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Hands-on: HP’s Spectre 13 x2 is the first fanless detachable Haswell notebook

The HP Spectre 13 x2 hybrid ultrabook/tablet gets the distinction of being the first fanless, ventless Haswell convertible, which is an achievement considering how thin it is. It will be available for pre-order October 16th, releasing soon after that, and will start at $1,099. The hybrid version looks a lot like the regular ultrabook Spectre […]

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Toshiba’s $330 Encore tablet: 8 inches of Bay Trail processing power

Toshiba is the second company to introduce an 8 inch Windows tablet, and the first to announce a model that will be powered by Intel’s upcoming Bay Trail processor. The Toshiba Encore tablet is expected to go on sale for $330 starting in November. It follows the Acer Iconia W3 tablet into the 8 inch […]

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Firefox for Windows Windows 8 Metro finally coming… in December

Mozilla is finally preparing to launch a version of the Firefox web browser designed to run in the Windows 8 full-screen “Modern” or “Metro” user interface. While Mozilla’s been working on the software for well over a year, it won’t launch until more than a year after Windows 8 hit the streets. In fact, the […]

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Lilbits (8-12-2013): The uncertain future of BlackBerry

There was a time when BlackBerry devices dominated the smartphone space. But the past few years have been tough for the company, with growing competition from Apple’s iPhone and an army of Android devices. BlackBerry’s brief foray into the tablet space wasn’t exactly a home run either. So what’s a struggling company to do? In […]

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Windows launches 8.1 Preview as a free download

Microsoft has released a preview version of Windows 8.1. It’s available as a free update from the Windows Store, and Microsoft will also offer a free downloadable ISO if you want to install the software on a computer that’s not already running Windows 8. Download information is available at the Windows site, and while you […]

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Hands-on with the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 (video)

Samsung says its ATIV Tab 3 is the thinnest Windows 8 tablet around, and measuring about 0.32 inches thick, you could easily mistake this for an Android or Windows RT tablet. But thanks to the Intel Atom processor, you should get up to 8.5 hours of battery life and the ability to run virtually any […]