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TripMode

TripMode

A desktop application that makes it easy to select which programs can connect to the Internet. Very useful when you’re using a mobile hotspot and other cellular connections. It also shows the total data consumed for that session. Available for Windows and OS X.

Cornering Sliding Glass Doors

Cornering Sliding Glass Doors

The Vitrosca Turnable System allows its minimal solid glass doors to not just slide along a straight track, but to smoothly turn corners. The trick is a set of custom pivot points which slide on stainless steel rollers in the system’s low-profile tracks.

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Huawei MateBook

Huawei MateBook

The MateBook has the iPad’s looks and the Surface Pro’s brains. This Windows 10 convertible has a 12″ 2560×1440 touchscreen, a dual-core Intel Core M CPU, up to 8GB RAM, up to 512GB SSD and a USB-C port. It has an optional slim-profile keyboard, stylus and dock.

AirBar Touch Sensor

AirBar Touch Sensor

A plug-and-play USB accessory that emulates touchscreen input on Windows 8 and Windows 10 laptops with 15.6″ screens. AirBar projects an invisible light field to detect input, which means you can use a variety of objects to interact with your screen.

HP Envy Curved All-in-One PC

HP Envy Curved All-in-One PC

This Windows 10 desktop PC features an ultra wide 34-inch curved display with 3440 x 1440 resolution, and a six speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Packs a 6th-gen Intel Core CPU, up to 16GB RAM, available hybrid SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce 960A graphics. Drops 11/15.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12

The Satellite Radius 12 is the world’s first laptop-tablet hybrid with a 12.5″ 4K touchscreen display. It’s also certified by Technicolor for color accuracy. It also has Intel’s new Skylake CPUs and Windows 10 facial authentication. Drops Q4 2015 for $999+.

Gigantic (Gameplay)

Gigantic (Gameplay)

Another look at the Windows 10 and Xbox One free-to-play team action game Gigantic, which features a bright and colorful animation style, and giant guardians to help protect your team. Sign up for the August 2015 beta here.

Fable Legends (Trailer)

Fable Legends (Trailer)

The next chapter of the classic action RPG returns as a free-to-play Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive. Fable Legends will offer epic stories and huge worlds to explore and cross-device multiplayer. Oh, and Cersei Lannister.

2015 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

2015 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

The Windows-based Yoga Tablet 2 has AnyPen technology, which lets you use anything with a metal or graphite tip – a pencil, a pen, a fork –  as a stylus. Thankfully, the screen is scratch-resistant. Wacom should get this on its tablets.

Patch My PC

Patch My PC

This Windows app will help you with one of the great Holiday traditions: checking up on your relatives’ computers. It can install, update or do both with over 100 applications, from Flash to iTunes. There’s also a paid version for businesses.

Windows 10

Windows 10

Coming in 2015, Windows 10 aims to combine the touch-friendly and versatile Windows 8 with the desktop-friendly and familiar Windows 7. For instance, you’ll be able to shift between a tablet and a desktop mode at will.

HTC One M8 Windows

HTC One M8 Windows

The exact same HTC flagship model that was released earlier this year for Android, but with Windows Phone 8.1. The HTC One M8 still has its beloved metal unibody, 5″ 1080p display and dual front speakers. Exclusive to Verizon.

Parallels Access 2.0

Parallels Access 2.0

Previously exclusive to the iPad, Parallels’ mobile-friendly remote desktop software is now available for the iPhone as well as Android tablets and smartphones. It’s also more affordable now, down to $20 from $80 per year.

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Progress Bars of Life

Progress Bars of Life

Are you really forgetful? Do you work best with deadlines? Or maybe you just want to see your life quantized? Check out Progress Bars of Life. This free Windows program lets you set alarms or reminders that are displayed as progress bars.

Parallels Access

Parallels Access

An app/subscription service which lets you use your Windows PC or Mac remotely from your iPad, with intuitive touch-based control and a menu that makes them feel like native tablet apps. Even streams desktop video and audio.

Acer Aspire R7

Acer Aspire R7

With its unconventional Aspire R7, Acer points out that with Windows 8 and a touchscreen, you won’t need a trackpad as much. Its 15.6″ 1080p screen moves into a variety of positions. Has a 1.5GHz Core i5 CPU, 6GB RAM and 500GB HDD.

Toshiba KIRAbook

Toshiba KIRAbook

The high end KIRAbook has a 13.3″ 2560×1440 touchscreen, Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HDMI port and 3 USB 3.0 ports, yet weighs just 0.40lbs. Buyers also get dedicated customer support lines. Drops 05/05/13 for $2K.

Hello Windows

Hello Windows

A soothing tune made from the start-up music of Windows XP. The remix was made by Niconico user Unagi. Incidentally the icon shown in this 4-year old video turned out to be Microsoft’s new logo.

Elecom Windows 8 Keyboard

Elecom Windows 8 Keyboard

Elecom’s TK-FDP055BK keyboard smartly replaces its numerical pad keys with a touch pad to enable Windows 8 users to take advantage of the new gestures in the OS. Will retail for about $105.

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

An ultrabook/tablet hybrid for business users. It has a 12.5″ touchscreen, up to Core i7 CPU, a 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD, optional 3G and the much loved Thinkpad keyboard and trackpoint controller.

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Logitech T650 Touchpad

Logitech T650 Touchpad

A wireless multi-touch touchpad that takes full advantage of the new gestures in Windows 8, from swiping between apps to quickly returning to the Start screen. It also has gestures for Windows 7.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

The IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a 13″ Windows 8 ultrabook that morphs into a tablet thanks to its 360º hinge. It has USB ports, an SD card slot, an HDMI port, Core i5/i7 CPU, up to 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.

Vizio Thin+Light Ultrabook

Vizio Thin+Light Ultrabook

Vizio’s stylish ultrabooks could give Apple a run for their money with lightweight unibody construction, SSD storage, speedy CPUs, HD displays, and up to 7 hours of battery. And NO preinstalled crapware.

Clippy.JS

Clippy.JS

Relive the worst days of Microsoft with a little visit from Clippy and his pals, recreated with stunning accuracy right in your web browser. We’re surprised he doesn’t require Internet Explorer 5.

Windows 8 Release Preview

Windows 8 Release Preview

A near-final version of Windows 8, the Release Preview is more stable than the Consumer Preview and has more features to try out, including integrated Flash and new and improved apps.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft has overhauled its operating system to make it more unified, modern and touch-friendly. Now try it out for yourself. Skip to 3:38 in the video to see Windows 8 at work on a PC.

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