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At long last Microsoft will make it possible to run Windows 10 on cheap low-powered PCs (like rinky-dink tablets) as well as on smartphones. For years, Microsoft has struggled to bring the full Windows experience to ultra-portable devices that run low-power chips that can't handle the beefy OS. Previous attempts were paltry at best. That's about to change — and it might be just the kick in the pants Windows portables need to get going.

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Alienware's funky-lookin' laptops may look cool and play games good, but we've agreed in the past that they're generally a little bit too expensive for what you're getting. Microsoft's daily Christmas deal for today, though, knocks $1000 off the price of this 15-inch Alienware notebook. Why? Because it's about to be replaced by a new model.

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Finding the perfect laptop can be tricky, especially if looking at a spec sheet makes your eyes glaze over. It can be tempting to ignore these sometimes-confusing tables. Instead, many of us rely on a quick Google search for reviews of popular brands. That is a mistake.

Learning to read a spec sheet can be incredibly valuable. Not only will you be making an informed decision, you're less likely to spend money needlessly. You should be looking for what you need, not just what sounds powerful and fancy. We explain some of the most important and head-scratch inducing parts of spec sheets mean.

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With the month of December comes a whole bunch of deals to tempt your wallet. Microsoft is getting in on the action, too, and the first of its 12 days of end-of-year bargains is a pretty decent saving on a pretty decent everyday laptop from HP.

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If you have a new (and probably quite expensive) 4K HDR TV, then 4K video is amazing — it looks incredible. But to watch a 4K Blu-ray, you need a 4K Blu-ray player, which can set you back quite a few hundred dollars more than regular Blu-ray. If you do want to make that investment, though, the cheapest 4K Blu-ray player actually does a lot more than just play movies. You can buy a 4K-toting Xbox One S for as little as $349, a full $200 cheaper than the least expensive Blu-ray player on sale in Australia today.

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Late last month, Microsoft fired a shot across Apple's bow. With the Surface Studio and Dial and an updated Surface Book, Microsoft made clear its plans to woo Apple's old core audience of creative professionals — a group Apple has seemingly forgotten in favour of a more mainstream target. Apple fired back with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, but unfortunately, the OLED touchscreen that replaces the function keys feels more like a gimmick than a game changer. Has Apple lost its old base? Though both laptops go for over $2000, a peek under the hood of both Apple and Microsoft's laptops tells the real story: When it comes to a mobile workhorse, at least, Apple still reigns supreme.

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Microsoft has a nifty new app that can help colourblind people see exactly what they're missing out on. Called Color Binoculars, the app makes use of the phone's camera to adjust colours in such a way that a colourblind person can see whatever's in the frame in the same way a non-colourblind person would. I love this idea, because I'm colourblind.

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Stephanie Tarling is an actress and musician born in England and living in LA, working on an EP set to release in 2017. She's also the breathy voice behind the hauntingly beautiful cover of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's Pure Imagination, the song sung by Gene Wilder in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, that Microsoft used to introduce the world to the Surface Studio.