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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

This week the folks at Activision are ramping up - pun intended - for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5. They're releasing both trailers in gameplay and trailers in interviews, all leading up to the first Tony Hawk Pro Skater full release in 13 years. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 was released all the way back in 2002, while a number of spin-offs and odd games like "Underground" were released in the meantime. Now it's time to return to the formula that made Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series great.

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Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some PCs it sells

Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some PCs it sells

More than a few of us have some nasty stories we can tell about Windows Update trying to reboot your machine at an inopportune moment. I think most Windows users will agree that using a machine without all the latest Windows updates in place is asking for trouble. Often those updates are patching vulnerabilities in the OS that could allow hackers access to your data. It appears that Samsung might be blocking Windows Update on some of the PCs it sells.

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What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

This weekend brought a bit of confusion about Windows 10 and who is getting the free upgrade. If you counted yourself among those confused, you're not alone. This Monday the folks at Microsoft have come back with a clarification, clearing up the muddled information and (hopefully) making it all more understandable for those looking to take the Windows 10 plunge. Chief among them is that, says Gabe Aul, you'll have to decide whether you want to keep being a Windows Insider.

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Intel releases remote keyboard & mouse app for Android

Intel releases remote keyboard & mouse app for Android

If you're the owner of one of the micro-sized PCs — the ones the size of a flash drive and can connect to a television — and often find yourself wishing you could type with a keyboard from your couch, Intel may just released the app you're looking for. Called Intel Remote Keyboard, the free Android app lets you use your smartphone as both a keyboard and mouse for your PC. Now you don't even need to worry about trying to connect a peripheral to that little HDMI stick.

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Four things to know about the Lenovo C40 AiO PC

Four things to know about the Lenovo C40 AiO PC

Lenovo has another all-in-one PC available, and this one is targeted at the every-person. The PC user who needs to do a little bit of everything and nothing too demanding: homework, research, a business report or two. We recently reviewed it, but maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Be sure to check it out to find out everything the system has to offer, but in the meantime we’ve picked out the most pertinent details, the things you likely want to know and don’t have the patience to hunt down for yourself. Read on for all four.

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HP’s $299 Pavilion x2 tablet hybrid blew me away

HP’s $299 Pavilion x2 tablet hybrid blew me away

Making a sleek tablet with a detachable keyboard isn’t tough, but making one with both style and an affordable price tag takes another level of commitment. HP believes it has just the thing, however, in the shape of the new HP Pavilion x2. A 10-inch Windows tablet with a magnetically-clinging keyboard, USB-C, and over 10hrs of battery life, it’s hard not to see Microsoft’s Surface 3 right in HP’s sights. Surprisingly, though, the Pavilion x2 will start at under $300.

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HP ENVY revamped: sleeker notebooks with B&O sound

HP ENVY revamped: sleeker notebooks with B&O sound

HP is going back to school, and it’s taking a trio of new ENVY notebooks to class. Offered in 14-, 15.6-, and 17.3-inch screen sizes, the refreshed models are thinner and lighter than their predecessors, not to mention made of higher-quality materials and using batter displays. Even the style has been given a boost, with the two small models in particular borrowing some of the aluminum class of the handsome HP Spectre X360.

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Star Wars Battlefront gameplay trailer shows Hoth multiplayer

Star Wars Battlefront gameplay trailer shows Hoth multiplayer

It's time to get busy from a first-person perspective with Star Wars Battlefront. This is a game that'll be released on multiple platforms in late 2015 - near the release of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This game will have you taking part in several classic battles from the Star Wars films as well as some never-before-seen battles - and of course you'll make it all your own with gameplay that's entirely up to you. This game will include 40-player multiplayer battles, one of which you're about to see today.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 PC surfaces on maker’s website

Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300 PC surfaces on maker’s website

Hints have surfaced pointing toward a future PC-on-a-stick called the Lenovo IdeaCentre Stick 300. We don't know what it looks like at this point or what all it will offer, but a partial page has surfaced on Lenovo's own website revealing the product as "part number GXH0J47375", and referring to it as the Lenovo IdeaCentre 300-01IBY EMEA -- an entry level option, it is described as. The PC stick will run Windows and be “ultra-portable”. We’ve details on some of its specs after the jump!

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Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.

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Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Microsoft security tools will now be treating the Ask Toolbar that comes alongside Oracle's Java installations as "unwanted software" (a category that also includes malware). For a while now, when Windows users install Java, they have to opt out of getting the Ask Toolbar installed in their browser. Opting out is a small task, but it's enough to give Java users a bad impression of Oracle.

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Oculus partners with Xbox

Oculus partners with Xbox

This afternoon Oculus announced that they'd be teaming up with Microsoft to deliver the Xbox One controller with the headset at launch. With Windows 10, Oculus Rift will work to "unlock the potential for millions of developers to create amazing experiences," so said Phil Spencer. Streaming PC content to the Oculus Rift is just one part of this equation, too. This partnership includes a pairing of the Oculus Rift to the Xbox One, as well. This is a prime strike against Sony's Project Morpheus, without a doubt.

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