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Windows 10: Nine things you need to know

Have burning questions about Microsoft's upcoming operating system? Here are some answers.

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Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate VP of operating systems, onstage at the Windows 10 unveiling in San Francisco, Calif.

Where, when and how to get Windows 10

For the die-hard Windows user, Microsoft will be releasing a preview version of Windows 10.

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HP Stream goes even lower, bringing Windows 8 laptops to $199 (hands-on)

The Stream is a budget "cloud-based PC," now available in two new laptop and two new tablet sizes, making it one of the least expensive ways to get Windows 8.

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Hands-on with new HP Stream series laptops and tablets (pictures)

HP's Stream series expands with new clamshells and tablets, from $99 or £100.

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Lenovo to close purchase of IBM's x86 server business on Oct. 1

The $2.1 billion deal ups Lenovo's enterprise offerings, as it takes the No. 3 spot in the x86 server market behind HP and Dell.

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Samsung to scrap its European PC business

The move, made because of market demand, "isn't necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets," Samsung said. The company's US presence is unaffected by the move.

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Best PC games for your Windows 8 2-in-1 hybrid

That 11-inch hybrid may not have a powerful graphics card, but it can still handle some of our favorite PC games.

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The upcoming USB Type-C connectors also will be able to carry DisplayPort video signals.

Next-gen USB gives HDMI rival a piggyback ride

DisplayPort technology lost out to HDMI in the marketplace, but it could get some help from next-gen USB connectors coming in 2015. Don't kiss those copper cables goodbye just yet.

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How to improve your MacBook

MacBooks are great, but not perfect. However that doesn't mean you can't improve yours in significant ways.

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MediaTek's Aster chip, which is the size of a pinky fingernail.

MediaTek tries to catch DIY wave with new Labs effort

The maker movement has been growing since its start in 2006, and the Taiwan-based chipmaker is now another major player looking to tap into the trend.

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Rating the road to the wire-free PC

Commentary: Intel aims to eliminate USB, HDMI and the power cable in its quest to create the wire-free PC. But the journey will be a long one, and uneven in terms of its challenges.

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Cheap Windows 'Chromebook killers' lack the way to slay

Microsoft is pushing inexpensive laptops to contain the growing Google-fueled threat. But they could wind up as extinct as the late-naughts netbook.

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