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Loaded: Microsoft previews Windows 8

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Loaded: Microsoft previews Windows 8

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Facebook organizes your friends into Smart Lists, Google Flight Search takes off, and Microsoft previews the next Windows operating system with a new touch-screen mode.

-It's Wednesday, September 14, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com and it's time to get load. At the very comforts of Microsoft flew the next Widows operating system and then works on tablets and standard desktops and laptops. Windows 8 will feature a new user interface mode inspired by Windows phone 7's Metro design, and the touch interface garnered the classic start menu and icons. Instead, it uses rectangular tiles to display apps and information like upcoming calendar events, e-mail and news feeds. To encourage programmers to build app store, Microsoft gave 5000 developers a Samsung tablet with a new Windows 8 operating system, but windows 7 isn't going anywhere and Microsoft said it would still offer the familiar windows user interface. If you wanna try windows 8 yourself, you can head on over to build windows.com to download a preview copy. If you are too lazy before to group your Facebook friends in different list, now Facebook is doing it automatically for you. The social network announced it is adding a feature this week called smart list. Smart list automatically group friends in the categories like work, school, family, and city based on information on their profiles. Users can also lump connections and categories called close friends, acquaintances, and restricted, but Facebook won't automatically decide who goes in those categories; that's up to you. Don't worry, any previously credit list will still be there. [unk] against plans offered by Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, and Metro PCS, Verizon is offering a new cheap no contract prepaid plan on Thursday. For $50 a month, the unleashed plan gives prepaid customers unlimited talk, text, and web, but it's only available on 3 feature phones, not smartphones. Verizon tested the unleashed plan early this year in Southern California and Florida. Travel advisor sites like Kayak and TripAdvisor have a new competitor in the game, Google. You can now pull a list of chip airline flights with a quick search. Users can either go to google.com/flights or type in the phrase in a search like flights from New York to San Francisco. Google will then provide a list of flights. In addition, the service can also search by price, destination and even travel tire. The feature is an extension of Google's recent acquisition of Google's recent acquisition of airline data company ITA software. Intel's Ivy Bridge ultra-books are on display at the Intel developer forum this week as manufacturers hoped to catch on to the MacBook Airs popularity. OEM showed off working models of ultra-books that's Intel's name for ultra thin and light notebooks with the new Ivy Bridge processor chip. The new CPUs are the first used Intel's 3D transistor technology giving a noticeable boost to features like graphics, raw processing performance and energy efficiency. Ivy Bridge chips are expected in the first half of next year. The T-Mobile HTC Sensation just got an upgrade from the doctor, Dr. Dre, that is new HTC Sensation will integrate technology from Beats Electronics. The company HTC acquired last month. It will not only boost the sound quality experience of the handset, but also comes with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, which are designed to soup up the call clarity and sound. The phone itself also has an upgrade at 1.5 gigahertz dual core processor, but no details yet on availability or cost in North America. It will be arriving in late September in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Those are you headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you just been loaded.

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