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It looks like we're on the threshold ... of Threshold.

The next version of Microsoft Windows, code-named Threshold, is set for a "technology preview" in late September or early October, reports ZDnet. That's fancy geek speak for a beta or pre-release testing version, and like Apple did last month, Microsoft will make the beta public.

That's right. You. Me. Anyone who hates Windows 8. We can all test Windows 9 -- though putting testing software on your primary PC is not the brightest idea.

It's time for classes! Or, if you're a bit older, maybe it's time to upgrade your aging laptop. But there are so many things to consider, besides price: touchscreen, solid state drives, RAM, processor, weight, battery life, screen size, operating system, and build quality -- where do you begin?

Not to worry. Here are five tips and picks to simplify things greatly:

For most incoming law students, 1L starts in just a few weeks. At this point, you're probably figuring out apartment leases, moving trucks, and tying up loose ends in your current living situation. But when 1L arrives, you'll want to be prepared and ready to jump right in.

A couple of weeks ago, we have you a list of supplies to get you started, but being the resident geek in the building, I figured a little tech talk was also in order.

Here are a few things you need, technology-wise, and some that you don't:

There have been so many rumors swirling about the MacBook Air, from high definition "Retina" displays to a 12-inch redesign, that it'd be hard not to be disappointed by an update to Apple's cheapest ultraportable laptops.

Even still, meh. Earlier this week, the Cupertino-based company, with no fanfare whatsoever, quietly updated its MacBook Air lineup with this change: a 0.1GHz speed increase. This is like someone giving you $1.58 instead of $1.55. This is like being promised candy and getting a single jelly bean. This is like every single year for the Kansas City Royals.

But, on the bright side, Apple did slash prices by $100, leading to even bigger discounts on last year's now totally obsolete models. (Yes, that is sarcasm.)

Lawyers: Shortcuts Keys Can Make You More Efficient

Can a few shortcut keys make you a more efficient lawyer? It's frustrating to watch a lawyer wasting time schlepping that cursor around with a mouse when he could be blazing like a wizard using shortcut keys. Using the mouse too much also sets you up for repetitive strain injuries.

And for us of course, time is money. So be a wizard. Avoid the mouse with the easy and quick shortcuts below. They have been tested on a Windows system, but many of them work on Macs, too.

3 Lessons To Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

Now that Satya Nadella has been named as Microsoft's new CEO, what lessons can companies learn from him?

Besides the fact that Nadella can rock the hell out of the casual chic, tech dad look, his long-time employment at Microsoft and low public profile sets him apart from several of the other tech CEOs.

Here are three lessons to learn from Microsoft's new CEO.

Is there anything more annoying than a flight attendant forcing you to pause that episode of Avengers right before Hulk takes on Loki? It's for your own safety, they said. Your iPad will interfere with the flight computers, they protested.

It was all crap. We knew it. They did too. And this summer, we passed along the rumor that the FAA was considering loosening their restrictions on electronics during takeoff and landing. The rumor is turning to reality, and by next year, you should be able to keep that tablet, laptop, or smartphone (in airplane mode, of course) running nonstop.

Per the FAA's press release, here are ten things to know about using your electronic devices on flights, with helpful annotation:

Looking for a tech upgrade? Are you one of the majority of tablet-toting lawyers who prefer Apple products? Today was a big day in the tech industry, with Apple revamping much of their lineup of MacBook and Mac Pros, iPads thin and mini, and much of their software.

If you have any interest in faster laptops, thinner tablets, or free Mac OS software, read on.

October is set to be a busy month for gadget freaks. We were all pretty excited by last month's new iPhone releases, but over the next two weeks, the biggest names in Silicon Valley are set to release a bevy of products, from tablets to phones to laptops, in time for the holiday season.

What are the biggest products lawyers should keep an eye out for?

Quickly, name the three most important specifications for an electronic device.

If you said "battery life," "processing power," and "price," the words "Bay Trail" may be the most important tech terms you'll hear this year. For years, Intel's budget Atom processor served as its "good enough" solution for those on a shoestring, netbook-toting budget. You could take notes, answer emails, surf the web, and make on-the-road edits to your legal briefs, albeit with the occasional lag or hiccup.

With the new Atom processors, codenamed "Bay Trail," Intel focused on two things: battery life and going beyond "good enough." And if the initial reviews of these $300 machines are any indication, Bay Trail could be your next on the road or for the kids machine.