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IBM

by kris

Halt and Catch Fire S1E7: There's a sucker born every minute
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It's starting to become apparent to me that each episode revolves around a theme: episode 5 was about fathers and their children, episode 6 was about humanity and now, in episode 7, it feels like this is an episode about... art? I couldn't tell you for sure but, in "Giant," industrial design, an art gallery and the large sculpture/hoax from which the episode draws... Read more →
Comcast

by dave

What's the cheapest way to get HBO?
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Between new shows like like Game of Thrones, and older classics like The Wire (Greatest Show in the History of Shows™), Sopranos, Deadwood, and more, HBO has a lot of great content.
There's so much content, that a lot of us would be happy to pay HBO directly for access. Unfortunately, this isn't totally possible unless you sign up with an expensive plan from your cable provider.
Or is it?
The Wall Street Journal posted an interesting piece about how to get HBO... Read more →
Laptops / portables

by Ordeith

Acer Aspire Switch 10
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I am seeing the Acer Aspire Switch 10 for sale at more and more places. I don't know how it compares to the similar Asus Transformer T-100 but I am strongly considering purchasing one of them. Does anyone have any experience with the Switch 10? How was it?

Is Engadget planning a review of the Aspire Switch 10 at all?
Laptops / portables

by dave

With new power restrictions on portable devices, how will TSA handle battery packs?
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Both the United States and United Kingdom have implemented rules that require travelers to and from certain destinations to turn on their portable devices to prove that they work. This includes things like laptops, tablets, cellphones, and even ebook readers.
The thing is, these are pretty easy to determine whether or not they come on -- just look at the screen! But one thing that's become super important for the traveler on the go is a portable battery pack.
These... Read more →
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Burning Man

Apple

by kris

Tech-themed vacations for gadget lovers?
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Earlier this week one of our superusers, Travis "TgD" Dilts (who you should totally follow, as he is awesome) mentioned he was going to be in San Francisco on business, and he asked what he should check out while he was there: http://www.engadget.com/discuss/making-the-most-of-a-business-trip-to-san-francisco-1ruw/
Suspecting that Travis was you know, probably interested in tech since he's on this site, I suggested the Musée... Read more →
IBM

by kris

Halt and Catch Fire S1E6: Do the cabbage patch
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Another episode, another montage set to a piece of modern music that sounds like it could have been written in 1983. (This week: "Sooner Than Now" by Sin Cos Tan.) And one of the ubiquitous toys of the 1980s is present, as not just a period reference, but a plot device. Before we get to that, first let's check in on Joe and Cameron's terrible relationship.
And relationship it appears to be at this point -- because after making a show of removing her belongings from... Read more →
TgD

by TgD

Making the most of a business trip to San Francisco?
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This is definitely an off-topic post, but I figure this is the right forum to get some good answers.
My company has just approved me for travel to VMWorld 2014 at the Moscone Center, which I've always wanted to go visit in person as a lot of cool things have happened there.
That being said, I' haven't been to San Francisco since I was an infant, and want to try make the most of my time there. :) I've also never been to a conference like this, so I am going in with a couple assumptions:
1. I'll... Read more →
IBM

by kris

Halt and Catch Fire S1E5: Would you like to play a game?
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Last week I wrote about how Halt and Catch Fire wasn't really "the new Mad Men" or a clone of such, and here it comes with an episode that starts off swinging with a few borrowed tropes from AMC's flagship drama.
We open the episode with a montage of Joe getting ready for work in Dallas while Cameron is in a hotel in Cincinnati, while "Capsize" by Big Black Delta plays. It's not a song... Read more →
Acclaim SuperPlay 1943: The Battle of Midway

by kris

Patriotic gadgets for patriotic Americans
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For the rest of the world, this Friday might just be the start of another weekend, but in the United States it's the Fourth of July -- Independence Day! As in, that day where we celebrate the independence of our nation with parades, grilling hamburgers and "by blowing up a small part of it."... Read more →
IBM

by kris

Halt and Catch Fire: Sweet dreams are made out of PC clones and threats of litigation, apparently
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Now that we're four episodes into the first season, perhaps it's time to talk about AMC's latest drama, Halt and Catch Fire. If you haven't heard, it's a show about three people -- a con man, a riot grrrl coder, and a family man engineer—who are trying to create an IBM clone PC that is faster and cheaper and more portable than Big Blue's machines. Well, as portable as you can get in 1983 -- the show... Read more →