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When apple introduced the latest Macbook airs, the tv commercial didn’t focus
on the processor, graphics, or any other geeky spec. instead, there was just
swelling music that culminated in a hand opening an impossibly thin notebook.
of course, design isn’t the only reason Mac sales growth continues to outpace
the rest of the industry, but it plays a significant role. shoppers want a laptop
that makes a statement. a machine that has personality. Well, it looks like the
Windows camp got the message.
the samsung notebook on our cover is actually a bit thinner and lighter than
the 13-inch Macbook air, and it’s made of a super-strong material that’s also used
to make aircraft. and that’s not the only trend-setting machine. We’ve rounded up
five other fashion-forward laptops (p. 74) that will definitely turn heads, from plaid
netbooks to multimedia machines with wing-like speaker designs.
so what about substance? the latest trend is combining the Cpu and graphics
on a single chip, which intel has done with its second-generation Core processor.
starting on p. 32, we provide an in-depth look at our test results that show just
how much more power users can expect. aMD is also pushing the integration
of the processor and graphics with its long-awaited fusion platform, and it’s
wisely targeting the lower end of the market. as you’ll see from our review of
hp’s new fusion-powered notebook with this technology (p. 30), aMD has made
significant gains in the battery life department.
saving juice is just one of many categories on our massive list of android tips
(p. 50). this platform has absolutely skyrocketed in the past year, and you’ll see
that it has found a home on not just superphones but a growing array of tablets.
yes, the verizon Wireless iphone will temporarily eat into android sales, but this
os has plenty of staying power.
When it comes to cyberbullies, it’s natural for parents to feel powerless. We
reached out to the foremost experts on this subject to provide the advice you need
to address cyberbullying head-on (p. 89). We also recommend some tools to help
keep tabs on your child’s online activities, which will also come in handy should
you need to present evidence.
Changing gears, we honor the most promising mobile startups in our annual
awards story, which recognizes the most innovative new companies (p. 68). these
outfits certainly aren’t lacking ambition. lightsquared wants to blanket the nation
with satellite-based 4g service, while particle Code hopes that developers will use
its software to write apps that can run on multiple platforms.
at this year’s CEs, there were plenty of startups vying for the attention of investors,
but one trend caught my attention more than any other: people walking around
with ipads in the crook of their arm. Can you really use a tablet as your only pC?
our news editor closed her laptop for a week to find out (p. 92). for now, i’ll take
a sleek and powerful notebook over a slate any day.
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