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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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iOS 7: replacing the elegant with the tolerable
— 12:04 AM on September 20, 2013

If I had to describe the totality of Apple's hardware design during the final years of Steve Jobs' tenure, I would use one word to...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech

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At WWDC 2013, Apple showed its new soul
— 11:59 PM on June 11, 2013

There was something different about Apple during yesterday's WWDC keynote. I couldn't put my finger on it at first. Part of it was the glitchy...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech

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An ode to the Kindle Paperwhite
— 6:56 PM on May 2, 2013

Oh Paperwhite, my sweetest Paperwhite In softness clad, and black as moonless night Submerged in...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

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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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Improving the PC as a gaming platform: the hardware
— 12:03 PM on December 28, 2012

So, we meet again. Last time, we were, ahem, discussing religion: the

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming

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Oh dear...
— 3:09 PM on November 8, 2012

Well, I've done it now. Like a mistreated spouse returning to his abuser, I've crawled back into Apple's aluminum, glass, and white polycarbonate arms—I've gone...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

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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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My smartphone conundrum
— 10:46 AM on October 12, 2012

We're on the outs, my iPhone 4 and I. Oh, we had a long and beautiful honeymoon. The iPhone 4 was my first proper smartphone ever,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

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A preview of the reviews for the iPhone 5
— 5:59 PM on September 10, 2012

This Wednesday (September 12, 2012), Apple will announce the new iPhone. Probably called the iPhone 5, but possibly the iPhone Rambo: 4S Part II. Note...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech

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Postponing the podcast
— 10:53 PM on July 29, 2012

Despite the pain that it causes us (and you, but mostly us), we are delaying this week's episode of the podcast. As usual, we want...

Type: Blog post Tags: Podcast

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