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Melanie Pinola is a freelance writer covering all things tech-related. A former IT admin and occasional web developer, she is also the author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes, a Lifehacker writer, and the Mobile Office Technology expert at

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Toshiba Ultrabook Laptop Heading to Best Buy for $899

Toshiba’s Ultrabook joins the Acer Aspire S3 in being the most affordable of Intel’s new category of thin-and-light laptops.


Buy an HP Laptop at Wal-Mart, Get a TouchPad for $149

The deal is even sweeter for developers, who can snag two 32GB TouchPads for $150 each without have to buy a PC too.


Laptop Stolen from Checked Bag, Recovered on Craigslist

Ambre Boroughs made a mistake when she checked her laptop bag. Luckily, her Craigslist detective work quickly recovered it.

One Laptop Per Child Plans to Throw Tablets Out of Helicopters

One Laptop Per Child has a bizarre distribution plan: it will hurl tablets out of helicopters, into remote villages, for children to just pick up and start using.


Speech Recognition Through the Decades: How We Ended Up With Siri

People are impressed with the iPhone 4S's Siri, but how did such sophisticated speech recognition technology come to be? It started back in the 1950s.


"Like" the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook? If So, You Could Win One on Facebook

Acer is giving away an Ultrabook a day on its giveaway Facebook page. "Like" the page to enter the contest.


Dell XPS 14z Thin and Light Laptop Now Available for $1000

Dell's thin, light, MacBook Pro competitor is now available for purchase.

Laptop Suspected Source in Blaze: Fire Officials Advise Caution With Laptop Chargers

A fire captain is warning users to keep their charging laptops and other electronics off beds and sofas.

Prices Going Up on Laptops and Hard Drives, Thanks to Flooding in Thailand

Hard drive manufacturers have been forced to shut down factories in Thailand, resulting in a shortage of HDDs. Laptop makers are responding accordingly.

Tablet Sales Overtook Netbook Sales in Q2 2011

Netbooks are dying.


Dell XPS 14z Bests MacBook Pro in Thinness and Price

Dell's XPS 14z laptop is thinner, weighs less, and goes easier on the wallet when compared to Apple's comparable MacBook Pro notebook.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Transformer 2 First Tablets to Get Ice Cream Sandwich OS

Asus's newest tablet and its predecessor will use the much-anticipated Android 4.0 operating system--code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.


First Impressions of Motorola's Sexy New Droid Razr

A quick hands-on with the new Droid Razr announced Tuesday shows a thin, light smartphone with a beautiful screen and zippy performance.


HP and Dell Ready Windows 8 Tablets for 2012

Amid iPad dominance and dropping prices, tablet-makers seek a new niche by turning to Windows.

Ultrabook Laptops Expected to Get 'Retina-Quality' Displays Next Year

Next year's Ultrabooks could have the equivalent of smartphone-quality screens.