Stories by Melanie Pinola

New Lenovo ThinkPad laptops will ditch the classic keyboard

ThinkPads have long set the gold standard for laptop keyboards, but recent Lenovo laptop models and leaked photos of upcoming ThinkPads indicate the legendary, classic ThinkPad keyboards are being replaced with a more trendy chicklet-style design.

IN PICTURES: CES 2012 - gadgets on show

2012 Consumer Electronics Show: From high-definition video calling via your HDTV to practically indestructible SD cards for your camera, here's a look at 20 gadgets and services that will be making a splash at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Laptops to last 24 hours on one charge, standby 10 days

Think you're lucky when your laptop doesn't die after six or even eight hours of use? Just wait until Intel's next processor platform, code named Haswell, arrives. At the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday, Intel claimed that the Haswell chips, slated for 2013, will offer more than 10 days of connected standby battery life and the ability to run your laptop for a full 24 hours on one charge.

Windows 8 features for laptop users

Microsoft showed off many tablet-centric features from its radical redesign of Windows 8 at its BUILD developers' conference on Thursday, but still promised to support desktop and laptop users who own interact with their computers using traditional keyboards and mice. All the swiping and pinching aside, the BUILD conference gave us a peek at some advantages the upcoming operating system might have for laptop users.

Lenovo ThinkPad tablet hits the market

Lenovo’s business-orientated tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet, is now available for order and should start shipping within a week. The 10-inch Android device, which Lenovo officially announced a little more than a month ago, boasts an impressive mix of consumer and business-friendly features that might please both you and your IT department.

Google+ floodgates open

Inviting friends to Google+ is a lot more straightforward now. That's welcome news to users of the Internet search leader's growing social networking service.

Three great alternatives to the new Macbook Air

On Wednesday, Apple announced boosted specs for its ultra-slim MacBook Air laptops. The update included second-generation Intel Core i5 processors, new Thunderbolt connectivity, more storage space, and the return of the backlit keyboard.

Asus Transformer tablet: Second in sales after iPad

Despite earlier reports that sales of Asus' convertible tablet were slowing, monthly shipments of the Eee Pad Transformer have surpassed 400,000 units per month, according to DigiTimes --making the Transformer the second-best selling tablet after the iPad.

LulzSec E-mail Hack Proves We're Lousy at Picking Passwords

Whether you think LulzSec is doing us a favor for exposing our security weaknesses or think the hacker group has gone too far, a very old lesson can be learned here: we need to create stronger passwords. New analysis of the 62,000 logins LulzSec made publicly available reveals, yet again, our seriously weak password habits.

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