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HP reveals potent VR workstation and Mixed Reality headset

HP reveals potent VR workstation and Mixed Reality headset

HP kicked off the work week by making a bunch of new announcements, indicating that it's about to hit the world of VR hard. Today the company unveiled its new HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset - Professional Edition. Though it could do with a somewhat shorter name, those who are looking for a high-end VR headset might want to give this one a look.

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Surface Pro 4 flickering screen problem remains unsolved

Surface Pro 4 flickering screen problem remains unsolved

Apple and Samsung may be undergoing scrutiny for alleged planned obsolescence of their phones, but Microsoft may also have such a thing in place. Of course, that might just be a conspiracy theory, but the Surface Pro 4 has suddenly started behaving erratically after its warranty has expired, which happened to the Surface Pro 3 as well but for a different problem. Whatever the case may be, Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over Microsoft’s lack of response on the screen flickering and shaking issues that have made the 2-in-1 tablet practically unusable.

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Apple Disk II floppy drive is a Blu-ray/DVD drive in disguise

Apple Disk II floppy drive is a Blu-ray/DVD drive in disguise

While retro has always been a thing, nostalgia can only take you so far down memory lane before you have to backtrack to present day reality. Not unless you’re able to take something old and something new and put them in one glorious and totally working nod to the past. That’s exactly RetroConnector on Etsy is doing for used and pre-loved Apple Disk II boxes. But don’t bother trying to push in one of those flexible 5 1/4-inch floppies. This one only accepts CDs and DVDs.

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Apple’s Touch Bar needs to grow up

Apple’s Touch Bar needs to grow up

Apple’s biggest changes to its MacBook range in 2018 may be focused on overhauling the processors inside its notebooks, but it’s making the most of one of its most misunderstood features that I really hope changes this year. I was one of what seemed like only a few people - outside of Apple, at least - upbeat about the Touch Bar when it first arrived on the MacBook Pro in 2016, though even then it was clear there was room for improvement. Apple’s concept of a contextually changing array of shortcuts placed within easier reach of your hands on the keyboard had potential, but its first implementation felt cautiously tentative.

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Windows 10 S just got axed: Meet “S Mode”

Windows 10 S just got axed: Meet “S Mode”

Windows 10 S is being axed in favor of a so-called "S Mode" for any Windows 10 version, as Microsoft revamps the streamlined version of its OS to better challenge Chrome OS. Announced back in May 2017, Windows 10 S was the software giant's attempt to claw back customers in the education and home markets from Chromebooks, a locked-down version of the full operating system finessed for performance and security.

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New Surface Book 2 released with cheaper price

New Surface Book 2 released with cheaper price

Microsoft is filling in the gaps for buyers on a budget still wanting some Surface style today, with a new, cheaper Surface Book 2 joining the line-up. It follows in the footsteps of the new Surface Laptop that Microsoft also announced this morning, trimming specs to hit a more affordable price-point.

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Surface Laptop gets cheaper with new entry-level model

Surface Laptop gets cheaper with new entry-level model

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is a good piece of hardware, but for some, even the cheapest model may still be too expensive. The least expensive Surface Laptop model uses an Intel Core i5 processor and clocks in at $999, which may very well price it out of the budgets of some prospective buyers. That all changes today, as Microsoft has introduced a new entry-level Surface Laptop model featuring less expensive hardware.

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Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statistic

Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statistic

Windows 10 was launched in July 2015. It was off to a rocky start, but not as rocky as Windows 8 or even Windows 8.1. And definitely a lot, lot better than the now ridiculed Windows Vista. But while Microsoft might want to sing praises of Windows 10, because what else could it do, the fact remains that it still hasn’t overtaken the most popular Windows version there is. At least until now, because according to StatCounter, Windows 10 is just a tiny bit more popular than Windows 7.

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Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Steve Jobs was wrong. The stylus is far from a being a ridiculous and unnecessary accessory. OK, he wasn’t completely wrong. In the context of the tiny screen of the first iPhone and the Android phones that followed, the stylus may have indeed been more of a liability. We also owe that stylus witch hunt for pushing the user interface into more touch-friendly territory. But times have changed, screens are larger, and phones and especially tablets have become more than just content consumption devices. Even post-Jobs Apple has embraced the digital pen. It’s about time the industry rally behind the stylus, and the young Universal Stylus Initiative might just be the place to do it.

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2018 Apple roadmap leak tips more custom Mac chips

2018 Apple roadmap leak tips more custom Mac chips

Apple plans to release at least three new Mac models in 2018 that will include custom co-processor chips developed in-house, new reports suggest. The Cupertino firm has long been an Intel partner when it comes to its Mac notebooks and desktops. However, in recent years Apple has been turning its newfound mobile chipset expertise to desktop use.

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Microsoft undoes Intel’s buggy Spectre fix with emergency patch

Microsoft undoes Intel’s buggy Spectre fix with emergency patch

Microsoft undoing an Intel processor patch might seem unlikely, but that's just what an emergency update for Windows is doing because of Spectre reboots. Reports among Windows users of their PCs becoming unstable and rebooting randomly underscored quite how badly Intel's Spectre security fix had got things, with Microsoft now forced to issue an emergency Windows patch that rolls back the processor company's handiwork.

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Commercial Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro now available

Commercial Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro now available

The Surface Laptop, love it or hate it, comes with a big restriction: Windows 10 S. This version of Windows 10 is designed to provide a secure experience, but in providing that security Microsoft introduced a big restriction. Users are only able to download software from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 S; they can't grab a download from any given website. A new Surface Laptop option changes that.

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