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Wacom Bamboo Ink stylus for Windows 10 tablets now up for grabs

Wacom Bamboo Ink stylus for Windows 10 tablets now up for grabs

There is no shortage of Windows 10 tablets and 2-in-1s that support one kind of stylus or another. There is just one problem: they each have their own, using sometimes incompatible technologies. Wacom, ever the champion of styluses, has a solution. Announced last may, the Wacom Bamboo Ink pen offers a pressure-sensitive stylus to a wide plethora of Windows 10 devices from different manufacturers. The only requirement? That they support the Windows Ink.

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Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Today is the biggest day in Minecraft history - if you don't count that one time the game went mobile. This is the first day when cross-platform play is live for all major Minecraft platforms. That means that Minecraft on Xbox One, Minecraft Mobile, Minecraft VR, and Minecraft for Windows 10 are all in the same universe. As Microsoft said in a release today, "Say goodbye to 'Minecraft: Xbox One Edition' or 'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' and hello to a universal 'Minecraft!'"

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Windows 10 UWP games on Xbox One will soon be more powerful

Windows 10 UWP games on Xbox One will soon be more powerful

While Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform has largely been welcomed on the apps side of the business, it has been eyed with suspicion on the gaming front. Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney minced no words in criticizing UWP’s chilling effects on PC gaming, warning of how it could be used to turn the culture into a closed one. On the technical side of things, he points out how UWP severely limits how much of the hardware games can access. Microsoft is partly addressing that last part, but only if you’re targeting the Xbox One. In the upcoming Fall Creators Update, perhaps the worst-named update, UWP game developers will have access to more of the Xbox One’s hardware, paving the way for possibly more sophisticated, and resource-intensive, cross platform games.

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Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

A new Microsoft Surface event is headed for London as the company holds their annual "Microsoft Future Decoded" session series. This event series takes place on the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2017 at ExCeL London. Microsoft's own Panos Panay is set to speak - he's Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices, and his job is almost always to reveal the next generation in Surface tablets.

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Surface Laptop colors go global, Window 10 Pro upgrade extended

Surface Laptop colors go global, Window 10 Pro upgrade extended

A few months ago, Microsoft made a somewhat odd but totally expected announcement. Or rather, a couple of announcements. It was going to reclaim its place in Education with Windows 10 S but, at the same time, introduced a Surface Laptop that very few students would be able to afford. It was still a hit though, especially because of its colors and luscious Alcantara keyboard, which Microsoft is now bringing to more countries. At the same time, it knows that Windows 10 S won’t be to everyone’s tastes, so it is extending the deadline for the free upgrade from S to Pro until Q1 next year.

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HP Windows Mixed Reality DE Headset release date and pricing revealed

HP Windows Mixed Reality DE Headset release date and pricing revealed

This week the folks at HP have revealed the release information around their fabled HP Windows Mixed Reality Developer Edition Headset. This isn't the final edition, instead opting to use the "Developer Edition" moniker we've seen used on several of the most famous VR headsets to be released over the past several years. This headset is part of Microsoft's big Windows 10 Creator Update headed to users this Fall.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release date set, Mixed Reality too!

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release date set, Mixed Reality too!

The ship date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has been set, and it'll be bringing Mixed Reality Headsets along with it. This update will also include items like enhancements in gaming, security, and accessibility, as well as a new photos experience that accesses photos, videos, and 3D effects right out the box. This is the fourth major update to Windows 10, bringing creativity-centered features aplenty.

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Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset hands-on

Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset hands-on

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and Lenovo is hoping to ride that headset rollercoaster with the Lenovo Explorer. Its first headset to take advantage of the virtual and augmented reality technology Microsoft will bake into the Windows Fall Creators Update, the Explorer is making its official debut at IFA 2017 this week.

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Dell Latitude 7212 tablet takes ruggedness to the extreme

Dell Latitude 7212 tablet takes ruggedness to the extreme

Technology, computers, and mobile devices have permeated every part of our personal lives as well as our work, but not all devices are designed for use in some of the more extreme cases and places. Sometimes, even IP68 and MIL-STD-810G ratings aren’t enough. For those situations, you’ll want something extra, like the new Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet that doesn’t skimp on the protection, the specs or, unfortunately, the price.

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Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer has a wide array of device updates and refreshes this week, all of which are being shown for the first time at IFA 2017. The three devices I'm rounding up here are the Acer Swift 5, the Acer Spin 5, and the Acer Chromebook 15. These devices add to Acer's already-expansive collection of versatile notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible products on the market today.

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Acer Switch 7 Black Edition boasts fanless design with GeForce graphics

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition boasts fanless design with GeForce graphics

Amongst all of Acer's IFA 2017 announcements comes the Switch 7 Black Edition, a 2-in-1 detachable laptop with a slim build and what the company calls a world's first: a fanless design despite having discrete graphics. Such an achievement is thanks to Acer Dual LiquidLoop cooling tech, which keeps the Black Edition from overheating despite the lack of a fan. There's a lot to like about this model, not the least of which is its NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.

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Parallels 13, VMware Fusion 10 improve Windows on Mac experience

Parallels 13, VMware Fusion 10 improve Windows on Mac experience

Mac users might hate to admit it but, sooner or later, they will need to use software that only runs on Windows. There are a couple of ways to solve that conundrum, like dual booting macOS and Windows or running individual apps through WINE or CrossOver. But if your Mac or MacBook is powerful enough, you can also run a full blown Windows 10 installation on top of macOS. And with the new Parallels Desktop 13 and VMware Fusion 10 releases, you are promised an experience that is as good as running Windows 10 as if it were a native Mac app.

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