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How to find and clip Amazon instant coupons

Have you heard? Amazon.com has coupons. You may have seen a random coupon here or there while shopping for toothpaste or sunblock, but there's actually an entire section of Amazon that's dedicated to coupons and it's not just for groceries and household goods. You can find coupons for electronics, pet supplies, toys, and other items.

No scissors are necessary to clip Amazon coupons and you don't have to worry about forgetting to bring them with you either.

To get started with Amazon coupons, go to Amazon.com, then click on the link at the top … Read more

Windows 8.1 Update 1 coming March 11?

There's nothing like ending the week with a few fresh Windows rumors.

First up, the target release date for Windows 8.1 Update 1 -- the relatively minor update coming to Windows 8.1 this spring -- is allegedly March 11, according to one of my accurate and trusted sources. Yes, that's a Patch Tuesday. Given that Microsoft will likely deliver Update 1 to Windows 8.1 users via Windows Update, this seems pretty believable to me.

Windows leaker WZor previously indicated that Windows 8.1 Update 1 would likely be released to manufacturing in March, but didn'… Read more

Dell's Surface Pro 2 rival appears at Microsoft Store

The Microsoft store has begun selling an Intel Core i5-based Dell tablet that competes with the Surface Pro 2.

Microsoft has added an Intel Core i5 4210Y-based Venue 11 Pro to its lineup of Dell tablets, which already includes an Atom-based Venue 11 Pro and the Venue 8 Pro.

The i5-based Venue 11 Pro differs from the Intel "Bay Trail" Atom model in some important respects, performance and price being the most salient. The Core i5 variant is faster and more expensive than its Atom counterpart. The i5 model is priced at $899, compared with $499 for the Atom-based model. … Read more

Security suites jockey for position on Windows 8.1

Independent security testing firm AV-Test.org released its first Windows 8.1 results earlier this week, showing that, once again, most security suites are capable, but not great, at protecting you from threats.

AV-Test spent most of 2013 focusing on testing security suites on versions of Windows prior to Windows 8. The company's January and February tests showed that top-rated suites on Windows 7 generally performed well on Windows 8. The new Windows 8.1 tests saw similar results.

The new tests compared 24 suites during November and December 2013 on Windows 8.1 with no default security features … Read more

Review: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Breaking with series convention, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag steps back in time instead of forward, filling in the gap between Assassin's Creed III and II. You play as Edward Kenway, a privateer turned assassin caught in a dastardly plan of betrayal.

Pros

Fluid mechanics: Assassin's Creed IV benefits from the work of its predecessors, evident in the game's much refined mechanics. Controlling the assassin, Edward, as he trudges through jungle, climbs trees, or dashes across the rooftops has never felt more natural.

Pirate mode: The naval battles of Assassin's Creed III are now a … Read more

Windows 8.1 update may serve Metro apps from the desktop

Windows 8.1 could move a step closer to bridging the gap between the Start screen and the desktop.

Microsoft reportedly will roll out an update to its latest OS as soon as this spring. And one option apparently slated for that update will let you launch Metro apps without having to switch to the Start screen.

The latest screenshots of the update posted by Russian Web site Wzor show an icon for the Windows Store app nestled on the taskbar. Further, the taskbar and navigation properties window reveals a setting called "Show Store apps on the taskbar."… Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 could have the look of Windows Phone

Samsung wants ours to be a world full of widgets, if what we saw at CES and the latest leaks of the purported Galaxy S5 home screen are any indication.

Prolific leaker Evleaks initially posted the above images earlier this month, and then later shared the below shots on Twitter of an apparent new home screen design that borrows from both the tiled look of Windows 8 and the constantly updating "cards" of relevant data that Google Now users will find familiar. … Read more

Microsoft publishes new Windows 8.1 how-to guide

Windows 8.1 users who need a helping hand can check out a new how-to guide from Microsoft.

Dubbed the Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business, the PDF offers advice on how to use some of the key features in Microsoft's latest OS. The document covers a range of topics, including the desktop, File Explorer, the taskbar, Mobility Center, Internet Explorer 11, and SkyDrive.

With only 17 pages worth of information, the document doesn't cover any one subject in depth but instead touches upon specific settings and features. A handy tipsheet at the end explains how … Read more

HP resurrects Windows 7 PCs 'by popular demand'

Windows 8.1 isn't getting a lot of love from Hewlett-Packard.

The computer maker has begun offering a handful of desktop and laptop PCs running Windows 7, touting the older operating system as "back by popular demand." To spur sales, HP is also offering the Core i5- and i7-powered machines at a $150 discount.

As pointed out by Neowin, the home section of HP's retail Web site also offers Windows 8.1 machines for sale, but the focus of the page is definitely machines running Microsoft's 4-year-old operating system.

Although Windows 8.1 has managed … Read more

Rethinking Microsoft's tablet: Surface Pro 2 succeeds

The Surface Pro 2 is an excellent laptop-tablet hybrid.

I didn't think I would ever be able to write those words after using (for two months) the original Surface Pro, then selling it because, well, I didn't like it.

The Surface Pro 2 changed my mind, though.

A good laptop-tablet hybrid is extremely difficult to design and build; it took me a while to realize this.

Build something that works well as a tablet and it probably won't be a very good laptop. Emphasize the laptop aspect too much and it's a lousy tablet.

In short, … Read more