Windows 8

  • The original Microsoft Surface's slow sales may have made it an easy target for snarky comments, but we think there's a lot to love about Microsoft's series of hybrid PCs. Let's take a look at the latest version of the Windows RT model, as Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface 2.
  • Whether you love it or hate it, Windows 8 keeps moving forward. Windows 8.1 added a lot of features and interface improvements to the first iteration. Another update is coming that Microsoft is calling it Windows 8.1 Update 1. And it makes the Start screen easier to use with a mouse and keyboard.
  • Gizmag met up with Tobii at CES 2014 to see first-hand how the company's eye-tracking technology could change how we interact with computers and play video games.
  • ASUS has introduced a new convertible laptop with a twist: It runs both Android and Windows natively. The powerful touchscreen system drew crowds where it was on display at CES 2014.
  • MSI has released what's claimed to be the world's first 3K gaming laptop. The 15.6-inch GT60 features a 4th generation Core i7 processor, GeForce graphics, combined SSD/HDD storage and customizable color backlighting for the keyboard for after hours gaming.
  • The 21.5-inch Acer Aspire Z3-600 portable All-in-One computer packs a Pentium quad-core processor, Harman Kardon speakers, gesture control, and a 6-cell Li-ion battery that allows for over 2.5 hours of use away from a power outlet.
  • Jeff Batio is planning to release an updated version of his Xentex Flip-Pad that failed to launch in 2003. His new If Convertible is a mobile device that flips and folds to transform from a dual-screen ultrabook to a tablet, with one screen also detaching to serve as a smartphone.
  • Microsoft has released a 3D printing application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It allows users to view, design and prepare objects for printing and includes a library of editable objects to help users familiarize themselves with the software.
  • Compared to Windows 8, the Windows 8.1 upgrade has been improved and includes settings that let you boot directly to the desktop, and keep Metro elements out of your way. If you prefer to stay on the traditional desktop as much as possible, here's a look at how to do it.
  • The Windows 8.1 update that is free to current users of Windows 8 is now available via the Windows Store. Here's a look at getting your system ready for it and the step by step instructions for the download and installation of of the upgraded OS.
  • Of all the Windows 8 devices released in the last year, one of the most interesting has been Lenovo's Yoga PCs. It bends, it stretches, it flips into several different poses. If you've been eyeing that form factor, then you might want to know about Lenovo's first proper follow-up, the Yoga 2 Pro.
  • When Windows 8 was released last October it didn't receive a lot of fanfare. But this year Microsoft is making several changes to the operating system with version 8.1 and a lot of them are for the better. Here's a look at some tips and tricks for using new features in Windows 8.1.