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A Baker's Dozen Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Mac

Whether you're a recent convert, ambivalent veteran or one of those hardened Apple fanboys, let us remind you: a Mac, like any other computer, needs to be maintained. No, you probably don't need anti-virus software (yet), you may never have to fiddle with registry editing, and you'll likely never need to reinstall the operating system. But you may face a kernel panic, a raft of mysterious app c...

Professor Shuts Student's Laptop in Class, Gets Arrested for Assault

A professor at Georgia's Valdosta State University was arrested on assault charges last week, after shutting a laptop on a student's hand. Frank J. Rybicki, an assistant professor of media studies, reportedly became angry with a female student who seemed to be surfing the Web on her laptop rather than paying attention to class. Frustrated, he shut the laptop and dismissed the student, who immed...

No, Samsung Isn't Installing Keyloggers on Laptops

You might have heard yesterday that Samsung was installing keyloggers on its laptops, triggering a massive outcry from the blogosphere. Turns out it's not true. The software used to detect the keylogger was fooled by a language-support folder related to Microsoft's Live apps. The detector, VIPRE, was triggered by an empty folder folder called "SL" in the Windows directory. We think the Internet ...

webOS is Coming to Desktops and Laptops

After all the TouchPad, Pre 3 and Veer hoopla passed, HP dropped a bit of a bombshell at today's press event: webOS is coming to PCs. Whether that's as a primary OS or as a quick-boot option, we're not sure, but the company is working on bringing the smartphone and tablet OS to full-sized computers later this year....

Google Goes Big With Chrome Web Store, Chrome OS, Cr-48 Notebook

As if we hadn't already had enough Google news this week -- with Android Gingerbread, eBooks and the Nexus S hitting yesterday -- the Mountain View crew just served up a heaping helping of Chrome news. While updates to the Chrome browser look great, the new Chrome Web Store and Chrome OS led the event. Part of Google's push for an increasingly Web-centric computing experience, these products offe...

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...

Gift Guide: Asus Eee PC 1215N Is Our Laptop Pick for Under $500

Asus has done well by its line of low-cost Eee PCs, but the 1215N distinguishes itself from the rest of the netbook crowd by being fully-capable and ultraportable, rather than a cheaply made, crippled, underpowered toy like most baby laptops we've experienced. The 1215N has a bright, high-resolution (and widescreen dimension) 12-inch display, a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, 2 gigabytes of...

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 thank...

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 nethe...

Laptop Case on Legs Marketed to People With Chairs, Without Laps

We'd like to say we can think of a million uses for this rather strange laptop bag... but we can't. Ostensibly a carrying case for your portable PC, the Thanko Laptop Table Bag hides four telescoping aluminum legs in its undercarriage. At 5,980 yen (roughly $74), it's not too much more expensive than your average case -- but, at a bulky six pounds, it probably weighs more than your laptop itself. ...

MacBook Air Updated, Now in Small (13.3 inch) and Extra Small (11.6-inch)

When Apple said "back to the Mac," it really meant "back to the MacBook Air." The company's tiny, ultra-portable machine got a refresh today that added the buttonless multitouch trackpad already found on the rest of the MacBook line and a second USB port that is a very welcome addition for users who like to plug more than one device into their computer at a time. Otherwise, the internals are larg...

Apple (Possibly) Reveals New MacBook Air and iLife in Forums

Apple is usually pretty good at keeping new products under wraps. [Ed. Note: Except for that whole iPhone 4 thing.] This morning, though, it looks like someone at the company is due for a talking-to, having jumped the gun on Apple's press event scheduled for later today. Overzealous forum moderators at Apple.com started threads for 'iMovie '11,' 'iPhoto '11,' and 'Garage Band '11,' revealing a fe...

Laptop Thief Mails Victim His Backed Up Data on a USB Drive

Stolen computer capers frequently culminate with negative consequences and heartbroken owners. Occasionally, instead of the usual stories of compromised personal data and half-witted criminals, the incidents produce heartwarming tales of redemption. A Swedish professor recently experienced such a distressing and eventually gratifying laptop robbery after a repentant thief attempted to atone for hi...

Laptops Can Cause 'Toasted Skin Syndrome' If You're Not Careful

Share Are you a blogger, gamer or incorrigible computer addict? If you're working on a laptop, it could be slowly burning your legs with the heat coming off its bottom, resulting in a mottled inflammation similar to the effects of long-term sun exposure. In an article recently published in Pediatrics, Dr. Andreas Arnold and Dr. Peter Itin of University Hospital Basel in Switzerland reviewed te...

iOS 4.1 Jailbroken Hours After Release, 15-inch Laptops Reign

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... Just hours after the release of iOS 4.1, hackers claim they've been able to jailbreak Apple's latest mobile OS. [From: VentureBeat] New numbers reveal that, despite the growth of netbooks, 15-inches still reigns as the most popular laptop size. [From: Engadget] The popular, cross-platform, multi-format video player VLC may be landing on ...