Microsoft reportedly planning Windows 10 event for January

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Microsoft will hold an event this January to show off the new features of Windows 10, according to The Verge. Although January is traditionally dominated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Redmond is apparently planning a standalone event later in the month to create some buzz for the new OS away from the confines of a busy trade show.

Some facets of Windows 10 were detailed earlier this year, but next month’s event will apparently be “more significant,” with Microsoft laying out its plans for phones and tablets, and possibly detailing a new Xbox One dashboard update. The Verge says Microsoft should formally announce the event before the year’s end.

The inside story of Lenovo’s ThinkPad redesign

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“When you talk to end users about ports, they’ll tell you how much they need them. They’ll talk about the vast number of USB devices that they have. It’s easy to hear that and determine that you need five or more ports based on what these people report. When you watch these people work, however, and you’re more overt in your methods — you rarely see that happening.

Sometimes, there’s a conflict between what someone reports they need and what they require.”

So begins the backstory of the latest ThinkPad overhaul as told by Corinna Proctor, the senior research manager at Lenovo’s User Research Center. Clearly versed in the art of separating whimsical wishes from bona fide requirements, she spoke to me in a phone interview alongside two of her colleagues in the run-up to today’s unveiling of the redesigned ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook.

Acer now selling C7 Chromebook with more battery life and memory for $280

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When we got our hands on Acer’s initial C7 Chromebook, our chief gripe was its frankly disappointing 4-hour battery life. We now know that Acer had its ear to the ground after launch. It’s rolling out a new trim level, the C710-2055, that mends the short runtime and beyond.

The new edition carries a 6-cell battery that should give it six hours of battery life — still not as good as the 6.5 hours of Samsung’s ARM-based Chromebook, but it’s at least in the ballpark. Performance should also get a useful kick in the pants now that Acer has doubled the RAM to 4GB.

While the upgrades take the newly available C7’s price slightly out of impulse purchase range, to $280, it’s now a more viable option for those who need more grunt than ARM can currently deliver without venturing into Chromebook Pixel territory.