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It's a rare, satisfying feeling when a community rallies together to ask a company to bring back a discontinued product and it actually works. Today is one of those days: Dell announced at PAX that it's bringing back the Alienware 18 -- the most powerful portable gaming machine the company's ever...

August 27th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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For years, the wisdom has been that if you wanted a dedicated gaming machine, you bought a desktop. Gaming components were too unwieldy to fit in a notebook form factor, and if you tried to put together a machine with desktop-caliber components, it always ended up too big and heavy to be truly por...

August 26th 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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When Windows 95 launched on Thursday August 24th 1995 (the clue's in the name), Mortal Kombat was the surprise box office hit, TLC was top of the charts, and Microsoft was pushing its new operating system with a $250 million publicity campaign. Start buttons everywhere, buying the rights to The Ro...

August 24th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Windows 10 is facing some fierce resistance from a few of the most dedicated torrenting communities. As TorrentFreak reports, the private torrent tracker iTS has banned its members from using the operating system over what it considers to be "terrible" new anti-privacy policies. These stem largely...

August 24th 2015 at 7:17am 0 Comments
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In a rare instance of following Microsoft's lead this generation, Sony is opening up a beta program for its game console firmware updates. If you want to help test the next patch all you need to do is fill out an application, own a PlayStation 4 and wait. A post on the PlayStation Blog notes that...

August 19th 2015 at 9:35pm 0 Comments
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Windows is transitioning from something that you buy once every few years to a service that's updated on a regular basis. Windows 10 has only been out for a few weeks but already Microsoft's got the follow-up ready for selected users to test. If you're a member of the Windows Insider program, you...

August 19th 2015 at 6:50am 0 Comments
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When Sony announced that it was spinning off its PC business, many mourned the passing of the premium -- but not quite best-selling -- VAIO series. The company was reborn in Japan, focusing on far less PC models (only two at the start), and a Made In Japan ethic that stretched from design to manuf...

August 19th 2015 at 1:57am 0 Comments
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Our last buyer's guide update had a pretty solid list of laptops, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? We do have a couple of new additions to spice things up, however. We felt compelled to add the agile ASUS Chromebook Flip, which serves up a 360-degree rotatable touchscreen and killer batt...

August 17th 2015 at 5:44pm 0 Comments
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"Namaste!" That was how ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih greeted some 2,000 fans at his "ZenFestival" event in New Delhi last week. And yes, he yelled on stage, just as he always does, with a generous helping of buzzwords and "thank yous." And there have been other memorable moments. One time, Shih "per...

August 16th 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Hard drives are as ubiquitous as the desktops or they're made for. But as technology evolves, manufacturers continue to make these faster and smaller than ever before. Case in point: Samsung, which has developed the world largest hard drive, packing 16TB of storage in a 2.5-inch format. While the...

August 14th 2015 at 12:27pm 0 Comments
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Yes, we know: A bunch of phones just came out. Don't worry, we'll be reviewing those shortly. In the meantime, we have a handful of items we'd like to induct into our buyer's guide. Included among them: not one, but two laptops, including the impressive Chromebook Flip and MSI's GT80 Titan gaming...

August 14th 2015 at 11:42am 0 Comments
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Evernote's been beta testing a redesigned web interface since last October. But, after nearly a year of experimenting with the fresh look, the company is finally ready to make it available to all its users starting this week. The main purpose of the new web client is to be "distraction-free," acco...

August 14th 2015 at 1:56am 0 Comments