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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. The last Switched On discussed the contrast between the $100 laptop concept of 2006 and the $100 tablet reality of 2013. In that case, an idea that didn't bear fruit was succeeded years later by a different approach...

December 24th 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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It would be an understatement to say that Apple's Mac Pro workstation was getting a little long in the tooth. As of summer 2012, it was missing Apple's own Thunderbolt ports, not to mention 802.11n WiFi. Finally, though, Apple released an updated version, and it addresses a little more than just t...

December 23rd 2013 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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We know, we know: everyone who's seen it says it looks like a trashcan. But surely there's something else to say about Apple's new Mac Pro workstation, right? The thing is, until now, any tech blogger who's spent any time with it has had to take photos through a glass case (read: they didn't reall...

December 19th 2013 at 3:25pm 0 Comments
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Don't think that the Black Friday shopping rush this year is all about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We've rounded up a smorgasbord of Thanksgiving week deals that should appeal to tech-savvy shoppers of all stripes, whether they're looking for entry-level smartphones or giant 4K TVs. Hop past t...

November 27th 2013 at 9:20pm 0 Comments
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Take a good hard look at Valve's Steam Machine, because it's the last time you'll see it. Er, something like that. Only 300 of the metal beast above will ship to beta testers, and then Valve says it's cutting off its own supply of Steam Machines. "We're really building this as a test platform, and...

November 4th 2013 at 10:40am 0 Comments
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It's just over a month since Apple threw its big iPhone 5s/5c event over in Cupertino, but the company's already back with more to discuss -- or "cover," as it were. New iPads? A refreshed Apple TV? More Maverick goodness? Your guess is as good as ours. Thankfully, we don't have to wait that much...

October 22nd 2013 at 12:30pm 0 Comments