Lenovo's N20p Chromebook comes close, oh so close, to being a truly groundbreaking Chromebook. If its 300-degree hinge were to bend back juuust another 60 degrees, we'd have a Chrome-based tablet. There: I said it.
So you're fascinated with self-driving cars, eh? Are you fascinated enough to try one that has no steering wheel and no pedals? That's the next, dramatic step for Google in its determination to create a fully autonomous car.
Dell's no dummy. It may have built its business on PCs, but its new Chromebook 11 is designed to maintain its presence the education market, where Chromebooks are enjoying some growth. Compared to managing a fleet of Windows-based boxes, tending to a herd of browser-based Chromebooks is far simpler and cheaper (Google even provides a Chrome Management Console for all the tasks that make IT people happy).
Desktop who? Windows what? The classic Windows-based PC remains Intel's bread and butter, but it's needed to diversify its diet for a long time. At an event on Monday morning at Mobile World Congress, the company announced two new Atom chips, code-named Merrifield and Moorefield, that could be its first truly competitive mobile solutions. And not a product cycle too soon.
The Windows Phone market share in the US is so bad, it had to pick on poor BlackBerry to make itself feel better. At least, that's what happened at a Sunday event before Mobile World Congress. In a darkened event space at a swanky hotel, Microsoft video boasted, "We've overtaken BlackBerry." The packed crowd of journalists roared, and even Microsoft exec, Joe Belfiore, couldn't help but smile with slight embarrassment.
Car apps: In a few years, we'll wonder how we did without them, just as we have with smartphones and apps since Apple introduced the iPhone seven years ago (January 9, 2007, in fact). These apps can be used either to control basic car functions or do something while in the car, such as finding a pizza place wherever you are, or ordering the pizza.
If the Windows PC market is in big trouble, someone forgot to tell Lenovo and Samsung. Late last week, within 24 hours of each other, the two Asian tech giants unveiled broad, new product lines. Following recent announcements from other major players, a critical mass of next-generation Windows 8 machines is now coming down the pike.
HP's consumer PC sales continue to languish, but the game's not over yet--certainly not on the company's new Envy Rove, a 20-inch all-in-one that can lay flat for multiplayer games. The company also announced a raft of other all-in-ones and desktops today.
At Maker Faire, not far from the 3D printers and robotic bartenders, I found Toyota's RAV4 EV. It might have a bit more spit and polish than the typical DIY project at Maker Faire, but it's definitely the result of some art and craft.
Clamshell laptops will always have their place, but that form factor just can't deliver the versatility of a hybrid tablet with a detachable keyboard. Unfortunately, the designs we've seen so far have been hobbled by weak CPUs.
As Sony announces its new VAIO Fit line of consumer laptops, it's leading a charge--a necessary one--into the world of touch. Touchscreens will be available across the entire product line, and standard on some models. In a briefing last week, Sony said that it expected touchscreens to overtake non-touch displays rapidly as the laptop norm.
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