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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HP announces "green" Pavilion desktops

HP announces "green" Pavilion desktops

HP has announced two special-edition "green" desktops, which will be available only at Circuit City and Best Buy stores, and updated the configurations of its current desktops sold direct. The company also announced a 25.

published October 20, 2008 by

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Report: HP working on touchscreen laptop; new netbook

Report: HP working on touchscreen laptop; new netbook

The company behind the Touchsmart all-in-one desktops is planning to release a notebook PC with a touchscreen display before the end of the year, according to a report in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required). HP has hired Frog Design--the company behind the HP Touchsmart IQ500 and IQ800--to design the hardware while an internal team is refining the touch-enabled user interface that runs on top of Microsoft Windows.

published October 16, 2008 by

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Details on Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro updates

Details on Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro updates

After weeks of news leaks, there weren't many surprises left for Apple's event today, but the company gave its entire notebook line a badly-needed update. Major changes across the line included a stiffer, "unibody" aluminum case similar to the one used in the MacBook Air; LED-backlit displays; Nvidia graphics; faster processors and more memory; a redesigned touchpad; and mini DisplayPort connectors.

published October 14, 2008 by

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Asus announces quad-core gaming laptop (again)

Asus announces quad-core gaming laptop (again)

There are now several quad-core mobile workstations for work, but Asus is laying claim to the first quad-core laptop designed purely for play.This week it announced that the G71 "Republic of Gamers," a 17-inch gaming laptop, now offers Intel's new 2.

published October 7, 2008 by

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The quad-core laptops are here . . . sort of

The quad-core laptops are here . . . sort of

Back in August Dell, HP and Lenovo all announced mobile workstations that offer Intel's first quad-core chip for laptops. Those systems are now available for order and reviews of at least one model--the Lenovo ThinkPad W700--are giving a glimpse of the performance you can expect from these 17-inch powerhouses.

published October 3, 2008 by

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