Stories by Preston Gralla

Dell XPS 12 review: Does it succeed as both an ultrabook and a tablet?

Dell's new XPS 12 convertible is one of the first Windows 8 computer to work both as an ultrabook and a tablet. But despite a nice design and great display, it may not succeed.

Will Google go the way of Microsoft? Ask the FTC.

The antitrust suit that the Justice Department filed against Microsoft in the 1990s left the company distracted and unable to plan for the future. Could the same thing be in store for Google?

Nook HD review: A faster, brighter and better e-reader/tablet

Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and Nook HD+ ereader/tablets have great displays, improved software and a new video service -- worthy competitors for Amazon's Kindle Fire.

HTC's Windows Phone 8X review: Fast, bright and sleek

HTC's fast and well-designed Windows Phone 8X is one of the first to use Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system.

IN PICTURES: Windows 8 cheat sheet

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduces a brand new interface that feels designed more for tablets than for laptops and desktops. We'll help you find your way around the new OS and make the most of its features.

Windows 8 cheat sheet

Windows 8 presents a radically new interface to users, but never fear: Our comprehensive guide will help you find your way around the new OS and make the most of its features.

Preston Gralla: Tech talk seems to be taboo on the campaign trail

Discussions about technology issues are complex and not amenable to sound bites. But they are quite important nonetheless.

Preston Gralla: Is Microsoft out to kill online advertising? Let's get real

Do Not Track in Internet Explorer 10 won't kill online advertising. Microsoft, as much as anyone else, has its eye on that multibillion-dollar prize.

Kindle Fire HD review: A better Kindle, but not a better tablet

Amazon's newest Kindle, the 7-in. Kindle Fire HD, is a great buy if you're an Amazon customer, but it falls short as a general-purpose tablet.

In Pictures: 4 security suites that protect all your devices

Security suites from McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices along with Web-based management.

4 security suites that protect all your devices

Security suites from McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices along with Web-based management.

PowerPoint 2010 cheat sheet

Whether you're upgrading from PowerPoint 2007 or an earlier version, we've got the goods on how to find your way around Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and make the most of its features. Insider (registration required)

Preston Gralla: Lawyers are taking the tech crown from engineers

Billions of dollars are at stake as tech companies use their patents to seek competitive advantage.

Windows 8 review: Still a two-headed beast

The two faces of Windows 8 - the Desktop and the interface formerly known as Metro -'still coexist uneasily in the final RTM version of the OS. But some of Windows 8's native apps are great.

How to recycle your phone, PC and other tech gear

There are few things tech lovers enjoy more than a shiny new gadget or computer: the latest iPad or Nexus 7 tablet, a great new smartphone, a featherlight ultrabook. But once you've bought that great new gear, what do you do with the old stuff?