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Lenovo plans to offer Endless OS laptop in Mexico

Lenovo plans to offer Endless OS laptop in Mexico

Lenovo plans to offer a low-cost laptop in Mexico soon, shedding the Windows operating system in favor of Endless OS, which is available freely for anyone to download. The laptop will be one of its more budget-friendly models, the Lenovo B41-30, helping the entire product hit a modest price point for buyers who are as concerned about cost as they are usability. Endless OS includes dozens of app preinstalled, all of them targeted at the average consumer's needs.

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Windows 10 update still free for Assistive Technology users

Windows 10 update still free for Assistive Technology users

Missed the free gravy train of Windows 10 updates? Feeling some regret for not grabbing the opportunity while it lasted? Don't worry. Apparently, there's a sort of "loophole" that you can use to still get the Windows 10 update for free, depending on your conscience. Microsoft has revealed that it will continue to offer the update for free for owners that use its Assistive Technologies. As luck would have it, Microsoft isn't checking whether you really do use, let alone need, those assistive features anyway.

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AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 specs and shipping unveiled

AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 specs and shipping unveiled

We've known that the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 graphics card were coming for a few weeks now, but we didn’t know key details about either of the cards. These cards were teased a bit back during the AMD E3 show. We knew the names of the cards, but that was about it. Now the specifications of the cards have been revealed and we know just about all there is to know about both.

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Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu has a very ambitious goal with Ubuntu Touch. It proposed an operating system that could work equally on any capable device, a smartphone that can truly be your computer, no holds barred. That was the promise of Convergence, which we took for a spin with the Meizu PRO 5 smartphone and, before that, the bq Aquaris M10 tablet. The results back then where disappointing yet promising. Ubuntu Touch, as it was when we reviewed these devices, still lacked that punch that would make you truly go "wow!". But, unlike other operating systems, Ubuntu is fast evolving, and the latest OTA-12 brings much needed improvements to bring us closer to true Convergence.

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Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 battery woes only a software bug, says Microsoft

"Stay Calm and Keep Updating." That seems to be the message that Microsoft, at long last, is giving baffled and irate Surface Pro 3 owners regarding their concern about the suddenly degraded battery life of their beloved 2-in-1 tablets. Rather than a cunning marketing ploy to get those to upgrade to, say, a Surface Pro 4 or even a Surface Book after their warranties run out, Microsoft simply claims it is a simple case of a software bug and that it can simply be fixed with an update. Whenever that update comes.

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LastPass browser extensions reported to be vulnerable to exploits

LastPass browser extensions reported to be vulnerable to exploits

Passwords are the first and last line of defense against getting hacked, which is why users are strongly advised to use strong and different passwords for each service. Keeping track of those, however, is more than our little brains can handle, which is why password managing services have thrived. But what if those services themselves become vulnerable? That was the situation LastPass found itself in when its web extensions were discovered to be exploitable and can be used to trick users into giving away their passwords. The good news is that LastPass has already addressed those issues, but should still serve as a warning to everyone.

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Microsoft will make Cortana mandatory in Anniversary Update

Microsoft will make Cortana mandatory in Anniversary Update

Virtual personal assistants and chatbots are all the rage these days. But while some of them, like Siri, Alexa, or even Cortana, are interesting and at times even useful, they aren't exactly suited for all situations and all devices. And yet, that is the message that Microsoft is trying to get across by forcing Cortana on all Windows 10 users, whether they like to or not. Come August 2nd, when the Anniversary Update rolls out, users will no longer be able to disable Cortana like before, ensuring that she becomes the center of all your desktop, and online, searches.

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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air wants to compete with Apple

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air wants to compete with Apple

Xiaomi is a Chinese maker of smartphones that we talk about often enough and the last time we talked about the company there were some rumors floating around about a notebook. That rumor has turned out to be true with Xiaomi officially unveiled a pair of notebook models with a Mi Notebook Air 13.3" and a Mi Notebook Air 12.5" notebook. Both of the machines are impressively thin and have nice hardware inside.

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SMS-based two-factor authentication may soon be deemed unsafe

SMS-based two-factor authentication may soon be deemed unsafe

The rise of high-profile hacking of Internet services, like the iCloudgate of recent memory, has put an emphasis on stronger security measures, like, for example, two-factor or two-step authentication. It seems, however, that not all two-factor systems are considered equal. A draft of an upcoming Digital Authentication Guideline to be published by the US National Institute for Standards and Technology or NIST may very well declare two-factor authentication that uses SMS as the second factor to be inherently insecure and, therefore, obsolete.

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Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

There is perhaps no Microsoft feature as ridiculed and as reviled as Clippy, the not so helpful, overzealous, and obnoxious "Assistant" that Microsoft introduced in its Office suite. Although Clippy has long been buried, its legacy continues, albeit in split features. Part of its mission now lives on in the Researcher and Editor features for Microsoft Word, which, as the names say, help users in their research and editing tasks. Thankfully, they are less unsavory and even less visible than Clippy.

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VAIO C15 laptop combines bold colors and high price tags

VAIO C15 laptop combines bold colors and high price tags

VAIO has introduced its new C15 laptop, and while it looks like it is only available in Japan right now, it's a model to keep an eye on. The C15 laptops feature an unusual color design, with multiple colors being paired together in bold, large stripes across the keyboards and lids. The company bids these as premium laptop offerings, and the price matches that notion: the model costs a little more than $900 USD.

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Remix OS for PC moves to Android 6.0, new features in tow

Remix OS for PC moves to Android 6.0, new features in tow

Android Nougat is around the corner and with it comes split windows. But while Google is still adjusting to having more than one app window on the screen at the same time, Jide is already perfecting its craft. With Remix OS for PC, it has brought desktop-like Android computing to PCs and Macs running on Intel and AMD chips. Now with the latest update, the giving those same computers a taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as well as improvements to its window management features.

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