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Microsoft has released an out-of-band security patch to all version of Windows to close a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specific type of webpage.
Samsung has announced two new tablets that will go head to head with Apple's iPads. The 8-inch and 9.7-inch tablets will become available globally next month, though pricing hasn't been announced.
When Windows 8 was released, Microsoft allowed apps to be installed on up to 81 devices but with Windows 10, they are cutting back and only letting you install apps on up to 10 machines.
Microsoft has finally enabled TLS support in its Mail application which was missing from the Windows 8 and 8.1 versions of the app, making it a bit future-proof as more servers drop support for SSL.
Mozilla has revealed that it's developing a version of its Firefox browser for Windows 10 - but this does call to mind Firefox for Windows 8, which took two years to arrive, and was then cancelled.
According to the latest Gartner report, the overall market will grow slower than expected this year, but two and a half billion devices, including PCs, smartphones and tablets, will still get sold.
The full metal body of the Surface 3 makes it one of the best designed Windows tablets on the market, paired with great features like the three-position kickstand, microSD, full-sized USB, and more.
The last full month of only Windows 8 being available to consumers has wrapped up and with Microsoft making a strong push with Windows 10, Windows 8 market share has peaked at a little over 16%.
The modern version of Skype - the one that could be downloaded from the Store in Windows 8 - is being killed off in favor of its more powerful desktop counterpart. The move takes place on July 7th.
The K400 Plus is designed for the living room with a range of ten meters from your TV, offering battery life of up to 18 months, and compatibility with Windows 7/8/10, Android 5.0 and Chrome OS.
Facebook integration - including contact/calendar sync, and the ability to share to the social network - is no longer supported within Windows and other Microsoft services, after recent API changes.
The ATM Industry Association has announced that the ATMs running on older Windows versions will be upgraded to Windows 10 when it becomes available as part of its 2020 migration plan.
Microsoft has officially opened up the reservation process for Windows 10 and when the window pops up, here are the steps you will need to complete to reserve your copy of the OS.
Microsoft has started advertising Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8 users with a popup that allows the user to reserve their copy of Windows 10 by following the instructions in the prompt.
Age of Empires: Castle Siege, a touch-centric take on the popular real time strategy game is making the jump to iOS with iPad and iPhone apps. It's currently rolling out to Canada with more to follow.
The Tronsmart USB Smart Charger claims to be capable of adapting to whatever is plugged into it. But does it work? Read our review of the Tronsmart USB Smart Charger to find out!
Samsung has accidentally posted a changelog which included information on one of their unreleased tablets, the Samsung Tab S2. The S2 is set to be announced next month in two different screen sizes.
Microsoft pulled out all the iterations of Windows 10 today at its Ignite conference and one demo included Windows 10 on smaller tablets that now features UI updates based on Insider feedback.
Microsoft announced at Build 2015 that they will have one billion devices running Windows 10 in 2-3 years, but digging into the numbers, the achievement wouldn't be all that impressive.
More set-top box than tablet, the X8 is an unusual Windows 8.1 device that connects to your TV, and is expected to cost under $100 - and a version that dual-boots Windows and Android is on the way.
According to a new listing on the Microsoft Store website, Microsoft Band owners will soon have new ways to view their health and fitness data thanks to new apps for Xbox One, Windows 8, and iPad.
Samsung has announced two new additions to their Galaxy Tab lineup, the Galaxy Tab A 8" and Galaxy Tab A 9.7", with mostly mediocre specs but with a change to a 4:3 aspect ratio.
Panasonic has announced some big updates to its Toughpad 4K tablets, with Intel Broadwell processors, up to 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HDMI-in and a 20-inch display with 3840x2560px resolution.
Microsoft has confirmed they plan to launch an unlocked global version of their new Surface 3 LTE tablet for the first time in the history of the Full Windows tablet range.
After nearly a year, the discontinued Windows XP still has more market share than Windows 8 and 8.1 combined - but its dwindling market share indicates that people may finally be ready to move on.
Windows tablets have dropped considerably in price over the past few years and the 8in EVE T1 is an entry level device that left us happy even if it does cut a few corners.
While Ebola might not be at the forefront of the news in the U.S, the disease is still rampant in West Africa. But, a tablet designed to withstand the elements is aiming to improve work in the field.
Hoping to highlight how far the industry has come is Dell's Venue 8 7000, arguably one of the best looking Android tablets to date, powered by Intel's Atom Z3580 quad-core processor.
Can deals get any crazier than this? For $79 you can pick up the Windows 8.1 loaded HP Stream 7 tablet and receive two freebies worth more than the price you paid for it.
Qualcomm's dominance over the smart device industry may be coming to an end, if not at the hands of Samsung and Intel then it's definitely at the hands of the ever-growing juggernaut MediaTek.
Windows 8 was nearly a complete failure on every front; it cost two high-ranking executives their jobs, failed to secure Microsoft's mobile future and failed to build a truly successful app store.
Figures for Q4 2014 show that Windows devices now make up 9% of the global tablet market with over 6 million shipments, including over 2 million Surface tablets - and further growth is predicted.
Even though ARM devices with Windows RT are no longer being built, a Microsoft spokesperson reiterates that the company is still committed to support the OS with updates in the future.
With the Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 out of the race, rumors of a 10.1 inch tablet running Windows 10 have emerged. The specifications of the said device have also been revealed in benchmarks.
The 2014 ThinkPad Helix features largely the same feature set as its predecessor, but Lenovo claims it's now 15% slimmer and will last several hours longer on battery. It's also much cheaper.
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has confirmed that Windows 10 devices with screens smaller than 8 inches will lack the desktop, while devices with 8-inch and larger screens will keep it.
With the launch of the January Technical Preview of Windows 10, users have a new way to update to the latest version of the OS: by using Windows Update. This works for Windows 8 as well as Windows 7.
In a statement to Neowin, a Microsoft spokeswoman has confirmed Windows 10 will work on the following types of ARM devices: "phones, phablets and small tablets up to 8 inches."
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will be made available as a free upgrade for all users on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 for its first year of availability.
Microsoft has slammed Google for publishing a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1, saying it was just days out from a fix and the disclosure was a "gotcha", instead of protecting customers.
It's not uncommon for technology companies to borrow ideas from each other but what the team at Jide did is ripoff nearly everything the Surface has done, right down to the marketing themes.
Nokia opened pre-orders for its new Android tablet yesterday - but it has already sold out, with all 20,000 available units being snapped up in 4 minutes, and a waiting list of over 560,000 customers.
The number of tablet users is still growing at a great speed, but not for long, due to abundance in developed markets, as well as competition from other mobile devices like phablets and hybrids.
The French multinational company has recently announced it will bring affordable 4G mobile devices to the upcoming CES, and they carry impressive specifications for their price.
Considering the growing number of diseases caused by insufficient use of public toilets in India, the Indian government is taking steps to use technology to assess and track toilet use in the country.
A researcher from Google has published a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 that is said to allow for elevated privileges, and now how to execute the flaw has been made public.
A new Windows 8.1 tablet has gone on sale in the UK for just £49 - including a free Office 365 subscription (and unlimited OneDrive storage) that's actually worth more than the device itself.
A man stole an Android tablet from a charity shop in Tyneside, England, but had to return it after eight days. The reason was brilliantly ridiculous: he couldn't figure out how to operate it.
To continue our holiday celebration, this week we're giving away the HP EliteDesk 800 Deskop Mini. Entering is easy, so take a look inside and you could be the lucky winner of a new desktop!