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Apple rumor claims all-new, 12-inch MacBook Air

Apple is planning a radical redesign of the MacBook "soon," if a forum post out of China is to be believed.

A key aspect of the redesign would be the elimination of the fan assembly, according to MacRumors, which describes the post as coming from a reliable leaker of future Apple hardware.

A fanless design almost always implies ultrathin and -light. For example, the iPad Air is a fanless design as are Android and most Windows tablets. Even some of the newest, thinnest Windows 2-in-1s are fanless, such as the Intel Haswell processor-based HP Spectre 13 tablet that … Read more

Nook Press self-publishing tool expands to global markets

Barnes & Noble's Nook Press, a self-publishing tool for aspiring authors, has expanded its footprint in international markets.

Nook Press is now available in authors and publishers in the UK, France, and Germany, among other European countries, Barnes & Noble announced on Tuesday. Nook authors can upload their titles for sale on Nook devices and through Barnes & Noble's e-reader apps. Authors share the revenue with Barnes & Noble, with royalty rates based on list price. All authors are paid in their local currency.

Barnes & Noble launched its self-publishing tool last year to compete with Amazon and … Read more

Exclusive cover peek at latest Ian Doescher 'Star Wars' parody

Life's but an Ewoking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage.

"William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return" -- the third installment of Shakespeare's "Star Wars" parody books by Ian Doescher from Quirk Books -- hits bookshelves on July 1, and CNET got an exclusive look at the cover.

On it, Jabba the Hutt takes his place as the ultimate Shakespearean villain. Will Princess Leia's metal bikini, the treacherous sarlacc pit, and Ewoks and the Battle of Endor all be given the Shakespearean treatment? Fans will have to wait until the summer to discover what exactly is in store for their favorite characters in this homage to George Lucas' iconic "Star Wars" film "Return of the Jedi." … Read more

Microsoft, HP blaze business tablet trail

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft think the tablet is more lean forward than lean back. Are they right?

The PC has one (at least) distinct advantage over Apple. Windows 8.1 isn't a mobile operating system like iOS. In other words, the same 64-bit Windows 8.1 that runs on a brawny desktop PC now runs on featherweight 8-inch and 10-inch tablets.

And that may be a good thing because the tablet is in dire need of new markets, with predictions that the rate of growth will drop sharply in 2014.

"As consumer shipments slow in many markets, commercial (business) … Read more

Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid

Google is the force behind a potential delay in the first tablet to instantly switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.X using Intel technology, a fresh report from Asia says. A CNET source backs up this claim.

A report on Friday from Digitimes fingers Google as holding up the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, a novel laptop-tablet hybrid that can instantly switch between Android and Windows 8.1.

This follows earlier reports from CNET and Digitimes.

Here's what Digitimes said on Friday, in part:

Currently, only Intel's...chip can support dual operating systems, giving consumers an … Read more

Return to Jedi Academy in Jeffrey Brown's new 'Star Wars' book

Gamorrean Guards serving school lunch? Students trying to master the Force? Alien poetry tests? Writer and artist Jeffrey Brown's New York Times best-seller "Jedi Academy" gets a sequel with "Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan" from Scholastic, due to hit stores on July 29.

When the book's main character, student Roan Novachez, returns to Jedi Academy for a second year, he thought it would be easier. But his problems are just starting. He's not the expert pilot he hoped he'd be. He's feeling more distant from his friends. And when bullies … Read more

Godzilla is actually a nice guy

I know that many pulses are already racing at the prospect of a new "Godzilla" movie, due to be released May 16.

Somehow, humanity cannot get enough of wanton destruction, murder, and terror and the Statue of Liberty with her jaw knocked out.

Well, I am here to disabuse you of your fantasies. Because Godzilla is actually a perfectly decent creature who suffers just like you do. How can I know this? Why, because I occasionally watch commercials for candy bars.

Should you have missed this commercial spectacle on the airwaves recently, a new Snickers ad reveals the … Read more

AddressBookAid for Mac review

AddressBookAid for Mac taps into your AddressBook database and provides an alternative way for viewing and editing it. At present, this app is still in development, and during our tests we felt that it is not yet ready for prime time, having many bugs, broken features, and interface problems that considerably diminish its appeal and reduce its usability. This premium product comes with a free trial.

AddressBookAid for Mac's main interface consists of a list view of contacts and several filtering options and column customizations. While we were able to successfully pick and choose which columns to view and … Read more

Android and Windows getting along inside your PC? Nope

commentary Waiting for a crush of devices running both Windows 8.1 and Android? Don't.

CNET learned this week that the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 -- the most recent high-profile attempt to try to pull off this duality -- has not gotten a warm reception from at least one of the operating system suppliers on the hybrid tablet-laptop.

That's the political problem. "Neither [Microsoft nor Google] can be very happy about it," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, alluding to the fact that it's a shotgun wedding of the two rivals' software, … Read more

Surprise! Apple's Tim Cook is both scary and caring, says new book

So much time, effort, and emotion are expended on analyzing everything at Apple that it's a wonder surprises still manage to emerge.

But on hearing that a new book called "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs" was to emerge, some felt a tinge of excitement.

Written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane, it promised (at least in some imaginations) to reveal secrets of Cupertino life.

An excerpt from the book was published Friday in the Journal and the revelations are few.

If you'd imagined that Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't have quite … Read more