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Everything you need to know about Intel's Ivy Bridge

Intel is set to roll out its latest generation of processors sometime this spring. By normal standards, the launch should mark a new "tick" in the company's product roadmap, but Intel is going beyond just shrinking the current 32nm Sandy Bridge die by introducing some fundamental advancements with its new 22nm process.

There's been quite a bit of information on Ivy Bridge going around ever since Intel detailed the architecture late last year. We'll recap some of the major changes and practical implications, while also bringing you up to speed on the latest developments, including expected launch lineup and pricing.

Windows 8 tricks, tips and shortcuts: a power user must-read

Windows 8 CP cracked 1 million downloads shortly after launching last Wednesday and I'm sure many of you have tried it already. Whether you went with a dual-boot, upgrade, clean install or virtual machine, if you're coming from Windows 7 you'll notice significant changes immediately, while others may not be as obvious.

With change comes good and bad -- at least until you learn some tricks that get you back up to speed. Without further ado, here's a shortlist of Windows 8 shortcuts and useful quick tricks I've gathered thus far.

Tech Tip: Enable Concurrent Desktop Sessions in Windows

Remote Desktop in server editions of Windows by default supports two concurrent connections to remotely troubleshoot or administer a computer. However, there are a few reasons why concurrent sessions would come in handy for power users not necessarily running a server.

For example, if you have a dedicated Media Center PC running in the living room, you'll be able to remotely access all files on the machine without interrupting the person watching TV. Or if you are sharing a computer with other users, concurrent Remote Desktop sessions will allow more than one person use that system under a different or even the same user account, without kicking each other off.

Tablets of 2011: What to Look For (Updated)

Apple iPad remains the undisputed best-selling tablet in the market, but companies such as Asus and Samsung are coming on strong with their first Android "Honeycomb" tablets. RIM on the other hand hasn't been doing too well with the PlayBook.

We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. With more than a dozen options already in the market, this will serve as a starting point for narrowing down your purchase.