Nearly 60 percent of computers sold in 2011 were notebooks of one kind or another — desktop PCs, by contrast, accounted for less than 30 percent. Over the years, laptops have become generally slimmer, lighter and less power-hungry, and they will remain the staple tool of business workforces worldwide for the foreseeable future.

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Earnings preview: Will Apple deliver?

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and senior editor Sam Diaz about whether recent product announcements will have a positive impact on Apple sales. Dignan and Diaz also discuss the hiccups with the iPhone 3G launch, the new Nano, and whether Apple will refresh its MacBook line for MacWorld.

September 30, 2008


Big tech on campus

CNET's Kara Tsuboi visits the University of California, Berkeley, to find out what gadgets students are craving at the start of their school year. CNET Reviews editors Bonnie Cha and Donald Bell also weigh in on their top cell phone, MP3, and laptop picks.

August 22, 2008


Intel demos quad-core notebooks

Intel's David Perlmutter showed the company's new quad-core laptop computers at the Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco. He demonstrated how video conferencing can be done in HD--even with other applications running in the background--without sacrificing power and performance.

August 20, 2008

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Daily Debrief: Bill Gates prepares to say good-bye

CNET's Kara Tsuboi talks with senior writer Ina Fried about Bill Gates' imminent departure from Microsoft. He's technically leaving the company as a full-time employee, but Fried explains why Gates will still be involved with pet projects like search and the Tablet PC.

June 24, 2008


Apple introduces ultrathin notebook

At Macworld 2008 in San Francisco Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the company's new ultraportable notebook, the MacBook Air. The new notebook is .76 inch thick and runs on Intel's Core 2 Duo with both 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz options. Other specs include a full-size keyboard, a built-in iSight camera, and a trackpad that supports multitouch gestures.

January 15, 2008


Get in Line for Good Deals

Shoppers across the San Francisco Bay Area set their alarm clocks extra early to welcome Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. At electronic superstores like Circuit City, $299 laptops were among the first big items to sell out. People didn\222t seem to mind waiting in hour-long lines to buy fancy TVs, if it meant getting a jump on their holiday shopping while cashing in on super savings. News.Com\222s Kara Tsuboi braved the crowds and files this report.

November 23, 2007


Dell demos new convertible PC

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Dell CEO demos the company's new convertible Latitude XT, which he claims is thinner and brighter than competing systems. It also has multitouch technology that senses the five fingers of a hand.

November 14, 2007


Michael Dell talks turnaround strategy

At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., Dell CEO Michael Dell talks to Gartner research analysts about the company's renewed focus on customer-centricity, such as the company's plan to introduce new notebooks and a move into on-demand streaming.

October 11, 2007


New Toshiba notebook weighs less than 1.7 lbs.

Usually the term "subnotebook" conjures up images of compromise. Subnotebooks are generally too thin to include a drive tray for CD-ROMs and DVDs, and their batteries die before the flight attendant can say, "It's OK to use your personal electronics now." But, Toshiba tells ZDNet executive editor David Berlind, the company thinks it has come up with a no-compromise design with the Portégé R500.

October 2, 2007


Lapwork's latest laptop desk

ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind tries out Lapwork's third-generation laptop desk. The Futura fits between the bottom of a laptop computer and a person's thighs and provides large open ventilation slots to channel the heat away from under the laptop.

July 25, 2007


Engineering change: One Laptop Per Child

CNET's Jessica Dolcourt interviewed Khaled Hassounah, a regional director for Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project. Hassounah, the Mideast/Africa regional head of the project, is one of three technologists profiled in CNET's series "Engineering change." Speaking from CNET's studio, he explains why he hopes to place 2 million laptops into the hands of children in his region.

April 9, 2007


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