Author Archives: Michael Crider

Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

Lenovo announces IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge

Lenovo announces IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge

The avalanche of news for Intel's newest Core series of processors has truly begun, and Ultrabooks are up next. Lenovo has announced updates for their consumer IdeaPad line with the 13-inch U310 and 14-inch U410, both scheduled to go on sale today in worldwide markets and later this month in the U.S. and U.K. both notebooks keep the, well, "notebook" style of the previous high-end entries in the IdeaPad line, but bring the prices down considerably lower than other Ultrabooks.

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Microsoft .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 release candidates ready

Microsoft .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 release candidates ready

Listen up, developers: it's time for a new round of Windows programs. In addition to sending out the release preview for Windows 8, Microsoft has published release candidates for Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5. Both are available free, presumably until the completed programs are shipped, and can be used to create working applications under a Go Live licence. Click here to download Visual Studio, and here for .NET.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Assuming that they don't want it in Chinese, Windows fans are chomping at the bit to download the Windows 8 Release Preview starting tomorrow. Microsoft has provided an outline of the changes and additions in what's likely to be the last update before Windows 8 goes gold, but what's going to be more interesting for regular consumers is the Windows 8 Upgrade Offer. Buy a new computer between now and Windows 8's release, and you might qualify to buy it for a song.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review

The ThinkPad family of laptops has had a reputation for reliability since long before Lenovo started making them, and the fervency of their fans is perhaps the only thing that reaches the same level as Apple hardware these days. The X series, Lenovo’s road warrior class of thin and light laptops, remains among the most popular, and it’s not hard to see why. But with Ultrabooks increasingly stealing the limelight, can the ThinkPad X230 keep the same amount of acclaim as its X200-series predecessors? Let’s find out.

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GSM Galaxy Nexus gets docks in the Google Play Store

GSM Galaxy Nexus gets docks in the Google Play Store

When Google released the Galaxy Nexus on the Play Store for a wallet-tempting $399, it seemed like they were tired of waiting for the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile to get their own versions of the developer phone out the door. Similarly, Verizon customers have been waiting about six months for first-party accessories for the popular phone. Verizon owners will have to keep waiting, but those who bought the GSM phone in the US can now deck it out with various docks.

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Dell shows off its first ARM-based servers

Dell shows off its first ARM-based servers

Need a server for your small business, but don't want the huge, expensive and power-hungry x86 models that have been all the rage for decades? Then Dell would like a word. Today they've introduced their first server blades built on the ubiquitous ARM platform, better known for smartphones and tablets than enterprise hardware. The Copper-class C500 3U units can fit a dozen into a chassis, and only draw 15 watts of power each.

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RAMRod Powerbox gaming PC with RAMDisk review

RAMRod Powerbox gaming PC with RAMDisk review

There are a lot of companies out there that will build you the gaming desktop of your dreams for a pretty penny. You could go pedestrian and buy from Alienware, or perhaps a little more custom and try iBuyPower. But one competitor has an edge that they hope will put them in a performance class above the rest. DV Nation specializes in blazing fast storage and memory, and puts every ounce of their experience into their RAMRod line of gaming PCs. The company was kind enough to let us try out the Powerbox, its compact model, to see the best in gaming excess.

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Google grabs six new Project Glass patents

Google grabs six new Project Glass patents

Google seems to have taken the litigious lessons it's learned from Android to heart, because the company is grabbing as many patents related to the new Project Glass as it can. The latest batch of six patents covers everything from helping the hearing impaired with visual cues to sensors designed to interpret the electrical pulses from the skin on a user's nose. None of them are officially associated with Project Glass, but the patent artwork speaks for itself.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X230 hands-on

Lenovo ThinkPad X230 hands-on

Lenovo's ThinkPad line has always had a reputation for business-class durability, and the X series has added small size and light weight to it. The latest in the X2xx series is the X230, the upgrade to to last year's 12.5-inch X220 model. It brings with it some small but significant changes to the chassis as well as more options on the processor front, which we'll dive into in our upcoming review. For now, we'll focus on the outward changes to this most favored road warrior model.

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Samsung Focus 2 Review

Samsung Focus 2 Review

AT&T has no shortage of value-priced phones, and just lately, a pretty good selection of 4G LTE devices as well. But the two haven't crossed over much yet, and the ranks of Windows Phone 7 devices are a little slim as well. Happily, all three of these categories can add the Samsung Focus 2, which goes on sale starting today for $49.99 with a two-year contract. Is it worth your hard-earned greenbacks? Let's find out.

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