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Microsoft puts Chrome OS in schools on notice with $189 laptops

Microsoft puts Chrome OS in schools on notice with $189 laptops

Microsoft is taking on Google's Chrome OS direct, announcing a new push in sub-$200 notebooks that will target Chromebooks' market share in classrooms. Launching at the Best education expo today, the new range of laptops kick off from as little as $189, competing directly with affordable Chromebook hardware from ASUS, Acer, and others. However, there are also software and service updates which Microsoft expects will sweeten the deal.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade still available, but you need to be quick

Free Windows 10 upgrade still available, but you need to be quick

Back when Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft made a huge push to get those on Windows 7 and 8.1 to upgrade. Most notably, this included a promotion that offered Windows 10 upgrades for free for a year, along with the sometimes infuriating desktop pop-ups that came with it. That promotion ended some time ago, but as it turns out, there's still a way to get a free Windows 10 upgrade if you're currently on Windows 8.1.

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HTC Vive Pro revealed alongside Vive Wireless Adaptor

HTC Vive Pro revealed alongside Vive Wireless Adaptor

This afternoon HTC revealed the HTC Vive Pro, a next-level experience for virtual reality gamers. This device takes what the HTC Vive is and ramps every aspect up another notch. This includes audio, display, and hardware design. This device is the premium experience missing from the VR market today - up to the next level in every way.

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ASUS unveils Chromebox 3, Tinker Board S, and Mini PCs for 2018

ASUS unveils Chromebox 3, Tinker Board S, and Mini PCs for 2018

In the market for a tiny-but-powerful PC, a small device for DIY project, or a new Chromebox? ASUS has you covered. The company has introduced all three varieties of computing products at CES 2018, including a couple of small-form-factor (SFF) desktop PCs perfect for compact spaces, home entertainment systems, and more. The Chromebox is back as well, this time packing an 8th-generation Intel Core processor and USB-C.

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Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel isn’t exactly having a good few months as far as security goes. Just two months ago, the chip maker admitted to having discovered quite a number of severe security flaws in its firmware, specifically those related to its Management Engine. Now another, still undisclosed vulnerability has both Linux and Windows kernel programmers scrambling to put out a fix. Unfortunately, this is a case where the cure is almost, just almost, as bad as the disease, potentially causing almost all modern Intel processors to perform significantly slower than they do today.

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Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available to all

Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available to all

Microsoft's Surface Pro with built-in LTE is now available online, one of a rare breed of Windows portables with integrated WWAN connectivity. The Surface Pro with LTE Advanced was confirmed as in the pipeline back in September, a welcome return after Microsoft's last cellularly-equipped Surface was discontinued several years ago.

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NVIDIA ending driver support for 32-bit systems

NVIDIA ending driver support for 32-bit systems

The PC world is taking another step towards laying 32-bit systems to their eternal rest. Nvidia has announced that it will soon be making the switch to only supporting 64-bit operating systems, with the upcoming Version 390 of its graphics card drivers being the last to support 32-bit versions of Windows (7, 8/8.1, and 10), Linux, and FreeBSD. While 64-bit systems have been the norm for some time now, this marks a significant move away from legacy support for 32-bit.

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

Star Trek: Bridge Crew loses the VR requirement

The VR action game Star Trek: Bridge Crew just lost its virtual reality requirement, Ubisoft has announced, saying the new non-VR option is arriving as a free update. Bridge Crew lets players experience the Star Trek universe in a virtual ship, taking on a particular role within that ship to help tackle obstacles and otherwise face various in-universe challenges. Until now, you needed a high-end virtual reality headset to play the game.

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GPD WIN 2 game performance looks promising, price isn’t

GPD WIN 2 game performance looks promising, price isn’t

Chinese company GPD, short for “Game Pad Digital”, has just taken the veils off its next bid for a Windows 10 gaming handheld. The GPD WIN 2, the follow up to last year’s more or less successful first attempt, is already picking up steam. But while the handheld computer’s specs look fine on paper, the real question is whether it will be able to actually play more than just simple games. It turns out that it can, but there’s going to be a price to pay. A very literal one.

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Netflix HDR Windows 10 streaming support goes live

Netflix HDR Windows 10 streaming support goes live

Though connecting a PC to a TV to stream your favorite Netflix shows isn't as popular as it once was, many still watch shows on their Windows 10 device. Assuming that device has a display that supports High Dynamic Range (HDR), you'll now be able to watch Netflix's HDR content with it. The company announced Windows 10 HDR support today, saying it is available in both the app and Microsoft's browser.

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Windows 10 Timeline feature arrives in preview build 17063

Windows 10 Timeline feature arrives in preview build 17063

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17063, and with it comes the OS's new Timeline feature. With Timeline, Windows 10 users can view a timeline of past activities, apps, and files, making it easier to get back to what you were doing earlier. For example, if you were working on a document titled "Report.docx," that file will appear in the timeline; click on it and you'll go right back to working on it.

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Chrome comes to the Windows Store (kind of) [Update]

Chrome comes to the Windows Store (kind of) [Update]

In an interesting turn of events, Google Chrome appeared on the Windows Store today. Even though we never thought we'd see it there, it appears that Google is looking to attract some Windows Store adherents to its web browser. There are a few things that make this strange, especially when you realize that Google hasn't published an actual app to the Windows Store.

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