How to Use a Picture as a Password in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 introduces a lot of new features that are designed to make the computing experience of an average user easier. While it misses the mark in a few cases, being able to use a PIN number or a picture as a password replacement is one of the places where Microsoft’s latest operating system […]

How to Turn Off SkyDrive Syncing in Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft first added SkyDrive syncing it expected most users to love it. It expected them to want to offload their files and settings to its servers and have them automatically sync between Windows PCs. It expected that users would want to have access to their files anywhere and everywhere they possible could. While the […]

How to Change Your Password in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is great for some users. Tablets, laptops and desktops all benefit from having a unified way to access most of the settings Windows users will come in contact with the most when using a device that is powered by the operating system. Of course, by introducing a new way of doing things […]

Chrome Stops Being Coy, Now Includes Integrated App Launcher & UI

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Many industry insiders hypothesized that it was only a matter of time before Chrome, the Google built web browser for users who don’t like Firefox or Internet Explorer, would try to make a play at completely encapsulating users in the Google experience. As of today’s release of Chrome, they were right. Starting with today’s update […]

Where We’ll See Windows 9? Microsoft Opens Registration for BUILD 2014

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Microsoft has finally opened registration for BUILD 2014, the developer show and presentation that it’s expected to use to formally announce the next version of Windows 9, codenamed Windows Threshold. Ticket sales for the two-day event went on sale today. Instead of holding the event in its own backyard, the company will once again ask […]

Sony Introduces New VAIO Flip 11A 2-in-1

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Sony’s newly unveiled VAIO Flip 11A convertible could be the best way to experience Windows 8.1 as long as users aren’t concerned about heft and weight. Announced during the company’s press event at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show, the $799 tablet-turned ultrabook includes some of the best technology from across Sony’s different businesses. The VIAO […]

ThinkPad 8 Delivers Full Windows 8 Productivity in a Small Package (Video)

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 isn’t just another small-screened tablet meant to bridge the gap between traditional Windows functionality and the portability that users now crave. Instead, Lenovo is aiming the newly released 8-inch convertible tablet squarely at business users. Announced and showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show this morning, the $399 ThinkPad 8 takes the traditional […]

Lenovo Y50 & Y40 Gaming Laptops Announced

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Gamers looking for powerful, affordable notebooks to suit their many needs will soon have two more options in the 15-inch Lenovo Y50 which will join the equally powerful 14-inch Lenovo Y40. Just a few years ago, high-performance gaming laptops would cost consumers thousands of dollars. Now, those looking to get the most out of their […]

Acer Reveals Massive 27-inch 2560 x 1440 Android PC

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Following the release of a similar product last year at CES, today Acer just announced an all-new 27-inch Android tablet PC that they hope will take over your desktop. Offering an HD monitor for regular PC users that doubles as a large Android tablet. The new Acer TA272HU 27-inch device is what you’d consider an […]

These Trends Defined Microsoft in 2013

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No matter which way you look at it, 2013 came to define Microsoft. Some have claimed that it was the company’s decision to mostly continue the road it began driving down with Windows 8 that marked the company’s resurgence as an actual contender for top-teir technology company. Others feel that the Microsoft’s endeavors weren’t defined […]

2 Weeks With The Surface Pro Have Left Me Questioning Everything

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Having declared that users in the market for a new PC make it a point to track down and purchase an affordable convertible instead of laptops and desktops, two weeks ago I took my own advice and picked up Microsoft’s first-generation Surface Pro. My experience has been exciting. There have been times when I’ve thought […]

How to Reset Your Password in Windows 8

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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 introduced a lot of new ways for users to do things. In some cases it makes activities, like searching or setting wallpaper, a lot easier. Unfortunately, password recovery isn’t one of those things. Don’t misunderstand, the process in unlocking a Windows 8 machine that has a forgotten password isn’t more […]

How Windows 8 Gets More Apps: Microsoft’s Project Siena

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Debuting with Windows 8, the Windows Store is the only way that Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT users can download apps designed for the new Windows Start Screen and app platform. That’s why Microsoft’s newly released Project Siena is such a big deal. In theory, Windows 8 users should see a serious uptick in available apps thanks to the […]

2-In-1 Windows Machine Is Your Best Bet This Holiday Season

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For years, laptops have been the standard way by which most users get things done. They were the answer to everything modern computer users needed last decade. Though they featured a subset of the computing power users could harness with a full-size desktop computer, laptops and notebooks managed to shrink computing power into a package […]

For Windows To Grow, PC Makers Will Need Apple Know-How

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The Windows market is a rather complicated, and crowded place. Each year a hand full of the world’s biggest consumer electronics makers announce a new slate of devices that promise to do everything from making little tasks quicker, to embracing the latest and greatest technologies designed to keep the laptop and desktop form factor relevant. […]

The Real Cost of Returning the Start Menu to Windows

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When Microsoft first removed the Start Menu in builds of Windows 8, I flinched. It’s presence had been drilled into my very existence. Every computer I ever touched had that Start Button and its accompanying area of shortcuts and deep links in the right hand corner. On the other hand: this was the birth of […]

GameFly Gets PC Gamers Into the Holiday Spirit With Custom Bundles

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GameFly, the world’s leading service for users looking to rent disc-based video games, isn’t leaving gaming-related deals to Sony, Microsoft and Steam. Instead, the service is taking on those vendors with special Build Your Own Bundles that feature titles from Ubisoft, Rockstar, Square Enix, Valve and more. Here’s how it works, any PC user can […]

Free Windows Phone & Windows RT Rumored, Could Heat Up Competition

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Microsoft could allow manufacturers to create devices running Windows Phone and Windows RT absolutely free of charge, according to recent reports. Reports of Microsoft dropping the licensing fees it charges Windows Phone and Windows RT partners surfaced this week in a report from The Verge. Citing sources with “familiar with Microsoft’s plans,” it’s the publications […]

The Start Menu Could Be On Its Way Back to Windows

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Microsoft will restore the Start Menu and change-up the versions of Windows that it makes available to users and businesses. At least that’s according to Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, who shared what he’s heard about the next big update to Windows earlier today. According to Thurrot’s report, Windows “Treshold,” what’s he believes to be a […]

Microsoft Store’s Dell Venue 8 Pro Deal Sells Out Almost Immediately

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Buyers who had a feeling that the Microsoft Store’s deal on the Dell Venue 8 Pro wouldn’t last long were right. As of now, the Microsoft Store’s website is completely out of stock, ending one of the best deals on a tablet running Windows we’ve ever seen. Announced last week, the first phase of the […]