Two more reasons to get psyched about the Windows 10 preview

here are more reasons to get excited for windows 10 start
In keeping with recent tradition, Microsoft was virtually invisible during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Of course, the tech giant’s name came up a lot when invoking the onslaught of fresh Windows 8.1-powered gear, but directly, Redmond had next to nothing to showcase in Las Vegas.

Since all the attention is aimed at the industry this week, Microsoft decided to go after some of that publicity one way or another, revealing a juicy tidbit vis-à-vis Windows 10’s Technical Preview, and likely intentionally spilling the beans on the “Spartan” project.

Starting with the more straightforward, official news, it seems the upcoming experimental build of Windows 8.1’s highly anticipated sequel will be available as an ISO download from day one. The three public betas rolled out to Windows Insiders thus far first made their way via the Windows Update channel, hitting ISO down the road.

Something else appeared in the unofficially leaked 9901 build, likely integrating Cortana voice assistance and perhaps introducing the world to a Microsoft-designed Internet Explorer alternative.

Codenamed Spartan, this abruptly popped up in the rumor mill last week, and is further detailed by BGR, which also claims to be in possession of a screenshot showing the all-new browser in action. There’s obviously no way to verify the authenticity of the pic, or report as a whole, but if it’s really Spartan we’re looking at, we like what we see.

Clean as a whistle, minimalistic, free of clutter and unnecessary add-ons, it looks almost nothing like Internet Explorer even though it reportedly makes use of the same underlying engines, Trident and Chakra. And mind you, this is an alleged beta dating back to early November, with multiple upgrades and renovations on the way.

Let’s just hope Redmond isn’t deliberately sending us on a wild-goose chase while working at entirely different things for Windows 10 integration. Oh, well, everything should (hopefully) come to light on January 21.

Product Review

Amid a new fleet of budget laptops, the ZenBook 13 sails where others sink

It’s never been truer that you don’t need to spend over a thousand bucks to buy a good laptop. The ZenBook 13 takes we’ve always loved about its predecessor and makes enough small refinements to keep it ahead of its competitors.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Computing

New Windows 10 19H1 preview lets users remove more pre-installed Microsoft apps

With the release of the latest Windows 10 19H1 preview build on October 17, Microsoft is letting some consumers remove more of the pre-installed inbox app bloatware from their machines. 
Computing

Problems with Microsoft’s Windows October 2018 Update aren’t over yet

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 update is not having a great launch. More than two weeks after its debut and Microsoft is still putting out fires as new bugs are discovered and there's no sign of its re-release as of yet.
Gaming

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Computing

Protect your digital identity with these four easy steps to online anonymity

You don't have to be a secret agent or a notorious hacktivist to care about anonymity. Consult this guide to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for staying anonymous and keeping your online activity private
Product Review

Spanning 49 inches, this gaming monitor is the next best thing to VR

Samsung has taken "ultrawide" to its new limit with its 49-inch gaming monitor, the CHG90. With a 144Hz refresh rate and ungodly amounts of screen real estate, it just might be the most impressive gaming monitor ever made.
Computing

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.
Computing

How does Samsung's new 2-in-1 stack up against the tried-and-true Surface Pro 6?

We're the stacking Surface Pro 6 and Galaxy Book 2 up against each other in this head-to-head. Both of these devices share a similar form factor and design, but be it LTE connectivity or difference in pricing, each offers up its own pros…
Social Media

How to turn off Safe Mode in Tumblr

If you've joined Tumblr after hearing tales about the social network's more adult communities, you may be disappointed by how family-friendly it seems. Here's how to turn off "Safe Search" in Tumblr and delve into the site's seedy…
Computing

Choose your weapon wisely -- these are the best keyboards for gaming on your PC

Your PC isn't complete without one of the best gaming keyboards on the planet. We have a list spanning full-sized models to compact versions from Razer, Cooler Master, Corsair, Logitech G, and more.
Computing

Capture screenshots with print screen and a few alternative methods

Capturing a screenshot of your desktop is easier than you might think, but it's the kind of thing you'll probably need to know. Here's how to perform the important function in just a few, easy steps.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive head-to-head: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual-reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Computing

What's the best laptop? We've reviewed a lot of them, and this is our answer

The best laptop should be one that checks all the boxes: Great battery life, beautiful design, and top-notch performance. The laptops we've chosen for our best laptops you can buy do all that — and throw in some extra features while…