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    Is the Lenovo IdeaPad N20P the future of Chromebooks or just an oddball?

    Posted August 13, 2014 - 11:48 am

    The just-released Lenovo IdeaPad N20P is a Chromebook with a twist, literally -- its screen swivels to turn it into a slate. Is this the future of Chromebooks, or just an outlier?
  • Review

    Three touchscreen displays that bring Windows 8 to life

    Posted April 4, 2013 - 10:30 am

    You don't necessarily need a touchscreen monitor to use Windows 8, but swiping your finger to invoke the Charms bar is a lot more fun than holding down the Windows key and pressing C.
  • Review

    A touchscreen on your desktop: Three new displays

    Posted March 12, 2013 - 6:40 am

    With the introduction of Windows 8, touchscreens are coming to the desktop -- but they're not cheap. We look at three of the latest monitors from Acer, Dell and ViewSonic.
  • Don't fear the touchscreen MacBook

    Posted February 23, 2013 - 8:40 am

    If you're just tuning in, please update your most-rumored-Apple-device status board to "watch." Repeat: "watch" is the current rumor, having replaced "low-cost iPhone," which in turn replaced "high-cost television."
  • The Weekly Hash - February 22, 2013

    Posted February 22, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Joking about the week’s top tech stories, this week featuring Burger King, Chinese cyberspies and a new Chromebook that will revolutionize the way we watch porn
  • Do touch screens belong on PCs? A debate

    Posted February 5, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Our editors argue about efficiency, ease of use, gunky screens and 'gorilla arm'.
  • Touchscreen proliferation could open desktop to Android

    Posted January 14, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    The takeaway for PCs from CES 2013 last week is that touchscreens are coming and they're coming fast to computers running Microsoft Windows.
  • New ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: a focus on gestures

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Lenovo wants to make sure business laptop users are not left out of the Windows 8 touchscreen fray. The company Monday announced the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch Ultrabook, which builds on durability of the original carbon fiber-clad X1 Carbon with the addition of a 10-finger, 14-inch HD+ touch display.
  • Why Google might market a touchscreen Chromebook

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Google may be planning to cap off the new wave of Chromebooks with its own laptop that includes a touchscreen, according to one report.
  • Get a grip: 18 winter gloves that work with smartphones, tablets

    Posted November 30, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Smart gloves with conductive fabrics let you operate smartphones, tablets and e-readers without exposing your digits.
  • Fingerprints everywhere! Are we ready for 4 million dirty Windows 8 touchscreens?

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:39 am

    When multitudes of Windows 8 users start playing with newly purchased hardware in the coming weeks and months, they'll encounter an indignity that once afflicted only smartphone and tablet users: dirty, smudgy, fingerprint-riddled touchscreens.
  • Review

    Dymo LabelManager 500TS: a touchscreen labeler for business

    Posted July 21, 2012 - 12:03 am

    If you create only the occasional label for files or objects, you can probably get by with one of the many sub-$100 label printers on the market. But if your business-labeling needs are more complex--for instance, you require support for bar codes or for multiple users who use different types of labels--the Dymo LabelManager 500TS could justify its admittedly high price ($200 on Dymo's site as of July 19, 2012, though you can find it for significantly less at some online retailers).
  • Next up for Ultrabook laptops: 3D displays, sensors, and HD screens

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Ultrabooks have made a lot of progress as the hottest ultrathin Windows laptops on the market, but the features we've seen so far may be just the tip of the iceberg. Third-generation Ultrabooks will likely sport more advanced features than currently available, including high-definition displays, new types of sensors, 3D screens, and more.
  • Fat Thumb recognizes your oversized digits, lets you multitouch zoom with one finger

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Touchscreen interfaces make it really easy to flick though apps and webpages with a single finger. But it's always an awkward moment whenever I have to do some multi-touch action, because I need to use my other hand to hold my phone, and that hand might be holding a Shake Shack burger (better than In-n-Out!) or a beverage.
  • Microsoft Q&A: with Windows 8, the choice is yours

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Day two at Microsoft TechEd 2012 was all about Windows 8. caught up with Windows corporate VP Antoine Leblond, who discussed why CIOs should test Windows 8, why developers should love it, and why we'll all be touching our laptop screens sooner than we think.
  • Microsoft turns jazz hands into gesture commands using sound waves

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Most gesture-based control systems we use today rely on either motion-capture cameras--like the Kinect--or a touchscreen device. But researchers from Microsoft Research and the University of Washington are developing a system that can detect object with sound waves, like how a bat does with echolocation.
  • 8 more new uses for your old smartphone

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:00 am

    If you’re searching for a new GPS navigator or a touchscreen remote control, a good place to find one is at the bottom of your desk drawer. Old smartphones, long forgotten after being buried under a pile of debris, still pack some punch with a decent processor, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth--and the devices can run apps that transform them into a new stand-alone machine.
  • The hidden danger of touchscreens

    Posted January 11, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    Distracted driving and walking aren't the only perils lurking behind touchscreen devices.
  • Researchers knuckle down and tap into super-sensitive touchscreens

    Posted October 22, 2011 - 8:51 am

    Now that you’ve got the basics of using smartphone and tablet touchscreens down, Carnegie Mellon University researchers are ready to take you to the next level.
  • Best feature in Windows 8: Potential to take 'PC,' ditch the OS

    Posted September 14, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    With virtualization, cloud and portability, Microsoft may be building its first actual operating environment focused on the end user, despite years of claiming that's what Windows was.
  • Video

    Friction control makes touchscreens sticky or slippery

    Posted May 10, 2011 - 8:30 pm

    A prototype touchscreen on show at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Vancouver can change from slippery to sticky depending on what's happening on the screen.
  • CHI2011: Tech conference promises glimpse of the future

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    As the Computer Human Interaction conference kicks off this week, 800 presenters and more than 2500 attendees have gathered in Vancouver to present their ideas and trade findings.
  • iPad 2's glass could be critical component in future shortages

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    Earthquake and tsunami damage to Japanese factories thought to produce components used in Apple's iPad could further delay shipments of the devices, analysts said.
  • Review

    Review: Touchscreen-compatible gloves

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 11:09 am

    Touchscreen devices such as the iPhone and the iPad have become part of daily life for many of us—they're our phones, our navigation devices, our media players, our all-purpose, look-up-everything machines. But for those of us living in colder climates, there’s a solid four- or five-month stretch where these gadgets also the bane of our existence—in order to use them, we have to shed the protective garments that keep our hands from turning into popsicles.
  • Acer brings dual-screen laptop to reality

    Posted November 23, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    Are physical keyboards soon going to be a thing of the past? At a splashy event here in New York City, Acer Tuesday announced its new concept for a laptop: The Acer Iconia. The name's gravitas is appropriate given that it's the first laptop to ditch a physical keyboard in favor of a two touch-screens attached by a hinge, just as with a standard laptop.

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