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By Chetan Shah | A collection of the best tech news focusing on PCs, ultrabooks, tablets, mobiles, software and upcoming trends and technologies.

HP Spectre X2 review (2017): A more refined Surface clone

The HP Spectre X2 is, in many ways, the ideal way to counteract Microsoft's Surface lineup. It retains the slick, high-end style that we loved from the original model, while improving things a bit to make it much more user friendly. Its unique design is a way for HP to show it can make premium …

Laptops

ASUS ROG Zephyrus review: Gaming laptops will never be the same again

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus is an entirely new breed of gaming notebook. It packs the most powerful laptop graphics hardware available, NVIDIA's GTX 1080, into a chassis that's almost half the size of similar machines. Mostly that's due to being one of the first notebooks to feature NVIDIA's Max-Q design …

Laptops

1.45-inch ASUS ZenWatch 2 wraps it up with Android Wear 2.0 - Pocketnow

And then there were two.<p>The Moto 360 Sport and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE are the two eligible smartwatches left that have yet to receive …

Wearable Tech

Windows 10 support could end early on some Intel systems | Ars Technica

It all depends on what the “supported lifetime” of a system is.<p>When Microsoft introduced Windows 10 and its "Windows as a Service" model, the company …

Microsoft

Microsoft’s growth continues to be driven by Office and cloud services

Surface revenue is still down<p>Microsoft has reported a revenue of $23.3 billion for its most recent fiscal quarter, a 13 percent year-over-year increase, for a total net income of $21.2 billion in its 2017 fiscal year, which ended in June. LinkedIn contributed $1.1 billion to revenue during Q4, …

Microsoft

Surface, LinkedIn, and cloud revenue are bright spots for Microsoft

Good news for Microsoft: Its Surface revenues have rebounded from last quarter's slump, when sales fell 26 percent over the previous year. For the fourth quarter, Microsoft reports that Surface sales only fell 2 percent year-over-year. Sure, decreases aren't generally good, but in this case it's a …

Microsoft

The 13 Best Microsoft Edge Extensions (So Far)

Like any good browser, Edge supports add-ons to make it a lot better. Here are the best.<p>Sorry Microsoft, but Edge—the default web browser of Windows …

Software

Closing the books on Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Android and iOS are the last major smartphone platforms standing.<p>Reports of Microsoft’s smartphone demise have been ... pretty much on point.<p>Last week, the company announced it was ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, the latest in a series of moves marking the end of the Windows Phone. These have …

Windows Phone

6 things you should know about backing up your PC

Is it time to rethink the old ways of archiving your data? Maybe all but one of them...<p>Last week, Google announced the new desktop version of its Backup and Sync app, and it got me thinking: What does desktop backup even mean in 2017?<p>Not so long ago, there was one and only way to protect the …

Google Drive

Get the most out of Apple's Health app with these starter tips

Tips<p>Apple's Health app for the iPhone can be a useful way of tracking fitness and medical data —so long as everything is configured and used just the …

iOS

$25 Raspberry Pi challenger is faster, runs Android Nougat, supports 4K video - TechRepublic

Le Potato is yet another board that appears to outstrip the Pi 3's performance.<p>Another tiny, low-cost computer has emerged to challenge the Raspberry …

Raspberry Pi

The future of the smartwatch should be smart watch bands

The smartwatch didn’t work. What comes next?<p>Despite the best efforts from Apple (with the Apple Watch), Google (with Android Wear), Samsung (with the Galaxy Gear), Pebble (with the, uh, Pebble), and dozens of other companies, the dream of the smartwatch hasn’t really taken off. Turns out that …

Wearable Tech

24 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know

Facebook has been around for awhile, but there are probably a few tricks you don't know about.<p>Facebook is the principal digital public square of …

Facebook

WhatsApp lets you share any file you want

In its latest update, Whatsapp has upgraded a few of its capabilities. For starters, while its initial roll out of document attachments last year was limited to PDFs, users can now share any file type. Shared files are limited to 100MB according to WhatsApp's website, but there are reports that …

Apps

This Smartwatch Is Beating Apple & Google At Their Own Game

There are plenty of smartwatches on the market today. Unlike the Apple Watch, Android Wear, and other models carrying a hefty price tag, the <b>Ticwatch</b> provides a robust smartwatch for under $200. Its Ticwatch OS makes it easy to get notifications, track fitness goals, read texts, and even use GPS …

Smartwatches

The Web's Big Problem: Change for the Sake of Change

The new Google News was designed for readability, but I was reading it just fine before.<p>Google News was once a decent resource for catching up with …

Journalism

Microsoft wants to use the TV airwaves to bring broadband to millions of rural Americans

Microsoft on Tuesday announced an initiative to bring high-speed internet to millions of rural Americans through unused television airwaves in a long-term bet for user growth.<p>The Redmond, Washington, technology company proposed using spectrum typically reserved for TV stations to broadcast …

Microsoft

Surface Laptop Two Week Review: Microsoft's Stunning First Notebook Great For Today's Use Cases

In May, Microsoft announced their very first ‘conventional’ laptop, the Surface Laptop. This laptop was one of the most recent Surface products Microsoft launched as part of the Surface line and the most conventional in terms of form factor. All the previous Surface devices were more unique in form …

Laptops

Microsoft To Remind Users To Update Windows 10

It is important to make sure that your operating system and software are up to date. It is important to fix bugs and also is important for security …

Microsoft

YouTube on Android TV plays catch-up with new design, auto-play controls

Android TV didn't get much attention back at Google I/O, but the platform hasn't been forgotten. An update to the YouTube app on Android TV is rolling out now, bringing the interface on par with what's been available on smart TVs for a while now. The app on my Panasonic Viera TV received the new …

Android TV

Android 8.0 update: when will you get it?

The Android 8.0 update – what many are calling Android Oreo – will bring the next major version of Android to our devices, likely beginning in August. It will arrive first to Google devices, namely the Pixel, Pixel XL and supported Nexus devices, and then to other Android phones made by the likes …

Mobile Technology

ASUS recommits to ZenWatch Android Wear 2.0 updates | Pocketnow

After a fuss was made about the lack of software updates on some major Android Wear hardware, ASUS has now gone trying again to reassure customers …

Wearable Tech

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Timeline Feature Is Delayed

The new Timeline feature for Windows 10 was made official earlier in the year, the feature was due rto arrive in the Fall Creators update later this …

Microsoft

Microsoft is undergoing another huge reorganization to sell more cloud subscriptions and less software

Microsoft is reorganizing its entire sales organization to better focus on its fast-growing cloud-computing business, according to an internal memo sent to employees on Monday morning.<p>Most people believe this reorganization is likely to include layoffs — although none have been formally announced — …

Microsoft

Milanote is the Evernote for creatives

The late Steve Jobs once said:<p>Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences …

Apps

Windows 10 preview build protects your files from ransomware

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Preview Build for Insiders in the Fast ring introduces what's obviously meant as a response to all the ransomware attacks targeting the platform these days. The build comes with a new feature called "controlled folders" that can protect their files from malicious apps …

Microsoft

Windows 10 will hide your important files from ransomware soon

Microsoft is making some interesting security-related changes to Windows 10 with the next Fall Creators Update, expected to debut in September. Windows 10 testers can now access a preview of the changes that include a new controlled folder access feature. It’s designed to only allow specific apps …

Microsoft

Microsoft’s Whiteboard app leaks, shows the future of Windows 10 stylus support

Microsoft first demonstrated its Whiteboard app for Windows 10 back at the company’s Surface Pro event in May. While the software maker promised it will launch later this year, an early copy of Whiteboard has leaked onto the internet today. It features many of the abilities that Microsoft …

Microsoft

Meet the small 360 camera module that will fit into phones

You're probably not aware of this, but a Chinese company dubbed ProTruly has already released the world's first two "VR smartphones" with a built-in 360 camera last December. Don't worry if you missed the news, because chances are you'd be put off by the devices' sheer bulkiness, but according to …

Cameras