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Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

This year is the year of fingerprints for security - if it weren't already abundantly clear, here's another bit of proof. This is the VeriMark Fingerprint Key by Kensington. This device is just about as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets - or as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets when it's not already embedded into a device. This fingerprint scanner is a USB dongle - and it lets the user log in to their notebook.

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Razer Tiamat headsets V2 include directional audio and pretty lights!

Razer Tiamat headsets V2 include directional audio and pretty lights!

Two new headsets have been revealed by Razer with a similar look, but very different aims - one for hardcore PC gamers, the other for cross-platform play. Both go by the name Tiamat, and both are made for heavy-duty audio and comfort. Tiamat headsets come in 7.1 V2 and 2.2 V2 editions, the former coming with a higher price tag and more features, the latter coming with a slightly more basic set of features for a lower price.

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MS Paint is not dead (yet), just moving

MS Paint is not dead (yet), just moving

Microsoft was probably touched by the sudden outburst of love and passion coming from the creative community in support for Microsoft Paint, a.k.a. MS Paint, a.k.a. just Paint. A painting program that is both loved and ridiculed, the program has been around for more than 30 years, acting as the default and sometimes only recourse of those who need a quick paint job on newly installed or very pristine Windows computers. Unsurprisingly, there was much outcry when news went out that Microsoft was deprecating Paint in favor of Paint 3D. Now Microsoft has come to out to officially say that they aren't killing MS Paint. You will just have to look for it yourself from the app store.

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Microsoft Paint is dead: Just what does “deprecated” mean?

Microsoft Paint is dead: Just what does “deprecated” mean?

Windows 10 Creators Update listed Microsoft Paint as one of the features deprecated in the near future. After 32 years with Windows - is it finally time to say goodbye to Paint? Not entirely - not just yet, anyway. Microsoft Paint's move to the Deprecated list means it's no longer in active development, and "might be removed in future releases. Paint isn't being tossed into the bone pile with this update, but it might well head there soon.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to remove several OS features

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to remove several OS features

The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will be released in the coming weeks, and Microsoft promises it will include new features not only for creatives, but improvements to accessibility, security, and UI as well. Unfortunately, there are several existing features of the operating system that will be getting removed or deprecated with the update. Most of them are aging and no longer being developed, or they're being folded into other tools and applications.

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Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

Microsoft swats Russia’s Fancy Bear with ingenious legal takedown

It's time for Putin's hackers to be on the receiving end of the beatdown stick of digital attacks this week. The folks behind the attack come from Microsoft, and the Russian hacker team goes by the name Fancy Bear. Yes, Fancy Bear, a name that's brought relative shame to the Democratic National Convention's game, also known as the Kremlin's cyber spy team. But Microsoft isn't attacking with "the cyber" - they're attacking with... the law!

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Review: The anti-MacBook Pro

Microsoft Surface Laptop Review: The anti-MacBook Pro

Microsoft knows how to make sleek hardware. If the Surface Book is handsome but bulky, and the Surface Pro is more minimalistic but suffers a less-compelling keyboard, then the Surface Laptop falls happily in-between. You don't get a fancy detachable display, no, or even a 360-degree hinge. Instead, it's a neatly finished, beguiling traditional laptop form-factor with some eminently pleasing material decisions.

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Windows 10 older CPU cut-off: what you need to know

Windows 10 older CPU cut-off: what you need to know

Microsoft's newest way of working with Windows - Windows 10 specifically - limits the hardware a person can use if they want updates. This might not seem crazy to the average PC user - it might even make a lot of sense in a very basic way. You want new software, you need new hardware, right? Not quite so fast there, buckaroo.

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GPD Pocket sales start now: the mini Windows 10 PC hits (online) shelves

GPD Pocket sales start now: the mini Windows 10 PC hits (online) shelves

If netbooks were any indication, tiny things are fun and people can't resist buying them. That notion was reinforced with the massively success crowdfunding campaign for the GPD Pocket, a miniature 'laptop' with a display scarcely larger than some smartphones. The laptop is now available to buy online, making it available to anyone who needs a super small laptop during times when a phone won't do.

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You can easily install Ubuntu Linux inside Windows 10 soon

You can easily install Ubuntu Linux inside Windows 10 soon

If you’re the sort of technophile that follows Microsoft’s every movement on the Windows front, then you’re probably well aware of how many times Redmond froze hell over with its professed love for Linux and open source. Now it has done so again by making it almost too easy to install Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions around, right from within the Windows Store, as if you were just installing an app.

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New Windows 10 preview build features UI, Edge improvements

New Windows 10 preview build features UI, Edge improvements

Users in Microsoft's Windows Insider program have received a nice big update this week, focusing on features and improvements expected to be released with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in September. Known as build 16237, the update includes lots of smaller tweaks and fixes, including input and task manager changes, but the big focus is on Windows Shell and the Microsoft Edge browser.

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Nokia “Mercury” was the Surface Mini Microsoft should have done

Nokia “Mercury” was the Surface Mini Microsoft should have done

Not all devices, even those highly leaked ones, see the light of day. Some get unceremoniously abandoned on the cutting room floor. Last week, we caught a glimpse of the much fabled and sadly still-born Microsoft Surface Mini. Now we're being treated to another canceled 8-inch Windows device, the Nokia "Mercury", which would have become the Lumia 2020. Unfortunately for Nokia, it never came to be. Unfortunately for Microsoft, this could have been a better hit.

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