Apple's MacBooks: Still the most reliable

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More speed, better battery life for Apple's 12-inch MacBookConsumer Reports surveys its subscribers annually to learn about their experience with cars, appliances, retailers, and computers.In their latest survey, almost 83,000 readers shared their experiences with computers. Not everyone was pleased. Winners and losers In laptops and desktops Apple was the most reliable. Plus it's tech support was - by far - th…
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Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes

Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes
It's hard not to look at the iPad Pro and think it was introduced at least partly because of competitive pressure from the Surface family of devices.As a 2-in-1, the larger iPad Pro with its 12.9 inch screen and Apple Pencil offers tool that creative types love. Thanks to Apple's A9X chip, this device performs like a respectable laptop, and with the addition of Apple's Smart Keyboard it acts enough like a PC to satisfy a lot of use cases.Where the iPad Pro stumbles is in the other things that ma…
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Making sense of Microsoft's Surface lineup

Making sense of Microsoft
Microsoft's Surface business has always been a minefield for the company.The OEMs who build PCs that run Microsoft Windows aren't thrilled at the prospect of their partner also being a rival in the cutthroat hardware business. The competitive challenge for Microsoft, then, is to be successful but not too successful.That might explain why some Surface decisions, especially pricing, are less than aggressive, leaving Microsoft "vulnerable to competition…
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​HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded

​HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded
When Hewlett Packard split its PC and printing business from its enterprise unit, it was widely assumed that Hewlett Packard Enterprise would outshine HP Inc. But better design and a knack for finding new profit pools in a tough personal systems market has put the spotlight on HP. In its second quarter earnings report, HP reported revenue of $12.4 billion, up 7 percent from a year ago. Growth and the PC market are two terms that haven't gone together…
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MacBook long-term review

MacBook long-term review
​Image courtesy Apple, Inc. I've been using the MacBook for hours every day doing everything from writing to light gaming, and photo and video editing. Here's what I've learned about the mid-range 'Book.Not your father's MacBookThe two year old MacBook reboot is nothing like its namesake. It costs more than the MacBook Air, the machine that once defined Ultrabooks. T…
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Chromebooks, detachables, and gaming PCs boost Lenovo results

Chromebooks, detachables, and gaming PCs boost Lenovo results
Shipments of Lenovo's detachables and convertibles, such as the Yoga 910 (pictured), grew at a double-digit premium "compared to the market". Images: Lenovo Lenovo said that sales of Chromebooks, detachables, and gaming PCs have helped boost revenues in the fourth quarter, but the company's revenue was down for the full year. Unveiling its fourth quarter and full-year…
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Microsoft Surface Hub: Hands-on with the giant, expensive collaboration screen

Microsoft Surface Hub: Hands-on with the giant, expensive collaboration screen
Two people can comfortably work together on Microsoft's super-sized Surface Hub display. Image: Microsoft The Surface Hub is a giant display designed to help teams work better together. It comes in two sizes: a massive 84-inch screen and a still pretty huge 55-inch model. It's effectively a high-end digital whiteboard that runs on a custom version of Windows 10. This …
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DJI Spark is a palm-sized drone available for $499

DJI Spark is a palm-sized drone available for $499
(Image: DJI) DJI on Wednesday announced its cheapest and smallest drone yet, dubbed the Spark. Available for pre-order now for $499, the Spark ships in June and will zip around at speeds of up to 31mph. It comes complete with a 1080p camera, intelligent flight control options, and a mechanical gimbal. The drone can take off from your hand and can be controlled by han…
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Intel to make Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free in 2018

Intel to make Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free in 2018
Intel has announced that it will make its Thunderbolt 3 specification royalty-free from next year.The move is expected to boost adoption of the protocol, Intel vice president of the Client Computing Group Chris Walker said in a blog post.At the same time, the company said it would do away with its discrete Thunderbolt 3 component, and move it into the CPU itself, allowing for thinner and more power-efficient devices, Walker said."For the first time, …
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HP tops Q2 targets as PC sales increase 10 percent

HP tops Q2 targets as PC sales increase 10 percent
HP Inc. reported better-than-expected second quarter financial results Wednesday as two key revenue segments saw long-awaited growth.Overall, the tech giant reported non-GAAP earnings of 40 cents per share on revenue of $12.4 billion, up 7 percent year-over-year on constant currency measure. Cyberwar and the Future of Cybersecurity Wall Street was looking for earnings of 39 cen…
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