One thing nearly every PC maker has in store for the launch of Windows 8 is a touch-screen laptop. That's apart from all the hybrid and convertible laptops we've seen, which will also be nearly universal. Those hybrid systems have a screen that either flips around or snaps apart from its keyboard, while touch-screen laptops are traditional clamshell systems, just with a touch-enabled panel added.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Published on Aug 31, 2012 by AssociatedPress : A Tokyo court on Friday dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent, the latest ruling in the global legal battle between the two technology titans over smartphones.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
HP's Envy x2 won't launch until later this year, but at an Hewlett-Packard event in San Francisco last week, I got a chance to get some hands-on time with the device. HP has not announced a price yet, but since Microsoft has yet to officially price its Surface tablet, that's not surprising.
It's interesting to watch HP attempt to bounce back from the TouchPad failure. From what I've seen of this tablet (HP calls it a "Hybrid PC"; I'll continue to call it a tablet), the company is on the right track.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Published on Aug 24, 2012 by CNETTV : Equipped with Android 4.0, a nice, dual-core processor, bright screen, plus an ultra-thin size, the $199.99 Motorola Electrify 2 is a tempting proposition on U.S. Cellular.
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Published on Aug 24, 2012 by CNETTV : The Samsung NX210's raw photos and the shooting experience it provides distinguish it from interchangeable-lens competitors, but it's slower than it should be and JPEG photos don't match the rest of the field.
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Friday, August 24, 2012
Published on Aug 23, 2012 by CNETTV : The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100's compact, elegant design; generally excellent photo quality; bright, fast lens; and speedy performance make a great package if you don't mind spending a little more money.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
One of the biggest buzzwords to emerge from this year's CES was 4K, which is pinned as the next consumer resolution after 1080p. But after a promising beginning we haven't heard much about actual product since then.
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The good: The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE brings a fast processor, a superb keyboard, Android 4.0, and a bright, colorful screen.
The bad: Until Sprint LTE is more widespread, the Photon Q 4G LTE is mostly stuck with 3G data. The phone is thick, heavy, takes disappointing pictures, and its battery isn't user removable.
The bottom line: The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is hefty, but packs modern Android power, an excellent keyboard, and LTE 4G if you're lucky.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A trusted Verizon employee has just confirmed to TechCrunch that the carrier is having an all-staff vacation blackout from the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30. You know what that means, right?
The next iPhone, whether it’s called the iPhone 5 or simply the new iPhone, will almost certainly be available in stores (with lines wrapping around the back of them) starting Friday, September 21.
It’s largely expected that the next-gen iPhone will be announced on September 12, in usual Apple fashion. (Though the spectacle may be a bit different this time around considering that Apple’slead presentation executive was fired in December.)
If we travel back a bit and examine the historical timeline from Apple’s announcement, to pre-order, to launch, the dates all seem to match up.
Last year Apple announced the iPhone 4S on a Tuesday, October 4th. The phone went up for pre-order on that Friday, October 7, and was available in stores on Friday, October 14, a week later.
The iPhone 5/2012 timeline looks almost identical:
- Expected announcement: Wednesday, September 12
- Expected pre-order date: Wednesday, September 12
- Launch date, as confirmed by our trusted source: Friday, September 21
And so began ticking the internal iCountdown clocks of a million fanboys.
Published on Aug 21, 2012 by CNETTV - First Look : The Kyocera Hydro by Boost Mobile is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset that is also waterproof -- so there's no need to worry if you accidentally drop it in water or take it for a quick swim.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Published on Aug 16, 2012 by Euronews : The tablet battle has entered a new round. Samsung has just launched its latest Galaxy tablet computer offering in three major markets looking to catch up with Apple's dominant iPad.
The device - which is now on sale in the US, Britain and South Korea - tries to be different with a stylus-type pen and the ability to view two apps at once on a split-screen.
Samsung still lags far behind Apple which sold nearly 28.8 million iPads in the first half of this year giving it almost two thirds of the market.Samsung's tablet sales were 4.4 million tablets with close to ten percent market share.
The two firms are currently toe-to-toe in a multi-billion dollar patents dispute.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Published on Aug 16, 2012 by WSJDigitalNetwork : The new frontier for Apple appears to be the living room, as the tech giant is said to be in talks with U.S. cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple device to watch TV and other content. The WSJ's Yun-Hee Kim has the details.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Published on Aug 13, 2012 by Euronews : Motorola Mobility is to cut 20 percent of its workforce - 4,000 people - and shut nearly a third of its offices worldwide.That word came from the internet search engine Google which bought the mobile phone maker last year for 10 billion euros. The company said it wanted "to return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability, after it lost money in 14 of the last 16 quarters".
According to a report in the New York Times it will exit unprofitable markets and stop making low-end handsets, focusing on a few phones instead of dozens.Motorola Mobility, which has 94 offices throughout the world, will centre research and development in Chicago, Sunnyvale, California and Beijing.
Google expects to take severance-related charges of up to $275 million (223 million euros) mostly in the third quarter, it said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.It expects to record the remaining severance-related costs by the end of 2012 and said it could also incur other related restructuring charges mainly in the third quarter.
The company said it could not currently predict the amount of these other charges but added that they could be significant."Motorola is committed to helping them (the employees) through this difficult transition and will be providing generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help people find new jobs," a Google spokeswoman said.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Las Vegas - Hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering on Sunday were shown how to easily slip into computer networks through some routers made by Chinese electronics colossus Huawei Technologies.
"For the 20th anniversary of Def Con the gift is China," Recurity Labs chief Felix "FX" Lindner said as he opened his presentation.
"Nobody needs a back door; this is plausible deniability," he quipped as he detailed weaknesses in three small Huawei routers that could be exploited using basic hacking techniques. "You get what you pay for. Sorry."
Huawei routers, equipment that connects networks to the internet, are widely used in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the company has been striving to gain ground in US and European markets, according to Germany-based Recurity.
Lindner and his teammate Gregor Kopf were particularly troubled that Huawei has not issued any security advisories about its routers to warn users to take precautions.
"These machines have serious security issues," said Kopf. "In my eyes, the greatest danger is that you don't know how vulnerable it is; you're left in the dark."
Kopf referred to the routers studied by Recurity as having technology reminiscent of the 1990s and said that once attackers slipped in they could potentially run amok in networks.
"It looks pretty bad," Kopf said. "To be fair, we only looked at three routers. But based on this sample, chances are other equipment they offer is very vulnerable."
Recurity did not examine "big boxes", large routers Huawei makes for businesses and telecom networks.
Huawei, founded by a former People's Liberation Army engineer, has established itself as a major force in the global telecoms industry where its technology is widely used to build mobile phone networks.
Huawei is battling an image problem in the broader technology market due to its perceived close ties with the Chinese military and government.
It was recently blocked from bidding for contracts on Australia's ambitious national broadband project, reportedly due to concerns about cyber security.
The company has in the past also run afoul of US regulators and lawmakers because of worries over its links with the Chinese military and Beijing - fears that Huawei has dismissed.
"It doesn't really matter how much intention is behind the quality that we see," said Lindner. "If you can take over people's routers you can get into their stuff. People need to verify what they are dealing with before they buy."
Published on Aug 8, 2012 by CNETTV : For under $800, this 14-inch ultrabook packs a Core i5 processor, Nvidia graphics, a DVD drive, and a backlit keyboard. It's a back-to-school special that's extremely tough to beat.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Published on Aug 8, 2012 by WSJDigitalNetwork ; The relatively pricey Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook and the much cheaper H-P ENVY 6-1010us "Sleekbook" powered by an AMD chip both have their strengths, says WSJ's Walt Mossberg. But neither has very impressive battery life.
The good: The big-screen Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 all-in-one boasts 10-point touch input and one of the most adjustable displays around.
The bad: With too few touch applications and weak core PC components, this system feels overpriced.
The bottom line: The IdeaCentre A720 has some enticing touch capabilities and design elements, but not enough meat in its apps or its core features to justify its cost.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Satellite U845-S406 does have a backlit keyboard and all the basic ports (Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, SD card slot), plus a slightly larger-than-average 14-inch screen, but it weighs more than a Toshiba Portege R935 (the CPU-upgraded update to the Portege R835 CNET has reviewed), even though the Portege R935 also includes an optical drive and a faster processor. Even more oddly, some models of the new Portege are more affordable.
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|Starting price / Price as reviewed||$749 / $879|
|Processor||1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U|
|Memory||4GB, 1,600MHz DDR3|
|Hard drive||500GB, 5,400rpm + 32GB SSD hybrid|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4000|
|Operating system||Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)|
|Dimensions (WD)||13.4x9.1 inches|
|Screen size (diagonal)||14 inches|
|System weight / Weight with AC adapter||3.7 pounds / 4.3 pounds|
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