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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Where to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

Where to get the Windows 7 Release Candidate

The official Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now available from both the Windows download site and Microsoft TechNet. Several bloggers have reported intermittent problems with the download servers, but they seem to be working now.

published May 4, 2009 by

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More 12-inch netbooks coming this month

More 12-inch netbooks coming this month

Two major netbook players appear set to release new models with larger displays that will further blur the lines with traditional laptops. Both Acer and Asustek plan to release netbooks based on 11.6-inch displays later this month.

published May 4, 2009 by

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AMD Radeon HD 4770: Great graphics for $99

AMD Radeon HD 4770: Great graphics for $99

AMD has made the eagerly-anticipated Radeon HD 4770 GPU official. Although it is based on some of the most advanced technology--it's the first GPU manufactured using a 40nm process and has nearly as many transistors as the flagship Radeon HD 4890--it is neither the company's fastest nor most costly GPU.

published April 28, 2009 by

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Will ARM netbooks be competitive?

Will ARM netbooks be competitive?

Rumors of netbooks using smartphone components rather than Intel chips and Microsoft Windows are nothing new. But we're finally getting a good idea of just what a PC based on an ARM processor and Linux will look like.

published April 27, 2009 by

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AMD pushes Phenom II X4 to 3.2GHz

AMD pushes Phenom II X4 to 3.2GHz

AMD will give its Dragon desktop platform a boost today with the release of faster Phenom II X4 quad-core chips. The new platform, which also includes the ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU announced earlier this month and an updated version of its OverDrive utility, is geared toward enthusiast and gamers.

published April 22, 2009 by

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Super-slim MSI X340, Intel CULV coming this month

Super-slim MSI X340, Intel CULV coming this month

Intel hasn't made any secret of its plans to release ultra low-voltage chips for relatively inexpensive, ultra-thin consumer notebooks. In last week's earnings call, CEO Paul Otellini said the company looked forward to the "new consumer ultra low voltage products which will enable many new thing and light notebooks at very compelling price points.

published April 21, 2009 by

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AMD says "Fusion" chip looks good, but is 2011 too late?

AMD says "Fusion" chip looks good, but is 2011 too late?

AMD appears to be on track to release its first "Fusion" processor that combines an x86 CPU core with a graphics processor on a single silicon chip sometime in 2011. The first so-called APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is code-named Llano and will be manufactured using 32nm process technology.

published April 21, 2009 by

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Reviews: Dell Adamo is all beauty, not enough brains

Reviews: Dell Adamo is all beauty, not enough brains

After a prolonged, elaborate marketing campaign, the Dell Adamo 13 ultraportable is finally widely available and several sites have recently posted full reviews.Reviewers agreed that the Adamo succeeded in the design department with a sturdy, aluminum case that, at 0.

published April 14, 2009 by

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Details on Acer's new notebooks, netbook and all-in-one

Details on Acer's new notebooks, netbook and all-in-one

Thanks to a slew of acquisitions, Acer has quickly become the world's third-largest PC company, and is now within striking distance of Dell.Yesterday Acer unveiled a new line of notebooks, netbooks and desktops that is meant not only to maintain that momentum, but also to sharpen the identities of the four brands leftover from this buying binge.

published April 8, 2009 by

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AT&T offers netbooks starting at $50

AT&T offers netbooks starting at $50

AT&T announced that it will start selling netbooks for as low as $50 in some trial markets with a two-year service contract. The company will offer the Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, and LG Xenia netbooks--as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 laptop--at subsidized prices in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

published April 1, 2009 by

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