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Judge rebuffs Apple attempt to block e-books monitor

A US judge on Monday denied Apple's attempt to throw off an external monitor she appointed to keep tabs on the company's compliance with antitrust laws, following her ruling of Apple's e-books conspiracy last year.

At a hearing, Judge Denise Cote denied Apple's request to put the monitoring on hold until its appeal of her ruling is complete, according to Reuters. Last July, Cote found Apple violated antitrust laws, orchestrating a conspiracy to fix the prices of e-books.

Cote in October named former Assistant US Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich as the monitorRead more

Get a refurbished 22-inch touch screen monitor for $199.99

As I know from recent deals I've shared, lots of users out there still like desktop PCs. Of course, these days all new desktops come with Windows 8, which isn't the most mouse-friendly operating system. To really make the most of it, you need a touch screen.

Ah, but touch-screen desktop monitors are pricey, right? Not today: Overrunz has the refurbished ViewSonic TD2220 22-inch touch-screen monitor for $199.99, plus $20 for shipping. I know: ugh. But it has an MSRP of $319.99 and sells new for around $295.

The TD2220 is an LED-backlit monitor with a … Read more

Sleep Number x12 bed with sleep monitor, snore-stopper

LAS VEGAS -- Sleep monitoring has turned into a popular digital activity. You buy a piece of hardware or load up an app and snooze with your iPhone tucked in with you. Or you can drop just under $8,000 and pick up the new Sleep Number x12 bed instead. You'll get sleep monitoring and whole lot more tech crammed under the covers.

The x12 has the dual-air adjustable mattress system that made the company famous, but then it goes off the high-tech deep end with all sorts of extra goodies. It integrates sleep-monitoring technology from Bam Labs that is much like Santa Claus. It knows when you're asleep. It knows when you're awake. It knows your heart and breathing rates. It can capture data from two different people and sends it all to an iOS app that gives you a sleeping score along with the details of each night's rest (or unrest).… Read more

Epson Smart Glasses and heart-rate monitoring gear enter a crowded field (hands-on)

Little do some people realize, but Epson already had a pair of smart glasses. The Moverio BT-100 came out in 2011, were bulky,, and not intended for consumer use. They were tech-in-progress. Now, they’re back…and still tech-in-progress, although improved. With Google Glass out in the wild and Oculus Rift snagging headlines, Epson is readying the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses, going on sale in March for $699 and intended for everyday consumers. Or, should we say, early adopters, because it’s still hard to figure out who would buy one.

What does Epson’s smart glass solution have that … Read more

Do you really care about 4K TVs? (poll)

Welcome to the land of high-definition diminishing returns, also known as 4K television.

Or at least that's one way of looking at the myriad new ultra-high-definition displays that all the big names and even some lesser-known companies are introducing this week at CES. In case you're out of the loop on what 4K is, it's a display standard that uses roughly 4,000 pixels horizontally across the screen; it has four times the number of pixels of 1080p and double that of a 13-inch MacBook Retina display.

If the hype around those now old-timey-seeming retina displays is … Read more

HP Slate 21 Pro: Android desktop and PC monitor in one

LAS VEGAS -- Remember the days of the simple, old-fashioned Windows PC? Those days seem long behind us, as major PC manufacturers continue to explore alternatives in an ever-fragmenting computing landscape. At CES 2014, HP’s prime offering serves as a clear indicator of the sea change: the HP Slate 21 Pro, HP’s headlining product, is a business-targeted update to the HP Slate 21. But this time, the 21.5-inch Android all-in-one desktop tablet doubles as a PC monitor.

The HP Slate 21 Pro adds some extra oomph to the last version, with 16GB of onboard storage, 2GB of … Read more

Lenovo ThinkVision 28 monitor debuts at CES 2014, packs 4K resolution and runs Android KitKat

LAS VEGAS -- Lenovo’s ThinkVision 28 4K display is an impressive package, and not just because of its screen. The multitouch display not only boasts a 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution, it also doubles as an Android all-in-one device.

Starting at $1,199, the 28-inch monitor houses a variety of ports on the base of its stand, including DisplayPort, Ethernet, and three HDMI. The ThinkVision 28 also packs two 5-watt speakers, two noise-canceling microphones, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera.

As an all-in-one device, the ThinkVision 28 runs Android 4.4 and houses a NVIDIA Tegra CPU with 2GB of RAM. … Read more

Acer launches 27-inch all-in-one Android PC

Acer's latest all-in-one PC can serve double duty as an Android entertainment center and a high-resolution monitor.

Already shipping around the world, the Acer TA272 HUL offers a 2,560x1,440 WQHD display, four times sharper than conventional high-definition monitors, according to the company. Equipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the TA272 includes a 10-point touch screen so you can tap into the wide lineup of available Android apps.

The system is outfitted with an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor, 16GB of memory, and dual-band 802.11 abgn wireless connectivity. A 2-megapixel Webcam and two front-facing Dolby surround sound … Read more

Candidate for best budget, pro quality desktop speaker: Alesis M1 Active520

I didn't know the retail price of the newly revised Alesis M1 Active520 desktop/computer speakers when I first set them up. I assumed they ran $300 to $400 a pair. They look and feel that expensive, so imagine my surprise when the company's representative sent an e-mail quoting a $199 minimum advertised price or MAP.

"That's each," I asked. She said no, "The M1 Active520 retails for $199 a pair." Well alright!

This bi-amplified speaker features a built-in 25-watt amplifier for the 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter and a 50-watt amplifier for … Read more

Acer FT200HQL Windows 8-ready monitor offers ergonomic design starting at $199.99

The Acer FT200HQL is an affordably priced Windows 8-compliant touch-screen monitor designed with an eye toward providing a comfortable experience. The 20-inch monitor starts at $199.99 and is available for purchase in stores now.

The 19.5-inch screen features an LED-backlit display with 10-point capacitive touch that recognizes common gestures, like pinch-to-zoom and swipes, and boasts a 5ms response time. The monitor's 1,600x900-pixel resolution is relatively low, but its 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio sounds promising for deep black levels and sharp contrast.

For the price, the FT200HQL packs plenty of ergonomic positions for comfortably using … Read more