One PC upgrade that can always be recommended is a larger monitor that can provide more screen real-estate for your applications.
With 27in ones now available for as little as $300 in the US, there has never been a better time to step up in size and I have been trying models from ViewSonic and AOC at this low-end price. Read more
AT&T has launched two smartphones licensed to kill the opposition with their specifications.
I felt rather like Q, 007’s gadget meister, in testing the Sony Xperia TL (a.k.a. the Bond phone), and the LG Optimus G quad-core, LTE smartphone, available since November 2 for $100 and $200 respectively with their two-year contracts. Read more
Interesting commentary from around the Web on the tech story that made headlines this week.
For many, Tim Cook made his first significant mark on Apple this week with a reshuffling of senior executives that included the departure of Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice-president of iOS, and John Browett, its head of retail operations.
At the same time, commentators welcomed news that chief hardware designer Sir Jonathan Ive would now oversee software design. Read more
Starbucks's Verismo 580
An Espresso machine is only as peripheral to personal tech as a printer – both help me through my computing day – and the current vogue for pod-based machines reminds me of the printing peripherals business model.
The coffee makers are sold cheaply, the same as printers, and money is made on the coffee pods, just like the ink and toner cartridges. Starbucks is the latest entrant with its $199 (£149) Verismo 580 machine and I have been testing it and tasting the results. Read more
Apple’s battle with Samsung in the UK courts has taken yet another new twist, after the US group was reprimanded by a judge for posting a statement on its website that was too cheeky, writes Robert Cookson.
Last month, the Court of Appeal ruled that Samsung had not infringed on the design of the iPad and ordered Apple to post a statement on its UK website to ensure that the public were aware of the judgement. Read more