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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Green PCs from Dell, Asus

Green PCs from Dell, Asus

Looks like computer makers were inspired by Earth Day. And while plenty of PC prototypes never see the light of day, these eco-PCs should be on sale sometime later this year.

published April 23, 2008 by

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Dell slims down its laptops for small business

Dell slims down its laptops for small business

As part of a bigger plan to increase the number of laptop models it sells by 50% his year, Dell announced today new designs for its Vostro laptops targeted at small businesses. New models include the 13.3-inch Vostro 1310 and a refresh to the 15.4-inch Vostro 1500 series.

published April 14, 2008 by

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Dell is latest to plan a $400 laptop

Dell is latest to plan a $400 laptop

It was only a matter of time before Dell jumped on the low-cost laptop bandwagon. Contract manufacturer Compal said it will build a low-cost laptop for Dell with an 8.9-inch display starting at about $400.

published April 10, 2008 by

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Laptops are bringing the Blu-ray

Laptops are bringing the Blu-ray

With HD-DVD dead and buried, computer makers are moving to Blu-ray. Dell is now offering 15.4-inch laptop with a Blu-ray drive for less than $900. HP, Acer and Asus are also offering laptops with Blu-ray.

published April 1, 2008 by

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Dell's tablet, take two

Dell's tablet, take two

Dell took its time with tablets. It wasn't until last December that the company finally released its first tablet PC, but it looks like the results have been good enough to convince Dell to stick with this niche for now. Engadget has posted details of Dell's next tablet, the Latitude XT2.

published March 19, 2008 by

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In-flight Internet cleared for take-off

In-flight Internet cleared for take-off

I've been skeptical of plans for in-flight broadband. But it may finally happen. In the past few months several U.S airlines--Alaska Air, American Airlines, Continental, JetBlue, Southwest and Virgin America--have announced plans to offer Internet access.

published March 13, 2008 by

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Acer Blue laptop revealed

Acer Blue laptop revealed

It turns out Acer's Blue is a desktop replacement laptop with a bunch of entertainment-oriented features. The marketing department got a bit carried away, but there's nothing wrong with the Aspire Gemstone Blue. In fact, it has several interesting features.

published March 12, 2008 by

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What is Acer's Blue?

What is Acer's Blue?

The world's third largest PC company has been running ads for a new mystery product. Company president Gianfranco Lanci will unveil the "concept notebook" at a press event later today.

published March 11, 2008 by

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Samsung bets on SSDs and mobile hard drives

Samsung bets on SSDs and mobile hard drives

Samsung plans to double the capacity of solid state disks (SSDs) every 12 months. The company said it will deliver samples of 128GB SSDs by mid-year and a 256GB drive sometime in 2009. At the same time, Samsung is boosting the capacity and speed of its hard drives for laptops.

published March 5, 2008 by

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