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One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is the lack of the Start button, but the feature is about to make a return with an overhauled look and feel. In the leaked screenshot above, you see the new Start menu, which incorporates Microsoft's tile design that you'll find it using across its product line in areas like Xbox, Windows Phone, Office, and of course, Windows itself.
As you see in the screenshot, there are tiles embedded into the Start menu for items like People, Mail, PC Settings, Calendar, Xbox, Camera, and more. We'd imagine that you'd be able to rearrange items, pin your favorites, and remove things you'd never use. Bringing back the Start menu could be seen as a big step back, with Microsoft succumbing to users who refuse to embrace change; others may see it as the company finally listening to user feedback and addressing those needs. The Start button is much more usable on a computer that doesn't have a touchscreen than the home screen version of the Start menu. No word on when the change will go public.
What do you think? Have you been waiting for the return of the Start button on the Windows 8 desktop?
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Today in the Gear Live Deals Shop we're offering a 33% discount on the Doxie One portable scanner. Computer scanners can be large and cumbersome, so when we saw that the Doxie One portable scanner was on sale, we had to make that our Deal of the Day. What's so cool about the Doxie One? All you need is an SD card (and it even comes with one) to start scanning--no need to connect it to a computer or wireless network and hope it works. Just scan away, then take the SD card and plug it into your Mac or PC. It'll even OCR your documents to make them searchable PDFs if you'd like!
Curious about what, exactly, the "ultra" in Ultra Street Fighter 4 is supposed to imply? Capcom has released a new trailer detailing all the new characters, stages, game modes, gameplay balancing tweaks, and other features that are set to make this the biggest and best incarnation of Street Fighter 4 yet. If it's not enough for you, then you're gonna have to tell us what Capcom forgot to include, because we're having a hard time finding it.
Ultra Street Fighter 4 will launch this summer (you can pre-order USF4 now!) and will be available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. You can peep the trailer after the jump.
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If you've been waiting for Titanfall to drop in price before getting in on the action, well, it's time to stand by for Titanfall. Amazon is featuring the game as a Gold Box special today, selling it for just $37 (a 38% discount!) That price applies to all platforms, including PC, Xbox One, and even the newly-released Xbox 360 version.
Head over to Amazon to take advantage of this deal now!
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While Apple is still quoting 4-6 week delivery times for new Mac Pro orders, those who need one sooner should know that Amazon has both stock configurations ready to ship immediately. The quad-core 3.7GHz Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D300 cards and 12GB RAM is $2,994, while the six-core 3.5GHz Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D500 cards and 16GB RAM is $3,994. You can find them here:
If you want more RAM, it's cheaper to buy it yourself from a place like OWC anyway (video tutorial after the jump.) Additionally, Amazon doesn't charge sales tax in most places, so at those high prices, you're saving a pretty penny. Overnight shipping on the Mac Pros is available as well.
If you can't wait to get in on the Titanfall action, you might wanna rush over and apply for the Titanfall beta. Available on both Xbox One and PC, the beta will allow you to play near-final code prior to the launch of the game next month. If you are selected, you'll receive an email from RA with instructions on how to access the game by noon on February 17th. Good luck!
You can pre-order Titanfall now.
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Apple has just announced iTunes Radio, the new streaming music service for iOS, iTunes (Mac and PC,) and Apple TV. The service looks to compete with Pandora, and will be built right in to the iOS 7 Music app. Apple will have a bunch of curated stations available at launch, and will also allow users to create their own custom stations as well. You can give a track a star to signify that you like it, share the station with a friend, and ask for more like that song. Led Zepplin is even available, a first for streaming. iTunes Radio will be free with advertising, but iTunes Match subscribers get it completely ad-free.
We talk with rapper Xzibit about the Monster EA MVP Carbon gaming headphones. This is a collaboration between Monster Products and Electronic Arts (EA Sports) to put together the ultimate gaming headphone that is compatible with Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Xzibit and Sugar Ray Leonard are the Monster Gaming ambassadors for the headphone line. You can pick up the Monster MVP Carbon gaming headphones now for $249.
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Former Microsoft CEO, current mosquito-wrangler and public donator of his vast wealth, Bill Gates, was talking on CNBC about how he feels iPad users are frustrated about not having a physical keyboard and the lack of Microsoft Office. Curious among many where he is getting his data. Bill didn't waste any time proposing the Microsoft Surface tablet, which has Microsoft Office, as a better alternative, despite sales indicating the contrary. Perhaps, it might behoove Microsoft to go to its roots and start selling software instead of trying to sell an ecosystem. After all, we're in the 'Post PC-era' as coined by the late Steve Jobs. On the other hand, Bill is saying tablets are growing in popularity, and that, eventually, they'll be hard to distinguish between them and PCs. Catch the video after the break.
"With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad type device. A lot of those users are frustrated. They can't type. They can't create documents. They don't have Office there. So we're providing them something with the benefits they've seen that have made that a big category but without giving up what they expect in a PC." - Bill Gates