Gadgets making us a ruder workforce, study shows

While smartphones and laptops have made our lives easier, they have also apparently made us ruder.Fifity-one per cent of of 1,400 CIOs recently polled by Robert Half Technology say the availability of mobile

Published on: January 28th, 2010 Nestor Arellano and Brad Reed

JooJoo Web tablet hands-on

I had a chance to play with a pre-production model of Fusion Garage's JooJoo Web tablet, which has been covered in controversy over the last week or so. Enough with the drama--let's see

Published on: December 10th, 2009 Patrick Miller

Absurdly small, cheap and feature-dense gadgets

Netbooks are tiny. That's the whole point. But can they be too small? The answer is: Yes. Too small   A Chinese company called uSmart Electronic Products Ltd. showed off at the Hong

Published on: November 18th, 2009 David Eisenstadt

Apple’s new 13-inch Mac — Pro performance at an affordable price

If you're looking for the performance of a <a href=""target="blank">MacBook Pro without the Pro price, then you're going to like Apple Inc.'s newly updated MacBook. The MacBook, unveiled with updates to the iMac

Published on: November 17th, 2009 Michael DeAgonia

8 horrendous technology failures

Let's face it: Technology seems made to stop working. Screens crack, circuits short, and power supplies abruptly conk out. It's all part of the complex and confounding ecosystem of electronics.The worst, though, is

Published on: October 23rd, 2009 J.R. Raphael

Windows 7 launch brings portent of portable PCs

Despite its valiant attempts at creating a carnival atmosphere, when Microsoft launches a new operating system, it seldom feels like a world-changing event in the world of design. Even the considerable hoopla surrounding

Published on: October 20th, 2009 Matt Lake

Windows 7 portable PCs pack a powerful punch

Computer manufacturers launching hardware alongside Microsoft's Windows 7 release Oct. 22 are blurring the line between netbook and notebook. When the first netbooks – sometimes called ultraportables or mini laptops – hit the

Published on: October 15th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Three big-screen laptops for small-scale budgets

When most people think "laptop," they think of a device with a 12.1-to-15.4-in. screen, which is really a bit cramped for extended use. 17-in. notebooks, on the other hand, provide a nice, large,

Published on: October 6th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Five steps to making your work space completely portable

In the past few months, the dream of the digital nomad lifestyle has really taken flight. You know when major newspapers pick up on a trend, it's reaching the mainstream -- something that

Published on: September 28th, 2009 Matt Lake

Stylish new HP laptops strike balance between performance and mobility

Palo-Alto-based Hewlett-Packard Co. pulled back the curtain on its new line of computers to be released this Fall, including six mobile personal computers.Timed to match the launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system,

Published on: September 16th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Stage set for ‘suspicionless’ searches of laptops, PDAs at U.S. borders

The Department of Homeland Security's Privacy Office has approved the controversial searches, copying and retention of laptops, PDAs, and other digital devices without cause at U.S. borders. Travelers could soon start seeing notices

Published on: September 2nd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Business Netbooks: The Next Big (Little) Thing?

Yet a quick glance around the Web reveals a groundswell of support for using netbooks as companions to -- and in some cases, replacements for -- traditional business PCs. It seems that many

Published on: August 19th, 2009 Randall Kennedy

Laptops of the future – solar powered, dual-screen, and self-repairing

A lot has changed in the 20 years since the first laptop computers appeared, including gigahertz processors, color screens, optical drives and wireless data. However, one thing that has stubbornly stayed the same

Published on: July 22nd, 2009 Brian Nadel

How to buy great IT gear cheap and avoid the lemons

When Cox Ohio Media needed to buy 600 laptops, it decided to buy used gear -- and saved about 70 per cent of the cost of going with new units. Brand-new laptops would

Published on: June 26th, 2009 Julie Sartain