivers

Starting on December 1st, 2015, NVIDIA's GeForce Experience will require that you provide an email address to download game-ready drivers. For the less enthusiast-based crew of gamers out in the wild, standard drivers will still be available through the GeForce Experience website from NVIDIA. In addition to this, GeForce Experience will have a big jump in quality for GameStream experience - straight up to 4K.

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3 things to know about the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

3 things to know about the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows

Windows gaming fans and Xbox gaming fans might argue about whose platform is better, but they generally agree on Microsoft's controllers. Until now, though, if you've wanted to use an Xbox One gamepad with your Windows PC or tablet, you'll have had to plug in a microUSB cable.

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Review: Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Windows 10 laptop

Review: Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Windows 10 laptop

Not everyone needs or wants a powerful laptop. For many, a low cost and light design are miles ahead on their list of priorities over small boosts in performance -- if the laptop can surf the web, watch videos, and download music, what's there to complain about? Still, low cost notebooks aren't that easy to come by. Netbooks went away as fast as they arrived, and though there are many budget machines out there, many run Chrome OS. Enter Acer's new Aspire One Cloudbook.

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

This week Microsoft became a computer company selling hardware - not just phones, not just tablets, but laptops, too. Today we're running down all the products we saw the company deliver to the public, including the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, a new Microsoft Band, and a couple of smartphones. Microsoft suggests that they're taking on Apple directly with these products - at least the Surface models vs Apple's laptops. Do they put their manufacturing where their mouth is, or do we need to wait to see how well the lot fares?

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HP’s ENVY Curved All-in-One is 34-inches of awesome

HP’s ENVY Curved All-in-One is 34-inches of awesome

There's nothing quite like a 34-inch, super-widescreen, curved All-in-One PC to grab your attention. Expect guests to give you half of their attention - at most - if you bring HP's new ENVY Curved All-in-One into your home. The broad Windows 10 desktop has a 2,000 mm curved radius, and with WQHD+ resolution can easily put two regularly-sized windows side-by-side.

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HP Spectre x2 hands-on: A 4G homage to Surface

HP Spectre x2 hands-on: A 4G homage to Surface

HP execs smile a little sheepishly when you mention how similar the new Spectre x2 is to Microsoft's Surface line of tablets. That's okay, though; while the new 2-in-1 sibling to the Spectre X360 may wear its inspiration on its detachable fabric-backed keyboard cover, there's room for more than one Windows 10 tablet in the market.

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Hands on with the HP ENVY 8 Note: A sorta-Surface Mini

Hands on with the HP ENVY 8 Note: A sorta-Surface Mini

Microsoft won't launch the much-rumored Surface Mini, so along comes HP to fill the gap with the unusual ENVY 8 Note. An 8-inch tablet paired with a 10-inch keyboard, the Windows 10 slate slides into its QWERTY companion for easier transportation, and also includes a digital pen for note-taking and sketching.

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HP Spectre x360 updated with sleek ENVY along for the ride

HP Spectre x360 updated with sleek ENVY along for the ride

HP has revamped its flagship convertible notebook, outfitting the Spectre x360 with Intel's newest 6th-gen Core "Skylake" processors. The revamped laptop - which owes its name to a 360-degree hinge that allows the 13.3-inch touchscreen to rotate all the way around into a slate form-factor - also gets a new color option, a striking Ash Silver with Copper accents.

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