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Oracle unveils Alta, a next-generation user interface

Oracle has overhauled the way it will build user interfaces in order to better meet customers' expectations for user-friendly mobile apps.

New Lenovo Yoga tablets, PCs due out for holiday season

Lenovo's new Yoga tablets will ship during the holiday season, and Ashton Kutcher has a hand in product development.

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Apple yanks iOS 8 update after crippling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple today released, then quickly yanked, its first update for iOS 8 after customers flooded its support forum with reports that their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones could no longer connect to a cellular network.

Apple iOS 8 on iPhone

New iOS 8 APIs trigger higher app crash rate

iOS 8, Apple's newest mobile operating system, has exhibited an app crash rate significantly higher than iOS 7 did last year.

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Dell hopes to draw attention with PC, tablet innovations

In a copycat PC industry, Dell is trying to attract attention with features and technology firsts that it is bringing to PCs and tablets.

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Smaller Windows PC makers nip at Apple's heels in customer satisfaction

Apple again topped rival computer makers in an annual customer satisfaction survey, the 10th year in a row its Macs have whipped Windows PCs.

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An iOS 8 troubleshooting guide

I've been working to identify solutions to some reported iOS 8 problems, so if you're having problems take a look at these suggestions first.

Apple iOS 8 on the iPhone

iOS 8 gets off to sluggish start

The initial uptake for Apple's iOS 8 has been less than half of its predecessor, iOS 7, an online ad network said today, citing North American traffic.

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Apple releases iOS 8, starts serving upgrade downloads

Apple today shipped the free upgrade to iOS 8 for existing iPhone and iPad owners, opening up the download floodgates at 1 p.m. ET, as expected.

Amazon Fire HD in colors

Amazon's new Fire tablets offer more features at lower prices is providing more bang-for-the-buck with four new Fire tablets; prices start at $99 for a Fire HD with a 6-inch screen.

Apple iOS 8 on iPhone

Apple likely to release iOS 8 at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT Wednesday

Apple will probably release iOS 8 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) tomorrow, the traditional time of its mobile operating system upgrade launches.

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4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro

Microsoft's Surface Pro can be used as both a tablet and a laptop. We test four devices from Acer, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba that make the same claim.

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'Phablet,' the word we love to hate

"Phablet" is a word that people love to hate but continue to use. With Apple's late arrival to the category with the iPhone 6 Plus, it's sure to skyrocket in usage, if not in popularity, even though Apple, shuns the word.

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Sharp to mass-produce low-power mobile displays in 2017

Sharp has set 2017 as its target for mass production of a new display it says will reduce power consumption in smartphones and tablets. The MEMS-IGZO display, being developed under a 2012 tie-up with Qualcomm subsidiary...

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The iPhone 6 completes Apple's mobile line-up

The new smartphones Apple unveiled this week fill gaps in a product line-up that now stretches from the iPhone 5C to the iPad Air.

5 things Apple Watch can do, and 5 it can't

There's fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

Intel's Skylake chips set for PCs and tablets next year

Intel showed off the first PC containing a next-generation chip based on the upcoming Skylake architecture, set to be in PCs and tablets in the second half of next year.

iOS 7 hits 90% share, iOS 8 likely to ship Sept. 17

Just hours before Apple announces new iPhones, an ad network trolling its traffic data said that iOS 7, which will be replaced next week on most customers' devices, was running 90% of all North American iPhones and iPads.

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Intel's Core M chips slated for 20 Windows tablets, hybrids

Intel's new Core M chips, which bring PC-like performance to paper-thin tablets, will initially show up in many Windows 8.1 tablets.

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