Lenovo targets small businesses with three new budget-priced desktop PCs

From PC World: Lenovo today took the wraps off three diminutive desktop PCs aimed at small businesses with tight budgets. Details are thin so far, but two elements look promising: First, all three systems have management features that small business will appreciate (and that aren’t typically found in consumer machines at any price). Second, the price tags on each are exceedingly affordable.

AT&T to deliver 1Gbps broadband to Silicon Valley

From CNET: AT&T has announced the first city in Silicon Valley that will get its 1Gbps fiber service.

AT&T Will Also Receive the HTC One (M8) for Windows

From DailyTech: Just when we though that the HTC One (M8) for Windows would be a Verizon Wireless exclusive, AT&T tonight issued a short press release stating that it too will offer the smartphone.

Just like the variant that is now available on Verizon Wireless’ network, AT&T’s version will share hardware specs with the [Android-based] HTC One M8, but will run Windows Phone 8.1 complete with the Cortana personal digital assistant.

Symantec folds nine Norton products into one service

From InfoWorld: Symantec will consolidate its cluttered Norton line of security software, folding nine products into one online service that can be used across desktop computers and mobile devices.

The product, in beta now, will simply be called "Norton Security" and cost $79 a year when it goes on sale in North America on Sept. 23, said Gerry Egan, senior director of product management. It replaces Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton360, among others.

SanDisk announces the Ultra II series of SSDs, targets mainstream upgraders

From PC World: PC enthusiasts dig the very fast solid-state drives that SanDisk builds, but the drives in the company’s Extreme Pro line can be pricey. The Ultra II series of SSDs that SanDisk announced today target mainstream users who focus on price first and performance second.

As SanDisk product manager Jared Peck put it in a briefing last week: “We look at every piece of the market and want to make sure we have a good solution for each of them. The Ultra II line is aimed at mainstream users who are ready to upgrade from a hard drive or from an older, smaller SSD.”

Verizon takes top spot in network quality report, T-Mobile gains ground

From CNET: Verizon topped the charts in network quality, according to the latest report from RootMetrics, a company that independently tests wireless networks.

T-Mobile also jumped in RootMetrics' rankings, beating Sprint for third place nationwide in terms of overall quality.

"Verizon has recaptured the top spot in speed, while AT&T has slipped a little," Bill Moore, CEO for RootMetrics, said in an interview. "Overall the companies are neck and neck. When it comes to reliability, AT&T is getting closer to parity with Verizon."

New AMD Fusion-Based Laptop From HP to Pack a Punch at $199

From DailyTech: Germany's Mobile Geeks has leaked the spec sheet of an intriguing new 14-inch laptop from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ), dubbed the "HP Stream Notebook PC". The new laptop is priced at $199 USD and is one of the new Windows 8.1 laptops in Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) push to counter the growing success of low-cost Chromebooks, laptops powered by Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Linux-based Chrome OS.

XTracGear Carbonic Review (Page 1 of 4)

Recently, I was contacted by one of my friends to go to see the latest Marvel hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy” (On a side note, there seems to be a lot of Marvel appearing in my review introductions, but trust me, this was not planned). If you know me, I generally do not actually enjoy going to the theaters, because I would much rather enjoy watching from the comfort of my own home. However, going to the theaters with friends is still much better than watching a movie by yourself in front of the TV. I also heard about this movie and the positive reviews it was garnering from movie critics, and thus on both of these reasons, I decided to go. Two hours before the movie, the same friend texted everyone to meet at the cinema half an hour before the movie began. Then an hour later, she suddenly decided she would not be able to attend. At this, I was stunned. I could not and still do not understand why anyone would coordinate a group event, and not show up in the end. Now, of course, they may have an emergency to attend to, but this was not the case. Luckily, the movie was good enough to not be too annoyed, but it was still confusing nonetheless. And why do I bring this up? When XTracGear released their latest line of mousepads, including the revised Ripper line, they also revealed a smaller, never seen before mousepad called the Carbonic. With all the positive things we have seen from XTracGear/XTracPads in the past, will this mousepad keep up the reputation by showing up and impressing us at the party? Or will it suddenly turn shy, and remain absent in its performance? Let’s read on to find out!

Google acquires Jetpac to boost image recognition know-how, killing apps

From PC World: Google has acquired Jetpac, known for image recognition and processing.

Jetpac wrote on its website that it’s joining Google, and would be removing its app from the App Store in the coming days. The company will stop offering support on Sept. 15, it said. Google confirmed the deal but had nothing to add to what Jetpac wrote, a spokeswoman said via email.

LG flaunts curved 21:9 monitor, plus a display for gamers

From CNET: LG is flaunting its curves with a new, eye-popping 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor.

The company announced details about the monitor on Monday and noted that it will be shown off at the IFA trade show in Berlin in early September. The curved screen will be joined by two other monitors: a 4K display for professional use and a rapidly refreshing display for gamers.

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