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Sharp goes big with 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet

Sharp's taking the high-pixel-density road with a new 16-inch-class Windows 8.1 tablet.

This could be the year of the large tablet and Sharp just chimed in with a 15.6-inch model with a 3,200x1,800 (WQHD) display and a Core i5-4200U processor.

Samsung announced a 12.2-inch tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show, and Apple is rumored to be working on a 13-inch class tablet.

The 2.7-pound, 0.5-inch thick Sharp RW-16G also packs 4GB of RAM, 128GB solid-state drive, a Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and Windows 8.1 Pro. … Read more

Chrome users mad at Google for switching up scroll controls

Several Google Chrome forum boards are lighting up with complaints about scroll bar changes. Apparently, people running Windows, and possibly other operating systems, have seen their scroll bars slim down and drop vertical scrolling arrows -- making Web navigation difficult.

"When I got on today I noticed that the scrollbar has changed from one with little boxes with arrows on each end you can click to one that you have to drag," forum contributor Bethany Rice wrote last week. "I was just wondering if its possible to switch back to the other one because this one is … Read more

Microsoft: Windows XP anti-malware support to last into 2015

Microsoft said Wednesday that although it will stop supporting Windows XP this April, it will continue providing anti-malware updates for the venerable OS through July of next year.

"Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014," the software giant said in a blog post. "After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of … Read more

HP's Chromebook 11 is now available with LTE

Hewlett-Packard's Chromebook 11 is now available with LTE -- and can be purchased at Best Buy stores.

The 11.6-inch laptop (see CNET review) running Google's Chrome OS is priced at $379 at Best Buy, where it is beginning to show up in physical stores, as first reported by Liliputing.

That's $100 more than the Wi-Fi-only version but still relatively cheap by Windows 8.1 laptop standards.

HP opted for a 4G/LTE chip from Israel-based Altair Semiconductor.

Altair said in a statement Wednesday that it can be used on Verizon's network for "an additional $… Read more

Get the sounds you deserve with DJ Audio Editor

Most of us have a deep connection to our favorite music. While some are more laid back and take songs as they are, others like to tinker with their sounds. Not all of us can afford a professional recording studio, but now we can get all the tools we need in a quality mixer with DJ Audio Editor. This easy-to-use and well-organized music editing program will let you enjoy your favorite songs in ways, which you would never have imagined.

Manipulate audio files with tools that allow you to cut, join, trim, split, and mix audio files with a couple … Read more

Samsung may launch a new Windows Phone 8 handset

Samsung could be getting back into the Windows Phone game.

A user agent profile for a phone with the model number SM-W750V is now up on Samsung's mobile Web site. The profile lists Samsung's Windows Mobile Lab as the group behind the device and shows Internet Explorer as the default browser, a sure pointer to Windows Phone. The file also reveals a few details about the phone, including a 1,080x1,920 display and LTE support.

A phone with the same SM-W750V model number has also been approved by the Bluetooth SIG, which lists North America as the … Read more

Nokia Android phone prototype purportedly pops up online

Nokia's still-rumored Android phone continues to get more exposure via purported leaked images.

A photo from a Twitter account named @seamissu reportedly reveals what's said to be Nokia's Android phone, codenamed Normandy. The photo shows the Nokia logo at the center of the screen and a back button at the bottom and mimics photos leaked in December. The tweeted photo also appeared on China's Weibo network Web site, according to WMPowerUser.

Another photo from an account called @picturepan2 offers a peek at the entire screen filled with apps and icons.

Rumors of an Android phone coming … Read more

CES 2014: Microsoft and the PC have seen better days

LAS VEGAS -- The PC running Microsoft Windows will have a bumpy ride in 2014.

That's my takeaway from the Consumer Electronics Show after seeing little that was really new from the Windows PC crowd like Hewlett-Packard (at a pre-CES function), Toshiba, Samsung, and others.

In fact, the only truly new/novel Windows device that I saw was the dual-OS Windows-Android Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300.

Of course what makes the Duet unique is that it also runs Android, an operating system that dominates the mobile market. (See CNET video of Duet switching between Windows 8.1 and Android.) … Read more

Microsoft to reveal Windows 'Threshold' plans in April, says report

It looks like those Threshold tipsters were right on the money about Microsoft's next-generation Windows release.

According to a January 11 report from Windows SuperSite's Paul Thurrott, Microsoft Threshold looks to be a spring 2015 release wave. Specifically, if Microsoft sticks to schedule, Threshold should crest around April 2015, Thurrott said he's been told by his own sources.

Microsoft is going to disclose its Threshold plans at a "vision" level at its Build conference in San Francisco in April 2014, Thurrott said. If this happens, it'll be a back to the future moment … Read more

AT&T adds 32GB Nokia Lumia 1520 to its lineup

Consumers searching for the 32GB version of the Noka Lumia 1520 can now find it through AT&T.

The 1520 is available through AT&T's Web site and retail stores in a matte black color. The phone runs $250 with a two-year agreement and $640 without a contract. Buyers who opt for AT&T's Next installment plan pay either $24.62 or $32 a month.

In-store pickup for online purchases of the 32GB 1520 is not an option; instead online orders are shipped directly to your home. The phone was listed as out of stock … Read more