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Weekend of August 6, 2021 – Hour 1

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Tech News and Commentary

Dave and the team discuss Bezos’ $13b loss, Facebook’s headwinds to come, a software glitch at the space station, Spotify’s growth, Rick Astley’s milestone, BrewID technology, the Convention Center Loop’s script, YouTubeTV investments, and more.



Robert in Miami, Florida listens online and asked: “I was wondering if you could suggest some good dependable laptop brands. I plan to upgrade my three year-old laptop pretty soon and would appreciate your suggestions.”

Robert, the most recent study weve found puts the top 5 laptop brands ranked for reliability as ASUS, Dell, HP, MSI, and Lenovo.

Those lists change all the time so youre better off taking them with a grain of salt. Different manufacturers adhere to different standards of quality so there may be steady winners in terms of reliability, but really the best predictor of how long a laptop is going to last you is how much you pay for it.

All brands build a range of models and typically the most expensive ones last a lot longer than the cheaper ones.

The dependability youre after will also depend on the intended use you have in mind for your laptop.

If this is a laptop that will sit at a desk and virtually never move any regular laptop will do, if youre planning to take it on the road a lot, or use it around little kids who may be more prone to spilling things on it, or use it around dusty environments like construction site, or even environments prone to a lot of vibration then you may be better off with a rugged laptop like a Panasonic Toughbook.

The reason we mention something like a Toughbook is because 3 years isnt a very long time, so if your laptop wasnt very cheap and likely built by the manufacturer to be disposable, then you may benefit from something more rugged.


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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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