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Last week, Microsoft officially unveiled its Windows 8 Consumer Preview, ending months of speculation about the new-look OS. Share your Consumer Preview thoughts, tips and opinions in the article below.

Plus: 6 of the best smartphones under $500, get Genie Timeline Home 2.1, free today only (RRP: $39.95), How to upgrade your laptop's Wi-Fi adapter, PlayStation Vita hands-on.

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Discuss: Windows 8 Consumer Preview first impressions NEWS
Discuss: Windows 8 Consumer Preview first impressions
By Chris Jager | Mar 5, 2012
Have you downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview yet? Share your thoughts and opinions on Microsoft's new touchy-feely OS here.
6 of the best smartphones under $500 NEWS
6 of the best smartphones under $500
By Chris Jager , Paddy Smith | Mar 6, 2012
The power of a smartphone without expensive contract strings attached: these mid-range offerings should suit your pocket in more ways than one.
The Vita: we get hands-on with Sony's new portable PlayStation FEATURES
The Vita: we get hands-on with Sony's new portable PlayStation
By Chris Jager | Feb 29, 2012
Read our first impressions of the PlayStation Vita.
How to: Upgrade your laptop's Wi-Fi adapter FEATURES
How to: Upgrade your laptop's Wi-Fi adapter
By Staff Writer | Mar 5, 2012
Replacing a laptop's single-band wireless card is a lot simpler than you might think. We show you how it's done.
Tech deals: Genie Timeline Home 2.1, worth $39.95, free on Tuesday NEWS
Tech deals: Genie Timeline Home 2.1, worth $39.95, free on Tuesday
By Chris Wiles | Mar 6, 2012
Keep your most important files backed up using our free giveaway: Genie Timeline Home 2.1, worth $39.95.
Valve 'Steam Box' controller design and possible prototype appear online NEWS
Valve 'Steam Box' controller design and possible prototype appear online
By Esat Dedezade | Mar 6, 2012
The Steam Box rumour mill is picking up the pace as the internet throws up more speculation.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 beta now available NEWS
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 beta now available
By Mike Williams | Mar 6, 2012
Kaspersky Lab has released the first beta of its 2012 Internet Security suite. Get the free download here.
Time-waster of the week: Play Super Mario Bros with Portal guns NEWS
Time-waster of the week: Play Super Mario Bros with Portal guns
By Sophie Charara | Mar 6, 2012
Just when you thought Super Mario couldn't get any better - someone's added Portal guns to it.
Postbox 3.0.3 for Windows and Mac released NEWS
Postbox 3.0.3 for Windows and Mac released
By Nick Peers | Mar 6, 2012
Postbox, Inc has updated its cross-platform, commercial email client with a minor but worthy update. Get the download here.
Assassin's Creed 3: official trailer NEWS
Assassin's Creed 3: official trailer
By Esat Dedezade | Mar 6, 2012
Ubisoft's most expensive game ever has launched its first trailer. Watch it here.
41MP camera sensors coming to Windows Phones NEWS
41MP camera sensors coming to Windows Phones
By Paddy Smith | Mar 6, 2012
Nokia's Jo Harlow has confirmed that the company's PureView camera tech will be coming to the Windows-based handsets soon.
Report: Android 6.0 will be called Key Lime Pie NEWS
Report: Android 6.0 will be called Key Lime Pie
By Esat Dedezade | Mar 6, 2012
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean hasn't even been released yet, but Google is already beavering away at its next dessert-monikered OS.
Facebook Messenger for Windows launches NEWS
Facebook Messenger for Windows launches
By Paddy Smith | Mar 6, 2012
Facebook's new Messenger for Windows desktop app means you'll soon be chatting with your mates sans browser.
Unboxed: Sony DEV5 3D Recording Binoculars PHOTO GALLERY
Unboxed: Sony DEV5 3D Recording Binoculars
Mar 1, 2012
Take your bird-watching to the next level with this quirky 3D camcorder/binoculars hybrid from Sony.
Factory tour: Inside Nikon's camera plant PHOTO GALLERY
Factory tour: Inside Nikon's camera plant
Feb 23, 2012
With more than 16,000 parts per camera, the amount of fiddling involved is ridiculous. Here's a small peek inside the Japanese facility where Nikon makes DSLRs.
In Pictures: Mass Effect 3 Launch Party PHOTO GALLERY
In Pictures: Mass Effect 3 Launch Party
Feb 23, 2012
See all the photos from this week's Mass Effect 3 launch party: including FemShep cos-players, a live orchestra, associate producer Robyn Theberge and some hands-on time with the game.
Top 25 music making gadgets PHOTO GALLERY
Top 25 music making gadgets
Feb 3, 2012
Whether you're a heavy metal machine, a jazz hepcat or a synth wizard, you'll be able to make some noise with these musical gadgets
In Pictures: Why the MakerBot Replicator is one of the best toys ever PHOTO GALLERY
In Pictures: Why the MakerBot Replicator is one of the best toys ever
Jan 30, 2012
The MakerBot Replicator is an open source 3D printing machine that lets you create practically any toy or tool you can think of. Check out the galley to see it in action.
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