Thieves make off with millions of dollars’ worth of laptops and mobile devices every year. Most stolen gadgets go unrecovered, but tracking software can help. The software runs in the background of the operating system or, with some services, the boot-level layer, which makes detecting the tracker much more difficult. Services like Prey provide free software for up to three laptops or Android devices. BlackBerry, iPhone or iPad owners can use GadgetTrak(from $4).
Microsoft's Windows Phone unveiling this morning was all about variety. Nine different phones, just in the U.S., built by four of the top hardware makers in the game. All kinds of different hardware shapes, including some we've never seen before. And they'll be available on 60 different carriers worldwide--none of which is the U.S.'s biggest and best, Verizon. But even so, Windows Phone 7 is tremendously exciting, a worthy competitor to Android and iPhone that bests them both in some ways. Here's what's coming.
Efficient new laptops can run multiple programs without sucking extra wattage. That’s because they pace themselves. Their processors can shut down partially when the screen is static or when running simple tasks, and ramp up to full steam when big programs call for it.
In the realm of beautiful, shiny things Dell's new Adamo XPS is among the shiniest and most beautiful. And, if we were in the business of judging (note)books by their covers, we'd leave that at that. That's not our business, though; the Adamo XPS is a gorgeous conversation piece, but a computer worth $1,800 it is not.
The new, 16-inch Dell Latitude Z is the first laptop to bring wireless inductive charging to the masses -- well, the I'm-willing-to-spend-an-extra-$400-on-an-already-two-grand-machine masses, at least.