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HP recalled more batteries in January, but gov shutdown delayed news

HP recalled more batteries in January, but gov shutdown delayed news

Back in January 2018, HP recalled thousands of laptop batteries due to the risk of potentially overheating. The recall was expanded a year later with HP voluntarily recalling a number of additional batteries back in January 2019. The news was slow to reach the public, however, due to the government shutdown, which delayed the Consumer Product Safety Commission's announcement until March.

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Microsoft flips the switch on Xbox One PC streaming

Microsoft flips the switch on Xbox One PC streaming

Yesterday, Microsoft took its first step toward bringing Android apps to Windows 10 PCs through phone mirroring, and today, it's bringing PCs to Xbox One. Microsoft has updated its Wireless Display app, which has been around a few years, to support PC streaming to Xbox One consoles. There are a lot of ways this functionality could be useful, but one of the biggest advantages is that it'll let you play PC games on your TV using your Xbox One controller as an input.

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Microsoft’s hated desktop notifications are coming back to Windows 7

Microsoft’s hated desktop notifications are coming back to Windows 7

Back when Windows 10 first released, Microsoft offered free upgrades for those on Windows 7 and Windows 8. That was great, but the way it nagged users to upgrade with what felt like a stream of constant desktop pop-ups was not. If you managed to ignore those update notifications entirely and you hung on to your installation of Windows 7, get ready, because those desktop notifications are about to make a comeback.

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Android screen mirroring comes to Windows 10: Here’s what you need

Android screen mirroring comes to Windows 10: Here’s what you need

Back in October, Microsoft announced a number of new Windows 10 features that would let the OS play nice with Android smartphones. There were a few things that got our ears to perk up, but one of the most exciting announcements was the promise of Android screen mirroring within Windows 10 using the Your Phone app. It's been several months since we first heard about screen mirroring, but Microsoft is finally getting the ball rolling on it today.

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Windows 10 can rollback updates that prevent PC from starting

Windows 10 can rollback updates that prevent PC from starting

Windows 10 is both the best and the worst thing Microsoft has done with the operating system, though perhaps not as bad as ME and Vista. Updates and fixes rolled out faster but also meant they broke PCs sooner, sometimes with disastrous results. Even without deleting files silently, some updates may cause Windows 10 systems to be unable to startup properly. Now Microsoft may have also silently introduced a system that would uninstall such problematic updates when that time does come.

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Microsoft Surface for Business adds more markets, new model

Microsoft Surface for Business adds more markets, new model

Microsoft hit a goldmine with the Surface, especially the Surface Pro, and it has quickly become one of the more recognized brands in the computing market. That, however, doesn't matter much to consumers and customers if they can't get their hands on such devices without having to import from sometimes unreliable sources. Mirroring what it has done for the consumer models of its Surface products, Microsoft is now opening up shop in 11 more countries to brings its Surface for Business line to more commercial and education customers in Europe.

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Google patent reveals Project Stream controller

Google patent reveals Project Stream controller

Google is about to embark on one of its biggest web-based experiences since Chrome OS. Later this month, it is, along with Microsoft, expected to go into deeper details about Project Stream, its own brand of game streaming technology that it tested with Assassin's Creed Odyssey October last year. Now a new piece of the Stream dream falls into place thanks to a patent that shows how Google's own game controller could look like.

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Entry-level Surface Book 2 to get a quad-core refresh

Entry-level Surface Book 2 to get a quad-core refresh

It has been over a year since Microsoft launched the successor to its first ever laptop but it doesn't seem to be coming out with a new one just yet. Instead, it seems to be preparing a very small refresh to the least expensive of the line, the entry-level 13.5-inch Surface Book 2. If true, then Microsoft's Surface Book will finally be saying goodbye to the old dual-core Kaby Lake generation and hello to a quad-core Kaby Lake Refresh.

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Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Google reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10

Contrary to expectations of dramatic corporate rivalries, it's not uncommon for companies to report bugs they found on other, even rival, companies' products. Some, however, have certain policies that those other companies might disagree with. For example, Google has irked some such companies over its 0-day exploit disclosure policy but this time, it may be doing Microsoft a favor by recommending users to upgrade to Windows 10 to stay safe.

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Chrome OS is a productivity utopia but it needs one more thing

Chrome OS is a productivity utopia but it needs one more thing

Short of Fuschia really becoming a thing, Chrome OS is, for all intents and purposes, the Google OS people have been speculating about years ago. From a limited, web-centric, and almost negligible platform designed for schools, Chrome OS has fully blossomed to become a serious threat to the duopoly of Windows and Mac on desktops.

As Chrome OS expands both its software and hardware ecosystem beyond its humble roots, it has the potential to become the consumption and production platform to beat. That, however, depends on one crucial, missing piece.

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Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

The Nintendo Switch is just a fan favorite among gamers, it has also become a favorite among modders and hackers. The handheld console's extremely locked down hardware and software has actually made it more challenging and, therefore, more rewarding to break into the device. Digitally, of course. Work on getting Android to run on the Switch is already underway but getting Windows 10 on the device is more challenging, more insane, and probably less useful too.

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Windows Lite dual screen device could finally make Courier real

Windows Lite dual screen device could finally make Courier real

If there's one Microsoft dream that refuses to die, it's the stillborn Courier dual screen tablet. Even eleven years after it broke cover, the Courier keeps getting cited whenever new forms of tablets or phones come out, especially dual screen or foldable devices. Despite canceling the project in 2011, it seems that Microsoft itself hasn't gotten over it either. That kind of device might become a reality as early as this year to debut the new Windows Lite version of Windows 10.

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