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Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows Insiders — those who are involved in beta testing Windows products ahead of Microsoft’s Windows 10 launch — can now take a new Maps app for a spin. The new Maps app is available for both desktop and mobile, and comes with a host of new features and an experience Microsoft says “delivers a single and consistent mapping experience across all your Windows devices”. Utilizing both Bing and HERE maps, Windows’ Maps app provides local data search, aerial imagery, and even voice guided navigation.

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OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD USB released, 120GB to 480GB

OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD USB released, 120GB to 480GB

Other World Computing (OWC) launched its latest collection of thumb-sized solid state drives (SSD) today at an industry trade show in Las Vegas. OWC's Envoy Pro mini SSD utilizes a USB 3.0 port and can run on Mac, PC or Linux. The biggest point that sets SSD drives apart from traditional USB drives is the transfer speed. This OWC model can sustain speeds of up to 433 Mb/s and has a max speed of 500 Mb/s.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) — better than ever

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) — better than ever

Lenovo has found favor among business users with its ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops, the latest of which has finally arrived. In many ways the 2015 iteration of the X1 Carbon is the same as the previous generation, bringing with it refinements that improve the overall product rather than any substantial changes to the design itself. It's still the same business-chic ultrabook light enough tote around while traveling but powerful enough to meet demanding needs; it is, however, a little more useable than the last version, the reasons for which we've detailed in this full review.

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Windows 10 Preview released for phones

Windows 10 Preview released for phones

The Technical Preview for Windows 10 became available for early testers today in Microsoft's latest bid to keep their software universe moving forward. Users wishing to take part in the early preview have to sign up for the Technical Preview program, download a special app for their Windows Phone device, then hit the update button, so to speak. This software is not guaranteed to be as solidly reliable as a normal update, but that's not going to stop the masses from getting the newest bits as fast as they can - right this minute!

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Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

The Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center is a relatively small computer meant to sit out in the open - up near your television where you can see it. Inside you'll put your movies, your internet-connected video and music, and the ability to sync with devices like your smartphone or tablet. This machine works with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for dual-display support, and the ability to power 4K2K ultra high-definition monitors as well as 4K televisions - just so long as you've got enough processing power inside.

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Windows 10: first look at new Mail, Calendar apps

Windows 10: first look at new Mail, Calendar apps

As the future release of Windows 10 draws nearer, Microsoft continues to make progress by releasing regular updates to its preview program. As is often the case in these situations, test users turn up settings and features that won't be fully fleshed out until a later version of the preview. But sometimes, entire version builds are leaked into the wild early, offering first looks at revamped designs and new apps. That appears to be what's happened with Windows 10, as we're seeing some of the first images of the operating system's new Mail and Calendar apps.

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Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Xbox One

Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Xbox One

This news should probably come as a surprise to no one after Microsoft unveiled the Kinect Adapter for Windows last October. In a nutshell, this has made the Kinect for Windows somewhat redundant. So today, Microsoft is officially killing off the product. Of course, it's saying that it's "consolidating" its Kinect portfolio. The tech company will no longer be making the Windows-compatible Kinect, leaving remaining stocks to dwindle. That said, in the end, it should be business as usual for everyone, as they can continue using the Xbox One's Kinect instead.

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Surface 3: storage space still limited

Surface 3: storage space still limited

Just as each of the previous models of Microsoft's Surface tablet, with the Surface 3, users should expect less than the advertised storage space once they get up and running. This isn't new - and it's not limited to this device range. All devices released storage space aboard - almost without fail - will have less space once you've begun standard, active use. In this case, that means you get about 37GB of the full 64GB of space on the standard model Surface 3 - about 27GB of space is needed for built-in apps and the operating system itself.

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Infinit brings their file transfer software to iOS & Android

Infinit brings their file transfer software to iOS & Android

Email, cloud storage links, AirDrop, NFC — file storage transfer is a pain. Though effective most of the time, those methods aren’t effective all the time. There’s a better way (I promise). Already available for OS X and Windows, the Infinit file transfer service is also going to be available for iOS and Android, starting today. With a few taps, you can take your files — any size or type — and shuffle them to other devices. The transfer doesn’t compress file sizes, and once initiated, can’t be killed by loss of signal.

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Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Microsoft has pushed out the latest Windows 10 Preview Build (10049), and with it comes the long-coveted Project Spartan browser. That's just about the only notable addition to the latest build, which follows the release of Build 10041 we recently discussed. Some of the issues brought on by the last build are fixed in this latest one, as well, such as getting stuck when locking the PC. Project Spartan is the big focus this time around, however, something Microsoft likewise detailed today to get users up-to-date on what all it has to offer.

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