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Folding Surface Phone teased in new Microsoft patent

Folding Surface Phone teased in new Microsoft patent

Microsoft has patented a folding, flexible smartphone which could open out into a far more practical tablet, potentially teasing a possible Surface Phone form-factor. The patent, granted earlier this month, describes a "Mobile Computing Device having a flexible hinge structure" or, in other words, a portable gadget the size of a smartphone when collapsed, but which can be opened up for a far larger interface. Indeed, Microsoft actually has multiple designs on the same core theme.

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Windows 10 Game Mode confirmed for Creators Update

Windows 10 Game Mode confirmed for Creators Update

Microsoft has confirmed that the formerly rumored Game Mode will be arriving in Windows 10 with the Creators Update. This Game Mode will, says the company, start appearing in part for Windows Insiders this week, though the fully operational version will take a bit longer to show up. When used, Game Mode will improve a PC’s performance specifically for gaming.

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Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

THQ Nordic has announced a partnership with Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries that will result in the physical release of Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10. Those who pick up the physical retail version of the game will also be given access to the digital Xbox One edition thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere. Both Ultimate Edition and Standard Edition will be offered in retail stores.

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Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update isn't just bringing new features, but a revamped privacy system that the company hopes will settle concerns about ads, location sharing, and more. Although the Creators Update isn't expected to arrive for Windows 10 fans until around April 2017, Microsoft has been detailing some of the tweaks and improvements, both in individual settings and how those settings impact the overall experience. Meanwhile, there's a taste of the new focus on privacy available to try today.

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So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

While generally we see a collection of new or otherwise daring devices at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017 is about improving what works. This can be seen best in the collections of devices shown by Acer, Lenovo, and HP, the lot of which revealed a set of notebooks, displays, and keyboards improved incrementally from years past. It's as if the entirety of the PC industry has finally caught Apple "Just a bit better each time" fever.

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Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo has updated its Miix model with the new Miix 720, a Windows 10 detachable PC that comes with the Lenovo Active Pen 2. This model, like the ones before it, are designed to easily transition from a ‘laptop’ design to a tablet design, both of them having the convenience of a lightweight design alongside the stylus for hands-on creations. Lenovo describes this model as an ‘all-purpose digital vehicle.’

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Windows 10 Insider Preview get a Green Screen of Death

Windows 10 Insider Preview get a Green Screen of Death

A Windows 10 Insider Preview build leaked out ahead of the official launch during the Christmas weekend and several new features were gleaned from that leak. One of the features that didn't get talked about much, until now, was the fact that the infamous Blue Screen of Death or BSOD seen when some sort of critical error forces a crash has been replaced. That BSOD is now a Green Screen of Death (GSOD) in the latest build.

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Lenovo T Series laptops unveiled: thinner, lighter, and better than ever

Lenovo T Series laptops unveiled: thinner, lighter, and better than ever

Lenovo has unveiled its new T Series laptops, the ThinkPad T470, ThinkPad T470p, ThinkPad T470s, and the ThinkPad T570. This particular series of notebooks is targeted at businesses and business users, those who need a mixture of durability, expansive connectivity, biometric security, and lightweight designs. These four laptops comprising the refreshed line are thinner and lighter than past T Series models, and cover all the bases most users need.

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Microsoft is about to fix Windows laptops’ biggest frustration

Microsoft is about to fix Windows laptops’ biggest frustration

The gloves are off with future Windows notebooks, so says Microsoft and their hardware requirements for Windows 10. This month at the WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft said that future touchpads would need to be far more precise than previous Windows machines. Instead of touchpads that far under-perform compared to the top models, future machines will need to have Precision Touchpads right out the gate.

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Year of the Linux desktop: better luck next time

Year of the Linux desktop: better luck next time

Every upcoming new year has been predicted, or wished rather, to be the year when the Linux operating system in its desktop form would finally explode into the mainstream. That has actually become a thorny subject among Linux advocates and sometimes even a running joke among both believers and skeptics alike. After so many tries, dating back to even before the popular Ubuntu was released, is there still hope for the Linux desktop? Or perhaps the question is whether it still matters at all.

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Review: Lenovo Miix 510 2-in-1 Windows 10 PC

Review: Lenovo Miix 510 2-in-1 Windows 10 PC

Lenovo's latest 2-in-1 PC is, like others before it, composed of two parts: a tablet portion and a detachable keyboard. When connected together, the sum total of parts that is the Miix 510 form a quasi-laptop; when separated, though, you have a highly portable tablet packing Windows 10. It's the best of both worlds, but is the Miix 510 the best among 2-in-1 laptops? Read our full review to find out!

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Acer TravelMate P4 Windows 10 Pro laptop launches in the U.S.

Acer TravelMate P4 Windows 10 Pro laptop launches in the U.S.

The Acer TravelMate P4 laptop is now available in the United States, the company has announced. The model is offered in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch sizes, both running Windows 10 Pro and sporting security features like a fingerprint reader and a smart card reader. Says Acer, it designed the TravelMate P4 to be tough enough for someone who frequently travels, including ‘rigorous’ testing across categories like humidity, vibrations, and more.

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