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Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

It would seem that one of the biggest names behind the touchscreens you use every day, Synaptics, have made the push for a next-generation solution for Windows 8.1 with Active Pen abilities. What this means for future Windows 8.1 device makers is that they'll be able to say they've got pen support right out of the box and/or include a pen with the device they're creating. In what may prove to be a situation similar to what we've seen with the rather successful Samsung Galaxy Note series, the folks at Synaptics are making pen usage on devices - both mobile and stationary - a feature baked in at a hardware level.

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Sony VAIO Tap 11 and VAIO Flip hybrid notebook get priced for October

Sony VAIO Tap 11 and VAIO Flip hybrid notebook get priced for October

Sony took a two-pronged approach with Windows 8 tablets back at IFA 2013 last month, opting to hit both the slate form-factor with the VAIO Tap 11 and the convertible hybrid with the VAIO Flip, and now the company has confirmed price and availability for both. The Sony VAIO Flip 13A, 14A, and 15A are all landing in late October, priced from $749, complete with a clever folding-rotating touchscreen running at at least Full HD resolution. Meanwhile, the Sony VAIO Tap 11 is the thinnest Windows 8 tablet around.

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Sony VAIO Tap 11 Review

Sony VAIO Tap 11 Review

Sony knows how to make a good looking tablet. Flush from the success of the XPERIA Tablet Z, the company has borrowed the same slimline aesthetic for a Windows 8 version, the Sony VAIO Tap 11. It's the thinnest full-Windows tablet around with a proper processor, and still offers a range of input options from a Full HD touchscreen, to a wireless keyboard-cover, and even a digital pen. Is this the tablet to upstage Microsoft's own Surface Pro 2? Read on for our full review.

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Microsoft shells out award for Windows 8.1 exploit as bug bounty continues

Microsoft shells out award for Windows 8.1 exploit as bug bounty continues

Back in June, Microsoft announced a bug bounty program, offering a variety of awards for those who found bugs and exploitations for its software. While the Internet Explorer 11 portion of the bounty has come to a close, Microsoft is continuing the "Mitigation Bypass" bounty and has shelled out an award to one industrious individual who found an exploit in Windows 8.1 Preview.

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Microsoft native Remote Desktop coming to iOS and Android

Microsoft native Remote Desktop coming to iOS and Android

In a move that's sure to make the folks at Splashtop less than pleased, the team at Microsoft behind the native Remote Desktop functionality inside Windows have announced extensions to iOS and Android. This means that there will be apps from Microsoft for your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Android tablet that allow you to see your Windows PC's desktop from your smaller device. Seeing it there will also include full tap access - and with the touch-friendly abilities of Windows 8, the whole process is likely going to take on a functionality not unlike that of a full touchscreen desktop computer, too.

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Steve Ballmer bids final farewell to stockholders

Steve Ballmer bids final farewell to stockholders

As exiting CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer steps down from his post as most electrifying man to present a product onstage, he also sends out a more solemn letter to the shareholders of the company. Here in the final 2013 Fiscal Year annual report, Ballmer makes the case for the change of Microsoft to a devices and services company as a wholly positive one. He suggests that a growth of revenue this year to $77.8 billion and a return of $12.3 billion to shareholders (up 6 and 15% respectively from the year before) means that Microsoft is fully on-track for the 2014 Fiscal season.

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PlayStation DualShock 4 confirmed compatible with Windows PCs

PlayStation DualShock 4 confirmed compatible with Windows PCs

This week it's been confirmed that the newest generation of Sony gaming peripherals - namely the DualShock 4 wireless controller - will be working with Windows machines. This is somewhat of a surprise revelation made by Sony for the PlayStation 4-aimed piece of equipment, mainly because there's no word from opposing camps (Nintendo for the WiiU and Microsoft for the Xbox One) of any sort of similar functionality for their controllers. Word comes from none other than Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment.

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NVIDIA GRID virtual GPU access unfolds with Citrix tech preview

NVIDIA GRID virtual GPU access unfolds with Citrix tech preview

There's a so-called "tech preview" of the system known as Citrix out there this week, bringing with it access to none other than NVIDIA's GRID for the masses. What users will be able to do with the setup released this week is access graphics power from remote locations using NVIDIA GRID vGPU, enabled here with Citrix. With this virtual GPU system, businesses are able to give access to full desktop graphics power completely virtually, on the fly.

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