June 19th, 2012  | Tags:

Seeing all the attention (and unexpectedly lavish praise) heaped on Microsoft’s just-announced Surface tablet reminds me of all the great Windows
tablets I’ve tested and reviewed over the years.

A rogues’ gallery of Windows tablets (pictures)

Wait, that’s not right. The vast majority of Windows-powered tablets I’ve tried have been terrible. Some hit minimum levels of functionality, but nearly all were underpowered, lacked touch-centered software, were too expensive, or had terrible input hardware.

It’s interesting to note that many of these examples date from the pre-iPad era. Once Apple’s tablet hit the scene, there was a sharp drop-off in Windows tablets. Did PC makers decide they needed time to regroup and rethink after seeing what Apple could deliver for $499?

One of the only high-profile Windows tablets announced post-iPad was the HP Windows 7 Slate. After a teaser campaign of YouTube videos and promotional photos, the actual product was essentially cancelled, but revived as the underwhelming HP Slate 500, a business-only tablet that didn’t do much for us, and the WebOS HP TouchPad, one of the most infamous tech flameouts in recent history.

Microsoft may fare better with the new Surface (perhaps it really is easier when you make both the software and the hardware), or it could just as easily go down as yet another Windows tablet that didn’t live up to the hype.

In this gallery of Windows tablets, you’ll see many of the touch-screen PCs we’ve tested, reviewed, or reported on over the past several years. Why is this important? Because those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.

Article source: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3121_7-57456088-220/a-brief-history-of-failed-windows-tablets/

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June 19th, 2012  | Tags:

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Getting Started
1. The first thing to do, after choosing your victim machine, is to head to preview.windows.com or to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso to get images you can burn to disc. If you’re installing on a new partition or virtual drive, Microsoft recommends the first installer link rather than the ISO image for burning to disk or bootable USB. This is because the installer can burn the disc or create a bootable USB for you, and the downloader is faster (using compression) and more reliable. My contact for Microsoft explains it as follows:

“Microsoft actually invented a new compression algorithm optimized for Windows images which makes the transfer faster, plus unlike an .iso download, they are doing dynamic error correction in the download to deal with dropped packets or bit-flips. This means that at the end of the installer download you will always have a bit-perfect copy, whereas it’s possible you may have to download an .iso more than once if you’re unlucky.”

The Setup is in general a more hand-held process, compared with burning an ISO image and installing with that.

Running the Upgrade Assistant
2. Before starting this process, make sure all your peripherals are connected and powered up so that Windows Setup can download the correct drivers for them.

3. When you first click on the bright blue Download Windows 8 Release Preview button, you’ll actually be downloading the Upgrade Assistant, which checks whether your hardware is compatible. You still have a choice between 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. At this point, I’m surprised the Microsoft hasn’t fully moved to 64-bit, as Mac OS X has. Virtually all new machines are shipped with a 64-bit OS, and PC processors have nearly all been 64-bit-capable since AMD introduced x86-64 in 2003.

4. The Upgrade Assistant will run through its system checks, and then create a report of what hardware works and what doesn’t. If you’re installing on a touchscreen PC, you may see a warning stating that your touch screen is not “Designed for Windows 8″ and indeed, not every touch gesture may work. But on our 2-year-old HP TouchSmart, even though we got this message, the Windows 8 gestures worked surprisingly well. One of my reports on another machine said that I’d need to install an app to play DVDs, and that my hardware wasn’t compatible with the faster Secure Boot feature of Windows 8. I could live with those stipulations.

5. After this, the Upgrade Assistant shows the product key, which you’ll need later. You can cut and paste this to an email for retrieval.

6. Then the assistant will download the actual Windows 8 installer that suits your machine.

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Article source: http://www.thinkdigit.com/Software/How-to-install-Windows-8_9785/1.html

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June 19th, 2012  | Tags:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Where Microsoft’s New Surface Tablet Fits in PC Ecosystem – After Monday’s Surface announcement, Ballmer had a terse “no comment” when asked how Microsoft’s hardware partners felt about the company competing with them in the tablet market. And watch the full presentation.

Microsoft Surface tablets: the differences between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro models and Microsoft Surface with Windows RT hands-on pictures and video

Fastest Mobile Networks 2012 – PC Mag visits 30 markets, including Houston, to see how 4G networks are doing. In Houston, ATT’s LTE network had the fastest download and upload speeds, matching the results I’ve seen. Also Exclusive: Testing Sprint’s New 4G LTE Network

Meet the group trying to make ATT very un-ATT-like – CNet profiles a group inside ATT that’s trying to jumpstart innovation and keep Ma Bell 2.0 from becoming just a “dumb pipe”.

Ex-ATT employee admits leaking Apple, RIM info – He’s pled guilty to insider trading.

Previously jailbreak only, Apple allows iOS Display Recorder app into App Store – Record video of what’s happening on your iPhone or iPad screen in real time. There’s some question whether this $1.99 app will be allowed to remain in the App Store, so if you’re interested, get it while you can.

Google partners with Flipboard, adding Google+ streams to the app – Google+ users will be able to directly access their friends’ content in  the popular Flipboard app.

Spotify targets Pandora with its own mobile ‘radio’ service – It’s similar to Pandora and is free via Spotify’s iPhone and iPad apps. (An Android version is coming.) And Royalties From Digital Radio Start to Add Up

Nokia 808 PureView announced for US, available soon through Amazon at $699 – This phone has a 41-megapixel camera, and works on ATT’s network.

Sharp partners with design agency frog to launch Feel UX, another unique Android user interface – It will be available on Sharp phones later this summer, and features personalized lock screens that show photos and widgets. Looks cool!

Don’t Look Now, But Facebook’s Stock Is Up 20% In 2 Weeks! – Those who thought the stock would languish in the low teens have been proven wrong. Also Report: Over 24% Of The Web’s Top 10,000 Sites Now Use Facebook’s Official Widgets

Facebook acquires facial recognition startup, may broaden tagging ability – Facebook buys Face.com.

Article source: http://blog.seattlepi.com/techblog/2012/06/19/linkpost-6-19-2012/

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June 18th, 2012  | Tags:

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June 18th, 2012  | Tags:

ARM processors could potentially coexist with x86 processors from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices in server environments, with the use case being similar to CPUs and graphics processors in some supercomputers today, chip maker Calxeda said on Monday.

In hybrid server environments x86 processors could do the main processing, while off-loading specific tasks such as cloud processing to the more power-efficient ARM processors, said Karl Freund, vice president of marketing at Calxeda. Apache Hadoop, which enables data distribution for large data sets across servers, can help resolve some problems by abstracting processor platforms.

Using an ARM processor alongside x86 chips would be similar to using Nvidia graphics processors alongside x86 CPUs, Freund said. Complex scientific and math calculations are usually transferred to Nvidia’s graphics processors by x86 processors in some of the world’s fastest supercomputers today.

Calxeda makes chips based on the ARM processor design that are being used in prototype servers from Dell and Hewlett-Packard. The proof-of-concept servers are being deployed so customers can try out ARM, whose processor designs are found in most smartphones and tablets today. Data centers are ruled by x86, but companies are exploring the possibility of cutting power costs through ARM servers that can serve Web pages.

However, ARM servers are still in “beta” phase and trying to find a place in data centers, Freund said. ARM servers will likely be in an experimental phase until 2013, with installations of thousands of servers coming next year, Freund said.

AMD’s recent announcement that it would include ARM’s Cortex-A5 processor for security processing inside its x86 chips highlights the possibility of ARM coexisting with x86, said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. It is possible, in theory, to bring together x86 and ARM in server environments, and some companies like SeaMicro (which has been acquired by AMD) have been looking at bringing ARM into server environments.

ARM could be good for power-efficient processing at a low cost but has some performance and throughput issues, Gold said. Big Web companies are buying hundreds of thousands of servers to boost performance, and some companies may be willing to take a chance on using ARM and x86 in data centers to cut power costs. Saving a few watts per server in large installations can make a big difference in overall electricity bills, Gold said.

ARM is not built for high-speed throughput, and an interface would need to be built for x86 and ARM servers to handle communication, Gold said. An operating system like Linux would work effectively across both ARM and x86 processors.

Also, managing multiprocessor environments is not easy, which could prove to be a challenge for system administrators, Gold said. A multiplatform environment may work in large server installations if the application is well-defined, and if a balance can be struck on power consumption and performance.

“You have to figure out what you are optimizing for,” Gold said.

Dell and HP have acknowledged that ARM servers are not ready for production environments, and Calxeda is trying to raise awareness about its ARM-based chips by showing servers running its EnergyCore processors at the ongoing International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg and the recent Computex trade show in Taipei.

The server experimentation involves benchmarking and testing which programs would work best on ARM servers, and Freund said that organizations testing servers with Calxeda chips include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sandia National Laboratories.

In some cases, customers have been able to run Web-enabled frameworks such as Java, LAMP (Linux, Apache server, MySQL, Python) and Ruby on Rails without changing code, Freund said. Calxeda cannot demonstrate Microsoft’s .Net framework, and there’s also a lot of work involved in porting legacy Fortran and C++ code, Freund said. A lot of the server software to date has been written for x86 processors, much like how a majority of the smartphone and tablet software is being written for ARM processors.

ARM processors currently support 32-bit addressing, but there is a server market for the architecture as some Web-based frameworks support 32-bit, Freund said.

Looking ahead, Calxeda also hopes to release chips with 64-bit ARM processors, Freund said, though he couldn’t give a specific release date. ARM has already announced the ARMv8 64-bit architecture, and it is due to announce its first 64-bit processors later this year. ARM has said that chips from licensees based on ARMv8 will be in volume production in late 2013 or 2014.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam’s e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/257822/arm_and_x86_could_coexist_in_data_centers_says_calxeda.html

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June 17th, 2012  | Tags:

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June 16th, 2012  | Tags:

HP has just blessed the heavily fortified GR compound with another tool to aid us in our continued world domination. Or maybe they just wanted to ensure we caught the season finale of Game of Thrones. In any event the Omni 27 All-In-One PC is ours to poke and prod. Take a walk with us as we tackle TV viewing, gaming, DVD movies, world domination and more.

The Omni 27 is HP’s non-touch friendly all-in-one PC solution. The entire unit is housed in an attractive 27-inch HD monitor. The entire computer is held aloft, as if by magic, on a single brushed metal stabilizing bar, which is rooted by the equally brushed aluminum base. It’s quite heavy, but concise with a small footprint. It’s girth does surpass the 26lbs of the TouchSmart we tested. Once situated, you can be sure this behemoth is not going anywhere. Moreover, the stabilizer allows the user to pivot the monitor from 90º to approximately 45º to fit your taste and room specifics. Wall mounters don’t fret. The stabilizer can be removed for wall mounting, too!

The edge-to-edge glass design makes for a striking show piece and also allows for a full 27in viewable area (diagonally). I did weep a tear of discontent over the 1080p max resolution. At this stage of the game 27inchers should be pumping out 2560 x 1400 minimum. Que Sera, Sera! The monitor displays images beautifully in 1080p, with vibrant and rich colors. Game movies, home videos and photos are all a real treat to behold behind the Omni glass. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Making it all tick are a series of rather handsome component choices. The digital brains behind the glass is an Intel i5-3550s quad core processor. This is s brand new 2012 Q2 release. This one is all full of youthful vigor and sporting a 3.0GHz clock speed. It’s fast and noticeably snappy when launching and moving through programs. The increased pep over the TouchSmart is evident in nearly every application.

The unit in-hand was configured to their top of line spec running on Windows 7 Home Premium. Supporting the CPU like Atlas, are 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 2Tb 7200 RPM SATA hard drive, HDMI-out, Blue-Ray/DVD RW, 4x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n wifi, coax connex for set top box connectivity, integrated bluetooth, onboad Gigabit ethernet, RJ-45 network port, 1x audio-out, 1x headphone jack, 1x mic jack, a competent webcam and 1x subwoofer powered by Beats Audio technology. Again, this is their higher spec’d machine. If you’re looking to spend less, then you can opt for a more baseline config’ with Intel graphics, less memory and less hard storage.

But if you want to get some gaming or even photo editing under your belt, then the AMD Radeon HD 6550A graphic option configuration is the way to go. HP also offers an equivalent Nvidia solution for those allied with “Team Green.” The PCMark 7 score, eluded to great gaming potential. But I’ve never been one who’s impressed by synthetic number crunching. Real-world field testing and applications are my bread and butter.

So I downloaded Steam and installed BF2 Bad Company 2, Shank, CS: Global Offensive beta, Saints Row and ARMA 2: Combined Operations for the Day Z zombie survival RPG mod. ARMA 2/Day Z, unsurprisingly chugged the most until I knocked the resolution down to 1600 x 1200. At that point I could keep a constant frame rate of 37 frames per second, on average. This is definitely playable as my wife can attest–since she successfully abandoned me in a barn full of zombies, who she alerted–proof of the possibilities for enjoyable mayhem on the Omni 27. All other games mentioned ran with little problems on their default settings. The 2-dimensional and side-scrolling Shank played the best with a constant 60 frames per second. No surprise there.

I was totally surprised by the graphic prowess of this machine. Without question, anyone on the hunt for a quick and easy gaming box with a constrained footprint, should investigate the HP Omni 27. Even the wireless mouse and keyboard lend themselves to gaming as my wife roused zombies and abandoned her spouse of ten years, all from the comfort of our bed. Charming, right?

General use on the HP Omni 27 is just as inviting. I found now problems loading up Google Chrome and tooling around the interweb. I edited photos shot on the HP 5210 Webcam without a hitch. Connecting to our cable box, the wife and I watched the spectacular season finale of Game of Thrones, Fringe and are planning for a similar finality in The Killing come this Sunday.  The whole family enjoyed streaming Netflix movies and my better half is having a grand time with video chat calls over the Omni 27′s embedded webcam. Stellar all-in-one computing, for sure!

The included software suite holds a few gems, but is otherwise par for the course in branding and bloating. I do like the HP LinkUp app. With this, the Omni 27 can connect to other computers on a network and access files directly, without having to transfer files or fumble through lengthy setups. It’s  a simple but slick tool. Pair this with the decidedly improved Beats Audio speaker enhancement and you can instantly access audio/video libraries right from any computer on your home network.  Beats audio adds more punch, clarity and volume to your sounds. It’s a hardy and welcomed utilization of the tool this time around.

The numbers seem to agree. The Omni 27 is our highest scorer so far on Futuremark’s PCMark 7 benchmark test. But again I urge buyers to get a test run at your local PC shop. Load a browser based game, pop in a DVD and crank the audio. The proof is in the pudding, which can only be enjoyed up close and in person.

Editor Rating:

★★★★½

Excellent

Bottom line: HP has a wonderful all-in-one PC in Omni 27 AIO. It’s got the looks, the brains and the speed to handle anything everything you want from an AIO solution. Do work, play tough and party like a rockstar!

Pros

  • Power and fast Intel i5 quad core CPU
  • AMD 6550A graphics
  • Gamers take notice
  • Beats Audio, Yo!

Cons

  • Pricey at the spec reviewed – $1799.99
  • 1080p max resolution limit

You can buy the HP Omni 27 All-in-One at Amazon for $1249.99 (-Editor’s note: specs are different than review model.)

 

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Article source: http://www.gadgetreview.com/2012/06/hp-omni-27-all-in-one-pc-review.html

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How we review desktops

We detail the ins and outs of how we test desktop computers during our product reviews.

Desktops have certainly been around the block, but that hasn’t made them easier to understand for the average consumer. Here at Digital Trends we write reviews that de-mystify the PC and enlighten anyone who cares to read them. This requires subjective impressions and objective testing.

Reviewing a desktop is a unique process because there are concerns relevant to them that aren’t relevant to devices like laptops, tablets or smartphones. Let’s dive in to our testing procedure.

Also make sure to check out the best desktops as rated by our reviewers. 

Look and feel

A desktop computer usually is placed in a designated spot and stays there, but this does not mean build quality is irrelevant. Consumers long ago grew tired of black and tan mid-towers. Today’s desktops come in all shapes and sizes for all sorts of purposes.

We take a careful look at the dimensions of the systems we review so that you know how the PC will fit into your office, home theater or living room. Basic functionality and build quality are key, as well. A good desktop needs to have easily accessible ports. Some products come with panels that cover their optical drives or flip-up front-facing ports. If these exist, they must have a robust feel and simple operation.

Aesthetics are particularly subjective, but we do provide some commentary on them — and a nice selection of high-quality photos. There’s nothing wrong with a little vanity. Desktops are often placed in public areas of a home, such as the living room, and they need to at least look as if they were worth the price paid.

What’s inside counts, too

There’s more to a desktop than its external appearance and features, however. Much more. Desktops, unlike other modern electronics, are still partially or entirely user serviceable. Processors can be replaced, graphics cards upgraded, and hard drives added. But this is only an advantage if a system is easy to work on.

Desktop PC inside chips

We open up all the desktops we review and report on the guts. A spacious layout that is free of clutter from various cords is ideal. Small desktops have difficulty because not enough space available, but we like to see that the manufacturer gave at least a second of thought to making the internals easy to work with.

Tool-free design features and readily accessible expandability are also a boon. We prefer case panels that pop off with a latch system, hard drives that can be exchanged without hassling with screws and RAM slots that are free for an upgrade. Even small systems can make hard drive swaps a breeze — if they’re properly designed.

The extra mile

Most computers see success because of a combination of great hardware and reasonable pricing, but there is sometimes more to it than that. Software can be both a hazard and a boon, depending on how it’s implemented.

Bloatware can detract from the user’s experience, but systems such as the HP TouchSmart include free apps that make the computer easier to use. Whatever the case, we never remove pre-installed software (no matter how annoying) during our reviews. If we can’t live with it during our testing we doubt you can live with it every day.

Warranties and peripherals can also be a defining trait. If all other things are equal a system with a 3-year warranty will be a better buy than one with a 1-year warranty. Manufacturers are notoriously stingy with warranty periods, so we always comment when a system offers exceptional service at no additional cost.

The test bench

Performance is obviously a concern for anyone buying a computer. We put all desktops through a number of benchmarks that provide a way to objectively gauge performance.

Our general CPU benchmarks include SiSoft Sandra’s Processor Arithmetic test and 7-Zip, a compression program that’s highly optimized for multiple threads. These tests put the processor on maximum attack and give us an idea how a system performs in demanding applications.

After this is completed we run PCMark 7, a comprehensive test suite designed to task every component including the memory and the hard drive. Because this benchmark is so comprehensive it sometimes provides a perspective you can’t find elsewhere. For example, computers with solid state drives do well because they absolutely demolish mechanical drives in the system storage portion of the benchmark.

We wrap up our benchmarking with 3DMark 06 and 3DMark 11, two synthetic suites that offer a good window into overall graphics performance. If a system is oriented towards gaming we also test some games on it, such as Dawn of War 2 and Battlefield 3. Our judgment of performance in these titles is relative. We don’t ask for a basic desktop to play Battlefield 3 well, but we’ll be disappointed if a gaming system fails to run the same game at 60 frames per second at high detail.

Cooling

Desktops usually do not become as warm as other, smaller PCs, but cooling must still be considered. Some systems are quieter than others, and some offer better cooling of internal components. This is of particular concern for gaming systems, which can become hot enough to warm a small room during intense gameplay.

Desktop PC inside cooling fan

To make sure we judge a system in the worst possible conditions we use OCCT and Furmark to engage the processor and the video card. We almost always report GPU temperatures, which can be high in gaming systems. It’s extremely rare for a processor to reach worrying temperatures in a modern PC, but if that situation occurs, we report it.

Some subjective testing is performed, as well. We typically place systems on our right hand side approximately two feet away from the tester while benchmarks are performed (though this is not possible with some systems, such as all-in-ones). During benchmarks we pay attention to the amount of heat, if any, which is noticeable.

Putting the pieces together

Desktops are complex products that consist of numerous components. This makes the verdict important, but also difficult to reach. There’s no simple 1+1 formula that can be applied. Every component has an effect on every other.

With that said, we usually reach our verdict through the lens of the desktop’s intended purpose. A budget PC meant for basic computing will not severely penalized if it doesn’t ace our benchmarks, but a high-end workstation with the same failing would be nearly worthless. We try to put ourselves in the shoes of the person who is likely to be buying the system and ask if the computer does what is expected of it — and more.

Pricing and competition are obvious concerns, as well. Our verdicts usually include some market research into the price of similar desktops and their value compared to the system being reviewed. A low price can forgive some — but not all — shortcomings.

Our review process is meant to provide a broad platform on which any given desktop can be judged. We don’t expect every reader to agree with every verdict, but we do hope that you leave more informed than when you arrived.

Article source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-we-test-desktops/

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June 16th, 2012  | Tags: , ,

The laptop may have dethroned the desktop (only to be challenged by the upstart tablet), but in the era of mobile computing one type of desktop, the all-in-one PC, is alive and well. At Intel’s analyst day earlier this month, executives said they expect to see continued growth in all-in-ones. “In the desktop space we’ve also seen a new all-in-one category that for the last couple of years, I don’t think people realize, has growing over 35 percent per year,” said Kirk Skaugen, who heads up Intel’s PC Client Group.

There are many reasons for this resurgence. The space-saving and clutter-free designs have long been attractive to home users. Desktop components continue to get faster and to integrate more features, largely eliminating the need for after-market upgrades. Processors now have both the CPU performance and graphics chops to handle all but the most demanding 3D games. And even entry-level all-in-ones often come with 4GB of memory and at least 500GB of storage.

In addition, the emergence of faster and more flexible I/O options, such as USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, makes it easier to add new peripherals without ever cracking the case.

No wonder PC companies, which are battling sluggish demand overall and new competition from tablets, are rolling out lots of new all-in-ones. Some of these new all-in-ones aren’t shipping yet because Intel has not released the dual-core versions of its 3rd generation Core processor, or Ivy Bridge, but they should be available within a few weeks.

The latest is Dell, which has just announced three new all-in-ones. The top-of-the-line XPS One 27 has a 27-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. It will start at $1,400 with Intel’s 3rd Generation Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. Options include faster processors, Nvidia discrete graphics, larger hard drives (and a flash memory cache for better performance), a slot-loading Blu-ray player and TV tuner.

The Inspiron One 23 and Inspiron One 20 are less expensive models. The One 23 has a 23-inch 1080p display and starts at $750 with a 2nd Generation Core i3, 2GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. Options include Ivy Bridge processors and AMD discrete graphics. The 20-inch model tops out at 1600×900 and starts at $530 with a Pentium G620T dual-core processor, 2GB and a 500GB hard drive. It has fewer options, but both models can be configured with more memory, larger hard drives, Blu-ray players and TV tuners.

HP didn’t wait around for Intel’s dual-cores. Last month it announced five desktops–including three all-in-ones–with quad-core Ivy Bridge processors. (My colleague, Sean Portnoy, covered the announcement here.)

The HP Omni series includes models with 21.5- and 27-inch displays. The 220qd starts at $950 with a Core i7 quad-core processor, 8GB of memory, AMD Radeon HD 7450A graphics, a 2TB drive and a Blu-ray player. The larger model, the Omni 27qd, has more configuration options and currently starts at around $1,200 with a 3rd Generation Core i5 quad-core, 8GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and a slot-loading DVD burner (there are cheaper models with older Intel chips).

The TouchSmart 520xt is the latest in HP’s line of all-in-ones with touchscreens and the company’s own touch-optimized software. It starts at $900 with older Sandy Bridge chips, but at $1,000 with a 3rd Generation Core i5, 6GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive and a slot-loading Blu-ray player.

All three models have options such as AMD and Nvidia discrete graphics, larger drives (including SSDs) and TV tuners. HP has been taking online orders on these since April 29, but they won’t be available in stores until late June.

Earlier this month Lenovo announced two business all-in-ones based on Ivy Bridge: the ThinkCentre Edge 92z, which has a 21.5-inch “infinity glass” display and starts at $700, and the ThinkCentre M72z, which has a standard 20-inch display and starts at $600. Both models have optional touchscreens and will be available this summer.

Vizio, a newcomer to the PC market, has announced two all-in-ones, a 24-inch model and a 27-inch one. The company announced the models at CES in January, and they will reportedly begin shipping in June, but we still have no details on the pricing or configurations.

The best-selling all-in-one, Apple’s iMac, is also overdue for an update. The current models, the iMac 21.5-inch and the iMac 27-inch, are more than a year old. Next month Apple will hold its Worldwide Developer Conference, and while WWDC is likely to focus on iOS and Mac OS X 10.8, or Mountain Lion, the company may also use the show to announce new systems.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/computers/the-all-in-one-pc-is-alive-and-well/8099

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June 15th, 2012  | Tags:

Oh if I look hard enough, I can find some Linux laptops but they’re not on the front burner of any OEMs inventory.

There are also a lot of alternatives to Microsoft Office, including Google’s advertising-subsidised Docs, as well as OpenOffice etc. I use MS Office, but I’ve collaborated with people who use OpenOffice (not because it’s better, but because they ideologically prefer open source), and it isn’t much of a problem.

Well that’s your situation. It would be nice if most employers were as open about it as yours is, but I suspect they aren’t. Especially if the work in question is government mandated.

It’s much, much harder to avoid the Google ‘advertising tax’ than to avoid Windows or Office. Where does all the money to pay for Google’s ‘free’ services and software come from? Advertising revenue. Where does the advertising revenue come from? Higher prices for everything advertised via Google. What happens if you don’t advertise on the web but your competitors do? They gain market share. It’s especially bad here in Europe, where Google’s web search share is generally over 90%.

Gee, what happened to Bing? You’re not admitting it’s a failure, are you?

The fact is, I could care less what web advertisers are locked into. That’s not my problem. The only thing I care about (as far as this issue is concerned) is what’s coming out of my pocket. I’ve never had to write a check to Google. I have had to with Microsoft.

So your red herrings don’t apply here.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/what-if-the-rumored-microsoft-tablet-isnt-a-windows-tablet/12941

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