You can't see our New York City office right now, but it's something of a laptop menagerie. We just finished reviewing a laptop whose screen flips inside its hinge, and now we're testing an Ultrabook with a touchscreen, along with a notebook whose screen folds all the way back. The Toshiba Satellite U925t ($1,150) is yet another breed of Windows 8 hardware. It's a slider, to be exact, which is to say its 12.5-inch screen slides out and up to reveal a full-sized keyboard. It's nice, in theory, because you can use it as a tablet without having to worry about packing a separate keyboard. But unlike the Dell XPS 12 or Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, which can also be used in tablet mode, the screen here is always exposed. As you can imagine, too, that propped-up display has a very real effect on the typing experience. Given all that, is there any reason to consider this over other, similarly priced Windows 8 convertibles? Could there perhaps be any performance benefits, or advantages in … [Read more...] about Toshiba Satellite U925t review: with its first Windows 8 convertible, Toshiba bets big on the slider
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When Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablets with a flashy, top secret Los Angeles event, it didn't just mark the beginning of a new (and utterly critical) phase for the history of the company. It marked the repurposing of a name that was already quite familiar to us -- though in the guise of a big table. That device lives on as PixelSense, thus putting a period at the end of on one definition of the word, a definition Microsoft kindly requests we put behind us as we move on to something that is wholly different. This new Surface device could be said to relate more closely to the active form of the word in question. That is, the verb: to rise up -- for something to appear that was not there before. It's a very apt definition for what Microsoft is doing, attempting to go from zero to hero on the tablet hardware front in just one shot. Is this, the Surface for Windows RT, good enough to erase decades of mediocre touchscreen Windows devices? Will it help Microsoft and its latest … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review
Generations of Chinese grew up under the spell cast by Wu Cheng'en's "Journey to the West", the 16th Century adventure epic which is the subject of two major upcoming film adaptations. Photo: AFP Hopes are that the tale will continue to leave audiences spellbound, with shooting now wrapped on actor and director Stephen Chow's version of the tale and another starring "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star Chow Yun-fat. Lauded as one of China's "Four Great Classical Novels," it has inspired operas, including one penned by acclaimed British rocker Damon Albarn, a string of cinema hits dating back to the 1940s and a popular online game. "'Journey to the West' is a story full of imagination," Chow told AFP. "The plot is beyond any other fantasy," added the Hong Kong-based star, who is one of China's biggest box office draws with films including "Shaolin Soccer" (2001) and "Kung Fu Hustle" (2004). As China's rapidly expanding film industry continues to break new commercial ground, … [Read more...] about ‘Monkey’ to go West again as cinema power shifts East
In technology, there’s a fine line between innovation and eccentricity. Sony’s new Tablet P boldly approaches the line, and then stomps all over it. Overpriced and under-thought, the Tablet P -- which runs the “Honeycomb” version of Google’s Android operating system -- is at least distinctive. No flat black slab here. Instead, its rounded case houses two screens, each measuring 5.5 inches diagonally, separated by a thick black bezel and two hinges that allow it to fold up like a clamshell. Or maybe an eyeglass case. Or a taco. Folded, the Tablet P measures about seven inches long, three inches wide and an inch thick. That makes it compact enough to slide into a jacket pocket or purse, although at 13 ounces you won’t forget it’s there. Unfolded, each of the screens is able to display content independently of the other if the app you’re running supports it. Sony has collected about 40 of them on a special website. Most Android apps, … [Read more...] about What were they thinking with new Sony tablet?
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comic actor Adam Sandler may not be in the running for an Oscar this year, but on Saturday he set a new record for another award – the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and performances of 2011. The producer, actor and writer received a leading 11 Razzie nods, including worst actor, actress, screenplay and film, in a contest created as an antidote to the love-fest that engulfs Hollywood during Oscar season. Sandler's cross-dressing comedy "Jack & Jill" in which he played both the male and female roles, led the pack of poor movies with 12 nods. His romantic comedy "Just Go With It” got 5, and "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star", for which Sandler wrote the screenplay, notched up 6 nominations. But Sandler, who ironically was voted People's Choice best movie comedy actor in January, was in excellent company. Al Pacino, regarded as one of the best living film actors, got a dishonorable mention for his cameo in "Jack & Jill". Oscar … [Read more...] about Adam Sandler sets Razzie record for worst movies