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Microsoft to Hold Its Build Developer Conference April 2-4 in San Francisco

Microsoft confirmed that it plans to hold its next major Build developer conference April 2-4 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, the same spot that it held the event last year. “As always, Build is a time to bring developers together to talk about our latest products, platform advances, tools and offerings, all of which come together to create unmatched apps and scenarios,” VP Steve Guggenheimer said in a blog post.

Five Tips for Getting Started With Windows 8.1

If you recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 or bought a new Windows PC or tablet, here are a few tips for getting around the new operating system.
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Latest Asus Hybrid Blends Power, Stamina for Bargain Price

The Asus Transformer Book T100 doesn’t look that much different from other Windows PC convertibles, but there are several reasons why it stands out.
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Where’s the Intel Sticker?

Walt answers a reader’s question on how to tell if a PC has a new Intel chip if you’re buying online and can’t see the Intel sticker on the box.

When You Don’t Want a New Start

Microsoft’s new Windows 8.1 will now let users bypass the new Start screen and boot right into the usual Windows desktop. But the setting to do this can be tricky to find.
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Nokia Shows Off Windows Tablet, Looks to Differentiate Lumia 2520 With Connectivity, Design

Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, will arrive in time for the holiday season. But is it enough?
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Acer Unveils Iconia W4 With Windows 8.1, Faster Processor

Hopefully, it’s better than Acer’s last Windows tablet.
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More Intel Chromebooks Coming From Acer, Toshiba, HP and Asus

The new machines are powered by Intel’s Haswell chip, which offers significantly better battery life than its predecessor.
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Still Playing Catch-Up on Mobile, Intel Takes Aim at Wearables

The chip giant is using its yearly developer conference to make the case that its chips can span the range of products from servers and PCs to phones and tablets and even smaller devices.
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Microsoft Says Developers to Get Early Access to Windows 8.1, After All

Microsoft reversed course on Monday, saying it will indeed offer developers in its MSDN and TechNet programs early access to Windows 8.1. Redmond had initially said that all customers would have to wait until the software is made broadly available on Oct. 18.

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