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Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

After one year of the Windows 10 platform being released to the general market, you'll have to start paying for it - if you've not already upgraded, that is to say. Just so long as you've got Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 now, or at the time at which you'd like to upgrade your machine to Windows 10, you'll be able to do so for free. It'll be a one-time update and you'll never have to pay for it beyond that.

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Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

In just a few days, Microsoft is expected to reveal what consumers can expect from Windows 10. But some fans might be more interested in what Windows 10 means outside the desktop, since Microsoft has been selling this latest version as one that puts device convergence at the top of the list. And while we wait what Windows 10 for phones or Windows Mobile 10 or Windows Phone 10 will indeed look like, some new leaked photos show an interface that does seem to borrow a thing or two from Microsoft's other interfaces.

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Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive might be the best cloud storage solution there is. It’s available anywhere, securely tucks your files away, and is free to use. For mobile, it’s amazing. For the desktop, Drive is fairly utilitarian, but that’s about to change. Today, Google is announcing a few changes to Drive for PC and Mac, which will give users more control and a new menu. The new-look drop-down menu provides updates on uploads, and even gives you access to recently synced items.

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Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here have teamed up to create a new point-of-sale solution for small businesses and sole proprietors that need a convenient way to get paid by customers. Microsoft and PayPal Here note that many businesses have realized that tablets allow them to interact with their customers and untether from the cash register. Microsoft says that in the past this meant that the business needed two devices.

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Windows 10 dark theme, Spartan browser (allegedly) surface in screenshots

Windows 10 dark theme, Spartan browser (allegedly) surface in screenshots

Microsoft introduced Windows 10 back in September 2014, and though we won't be seeing it arrive until the end of this year, the company has dropped some details about it. Never one to be content, the Internet has fished around and procured its own details, usually in the form of rumors and speculation, and that trend holds true now that we're into the new year. A couple of screenshots have surfaced of what are said to be Windows 10's dark theme, as well as its rumored and codenamed Spartan browser.

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Intel’s HDMI Compute Stick slaps Windows or Linux on your TV

Intel’s HDMI Compute Stick slaps Windows or Linux on your TV

There’s an undercurrent at this year’s CES that’s hard to ignore: Intel. The company is making some subtle inroads to arenas we’re not used to seeing them, their most notable non-PC showing in Dell’s interesting new Venue 8 7000 tablet. Now, the company is taking PC mobile, allowing you to take a full-fledged operating system in the form of an HDMI dongle. The Compute Stick carries an Intel Atom processor, and will be available with either a Windows or Linux OS.

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Asus Transformer Book Chi series runs Windows

Asus Transformer Book Chi series runs Windows

Asus has unveiled a new series of thin and portable transforming tablets for its Transformer Book series. The new family of Transformer Book devices is called the Chi series and there are three units in the series to start. All three of the tablets are 2-in-1 devices that run the Windows operating system and use up to Intel Core M processors.

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Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 offers Windows 8, high precision

Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 offers Windows 8, high precision

Wacom has taken the wraps off its new Cintiq Companion 2 touchscreen tablet, a slate that will be familiar to Wacom faithfuls while bringing with it modern updates professionals need. There is both full Windows 8 when needed, as well as the maker's Cintiq Connect for using the device with a PC or Mac. The Companion 2's pen offers 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, making it ideal for creatives and others with a need for a high level of precision.

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Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 notebook hands-on

With the LaVie Z HZ550, Lenovo brings the heat with what they call the "world's lightest 13.3-inch notebook" with 1.72-lbs of metal, plastic, and glass. The casing for this notebook is made of Magnesium-Lithium (Mg-Li) Alloy, allowing it to be strong and light. Lenovo suggests that they've used an exclusive "Forged" case engineering technique to create it. Both the keyboard and the panel are built in, and the entire unit can lay flat - if you'd ever want it to do such a thing.

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