Everyone knows that when it comes to image editing Adobe Photoshop is the prime-time player, but not everyone has $700 lying around. Fortunately there are several image editors available with all the features you need, but without the prohibitive price tag. GraphicConverter has been a favorite of ours for a long time, with amazing file-conversion capabilities (true to its name), and also a useful selection of editing tools to make it just right for most digital camera hobbyists. The latest update adds a laundry list of features and fixes.
While Sony's Y series of 13-inch laptops may seem fairly pedestrian, the company's other new thin-and-light is something else entirely. Sony says that by, "melding cutting-edge technologies such as a Blu-ray disc optical drive, HDMI output and a hybrid graphics system into highly-mobile PCs," it has come up with a 13-inch laptop worth a whopping $1,830 -- outmatching even the very pricey HP Envy 13.
The Vaio Z weighs just over 3 pounds, and some configurations include a similar high-end "100 percent color saturation" display as found in the Vaio X. Also available … Read more
Hardly a day goes by that we don't recommend a 13-inch laptop to someone for their specific computing needs. After all, it's the only size that we find big enough for all-day use, but small enough to carry around several times a week (but every day would be pushing it).
While Apple's MacBook may be the archetype 13-inch laptop, almost every other PC maker has one or more models, and many of the current ones use Intel's latest ULV processors (non-ULV options are also available) to keep the systems thin, light, and energy efficient (even if … Read more
Since installing Snow Leopard, a large number of MacBook and MacBook Pro owners have noticed a problem with the computer frequently displaying a "Service Battery" warning in the battery system menu. This also seems to be coupled with relatively short battery life, either with the battery discharging rapidly or with the computer going to sleep but still reporting high percentage of charge left in the battery. As of OS 10.6.2, affected users are still experiencing the problem.… Read more
As more consumers use their laptops as a secondary (and sometimes, primary) home entertainment center where they listen to music, play games, and watch TV and movies, they're often lacking one thing: a quality sound system. The average set of laptop speakers isn't designed to amplify home-theater-quality audio and some machines make it almost impossible to watch video without headphones. If you've ever tried watching Hulu on a MacBook, you know exactly what we're talking about.
The new $80 Logitech Lapdesk N700 wants to break through that sound barrier. In addition to a cooling fan and … Read more
There have been periodic reports of people having problems with items on the desktop disappearing, particularly on MacBook computers that have been connected to external displays. When this happens, the computer will remain responsive, but the desktop will be blank.… Read more
While many have been fixated on when Apple will announce a new tablet product, The Wall Street Journal says it has found out when the device will actually be available to customers.
Sources have told the Journal that a 10- or 11-inch touch-screen tablet computer will begin shipping in March. Another source says that there are at least two different finishes for the device that Apple is either still deciding on or perhaps planning to charge different prices for each.
Though there's been a lot of speculation about the tablet, there are no confirmed details yet. Industry observers are anticipating a late January announcement (… Read more