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Laptops are the new desktops. While you can buy a solid tower PC for about $ 500, this price represents how little manufacturers care about the desktop world. Barring a few huge gaming rigs, laptops are where it’s at.
We have been arguably remiss in avoiding formal laptop reviews and so we’re trying to remedy that with a series we’re calling Laptop Week. This week we will focus on some of the best laptops available today alongside a few gems that popped up over the past year or so. We will run the gamut from Chromebooks to Windows 8 and take a few detours on the way.
You can read all of our Laptop Week coverage here and feel free to contact me if you’d like to see us look at anything in particular on the market or in the laptops we’re testing. Look for a few Laptop Week posts per day, starting with an amazing Ubuntu laptop that I think could easily replace a MacBook Air for those in the right frame of mind.
We’ve created a quick and easy rating method for each laptop we address and take into consideration the needs of designers, entrepreneurs, and programmers. Because you mostly don’t care about speeds and feeds, these will be high-level assessments of each laptop from a practical perspective.
Welcome to Laptop Week. We hope you enjoy your stay.
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Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Tumblr, Burger King, Jeep, The New York Times . The cybersecurity reckoning is here, and it's been a long time coming.
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The first two months of 2013 have seen a stunning number of the world’s best-known companies get hacked. And they're not afraid to tell us about it.
Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr have all been breached. The New York Times extensively documented its own attack, as did the Washington Post. Jeep and Burger King lost control of their Twitter accounts for over an hour. NBC was hacked, embarrassingly and publicly, just a day ago. Minutes before this story was published, Microsoft announced that it, too, had been compromised.
A casual observer would be right to ask: What the hell is going on here? And why can't anyone seem to stop it?
The answer appears to be a kind of perfect storm. The hackers have been getting better, and their targets haven't been keeping up. Meanwhile, some victims have begun to believe that rather than concealing their compromised data, their best bet is to speak up about it, in hopes of improving security measures.
“It's always tough to say whether we're seeing a spike in incidents or if we're merely becoming more aware of them,” says Brian Krebs, of Krebs On Security. “In some cases, multiple successive compromises at high-profile sites have followed the discovery in the underground of a vulnerability in some kind, he says, “[while] in other cases, it's merely a footrace that the attackers win when the defenders fail to keep up with patches.”
But these targets have been unusually forthright in telling us they've been hacked— this recent spate of breaches, for the most part, haven't affected user data, which would legally require the hacked companies to notify the public. These companies — including Facebook — have not been legally compelled to say they'd been hacked at all, but have anyway.
This, apparently, may have been self-interested — and indeed, the publicity around the attacks is a kind of plea for help.
“These companies recognize that the government tends to mobilize additional resources when they admit to a breach,” says Tom Kellermann, Special Advisor to the ICSPA and former member of the Obama administration's commission on cyber security. Particularly, he adds, “when they admit to a breach that might create systemic risk via island hopping.” “Island hopping,” which is moving laterally from one hacked system into another secure one, Kellermann says, “is mainstream now.”
Chester Wisniewski, Senior Security Advisor at Sophos, agrees that much of the public's perception of what's been happening over the last few months comes down to transparency, whatever the motivation. “We're hearing about it more and more frequently, but not necessarily because its a new problem,” he says. “Things have been terrible for twenty years.”
This, too, is a refrain repeated by many security researchers: that the problem isn't new, people are just hearing about it for the first time. But that doesn't mean the problem, as familiar as it is to the security world, isn't getting worse. “I hope we're reaching some awareness,” says Wisniewski, “considering how frequently [these hacks] are happening.”
The internet we use today, and the myriad security systems built around securing it, especially passwords, are beginning to show their age. The web as we know it, says Wisniewski, “was all designed in this perfectly academic world, where everyone trusted everyone else.”
“As we're learning in the 21st century,” he says. “we need to trust no one.”
Richard Forno, Assistant Director at the University of Maryland Center for Cybersecurity, agrees. “People like me have been been making warnings,” he says, with “reports and conference keynotes and analyses about this going back to the 90s, talking about this very stuff.”
“For me it's like, what changed?,” he says. “Are you now going to listen to us? Can I say, 'we told you so?'”
Aside from timing, the recent rash of attacks shares little in common. Some highly advanced hacks, such as the one mounted against the Times, appear to have been sponsored by governments — particularly the Chinese — while others, such as Facebook's, seem financially motivated. Twitter's hijacked brand accounts were the work of young vandals, probably just having fun, and were likely the result of weak passwords. This isn't, in other words, a concerted effort as much as a broad matching of hackers' strength with victims' weakness.
The incentive and ability to hack major companies is as great as ever, but their security — though every one is ostensibly (and always) planning to improve — hasn't kept pace. Companies like Facebook and Twitter and Apple, says Wisniewski, have “a billion dollar target painted on their back.”
“These companies represent the biggest possible target you could imagine,” he says. And hackers — unrelated and largely disorganized — are winning the battle against an equally diffuse security establishment. “It's important for Internet users to remember that most malicious sites are in fact legitimate sites that have been hacked,” adds Krebs.
“The finding that I hope we collectively take away from this,” says Forno, “is that we realize how insecure and how vulnerable we really are.”
Perhaps, as the public begins to worry more about cybersecurity and more major companies, such as Twitter, take broad steps forward in user security — two-step authentication is going to become very important, very soon — we will find ourselves on the cusp of a Great Securing, after which bad passwords no longer exist and Apple engineers don't run Java in their web browsers. “Facebook is making a solid effort to protect its users' data. All the big internet companies do. I don't think people should panic,” says Wisniewski. “If people get too scared of the internet it could had a massive impact on the economy.” Stories like Mat Honan's account of his own hacking, which describes wide ranging human and technological breakdowns in Apple and Amazon's user security systems, however, don't inspire confidence.
Forno, too, worries that a panic could do more harm than good, particularly if federal legislators take notice: “What Washington tends to do with whatever it politically expedient, cheap, and relatively uncontroversial,” he says. “A lot of [what it does] is reinventing the wheel, doing something we don't need, or it benefits special interests. They don't address the underlying reason why we're under attack.”
But until this Great Securing takes place, whether voluntarily or by mandate, security is both as intractable as it's ever been and getting tested with unprecedented frequency and zeal.
“I think it is worse than ever,” admits Wisniewski. “Our privacy is currency and our information is currency, and the criminals have figured that out.” Criminals and, according to reports, the Chinese government, which would constitute a cyber-threat with an unprecedented combination of resources and motivation.
In other words, it's not just a perfect storm. It's a perfect storm with no forecasted end.
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It’s been hard to miss, this brouhaha that’s been boiling over between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and The New York Times — specifically with reporter John M. Broder. Broder published a piece over the weekend called “Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway” in which he panned the Model S for inaccurate range estimates and drastically reduced range in cold weather. In fact, about the only thing he didn’t hate was the tow truck driver who was ultimately dispatched to pick up he and the charge-depleted Tesla he had been driving through Connecticut.
Musk, likely still stinging from an even more vitriolic 2011 takedown by Top Gear, was quick to take to Twitter and call the article “fake.” He later backed that up with comprehensive data logs recorded, apparently, without Broder’s knowledge. That data, at least at surface value, shows the Times piece is at best misleading — at worst libelous.
Case closed? Oh no, this is just beginning. In posting this data, and in chastising Broder’s driving habits, Musk inadvertently refocused the situation onto himself. Instead of asking how the Times allowed this piece to be published, many are instead asking whether it’s right for Tesla to be placing any sort of expectations on reviewers. And then, of course, there’s the disconcerting Big Brother aspect of the whole case. Who’s in the right? Who’s in the wrong? Let’s try to find out.
Microsoft is currently screwing it up. Microsoft could ’ t win. Windows 8 is sunk. Seriously: to read the headlines this last week you ’ d think Microsoft wasn ’ t still one of the premier tech suppliers on the planet. While I would agree that it faces a number of difficulties, both from Apple and its own OEM partners, Windows 8 will certainly thud into the landscape with even more a bang and much less than a whimper.
Exactly what we are experiencing, for much better or even worse, is the wholesale restructuring of the Windows paradigm. Just as Windows 95 changed the method we thought of pcs (a minimum of for those of us who concentrated largely on PCs), Windows 8 will certainly force us all to rethink exactly what it implies to run a Windows program and work within the paradigm set by this new interface. A lot of very early users note that they seem like downright amateurs when very first utilizing Win8 and that the modification is too jarring. I ’ d wager, nevertheless, that the average user will simply take it in stride. Why? Due to the fact that modify, for at least most of the last many years, has actually been a near constant in the individual experience game.
In fact, Microsoft can get away with his gigantic change for one simple reason: there is no such thing as an “ old, familiar interface ” anymore. Think about, for instance, Windows 7 itself. Although the standard paradigm holds, there are lots of odd, added design aspects that appear and vanish. When you run a game on a COMPUTER, Windows is all however gone, replaced by a full-screen experience of the designer ’ s selecting. Apps have their very own design aspects that aren ’ t connected to Windows. Even OS X individuals now have full-screen interfaces for many popular apps. Dashboards pop up almost everywhere with clocks and widgets galore. Basically, UIs are a hodgepodge in the first location. Individuals in all honesty won ’ t care if that hodgepodge appears in a set of vibrant boxes on a display or in a virtual machine running a 10-year-old shell.
This isn ’ t Microsoft BOB vs. Windows 98. This is a tweak. Our minds, I think, have actually become so flexible to brand-new interface techniques that they are looked into advantageous tweaks and not objectionable modifications.
Look into the cognitive concern connected with iOS. After a short duration of “ You can ’ t multi-task! ” the clear advantages of a solitary state interface became clear. As long as those interfaces were consistent i.e. you left mail, entered maps, and returned to the exact same display you left mail, the perception of multi-tasking was preserved.
The exact same holds real of Windows 8. Those live tiles provide a little bit of information – the tip of the iceberg, if you will – and a richer interaction below. Multi-tasking is more like multi-screen-tasking and the odd “ dumps ” back into Windows Vista will certainly become less and less typical as new apps appear. In short, we ’ re moving from a desktop computer environment to a more mobile one. Apple has tried to do this with LaunchPad (and they ’ ve continually failed) however Microsoft is wagering the ranch on this new design.
Exactly what will happen? The early adopters will complain, OS X followers will certainly gloat, and end individuals will start experience Win8 on the brand-new Computers they buy over the holiday. Ordinary users will, in the end, locate the Word and Excel icons and possibly run an alternative browser. All of the odd quirks – the “ gems ” that allow you to move back house and to share info with a click – will come to be more transparent and discolor into the background. Windows, in short, will return to being the leading desktop computer operating system and iOS could or may not follow suit with more unique interface paradigms.
Could I be wrong? Could my resigned optimism be misplaced here? Sure, however on the whole we have experienced so lots of changes – from text interfaces on phones to rudimentary visual UIs to the modern-day iOS and Android OSes we ’ re managing today – that UI is not static. Instead of considering a monolithic entire – an excellent, dark rock called Windows – we are dealt a continuum of interface parts that may or might not appeal to us right away but will inevitably change as Microsoft ’ s user base modifies. In short, Windows is now and will be henceforth always in beta. It could be a little jarring for the purists, but I question many users actually care.
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The iPhone 5 could not be ready for sale unlocked officially just yet, however that does not suggest T-Mobile isn’t really prepared to be your service provider. As evidenced by the image above, the people at TmoNews and YouTuber BigRicksChannel have confirmed that the business is now selling iPhone 5-compatible Nano-SIMs. Of course, these’ll work simply fine with the Verizon-variant of the the 4-inch device, as it’s technically unlocked out of the box. Need proof beyond a photo? Catch the video after the break to see it linking to T-Mobile’s network for yourself.
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Welcome Home to Windows Phone wants to help you ditch your Apple, Android, or Blackberry device in favor a Nokia Lumia (and presumably any other Windows Phone). Its purpose is two-fold: backing up your data to make the transition to the Windows Live ecosystem a bit easier, and helping you find new apps to replace the ones tied to the walled gardens you’re leaving behind. Developed by Mark/Space and powered by Quixey’s app discovery service, the app is a free download for Windows and OSX.
Welcome Home is a fairly simple app, and doesn’t actually require you to own a Windows Phone device. Install it, plug your phone or tablet into your PC, and Welcome Home will scan your device to aggregate all of your data. Any retrieved contacts and…
With all the reports about a brand-new 9-pin connector on the iPhone, what could be far better than a tube of bamboo that magnifies your iDevice or Android phone in a sustainable means? The iBam 2 is essentially a tube of bamboo that channels seem out and away from the phone, thus developing a remarkable, bamboo-infused experience.
The sad thing? It costs freaking $ 63.22 and they ’ re only offered in Singapore so you may have hop on a sluggish, sustainable solar boat to choose one up. Nonetheless, as you see from the above video recording, a honking huge bamboo tube can truly spruce up an iPhone.
The developers, Pasargora, are a sustainable-living producer area and a part of the proceeds go to supporting DO-IT-YOURSELF tasks in Singapore, so there ’ s that. Otherwise, get yourself to Pier 1 Imports and grab some bamboo and rock out.