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Acer C720P Chromebook packs power in lightweight unit

Google's latest stripped-down laptop is the ideal travel PC.

KATIE CINCOTTA Google's latest stripped-down laptop, the thin, lightweight Acer C720P, is the ideal travel PC.


How to upgrade from Windows XP

Microsoft Windows XP.

Anick Jesdanun Windows XP still runs on millions of computers out there. Here's what to do if you own one of them.


Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users

Windows XP

Tom Pullar-Strecker Microsoft has been accused of crossing a line and inconveniencing computer users who have yet to ditch Windows XP before it stops supporting the operating system on Tuesday.

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Two computer screens aren't better than one

Farhad Manjoo, a New York Times tech columnist, works with his second monitor turneed off at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., March 18, 2014. For years, techies have argued that getting an extra monitor or two for your desktop computer is an especially effective way to increase personal productivity, but those extra windows may just provide more room for distractions. (Peter DaSilva/ The New York Times)

Farhad Manjoo What if more monitors and bigger monitors actually detract from, rather than improve, how you work?


How supercomputers predict the weather


Iain Gillespie The power of supercomputers is increasingly being used to benefit weather app users.


Microsoft Office for iPad may be unveiled on March 27: source

Microsoft tablets running office software are shown at an event in Taipai. Could the iPad be about to join them?

Bill Rigby Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella may unveil an iPad version of the company's Office software suite on March 27.


How to bake an Apple MacBook, and other recipes for extreme troubleshooting

Macbook Pro

MAHESH SHARMA Desperate technology enthusiasts are using regular household items in MacGyver-like solutions to revive their dead devices.

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The Edge

New anti-virus software misses corners

Accumulated bits: Take care when clearing PC clutter.

BLEEDING EDGE When web browsers slowed on one of ours PCS, we immediately feared an accumulation of spyware or perhaps even a virus.


Microsoft cuts Windows price for manufacturers by 70 per cent to counter rivals: sources

Windows 8.1

Dina Bass Microsoft is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 by 70 per cent for makers of low-cost computers and tablets as they try to fend off cheaper rivals like Google's Chromebooks, people familiar with the program said.


Thirty years at Apple's core

Resourceful advocate: Ivan Radywonik.

MACMAN In 1986, the Mac Plus cost $US2600, yet people bought them and revelled in what they could do with them.


The mystery behind computer speed

Bloomberg Photo Service 'Best of the Week': An attendee views an Apple Inc. Mac Pro computer and its components displayed during a launch event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Apple Inc. introduced new iPads in time for holiday shoppers, as it battles to stay ahead of rivals in the increasingly crowded market for tablet computers. Photographer: Noah Berger/Bloomberg

Hayden Walles Computer performance doesn't always improve just because you pile on the processors.


Apple products taped over at Sochi Winter Olympics

Apple Macbook Air

Mark Davies Olympic workers are swooping on reporters in Sochi competition venues with Apple laptops, hastily taping over the iconic logo with duct tape.


Chromebook 11 goes on sale in Australia

Chromebook 11.

BEN GRUBB Google's ultra-portable HP Chromebook 11 laptop has gone on sale in Australia after sales were halted overseas due to reported overheating of power supplies.

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Hate Windows 8? Microsoft replacing it with Windows 9

The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest in this file photo from March 20, 2013. Microsoft Corp said October 24, 2013 its fiscal first-quarter profit rose a greater-than-expected 17 percent, as strong sales of its Office and server software to businesses offset weakness in its flagship Windows system.        REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel/Files  (ROMANIA - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY LOGO)

ADAM TURNER Microsoft looks set to throw in the towel, with plans to replace the oft-maligned Windows 8.


HP promotes Windows 7 PCs


Salvador Rodriguez Hewlett-Packard is heavily promoting its Windows 7 PCs over those that run Windows 8, the newer but far less popular version of Microsoft's operating system.

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