Friday, January 13, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
But in the rush to trample all over the dossier and its contents, one key question remained. Why had America’s intelligence agencies felt it necessary to provide a compendium of the claims to Barack Obama and Trump himself?
And the answer to that lies in the credibility of its apparent author, the ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele, the quality of the sources he has, and the quality of the people who were prepared to vouch for him. In all these respects, the 53-year-old is in credit."
"Building a great, premium laptop is surprisingly hard. Despite the fact that every company, from Apple to Dell to Lenovo and everyone in between, pulls from the same basic parts bin — Intel processors; high-quality IPS displays; aluminum chassis; large, glass trackpads; USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 — putting all of those parts together in a competent, no-compromise laptop is a sadly rare feat.
That’s what makes HP’s latest Spectre x360 so interesting. It has the same basic spec sheet as countless other laptops, and from a distance, even looks similar to many others. But in a year that’s been full of laptop disappointments, the Spectre x360’s cohesive design and lack of compromises has been a breath of fresh air.
The Spectre x360 is a 13-inch convertible laptop that sits at the top of HP’s consumer range and starts at $1,049. It hits all the right marks for a great laptop: it’s thin, it’s light, it’s powerful, and it has great battery life. It has a full touchscreen, a great keyboard, a spacious and responsive trackpad, and both traditional USB Type-A and forward-looking USB Type-C ports. On top of all that, it looks great."
"The PC industry has been declining for years, but it just hit a big milestone. PC shipments have now declined for 5 years in a row, with between 260 and 270 million machines shipped during 2016 according to Gartner and IDC. Both firms' estimates vary due to how they count convertibles and other form factors, but the overall message is that the market has hit five years of decline.
So what happens to the PC market now? While PC shipments briefly returned to growth in the US earlier this year, neither IDC or Gartner are predicting exactly what will happen to the PC industry. Gartner believes the PC market is stagnated and that ‘the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.’ IDC on the other hand thinks the PC market is stabilizing. 'The fourth quarter results reinforce our expectations for market stabilization, and even some recovery,' says IDC’s Loren Loverde. ‘We have a good opportunity for traditional PC growth in commercial markets, while the consumer segment should also improve as it feels less pressure from slowing phone and tablet markets.'"
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
"After a few years where many so-called experts said tablets and phones would replace the PC, 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best years for laptop innovation yet. At CES 2017, we saw some of the most powerful notebooks ever made, including the Acer Predator 21X, which packs a massive curved display. We also saw some incredibly eye-catching design elements like the carbon-fibre XPS 13 2-in-1 and the sleek silver EliteBook x360. We even saw a laptop with three 4K screens.
Below you'll find the best laptops from CES 2017, along with the best accessory and innovation from the show. However, you won't find any standalone tablets on our list, because no major company released any, due to waning interest in the category. So much for the "experts."
Laptop Mag CES 2017 Awards: Best Mobile Tech