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Samsung recasts its Windows PC line as Ativ

Samsung recasts its Windows PC The Samsung Series 5 Ultra line will apparently be recast as the Ativ Book 5. Samsung is rebranding all of its Windows PCs as Ativ. Ativ is Vita backward — that’s Samsung’s reasoning — and previously only applied to the Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro, both Windows 8 tablets. (There was also the …

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Windows 8 six months in: Thoughts from a power(less) user

Windows 8 six months in What happened to the old neighborhood? It’s been half a year now since Windows 8 officially hit. For those first three months, I coveted it from afar. I was in Ecuador checking out plans to build a Latin American Silicon Valley, and I felt squeamish about upgrading without access to all the backups, support, and …

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Windows 8.1 demo video hits the web

Windows 8.1 hits the web We’ve only seen leaks and preview images of what Windows 8.1 (codenamed Windows Blue) would look like so far, but we won’t have to do that anymore. Microsoft has finally released a video demo of Windows 8.1, showing off some of the new features the update brings.   The video shows Jensen Harris of the …

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Windows 8.1 interface details emerge; fate of the Start menu still uncertain

Windows 8.1 interface details emerge Microsoft will publicly show off the improvements it has made to Windows 8.1’s Modern UI later today, but we’ve managed to get an early look at what the company has in store for its users. It’s no secret that Windows 8’s all-new interface has presented challenges for many users, so we’re expecting a fairly significant …

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Valve Launches Closed Steam for Linux Beta

Linux Plans Of Linux Four months after confirming plans to build a version of its Steam gaming platform for Linux, Valve today announced the launch of a limited access Steam for Linux beta. The new client supports the free-to-play Team Fortress 2 game, while another 24 Steam titles are also available now on Ubuntu. Additionally, the beta includes big picture mode, designed for use …

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