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Frightened Dell Employees Call Cops on Horribly Misguided P.R. Campaign

We're comforted to know that we're not the only ones who get severely weirded out by overzealous P.R. people. Dell employees in Round Rock, Texas were so freaked out, in fact, that they recently wound up calling the cops on their own coworkers. Of course, they didn't realize at the time that the black-clad, mask-wearing men clutching "metallic objects" and barking orders at them were doing so as p...

6 Brilliant Laptops, From Budget to Big-Ticket

Share Despite the fact that most Americans have been doing it for at least a decade, buying a laptop is getting increasingly difficult. A laptop makes a great gift if you don't mind splurging a bit for somebody, but the range of models available and the minuscule differences between them make navigating the crowded notebook scene a daunting task. Before we go any further, let us explain why you w...

Windows Phone 7 Phones Announced, Microsoft Back in the Mobile Game

It seems like forever ago that Microsoft wowed us with the first public glimpses of Windows Phone 7. (Back then, it still had a "series" tacked on the end.) Since that day in February, we've been waiting with bated breath to see some fully functioning hardware. Now the waiting is over. We've seen the line up, we have the carriers, and we even have dates and prices (for some models, anyway). The f...

Dell Unveils Swivel-Screened Hybrid Tablet/Netbook

At today's Intel Developer forum, Dell showed off one of the stranger devices we've ever seen. At first glance, the Inspiron Duo may seem like your standard 10-inch, Atom-powered netbook, but give the screen just the right nudge, and it spins around to turn that clamshell into a tablet. Neat! Check out the video from our friends at Engadget after the break....

Windows XP, Abandoned by Dell, Gets One Step Closer to the Grave

It's been a slow and painful death for Windows XP, and it's not over yet. (If the operating system were a beloved pet, you'd have put it to sleep ages ago.) Microsoft plans to officially start barring manufacturers from selling computers preloaded with the aging OS on October 22nd, and Dell plans to get a head start on the phase-out by eliminating XP as an option from its direct sales site this m...

Dell Streak Tablet/Phone Lands on AT&T this Thursday for $299.99

Apparently today is the day that everyone announces the products we knew were coming. After Motorola and Verizon drew early attention for announcing the extensively leaked Droid 2, Dell and AT&T finally announced the official availability of the Dell Streak. The five-inch Android powered tablet will go on "priority pre-sale" Thursday with general availability coming Friday. What can be descri...

Dell Tech Swipes Nude Photos of Gullible Customer

Dell is apparently eager to compete with Best Buy and Walmart for the title of most despised retailer in the country. A few months back, a tech support rep got in trouble for turning on a woman's webcam without her permission. Then, last month, the company got nabbed knowingly shipping faulty PCs. And, just this week, the Texas-based manufacturer was caught shipping motherboards infected with ma...

Bad Day for Dell: Company Fined $100M and Gets Caught With Infected Motherboards

These are dark times for Dell. As we reported last month, the computer manufacturer has been under fire for knowingly selling over 11.8 million faulty computers, and is currently embroiled in yet another lawsuit. Now it comes to light that some of the motherboards it recently sent out were filled with malware. The company has admitted as much, saying that the problems have only affected a "small n...

Laptop Mag Grades Tech Support of Leading Brands, Confirms Our Suspicions

You know the drill. Buy a laptop, grab the requisite warranty and tech support guarantee, and then spend endless minutes of your life on the line with said tech support every time your new baby starts to sputter. Why, you may ask yourself, is my laptop's tech support so gosh darn un- supportive? Well, Laptop Magazine did some extensive research on the subject, contacting tech support units at twel...

Lawsuit Against Dell Reveals Company Knew About Bad Components

Built-in obsolescence has been a common business strategy among electronics makers for the last half century, at least. Why make a gizmo that can last forever when you could make one that fails in a few years, leading to repeat purchases and bolstered revenue? Dell, the notoriously economical computer maker, took the opposite track; when it found out that 11.8 million of its desktops were filled w...

Dell Says Ubuntu Is Safer Than Windows

Dell has long made the vast majority of its money selling Windows-based PCs. In mid 2007, the company did start selling some computers pre-loaded with Ubuntu, but they were not heavily promoted, and the selection left something to be desired. It appears, though, that the company is prepared to push a little harder on behalf of the open-source OS. A new post on the Dell Ubuntu page extols the ...

A Week of Significant Smartphone Leaks, 'Men in Black 3-D' to Land in 2011?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple has endured a week of mysterious iPhone 4G leaks and sightings, but it isn't the only company receiving free smartphone publicity. Engadget awesomely gained access to some incredible Dell tidbits, including details about the Lightning, a Windows Phone 7 "portrait slider." [From: Engadget] The resounding success of 'Avatar'...

Google May Be Leading a Second Wave of Tablets

Now that Apple has jumped into the tablet arena, everyone else is clamoring to capitalize on the new found attention being garnered by the form factor. We already know that HP has one in the works, and Microsoft has been teasing us with the drool-inducing Courier for months now. Even Dell and Nokia are getting in on the slate craze, and we spent some hands on time at CES with many lower profile w...

Five Things to Consider When Buying a Computer

Software Software When it comes to purchasing pre-loaded software with your computer, our advice is to avoid it at all costs. Most companies, like Dell and HP, will allow you to decline at least some of the crapware that comes loaded on a PC, but only Sony offers the option of getting an unmolested Windows 7 install. While it's tempting to have Microsoft Office and security software (a necess...

Woman Says Dell Remotely Accessed Her Webcam

If you're like us, the words "peeping Tom" summon images of a creepy guy staring through a bedroom window. But that's lo-tech voyeurism. These days, peepers are getting more hi-tech (and scary). According to NBC DFW, a Texas woman claims that a Dell customer support agent remotely accessed her Web-cam, without her permission, while she sat in front of her laptop. Dianne Annunziato, who lives i...