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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

Category: Reviews

Seattle Times technology columnist Brier Dudley reviews the latest software and gadgets.

February 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Review: Microsoft’s Surface Pro

In some ways Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet, going on sale Saturday, is a radical new device. It’s the first full-blown PC made by Microsoft and one of the most potent tablet computers on the market now, especially at a starting price of $899 for a 64-gigabyte model. I’ve been testing a 128-gigabyte model that lists for…


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November 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Review: Nintendo’s Wii U delivers double-screen fun

With Sunday’s launch of the Wii U, Nintendo is once again disrupting the rec room with an unusual new machine designed to advance the notion of video entertainment. Exploring its capabilities will keep buyers and game developers engaged for years. The Wii U’s signature feature is its GamePad controller, a wireless tablet with a 6.2-inch touch screen…


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November 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Review: Windows Phone 8 on Lumia 920, HTC 8X

It turns out the old saying about Microsoft applies to Windows Phones, as well: Wait for the third version of its products because it takes the company a few tries to really nail it. Maybe that’s why so few people bought Windows Phones when the new platform debuted in 2010. Those who waited will be pleased with…


Comments | Topics: 4G, Android, Apple

October 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Review: Microsoft Surface showcases Windows 8 era

Microsoft really is shaking things up with Windows 8. It’s a remodel down to the foundation, a monumental effort to start a new era of personal computing. The showcase of this work is the Surface tablet, the first computer made and sold by the company. Simultaneously, Microsoft overhauled all of its major programs and services, from servers…


Comments | Topics: apps, Gadgets & products, iPad

October 15, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Review: Starbucks Verismo espresso machine

Get ready for another Seattle-born, high-tech gadget that may be used by millions of people around the world. Along with the Kindle, the Xbox and the carbon-fiber jetliner we now have the Verismo, a new automated espresso machine from Starbucks. The Verismo — which starts at $200 and appears in Starbucks stores beginning Tuesday — uses plastic…


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