The kind of technology we use in our lives has changed drastically over the years, and for many laptops aren't as needed as they once were, instead being replaced with tablets and smartphones. For this reason, many hesitate at the thought of dropping a lot for a machine that will be used comparatively little -- enter cheap notebooks like Chromebooks, and, as of today, HP's new Windows-toting Stream laptops.
Leaks, government spies, schools of dubious repute -- all potential ways your computer's webcam can be transformed into a portal of snooping. In light of the Edward Snowden leaks, many have felt the long-held and oft-dismissed habit of covering a webcam with tape maybe isn't quite as paranoid as it once seemed. It is, however, cheap looking. Nope, a successful Kickstarter, is looking to classy things up a bit.
Shuttle has introduced a couple new miniature PCs that offer a few more features than your average computer in the category. Users have different options to choose from, and among them is space for a DVD/Blu-ray drive, something not often found on modern small-form-factor offerings.
SparkFun has rolled out the red carpet for its new Blocks series of add-ons for Intel's Edison board. With the SparkFun Blocks, users can bring additional functionality to the Edison board, such as adding a display -- there are a total of 13 Blocks available spanning a variety of common functionalities.
Dell has introduced quite a few products this week, not the least of which is a slew of new Latitude business laptops, with several models being set to arrive spanning a roster of different features and specs. Included among them is the new Latitude 14 Rugged, a durable laptop expanding the company's rugged portfolio.
On September 26, Dell will begin shipping its new Chromebox , a Chrome OS PC joining the company's Chromebox for Meetings kit that is being targeted at businesses and business users, though no doubt any Chrome OS enthusiast could find uses for it. The device is, like many Chromeboxes, small and square shaped, bringing with it 4K video output among other things.
Among Dell's product debuts this week are a couple new micro desktop PCs, the OptiPlex 9020 and the OptiPlex 3020. Both are small-form-factor computers targeted towards anyone who prefers a desktop system over a laptop, offering a small rectangular design that can fit in nearly any setup.
Laptops are all the rage, but tabletop PCs have their own appeal -- namely for families that share a single machine, or in the office. To meet those needs is Lenovo, which has introduced two new tabletop PCs, the Horizon 2s and 2e. Users familiar with the previous Horizon offerings will be glad to know both new models include the same Flat and Stand modes.
Lenovo's thinnest 15-inch laptop is a dual-mode machine that can be transformed from a traditional laptop mode into a touchscreen-centric stand mode. Says the maker, this is to meet increasing demands for a dual-mode laptop that isn't heavy and thick, as is often the case with these PCs.
Alongside the maker's new ultrabook comes the ASUS EeeBook X205, the company's budget-centric compact laptop bringing with it Windows 8.1 and, says ASUS, a "smartphone-like experience." Unlike Eee laptops from days gone by, the X205 is slim and sleek, and will be launching in four different color options.