Month: October 2017

Sony’s new Aibo pet robot goes on sale tonight in Japan

After more than a decade away, Sony’s Aibo pet robot is making a return. The original dog-like robot launched in 1999, while Sony says its followup is “capable of forming an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them wit……


Microsoft’s redesigned Mixer mobile app helps you find new streams

Microsoft is continuing its quest to make Mixer as good a livestreaming experience on your phone as it is on your PC back home. It just launched a beta mobile app whose cornerstone is a redesigned Trending section that focuses on finding new ……


Target stores can order your items online if they’re out of stock

Many stores will encourage you to order online if they’ve run out of stock, but they usually want you to do it yourself. Do you really want to pull out your phone and wade through a website while you’re in the store, or hope you’ll remember to……


Black Friday deals: The cheapest gaming PC you can build

The one thing we like more than building our own PCs is doing so for very little cash. Now’s the best time for that: Black Friday deals often include amazingly low prices on components, fantastic combo and bundle deals, and extras like a copy of a v……


Hilton data breaches lead to $700,000 penalty

The attorneys general of New York and Vermont both announced today that their joint investigation into two Hilton data breaches has resulted in a $700,000 penalty and a promise to strengthen security. In February of 2015, Hilton was made aware……


Black Friday deals: PC and PC component steals

Diamonds in the roughImage by ThinkstockYou can snag great deals on PCs, PC components, and PC accessories during Black Friday—if you know where to look. Not all cheap laptops are the same, for example. One retailer might offer a newer processor, more ……


Black Friday deals: Best sales on TVs, speakers, and streaming video devices

It’s a jungle out thereYep, it’s that time of year again. And true to tradition, Black Friday presents its usual challenges for the consumer looking to score a great deal.To be sure, there are many great deals to be found, but they can often be obscure……


Signal’s secure messaging is now available in a desktop app

You can already use Signal for secure chats on the desktop, but you’ve had to use a Chrome web app to participate in those encrypted conversations. What if you don’t like Chrome, or would just prefer something more elegant than a browser? Si……


Android ‘Fast Pair’ will quickly connect Bluetooth devices

Android devices now have a new option to quickly sync with smartphones. Today, Google developers announced Fast Pair, a process that quickly discovers using Bluetooth Low Energy and connects over traditional Bluetooth. It’s an obvious competit……


Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more

Updated Oct. 31, 2017 with additional data on the Surface Laptop, including updated color options and a Core i7 with a 1TB SSD.

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is aimed at supplanting the MacBook Air as a college-student favorite. The svelte, stylish clamshell also fills a middle ground between its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book powerhouse 2-in-1, providing a third option that could appeal to many regular consumers. 

We got a good first impression of the Surface Laptop after going hands-on in advance of its June launch. Now that we’ve reviewed it, we can help you decide whether it’s a better choice than the Surface Pro 4, with its promise of a tablet that can be a full-fledged computer. Let’s dig in!

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