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Windows 10 Mobile reaches its end of life on Tuesday

Windows 10 Mobile reaches its end of life on Tuesday

It will be an end of an era at Microsoft next week, an era that may have divided the company and the tech community far too long. Come Tuesday, December 10, all Windows 10 Mobile devices, be it for consumers or for the enterprise, will no longer be supported. With Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile behind it, Microsoft may finally be free to focus on its next strategy for mobile, which seems to be about building apps around a common Fluent design that will look and work well on its upcoming Surface devices.

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New ‘latest’ Hulu ‘won’t work on this device’ list drop

New ‘latest’ Hulu ‘won’t work on this device’ list drop

In late 2019, Hulu decided to split their app into two versions. They called these versions "Classic Hulu app" and "the latest Hulu app" in support documentation. Every device Hulu supports for the "latest" Hulu app will have access for years to come, more than likely. This includes Apple TV (4th gen and later), Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 (not including live programming), Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 devices, Echo Show, Chromecast, and a variety of others. What we're interested in here is the latest guidance from Hulu on devices on which "New" Hulu will and will not work.

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Qualcomm targets affordable Windows notebooks with Snapdragon 8c & 7c

Qualcomm targets affordable Windows notebooks with Snapdragon 8c & 7c

Qualcomm isn't giving up on putting its Snapdragon chips into laptops and 2-in-1 tablets, with the new Snapdragon 8c and 7c Compute platforms promising more options for the mainstream and entry-level. Joining the Snapdragon 8cx, the new chipsets will enable Windows notebooks and other form-factors with all-day battery life, baked-in cellular connectivity, and fanless designs.

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Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Foldable phones are a hot topic in the mobile market but they are still far from something that most consumers will be able to use, let alone afford. It will be quite a while before flexible screens become reliable and durable enough to meet the standards of those who can afford them. In the meantime, a different breed of foldable phones, those with dual screens, is sparking up some interest, especially with Microsoft's long-awaited Courier, or Surface Duo rather. That admittedly eccentric and niche phone runs the risk of becoming a spectacular dud unless Microsoft takes the time to learn from LG's dual screen foray.

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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

That didn't take long. Windows 10 updates have become somewhat of a joke, breaking as many things as it tries to fix, all despite Microsoft's stated goal of making Windows more secure and more stable with its "Windows as a Service" strategy. The company has just started rolling out the latest and last major feature update for the year and while there have been no major file-deleting issues reported so far, smaller issues are starting to pop up just as the newest Windows 10 makes its way into more and more computers.

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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Since Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft has adopted a release schedule that saw two major Windows updates per year along with rolling fixes and patches as they come. That proved to be rather problematic in terms of software quality and Microsoft stepped on the breaks just a bit to deliver more fixes and fewer features in this year's second and last Windows 10 release. That update has started to roll out to users and, given Microsoft's past history, it might also be a good time to backup your PC and make sure drivers are updated first.

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Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

This year's second and final major Windows 10 update may be about polish and fixes but it seems that Microsoft is gathering quite a number of exciting new features to dump on users next year. As always, Windows Insiders are users' first line of defense against potential file-eating or showstopping bugs. For their troubles, they also get first dibs on new features that have yet to be enjoyed by the rest of us, like the return of PowerToys' a Bluetooth-less Your Phone screen function, and expressive Japanese emoticons (kaomojis).

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Samsung Galaxy Book Flex delivers first QLED to a laptop, plus an S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex delivers first QLED to a laptop, plus an S Pen

There's a set of new Samsung Galaxy Book Flex notebook devices - laptops, if you prefer - with Samsung's own "QLED display" panels front and center. These are the first laptops to have QLED panels - they're brighter than you'll likely ever even possibly want them to be at max 600-nit. These laptops also work like wireless charging pads for wireless charging-capable smartphones, tablets, and etcetera.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Ion revealed with striking simplicity, QLED display

Samsung Galaxy Book Ion revealed with striking simplicity, QLED display

Samsung revealed two new laptop lines today, bringing QLED display panels to laptops for the first time ever. In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex (which we've spoken of in a separate article), Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion. The Ion is nearly as striking to see as its Flex brethren, with sharp corners and an "Aura Silver" color - with a hint of some deep, wild cool tones (blues, greens) for accent tones.

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Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

A few weeks ago, Microsoft revealed a number of innovative Surface products, from its easier to repair Surface Laptop 3 to the ARM-powered Surface X to, of course, its pair of dual-screen devices. The form factor of the Surface Neo naturally required a different form of Windows. That was called Windows 10X and it was believed to be exclusive to an upcoming breed of such dual-screen devices. It turns out, however, that Windows 10X might be coming to traditional "clamshell" laptops, too, which might not actually sit well with some Windows users.

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Surface Duo and Surface Neo to skip 5G, so have a good camera instead

Surface Duo and Surface Neo to skip 5G, so have a good camera instead

Microsoft definitely wowed the crowd when it presented its already functional prototypes of its dual-screen devices, the Windows 10X Surface Neo and the Android Surface Duo. It has generated a lot of excitement as well as a lot of speculation given the gap between the announcement and the very late 2020 launch. Microsoft is naturally coy on some matters but Surface head Panos Panay is setting the record straight on at least one feature that won't be there: 5G.

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Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Talon Review: Custom done right

Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Talon Review: Custom done right

The Falcon Northwest 20th Anniversary Edition Talon is not a mobile PC. It's a heavy beast, made with 4mm thick aluminum plating and optional glass panels, coming in at around 40-pounds in all. The folks at Falcon Northwest made a name for themselves with custom-painted, custom-built, meticulously detailed high-end PCs. As their 20th Anniversary Edition Talon build was launched here in the second half of 2019, we decided to put their team to work on creating a build that was not only stocked with a powerful set of innards, but a custom-painted exterior to boot.

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