Tagged: laptops

Dell XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe Dell XPS laptop series continues to impress. Dell keeps innovating and learning what the customer wants, then puts out a laptop that can deliver. The XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop they debuted at CES 2017 is no different. About the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop “We made the product a little thinner, a little bit more mobile”, said Randall Heaton, Product manager for XPS notebooks at Dell. “We also changed our ports on the product a little bit”. The XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 convertible has a 7th generation Intel Core i5 (upgrade to i7), Windows 10, 4GB RAM and 128 GB SSD drive (upgrade to 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD). The “edge to edge” 13 inch screen is touch enabled and comes with Windows 10. USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Inside The Dell XPS also has 2 USB-C ports – one of...

HP Pavilion x2 is a Laptop, Tablet, Kiosk and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHP calls it their most versatile detachable PC. It’s a laptop that easily converts to a tablet and even a table tent for kiosk options. The folks at HP gave me one to play with and although I am getting compensated for this review, the review itself is my own opinion. So let’s get started with the specs, then see if this machine is worth the sub-$500 price tag. Pavilion x2 12 inch comes in 2 models – with an Intel ATOM x5 series processor and Intel Core M – thier 6th generation processor. The machine I have is the Intel core m3 at 1.51 GHz, 100 MHz Bus, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage supplied by Samsung. Windows 10 64-bit home is on the machine and it can be configured for PC or tablet mode depending on what you...

Fingerprint Validation Technology with Validity 0

Fingerprint Validation Technology with Validity

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMariel van Tatenhove, the VP of Marketing came by the live booth to show off Validity. It’s the fingerprint swipe technology on certain laptops and touchscreens. Validity is different from other fingerprint swipe technologies for they separate the sendor from the silicon. The end result is the sensor is not broken. The best part is the newer versions can change color to let you know if it worked or not. Interview with Tom Newman of Fogview Podcast Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Toshiba Glasses Free 3D TV 0

Toshiba Glasses Free 3D TV

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSToshiba was showing off their glasses-Free 3D televisions. They had a regular 3D TV next to the glasses free option. Each Toshiba 3D TV comes with green engineering, powerful sound and application support. Netflix, Pandora and more. Laptops, TV’s and more is what will be available for this first-generation product. While it’s not fully the same as if you had glasses on, it definitely shows a direction and even the possibility this could be a cool product in their 3rd or 4th gen TV sets. Interview by Tom Newman of Fogview Podcast Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Fingerprint Validation Technology with Validity 0

Fingerprint Validation Technology with Validity

Mariel van Tatenhove, the VP of Marketing came by the live booth to show off Validity. It’s the fingerprint swipe technology on certain laptops and touchscreens. Validity is different from other fingerprint swipe technologies for they separate the sendor from the silicon. The end result is the sensor is not broken. The best part is the newer versions can change color to let you know if it worked or not. Interview with Tom Newman of Fogview Podcast Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

4G World 2010 – Highlighting Wireless 3G/4G Technologies 0

4G World 2010 – Highlighting Wireless 3G/4G Technologies

Last week I was asked by Roger Bindl of Viodi to come down to Chicago IL and help create content for 4G World – a convention coordinated by the Yankee Group. The week long event highlights the wireless world we are living in. With new products from many companies you may and may not know. We learned about products that can help you detect dead spots in your area. We learned about how to send large amounts of data over the air. We ran into old friends, like Bug Labs – who debuted a new 4G module to their mobile modular system and Sprint, which debuted 2 new laptops and the Galaxy Tab – a new tablet on the Sprint Network. It was a great day of learning about the technologies of Femtocell, mobile 4G – WiMax and LTE. We even got to talk to the FCC about...

Is the Netbook Dead? 0

Is the Netbook Dead?

No. In eclipse maybe, but not dead. From the San Jose Mercury-News: Tablet computers will outsell netbooks in the United States by 2012, according to a report issued Thursday by Forrester Research, which also predicted that nearly one in four personal computers sold to U.S. consumers will be tablets by 2015. The report echoes earlier projections from other leading research firms, which have suggested that sales are beginning to slow for netbooks, also known as mini-notebooks or mini-notes. Meanwhile, Apple has reported selling 2 million iPads in the first two months since the product was introduced. Apple seems to have turned tablets into the hot new thing, after computer manufacturers spent almost a decade trying to entice the public into buying them. They are certainly the new kid on the block and are attracting all the attention. But I don’t think netbooks will disappear. Tablets are great for...

LoJack with Computrace and Intel Can Brick a Lost or Stolen Device – CES 2010 0

LoJack with Computrace and Intel Can Brick a Lost or Stolen Device – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS As an IT administrator in a previous life, I know that keeping data safe is key #1. It would have been nice to have this product on all the notebooks in the office. Especially one instance where the employee found a legal way around keeping their machine with all of our data on it. LoJack for Laptops / Computrace creates a partnership with Intel for Anti-Theft Technology – Think of it like a Kill switch if your machine gets lost, stolen, or taken in any way possible. The laptop will be rendered useless until it comes back to the owner, in which they can then turn the machine back on. It litterally Bricks the machine. Andy McCaskey talks with Stephen at CES about this “poison pill” technology. Best part is this option is incorporated in the laptop – Like a Dell...

Cyberlink – 3D Blu-Ray on a Laptop – CES 2010 0

Cyberlink – 3D Blu-Ray on a Laptop – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Are you ready to get 3-D on your Laptop? Well Cyberlink is working on it. Not only will it be in 3-D, but also Blu-Ray Disc. All in their PowerDVD program. Andy McCaskey talks with Tom about 3-D Blu-Ray. Tom shows a pre-release version of the new drives. The best part is you can get 3-D in the shutter technology and the color displacement technology (red – blue glasses). It will be available on many newer laptops and desktops to get Blu-Ray – especially with 3-D video. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Notebook, Netbook or Smartphone – Which will replace the desktop? 0

Notebook, Netbook or Smartphone – Which will replace the desktop?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a free 30 day trial 10 years ago, if you had a computer, it was most likely a desktop. Notebooks – then called Laptops – were pretty expensive, but were also beginning to show that they could start to replace a desktop model. Fast forward to today: Event the Notebooks have been threatened as of late by Netbooks and smartphones. It leaves you to the question: What should your next purchase be? My first Laptop was a Zenith Data Systems 386 laptop. It wasn’t cheap – and I even got it used. It had a very small hard drive, a trackball on the side connecting to the serial port and a monochrome monitor. It ran Windows 3.0, which was really great. I was able to run the Word processor and Lotus 1-2-3. I was happy....

Morning Coffee: Then and Now – Bitstrips 0

Morning Coffee: Then and Now – Bitstrips

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Bitstrips. Today I was inspired. Me and my brother really enjoy going to breakfast every now and then. What was better – there was a restaurant that actually had Wi-Fi access. Therefore, we both would take our laptops and surf while eating. That was two weeks ago. Now we have smartphones that have wireless access. Of course, I have the iPhone 3GS and he has the Blackberry 8330. So why do we need the Notebooks? Heck – we can go to any place that serves breakfast because the Wi-Fi access selling point is null. The only thing we cannot do is run any program that requires Flash. That means no Bitstripping while at breakfast with the phone. So we still need the computers and access at one point. That is, until we get netbooks with 3G access….

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick 2

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

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“Battery Died”

David Pogue discusses manufacturer’s claims of the longevity of laptop batteries in the New York Times. The post is here. It’s worth a read. He discusses how the “tests” of laptop battery life are in no way connected to how persons use laptops. A sample: Another problem: Unlike CIPA’s camera tests, the MobileMark test protocol doesn’t reflect real-world use. Consider, for example, the screen. It’s the most power-hungry component of a laptop, so specifying how bright it is during your test is extremely important. Well, the MobileMark test specifies that you have the screen set to 60 nits (a brightness measurement). Not to nitpick, but at full brightness, the screens on modern laptops put out 250 to 300 nits. Read the whole thing to see the extent of the disconnect between how you and I use our laptops and how manufacturers “test” battery life.

Geekazine Podcast – Ep 73 – 2-18-09 – Mobile Phone Edition 0

Geekazine Podcast – Ep 73 – 2-18-09 – Mobile Phone Edition

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Booting Knoppix:  A Short Photo Tour 0

Booting Knoppix: A Short Photo Tour

In my post on Tasting Linux, I mentioned Live CDs as a way of sticking your toe in the Linux pool to see whether it might be fun to dive in. I thought it would be fun to show some pictures of what a Knoppix Live CD boot looks like. This is just an intro, not a detailed HOWTO.

Podcast Ep. 66 – 12-31-08 – The LAST Episode… 1

Podcast Ep. 66 – 12-31-08 – The LAST Episode…

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS…For 2008 that is… Finally feeling Normal – Las Vegas – New Years – More Panelists on the LIVE Show Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 All Show Notes are also on Delicious

LIVE Show – 12-29-08 – Rob Greenlee from Zune, Gary Leland from PodcastPickle 0

LIVE Show – 12-29-08 – Rob Greenlee from Zune, Gary Leland from PodcastPickle

Wow. What a great LIVE Show to end out the year. We had 2 great guests that are both in the Podcast range, therefore we talked a lot about Podcasting. Rob Greenlee is the Podcast Content Director at Zune, and Gary Leland runs the website PodcastPickle.com. We talked a lot about Podcasting, how Zune is running podcasts, associations of Podcasts to iTunes, if MP3 players are stepping aside for Smartphones, if a Zune Phone will be out and a lot more. We also talked about Twitter, Microsoft Home Server, Vista, Quad-core Laptops and a lot more. Hour 1 Hour 2

BYOC – Personal Computer As a Corporate Machine? 0

BYOC – Personal Computer As a Corporate Machine?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAs a consultant, I use my own equipment all the time. When I get to a specific client, sometimes I am asked to sign a waiver that states I will not take company data. I sign it because I am not going to ruin any relationship by walking out with secrets or customer lists. Data nowadays can be controlled. We at the Quickcast have talked about how that can happen many a time. However, the most important thing in a work environment is to make sure the data stays within the company – even after a person has left. Citrix Systems has given  Employees a bonus payment to buy their own laptop for corporate use. While it does give advantage, could the company lose control of the data? Brought to you by CareerSaver – Download Free Certification Tests.

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Dell Buzz on Possible Phone?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGigaOM’s OM Malik talked with Michael Dell about the company a couple weeks back. Michael made some statements whose predictions at times were no easier than determining Nostradamus’ writings. Yet other websites interpreted it in saying that Dell is hinting on making a phone to rival iPhone. While it’s not an impossibility, will Dell get into the market or are they playing on the media to ilicit a response from the public? The Quickcast is brought to you by Gotomeeting. Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days at GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. No credit card needed.

Episode 44 – 7-30-08 – New Listener Drive 0

Episode 44 – 7-30-08 – New Listener Drive

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Episode 43 – 7-23-08

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The Computers in My Life 1

The Computers in My Life

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIt was a Commodore Vic 20. We were up North at our Grandma’s house for Christmas in 1981. Our cousins had a Vic20 and we played some cool games. When we got home at the end of the week, we opened our presents and low and behold, we had a Vic 20. I swear I got up early every day of Winter break to play on this new machine. I did have to fight for use with the rest of my family, but I think I got some good time on it.

The Race for Energy – Can We Lower Gas Prices? 0

The Race for Energy – Can We Lower Gas Prices?

A barrel of Oil is 42 Gallons – but when refined, the amount of oil is 44.77 Gallons. From each barrel, 43.9% is turned into Gasoline (19.65 Gallons). 22.4% goes to Diesel (10.03 Gallons),

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