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How big does a tech product have to be before we take it seriously?

Analysts and reporters have been spoiled in recent years by companies and categories that produce staggering sales figures. When some products can sell hundreds of millions of units a year, it's easy to dismiss small but influential players that sell mere millions.

Microsoft reveals audacious plans to tighten security with Windows 10

Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks.

What's in the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview update (build 9860)?

Three weeks after releasing a Technical Preview of Windows 10 to the general public, Microsoft has made good on its promise to deliver updates quickly. Today's release includes a modest assortment of new features, many of them already familiar to Windows Phone users. Here's what you'll find inside.

Dropbox sync glitch results in lost data for some subscribers

The popular online file storage service has told some users that files were inadvertently deleted from their online accounts and all synced devices because of an apparent coding error in its Selective Sync app.

Six clicks: My favorite Windows desktop utilities

Who says the Windows desktop is dead? Developers may be putting most of their energy into mobile platforms, but there's still plenty of work to be done on traditional PCs. These are the six essential utilities I install on every new Windows PC, and they work with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or even the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been fielding questions from readers about the new release. Why is it called Windows 10? Does it really contain a keylogger? And what happened to Internet Explorer?

A closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview

The first release of Windows 10, officially known as the Windows Technical Preview, is designed primarily to make life easier for mouse-and-keyboard aficionados who were turned off by the touch-oriented Windows 8 interface. Here's what you'll find inside.

Hands-on with Windows 10: Installing the Windows Technical Preview

Microsoft's first prerelease version of Windows 10 is now available as a public Technical Preview. Here's what you need to know before you dive in.

What the enterprise needs to hear from Microsoft

When Microsoft execs take the stage later today to talk about what the next version of Windows will do for the enterprise, they'll be trying to restore confidence in something that's looking more and more like a legacy OS. Here's what they should be talking about.

Make your cloud safer: How to enable two-factor authentication for the most popular cloud services

Step-by-step instructions to help you tighten security and dramatically reduce the risk that crucial cloud services will be compromised. If you use a Microsoft or Google account, Office 365, Dropbox, Facebook, or Twitter, keep readi...

Latest retail figures show a stable PC market, led by Apple and cheap notebooks

It looks like the PC market will live for at least another quarter. New sales figures from the U.S. retail channel show slight gains over last year during the back-to-school buying season. Apple had the most impressive results, with sub-$300 notebooks (including Chromebooks) also doing well.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the biggest phablet of them all, but is it better?

With its 6-inch display, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a perfect example of the phablet category. Technically it's a phone, but in day-to-day use it's an incredibly small, light tablet. Here are my impressions after a week of use.

Eight questions to ask before you buy your next smartphone

Wireless providers in the United States make it easy to pay more than you should for a smartphone and an accompanying data plan. Here are eight questions you can ask (and answer) to make sure you get the best possible deal.

When it comes to smartphones, size matters

Is the iPhone 6 big enough? In recent years the market has made it clear that bigger is better, at least up to a point. Apple's new devices, launched this week with much fanfare, have startled some longtime fans but are still downright conservative compared to the competition.

How much does an iPhone 6 really cost? (Hint: It's way more than $199)

To paraphrase Mark Twain: There are lies, damned lies, and smartphone prices. Every review I've read of the new iPhone 6 this week says the price starts at $199. That's not true. The total prices that buyers pay for smartphones on two-year contracts from American carriers will shock you.

The American business traveler’s guide to Europe on $5 a day (in smartphone charges)

How I spent two weeks on the road and avoided $50,000 in painful roaming charges just by swapping a tiny SIM card.

Intel releases first Core M processors for business-class convertible PCs

It's taken longer than expected, but Intel has finally officially released the first CPUs using its Broadwell architecture. The new processors enable the holy grail of mobile computing: full PC power in a completely fanless package.

Is it too late for Windows Phone?

Microsoft Mobile, the new name for the former Nokia Devices division, is banking on lower prices and a broader selection of devices to increase share for its Lumia devices. But price alone might not be enough to hit double-digit market share worldwide.

Microsoft fights Android and Chrome OS with dirt-cheap Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets

How low can the price of a Windows PC go? At this week's IFA show in Berlin, PC makers are rolling out new PCs with outrageously aggressive pricing. Here's how they're cutting costs.

Latest usage shares show slow adoption of Windows 8.1

Newly released figures from two popular web analytics firms show a PC market that is essentially static. The most interesting detail: Apple's push to update its installed base to the latest OS X version has largely succeeded, while Microsoft is less successful with its efforts to get Windows 8 users to move to the free 8.1 update.

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