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Three things to know about the Lenovo IdeaPad 100

Three things to know about the Lenovo IdeaPad 100

Lenovo has rolled out its back to school offerings, and among the lineup is the IdeaPad 100, a basic laptop that meets budget needs while also covering all the basic computing bases. We recently reviewed the laptop, and you'll need to give that a look to get all of the details. If you don't have the time for that right now, however, we have three big highlights that you'll probably want to know -- the launching points from which you can shape your expectations of the machine.

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Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

This week invites are going out to Acer's big event series at IFA 2015 in Berlin, complete with a teaser image. The image you see here has a big ol' power button amid some Batman-looking black swooping lines. The power button and the lines belong to one of Acer's gaming PCs, a "Predator" machine revealed at a small event earlier this year amid a few other early-view pieces of hardware, all in the gaming space. All with sharp angles and an aim for a place in your extravagant gaming PC and Android tablet-loving heart.

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E Fun Nextbook 10 2-in-1- Windows Tablet supports Windows 10

E Fun Nextbook 10 2-in-1- Windows Tablet supports Windows 10

E Fun has rolled out a new 2-in-1 Widows powered tablet that can be a notebook or a tablet for use on the go. The device is called the Nextbook 10 and it comes out of the box with Windows 8.1 as the operating system. Many people don’t care for Windows 8.1 and its weird style, the good new is that the machine will be eligible for a Windows 10 update when that OS launches soon.

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Dell’s new rugged Windows tablet is tough enough for any conditions

Dell’s new rugged Windows tablet is tough enough for any conditions

Dell has just debuted the first tablet in its Rugged line of computers built to survive drops and dirty environments: the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet. The Windows 8.1-powered device can withstand drops from over 4 feet, spills in water, mud, sand, and dust, as well as temperatures from -20 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It does all this with a 12-hour battery life, and connections for mobile broadband and GPS. If you're looking for a Surface tablet that's able to harsh conditions outside the home or office, this is it.

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Cortana on Windows 10 will support 6 more countries soon

Cortana on Windows 10 will support 6 more countries soon

Windows 10 is bringing Cortana, but only for some users. That was disappointing news for those in regions outside of where it would be supported, but, of course, Microsoft has plans to expand the number of countries where it will be available. When Windows 10 launches later on this month, Cortana will be available to those in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and China. Over the remaining months of 2015, though, it will be gradually expanded to include six additional countries.

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Cortana on Android: Q&A session

Cortana on Android: Q&A session

Over the weekend the APK (application file) for Cortana was leaked to the public for Android. This version of the app is not final, nor should it be assumed that all of its abilities are finalized. What we're doing today is taking a peek at what Cortana can do in the way of answering a variety of inane questions - just as most people do when they realize they can speak to their phone and have it speak back with a realistic humanoid voice.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 — a flexible laptop with super VOIP features

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 — a flexible laptop with super VOIP features

Lenovo has launched its ThinkPad Yoga 12 laptop, a 2-in-1 convertible offering that can be toggled between a regular laptop arrangement and other positions like tablet or a stand. This isn’t unusual for Lenovo, but marks the latest entrant of the company’s tried-and-true design that has won over many PC users. With this latest system, owners are given an integrated stylus alongside a light weight and thin body, powerful hardware, and more. Who would benefit from this latest Yoga notebook? Read our full review to find out!

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Microsoft COO on Google: “We have better technology”

Microsoft COO on Google: “We have better technology”

Today Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner suggested that the company was in a great position to take Google's business. Turner spoke at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, saying the company needed to step up their game in the Android universe. "We have to go rescue the Google Apps customers," said Turner, "throw them a life preserver." He went on to suggest that not only was Microsoft better at business than Google, but that they were a fundamentally different sort of company - a whole different entity.

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B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

As Windows 10 launches, HP presents a Bang & Olufsen limited edition HP EliteBook Folio 1020. This notebook computer is extremely light and thin and works with Bang & Olufsen certified audio output. It works with dual-array microphones, noise-canceling software, and an HD webcam to make your whole audio-visual experience as elite as the company suggests. HP is also making an effort to assert that their HP Pro Tablet 608 is a headliner for the spot of tablet hero in the Windows 10 universe this autumn.

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Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that the Surface line of tablet/convertible computers would be expanding at Windows 10's launch. They'll be the company's hero. Believe it or not! With the global rollout of Windows 10 on the way, the Surface tablet line will be expanding distribution channels and appearing in more stores. We’ve had a somewhat limited business channel for Surface," said Brian Hall, General Manager of Microsoft Surface said in a statement, "we’ve heard from a lot of customers that they’d like to see more partners offering Surface."

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Microsoft plans for a Windows 10 launch party

Microsoft plans for a Windows 10 launch party

Microsoft is hoping to make the Windows 10 launch a party, spilling the beans on not only its retail plans but a new nonprofit scheme dubbed Upgrade Your World. Windows 10, which arrives in just a few weeks time on July 29, will be accompanied by what Microsoft describes as "global fan celebrations" across thirteen cities worldwide, with demo stations, outreach from execs, and entertainment. Meanwhile, the company is also promising a $10m fund to be split between nonprofits large and small.

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Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Satya Nadella insists Microsoft is still "committed" to making its own smartphones, the CEO arguing today's massive $7.6bn write-off is refocusing not abandonment. The company announced this morning it would cut 7,800 jobs, predominantly from its phone business, as well as write-off what it spent on acquiring Nokia. "I don’t take changes in plans like these lightly," Nadella wrote in an email to all employees, "given that they affect the lives of people who have made an impact at Microsoft."

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