Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 devices get sexier designs, faster chips

From InfoWorld: The venerable ThinkPad brand will turn 25 this year, and Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 devices will kick off celebrations with a slew of upgrades including sexier designs, faster processors, and screens with thinner borders.

The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop (starting at $1,349), ThinkPad X1 Tablet (starting at $949) and ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2-in-1 (starting at $1,499) are smaller, thinner and lighter than ever before. In addition, the devices have much longer battery life.

BlackBerry presses on into a new era with keyboard teaser

From CNET: BlackBerry may have stopped making phones, but the BlackBerry name is pressing on. In fact, a new era of outsourced BlackBerry devices may start with a phone named the "Press".

At least, that's an educated guess based on a teaser that suggests a new BlackBerry device will be "imPRESSively designed" -- because it sports one of those legendary clicky keyboards.

Lenovo moves into the smart home market with an Amazon Alexa-powered speaker and a 6TB NAS box

From PC World: Lenovo is dipping its toe into the smart home market with two new product announcements at CES: a new smart speaker that will be powered by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, and a wireless NAS box that that promises to help organize your digital photo library using onboard facial-recognition software.

Is something burning? GE ovens will work with Nest Protect smoke detector

From CNET: The Nest Protect smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector will work with GE's Wi-Fi-connected ovens to better detect kitchen fires and keep your home safe, GE Appliances announced today ahead of this week's CES in Las Vegas. People who have both a Nest Protect and a GE Wi-Fi oven can enable the integration today.

Dell Turns XPS 13 Into a Convertible

From PC Mag: The deluge of CES PC product announcements begins with Dell this year, thanks to its new XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop.

The Dell XPS 13 is a well-regarded Windows ultraportable laptop. And while it has been updated with seventh-generation Intel Core processors, now you can buy one with an articulating hinge that converts the laptop through Laptop, Stand, Tablet, and Tent modes. It's a natural fit if you want more tactile interaction with your computer, but don't want to give up access to the keyboard.

Samsung unveils new Galaxy A phones

From CNET: Samsung is kicking off 2017 with budget phone buyers in mind.

The electronics giant on Monday introduced its updated Galaxy A series phones: the 5.7-inch A7, 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3. The 2017 versions of these phones come with a handful of upgrades, like IP68 water and dust resistance, and improved 16-megapixel front and rear cameras.

New AMD Radeon website counts down to Vega graphics card architecture preview

From PC World: The wait for more details about Vega, AMD’s forthcoming enthusiast-class Radeon graphics card architecture, will soon be over.

This morning, AMD’s social media channels teased a new Ve.ga website featuring a countdown to a “Vega architecture preview.” The clock runs out at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on January 5, the opening day of CES 2017.

Apple to cut iPhone production by 10 percent, report says

From CNET: Apple is cutting production of iPhones by 10 percent in the first three months of 2017, according to a report published Friday in the Japanese business paper the Nikkei Asian Review.

It would be the second year in a row in which the tech giant scaled back production of its flagship product, the report said. The paper based its analysis on numbers from Apple's suppliers. The cuts would include production of the most recent iPhone models, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Where do you go for phone repairs?

Manufacturer or manufacturer-approved shops
47% (65 votes)
Independent shops
24% (33 votes)
I do it myself
12% (16 votes)
I don't bother
17% (23 votes)
Total votes: 137

SilverStone ARM23BS Review

Last month, I was telling one of my friends how I would be going to see a play with my compadre. She asked how much it cost, so I told her the price, including the fact my ticket was more expensive than my compadre's. Due to her curiosity, she asked why. At this point, I could have told her the true answer, as the theater had discounts for student pricing compared to non-student pricing. However, considering how gullible this friend is, I first told her the theater was involved in a feminist movement, and so male attendees would have to pay more. This friend was shocked for a second, but before I let her respond, I quickly told her I was kidding. I then made up the fact the theater required us to report our personal income, and so my ticket would be pricier since I was working. By now, I thought she would have seen through all the complexities and called me out on my lies, but again rather than objecting, she just commented on how weird it was. If there is anything I learned from this, other than confirming her gullibility, is the fact sometimes the simplest answer is not always the most obvious or accepted solution. A lot of different venues charge based on either age or employment status, but to her, it was not the most immediate answer. On an aside, it could also just be a specific issue with this particular friend. Today, we have a pretty simple looking way to mount two monitors on a single stand in the SilverStone ARM23BS. Taking a look at the manufacturer's website, this may look like a pretty normal way to solve such a problem, but is it actually the case? Hopefully this review will answer your questions and more about the SilverStone ARM23BS!


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