By Troy DreierPosted 06.29.2012 at 3:15 pm 0 Comments
Last October, Acer and Asus debuted the first ultrabooks, a class of laptops characterized by their sub-inch-thick chassis. The trim designs, however, left engineers little room to include graphics cards or large, fast processors.
Apple went through, by our count, six hundred million billion new features that'll be present in the next versions of its operating systems, both Mac OS X Mountain Lion for computers and iOS 6 for iPhones, iPads, and iPods Touch. Some of them we don't care about. Some we do! Here's what we liked.
Apple's Tim Cook is in the middle of his keynote at WWDC 2012, this year's Worldwide Developer's Conference, and just flipped the sheet off the new line of Apple laptops. They are better than last year's! There's a much bigger separation in price and features between the two laptop lines, the Air and the Pro--the Air is Apple's laptop for everyone, now. The Pro is for, well, pros.
By Max Fischer, Corinne Iozzio, and Susannah F. LockePosted 04.16.2012 at 9:50 am 0 Comments
This month's roundup of The Goods includes hiking boots with sliding plates in the heels, a lightbulb with a speaker in it (or a speaker with a lightbulb in it? We're still not sure), a blast-chilling fridge that cools a beer in five minutes, and much more.
"Ultrabook" is a word you've probably already heard used to describe a thin, powerful laptop. You've probably also seen a MacBook Air—the genre's archetype. But if you haven't heard the term this year, get ready for some major exposure: ultrabooks are the way PC laptops will be marketed to us in 2012. But are they something new? Or simply a laptop, refined?
Since I travel constantly for work, swapping my bulky MacBook Pro for a half-the-weight MacBook Air changed my life. Ultra-thin laptops like the Air—not to mention phones, tablets and iPods—come equipped with solid-state, or flash, memory, which writes data on tiny transistors rather than bulky spinning disks like conventional hard drives.
A case in which the conventional wisdom is scientifically inaccurate
By Gordon Mah UngPosted 09.04.2011 at 5:48 pm 0 Comments
Laptop computers used to run on nickel-cadmium batteries, which experienced the "memory effect," where they lost capacity over time if recharged before they were drained. That's no longer the case. Newer laptops use lithium-ion or lithium-polymer batteries. Repeatedly discharging the battery to zero doesn't help a lithium-ion; in fact, it will probably shorten its overall life and capacity.
Living in the average dorm room costs students around $5,500 a year, but that only buys you drab cinderblock walls and bad furniture. To make your digs stand out, you'll need some serious gear. We've put together a list of five dorm-room...well, certainly not essentials, but they're definitely gadgets that'll help your room stand out.
See them all in our gallery.