Look Who’s Taking Dell’s Spot on the S&P 500

Ending a 17-year run.
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Bras in a Box and Netflix-Like Clothing Swaps? New Services Look to Disrupt Online Shopping.

Can a computer choose all your clothes for you?
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What’s the Best Laptop for a College-Bound Student?

Is there a laptop with solid performance that will last all four years? Walt answers readers’ questions.

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Antiques for Geeks: Christie’s Auctions Vintage Apple Computers

As legend has it, the first Apple AAPL computers were made in 1976 in the garage belonging to Steve Jobs’s parents. Of that run of roughly 200 Apple 1s, only a few working models remain. One is currently up for auction at Christie’s.

Shut Down or Sleep?

Which is better: Shutting down a computer or putting it in sleep mode? Walt answers a reader’s question.

Can These iPad Apps Teach Your Kid to Code?

Hopscotch and Kodable aim to teach kids the programming basics.
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Dell Laptop Does Flips to Try to Be a Thick Tablet

The latest attempt at a convertible laptop comes from Dell and is especially creative, and even kind of cool, says Walt.
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A PC and Tablet “Brick” for the Price of One

The Asus Transformer AiO offers dual software and hardware systems, but they don’t offset a weighty downside.
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Weighing In on Wi-Fi Scales

Can these high-tech scales help you keep those New Year’s resolutions?
From left to right: The Withings WS-30 and the FitBit Aria Smart Scale.

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Computing Pioneer Ada Lovelace Gets Deserved Google Doodle

Google does commemorative logos — called Google Doodles — pretty regularly now. But today, it’s a much-deserved tip-of-the-pen to celebrate the 197th birthday of Ada Lovelace, a woman who is one of computing’s earliest pioneers. She was a collaborator of Charles Babbage, designer of the ground-breaking mechanical computers — which he never actually built — the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine. Lovelace’s notes on the Analytical Engine are considered to be among the first algorithms created; she also theorized about the larger potential of computers beyond mathematics, including to make music. All that with just a quill and some paper.

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