January 17, 2013 |
Google's Chromebook computers continue to make headway, getting a boost Thursday from Lenovo, which announced its own Google-powered device for students. The Chinese computer maker said it will begin to sell the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook to schools starting Feb. 26. Lenovo said the $429 laptop is built with a rugged exterior designed for durability. The ThinkPad X131e features an 11.6-inch HD LED display, three USB ports, a webcam and "battery life for the entire school day. " The machine weighs less than four pounds, Lenovo said.
January 9, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Pity the poor laptop. The darling of the tech world just a couple of years ago, laptops have become one of the biggest casualties of the tablet phenomenon. For consumers enamored of touch-screen tablets, laptops suddenly seem like stale, clunky gadgets whose basic clamshell design hasn't changed all that much in two decades. It opens. It shuts. Yawn. But this week at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the laptop is attempting a comeback.
January 2, 2013 |
For those of us who will travel in 2013, it's tempting to try to figure out what the new year might bring. Higher cost of traveling by air (even if fares don't go up, fees will drive up prices) and airline mergers (especially after American Airlines emerges from bankruptcy) are some of Conde Nast Travelers' predictions for this year. But the outlook wasn't all bleak. The travel magazine says to look for newer and more comfortable airplanes coming on line this year too. Ed Perkins at SmarterTravel put together a worthy list of 13 hot travel trends for 2013.
December 30, 2012 |
Travelers are as diverse as the destinations they're headed to, but on this much many can agree: Getting through airport security is, at best, annoying. I'm tired of taking my shoes off, sick of removing my laptop and my liquids, fed up with feeling like a suspect in some sinister plot of which I am completely unaware. But after a sit-down with the head of the Transportation Security Administration, I have some hope that things will change for the better in 2013, thanks to a risk-based assessment approach to security.
November 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- A music mogul who offered $1 million for the return of a missing laptop was ordered to pay up after a jury ruled that he had reneged on his promise and owed the money to the auto-shop owner who found the computer. The decision came Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, where a day earlier music producer and singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie took the stand to defend his decision not to pay Armin Augstein after the laptop was recovered two years ago. Leslie's main argument: Even though he got the laptop back, he was unable to access his original tunes on its hard drive and therefore the crucial intellectual property remained missing.
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November 29, 2012 |
Workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are demanding that Congress investigate the agency's actions following the theft of a laptop computer containing personal information for up to 10,000 employees. The incident is just the latest in a series of NASA disputes involving employee background checks. The laptop was stolen from an employee's locked vehicle in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31. Several weeks later, letters were sent to workers notifying them that personal information gathered in NASA background checks, including home addresses and Social Security numbers, was stolen, and that they were now at risk for identity theft.
November 12, 2012 |
Google has announced yet another computer for its line of Chromebooks, this one built by Acer with a sticker price of $199. The Acer C7 Chromebook will be available for purchase online at Google Play and BestBuy.com on Tuesday. You'll also be able to pick one up at select Best Buy stores starting this week. The C7 features an 11.6-inch display with an 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The computer runs on an Intel Core processor and includes 320 gigabytes of storage. The Acer C7 is 1 inch thick and weighs 3 pounds.
October 18, 2012 |
Google unveiled a Samsung Chromebook laptop Thursday, the company's first computer that may be priced right for many consumers. The Chromebook, made by Samsung but running Google's Chrome operating software, features an 11.6-inch display with 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The machine is less than an inch thick and weighs 2.5 pounds. The Chromebook also features a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port as well. It also includes an HDMI out and is Bluetooth compatible. Additionally, the new Google computer has a battery life of more than six hours and a front-facing camera.
October 12, 2012 |
Oh, Justin Bieber, you're such a prankster. Such an expertly conceived, precision-executed, hoax-style prankster. Seems that "stolen" laptop and camera we learned about Wednesday weren't stolen at all. Rather, the notion that "personal footage" from Bieber might be circulating out there was the first piece in a prank puzzle that came together Friday as the Biebs launched his newest music video, "Beauty and a Beat," featuring Nicki Minaj....
September 11, 2012 |
BlueToad, a digital publishing company in Florida, said a stolen list of 1 million Apple device IDs came from its computers, not the FBI's, as an Internet hacker group has claimed. Chief Executive Paul DeHart said Monday that BlueToad took a look at the stolen data that had been posted online, compared the data with the company's and found that there was a "significant match. " "At that point we knew conclusively that it was our data that'd been compromised," he said in a phone interview, adding that the company was the victim of a cyber attack a week and a half ago. DeHart said BlueToad develops apps for magazine, newspaper and book publishers.