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Acer Aspire Switch 10 hands-on: solid and light

Acer Aspire Switch 10 hands-on: solid and light

We’ve got our hands on the Acer Aspire Switch 10 this morning and initial impressions are positive, with this device delivering a much finer connection that past Acer notebooks of the similar caliber. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-011, the model we’re seeing here,) has great viewing angles - scarcely an angle we can’t see - and the picture is both relatively sharp (at 1366 x 768 pixels) and very bright. Coloration on the display is also fine, with not too much brightness in any one hue.

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 detailed with “snap hinge”

Acer Aspire Switch 10 detailed with “snap hinge”

This week the folks at Acer have released information on their newest device, the Acer Aspire Switch 10. This device is a Windows-based device with a 10-inch display, working with a hinge that allows it to be both a tablet and a notebook. This device can have its display detached and re-attached either way, forwards or backwards.

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Microsoft Surface Mini tipped for May launch

Microsoft Surface Mini tipped for May launch

Back in September, word surfaced that Microsoft would be releasing a Surface Mini this year, something that was followed up this month with sources leaking the tablet's alleged specs. Now another leak has surfaced, this one in the form of an Amazon listing hinting at a May launch date.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Remote Desktop app allows distantly fingering PCs

Windows Phone 8.1 Remote Desktop app allows distantly fingering PCs

Windows Phone 8.1 further blurs the lines between smartphone and PC, but there's now a new remote desktop app for those times you really must have full access while you're out on the move. Microsoft's latest preview for Windows Phone can not only mimic a keyboard and mouse, but deliver up to ten points of virtual multitouch for PCs you might normally control with your fingers.

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Microsoft Live Tiles get interactive in research experiment

Microsoft Live Tiles get interactive in research experiment

Microsoft is toying with Live Tiles that are interactive, according to some videos from the company's research division's TechFest 2014 back in February. The videos were pulled by Microsoft shortly after surfacing, but copies of them live on.

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Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Starting today, users all around the world will begin to gain access to Windows 8.1 Update. This is the first major update to the Windows 8.1 system, a re-structuring of what was originally offered in the touch-friendly Windows 8. This update will be accessible through Windows Update primarily, a system which you can access by moving your cursor to the bottom-right of your display or by pulling in from the right of your display if you have a touchscreen PC or tablet.

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Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

When you have a product like Kinect, so closely associated with gaming, how do you convince everybody else that they should be installing a motion-tracking camera in the home? Microsoft is looking to smart home technology and health, among other things, to do just that with Kinect for Windows v2, though a stealthy spread through Cortana and smartphones may be just as vital. We caught up with Microsoft’s Michael Mott, general manager of Xbox applications and developer relations, to find out how virtual assistants and home automation could make Kinect-tech the next must-have.

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BUILD 2014 day one: Cortana, Universal apps, Windows 8.1 Update

BUILD 2014 day one: Cortana, Universal apps, Windows 8.1 Update

Microsoft brought on well over two hours of content to the public this week on the first day of BUILD 2014, the company’s developer conference. Here we learned about Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1, and Universal Windows Apps. We also got our first glimpse of Microsoft’s natural language personal assistant, Cortana.

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Universal Windows apps to tie Microsoft ecosystem together

Universal Windows apps to tie Microsoft ecosystem together

It would seem that Microsoft is aiming to become a much more integrated system this season with what they’re calling "universal Windows apps." Speaking for "a platform for today and tomorrow" this week at BUILD 2014, David Treadwell, CVP of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group made the case clear.

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Microsoft tells developers to “become mouse and keyboard friendly”

Microsoft tells developers to “become mouse and keyboard friendly”

Detailing the bits and pieces that’ll be appearing in the next Windows 8.1 Update this year, Microsoft showed off how they’ll no longer be so focused on touchscreen devices. While both touchscreen devices and those without touch will be supported, it was clear this week at BUILD 2014 that Microsoft was aiming for a much better middle-ground.

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Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme lineup aim for military-readiness

Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme lineup aim for military-readiness

This week the folks at Dell responsible for letting the world know about their ultra-tough notebook and tablet lineup have released the Rugged Extreme collection. First on the books is the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme - standard save it’s hardcore attitude. Then there’s the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook, one that can effectively change position for whatever job you’ve got.

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Microsoft Build 2014 is here: What to expect

Microsoft Build 2014 is here: What to expect

Microsoft's Build 2014 opens tomorrow, April 2nd, a chance for new CEO Satya Nadella to not only convince developers and the industry that his "mobile first, cloud first" strategy makes sense, but that Microsoft has the skills to deliver on it. After impressing with the Office for iPad launch, Nadella has a far bigger audience to preach The Windows Way to at Build, though there are plenty of balls in the air that he still needs to keep moving.

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