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 of AMD's Phenom II desktop chips keep leaking out

Details of AMD's Phenom II desktop chips keep leaking out

AMD will announce its second-generation Phenom quad-core chips at the big Consumer Electronics Show in January. But at the current rate at which the company is leaking information about its first 45nm desktop processors, there may not be much left to say by the time they get to Vegas.

published November 21, 2008 by

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Qualcomm's Kayak "PC alternative" pictured

Qualcomm's Kayak "PC alternative" pictured

Here's a picture of Kayak, the "PC alternative" for emerging markets that Qualcomm announced yesterday. It looks pretty much the way the company described it: sort of a cross between the Apple Mac Mini--bring your own monitor, keyboard and mouse--and the OLPC's XO laptop with its rabbit-ear antennae.

published November 13, 2008 by

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HP Mini 1000 netbook gets reviewed early and often

HP Mini 1000 netbook gets reviewed early and often

HP's first netbook, the 2133 Mini-note, was a favorite of reviewers because of its attractive aluminum design and great keyboard. So it's no surprise the follow-on, the Mini 1000, which HP announced earlier today, received extensive reviews coverage.

published October 29, 2008 by

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First impressions of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12

First impressions of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Dell has released its second Intel Atom-based laptop, the Inspiron Mini 12. Because it carries the Mini moniker and uses Atom, the Mini 12 is widely referred to as a netbook even though it blurs the lines with conventional laptops with its 12-inch display and Windows Vista Home Edition.

published October 27, 2008 by

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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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