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Help for a Hater: A PC to Blow Away Apple's MacBook Air

Dear Switched: Help an Apple-hater out. I've searched everywhere for the PC equivalent of a MacBook Air: super slim, light, with a good-sized display, a full-powered processor and good battery life at a similar price. But amazingly, I haven't found any to equal it. I can't stand the thought of giving Steve Jobs my loyalty, much less my cash, so help a hater out and JTMWTG! Dear Hater: We...

Power Outage Prompts Jimmy Kimmel to Record Show on His Macbook

Share The digital age has smashed the primacy of the all-powerful television camera. Why rely on major networks when we have Twitpics, cell phone cameras and live-streams to make our own broadcasts? It seems that even the networks have recognized that all their fancy machinery can still be bested by a camera on a laptop. When a power failure hit the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' studio on Monday, the...

What's the Best Super Portable Laptop Under $500?

A reader writes: I've decided to get a secondary computer and want to keep it cheap -- but there are so many netbooks and low-priced notebooks on the market that I don't know where to start. I want something reasonably powerful and comfortable to work with. Just tell me what to get! Dearest Reader: You're hardly alone in your confusion. While the netbook is red-hot this year and being...

Gift Guide: Litl Webbook

Litl Webbook (Novice, Under $1,000) Think of the Litl Webbook ($699) as the anti-PC. Sure, the 1.6 GHZ Atom processor and 1-gigabyte (GB) of RAM comes standard with most netbooks, but that's where the similarities end. For starters, the user interface strips away the menus, icons and folders typically found in Windows and Mac OSX, letting you view photos, online videos and update your...

Gift Guide: Sony Vaio X

Sony Vaio X (Gadget Head, Under $2500 While seemingly every other company out there is scrambling to put out their latest low-power, low-feature, low-cost netbook, Sony opted instead to pull out all the stops for its newest Vaio X, a full-featured sub-notebook that also happens to be insanely, runway model tiny, thin and light. Like not much thicker than an iPhone (.55 inches to be exact)...

Gift Guide: HP Beats Laptop

HP Beats Laptop (Media Hound, Under $2,500) It's rare that a PC laptop makes even Mac owners look twice, but look twice at the above photo. See? The 15-inch black-and-red stunna -- essentially an HP Envy with a Beats by Dr. Dre veneer -- has a lot in common with the MacBook Pro, actually: the chiclet keyboard, the buttonless, multitouch trackpad, the slim, bezel-etched design, even the...

Acer Launches Multi-touch Laptop, Updates Timeline Series

Acer has always played second fiddle to the bigger boys here in the U.S. like Dell, Apple, and HP. It's not that Acer doesn't make quality PCs, it's just that it lacks the visibility and marketing muscle of its larger competitors. That said, Acer has seen increasing success thanks to its Aspire One netbook, which, along with the Eee, helped kick off the craze for tiny, low-power laptops. Hoping...

Nokia Gets Into the Computer Business With the Booklet 3G Netbook

Well, yesterday Dyson broke out of its vacuum cleaner shell by releasing its first fan, and today Nokia is doing the same thing by releasing its first laptop. Coming out in November for $299 (with a two-year AT&T contract and $60 per month data plan), the Nokia Booklet 3G is actually a Windows 7-enabled netbook that incorporates some of the cell phone giant's mobile know-how into its feature...

If the Nintendo DS and a Laptop Had a Kid, It Would Look Like This...

If the Nintendo DS and a random laptop hooked up, the Sharp Mebius would be their love child. The unique-looking netbook features two different LCD screens, the main one being 10.1-inches, and the second being 4-inches and doubling as a visually-enabled trackpad-cum-touchscreen. The 'trackpad' screen is the world's first optical sensor LCD, which essentially means it stays bright and can handle...

5 Essential Tips to Keep Your PC Safe

One of the most important things everyone -- even Mac users -- needs to do with a computer is to make sure it is as secure from viruses, phishing scams, and other 'net threats as possible. No matter how often you practice safe browsing habits or think twice before clicking on a random link in your e-mail, you'd be surprised how often even the most cautious of folks can be caught off guard, which...

Retro Logos From the Early Days of Computing

Last week, we showed you the biggest exhibitions we saw at the Vintage Computer Festival East 2009. Still, we also became mildly obsessed with all the logos we saw on those retro PCs. So, we asked our photographer, Matthew McMullen Smith, to shoot some close-ups of as many retro logos (and vintage fonts) as he could find on the various restored computers that were on display. If you're a...

Vintage Computers Get the 'Classic Car' Treatment at VCF East 6.0

We trekked down to the New Jersey shore a couple of weeks ago to attend the Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0, an annual gathering of serious computer enthusiasts who prepare and exhibit working, restored computers from '50s, '60s, '70s and very early '80s ("essentially nothing later than a 186," says festival organizer Evan Koblentz). The festival is run by the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing...

Apple's Latest Update: Mac OS X v10.5.8 -- What's in It for You?

If you're a Mac user, you have a little updating to do. To tide us over until Snow Leopard, the next major version of the Macintosh operating system, Apple earlier this week released an update with the exciting name "v10.5.8." Here's what it holds in store for you: A new version of Safari, version 4.0.2, fixes some security holes and also allows better searching of browser history. Bluetooth...

Crook Reaches Through Window to Swipe Laptop From Man's Lap

Several weeks ago, brazen thieves stole 31 computer monitors from a Canadian man's driveway as he was preparing to load them for transport. In Minneapolis on the 4th of July, an even more audacious (or inebriated) would-be bandit reached through local resident Jesse Phoutthaphaphone's window and stole his laptop, directly out of the shocked Phoutthaphaphone's hands. According to local NBC...

Is the Viliv S5 UMPC Worth the Hype?

Welcome to another edition of Hype Check, where we give much-anticipated new gadgets or services a test drive and tell you whether or not they live up to the hype. Today, we set our critical eyes on the Viliv S5. What it is: The Viliv S5 is a handheld UMPC -- ultra mobile PC -- that runs Windows XP and has specs comparable to that of most current netbooks, but also includes a touch screen and...