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

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.

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AMD readies tri-core, quad-core Phenom mobile CPUs for Acer, Dell laptops

AMD readies tri-core, quad-core Phenom mobile CPUs for Acer, Dell laptops

AMD has done itself no favors in the mobile market by taking so long to introduce some next-generation processors to compete with Intel's Core offerings. But it appears that the second-place chip company is ready to rumble in the laptop space, readying tri-core and quad-core Phenom II CPUs that could provide serious competition and recoup some market share.

May 4, 2010 by in Mobility

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 Enterprise

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

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