Nick Mokey

Nick Mokey

Nick Mokey is a magazine journalism graduate from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, located in Syracuse, New York. Prior to writing for Digital Trends, he was a columnist and later head opinion editor at S.U.'s independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange. Nick has also interned for and contributed to Popular Mechanics magazine. Besides toying with computers and gadgets, he enjoys running, motorcycling, camping, and finding absurd deals on Craigslist.

Toshiba’s refreshed Portege and Tecra laptops emphasize portability with less compromise

Toshiba's new lineup of Portege and Tecra business laptops includes an Ultrabook with plentiful ports, another lightweight machine that still packs an optical drive, and a powerful mobile workstation.

Gateway’s unassuming One ZX4270 serves up just the basics for $399

Need a screen with a mouse and keyboard? Gateway’s basic ZX4270 all-in-one won't win any design or performance awards, but it delivers all the essentials for a reasonable $399.

Microsoft will let you preorder a shiny, boxed version of Windows 8.1 for $120

For users who haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 8 – or who need another copy – Microsoft has begun offering a boxed version of Windows 8.1 for the same price as the previous version.

Windows 8 inches past OS X in users, Windows 7 still dominates

Almost a year after Microsoft released Windows 8 into the wild, its polarizing touch-based OS is just surpassing Apple’s OS X in market share, casting a murky future.

Stanford snubs silicon with the first working computer built with carbon nanotubes

After years of speculation and experimentation, promising carbon nanotube technology has finally moved out of the lab and into a real, functioning computer, thanks to researchers at Stanford University.

What happened to you, Google?

What happened to Google’s once-legendary engineering? As the company matures and scrambles to fight the likes of Facebook, its products seem to have taken a turn for the worse.

Better the second time around? Microsoft plots Surface 2 announcement for Sept. 23

After a rough initial launch, Microsoft has headed back to the drawing board and will show off the second iteration of Surface tablets on September 23: the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
Home Theater

Forget Android, Samsung’s new developer conference is Boxee’s chance to shine

Samsung’s recently announced developer conference could signal that the world’s largest technology company is ready to take Boxee to the next level with a push for new apps.

Grove’s decked-out SkateCases are more art than accessory

Constructed of “upcycled” maple from a skateboard factory and carefully handcrafted in the US, Grove’s SkateCases push the limits of manufacturing and quite possibly, the limits of your wallet.
Cool Tech

Wait, we’re putting a national park on the Moon now?

Forget Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon: America’s most exotic national park could soon be in space. But good luck getting the kids to settle down for three days of extraterrestrial travel.

Google conquers cartography again with faster, cleaner, smarter Maps

The new, retooled version of Google maps offers a sleek new interface, but do dolled-up graphics amount to a more useful map? As it turns out, yes, and new customization features make Maps feel more homey than ever.
Home Theater

Aereo’s quasilegal TV streaming is just what we need to slap big media awake

TV networks are throwing a hissy fit over Aereo’s distribution of their programming over the Web. But the legal checkmate they currently face could be the hardship that finally forces them to embrace online distribution.