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Windows 10 PowerLauncher will put Search and Run front and center

Windows 10 PowerLauncher will put Search and Run front and center

Windows isn't exactly an easy operating system to customize and bend to your will, which is why there is a market for third-party software that offer power user tools ranging from organizing windows to launching programs. Microsoft might be putting some of those out of business with the revival of its PowerToys suite, one of which will soon offer a more powerful way for users to search for things and run all sorts of commands in a single place.

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Acer targets students with Chromebook C871 and new TravelMates

Acer targets students with Chromebook C871 and new TravelMates

Acer showed up to the BETT show in London with a handful of new products aimed at students today. The first is a new 12-inch Chromebook, which is joined by a pair of new TravelMate Windows laptops. While they may not do much to excite Acer's regular customers, we could very well see these notebooks show up in classrooms after they release this year.

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Windows 10 Your Phone might soon copy and paste content across devices

Windows 10 Your Phone might soon copy and paste content across devices

Microsoft seems to have found a way to make its presence in the mobile market felt even without having a mobile platform of its own. Instead of trying and failing to make its own mobile OS, it has started to focus on making its apps and services not only available on mobile but making them actually desirable. One of the most recent examples of that is the Your Phone app for Windows 10 that might soon have yet another feature that may make it worth having on your phone.

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Today’s Windows security update is historic: NSA is why

Today’s Windows security update is historic: NSA is why

A software update released today addresses a historic report was made by the National Security Agency (NSA) to Microsoft about Windows OS. The situation is historic due to the history of the groups - this is the very first time that the United States NSA has reported a security vulnerability they've found in Windows OS to Microsoft. This is the first such report made to Microsoft by the NSA in the history of the NSA.

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These computers lose Windows 7 support starting today

These computers lose Windows 7 support starting today

Devices running Windows 7 (or older) will lose Microsoft support starting on January 14, 2020. What does that mean? According to Microsoft, your PC will "become more vulnerable to security risks" because there'll be no more "security and quality updates." As of that date, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support of any sort "for any issues" whatsoever - UNLESS you pay Microsoft a bit of cash, and you've got the right version of Windows 7.*

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Windows 7 official ends this week: what you need to do

Windows 7 official ends this week: what you need to do

Nothing lasts forever, whether good or bad. By Tuesday, one of Microsoft's less controversial Windows releases will finally be put to rest, for better or worse. Windows 7 support for everyone who didn't buy an extended support package (only available to enterprise customers) will officially end on Tuesday, January 14. And, of course, that means that anyone who wants to continue getting important security fixes and remain on the Windows platform will have to move to Windows 10 sooner rather than later.

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Windows 10 20H2 could be another minor, cleanup release

Windows 10 20H2 could be another minor, cleanup release

Windows 10 19H2, a.k.a. version 1909 a.k.a. the November 2019 update, was a small yet significant one. It was, for the first time since Windows 10 launched in 2015, an update dedicated solely to bug fixing and polish. It wasn't without its own set of showstopping bugs but, admittedly, nothing as nefarious as with other releases. It seems that the strategy has gotten positive feedback, enough for Microsoft to reportedly do the same this year with what will be the Windows 10 20H2 release.

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Facebook OS is inevitable: 3 key predictions

Facebook OS is inevitable: 3 key predictions

Facebook is a giant company with such an immense amount of cash and roster of forces that a future Facebook OS is inevitable. Today we're taking a moment to run down three key predictions having to do with a Facebook operating system, based on what we know about Facebook now and the most likely paths we'll take politically in the next several governmental bodies in the United States.

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Windows on ARM needs to tell a different story

Windows on ARM needs to tell a different story

Windows on ARM processors, which has recently taken the form of Qualcomm's Snapdragon platforms, isn't exactly a new story and, so far, it has never had its happy ending. Earlier this month, Qualcomm revealed yet another attempt to retell that tale, this time with a slight bent towards affordable Windows devices running on new 8c and 7c platforms. It could be bound to fail yet again, but it doesn't have to. In fact, the timing might be perfect but only if Qualcomm and Microsoft try to spin a different narrative.

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Windows Search Bar becomes a Bing-powered mini web browser

Windows Search Bar becomes a Bing-powered mini web browser

Cortana is really on the way out, with Microsoft continuously de-emphasis its role in its products. In the past, it featured prominently on Windows' taskbar as an assistant ready to serve you the information you need. It has now been booted out of that position and replaced by an impersonal Windows Search Bar, one that enthrones Microsoft Bing search instead and practically puts a web browser in your panel.

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Chuwi MiniBook Review: Big potential with small problems

Chuwi MiniBook Review: Big potential with small problems

Netbooks may have been short-lived but their legacy lives on in quite a number of different kinds of computing devices. On one side, Chromebooks share the same cloud-centric DNA, this time defined by Google’s platform based on what is essentially a web browser on steroids. On another side, a breed of mini-laptops have popped up, perhaps inspired by the dream of portability that Netbooks once promised. Some may scoff at their diminutive size but a niche market has proven it can be profitable though with proportionally small margins. The latest to join this fray is Chuwi MiniBook and we take a good hard look at it to see if the small laptop will be able to deliver the same impressive experiences Chuwi’s other products have so far been able to offer.

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Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

If you thought Microsoft was done with its infuriating and embarrassing nagging reminders about upgrading to Windows 10, you probably don't know Microsoft too well. It received no small amount of criticism over its aggressive campaign to get Windows 8 and 8.1 users to move to the next version that resulted in popups appearing at the most inopportune moment. History will be repeating itself mid-January when Microsoft does the same for Windows 7 users, this time with more urgency and more audacity in its strategy.

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