Hot on HuffPost Tech:

See More Stories
AOL Tech

Tag: LAPTOP

Hacked and Hijacked! How to Save Data if Your Portable Device Is Stolen

Symptom: You reach into your pocket or bag, and, well, it's empty! Diagnosis: Beyond the understandable distress of losing a pricey smartphone, laptop or tablet PC, the real trauma is the sudden and unfettered access afforded to the slippery-fingered jerk who took it. The cost of a new laptop is meager compared to the personal and even financial havoc that a motivated thief can wreak...

PC Sales Lower Than Expected in 2010

According to market research firms Gartner, Inc. and IDC, 2010 was not a great year for PC sales. Well, perhaps that's an oversimplification. PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 rose, but not nearly as much as the research firms had expected. Shipments of PCs have risen steadily over the years, as prices have come down and access to computers has become all but required for everything from...

Gift Guide: HP Envy 14, a Sleek Laptop for Under $1000

Sure, all the hubbub these days seems to be over tablet PCs and touchscreens, but let's not forget about the real workhorses, which upon we depend when we really need to get stuff done: laptops. This past summer, we fell for HP's crafty little 13-incher, the Envy 13. It was a lot of laptop to squeeze into such a small, pretty package. Still, we had a few minor misgivings, and apparently (and...

Recyclable Bloom Laptop Comes Apart in 2 Minutes, Without Tools

Taking your laptop in for repair typically involves long lines, condescending tech support workers and hefty bills. With a new prototype laptop called Bloom, however, conducting open hard-drive surgery is so easy, a 10-year-old could do it. Created by a group of students from Stanford and Finland's Aalto University, Bloom can be completely disassembled within just two minutes, and with...

Your Laptop May Be Toasting Your Testicles

It's a tender subject but, really, it's no surprise; dear brothers, our laptops are toasting our testicles. You already knew that the underside of your computing device gets hot enough to sear people's skin like so much Sunday pain perdu, so did you think that your babymakers were free from danger? Well, they're not. Even with one of those laptop cooling pads between your netbook and your...

APB! Suspected Laptop Thief Provided Handy Mugshot by iChatting With Victim's Friend

As most of the Switched team lives, eats and ultimately passes out on top of their precious laptops, we have no sympathy for criminals who would want to carry off our little babies. Especially not the guy pictured above, who allegedly swiped four laptops from an East Hampton, Long Island home, and was either brazen or stupid enough to sign on and webcam-chat with one of the victim's friends....

Why Companies Plaster Ugly Stickers All Over Our Immaculate Laptops

Take a moment to glance down at your laptop. Chances are, you see a bunch of hideous, glittery stickers, with the names or logos of companies like Skype, Intel or Microsoft [Ed. Note: Nope! Just see white. Cult of Mac!]. Don't try and remove them, though. Scratching off these stickers, as with Chicken Pox, will only result in even uglier scars and residue. So, why are they there? The New York...

Thorough Thieves Steal Canadian Student's Thesis, Backup, Research

This is John Boldt, a graduate student at the University of Calgary. This past Wednesday, he was out for a run in Edworthy Park when some heartless thief (or thieves) broke into his car, and stole his laptop, which contained his research, notes and partially complete thesis. Now, Boldt was smarter than many users, and backed up all of his work to an external hard drive. But it too was swiped. ...

Japan Introduces Gadget Dryer For Soggy Phones, Clumsy Bloggers Rejoice

We've all lost a high-tech gadget or two to that most low-tech of the natural elements: water. (Or, in the recent case of this writer's laptop, coffee.) Always miles ahead of us stateside folk, who have alternately used hair dryers and bowls of quick rice to dry out our devices, the Japanese have implemented the Dryer Box, a sort of clothes dryer for drowned gadgets. The copy-machine-sized...

Burglary Victim, Tied to Her Bed, Uses Toes to Type 911 Message

Aside from Quentin Tarantino and Ludacris, most people take toes for granted. Unless we stub one or see one sticking out of our socks, our phalanges tend to spend their entire lives mired in obscurity at the bottom of our anatomical basements. Every now and then, though, our little piggies rise to the occasion, and prove that they're good for a lot more than performing daily duties like going to...

ChambersJudd's 'Floppy Legs' Drive Leaps to Avoid Desktop Disasters

It seems like Choire Sicha over at The Awl may have had a feline-facilitated, coffee-on-the-keyboard calamity this morning when he decided to declare July 20th Be Conscientious With Beverages Around Your Laptop Day. He writes, "How many laptops have we seen destroyed by a forgotten cup of coffee or a dripping bottle of Vitamin Water?" Well, Choire, this writer can personally vouch for a $250 bill...

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...

Starbucks Now Offers Free Wi-Fi, Same Burnt Coffee

Latte-sipping techies rejoice! Today is the day that Starbucks changes forever. No, a cup of Starbucks brew will still taste like cigarettes. And, yes, you'll still pay exorbitant prices for it. But from now on, at least, you can do so while surfing the Web for free. As promised, the ubiquitous chain will tear down its Wi-Fi pay wall today, effectively paving the way for millions of fair trade...

Virgin Mobile's MiFi 2200 Brings Pay-As-You-Go to Mobile Hotspots

There's no fury like a blogger unable to access a working Wi-Fi connection. But a new personal device could make it easier to get connected. According to The New York Times, Virgin Mobile USA released the MiFi 2200 wireless Internet hub on Monday. Personal hot spots are nothing new, but Virgin here has taken a different approach to how users pay for said technology. Rather than purchase an extra...

Yankees Ban iPad From Stadium Because It's a 'Laptop'

Share Few teams in professional sports history are as universally loathed as the New York Yankees. And with 27 World Series titles and a payroll that makes any mid-market franchise look like a farm team, it's easy to understand why. No matter what the Bronx Bombers do, they'll always face a healthy contingent of fans who despise them simply because of the pinstripes on their uniforms. Now,...