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  • The venture capitalist was on a single-person raft that overturned on the Rogue River, throwing him into the water, but he did not resurface.

  • Aug. 2 will be a busy day for Microsoft. The Xbox One S Launch Edition will arrive in select markets the same day the Windows 10 Anniversary Update hits.

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: This fully reversible laptop (folds to a large tablet) has a sharp 13.3-inch display, a classy-looking watchband-type hinge and a lightweight body.

  • IDC and Gartner analysts say there are challenges, but the expiration of free Windows 10 upgrades may help to drive improved numbers later this year.

  • For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about the future of Apple's Mac lineup. The most notable among them suggests that Apple is working on a new MacBook Pro that would come with an OLED-based touch bar above the keyboard. That touch bar would provide additional functionality, including the ability to tap icons to open apps and get notifications. There also are those who believe there is a reason Apple hasn't updated the MacBook Air in more than a year: Some suspect Apple plans to kill it off and replace it with a new model with different branding. Others posit that Apple is simply waiting to introduce improved Mac models later this year. All the while, Mac owners and those thinking about buying a new Mac are looking ahead to the release of macOS Sierra in the fall. Simply put, a number of things could happen in the Mac world in the next few months. Those thinking about buying a new Apple computer have a number of factors to consider before they make a purchasing decision. This eWEEK slide show covers some of the factors Mac buyers should consider—including portability, power and Apple's possible product update plans—before choosing a Mac model.

  • Independent proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis tells EMC shareholders the deal is a good move for both them and the storage vendor.

  • Lenovo is spending $195 million to gain 95 percent of the 5-year-old Lenovo NEC Holdings as it looks to grow its standing in the PC market.

  • Company officials say business users and consumers are turning to new PC form factors that allow them to be more productive.

  • Demand for instant application performance is up, but supply is down in the DRAM production business, thanks to several factors.

  • Apple announced in late June that it was discontinuing production of its Thunderbolt Display. Apple released a statement at that time noting there are many third-party display models customers could buy for their Macs. Apple is correct in encouraging Mac users to seek out alternative display suppliers. In fact, over the past several years, many have argued that displays from Dell, HP and even Apple's archrival Samsung have delivered better color accuracy, nicer designs and far more value for the money than Apple's $1,000 display. Best of all, they work just fine with Apple's Macs by connecting through any number of ports, including HDMI or even the Thunderbolt connector. But now that Apple has given its Mac users its blessing to buy something else, eWEEK thought it might be a good time to discuss some of the better monitors currently available on store shelves. Each of the following display modes offers features that shouldn't be overlooked. Read on to learn more about some of the best Apple display alternatives.

  • In June, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is running on 350 million devices worldwide, exceeding its goal after less than a year of availability. Now, the operating system will reach two important milestones. First, Microsoft announced that its free Windows upgrade program will end on July 29, exactly a year after the software giant released the operating system. Windows will reach the next milestone on Aug. 2 with the Anniversary Update, which comes with several improvements, including a smarter Cortana, security enhancements and an upgraded Edge browser. These improvements combined with the user support the OS has already gained suggest that Windows 10 is well on its way to reaching Microsoft's goal of running on 1 billion devices. Still, that means there are hundreds of millions of people who have yet to upgrade to Windows 10 and have turned blind eyes to Microsoft's pop-ups urging Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to install the latest edition. This eWEEK slide show looks at the reasons why it makes sense to install Windows 10, even when free upgrades are no longer available.

  • Using HPI DaaS, enterprises can now obtain HP's latest PCs, tablets, printers and other devices using a single contract (per seat, per month) with no upfront investment.

  • The chip maker's GPU is based on its Polaris architecture, and the HiAlgo acquisition will bring more software capabilities to its RX graphics cards.

  • Kinect was just the start. Microsoft researchers are closing in on hand-triggered interfaces for virtual reality and gesture-based computing.

  • The PC market has been in decline over the past several years, due to plummeting demand for tablets, longer notebook and laptop refresh cycles, and a lack of enthusiasm for upgrading to new Windows versions. However, there has been one bright spot—two-in-one hybrids. Research firm IDC estimates that the devices, which can be used as notebooks or tablets, could see their year-over-year shipments rise 73 percent in 2016 and continue to surge through 2020. Along the way, hybrids will prop up the ailing PC market and become the most desirable computer type, according to analysts. Several features make hybrids appealing, including their light and compact designs, their versatility and their attractive value for the price. Unfortunately, in their attempt to grab an early advantage from the rising popularity of hybrids, some hardware makers tried to make a quick buck, but did so at the expense of delivering a quality product. So this slide show cherry-picks some of the more popular, higher quality hybrids available now to help prospective buyers separate the hybrid wheat from the chaff. Read on to learn more.

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