Stories by Melanie Pinola

  • Asus Transformer tablet: Second in sales after iPad

    Despite earlier reports that sales of Asus' convertible tablet were slowing, monthly shipments of the Eee Pad Transformer have surpassed 400,000 units per month, according to DigiTimes --making the Transformer the second-best selling tablet after the iPad.

  • LulzSec E-mail Hack Proves We're Lousy at Picking Passwords

    Whether you think LulzSec is doing us a favor for exposing our security weaknesses or think the hacker group has gone too far, a very old lesson can be learned here: we need to create stronger passwords. New analysis of the 62,000 logins LulzSec made publicly available reveals, yet again, our seriously weak password habits.

  • Dell teases MacBook Air rival with Facebook video

    Dell has teased its upcoming XPS 15z ultra-thin laptop on Facebook, posting photos and a video to pique consumer interest. The 15.6-inch laptop sports a slim and streamlined design and, like the late Dell Adamo, is meant to take on the MacBook Air.

  • Hands-On With the Ultrathin Lenovo ThinkPad X1

    Lenovo officially announced the ultrathin ThinkPad X1--targeted toward both business and personal laptop users--on Monday. Besides being the thinnest ThinkPad to date, the X1 adds consumer features, such as a backlit keyboard, with enterprise-level security and other business capabilities. I got a chance to play with this 13-inch ultraportable and have to say the X1 may give the MacBook Air a run for its money.

  • Battle of the Chromebooks: Acer vs. Samsung

    Google's Chromebooks made the biggest splash this week at the company's developers conference Google I/O. Both Acer and Samsung will be the first notebook manufacturers to sell the laptops based on Google's own Chrome OS. Chromebook laptops are a radical departure from traditional laptops and instead of relying on local storage they will depend heavily on cloud services for document and media storage along with security and software updates. But what sets Acer's Chromebook from Samsung's?

  • Toshiba laptop does simultaneous 2D and glasses-free 3D

    The Toshiba dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR, announced on Wednesday, not only lets you view 3D without glasses, it can also display 2D -- at the exact same time -- in another window on the 15.6-inch screen. This multi-dimensional viewing is a first in laptop technology, and works by sending separate images to each eye, as well as facial tracking via the webcam.

  • Toshiba Introduces Svelte Tecra and Portege Laptops

    Toshiba announced on Tuesday its new range of slim, high-performance laptops geared towards business professionals, the Portege R830, Tecra R840, and Tecra 850. These Tecra and Portege laptops were reengineered from the ground up to be more portable than their predecessors, utilize second-generation Intel processors, and offer configuration options like solid state drives and optional discrete graphics.

  • Dell 15-inch tablet-laptop combo revealed

    Thanks to leaked FCC schematics and specs, word is out that Dell is developing a new convertible tablet and notebook combo. The 15-inch device, code named the "Dell Panerai", may follow in the footsteps of the 10-inch Inspiron Duo convertible, though it's not clear whether the Panerai will feature the same flip design.

  • MSI X-Slim X-370: The ultrathin laptop race heats up

    The latest entry in the ultra-slim laptop stakes is the MSI X-Slim X-370. The X-370, announced today, joins the growing ranks of ultra-slim portable notebooks like the MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9. The X-370 runs the latest AMD Fusion processor, is less than an inch thick, and weighs just a bit over 3 pounds, making it a serious ultraportable contender.

  • Asus sticking with Windows 7 tablets

    Asus will continue to build Window 7 tablets, calling Microsoft's OS a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad and the army of Android tablets on the market. An Asus official told TechRadar that the company gets a lot of inquiries from the consumer and business market for Windows 7 tablets, so it will continue making them as long as that demand remains.

  • Fujitsu taps into mobile 3D Trend, ships lifebook AH572

    While Nintendo's 3DS gaming device has hogged the 3D limelight of late, Fujitsu quietly began shipping its 3D-capable Lifebook AH572. This laptop's claim to fame is the dual function 15.6-inch widescreen display for both 2D and 3D (with 3D glasses) viewing. The Lifebook AH572 is now shipping for $999.