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2019-08-19 16:35

Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL review: A solid ultraportable, with added ScreenPad The ZenBook 14 UX434FL is a lightweight yet robust 14-inch laptop. The ScreenPad may or may not appeal, but don't let that distract you from the rest of what's on offer here....
2019-08-16 13:34

Samsung re-Arms Galaxy Book S laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip Samsung continues its fascination with Arm-based SOCs for its laptops, with the latest Snapdragon technology designed to boost performance while retaining its promise of always-on connectivity and 23 hours of battery life....
2019-08-12 00:34

How much does your smart speaker cost to run? We're leaving more and more devices plugged in 24/7, all silently consuming power while they wait to do our bidding. But how much power are they using?...
2019-08-12 00:34

Samsung Unpacked 2019 in pictures: Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Book S, and surprise guests Samsung Unpacked 2019 was filled product reveals like the Galaxy Note 10, a redesigned S Pen, and a new ultra-thin, cellular-connected laptop called the Galaxy Book S, as well as surprise guests like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Qualcomm CEO Steve...
2019-08-09 05:00

Photos: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ Samsung is aiming the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ at business buyers with features like an improved DeX experience, better integration with Microsoft Office and OneDrive, as well as the new S Pen and eventual 5G support....
2019-08-09 05:00

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review: An affordable alternative to leading flagship smartphones The Reno 10x Zoom offers excellent value for money: performance and battery life are good, and the industrial design is both eye-catching and robust. There's no IP rating, and wireless charging isn't supported, but we have little else to complain abo...
2019-08-08 15:34

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: A cheat sheet Samsung's latest tablet is built to compete with high-end devices like the iPad Pro. Here's what business professionals need to know about the Galaxy Tab S6....
2019-08-08 07:00

To 5G or not to 5G? Galaxy Note 10 delivers 'extremely capable upgrade' for business users Samsung just announced its Galaxy Note series update with the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. Expected internal updates were made, along with improvements to the S Pen capability and camera functionality....
2019-08-08 07:00

Seagate leads in disk drive deployments, failures in Backblaze report Cloud storage company Backblaze offers a great deal of transparency into their deployments. Here's what you need to know before buying your next hard drive....
2019-08-07 13:34

Samsung's Note 10: Here are the questions you need to answer before buying Samsung executives said on the company's second quarter conference call that they were expecting a volume pop related to the Note 10. First, the Note 10 will have to resolve a few outstanding questions....
2019-08-06 22:00

Lenovo teases trio of new Chromebooks, including 15.6-inch C340-15 convertible laptop The PC maker has released a preview video that provides a good look at the new laptops, some of which will be available in colorful hues like purple and pink....
2019-08-04 21:17

Build your own IT pro toolbox If you're in the business of repairing PCs, smartphones, or tablets, then you need the right tools to help you get the job done in a fast, efficient, and safe way. Here are a selection of tools that you need that will make your job -- and life -- eas...
2019-08-03 20:00

How to get the longest life out of your battery (and help prevent it from bursting into flames) We're surrounded by countless devices that each contain a rechargeable battery, and those batteries generally go unnoticed unless they stop working or do something more spectacular like burst into flames. Here's how to get the longest -- and safest ...
2019-08-03 11:34

In TV streaming race, a new product thinks out of the box Dabby mashes up elements of a tablet, Chromecast, and the Echo Cube. But its creators hope that a finely tuned knowledge of content will help it compete against streaming box giants....
2019-08-02 19:34

Stratasys' MakerBot launches Method X, a 3D printing workstation The Method X is designed to produce manufacturing grade parts with ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material, a 100 degree Celsius chamber and Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports....
2019-08-01 18:17

Nvidia announces 10 new RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations Also, as Nvidia's ray tracing technology gains traction in a variety of industries, major ISVs are debuting new applications with support for RTX technology....
2019-07-31 23:51

Chuwi LapBook Plus review: Nice 4K screen, shame about the processing power The 4K screen is impressive, but unfortunately Chuwi's Atom-powered LapBook Plus lacks the horsepower to do a lot of the things you'd buy a 4K laptop to do....
2019-07-31 23:51

LG's Q2 profit drops due to low OLED and mobile sales LG's second quarter profit saw a 15.4% decline from lower TV profits and sales and losses from mobile, but overall sales increased 4.1% thanks to record sales from its home appliances business....
2019-07-31 23:51

Unihertz Titan first impressions: Big, rugged, long-lasting, QWERTY Android phone Some BlackBerry Passport fans wanted to see an Android version of the Passport and Unihertz is working to bring one variation on this desire. The Titan is a behomoth of a smartphone that is also likely to do more damage to what you drop it on than th...
2019-07-31 23:51

Synology announces new FlashStation and DiskStation models for all-flash arrays Two new rack-able FlashStation models and a much-needed successor to the RS18017xs+ are solid options for the enterprise, while prosumer-focused DS620slim provides headroom for six 2.5" SATA drives....
2019-07-31 22:17

5G smartphones: A cheat sheet This comprehensive guide covers plans from leading smartphone vendors as the industry begins wide deployment of 5G mobile networks and devices that leverage them....
2019-07-31 22:17

Hands-on review: Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 Dell's Latitude 7400 2-in-1 tries to deliver a little bit of everything for every potential use case, resulting in a 14-inch ultraportable with a 360-degree hinge, with active stylus input....
2019-07-31 22:17

Alcatel GO FLIP V announced: A modern flip phone for those who want long battery life and big buttons Flip phones were a popular form factor for quickly answering and ending phone calls with simply movements while dialing was easy with large physical buttons. Alcatel recently released a new phone with this form factor that has modern internal specs....
2019-07-24 21:51

How to customize Apple AirPods settings Apple AirPods, the popular white wireless in-ear headphones, offer useful utility as well as customizable features. Here's how to adjust several AirPods settings to your liking....
2019-07-24 13:34

Slug slime to hexagonal frying pans: How design inspiration can come from unexpected places You don't need an iconic design guru like Jony Ive to come up with all the design ideas, but you do need to be prepared to take a new look at things and make the most of the materials available....
2019-07-23 17:17

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2019) review: 8-core power and portability, at a price Processor and graphics upgrades make this Apple's fastest MacBook Pro yet; and although they're expensive, high-end configurations deliver good value for money....
2019-07-23 17:17

LG's OLED TV strategy needs to change or face mobile's plight LG's second quarter profit has been hit hard by declines in OLED TV sales and rival Samsung's QLED onslaught. It's time for LG to drop its over-confidence and pursue a more aggressive pricing model and better warranties for its OLED TVs....
2019-07-22 03:00

How to shop with Alexa and get early access to deals ZDNet breaks down all of the ways that Amazon Prime members can use Alexa to shop, find the best deals, track their packages, and more when shopping on Amazon....
2019-07-18 03:34

Nintendo's Switch Lite puts the company's console lines at a crossroads The company improved its hit-and-miss home console record with the Switch while the Switch Lite is heir to its portable device legacy. With those products covering the range of console gaming settings, Nintendo will have to push something aside as it...
2019-07-18 00:34

Amazon Prime Day 2019: How to use Alexa to find the best deals ZDNet breaks down all of the ways that Amazon Prime members can use Alexa to shop, find the best deals, track their packages, and more when shopping on Amazon....
2019-07-15 23:51

PC shipments grew in Q2, fueled by tariff concerns and Windows 7 migrations End of extended support for Windows 7 is just six months away, giving a modest boost to the PC market, though concern over potential tariffs sent shipments higher....
2019-07-12 19:17

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and Raspbian Buster: How to set up your board With all the necessary hardware in hand, I'm ready to try out the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, and the latest version of the Raspbian operating system. Here are my experiences so far....
2019-07-12 14:17

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The business strategy behind the sale ZDNet's Larry Dignan explains that, yes, Amazon Prime Day is a big shopping bonanza for 48 hours, but there are some business perks that come with launching one of the e-commerce giant's biggest events....
2019-07-11 23:17

Epson just announced the perfect business notebook, but good luck trying to buy one The 13.3" Epson Endeavor NA520E offers swappable batteries, field-replaceable RAM and SSDs, a wealth of ports, thin bezels, and durability without being a tank. But you'll have to buy it in Japan....
2019-07-10 19:00

Can Apple be better now Jony Ive is gone? Now that Jony Ive has left the position as Apple's Chief Design Officer, can the company now start making products that are not only beautiful, but also reliable and repairable?...
2019-07-10 18:00

How to speed up your old, tired Mac Has your Mac gone from feeling super speedy to super sluggish? Have boot times gone from seconds to minutes? Are you starting to think that it might be time to buy a new Mac? Not so fast! Here's how you can give your old Mac a new lease of life....
2019-07-09 21:17

On the road with the Garmin Dash Cam Mini and 66W: Clear video, driver assist, and smartphone control My family likes to drive older vehicles so mobile tech such as Garmin's line of dashboard cameras offer important functionality. A couple of the latest Garmin cameras bound the current lineup with a tiny camera and a fully functional driver assistant...
2019-07-08 18:51

Building the ultimate cable organizer Mixing CAD, 3D printing, some basic woodworking, and the self-discipline to throw out obsolete cables, David Gewirtz takes you through the process of building the ultimate cable organizer and his tried and true seven-step system for organizing cables...
2019-07-08 18:51

Samsung Q2 profit falls 56% from chip downturn Samsung is expecting operating profits of 6.5 trillion won for the second quarter, a drop of 56% from 14.87 trillion won a year ago caused by the downturn in its memory semiconductor business....
2019-07-05 05:00

Developers: How PINE64 is creating a community to compete with Raspberry Pi's PINE64 is on a social mission to make device ecosystems that developers can collaborate on. TechRepublic interviewed PINE64's Lukasz Erecinski about the company's philosophy toward open source....
2019-07-04 18:17

Best Android smartphones (July 2019) If you are in the market for a new Android smartphone, here are a selection that offer a level of power and performance that would give the iPhone a run for its money....
2019-07-02 19:34

Best Raspberry Pi alternatives (Best of 2019) Looking for single board computers? Here is a fantastic selection of single board computers suitable for a variety of projects, from basic homebrew builds all the way to advanced applications such as automation, and even AI and ML, with prices rangin...
2019-07-02 19:34

HPE Primera: How is 100% data availability meaningfully different from 99.999%+? Hewlett Packard Enterprise made the lofty guarantee of 100% availability for the new Primera storage appliance, but how is this practically different from the "war of the nines?"...
2019-07-02 00:00

The tech that changed us: 50 years of breakthroughs Technology can transform us, in good ways and bad. Do you recall the single most influential tech innovation from the year you graduated high school? We do....
2019-06-29 14:34

BBQ by phone: Traeger's smart grill raises the heat of your summer party game With Traeger Grills' latest models, you can grill, smoke, roast, braise, bake and barbeque your food. After a couple of months with the Ironwood 650, my family can't stop praising my grill skills. Hint, my success has nothing to do with me and all t...
2019-06-28 19:17

Raspberry Pi 4: This thing is a PC, says board's creator Eben Upton In this Q&A, Eben Upton talks about what the new Raspberry Pi 4 makes possible, whether Windows will be coming to the Raspberry Pi, and future plans for the board....
2019-06-28 04:00

Low-cost Raspberry Pi 4 cluster handles record web traffic for Pi 4 launch The ISP that hosts the official Raspberry Pi website created an 18-board Pi 4 cluster to host much of the site -- demonstrating the board's potential to break into the server market....
2019-06-28 04:00

DJI unveils plans to start assembling drones in US amid security concerns The world’s largest consumer drone maker also rebutted security concerns on its products, saying it does not collect customer data or send it back to China....
2019-06-27 19:17

Micron Technology sees rebound in cloud, data center spending Micron Technology's third quarter wasn't as bad as feared and one big reason is that cloud providers are starting to build out infrastructure after a spending pause....
2019-06-27 19:17

Orbit B-hyve Sprinkler Timer review: Affordable, powerful smart watering controller While we all love green grass and healthy gardens, we are also cognizant of water restrictions and limited water supplies. The Orbit B-hyve Sprinkler Timer provides control for your home and business through your smartphone and on the controller itse...
2019-06-27 19:17

Apple says go to Best Buy for repairs. A Best Buy salesman gave me the bad news Apple says it has expanded its authorized service network to 1,000 Best Buy stores. A visit to a Best Buy, however, reveals some of the catches. They're quite big....
2019-06-23 19:00

How much higher could proposed tariffs against China push laptop prices? A new report claims that the Trump administration's latest tariff proposal on goods imported from China could raise prices on new laptops by 17 percent in the U.S. On average the report finds that a new laptop would cost $120 more if the tariffs go i...
2019-06-22 17:34

Ricoh, Elixirgen Scientific form biomedical venture, meld bioprinting with cell differentiation As part of the deal, Ricoh has acquired a 34.5 percent stake in Elixirgen Scientific and plans to help launch a biomedical business in North America....
2019-06-19 21:17

Tech news roundup: HPE Discover 2019, Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, and Google Cloud's debacle This week's TechRepublic and ZDNet news stories include a look at the companies that hire the most data scientists, four significant impacts of a security breach, and a first-hand account of a major hack job....
2019-06-19 19:00

Motorola One Vision review: An affordable 21:9-screen handset with good cameras A mid-range handset with a ’CinemaVision’ screen and a 48MP main rear camera, the Motorola One Vision is solidly built and punches well above its weight. Battery life could be better though....
2019-06-18 17:51

Apple's ground game versus Google's long game As Android has failed to expand far beyond smartphones, Apple has fortified a device ecosystem around pillars of related operating systems. Google sees AI as its wrecking ball....
2019-06-17 20:51

Muse 2: The brain-sensing headband designed to help you relax The Muse 2 is a multi-sensor meditation device that can read your brainwaves in real time and offer you useful feedback to improve your meditation skills and become more relaxed....
2019-06-16 19:00

Iridium GO! Off The Grid Package Off the Grid Package includes: Iridium GO, travel bag, solar charger, 2 batteries, SatStation desktop charger, AC travel charger with international adapters, DC car charger, USB data cable protective cover, user manual, quick start guide, and CD-ROM ...
2019-06-15 16:51

Build your own $20,000 Windows 10 workstation Got a few tens of thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Here is a high-performance Windows 10 workstation that will be able to chew through any job you throw at it....
2019-06-14 15:00

Don't believe these iPhone Lightning cable myths Makers of third-party Lightning cables for iPhones keep pushing falsehoods to try to dupe people into buying their cables. Here are three myths you should ignore....
2019-06-14 15:00

A first look at two SLA 3D printers (TL;DR: They're goopy) When most people think about 3D printers, they're really thinking about the kind that use filament. But there's another type, called SLA, that uses a liquid resin and produces incredible detail. We take our first look at two of them today....
2019-06-12 20:34

Father's Day 2019: Cool tech and gadgets for dad Dad's big day is coming up, and finding just the right gift can be tough. Here are some of the coolest gadgets for Father's Day, whether it's for the outdoorsy dad, the techie dad, or the foodie dad....
2019-06-12 08:34

USB 3 and USB-C devices can cause problems with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, but there's a solution USB 3 and USB-C devices are everywhere, and they offer a great speed boost for peripherals and storage devices. But there's a possible downside that not many people are aware of -- they can have an adverse effect on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections....
2019-06-11 20:17

Here's why your iPhone takes longer to charge in summer Have you noticed that your iPhone -- this also applies to most other smartphones and tablets too -- takes longer to charge during summer? Here's why, along with what you can do about it....
2019-06-10 21:01

10 perfectly good monitors that cost less than the Apple Pro Stand Apple's Pro Display XDR unveiling was dragged down by the announcement of a proprietary $999 stand, sold separately. Here's 10 alternatives for those who won't stand for this pricing model....
2019-06-08 02:17

5G network deployments stymied by Huawei ban as other firms scramble to fill the void Huawei's 5G equipment "leads the pack," but its "major problem is that you can't succeed in markets if governments bar you from competing in them," according to a GlobalData report....
2019-06-08 02:17

Best Raspberry Pi alternatives (June 2019 edition) Fantastic selection of single board computers suitable for a variety of projects, from basic homebrew builds all the way to advanced applications such as automation, and even AI and ML, with prices ranging from around $10 to over $250....
2019-06-07 16:17

How much will 1.5TB of RAM for your Mac Pro actually cost? Apple's new Mac Pro has the capability for a whopping 1.5TB of RAM. But a lot of people have no idea how much this amount of RAM would cost. Let me tell you, but you'd better take a seat....
2019-06-06 12:34

iOS 13 and iPadOS: Will your iPhone or iPad run it? Will your existing iPhone or iPad run the new iOS 13 and iPadOS upgrades, due out this fall, or has the time come to give Apple a huge chunk of cash for new devices?...
2019-06-04 22:34

Apple products you should and shouldn't buy: June 2019 edition Apple products are expensive, so it makes sense to avoid buying anything that's nearing the end of its lifecycle, or when you can buy something of equivalent quality from another vendor. Here is a list of the items you are best avoiding....
2019-06-04 04:34

Arlo Ultra review: Arlo's flagship security camera targets business users With 4K video support, enhanced night vision and a built-in spotlight, the Arlo Ultra is one of the most advanced and versatile security cameras currently available....
2019-06-04 04:34

What does Arm's new N1 architecture mean for Windows servers? Whether it's Windows Enterprise or a specialised IoT version of Windows Server, Windows on Arm is going to be an option for industrial and edge computing....
2019-06-04 03:00

Alienware redesigns m15, m17 gaming laptops, adds ninth-generation Intel Core processors The updated notebooks are the thinnest and lightest 15-inch and 17-inch portables Dell's gaming arm has ever produced, while still offering advanced features like eye-tracking technology and OLED display options....
2019-06-02 04:17

PCI Express 5.0 finalized, but 4.0-compatible hardware is only now shipping The PCI Express standard stagnated after the release of PCI Express 3.0 in 2010. Major speed improvements are coming to PCI Express in the near future....
2019-05-31 19:34

Apple already the No. 3 smart glasses player without a product, says survey Digi-Capital and Augmented World Expo dish out a bevy of takeaways in a research report on augmented reality and smartglasses, but they didn't quite expect Apple to be cited as a player even though it doesn't have a product....
2019-05-30 07:17

Tools and tunes: 14 unique, geeky, affordable Father's Day gifts for 2019 Our theme this year is tools and tunes. We've got cool tools and rockin' audio gear that any dad is sure to love (and that you can't find at your local big box store)....
2019-05-29 16:17

Netgear Nighthawk AX12: Next-gen wi-fi routers promise greater speed and reliability for the IoT It's still early days for the Wi-Fi 6 standard, but products based on the Draft 3.0 version are now available, including Netgear's Nighthawk AX range....
2019-05-29 15:00

Intel and AMD announce new CPUs at Computex 2019 Intel and AMD presented new processors that will make their way into upcoming computers. Karen Roby and James Sanders discuss the next generation of CPUs....
2019-05-29 02:51

Asus ZenFone 6 review: A surprise mid-range contender with a clever flip camera Asus deserves to have a success with the ZenFone 6. Long battery life, a configurable Smart Key, useful tweaks to Android and a clever camera system combine to make this a very impressive mid-range smartphone....
2019-05-28 21:34

Apple already the No. 3 smartglasses player without a product, says survey Digi-Capital and Augmented World Expo dish out a bevy of takeaways in a research report on augmented reality and smartglasses, but they didn't quite expect Apple to be cited as a player even though it doesn't have a product....
2019-05-24 20:34

HP's Q2 revenue remains flat with drop in PC units and printers sold While sales of desktop units were up slightly year-over-year, HP still saw an overall drop in the number of PCs sold due to the decline in Notebooks units....
2019-05-24 03:00

Hardware and software vendors continue to flee Huawei following blacklisting Just over one week after an executive order prohibiting US companies from selling products to Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer finds itself with few friends....
2019-05-23 22:01

Arm suspends cooperation with Huawei, endangering mobile and server business UK-based Arm Holdings has issued a memo to staff indicating it must stop working with Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei, following a US trade dispute....
2019-05-22 18:17

Sony Mobile effectively exiting US market amid slowing sales of smartphones Sony's new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida calls the loss-making division "indispensable," though half-hearted efforts in the US and struggles in carrier partnerships made Sony a minority player stateside....
2019-05-22 18:17

Walmart to take on Amazon Fire with trio of cheap Android tablets The new devices, which include a $64 8-inch and $79 10.1-inch slate and a $99 10.1-inch model with detachable keyboard, go on sale this week under the company's Onn electronics brand....
2019-05-22 09:17

Huawei's "plan B" smartphone OS: What it needs to succeed Component manufacturers around the world are cutting off Huawei following an executive order signed by President Trump. As a result, Huawei's contingency plan may see the light of day....
2019-05-22 00:34

Honor 20 Lite review: Budget smartphone with good cameras, but competition is fierce Honor's entry-level 20-series handset offers decent battery life and performance, good cameras and plenty of internal storage. Among the downsides are Micro-USB for charging and an LCD rather than OLED screen....
2019-05-21 18:51

Roborock S6 robot vacuum review: Faster, quieter, and more efficient than its predecessor The most reliable and best performing robot vacuum I have ever tested was the Roborock S5. That title now passes to its successor, the Roborock S6, that improves in a couple of key areas along with continued smartphone app updates....
2019-05-21 16:34

Six ways the new Mac Pro could go terribly, terribly wrong Apple has promised a new modular Mac Pro. With WWDC around the corner, there's a good chance we'll get a look at what Apple has in mind. But with Apple's recent track record, we have worries....
2019-05-21 16:34

Sprint HTC 5G Hub available on May 31: Fast speeds on an Android-powered media center 5G networks are starting to go live and one of the first ways to experience this on Sprint is with the new HTC 5G Hub. It offers an Android media device with long battery life, connectivity for up to 20 devices, and VPN configuration for your small b...
2019-05-21 16:34

How tough are Apple's MacBook Pro laptops? This is a question I get asked a lot. As it turns out, I got the opportunity the other day to find out just how tough they are. And the answer is, they're pretty rugged....
2019-05-21 16:34

Garmin Forerunner 945 review: Music, mapping, payments, pulse, and incident detection The Garmin 935 was the premier running and triathlon watch two years ago, but its successor improves in nearly every aspect to even beat out last years Fenix sports watch models. It's the ultimate multi-sport watch and sets the bar for all others....
2019-05-21 16:34

MDS vulnerabilities lead Chrome OS 74 to disable hyper-threading Hyper-Threading, Intel's implementation of symmetric multithreading (SMT) can be exploited using the newly-disclosed MDS vulnerabilities, like Fallout and ZombieLoad....
2019-05-21 15:00

Quantum computing is not a cure-all for business computing challenges Quantum computing shows promise for specific industries, though business applications that rely on classical concepts are a poor fit for quantum systems....
2019-05-21 15:00

Photos: Atari, Unix, ENIAC, and more from Vintage Computer Festival East 2019 Unix co-inventor Ken Thompson and Atari hardware engineer Joe Decuir were the keynote speakers at the Vintage Computer Festival East 2019. See photos of cool vintage tech on display at the event....
2019-05-21 15:00