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Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft: Just two Windows versions is the goal

Microsoft is aiming to cut Windows confusion by trimming its three-strong OS line-up for mobile devices to tow, streamlining some combination of Windows Phone, Windows RT, and full Windows. Windows RT, the little-loved version of Windows 8 that Microsoft cooked up for ARM-based tablets, was insufficiently differentiated from full Windows, Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, said last week, ZDNet reports. While Microsoft's exact plans weren't detailed, long-standing rumors indicate the company may integrate Windows Phone and Windows RT in future.

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OneNote for Windows 8.1 adds Camera Scan and image OCR

OneNote for Windows 8.1 adds Camera Scan and image OCR

Microsoft's OneNote for Windows 8.1 has seen a considerable update, adding the ability to "scan" a document or image using a tablet's camera, apply optical character recognition to search through text, and make better use of digital ink. The new app, available today, takes on Evernote with its new Camera Scan feature, which automatically crops, rotates, straightens, de-shadows, and sharpens images so that they look more like scans than quick snaps with the Windows device's camera.

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Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

The popularity of tablets have posed a solid threat to the PC industry, and in response many 2-in-1 so-called "hybrid" laptops have popped up in increasing numbers that are able to function as both -- as a laptop when some serious work needs to be done, and as a tablet for activities best suited to a hands-on approach: mobile games, artwork, and Web browsing, among others. The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is one such hybrid featuring a collapsible design that toggles the machine between a slate and a laptop without effort, but does it provide the best of both worlds? Read our full SlashGear review to find out.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 flame stoked with Power Keyboard by mail

Nokia Lumia 2520 flame stoked with Power Keyboard by mail

The fabled Nokia tablet is finally out in the real world, going by the name Nokia Lumia 2520 and looking every bit like the Lumia smartphone-inspired slate the world expected. What might not have been expected quite so much by the Nokia-hungry fans in our environment was the keyboard add-on. This Nokia Power Keyboard attaches to the Lumia 2520 and makes the machine into a full-fledged notebook, so to speak.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 review

Nokia Lumia 2520 review

The Nokia Lumia 2520 has been some time coming. The glaring absence of a tablet in the company's range, and its refusal to discuss it until it could figure out a suitably "Nokia spin" on the segment, left us with big expectations. Turns out, the Nokia magic is making LTE standard-fit and borrowing the Lumia phone style for a Windows RT slate, but is that enough to differentiate the Lumia 2520 from the iPad and Microsoft's Surface 2? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Verizon Nokia Lumia 2520 release goes off-contract

Verizon Nokia Lumia 2520 release goes off-contract

The very first modern Nokia tablet will be arriving in the form of the Nokia Lumia 2520, and it'll be hitting both the likes of AT&T and Verizon here in the United States. With Verizon, the tablet has been announced today as coming on the 21st of November and offered in both on- and off-contract iterations. While this is not a first for tablets going off-contract with the carrier, it's unique in that the idea is being presented so up-front.

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Watch Dogs fan film brings game to life ahead of 2014 launch

Watch Dogs fan film brings game to life ahead of 2014 launch

Video game fan filmmaker Infectious Designer has posted a fan film based on the upcoming game Watch Dogs. The six-minute short features Watch Dogs protagonist hacker Aiden Pearce moving about the open-world environment taking on random objectives as he sees fit. It also features "Hacker Girl," representing another game player. Together the two cooperate--and then compete--to take down a group of thugs using near-futuristic hacking and good old fashioned buttkickery--with a little bit of parkour for good measure.

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Microsoft 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1 bakes in native 3D printing

Microsoft 3D Builder app for Windows 8.1 bakes in native 3D printing

Microsoft has released a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, bringing native support for producing physical objects from a variety of 3D printers to its OS. Building on the 3D printer driver MakerBot released earlier today, the Microsoft 3D Builder app comes with a wide range of preconfigured objects it can produce - including LEGO-style bricks, clips, and pendants, though also ranging to more complex designs like toy trains - but can also be used to create things from scratch.

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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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