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Posted on: March 28, 2014

On March 27, 2014, Lenovo announced the recall of certain notebook batteries (specifically, lithium-ion battery packs) due to a fire hazard risk due to overheating. Lenovo will offer customers free-of-charge replacements for all recalled battery packs...

Posted on: February 18, 2014
Revised on February 18, 2014

Unlike flagship models such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S, not all devices are available on each of the major US carriers. This trend extends to Manufacturer relationships, which are constantly changing with...

Posted on: February 18, 2014

The smartphone market hit a critical milestone with over a billion smartphones shipped in 2013. Just in the US, there were 99 unique smartphone products announced that year from 8 leading manufacturers. This trend is down from the peak of 138 product...

Posted on: February 10, 2014

Document notes: This is a 1st DRAFT version of the desktop computing recommendations for 2014-2015, with specifications and pricing for review and subject to change. Some of the links from this page may be broken or incorrect. This draft was last...

Posted on: February 3, 2014

The Motorola Droid Maxx features one of the largest built in batteries available to date, resulting in notably longer battery life. While slightly thinner than its predecessor, the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD, the Droid Maxx drops the RAZR naming...

Posted on: October 22, 2013

On October 22, 2013, Apple significantly updated their "MacBook Pro with Retina display" product line. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models received an upgrade to Haswell, Intel's current-generation chipset, as well as 802.11ac, new graphics options,...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Apple announced new models in both its flagship iPad and its smaller iPad mini lines. The iPad Air is theĀ 5th iteration in Apple's 9.7-inch iPad product line, available in both WiFi and LTE configurations with 16 GB, 32...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Samsung's Galaxy S4, the successor to their very successful Galaxy S3, was announced in March 2013 and subsequently released to major US cellular carriers in late April/early May 2013. While maintaining similar dimensions to the Galaxy S3, the S4 has...

Posted on: September 24, 2013

On September 24, 2013, Apple announced significant updates to its iMac line of all-in-one desktop systems. Specific changes include the introduction of 802.11ac WiFi connectivity and improved graphics capability. As expected, the new iMac line...

Posted on: September 24, 2013

On September 23, 2013, Microsoft announced their second generation Surface designs. Similar to the first generation, the second generation consists of two model lines: one is essentially an Intel-based notebook without a permanently attached keyboard...