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Theft happens. Someone I know very well just had her phone plucked right out of her zippered purse on a crowded bus.

Bummer, right? When something like this happens, you feel pretty helpless. It's not like your stolen device can "phone home" to tell you where it ended up.

Actually, it can, if you've installed some kind of tracking app/service. Apple's excellent Find My Phone allows for remote tracking, data erasure, and more, and there are similar apps for Android. Ah, but laptops? You probably think your only tracking option is something like Absolute … Read more

Man pulls real, cute kitten out of computer

When you wake up on a Sunday morning to messages from readers that say: "You have to see this," there are a few potential reactions.

One: "Oh, someone's trying to get to write about their new, very slightly useless gizmo."

Two: "Spam."

Three: "This video could actually be worth seeing."

Grumpily clicking on "play" on this video posted to Digg, but originally to LiveLeak (and who knows where before that), I still feared the worst. It was entitled: "How to Pull a Live Cat Out of a Laptop."… Read more

Computers and hardware at CES 2014: Hybrids, Chromebooks, and 4K screens

LAS VEGAS -- If you came to CES 2014 looking for a major collection of bold new laptops and desktops, you came to the wrong show. Instead, this early January event focused more on taking existing PC products lines and streamlining them, adding new features, new technologies, and new screen sizes.

The new stuff Of course, a few exceptions popped up. Razer's modular Project Christine concept was impressively different, as was Toshiba's highly configurable hybrid prototype. But for the most part, we're seeing some of our favorite 2013 laptops and hybrids get worthwhile version 2.0 (or … Read more

Gadgets with split personalities shine at CES 2014

It's time to take a look at some of the more quirky products on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In this episode:

- Learn about Razer's Project Christine, a high-end gaming rig prototype that makes it easy to build your own PC. (Mineral oil is involved.)

- Switch your headphones into a video-playing visor with the Avegant Glyph.

- Behold the ultimate mobile-device mashup, the ZTE Projector Hotspot.

- Judge a new twist on the tablet-laptop hybrid with Toshiba's latest prototype.

- Never let go of your BlackBerry addiction with the Typo iPhone keyboard case. … Read more

MicroMax LapTab takes on dual-booting tablet/laptop trend

LAS VEGAS -- Is dual-booting the next big thing for tablets? India-based company MicroMax thinks so, adding the LapTab hybrid laptop/tablet to the mix. The 10.1-inch tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.1 and ships with an attachable Bluetooth keyboard.

The hybrid tablet packs a modest 1,280x800-pixel resolution, a dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It also houses a microSD card expansion slot and a variety of ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI.

Spec-wise, it isn't anything amazing. However, the ability to run both Android and … Read more

Toshiba shows off a new take on the detachable hybrid

LAS VEGAS -- Toshiba is showing off an under-development prototype at CES 2014 that the company hopes will be a perfect middle ground between different styles of laptop-tablet hybrids.

At first glance, this still-unnamed system looks like it works in a manner similar to Lenovo's Yoga line, with a 360-degree fold-back hinge that permits either a kiosk, table tent, or tablet shape, in addition to the traditional clamshell laptop.

The new twist in this model is that the keyboard also detaches from the chassis, much like a standard Windows hybrid. But instead of the screen pulling away from the … Read more

Finsix aims a shrink ray at laptop power adapters

LAS VEGAS -- My laptop comes with an additional burden: its honking power adapter. An unwieldy brick that follows my MacBook around like a ball and chain. Finsix is rising up in rebellion against chunky adapters by showing off what they're calling "the world's smallest laptop adapter." Guess what? It is pretty small.

I'm looking at one of the prototypes, the product of five years of research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and two additional years of preparing it for commercial release, here at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. The Finsix adapter is a dainty princess compared to my regular adapter. It provides the same charging capabilities and reaches the same touch-temperature, but it's just so much more compact.… Read more

Check out the best laptops and hybrids of CES 2014

Computers are always a big part of CES, and 2014 is no exception. While this isn't as pivotal a year for PCs as the 2013 launch of Windows 8 and the giant wave of hybrids that accompanied it, or the big ultrabook push from a few years ago (or the netbook push from years before that), there are still plenty of new systems to see, from innovative new ideas to refinements of current favorites.

Among the 2014 highlights, we saw a much-improved version of the Lenovo Horizon, an ambitious 27-inch tabletop PC -- which basically means it's a … Read more

Tablets of CES 2014

Though companies flock to CES to show off big tech, like TVs and smart appliances, there are still plenty of tablets shown off at the event. We've already seen two big releases from Samsung, the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro and plenty of models from Asus. Stay tuned to this page for videos of the tablets from our CNET team on the ground. We'll update this page with new releases as they happen.

Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 home and gaming console Available starting January 31, the Vyper is an Android tablet packaged with a docking … Read more

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 tablet/laptop hybrid runs Windows 8.1 and Android

LAS VEGAS -- Asus is getting increasingly literal about their Transformer tablet line-up. The Transformer Book Duet TD300 doesn't sing literature to you (I'm sure there's an app for that) but it does offer a bevy of options for converting it into the device you need. Not only can it convert from a tablet to a laptop, it can also switch between Android and Windows 8.1 with the simple push of a button.

The 13.3-inch tablet announced at CES 2014, packs a performance punch, with a quad-core Intel i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB … Read more