HP Pavilion x360: A colorful back-to-school laptops

HP Pavilion x360 Review The Pavilion x360 is the more interesting convertible. Its 11-inch $410 model is nearly $100 less than Microsoft’s Surface 3 (not including the $130 keyboard), and it’s powered by a Pentium N3700 processor and 4GB of RAM. The new back-to-school laptops and hybrids from HP emphasis flexibility, and offer a wide array of options for components, features, and even colors. Nearly all the products announced on April 22 are available with Intel or AMD processors, and with HD (1,366×768) or Full HD (1,920×1,080) displays, in touch or non-touch versions, and many start right around $500, which will be good news for back-to-school shoppers. The Pavilion x360 line of fold-back hybrids has been updated with new 11-inch and 13-inch models. Of those, the 11-inch is the more interesting, as it moves up to Intel’s new Core M processors, the much-talked-about chip that powers Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, among other laptops and hybrids. Older Celeron and Pentium chips are also available. Video About HP Pavilion x360 The 11-inch Pavilion x360 has a fanless design, a key feature in many Core M systems, and will come in several colors, including silver, red, purple and green. The display, while a touch screen, is a lower-resolution 1,366×768 panel, and the memory can go up to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Read more Source:Dan Ackerman Image Source:Intel in...

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: The best compact Android phone gets a makeover

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs a larger screen than its predecessor in the same size body, it has tonnes of power, it’s completely waterproof allowing for underwater photography and it has a good camera. Sony’s Xperia Compact handsets aren’t like your average ‘mini’ branded smartphones. While the vast majority of smaller flagship handsets share the same design as their larger siblings, the small screen isn’t the only thing that helps keep the price down. Instead, most have a reduced specification as well, making customers compromise on performance for the sake of a cheaper, smaller handset. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, however, does the exact opposite by tweaking the design and keeping the high-end specs. Video About Sony Xperia Z3 Compact It’s still quite expensive for a ‘mini’ phone, as contracts currently start from around £27.50 per month for 1GB of 4G data, while SIM-free prices haven’t dropped much below £325, leaving it feeling quite pricey for a six month old handset. This is particularly true when last year’s set of full-sized flagship phones now cost roughly the same on contract as retailers make way for this year’s Galaxy S6s and One M9s. There’s still a lot to like here, though, especially when the upcoming Xperia Z4 looks to be such a minor spec-bump, giving little impetus for existing owners to upgrade. If anything, it should help the Xperia Z3 Compact’s price to fall in the coming months, making it better value than ever. Read more Source: Katharine Byrne Image Source: Waldemar...

Intel Compute Stick dongle now available for preorder

Intel Compute Stick The Compute Stick is not designed to be a desktop or laptop replacement, but rather an alternative for people who want to do some quick computing. The Intel Compute Stick, a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port to deliver full computing capability, is now available for preorder. Newegg is offering preorders of the Compute Stick with a release date of April 24. (Update at 11:11 a.m. PT: now showing out of stock on both with estimated arrival on May 1). The Windows version costs $150 and the Linux version costs $110. Amazon also shows listings for the Windows and Linux versions, but with no pricing or availability information. Intel unveiled details on the Compute Stick at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The device is a slim HDMI dongle that connects to a monitor via HDMI. It has an Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of onboard RAM, and 32GB of storage. Video About Intel Compute Stick When Intel showed off the Compute Stick at CES, the company said the Windows 8.1 model would retail for $149. The Linux flavor would retail for $89, it said. Getting the Compute Stick up and running won’t take much. The device is simply plugged into a monitor’s HDMI port and turned on. Once it boots up, the owner’s operating system of choice is running and with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the device can provide a full computing experience. The Compute Stick is by no means a competitor to a desktop or laptop, but rather an option for people who are on the move and want a quick way...

T-Mobile stops selling Xperia Z3 in latest Sony setback

 Xperia Z3 Review No reasons for the discontinuation have been given but Sony cannot be happy that its flagship handset is down to one major US carrier. T-Mobile has stopped selling Sony’s flagship smartphone, leaving Verizon as the sole major US carrier offering the Xperia Z3. A T-Mobile sales representative tweeted on Sunday that the company is no longer carrying the Xperia Z3. The tweet provided no reason and, so far, neither T-Mobile nor Sony has commented on the product’s removal. Video About Xperia Z3 The Xperia Z3, which launched late last year, was supposed to be Sony’s answer to other popular Android-based devices, including those from Samsung and HTC. The Z3 comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD display, runs on Google’s Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and boasts a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera. Sony has also touted its strong battery life, which can hold up for 16 hours of ongoing talk time. The Xperia Z3 was roundly celebrated as one of the best Android smartphones on the market. Last year, CNET Reviews awarded the device four-and-a-half stars out of five, saying that the handset is “Sony’s most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.” Read more Source: Don Reisinger Image Source:Maurizio...

The second tech preview of Windows Server 2016 due in May

Windows Server 2016 Microsoft officials confirm the company will deliver the second tech preview of Windows Server 2016 in May. It’s been months — six, in fact — since Microsoft released a new test build of its next version of Windows Server. Last we heard from company officials, Microsoft planned to deliver its second test build some time in the spring of 2015. That was after the Windows Server team decided to delay the release of the next version of server until 2016, and to hold off on releasing a second public test build of it at the start of 2015, as had been the original plan. The first, and so far only, public Windows Server 2016 test build, was released October 1, 2014. As Windows IT Pro noted earlier this week, the current expiration date for the first public preview of Windows Server 2016 is April 15. Will Microsoft beat its own expiration clock? Will it extend the expiration date? Video About Windows Server 2016 When I asked about the looming expiration date, a Microsoft spokesperson sent the following statement: One contact of mine had said Microsoft may end up extending the access to the current Windows Server 2016 tech preview until April 30, and release a second public test build shortly thereafter. But today’s comment from Microsoft makes it clear there won’t be any gap between the expiration date and the availability of the second preview. Read more Source:Mary Jo Foley Image Source:Benjamin...

Honor 6 Plus goes after iPhone 6 Plus with dual cameras

Honor 6 Plus Review Huawei isn’t just chucking in a couple of cameras and calling it a day. The 7.5mm thick Honor 6 Plus shares the black glass design of the Honor 6, and has a metallic-looking strip running down the sides. Honor’s betting big on Android phablets this year. The Huawei-owned brand launched its budget 5.5-inch 4X last week that we liked a lot, and I’ve been playing with the high-end 6 Plus (sound familiar?) over the past few days. The Honor 6 Plus is again a 5.5-inch affair, with a slim bezel, metal accents and dual cameras on the back. It features Huawei’s own Kirin 925 octa-core processor with an integrated GPU, and packs oodles of power to take on some of the best phones available right now. But can it keep up with the competition? Let’s take a closer look. Video About Honor 6 Plus For a plastic phone, the 6 Plus certainly feels solid. The front fascia looks fairly plain and most of it is taken up by the 5.5-inch screen. I was hoping that the lack of hardware buttons for home, back and menu would make for a smaller device, but it’s just about the same size as my OnePlus One. On the right side, you’ll find a volume rocker, power button and two identical slots — one for your 4G Micro-SIM and the other for a MicroSD card or a nano-SIM that you can place sideways. Read more Source:Abhimanyu Ghoshal Image Source:Bryan...