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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.

HP launches Compaq LA2405x 24-inch LCD monitor

HP launches Compaq LA2405x 24-inch LCD monitor

If you're anything like me, the rise of 16:9 computer monitors is the bane of your working life - give me the (slightly) older 16:10 standard or nothing. That seems to be HP's reasoning behind the LA2405x, a 24-inch budget business monitor that bucks the trend of wider displays (with lower resolutions). The TN-LCD panel comes with a size-standard resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.

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HP Compaq Pro 4300 makes Small Form Factor affordable

HP Compaq Pro 4300 makes Small Form Factor affordable

Small Form Factor or "SFF" computers are a boon to businesses thanks to their low volume and power requirements. HP is hoping for some corporate dollars with the Compaq Pro 4300 model SFF PC. Its options include both 2nd and 3rd-generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core processors, a media card reader and hard drives up to a full terrabyte in size or a 256GB SSD.

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HP unveils new office and consumer all-in-one printers

HP unveils new office and consumer all-in-one printers

HP's taken the wraps off of a handful of new printers for the latter half of 2012, in a variety of price ranges, sizes and configurations. This represents a pretty comprehensive refresh of HP's huge printer line,and new models should start showing up on HP's website and retail partners this summer. The focus is on easy operation, as all the new models feature color touchscreens.

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HP Z220 Workstation hands-on

HP Z220 Workstation hands-on

HP's Z-series workstations are some of the best in the business, and one of their most popular models is the Z200 series. It's getting an update today with the Z220 workstation, which comes in a standard mini-tower version and a Small Form Factor model. HP showed us the models before the official announcement, and we were happy to check them out. For those who need lots of power in a small space, the two versions of the Z220 should prove a worthy contender.

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HP EliteBook w-series mobile workstation hands-on

HP EliteBook w-series mobile workstation hands-on

HP unveiled its newest mobile workstations today: the 17.3-inch EliteBook 8770w, 15.6-inch EliteBook 8570w and 14-inch EliteBook 8470w. The manufacturer was kind enough to let us take a peek before the announcement, which we did with gusto. Who needs a slinky ultrabook when you can use a mobile workstation as bot a mobile CAD machine and a blunt instrument?

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HP Compaq Elite 8300 and Pro 6300 towers aim for business market

HP Compaq Elite 8300 and Pro 6300 towers aim for business market

As part of Hewlett-Packard's massive spring debut, they're showing off a pair of desktops in the dual-orientation tower form factor. Both are being released under the old Compaq label, but you won't find the familiar red branding here: the desktops look morel ike scaled down versions of HP's Z workstations. Both machines come in full-sized or small form factor versions.

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HTC makes its case for “bring your own device” business clients

HTC makes its case for “bring your own device” business clients

Despite coming in second overall in total smartphone sales, iOS is crushing Android in the business world. HTC doesn't intend to let the status quo stand, and has created a new marketing website advocating its Android smartphones for "bring your own device" (BYOD) use for corporate clients. HTCpro outlines the features on the manufacturer's phone, with a particular eye towards security and business solutions.

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Marvel’s Avengers cast doubt on movie piracy fears

Marvel’s Avengers cast doubt on movie piracy fears

In case you hadn't heard, The Avengers crushed box office records this weekend to take home more than $200 million domestic for Disney and Marvel Comics. But if you're not part of the Internet's seedy underbelly, you probably didn't know that a pirated version of the superhero team-up movie appeared on BitTorrent networks a full week before the May 4th release. Even with a massive amount of illegal downloading, The Avengers assembled to crush the popular wisdom of piracy opponents.

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Zuckerberg a no-show at Facebook’s Boston IPO roadshow

Zuckerberg a no-show at Facebook’s Boston IPO roadshow

When you're trying to justify an initial public offering somewhere in the range of 11 billion dollars, it's a good idea to keep your calendar in order. Nevertheless, Reuters reports that Facebook's 27-year-old CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined to attend the second stop of the company's IPO roadshow in Boston, leaving over 200 observers - including potential investors - feeling like fans at a cancelled rock concert. Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg fielded questions, but offered no explanation for her boss's absence.

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Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Though the first portion of the Oracle vs Google case ended on something of a hollow victory for Oracle, the networking giant intends to plow on with its patent claims in the second section. Oracle's attorneys contend that the Dalvik virtual machine used to speed up Android's processes infringes on two of the patents that it inherited from Sun Microsystems after they purchased the company. Damages nad payments, if any are deemed necessary, will be decided in the third portion.

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