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A thermal module less than half a millimeter in thickness. No fans. Thinner. Lighter. That's the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix for you. It's been a few months since the Helix convertible tablet was refreshed with Intel's Broadwell processor, otherwise known as Core M (the same processor used in Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro), and the benefit is that it runs cooler than ever. So cool it might not even need a fan.

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We won't get any more new builds for Windows 10 Technical Preview this year, but it looks like Microsoft is cooking up a host of changes for the first preview of 2015. WinBeta has learned that the first Consumer Preview of the OS is likely to debut early next year, which may include Cortana for the desktop, a new Start screen, access to the desktop-to-tablet UI switching mode called Continuum and more.

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PayPal Here (site), a credit-card scanner and app service akin to Square, is set to debut on Windows and Windows Phone sometime in early 2015.

The information comes via an email sent to a reviewer asking about the app, who is informed that a pilot program is set to begin in "January-February 2015". The PayPal Here app is releasing to Windows 8.1 first and then Windows Phone 8.1 shortly thereafter.

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview had a significant update earlier this week with many new changes. One of them is causing a bit of a stir as it involves OneDrive and the new 'selective sync' feature.

According to Microsoft's blog post on the Windows 10 changes, the OneDrive team was responding to user feedback about how OneDrive used so-called placeholders for data that was available on OneDrive but not synced locally. In short, they said such a design caused confusion as people had to "learn" the difference between a placeholder file and the real file that was synchronized on their local PC.

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