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Windows 8.1 fixes problems, adds new features, but touch screen is still the focus (hands-on)

Today, during the keynote for the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced the preview version for Windows 8.1 (download the preview here). As a point upgrade to Windows 8, there are few sweeping changes to the operating system, but Microsoft has thankfully made some tweaks to the interface, along with upgraded apps and other enhancements that users will appreciate. But it's important to note that if you were hoping for a return to a Windows 7 layout, you're going to be disappointed; Microsoft is sticking to its guns on the Modern UI (the tiled Start screen interface), and you'll still be using it as your main launching point. With that said, Microsoft has added a few features that make it a bit more palatable to keyboard-and-mouse Windows desktop users. New apps and features in Windows 8.1 (pictures)1-2 of 10 Scroll LeftScroll Right

How to export your Google Reader data

Google Reader will cease to exist after July 1. If you haven't migrated to another news reader yet, you only have a few days left before it's too late to export your data out of Google Reader.

If you're still hanging onto Google Reader, it's time to let it go. After Monday, Google Reader will no longer be available. People with only a few subscriptions will be able to migrate to another service without much hassle, but users with more than just a few will want the option to bulk import the subscription data. Even if you don't import the data to a new service right away, it'll be nice to have for future reference. To export your Google Reader data, follow the steps below: Step 1: Go to Reader settings, then click on the Import/Export tab. Step 2: Under "Export your information," click on the "Download your data through Takeout" link. You can also go to https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader directly. Step 3: Once Takeout shows 100 percent…

Headphones for those about to rock

The good:The Motorizers feature distinctive Motorhead branding and a very rock-friendly sound; lack of a bass bump also makes them suited to most styles of music; detachable cables. The bad:Build quality is a little cheap-feeling; the presence boost can make the headphones a little tiring to listen to after a while; they don't fold flat and so are less portable than other DJ headphones; they're plasticky and the earcups attract lint. Would you buy a pair of headphones named after a group of hearing-impaired elderly men? The bottom line:The Motorheadphones Motorizers look and sound very rock-and-roll, but need a little more attention to the build quality.
While the pop and R&B world is littered with stars who slap their names upon the latest piece of plastic to land on the wharf, the roster of rock musicians willing to do the same is more an addendum to a footnote. We have Lou Reed, and ...um... we now have Motorhead. That's right, the one-time "loudest band in the w…

The best Micro Four Thirds camera thus far

The good:The Olympus PEN E-P5 renders extremely good photos for its class, and has a streamlined shooting design. Plus, it's fast. The bad:The navigation button/dial is annoyingly awkward, and I wish the flash tilted. The bottom line:An excellent entry in the Micro Four Thirds universe, the Olympus PEN E-P5 should please a lot of folks, but it's also expensive given that it doesn't deliver best-in-class photo quality.

Normally a two-year product cycle isn't that much for a camera targeted at advanced photographers. But in a field where technology mutates as quickly as it does for advanced interchangeable-lens cameras, that's a long time. So at two years since the Olympus PEN E-P3, it feels like it's taken just a little too long for the PEN E-P5's debut. But in addition to incorporating the sensor, autofocus, and image stabilization systems from the E-M5, the E-P5 gains a tiltable touch screen; broader scene analysis in auto mode; 1080/30p video; and other fea…