The most significant innovation in personal computing over the last 30 years has been the evolution of natural interfaces, with the GUI, speech recognition, gestures and touch receiving equal weight, according to Bill Gates, a co-founder and the former chief executive of Microsoft.
As the PC turns 30, we asked Gates, as well as other industry leaders, for their thoughts on the most significant innovation in personal computing, and how PCs have changed people's lives for the better – or worse. Finally, we wanted to know what the future holds for personal computing – and maybe whether the "Personal Computer" would exist in its current form.
While Apple's Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak arguably invented and popularized the personal computer, Bill Gates, Paul Allen and later Steve Ballmer at Microsoft crafted and shaped the Windows operating system which became synonomous with the term "PC". The Apple Macintosh and Windows pushed the graphical user interface into the mainstream, driven by the increasing performance of microprocessors from Intel Corp., and later from chips designed by Advanced Micro Devices, Cyrix, Via Technology, and others.
Yes, we know that the big excitement of the day is the release of Mac OS X Lion, but if you're more of a hardware person, you should know that Apple has released a refreshed MacBook Air this morning. The 13- and 11-inch notebooks now sport Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, backlit keyboards, Thunderbolt ports (replacing the old Mini DisplayPort,) and ship with Mac OS X Lion installed.
Pricing starts at $999 for the 11.6-inch model, which gives you 64 GB SSD, 2 GB RAM, and a Core i5 1.6 GHz processor. For $1199, you get the 11.6-incher with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. Both models offer five hours of battery life. Moving on to the 13-inch model, that starts at $1,299 and hits you with a 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, and a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Step it up to $1,599, and you get a 256 GB SSD instead, and the 13-inchers give you 7 hours of battery life. Everything else remains the same (which means the FaceTime cameras haven't been upgraded to HD) here, and they're available now on the Apple Store.
Today we’ve got a deal that brings you an extra 15% off of four already discounted Lenovo all-in-one desktop computers, saving you up to 41% in total, depending on the model. All of these desktops have Wi-Fi built-in, webcams, and ship with Windows 7 installed. These are the newest models available from Lenovo, so a deal like this is super-rare. Here’s what we’ve got:
- The Lenovo C315 has got a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with touchscreen and TV tuner. With the coupon, you are getting 41% off the list price, saving you $404.85!
- The Lenovo IdeaCentre B305 has a 21.5-inch touchscreen display that also incorporate multitouch gestures, and it’s powered by an AMD processor. You are getting 26% off, saving you $204.85.
- The Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 is the thinnest all-in-one in the line. It has a 21.5-inch 1080p display, TV tuner, Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth mouse, and remote control. With the coupon you save 23%, a savings of $242.35.
- The Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 has a 23-inch 1080p display, Intel 2.66GHz Core i3 processor, and with the coupon you are getting 23% off the list price, saving you $249.85.
Here are the links:
- Save 41% on Lenovo C315
- Save 26% on Lenovo IdeaCentre B305
- Save 23% on Lenovo IdeaCentre A310
- Save 25% on Lenovo IdeaCentre A700
We’ve been waiting a long time-seriously, years—for Apple to release some sort of update to the top-end of their Cinema Display line, and they’ve finally gone and done it. Today, Apple announced their new 27-inch Cinema Display. It boasts a resolution of 2560x1440 and costs $999, just $100 more than the 24-inch model that is is replacing. In fact, Apple is also discontinuing the 30-inch LCD model, which currently sells for a whopping $1799.
You get the same ports that you had on the 24-inch model, but pick up a brighter panel with an improved response time (12ms, down from the older 14ms of the 24-inch model.) Apple will be shipping these in September.
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A couple of week ago, Apple introduced a completely redesigned Mac mini, sporting a unibody enclosure along with an HDMI port and SD card slot. The new machine is much thinner than the original design, which the mini has been sporting for about five years now, and we figured we’d give you an up-close comparison of the two models so that you can see both the obvious changes, as well as the more subtle ones.
You can pick up the new Mac mini from the Apple Store online now.
When Apple introduced the latest generation of iMac to the world, and made it known that they were able to get that LED-backlit display up to 27-inches, we knew it would not only be a gorgeous machine, but it would pretty much be right up there with a low-end Mac Pro if specced out right. We immediately picked up one of the new 27-inch iMacs to put out theory to the test, but in the meantime, we’ve got an unboxing video for you that shows off the ridiculously huge Mac, as well as the little design tweaks and changes that Apple has made to the iMac line since the previous generation.
Remember those HP Envy 13 notebooks we told you about? Well, we are in the middle of a contest where we are giving one away. Here’s your official reminder, because you don’t have much more time left to enter! Check out the video above for the full scoop, and then head on over to the official HP Envy 13 giveaway page for all the details on how to enter.
Remember that HP Envy 13 we showed off a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, the one that was even featured in Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance music video? Well, thanks to HP, we’ve got one to give away to one of our readers. All you need to tell is is what you want the HP Envy to do for you. Need some ideas? Check out the video above. There are a few guidelines:
- Videos may be SD or HD, live-action, or animation, and must be under 100 MBs in size.
- Videos must clearly answer the question “What do you want the new HP Envy to do for you?”
- Videos must be posted to YouTube, and announced on Twitter with a link to the YouTube video. Start your tweet with “Hey @gearlive” and include the hashtag #HPEnvy.
- All content must be owned by entrant.
- Anything depicting violence, bodily harm (including cigarette smoking), profanity, nudity or explicit sexual content, or unlawful activity, including underage drinking, binge drinking, or gambling is not permitted in any video submission.
So, why is the HP Envy 13 cool? There are a bunch of reasons you should be interested. Aside from being slim and stylish, it weighs just 3.74 pounds and is less than 1-inch thin. It rocks a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo that lets you play Blu-ray movies or edit video without lag, and there’s even an optional ultra-high capacity battery that’ll last up to 18 hours. Lastly, the 400 nit display is gorgeous, twice as bright as other similar notebook displays.
Wanna win? You’ve got all the details - get to work on submitting those videos! You have until December 18th at 11:59 PM PST to get them in.
In this episode, we give you a look at the HP Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 notebooks. These are the flagship, top-of-the-line HP notebooks, incorporating great displays with a clickable trackpad (although, it doesn’t support multitouch gestures.) The Envy 13 also has a ridiculous 16-hour battery life. For those of you audiophiles out there that need something with a bit more punch, you’ve got the HP Envy 15 Beats Limited Edition, which comes with the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones, DJ tools software, and a few custom settings as well. Want one? You can find all three models on Amazon:
Hit the video above for the full scoop on the HP Envy notebook line.
Averatec has recently unveiled a new sort of laptop with the 13.3-inch N3400, a very lightweight laptop that weighs in at less than four pounds. It has a 2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T3400 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and an integrated Intel GMA X4500D graphics, as well as a bundled external DVD burner. Averatec is shipping the N3400 now, and it’s offered at a price of $799.
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