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2019-08-18, 19:15

Samsung re-Arms Galaxy Book S laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip Samsung continues its fascination with Arm-based SOCs for its laptops, with the latest Snapdragon technology designed to boost performance while reta...
2019-08-11, 18:00

Samsung Unpacked 2019 in pictures: Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Book S, and surprise guests Samsung Unpacked 2019 was filled product reveals like the Galaxy Note 10, a redesigned S Pen, and a new ultra-thin, cellular-connected laptop called ...
2019-08-08, 22:32

Photos: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ Samsung is aiming the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ at business buyers with features like an improved DeX experience, better integration with Microsoft...
2019-08-08, 22:32

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review: An affordable alternative to leading flagship smartphones The Reno 10x Zoom offers excellent value for money: performance and battery life are good, and the industrial design is both eye-catching and robust....
2019-08-08, 15:32

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: A cheat sheet Samsung's latest tablet is built to compete with high-end devices like the iPad Pro. Here's what business professionals need to know about the Galaxy...
2019-08-08, 03:32

To 5G or not to 5G? Galaxy Note 10 delivers 'extremely capable upgrade' for business users Samsung just announced its Galaxy Note series update with the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. Expected internal updates were made, along with improvements ...
2019-08-08, 03:32

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked today: How to watch and what to expect On Aug. 7, Samsung will host an Unpacked event in New York to announce the Galaxy Note 10. Here's how to watch it, plus everything we think will be a...
2019-08-07, 21:32

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10: Our 5 big questions Samsung executives said on the company's second quarter conference call that they were expecting a volume pop related to the Note 10. First, the Note...
2019-08-07, 21:32

Seagate leads in disk drive deployments, failures in Backblaze report Cloud storage company Backblaze offers a great deal of transparency into their deployments. Here's what you need to know before buying your next hard...
2019-08-07, 00:00

Lenovo teases trio of new Chromebooks, including 15.6-inch C340-15 convertible laptop The PC maker has released a preview video that provides a good look at the new laptops, some of which will be available in colorful hues like purple ...
2019-08-04, 19:32

Build your own IT pro toolbox If you're in the business of repairing PCs, smartphones, or tablets, then you need the right tools to help you get the job done in a fast, efficient,...
2019-08-03, 16:48

How to get the longest life out of your battery (and help prevent it from bursting into flames) We're surrounded by countless devices that each contain a rechargeable battery, and those batteries generally go unnoticed unless they stop working ...
2019-08-03, 13:48

Here's how to replace the battery in your MacBook or MacBook Pro Is the battery in your MacBook or MacBook Pro getting old? Is the battery no longer making it through the day? Why not have a go at replacing the bat...
2019-08-01, 14:16

Synology announces new FlashStation and DiskStation models for all-flash arrays Two new rack-able FlashStation models and a much-needed successor to the RS18017xs+ are solid options for the enterprise, while prosumer-focused DS62...
2019-08-01, 05:00

5G smartphones: A cheat sheet This comprehensive guide covers plans from leading smartphone vendors as the industry begins wide deployment of 5G mobile networks and devices that l...
2019-08-01, 05:00

Hands-on review: Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 Dell's Latitude 7400 2-in-1 tries to deliver a little bit of everything for every potential use case, resulting in a 14-inch ultraportable with a 360...
2019-08-01, 05:00

Nvidia announces 10 new RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations Also, as Nvidia's ray tracing technology gains traction in a variety of industries, major ISVs are debuting new applications with support for RTX tec...
2019-07-31, 22:16

Chuwi LapBook Plus review: Nice 4K screen, shame about the processing power The 4K screen is impressive, but unfortunately Chuwi's Atom-powered LapBook Plus lacks the horsepower to do a lot of the things you'd buy a 4K laptop...
2019-07-31, 22:16

LG's Q2 profit drops due to low OLED and mobile sales LG's second quarter profit saw a 15.4% decline from lower TV profits and sales and losses from mobile, but overall sales increased 4.1% thanks to rec...
2019-07-31, 22:16

Unihertz Titan first impressions: Big, rugged, long-lasting, QWERTY Android phone Some BlackBerry Passport fans wanted to see an Android version of the Passport and Unihertz is working to bring one variation on this desire. The Tit...
2019-07-31, 22:16

Alcatel GO FLIP V announced: A modern flip phone for those who want long battery life and big buttons Flip phones were a popular form factor for quickly answering and ending phone calls with simply movements while dialing was easy with large physical ...
2019-07-24, 20:32

How to customize Apple AirPods settings Apple AirPods, the popular white wireless in-ear headphones, offer useful utility as well as customizable features. Here's how to adjust several AirP...
2019-07-24, 10:16

LG's OLED TV strategy needs to change or face mobile's plight LG's second quarter profit has been hit hard by declines in OLED TV sales and rival Samsung's QLED onslaught. It's time for LG to drop its over-confi...
2019-07-22, 02:48

How to shop with Alexa and get early access to deals ZDNet breaks down all of the ways that Amazon Prime members can use Alexa to shop, find the best deals, track their packages, and more when shopping ...
2019-07-18, 04:00

Nintendo's Switch Lite puts the company's console lines at a crossroads The company improved its hit-and-miss home console record with the Switch while the Switch Lite is heir to its portable device legacy. With those pro...
2019-07-18, 00:32

Tech news roundup: Amazon Prime Day and the highest-rated workplaces of 2019 This week's TechRepublic and ZDNet stories include a breach of Sprint customers' data, notes from the Duo Security 2019 access report, and how execs ...
2019-07-17, 22:48

How to connect AirPods to a Mac Apple's AirPods are surprisingly convenient. In addition to serving as wireless headphones for your iPhone, you can also use AirPods with your Mac. H...
2019-07-17, 08:48

Amazon Prime Day 2019: How to use Alexa to find the best deals ZDNet breaks down all of the ways that Amazon Prime members can use Alexa to shop, find the best deals, track their packages, and more when shopping ...
2019-07-16, 01:16

PC shipments grew in Q2, fueled by tariff concerns and Windows 7 migrations End of extended support for Windows 7 is just six months away, giving a modest boost to the PC market, though concern over potential tariffs sent shi...
2019-07-12, 20:32

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and Raspbian Buster: How to set up your board With all the necessary hardware in hand, I'm ready to try out the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, and the latest version of the Raspbian operating system...
2019-07-12, 14:16

Raspberry Pi 4: Hardware first impressions The Raspberry Pi 4 is available now - much earlier than expected. Here are my first impressions of the hardware, and the extras you're going to need....
2019-07-11, 18:32

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The business strategy behind the sale ZDNet's Larry Dignan explains that, yes, Amazon Prime Day is a big shopping bonanza for 48 hours, but there are some business perks that come with la...
2019-07-11, 17:48

Honor 20, hands on: A high-quality mid-range smartphone, with complications courtesy of Huawei The Honor 20 is a competent mid-range smartphone that compares well to similarly priced competition. The Huawei connection is the only factor that mi...
2019-07-10, 21:32

Epson just announced the perfect business notebook, but good luck trying to buy one The 13.3" Epson Endeavor NA520E offers swappable batteries, field-replaceable RAM and SSDs, a wealth of ports, thin bezels, and durability without be...
2019-07-10, 20:48

Can Apple be better now Jony Ive is gone? Now that Jony Ive has left the position as Apple's Chief Design Officer, can the company now start making products that are not only beautiful, but a...
2019-07-10, 17:16

How to speed up your old, tired Mac Has your Mac gone from feeling super speedy to super sluggish? Have boot times gone from seconds to minutes? Are you starting to think that it might ...
2019-07-09, 13:32

Building the ultimate cable organizer Mixing CAD, 3D printing, some basic woodworking, and the self-discipline to throw out obsolete cables, David Gewirtz takes you through the process of...
2019-07-09, 00:00

Samsung Q2 profit falls 56% from chip downturn Samsung is expecting operating profits of 6.5 trillion won for the second quarter, a drop of 56% from 14.87 trillion won a year ago caused by the dow...
2019-07-05, 04:48

Developers: How PINE64 is creating a community to compete with Raspberry Pi's PINE64 is on a social mission to make device ecosystems that developers can collaborate on. TechRepublic interviewed PINE64's Lukasz Erecinski about ...
2019-07-04, 17:48

Must-have accessory for all MacBook owners I'm not a big fan when it comes to dongles and hubs for laptops, but this accessory is perfect for anyone with a MacBook or Windows laptop equipped w...
2019-07-03, 19:16

Best Raspberry Pi alternatives (Best of 2019) Looking for single board computers? Here is a fantastic selection of single board computers suitable for a variety of projects, from basic homebrew b...
2019-07-02, 22:32

Best Android smartphones (July 2019) If you are in the market for a new Android smartphone, here are a selection that offer a level of power and performance that would give the iPhone a ...
2019-07-02, 14:16

HPE Primera: How is 100% data availability meaningfully different from 99.999%+? Hewlett Packard Enterprise made the lofty guarantee of 100% availability for the new Primera storage appliance, but how is this practically different...
2019-07-02, 00:16

The tech that changed us: 50 years of breakthroughs Technology can transform us, in good ways and bad. Do you recall the single most influential tech innovation from the year you graduated high school?...
2019-06-29, 17:16

Technology that changed us: The 1970s, from Pong to Apollo In this 50-year retrospective, we're not just looking at technology year by year, we're looking at technologies that had an impact on us, paved the w...
2019-06-29, 01:32

Technology that changed us: The 2010s, from Amazon Echo to Pokémon Go In this 50-year retrospective, we're not just looking at technology year by year, we're looking at technologies that had an impact on us, paved the w...
2019-06-28, 21:16

BBQ by phone: Traeger's smart grill raises the heat of your summer party game With Traeger Grills' latest models, you can grill, smoke, roast, braise, bake and barbeque your food. After a couple of months with the Ironwood 650...
2019-06-28, 21:16

DJI unveils plans to start assembling drones in US amid security concerns The world’s largest consumer drone maker also rebutted security concerns on its products, saying it does not collect customer data or send it back to...
2019-06-27, 23:00

Micron Technology sees rebound in cloud, data center spending Micron Technology's third quarter wasn't as bad as feared and one big reason is that cloud providers are starting to build out infrastructure after a...
2019-06-27, 23:00

Increasing storage densities require aggressive software management to maintain performance Denser QLC NAND offers a limited number of write cycles compared to TLC and MLC NAND, while SMR drives offer increased densities for platter hard dri...
2019-06-27, 19:32

Raspberry Pi 4: This thing is a PC, says board's creator Eben Upton In this Q&A, Eben Upton talks about what the new Raspberry Pi 4 makes possible, whether Windows will be coming to the Raspberry Pi, and future plans ...
2019-06-27, 18:32

Low-cost Raspberry Pi 4 cluster handles record web traffic for Pi 4 launch The ISP that hosts the official Raspberry Pi website created an 18-board Pi 4 cluster to host much of the site -- demonstrating the board's potential...
2019-06-27, 18:32

Tech news roundup: FedEx sues the DOC, skilled workers are in demand, and how companies stay relevant This week's TechRepublic and ZDNet news stories include a Verizon error leads to massive outages, Apple's plan to hire 2,000 employees, and five ways...
2019-06-27, 18:32

Apple says go to Best Buy for repairs. A Best Buy salesman gave me the bad news Apple says it has expanded its authorized service network to 1,000 Best Buy stores. A visit to a Best Buy, however, reveals some of the catches. They...
2019-06-23, 17:16

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 review: Solid, compact and travel-ready With optional LTE broadband available, the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X390 will appeal to mobile professionals. All-day battery life is feasible, but Lenovo'...
2019-06-21, 14:16

Tech news roundup: HPE Discover 2019, Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, and Google Cloud's debacle This week's TechRepublic and ZDNet news stories include a look at the companies that hire the most data scientists, four significant impacts of a sec...
2019-06-19, 17:16

Motorola One Vision review: An affordable 21:9-screen handset with good cameras A mid-range handset with a ’CinemaVision’ screen and a 48MP main rear camera, the Motorola One Vision is solidly built and punches well above its wei...
2019-06-18, 18:48

Samsung to foster neural processing unit Samsung has designated neural processing units as being core technologies in artificial intelligence and will hire 2,000 people in the area by 2030 a...
2019-06-18, 12:16

Apple's ground game versus Google's long game As Android has failed to expand far beyond smartphones, Apple has fortified a device ecosystem around pillars of related operating systems. Google se...
2019-06-17, 20:48

Muse 2: The brain-sensing headband designed to help you relax The Muse 2 is a multi-sensor meditation device that can read your brainwaves in real time and offer you useful feedback to improve your meditation sk...
2019-06-16, 20:16

Iridium GO! Off The Grid Package Off the Grid Package includes: Iridium GO, travel bag, solar charger, 2 batteries, SatStation desktop charger, AC travel charger with international a...
2019-06-15, 15:16

Iridium GO! Turn any smartphone into a satellite phone with internet access If you're planning to go off the grid over the summer, here's how you can still get access to phonecalls, text, and internet by accessing the Iridium...
2019-06-15, 15:16

Build your own $20,000 Windows 10 workstation Got a few tens of thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Here is a high-performance Windows 10 workstation that will be able to chew thr...
2019-06-14, 14:32

Don't believe these iPhone Lightning cable myths Makers of third-party Lightning cables for iPhones keep pushing falsehoods to try to dupe people into buying their cables. Here are three myths you s...
2019-06-14, 14:32

Tech news roundup: Cisco Live, Samsung A-series, and Salesforce acquires Tableau This week's TechRepublic and ZDNet news stories include a look at the current state of 5G deployment, the severity of fake emails, and Cisco's quest ...
2019-06-13, 03:48

A first look at two SLA 3D printers (TL;DR: They're goopy) When most people think about 3D printers, they're really thinking about the kind that use filament. But there's another type, called SLA, that uses a...
2019-06-12, 17:48

Inside a Google Titan Bluetooth security key – high security, low durability The Google Titan Bluetooth two-factor security key might be the best way to protect your account from hackers and phishing attacks, but the hardware ...
2019-06-12, 12:32

Father's Day 2019: Cool tech and gadgets for dad Dad's big day is coming up, and finding just the right gift can be tough. Here are some of the coolest gadgets for Father's Day, whether it's for the...
2019-06-12, 08:32

Here's why your iPhone takes longer to charge in summer Have you noticed that your iPhone – this also applies to most other smartphones and tablets too – takes longer to charge during summer? Here's why, a...
2019-06-10, 20:48

5G network deployments stymied by Huawei ban as other firms scramble to fill the void Huawei's 5G equipment "leads the pack," but its "major problem is that you can't succeed in markets if governments bar you from competing in them," a...
2019-06-08, 02:32

10 perfectly good monitors that cost less than the Apple Pro Stand Apple's Pro Display XDR unveiling was dragged down by the announcement of a proprietary $999 stand, sold separately. Here's 10 alternatives for those...
2019-06-07, 16:48

Best Raspberry Pi alternatives (June 2019 edition) Fantastic selection of single board computers suitable for a variety of projects, from basic homebrew builds all the way to advanced applications suc...
2019-06-07, 13:32

How iOS 13 will make your battery last longer, but only if you have a newer, higher-priced iPhone There's one feature built into iOS 13 that will help make your iPhone's battery last longer. But the catch is that you'll need a newer, higher-priced...
2019-06-06, 17:32

How much will 1.5TB of RAM for your Mac Pro actually cost? Apple's new Mac Pro has the capability for a whopping 1.5TB of RAM. But a lot of people have no idea how much this amount of RAM would cost. Let me t...
2019-06-06, 12:16

macOS Catalina: Will your Mac run it? Will your existing Mac run the new macOS Catalina upgrade which is due out this fall, or has the time come to give Apple a huge chunk of cash for a n...
2019-06-04, 22:16

iOS 13 and iPadOS: Will your iPhone or iPad run it? Will your existing iPhone or iPad run the new iOS 13 and iPadOS upgrades, due out this fall, or has the time come to give Apple a huge chunk of cash ...
2019-06-04, 22:16

At WWDC 2019, Apple did the impossible and annoyed all the right people At the Worldwide Developers' Conference, Tim Cook and his cohorts somehow achieved a rare feat: pleasing the vast majority and irritating those who d...
2019-06-04, 20:01

Will iPadOS transform the iPad into a MacBook replacement? iPadOS adds a great deal more versatility to the iPad's already extensive feature set, but will it make a compelling laptop replacement for professio...
2019-06-04, 19:16

Apple Watch Series 4: Cheat sheet The Apple Watch Series 4 includes a 30% larger screen, an updated UI, and a number of business-friendly and health features, including the ability to...
2019-06-04, 19:16

Apple's new Mac Pro: You win some, you lose some. But mostly, you win Did Apple go terribly wrong with the new Mac Pro? We look at our previous concerns and explore how they stand up to Apple's announcement of new high-...
2019-06-04, 15:00

Apple products you should and shouldn't buy: June 2019 edition Apple products are expensive, so it makes sense to avoid buying anything that's nearing the end of its lifecycle, or when you can buy something of eq...
2019-06-03, 22:16

What does Arm's new N1 architecture mean for Windows servers? Whether it's Windows Enterprise or a specialised IoT version of Windows Server, Windows on Arm is going to be an option for industrial and edge compu...
2019-06-03, 15:00

Why HPE sees memory-driven computing as an answer to Moore's Law Purpose-built computing accelerators are being developed to gain higher performance, though memory-driven computing can be used to accelerate the acc...
2019-06-03, 15:00

Is it possible to leave the Apple ecosystem? TechRepublic's Karen Roby asks ZDNet's Jason Perlow and Jason Cipriani if it's feasible to happily leave the Apple ecosystem after being invested in ...
2019-05-31, 23:16

PCI Express 5.0 finalized, but 4.0-compatible hardware is only now shipping The PCI Express standard stagnated after the release of PCI Express 3.0 in 2010. Major speed improvements are coming to PCI Express in the near futur...
2019-05-31, 20:00

Lenovo's Motorola launches the Moto Z4 with value price, strong specs and business potential In the Android market, the real action is in lower priced phones that are adding features to compete with Samsung's premium devices. Motorola's Moto ...
2019-05-30, 20:16

HP Chromebook 14A G5 review: An AMD-powered workhorse for education or business users The 14-inch HP Chromebook 14A G5 has its drawbacks, including a moderate screen resolution, but it offers a very good keyboard and comes at an attrac...
2019-05-30, 13:32

Apple already the No. 3 smart glasses player without a product, says survey Digi-Capital and Augmented World Expo dish out a bevy of takeaways in a research report on augmented reality and smartglasses, but they didn't quite ...
2019-05-30, 02:32

Netgear Nighthawk AX12: Next-gen wi-fi routers promise greater speed and reliability for the IoT It's still early days for the Wi-Fi 6 standard, but products based on the Draft 3.0 version are now available, including Netgear's Nighthawk AX range...
2019-05-29, 15:00

Cracking Open the Roomba 980 robot vacuum We crack open the Roomba 980 for a look at the tech that makes this cloud-connected cleaner iRobot's most significant robot vacuum since the original...
2019-05-29, 06:48

Intel and AMD announce new CPUs at Computex 2019 Intel and AMD presented new processors that will make their way into upcoming computers. Karen Roby and James Sanders discuss the next generation of ...
2019-05-29, 05:16

Hardware and software vendors continue to flee Huawei following blacklisting Just over one week after an executive order prohibiting US companies from selling products to Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone manufactur...
2019-05-23, 21:16

Tech trade war: After Huawei, which Chinese firms are next on US enemies list? If the cold war with China intensifies, more companies with alleged ties to the Chinese government could be prohibited from doing business with Ameri...
2019-05-23, 18:16

Arm suspends cooperation with Huawei, endangering mobile and server business UK-based Arm Holdings has issued a memo to staff indicating it must stop working with Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei, following a US trade dis...
2019-05-22, 18:32

Sony Mobile effectively exiting US market amid slowing sales of smartphones Sony's new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida calls the loss-making division "indispensable," though half-hearted efforts in the US and struggles in carrier partn...
2019-05-22, 18:32

Walmart to take on Amazon Fire with trio of cheap Android tablets The new devices, which include a $64 8-inch and $79 10.1-inch slate and a $99 10.1-inch model with detachable keyboard, go on sale this week under th...
2019-05-22, 06:32

Quantum computing is not a cure-all for business computing challenges Quantum computing shows promise for specific industries, though business applications that rely on classical concepts are a poor fit for quantum syst...
2019-05-22, 02:16

Photos: Atari, Unix, ENIAC, and more from Vintage Computer Festival East 2019 Unix co-inventor Ken Thompson and Atari hardware engineer Joe Decuir were the keynote speakers at the Vintage Computer Festival East 2019. See photos...
2019-05-22, 02:16

Huawei's "plan B" smartphone OS: What it needs to succeed Component manufacturers around the world are cutting off Huawei following an executive order signed by President Trump. As a result, Huawei's conting...
2019-05-22, 02:16

Six ways the new Mac Pro could go terribly, terribly wrong Apple has promised a new modular Mac Pro. With WWDC around the corner, there's a good chance we'll get a look at what Apple has in mind. But with App...
2019-05-22, 01:32

Sprint HTC 5G Hub available on May 31: Fast speeds on an Android-powered media center 5G networks are starting to go live and one of the first ways to experience this on Sprint is with the new HTC 5G Hub. It offers an Android media dev...
2019-05-22, 01:32

How tough are Apple's MacBook Pro laptops? This is a question I get asked a lot. As it turns out, I got the opportunity the other day to find out just how tough they are. And the answer is, th...
2019-05-22, 01:32

Garmin Forerunner 945 review: Music, mapping, payments, pulse, and incident detection The Garmin 935 was the premier running and triathlon watch two years ago, but its successor improves in nearly every aspect to even beat out last yea...
2019-05-22, 01:32