Archive for October, 2016

Why did apple and Microsoft use this old processor in their new computer?

A few days ago, Apple finally revealed a new MacBook Pro, a full 527 days after the last refresh. The Touch Bar was fancy and bright; the gorgeous display wowed eye sockets; and the price made my wallet pucker. But there was also a conundrum. It took Apple a year and a half to update […]

The True Story Of Apollo 17… And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon

On December 11, 1972, Apollo 17 touched down on the Moon. This was not only our final Moon landing, but the last time we left low Earth orbit. With the successful launch of the Orion capsule, NASA is finally poised to go further again. So it’s important to remember how we got to the Moon […]

Our quick verdict on the ASUS ZenBook 3

ASUS‘s latest ultraportable the ZenBook 3 is often compared to Apple‘s 12-inch MacBook. And can you blame people? The laptop is even thinner and lighter than Apple’s two-pound wonder, but just as fast and with longer Asus z9100 battery life. And it comes with a mini dock in the box, adding precisely the sort of […]

It looks like SONY’s PS3’s 10 year plan ends

Yesterday, Sony announced that MLB The Show 17 will launch on PS4 next March — but it won’t be coming to the PS3. As the previous year’s edition of the sports game was the last first-party title to come to the aging console, this probably means Sony won’t put out new content. If so, we’ve […]

Saved Mike Pence’s plane from the disaster basin aircraft technology

It was likely a combination of technological innovation and government regulation that prevented the chartered Boeing 737-700 carrying Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence and his entourage from a potentially serious disaster at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday night. At an airport hemmed in by populated areas to the south and east and Flushing […]

Acer Aspire M5 review: A big display, excellent battery life, and a moderate price tag

Despite being just 0.7 inch thick, Acer’s Aspire M5 (model M5-583P-6428) weighs a hefty 4.9 pounds. So it’s fortunate for Acer that Intel’s Ultrabook definition includes only a height limit: 0.9 inch. More important, the Aspire M delivers a big display, great battery life, and good performance for a moderate $700. Outfitted with an Intel […]

The Best Ultraportable Notebooks of 2016

The evolution of laptops has always been driven by the push for thinner, lighter, and more power-efficient designs, but in recent years these demands have coalesced into what may be the perfect expression of laptop design: the ultraportable. What exactly defines this category? In general, ultraportables weigh less than 4 pounds (and often less than […]

Microsoft and apple to lead the way in modern computer design

This week, Microsoft and Apple will stage dueling events, a day apart. The rumor mill says both companies will be introducing new PCs — Microsoft with one or more additions to its Surface lineup, Apple finally refreshing its MacBook line. Longtime watchers of the PC/Mac space will be tempted to evaluate these new devices using […]

Samsung paid to expand into the new country, while Apple is facing system overload

Samsung is bringing its payment solution Samsung Pay to a bevy of new countries including Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand, according to an announcement made by the company on Wednesday. The Samsung Pay service, which competes directly with Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay, will be available in 10 countries by the end of 2016. Coinciding […]

Samsung TabPRO S GALAXY: when a Windows 10 tablet trying to grow

During the past couple of months of using the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, one trope keeps coming back into my mind: Jack of all trades, master of none. In trying to be both an outstanding laptop and tablet, the TabPro S is forced to make a number of compromises, and it is never able to […]