John Morris

John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.

Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.

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Lenovo, Toshiba announce first Ultrabooks

Despite all the real and virtual ink spilled over the Ultrabook concept, which Intel first announced back in June, the exact specs of these MacBook Air-apparents have remained a mystery. With the official announcement today of the first Ultrabooks, we're getting a much better idea of how these will look.

September 1, 2011 by


Did crappy hardware doom the HP TouchPad?

An interesting report has emerged from the postmortem for the TouchPad, the webOS-based tablet that HP dumped last week as part of a surprise pivot for the company away from consumer products. According to The Next Web, members of the webOS team have claimed that the hardware HP chose to build the TouchPad around was slow and old -- based on an existing slate design HP had lying around that webOS was simply built into.

August 21, 2011 by

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Who should buy HP's PC division? Samsung? Lenovo?

At the same time it was ditching its webOS-based hardware, HP announced that it was looking to "spin off" its Personal Systems Group, which includes its PC division. While that's not always code for "selling," it's clear that the tech giant had tired of the low-margin business, and that it may be looking for a suitor to pick up HP's computing assets.

August 20, 2011 by


Intel refuses to slash CPU pricing for laptop makers building Ultrabooks

The see-saw battle continues between Intel and the notebook vendors it's wooing to create its new Ultrabooks. Manufacturers have complained that part costs are too high to sell the systems for $1,000 or less, and Intel has not only thrown big marketing money their way, but also supplied a bill of materials that shows that the magic price point for Ultrabooks can be reached.

August 15, 2011 by