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Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

It has mostly been all about smartphones these past months, but Microsoft, unsurprisingly, still doesn’t have one. Instead, it has chosen to focus on its Surface line of portable computers instead, despite how analysts and observers are claiming they are on the way out. Just last month, it unveiled the Surface Book 2, which was thought would actually never come to pass. Now it is doing one better, by making the souped-up 2-in-1 laptop available for pre-order, promising that it isn’t an empty promise at all.

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eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero's mesh router wants to be your internet watchdog as well as getting all your gadgets online, with the addition of new security tools to the company's eero Plus subscription service. Launched alongside the second-generation eero system earlier this year, eero Plus started out with two of what the company said were users biggest demands: whole-home network security, and parental controls with content filtering.

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CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

One of the biggest criticisms of Chromebooks was on how they looked like a laptop but didn’t act like one. At least not like typical Windows or macOS laptops. That might be an unfair comparison but it points out one of the platform’s biggest flaws: the lack of software. Google has partly solved that by enabling Android apps on Chrome OS. The other part of the solution is coming from software developers CodeWeavers, who is making the beta version of their CrossOver for Chrome OS available to the public, allowing Chromebook owners to run some of the most popular and widely-used Windows programs on their laptops.

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Star Wars Titan Xp GPUs appear just in time for The Last Jedi

Star Wars Titan Xp GPUs appear just in time for The Last Jedi

It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Not only do we have Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi coming up in a little over a month, but today NVIDIA revealed a new pair of collector's edition Titan Xp GPUs that carry a Star Wars theme. There's more than just branding associated with these new cards, as both of them have been modeled after famous lightsabers from the Star Wars universe.

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Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AiO with AMD Ryzen: a PC ready for VR

Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AiO with AMD Ryzen: a PC ready for VR

Dell has launched a new all-in-one desktop that, at its highest configurations, is capable of powering all your virtual reality needs. The particular model we got our hands on features an AMD Ryzen 7, among other things, and we've put it through the paces to see what all this beast can handle. Will the Dell Inspiron 27 7000 meet all your needs or leave you wanting? Read our review to find out!

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Intel and AMD team on potent gaming chipset

Intel and AMD team on potent gaming chipset

Intel and AMD have teamed up unexpectedly to make a brand new chipset that puts AAA gaming performance into more portable laptops. Though the two companies have been long-standing foes, battling for dominance in desktop and notebook processors, this new addition to the 8th Gen Intel Core family has Intel's CPU but a custom AMD GPU. They're joined by a new bridge specially designed to speed up intercommunications.

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Broadcom makes $130bn Qualcomm bid: Why it matters to Apple

Broadcom makes $130bn Qualcomm bid: Why it matters to Apple

Get ready for a big shake-up in what's inside your next smartphone, as Broadcom makes a huge bid to snap up silicon rival Qualcomm. The proposal comes in at a whopping $130 billion, and would see two of the most prolific semiconductor companies combine. It's big news for shareholders, but could give clients of the two firms - like Apple - some sleepless nights.

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Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

If you're still a Window 7 or 8 user that's been putting off the eventual upgrade to Windows 10, your chance to do so for free will soon be over. Microsoft has stated that there is now an end date for its last remaining offer to upgrade to its newest operating system at no cost. After offering Windows 10 for free to Windows 7/8 users for over a year, followed by a loophole that extended the timeframe from last July until now, a cut-off date has been set: December 31st, 2017.

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HTC Vive standalone headset could launch this month

HTC Vive standalone headset could launch this month

There has been a lot of attention shed on mixed and augmented reality these days, especially with Microsoft’s big push and the launch of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s own ARCore. Even Samsung has seemingly decided to go with the flow, announcing its support for ARCore. HTC, however, is firmly staying within virtual reality territory and might, in fact, try to secure a better foothold in less than two weeks. According to a leaked invitation, HTC’s Vive Developer Conference this month could very well see the launch of its first standalone Vive headset. At least the one for China.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti review round-up: Is it worth it?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti review round-up: Is it worth it?

Today is a pretty exciting day for NVIDIA fans, as the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has arrived to take a few swings at AMD's Vega 56 platform. In many cases, Vega 56 was able to go toe-to-toe with the original GTX 1070, even exceeding it in terms of power in a few different tests. The GTX 1070 Ti seems almost single-mindedly crafted to turn that match on its head, so does it succeed in those efforts?

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Microsoft might become the headphone jack’s savior

Microsoft might become the headphone jack’s savior

Being a savior of anything is probably the last thing you will think of when talking about Microsoft. In fact, history would prove it has destroyed more things, dreams included, than saved anything. But if this latest patent filed by Redmond becomes reality, it might just end up turning the losing battle in the headphone jack’s favor. That is, if it can indeed implement a 3.5 mm port that can change its shape as needed and require very little electrical contacts to work.

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Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is here, for business customers

Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is here, for business customers

The Surface line of 2-in-1 tablets have changed over the years, but two things have remained constant: it’s hinge design and its lack of cellular connectivity. One of those changes today as Microsoft finally announces the launch of is long-awaited LTE-enabled Surface Pro model. In fact, it actually comes with LTE Advanced, a.k.a. LTE-A. But before you go scrambling for your credit card, you should probably know two things. One, it won’t be available until December. Two, Microsoft is aiming it at its business customers only for now.

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