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HP Chromebook 13 review: Google’s Pixel has a rival for best Chromebook ever

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

The HP Chromebook 13 I’m reviewing just got a big compliment: “If HP doesn’t want that back when you’re done, let me know.” That came from one of my coworkers, who uses a MacBook Pro. He admitted he was lured by the Chromebook 13’s slender profile and brushed-aluminum sheen. Melissa Riofrio HP’s Chromebook 13 has […]

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Tech shines at new Vikings stadium

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Wireless coverage, mobile apps, RFID and virtual reality will play a big part at the new US Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings will play football starting this season.

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Windows 7 PCs with free OS upgrade are still available, for now

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Many computer users have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 as part of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer, which ends on Friday. After Friday, holdovers who want to upgrade from Windows 7 will have to shell out from $119.99 to $199.99 for a Windows 10 license. But for those who’d rather buy a new […]

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Microsoft listens and learns, pulls a passing grade for Windows 10’s freshman year

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

The most important ingredient in Windows 10’s success during its first 12 months wasn’t even a product feature, analysts said today as the operating system completed its freshman year. “It was the fact that Microsoft was willing to learn from its mistakes, then make course corrections,” Steve Kleynhans of Gartner said when asked to pinpoint […]

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Meet OPPO, the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the world

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

The fastest-growing smartphone maker globally — by far — is a little-known electronics company based in China called OPPO. OPPO grew by 137% in the second quarter of 2016, compared to a year ago, according to market research firm IDC. The company finished fourth overall, behind Samsung, Apple and Huawei, in that order. OPPO shipped […]

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 important things to know before you make a last minute Windows 10 upgrade

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

My most popular article of the last year — and really one of my most popular ever — is in dire need of an update. And, your computer might also need some new attention, especially if you’ve been living with an older version of Windows (I can feel your pain; I have a laptop in […]

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Android Trojan SpyNote leaks on underground forums

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

A new and potent Android Trojan has been leaked on several underground forums, making it available for free to less resourceful cybercriminals who are now likely to use it in attacks. The Trojan app is called SpyNote and allows hackers to steal users’ messages and contacts, listen in on their calls, record audio using the […]

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IBM’s cloud CTO: ‘We’re in this game to win’

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

IBM saw from the get-go that the cloud was going to cause a major disruption to its business. “We knew it was a massive opportunity for IBM, but not in a way that necessarily fit our mold,” said Jim Comfort, who is now CTO for IBM Cloud. “Every dimension of our business model would change […]

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Google’s parent company will work with more auto makers on self-driving cars

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Alphabet’s recent partnership with Fiat Chrysler to build self-driving car technology into a Chrysler mini van will be the first of many such deals, the Google parent company said Thursday. The Fiat Chrysler deal, announced in May, will see around 100 of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans outfitted with self-driving technology for use in tests by […]

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Microsoft will lay off 2,850 more people this year

July 29, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

Satya Nadella isn’t stopping the job cuts train at Microsoft any time soon. The company revealed Thursday that 2,850 people will lose their jobs by the middle of 2017, on top of the 1,850 cuts announced earlier this year. According to a regulatory filing, those impacted will primarily be in its phone hardware business, which has […]

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