MWC 2016 – HP Unveils The Elite X3 Windows Phone

This device has previously been leaked like crazy, but HP came ahead of the buzz today and announced it before the main festivities of MWC. Their new phone will be the Windows 10 Mobile powered Elite X3. The specs are pretty much exactly what we reported earlier via leaks, but a few additional details have come out since that post: All the leaked specs have been confirmed, except that the storage has been updated to 64 GB. But it should be noted that this thing has all of the technology. Keep the following in mind: 6-inch 2K AMOLED panel Latest … Read more…

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What’s Up With HP’s New Windows Phone?

HP is re-entering the mobile phone market. And if that wasn’t shocking enough, their launch device is going to be a new Windows Phone. And it turns out that the phone has just seen a ton of leaks curtosy of tech2.hu. But lest you think, “oh, they’re probably going to launch some cheapo phone as a test bed and Windows 10 Mobile happens to be free,” feast your eyes on these beautiful specs. 5.96-inch display @ 2560 x 1440 resolution Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-Core SoC 4 GB of RAM 32 GB built in storage, MicroSD expansion up to 200 GB … Read more…

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Lumia 950XL Unboxing & First Impressions

The two Microsoft Lumia 950 flagships are finally here, after what seems like the longest wait in the history of niche mobile phone fandom ever. It’s been since early 2014 since the last Lumia flagship was released in the U.S., even if that was the ill-fated Verizon exclusive Icon. It’s been even longer if you’re on AT&T. Like many stupidly obsessed fans and many blog sites, I picked up my Lumia 950 XL on the day before Thanksgiving, as I’d pre-ordered mine at my local Microsoft mall kiosk. What’s the first thing I did? Well, open it up of course. … Read more…

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Best April Fools Jokes 2015

I love April Fools. Mainly because as I’ve gotten older, people don’t prank me anymore. And now I can just sit back on Reddit and laugh at all the terrible things done at other people’s expense. But the best part is that big companies also love to spend a ton of money and time getting your attention with silly April Fools stuff. And boy does it work! It’s like the marketing departments are trying to create another superbowl! Oh crap, maybe they are. Not everything you’re going to see April Fools-wise is great, but here’s the stuff that actually made … Read more…

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Microsoft’s Next Non-Pro Surface Announced

Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft simultaneously announced new 2-in-1 hardware and the future of its low end hardware brand. Previously, the Surface RT and Surface 2 featured ARM-based Nvidia Tegra chips and the firm’s ARM-based version of Windows. These devices never sold in very good quantities and typically received rave reviews for their hardware design, but disappointing murmurs for the OS, which did not support traditional desktop apps. I, on the other hand, did enjoy my Surface 2 quite a bit as it gave me a distraction free writing experience, consistent performance, good battery life, and a balance of high … Read more…

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Windows 10 Technical Preview – Build 10041

After 54 days, Microsoft has released a new build of the technical preview. While many have been clamoring for Microsoft to release a build sooner, monthly or even weekly, I’d much rather they take their time and release builds that are more stable than those created in the past. Unfortunately, even after almost two months, this is the buggiest build yet, and I’m starting to wonder about the stability of the final product, considering Terry Myerson recently announced that Windows 10 would be shipping “this summer.” Considering “this summer” means anytime from June to September (June 21st to September 23rd … Read more…

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MWC 2015 Preview – HP Spectre x360

Upon hearing the news that my beloved Surface (RT) 2 wouldn’t be receiving a full Window 10 update, I started looking around at replacement options. And while I’ve seen a lot of great looking laptops, ultrabooks, and tablets, like the new Dell XPS 13 or the newest Lenovo Yogas, nothing really caught my eye. Believe me, the Dell XPS 13 looks great for a fairly standard looking and fairly pricy laptop, but since I’m used to Surface-level hardware, I was looking for something better. And then I saw this guy get announced on the MWC show floor. If you’re looking … Read more…

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MWC Preview 2015 – Microsoft Lumia 640 & 640XL

As expected, Microsoft did not, in fact, release anything close to a flagship at this year’s MWC. But they did release a… hmm. A couple mid-rangers, I guess? See, the thing is that Windows Phone gets me a bit confused sometimes. Technically the line starts with the 530 and 535, or maybe you’d count the 430 as the starting point, even though it’s better than the 530, confusingly enough. But honestly, the Lumia 600 series is normally the entry level category for most people. So calling last year’s Lumia 635 a “mid-range” phone is a bit strange. Especially since it … Read more…

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Buy a Signature PC to Avoid Superfish-like Issues

From the perspective of someone who’s bought, sold, used, and repaired numerous Windows-based PCs and laptops, the fact that Lenovo pre-loaded adware onto their PCs for years doesn’t surprise me. Every OEM does it. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, everyone. Lenovo’s example is the most public and potentially egregious example I’ve seen, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t dozens of examples of malicious adware already installed on your future PC. Now this is where your average tech blogger would suggest that you do something positively face-cringing like tell you to buy an Apple computer. People, stop. While that’s an answer … Read more…

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How to Uninstall your Superfish Worries

Throughout the last few days, the software program Superfish has found itself sharing headlines with the pre-build computer giant Lenovo. While some may say that no press is bad press, I would argue that neither company would like to be called out for distributing adware to unwitting customers. And most likely, if you’ve browsed even a single headline from any online-based news organization that may or may not even pay any attention to tech, you’ve at least heard that Superfish, Lenovo, and adware are somehow related. Well first of all, I’m here to tell you that while this is potentially … Read more…

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