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Eve V tablet’s crowdsourced specs are final, ready for Indiegogo

Eve V tablet’s crowdsourced specs are final, ready for Indiegogo

Most crowdfunding campaigns simply dump ideas onto interested backers, though some do change course drastically due to strong backer demand. The folks behind the Eve V 2-in-1 tablet, however, have taken a rather revolutionary, and most likely risky, approach. Right from the very beginning, they’ve asked would-be backers what they want. Of course, the startup eventually needed to put its foot down somewhere, and the foot has indeed come down. The specs for the Eve V have just been finalized, and the tablet is finally ready to head to Indiegogo for the real litmus test.

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Surface Book with Performance Base Review

Surface Book with Performance Base Review

The Surface Book was one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets last year, but the company isn't holding back when it comes to talking up its Performance Base upgrade. Landing in time for the holidays, the new model is actually only 50-percent changed: while the screen-turned-tablet is the same as before, the keyboard section has been squeezed full of extra graphics potency and more battery life. That doesn't come cheap, mind, with this newest model starting at $2,399.

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Windows 10 to get a virtual touchpad for external displays

Windows 10 to get a virtual touchpad for external displays

Although still not as widespread, it is no longer uncommon for computer users to face more than one screen at a time, whether in a more permanent multi-monitor setup or in an ad hoc presentation. Controlling external screens and projectors are no problem for desktops and laptops but can be cumbersome for tablets. Soon it won’t be. Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Insider build showcases a new Virtual Touchpad feature that would allow users to navigate external displays using their tablets, even without a mouse attached.

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Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Is this finally the end of the Surface Pro 3’s woes? Will owners finally be able to move on? One would certainly hope so, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed nonetheless. Microsoft has just rolled out a firmware upgrade that should, hopefully, end all battery problems for the now “deprecated” Surface tablet, which has irked owners to no small extent. But perhaps even better, the company has changed its previous stance regarding out-of-warranty exchanges and has decided to refund those owners as well.

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BenQ Zowie XL2540 e-Sports monitor has 240Hz refresh rate

BenQ Zowie XL2540 e-Sports monitor has 240Hz refresh rate

BenQ has announced a new computer monitor that is aimed directly at the e-Sports gamers out there called the Zowie XL2540. The monitor is designed to use a 240Hz refresh rate that BenQ says can be fully activated for different levels of gameplay experience if the computer it is attached to can generate over 240 frames per second.

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Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

As fascinating as the Surface Studio might be, without one particular optional accessory, it’s really just a gigantic, but well endowed, Surface tablet. Microsoft all-in-one computer’s spellbinding appeal is thanks partly to the Surface Pen but probably more importantly thanks to the odd but fancy Surface Dial remote control. And to hammer down on how game changing this little puck can be, Microsoft has released not one, not even two or three, but five ads that show how, with the right app mixed with the right tool, great things can happen.

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Apple discounts MacBook Pro-compatible LG 5K and 4K displays by 25%

Apple discounts MacBook Pro-compatible LG 5K and 4K displays by 25%

On Friday, Apple made a surprise move by cutting the prices of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 accessories and adapters in order to address the growing outcry over the new MacBook Pro's lack of legacy-compatible ports. Turns out, the company has another gift for early adopters of its latest laptops: a big discount on LG's new UltraFine 5K and 4K displays that were announced alongside the MacBook Pros.

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock returns MacBook Pro ports Apple removed

The long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh turned out to also be the perhaps the most controversial. Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. While it added the novelty of a Touch Bar, at least for the higher-end model, it practically stripped the MacBook of every other port other than Thunderbolt 3/USB-C. Even worse for the entry-level model that only has two such ports. For those with port anxiety, OWC is offering a fix in the form of its Thunderbolt 3 Dock that offers 13, yes read that, 13, ports just for the price of one port on your MacBook Pro.

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Windows 10 update download are about to get smaller

Windows 10 update download are about to get smaller

For all the improvements, benefits, and nice things about Windows 10, its rollout has been largely criticized for two major pain points: privacy and, most importantly, its update system. Nagging, intrusive, and gargantuan, Windows 10 updates, specifically those from one major version to another, has soured users’ opinion of the OS. Microsoft promises to address these concerns, and the latest one will arrive in the Creators Update next year, via what it has nicknamed the Unified Update Platform or UUP. Microsoft definitely loves its U’s and P’s.

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EVGA has VBIOS update, thermal pads for overheating GTX cards

EVGA has VBIOS update, thermal pads for overheating GTX cards

There’s just no getting around the laws of physics. The faster you go, the hotter you get. Thanks to Samsung, consumers have become increasingly worried and wary about electronics overheating, and you can’t get any hotter than the behemoth graphics cards inside desktop computers. That is exactly the problem that beset a good number of EVGA’s GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 cards, which has been riddled with reports of overheating and, in some cases, catching fire. To combat that, EVGA is issuing a firmware update that tweaks thermal management to safer levels and is offering free thermal pads for those who still want one.

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Remix IO+ adds more hardware, price to Jide’s Android mini PC

Remix IO+ adds more hardware, price to Jide’s Android mini PC

It has been barely a two weeks since Jide launched yet another Kickstarter campaign to fund what is perhaps its most ambitious Android device. Aiming to be desktop computer, entertainment center, and gaming console “in one” (hence, “IO”), the Remix IO was welcomed not only with overwhelming support but also an incessant request: offer something better. After polling the crowd, Jide has come up with the Remix IO+, with more RAM, more CPU, more storage, and, of course, more costs.

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Zotac VR Go backpack PC takes virtual reality gaming on the road

Zotac VR Go backpack PC takes virtual reality gaming on the road

Zotac is mostly known for making small form factor PCs and video cards and it has a nice reputation in those categories. The company has launched something a bit different from what it is known for with a new VR system called the VR Go backpack PC. The machine is at its core a small form factor gaming PC, but it can be fitted into a harness that allows you to carry the system on your back.

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