Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

John Morris

<p>John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.</p>

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Details emerge on Dell Looking Glass: 7-inch, Android-powered tablet that might be the iPad's toughest competition.

Details emerge on Dell Looking Glass: 7-inch, Android-powered tablet that might be the iPad's toughest competition.

Engadget has received leaked documents from Dell detailing a 7-inch tablet called Looking Glass that runs the Android OS using an NVidia T20 (or Tegra 2) processor and could provide the type of competition for the iPad that HP's forthcoming Slate tablet may not be able to provide.Dell is positioning the Looking Glass as a big brother to the 5-inch Streak, which is due later this summer.

April 21, 2010 by in iPad

Maingear upgrades eX-L gaming laptop with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11-supporting graphics

Maingear upgrades eX-L gaming laptop with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 DirectX 11-supporting graphics

After racing ahead on the desktop late last year with Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, ATI is finally starting to equip gaming laptops with its Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics—which, like its desktop sibling, supports DirectX 11—after it was announced in January at CES. First, Asus announced the G73Jh, and now Maingear has revamped its eX-L gaming laptop around the new graphics chip as well as the latest Intel mobile processors.

April 20, 2010 by in Laptops

First HP Slate tablet hands-on posted online. The iPad looks safe for now.

First HP Slate tablet hands-on posted online. The iPad looks safe for now.

When its specs were leaked to the world a couple of weeks ago, HP's answer to the iPad—the Slate tablet—looked like it was bringing some game to the competition, featuring things like a built-in camera and an integrated Webcam, USB port, and Flash support, all of which Apple's tablet lacks. But the first hands-on writeup of the Slate being tested "in the wild" probably isn't going to cause Steve Jobs and company to lose a lot of sleep.

April 19, 2010 by in Hewlett-Packard

Six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU benchmarked, overclocked, available for pre-order online

Six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU benchmarked, overclocked, available for pre-order online

AMD is about to bring the six-core processor closer to the mainstream with its Phenom II X6 1090T "Thuban" CPU, long announced but finally starting to appear in the hands of the masses. The 1090T is showing up for pre-order at online stores for between $300 and $350, which is more than $600 cheaper than Intel's current six-core desktop processor, the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition.

April 17, 2010 by in Processors

Would you buy a VAIO laptop if Sony didn't make it? You may soon get a chance.

Would you buy a VAIO laptop if Sony didn't make it? You may soon get a chance.

If Apple doesn't have a problem letting other manufacturers build its iPads, iPhones, and iPods, then maybe that's not such a bad idea—at least it may explain why Sony is planning to add a second division of laptops that it won't be building itself.A Sony exec told PC Pro that the electronics giant is splitting its laptop business into two divisions: the first one still built by Sony itself, with the second one built by partners but still sold under the Sony name.

April 15, 2010 by in Hardware

Control your Windows 7 PC remotely through the iPad with Desktop Connect app

Control your Windows 7 PC remotely through the iPad with Desktop Connect app

Some people think the idea of controlling another computer through an iPad is a ridiculous idea—why wouldn't you just get a laptop and then it's not even an issue.  I can see the argument that using the Apple tablet to spend an extensive amount of time dealing with a remote computer's interface would be challenging, but I can think of a few reasons you'd want the capability.

April 11, 2010 by in CXO

Time to tee up 3D?

Time to tee up 3D?

Now that 3D hardware is here, the content will follow, starting with The Masters this week. But is it compelling enough to convince consumers to upgrade?

April 8, 2010 by in Hardware

Western Digital boosts storage capacity of its VelociRaptor high-performance hard drives

Western Digital boosts storage capacity of its VelociRaptor high-performance hard drives

Most desktop users don't care a lick about such things as the rotational speed of their hard drives, but those who do know that the VelociRaptor from Western Digital is one of the best performing drives out there, thanks to its 10,000rpm speed, along with 32MB of cache and SATA 6Gbps support.The VelociRaptor's primary drawback has been its smaller capacities (300GB max) in a world full of terabyte (and more) drives.

April 7, 2010 by in CXO

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