Windows 9 Rumour Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

Windows 8 has been limping through its existence for just about two years now, and despite the fact that its continual updates have improved it a fair bit, the numbers aren’t encouraging. Microsoft knows this, and the rumours surrounding Windows 9 show that it’s going to be a move back to more familiar territory. Here’s what we think might be coming.

How We Could Cool Quantum Computers

Cooling modern-day computers is hard work: fans, heat sinks and even pumped liquid struggle to keep the temperatures of our hardware down. But how might we cool tomorrow’s computers — those powered using the strange and exotic power of quantum physics?

Microsoft: Your Surface Is Not Overheating, But We'll Fix It Anyway

Microsoft says that your overheating Surface Pro 3 is actually not overheating at all, never mind that thermometer icon on the boot screen. The problem seems to occur in the higher-end Core i7 version of the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Built A Surface Pro 3 Out Of Cardboard For Aussie Schools

The Surface Pro 3 is finally available in Australia today. To pump up sales excitement in the education sector, Microsoft’s been producing Surface Pro 3 units out of cardboard.

This Is The World's First 8TB Hard Drive

Bigger is better. Seagate just shipped the world’s first 8TB hard drives to “select customers”, a new milestone for fitting gobs of data on a single 3.5-inch platter. Between all the videos I’ve shot and all the pictures I’ve taken and all the high-quality music and movies I’ve downloaded for years, I could easily fill this baby up.

The iPad Education Revolution Stalls Out

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that its sprawling hometown’s school system, the second largest in the US, would be withdrawing from last year’s ambitious promise to supply all 640,000 students with an iPad. Good. The Los Angeles United School District just dodged a $US1 billion, tablet-shaped bullet.

HP Recalls Six Million Laptop Power Cords Because They Might Catch On Fire

Got a HP or Compaq laptop? Better check the power cord; HP is recalling six million of them due to a fire risk.

Report: Gigantic 12.9-Inch iPads Are Coming Next Year

Since the iPhone’s launch in 2007, Apple has kept screen sizes simple, offering only four options. Now, the company may be taking a different approach. Bloomberg reports that Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Microsoft Just Slashed $130 Off The Price Of The Surface 2

Microsoft has knocked $130 off the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets in Australia — making them cheaper than even the lowliest large iPad models. The price reduction means the base 32GB model now costs $399, and the 64GB unit costs $509.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 Wi-Fi Router: Australian Review

802.11ac is into its second generation now, with several Wi-Fi router makers releasing a second iteration of the super-fast wireless standard that promises a big jump in transfer rates. Netgear’s Nighthawk X6 router improves on the model it replaces, but it doesn’t offer a huge speed improvement from the existing R7000 unless you have a bunch of brand new 802.11ac-compliant devices.

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