HP Home Office Store offers the 3.1-lb. HP ENVY 13t-3000 Spectre Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Ultrabook for $1,069.99. Coupon code "PC999CM" drops it to $855.99. With free shipping, that's $214 off list and the lowest total price we could find. (For further comparison, it's $56 over yesterday's mention of a similar laptop with a substantially lower-resolution screen.) It features an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 2560x1440 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Microsoft Store once again offers the 4.1-lb. Dell Inspiron 15z Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.8GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Ultrabook for $499 with free shipping. That's tied with our expired mention from last week as the lowest total price we've seen for any Inspiron 15z touchscreen laptop. (For further comparison, it's also a current price low by $300.) It features an Intel Core i5-3337U 1.8GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 6GB RAM, 500GB hard drive with 32GB SSD, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8 64-bit.
Humble Bundle offers downloads of the Humble Multimedia Fusion 2 7-Game Bundle for Windows for whatever you want to pay. If you opt to pay the bare minimum of $1, you'll get Multimedia Fusion 2 for Windows, OddPlanet for Windows, Splotches for Windows, Faerie Solitaire for Windows (also compatible with Mac), MANOS: The Hands of Fate for Windows (pictured, also compatible with Android), Vincere Totus Astrum for Windows, and Pitiri 1977 for Windows. That's already $15 under the lowest price we could find for just Pitiri 1977, OddPlanet, and Faerie Solitaire elsewhere.
If you pay $6 or more, you'll also get Knytt Underground for Windows (also compatible with Mac and Linux), NightSky for Windows (also compatible with Android, Mac, and Linux), and Really Big Sky for Windows, an even better deal. Your contribution can be donated to charity (Child's Play or the Electronic Frontier Foundation), the developers, or both. Deal ends December 12 at 1:59 pm ET.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be a distant memory, but Microsoft is creating 12 days of deals at its own retail stores to continue the bargains in the run up to Christmas. The first day of sales commences on Monday, with Microsoft Stores selling Dell’s Venue 8 Pro tablet for just $99. It’s an incredibly good deal for an 8-inch tablet running a full copy of Windows 8.1, but there’s a slight catch: there’s only 20 at each of Microsoft’s 58 stores across the US for the initial $99 price. Microsoft is planning to hold additional sales over 12 days from Monday onwards, and if the initial deal is anything to go by then there could be even greater bargains over the next few weeks.
Green Man Gaming offers downloads of Final Fantasy VIII for Windows for $11.99. Coupon code "GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT" cuts it to $9.60. That's the lowest price we could find by $2. Deal ends December 6 at 10 pm ET.
Details are still hazy at best, but Samsung might be preparing to ship a new Windows Phone. A listing for an unannounced Samsung smartphone with model number SM-W750V has appeared on Indian tech company Zauba’s website. According to the listing, the phone will feature a 5-inch display, and as SamMobile has deduced based on its 33,245 rupee ($540 USD) price, it will likely contain high-end specs comparable to Samsung’s other flagship phones. Samsung hasn’t been shy about the fact that it is exploring its options in terms of smartphone operating systems, particularly with the upcoming launch of Tizen. Releasing a Windows Phone would allow Samsung to spread its reach even further, and with Microsoft looming over the Windows Phone business, this
Some of us spend a lot of time trying to elevate our status in life and accumulate more privileges. Apparently, that's not as as difficult as it should be (it should be impossible) in the Windows XP and Server 2003 kernels. With the proper knowledge, you can log on as a restricted user and exploit a vulnerability to gain admin rights and control over everything on the system.
Microsoft debuted a true analogue to Google Earth on Thursday, launching a Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1 that moves Maps into true 3D.
The new app, , even launches by zooming in on a 3D globe—the signature opening shot of Google Earth. From there, Microsoft maps fans can swoop down to street-level scenery, plot routes from one point to the next, or simply fly about the virtual Earth, with 3D terrain like mountains appearing as it normally would. Several world cities are also mapped in 3D, to splendid effect.
Several years ago, this would probably have put Microsoft on par with Google, prompting dozens of stories about how the two tech rivals were engaged in a heated race to virtually map the earth. Today, however, the new Maps, while visually impressive, probably is less of a utility then a curiosity.