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3 Great Tablet/Laptop Computer Hybrids – Kiplinger Personal Finance

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Courtesy of Microsoft If you’ve yearned for a device that’s light like a tablet but allows you hassle-free access to traditional Windows programs such as Word and Excel, one of these three hybrid machines could fit the bill. See Also: Cheap Cloud Computers Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ($900 for 64 gigabytes of storage; $120 to $130 for an optional keyboard). The Surface Pro 2 is one of the…

Crowdfunding Novena, the fully open/transparent laptop project – Boing Boing

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Remember Bunnie Huang’s fully open laptop? Bunnie and Sean “xobs” Cross prototyped a machine he called the “Novena” in which every component, down to the BIOS, was fully documented, licensed under FLOSS licenses, and was totally modifiable by its owner. Now, Bunnie and Xobs have teamed up with Sutajio Kosagi for a crowdfunding campaign to take the laptop into production. $500 gets you the board, $1200…

Hot Deals Thursday: incredible savings on a Dell Latitude laptop, XPS 18 … – PCWorld (blog)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

[This article was produced by LogicBuy in cooperation with IDG Creative Lab, and not by PCWorld’s editorial staff.] Welcome to another edition of Hot Deals Thursday! Once again we’ve searched high and low to bring you the biggest deals around. Dell Latitude 14 3000 Series Our featured deal today is a low price on a professional quality Dell Latitude 14 3000 Series laptop. With a 4th-gen Core i5 processor and…

Digital First Media ends centralized news project – USA TODAY

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Jeff Lynch, from Santa Clara, Calif., purchases an edition of San Jose Mercury News at a newspaper rack in Santa Clara, Calif. The paper is one of 75 owned by Digital First Media, which could be looking to sell some of its papers.(Photo: TONY AVELAR AP) An initiative by Digital First Media to centralize the production of national and digital news for its 75 newspapers, is closing, a cost-cutting move…

New digital smell technology transforms smartphones into smell-o-phones – CBS News

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When communicating online, words sometimes just aren’t enough, says City University London Professor Adrian David Cheok. Now, he has a solution: researchers at his Mixed Reality Lab on campus are coming up with ways to say it with a smell — developing cell phone apps and plug-ins that emit scents like flowers, food and spices. “Smell is a very powerful, powerful sense. It can trigger an emotion or memory at…

Aging Church Passes Digital Collection Plate – New York Times

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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Laptop makeover: 5 ways to extend its useful life – PCWorld (blog)

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

No matter how hard you try or how meticulously you care for it, your notebook is going to show signs of age over time. Keycaps wear down and get that off-putting, shiny-plastic look. Dirt, crumbs, and gunk get stuck in the keyboard and other crevices, while lint and dust build up in virtually every crack, seam and open port. Don’t forget those inevitable scratches and nicks, either. The same degradations…

Laptop Shoppers: Exorcise the Ghost of Windows XP – Re/code

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

It’s snowing in my East Coast neighborhood as I write this, but the calendar says spring is here. So it’s time for my annual spring laptop buyer’s guide. I’d like to report that there have been great new features or big new price drops for laptop shoppers to consider since I wrote my previous twice-a-year guide in October, but I can’t. The last big hardware benefit delivered by the industry…

Windows 7 SP 1 downloads once again available from Digital River – InfoWorld

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Late last week, the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ISO downloads at Digital River suddenly dried up. In the past hour, I’ve received official confirmation from Microsoft that the downloads are available once again. Quoting a Microsoft spokesperson: Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1 ISO files should again accessible via Digital River; we apologize for any inconvenience. If a customer has lost their media, we encourage them to reach out…

Paper vs digital reading is an exhausted debate – The Guardian (blog)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The digital revolution is going into a decline, Tim Waterstone told the Oxford literary festival. Well, it’s an attention-grabbing statement, ideally suited to our culture of assertive headlines, but it’s probably not true. That’s not to say that the rapid growth of digital will necessarily continue, either, certainly not in markets that are already saturated with handheld devices. Why? Because the future is – as William Gibson told us quite…

Sony Reveals $1100 Digital Paper Slate – PC Magazine

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Sony is not done with the e-reader space just yet, but its latest endeavor is a enterprise-focused Digital Paper slate that trades e-books for business documents. The portable Digital Paper replaces spiral notebooks, legal pads, and file folders with a high-contrast, reflective 13.3-inch e-paper display. It’s housed in a 12.6-ounce body, which Sony said is the world’s thinnest and lightest among 9-plus-inch mobile devices. Digital Paper…

One cell-phone factory may delay Microsoft’s Nokia buy for six months – PCWorld (blog)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

One cell-phone factory employing 8,000 people in southeast India may be the stumbling block for Microsoft’s $7.17-billion Nokia acquisition, delaying the entire process by up to six months. According to The Wall Street Journal, the factory is the critical element of a tax audit being conducted by the Indian government. Until the deal clears regulatory approvals, it can’t go through. Normally, however, “regulatory approval” means the approval of regulators like the…

Sony Reveals ‘Digital Paper’ Tablet – InformationWeek

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sony sees Digital Paper, to ship in May, as a way to get paper-based processes out of legal, education, and government organizations. Sony showed off Digital Paper, a 13.3″ tablet display that uses e-ink technology to render text and graphics, last week at the American Bar Association Techshow in Chicago. E-ink displays have been eclipsed in the tablet market by LCD displays, the technology used in Apple’s iPad…

Magnetic Building Blocks That Interact With Touchscreen Tablet Apps – Gizmodo

Monday, March 31, 2014

There’s a fear that touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets will one day turn kids into lifeless, imagination-less zombies. But technology isn’t all bad. And to bridge the gap between the toys of yesteryear and tomorrow, researchers at the National Taiwan University created a building block toy that can interact with apps on a touchscreen tablet. Called GaussBricks because the pieces use magnets to connect to each other, an accompanying…

Surprise! EA’s digital-distribution service Origin ditches discs – CNET

Monday, March 31, 2014

The HTC One M8 takes on top rivals See how the HTC One M8’s impressive features stack up to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S.

Sony to launch ‘Digital Paper’ e-ink screen in U.S., acts like paper – Digital Trends

Monday, March 31, 2014

Detailed on a Sony splash page for the product and originally announced about ten months ago for the Japanese market, Digital Paper from Sony is a $1,100, 13.3-inch e-ink screen that allows users to read PDF documents as well as take written notes using the included stylus. While the product has been available in Japan for a while, Sony is teaming up with a legal and financial document management company called Worldox to…

Africa’s digital money heads to Europe – Financial Times

Monday, March 31, 2014

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Why Is My Laptop On? – Gizmodo

Monday, March 31, 2014

S “Why is my laptop on?” does not seem like a complex question. But when I tried to answer it this week—to really answer it—I realized that I only kind of understood energy pretty well. And then I thought about you. And knowing you, you probably also only kind of understand energy pretty well. So I took a deep breath, briefly questioned the point of my existence, and then dug…

MailTracker adds confirmation receipts to iPhone’s Mail app – Digital Trends

Monday, March 31, 2014

Curious if that email you sent ever got read by the eyes you intended it for? MailTracker for iOS can provide you with confirmation to your question. The app acts as an add-on for Apple’s Mail app, providing you with a receipt for when emails you sent have been read so you know when your messages have been received. MailTracker works in real time to record the actions performed to…