Stories by David Haskin

Ultrathin laptop showdown

When it comes to laptops, ultrathin is in -- particularly since the launch of Apple's MacBook Air earlier this year. As might be expected, though, the Air isn't the only game in town -- skinny laptops are available from a variety of other vendors.

HP's 2133 Mini-Note takes on the Eee PC

Last year, Asustek's Eee PC became a surprise hit by providing far more power and usability than a smart phone for light-traveling road warriors with far less expense and bulk than a traditional laptop. HP's new 2133 Mini-Note PC goes even further, providing a bigger, brighter screen and a host of other advantages that could make the device a mainstream hit.

Technology's 10 most mortifying moments

We've all had excruciatingly embarrassing moments. We say something loud and inappropriate at a party and the room abruptly falls silent and stares. Or we misbutton our shirt and it takes half a day to figure out why everybody's giving us funny looks. That sort of thing.

Ten technology flops of the past 40 years

Hype is the coin of the realm in the technology business. If you listen to vendors and the media, it might seem that every new product, service, concept or even security threat will be the Next Big Thing. Some live up to all the fuss, but many don't -- and some fail spectacularly. Our list of the 10 biggest technology failures includes a few that weren't all bad. In fact, some were quite good but were either too far ahead of their time or victims of overblown expectations. Others, of course, were downright lousy.

Will Apple TV be bigger than iPhone?

Not surprisingly, then, some industry experts say Apple TV, due to be released in the U.S. this month, will be a huge iPod-like success, doing for digital video what the iPod did for audio. Some even think Apple TV could be bigger than Apple's much-ballyhooed iPhone, which will be released in June.

Smartphones put BlackBerry under siege

Road warriors -- those who spend a significant percentage of their time each month traveling -- are leading the switch from standard cell phones, e-mail devices and PDAs to multipurpose smartphones, according to a study released this week by market research firm In-Stat.