Lenovo has announced a voluntary global recall of power cords sold with many of its notebooks between February 2011 and June 2012. The recall affects 73 different models sold around the world, and relates specifically to the power cord that plugs directly into the mains socket from the AC adapter - but not the adapter itself, or the cord that connects it to the laptop.

While Lenovo's product recall site does not go into detail regarding the underlying issue with the power cords, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a bulletin related to the recall,

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Microsoft has announced a new adapter that will let you use the Kinect that came with your Xbox One with your PC. The device will cost you $49 and will allow it to work with Windows 8 and 8.1 machines via USB.

This move will likely appease those who bought an Xbox One that came bundled with the device as that peripheral has not gotten much love after Microsoft announced that they would sell consoles without the attachment. Seeing as this version of the Kinect is more widely distributed than the previous version, it makes sense to try to expand the use of the device for consumers.

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Cloud storage is becoming increasingly popular - especially with deals like Microsoft's unlimited OneDrive storage with Office 365 subscriptions. But local storage hasn't gone out of fashion yet, and manufacturers are continuing to roll out drives in ever-greater sizes.

The latest such example comes from Seagate, with a new addition to its Archive HDD line. The largest drive features a massive 8TB of storage, but what's even more remarkable is the price: it will cost just $260 USD (roughly €210 EUR / £165 GBP) when it goes on sale next month.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has been doing pretty well since the company unveiled it back in May, and has earned widespread praise from reviewers and owners alike. But not everyone wants - or can afford - a device in the Pro 3's size and price range; some buyers just want something a bit more manageable, both for their hands and their wallets.

The Surface 2 addresses those needs, but the Windows RT tablet is now over a year old, and ready to be replaced with a more up to date model. According to TK Tech News, that replacement is on the way and, more surprisingly, it's said that the Surface mini will be along for the ride too.

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A few weeks back, Microsoft announced a white Xbox One console bundle that comes with Sunset Overdrive. If you are looking to grab this package, be prepared to wait as it looks like retailers are sold out and the bundles are selling for a premium on eBay.

The bundle, which costs $350 and comes with a white Xbox One and Sunset Overdrive is sold out at nearly all major retailers. Walmart, BestBuy, and GameStop all show that the bundle is out of stock at this time. If you head on over to eBay, you will see that the console is selling well above the $350 MSRP with an average price around $450 with some auctions going over $500.

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Samsung has confirmed that it is ending sales of all of its laptops - including both Windows notebooks and Chromebooks - in Europe. The move comes as the PC market continues to struggle in the face of increasingly powerful smartphones and tablets, reducing users' dependence on 'traditional' form factors, including notebooks and desktops.

A Samsung spokesperson confirmed the company's plans to PC Advisor today, saying:

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Good news for anyone who has been looking to pick up an Xbox One console, but didn't want to shell out the $400 for it: Microsoft has discounted all Xbox One consoles - including the Kinect and video game bundles - by $50.

This discount means that the Xbox One without a Kinect now costs only $350, as does the Assassin's Creed bundle, and the Sunset Overdrive bundle. Xbox One consoles including a Kinect are now only $450, down from $500.

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You may be familiar the virtual reality helmet Oculus VR, but did you know Sony is working on their own VR equipment, dubbed Morpheus? And according to the latest news Morpheus might launch in the near future

We reported on Morpheus back in March when Sony revealed their plan for VR helmets. After that, the company went a bit quiet as to how their work was progressing, but now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Morpheus is 85% complete.

VR helmets use speakers, high resolution displays and sensors to give the user the feeling of complete immersion in a virtual environment. Through its sensors the helmet tracks your head movements and adjust the scene you’re seeing in real time to create the illusion you’re actually there.

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Surface could be the next billion dollar business for Microsoft in the very near future as it managed to grab $908 million revenue in the company's latest quarter.

Microsoft announced its financial earnings for the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, beating analyst expectations with revenue of $23.2 billion. The report has revealed impressive growth for Microsoft's hardware devices and cloud businesses, out of which the Surface managed to bring in $908 million revenue, showing a 127% year over year growth from last year's $400 million.

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Earlier this month, at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Toshiba unveiled one of the most affordable Windows devices ever. Priced at just $119.99, the 7-inch Encore Mini tablet comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing - the fully-featured version of the OS introduced after Microsoft dropped its OS licensing fees for devices under 10-inches.

The new device has now gone on sale via the Microsoft Store, and you'll even save 99 cents compared with the price stated in the press release, as it will only set you back $119.

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