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High-PPI support in Windows 8.1: still not so great
— 8:25 PM on December 19, 2013

Displays with high pixel densities are pretty much standard in tablets, and we're all waiting for them to become standard in notebooks. Take a trip...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

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Google, I love you, but you're bringing me down
— 11:57 PM on November 14, 2013

I was listening to LCD Soundsystem the other day, and New York, I love you, but you're bringing me down somehow coalesced my feelings...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Internet Operating systems Personal tech

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Papa's got a brand-new, undead-proof European carryall
— 11:02 AM on October 16, 2013

So iPhone 5S and 5C mania has died down (although someone needs to tell the entrepreneurs on eBay), OS X Mavericks has yet to go...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

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That's not a Steam console; it's a Steam PC
— 11:12 PM on September 26, 2013

Slowly but surely, Valve's plans for Steam in the living room are coming into focus. On Monday, we learned about SteamOS, a Linux-based...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming Operating systems

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The desktop PC needs a makeover
— 1:25 AM on August 16, 2013

My PC is too big. Much too big. I'd always vaguely suspected it,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Cases Cooling Storage

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The PC is booming—just not the PC we know
— 11:05 PM on April 18, 2013

So, you heard the news: PC sales are tanking. Apparently, nobody wants to buy Dells or HPs anymore; nobody cares about clunky laptops and bulky...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Mobile computing Personal tech

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Dispatches from the Nexus
— 5:16 PM on March 28, 2013

This past summer, the power button my Palm Pre started misbehaving. At last, I had an excuse to replace the aging handset with something...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Operating systems Personal tech

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The problem with Windows convertible tablets
— 10:56 PM on March 13, 2013

I've been spending a fair bit of time with Windows convertible tablets lately. I reviewed the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T last week,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Windows Personal tech

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Smartphone forecast: Reflective, with a chance of water damage
— 9:27 AM on February 22, 2013

Smartphones are true marvels of modern technology. Although inherently limited by their...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Mobile computing Personal tech

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On the marginalization of consumer laptops
— 12:33 AM on January 18, 2013

You probably saw that Gartner report earlier this week about the sluggishness of PC shipments last quarter. Shipments were so sluggish, according to Gartner,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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A tale of tablet flashing
— 11:14 PM on November 29, 2012

About a year and a half ago, I picked up Asus' original Eee Pad Transformer tablet. This precursor to the growing crop of Win8 convertibles...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Operating systems

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My six days with Windows 8
— 12:32 AM on November 2, 2012

So, I installed Windows 8 on my desktop PC last week. It was late on the eve of the launch. The download link for the $39.99...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Apple's EPEAT withdrawal underscores disposable ethos
— 8:49 PM on July 12, 2012

There are probably more Apple computers in California than anywhere else in the US, if not the world. Before long, though, you may not find...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing

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Windows 8 frightens me, and here's why
— 9:43 PM on May 17, 2012

Some people just hate change. It can't be helped. Those people cling to old versions of their favorite software as long as they can. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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When super-sized smartphones become pocketable tablets
— 11:16 PM on April 12, 2012

I thought I lost my smartphone the other week. Somewhere between walking my dog in the morning and heading out for lunch, my trusty Palm...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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The death of the Apple tax
— 11:05 PM on March 29, 2012

The old adage says there are only two certainties in this world: death and taxes. Steve Jobs proved that not even the Reality Distortion...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Mobile computing Personal tech

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Windows 8-Ball Consumer Preview
— 11:31 AM on March 2, 2012

There aren't many experiences in life more disconcerting than waking up and not knowing where you are or how you got there. I was...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems

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The $300 ultraportable experiment
— 12:52 AM on February 10, 2012

Unless you've locked yourself into the Apple ecosystem and thrown away the key, laptop shopping can be a daunting prospect. A dizzying array of options...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing

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