Apple’s new Retina MacBook is ‘repair nightmare’

Apple’s new 12-in. MacBook is a “repair nightmare,” as tough on do-it-yourselfers as 2012’s first Retina-equipped MacBook Pro, according to iFixit. “The internals are unnecessarily complex; it’s a minefield of pentalobe and tri-wing screws, fragile cables snaked around essential components, and a solidly-glued-down multi-cell battery,” iFixit reported on its blog Wednesday. “Tack on the non-upgradeability, […]

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook closely guards its secrets with screws, solder, and glue

It may be the most amazing MacBook yet, but as you no doubt expected, Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook is a nightmare for the fix-it-yourself crowd. Per their custom, the teardown masters at iFixit took apart this slender clamshell to discover all the secrets contained within its aluminum frame. What they found is that its […]

Dell loads Ubuntu Linux onto its best thin-and-light laptop

Dell is giving Linux fans a laptop to call their own with the XPS 13 Developer Edition. The hardware is nearly identical to the Windows version that launched in January, including the edge-to-edge display that essentially fits a 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch body. But instead of Microsoft’s operating system, the XPS 13 Developer Edition […]

Fancy a wire-free laptop? Intel just showed one

Intel has shown what it calls the “world’s first no-wires” laptop, which has wireless charging and can connect to peripherals without cables. The prototype laptop frees users from carrying a bulky power adapter, since the laptop recharges after being placed on a wireless charging table or surface. It also connects wirelessly to external displays through […]

New MacBook available for order, but missing from Apple Stores

The new MacBook is out today, if by “out” you mean “pretty much in hiding.” You can order one online, but if you were hoping to actually get one in your hot little hands today, you may find yourself disappointed. At least I did. I have spent the morning calling around to every Apple Store […]

US challenges China in supercomputing race with upcoming 180-petaflop system

To get an edge over China in the supercomputing arms race, the U.S. plans to build a 180-petaflop supercomputer that will be used mainly for scientific research. The U.S. Department of Energy supercomputer, called Aurora, will be deployed by 2018. Its peak performance of 180 petaflops is more than three times the performance of the […]

How to replace a broken laptop screen

A dying or cracked display doesn’t mean your laptop is a paperweight. For most laptops, a screen replacement takes $80 and an hour of your time at most. If you’re a DIYer, replacing a broken laptop screen yourself is a great way to save cash, as most computer repair shops will quote you $150 to […]

Dell’s Venue 10 7000 vs Microsoft Surface 3: Same price, different appeal

The Venue 10 7000 from Dell and the Surface 3 from Microsoft share a few things in common: they will ship in a few weeks, are marketed as tablets that can be used as laptops, and start at $499. But they offer different advantages. To determine which one provides better value, buyers must decide whether […]

Intel to help Chinese vendors churn out more PCs

Last year, Intel convinced small, little-known Chinese tablet makers to use its chips instead of only ARM’s. Now it wants those companies to churn out PCs, potentially upsetting a market that has been dominated by Taiwanese manufacturers. Many PCs are already manufactured in China, but often times in factories owned by Taiwanese companies, partnering with […]

Private Tunnel review: VPN hides your location online and charges only for the data you use

The Private Tunnel VPN has an unusual business model in that in hiding your location online it charges only for the data you use Price: $12 (£8.12) per 50GB Rating: 7 The Private Tunnel VPN has an unusual business model in that in hiding your location online it charges only for the data you use. […]

NordVPN review: The ‘world’s most advanced VPN’ is quick and easy to use

NordVPN, the ‘world’s most advanced VPN’, is quick and easy to use. Read our NordVPN review Price: $8 (£5.42) per month Rating: 8 NordVPN, the ‘world’s most advanced VPN’, is quick and easy to use. Read our NordVPN review.(Also see:Best free VPN services 2015.) NordVPN bills itself as the world’s most advanced VPN, a claim […]

IPVanish review: Tier-1 VPN service should offer best network speeds

IPVanish is a tier-1 VPN service, which means it could offer the best network speeds. Read our IPVanish VPN review Price: $10 (£6.77) per month Rating: 7 IPVanish is a tier-1 VPN service, which means it could offer the best network speeds. Read our IPVanish VPN review.(Also see:Best free VPN services 2015.) IPVanish is a […]

Apple’s new 12-in. MacBook goes back to the past in performance

Although Apple’s new 12-in. Retina MacBook won’t go on sale for another week, benchmark tests confirmed that it’s considerably slower than the Cupertino, Calif. company’s other thin notebook, the 13-in. MacBook Air. According to a single now-removed score on Primate Labs’ Geekbench, a popular website for benchmarking devices, the MacBook was pegged at 1924 and […]

Hide My Ass! Pro VPN review: A versatile VPN with servers listed all over the world

Hide My Ass! Pro is a versatile VPN service with a large number of servers all over the world, but it’s a bit pricey Price: £11.52 per month Rating: 5 Hide My Ass! Pro is a versatile VPN service with a large number of servers all over the world, but it’s a bit pricey. Read […]

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ127H review: A laptop-tablet hybrid that does neither job well

A laptop-tablet hybrid that does neither job well, we review the Asus TP550LA-CJ127H Price: 700 Rating: 6 A laptop-tablet hybrid that does neither job well, we review the Asus TP550LA-CJ127H. (Also see: Best laptops 2015 and best tablets 2015.) Asus has been swept along by Microsoft’s dream that people want laptops that can be bent […]

Raspberry Pi 2 laptop coming with Pi-Top assembly kit

Do you want a Raspberry Pi 2 laptop? A new hardware kit coming from Pi-Top will help you build one at home in a matter of minutes. The popular US$35 Raspberry Pi 2 is an uncased computer that is already being used in drones, robots, gadgets, tablets and even desktops. The otherwise stationary computer can […]

HP Stream 11 review: Despite its budget price, this £179 Windows laptop has a lot to offer

It costs a tiny £179 but this budget laptop from HP is a surprisingly useful compact Windows laptop Price: 179 Rating: 8 It costs a tiny £179 but this budget laptop from HP is a surprisingly useful compact Windows laptop. Read our HP Stream 11 review. (Also see: Best budget laptops 2015.) HP has taken […]

CyberGhost VPN review: Easy-to-use VPN for ensuring personal privacy online

CyberGhost is an easy-to-use VPN for ensuring personal privacy online. Read our CyberGhost review Price: $6.99 per month (£4.73) Rating: 7 CyberGhost is an easy-to-use VPN for ensuring personal privacy online, which works with Windows, OS X, Android and iOS. Read our CyberGhost review.(Also see:Best free VPN services 2015.) CyberGhost was founded in Germany by […]

Asus ZenBook UX305F review: Asus gets in there first with attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop

Asus pipped Apple to the post with its attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop. Read our Asus ZenBook UX305F review Price: 650 Rating: 8 Asus pipped Apple to the post with its attractive Intel Core M ultraportable laptop. Read our Asus ZenBook UX305F review. (Also see: Best ultraportable laptops 2015.) Asus may have copied the […]

ARM fades from Windows PCs and tablets, but grows in Chromebooks

You win some, you lose some. Microsoft this week dropped support for ARM processors from its Surface tablets with the Surface 3, but adoption of the chip architecture in Chromebooks is growing. Chromebooks from little-known companies HiSense and Haier went on sale this week for US$149, and come with an ARM-based chip made by Rockchip. […]

New Chromebooks and Chromebit stick start at $100 thanks to lower-power chips

After a steady two-year drizzle of Chromebook releases, Google and its partners are preparing a flood of new hardware to sway consumers away from cheap Windows laptops. Chromebooks from HiSense and Haier go on sale today at $149 each, followed by an Asus convertible in the coming months. And if a Chromebook itself is too […]

Meet the Asus Chromebook Flip, a $249 Chrome OS tablet with a 360-degree hinge

On Tuesday, Google announced the $249 Asus Chromebook Flip. As the first mainstream Chrome device to offer a 360-degree hinge, the Flip can function as a tablet as well as a laptop. (Lenovo was first to offer a Chrome OS convertible with its ThinkPad Yoga 11e last year, but that model was meant primarily for […]

Hands on: The $149 Hisense Chromebook succeeds at being incredibly affordable

This Chromebook costs just $149. The Hisense Chromebook, that is, announced Tuesday morning and available immediately via Walmart.com. This model and the Haier Chromebook also announced today set a new standard for affordable computers compared to Windows and Mac PCs.  We could easily criticize this Chromebook for everything it doesn’t have for $149, but we […]

AirVPN review: A powerful tool for hiding your location online, with a strong privacy policy

AirVPN is suited to knowledgeable computer users, with plenty of fine-grained control. Read our AirVPN review Price: 7 Euro per month (£5.10) Rating: 8 AirVPN is suited to knowledgeable computer users, with plenty of fine-grained control. Read our AirVPN review. (Also see: Best free VPN services 2015.) AirVPN is an enthusiast-led operation, formed from a […]

Asus’ new Transformer Book Chi hybrids are more affordable Surface clones

Asus is taking orders for the latest version of its Transformer Book Chi laptops, which can convert into tablet mode with detachable keyboards. The T100 Chi is a successor of sorts to the old Transformer Book T100 from 2013. It has a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen with 1920-by-1200 resolution, quad-core Intel Atom Z3775 1.46GHz processor, 2 […]