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Most people don’t take the time to consider what their computer is and what it does until there’s a problem. Your computer is probably one of the most important devices in your life, right up there with your car and your cell phone. You use the computer for almost everything (including reading this article), but you don’t really give it the time of day. You maintain it and understand it, but you... READ MORE
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It happens every holiday. I go racing down every aisle of every retailer in my neighborhood in a mad frenzy, competing with other harried parents as we search for that perfect doll or remote-control automobile, or remote-control doll or whatever the television has been screaming at my kids to buy. And in that insane crush, I always ask myself, “Am I buying the right gift for my kids? Will it last... READ MORE
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Once upon a time, laptop PCs were considered to be the lightest, fastest mobile devices available. This was back when laptops weighed almost eight pounds and were about two inches thick when closed. Along came cellular phones, which also, at their inception, weren’t that portable either. As technology progressed and microchips became faster, lighter, and more energy efficient, cellular phones... READ MORE
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One of the most important features of computing is one of the least understood. A hard drive is at the core of any computer, and yet many consumers don’t realize the complexity of the different components that make up a hard drive. Let’s look inside the drive and explain some of the basics while we explore different types of drives and their uses. External versus Internal Drives First of all, if... READ MORE
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You may have heard the term Ultrabook™ tossed around like a ship in a storm. Everybody wants to sell you their Ultrabook—but what is the difference between an Ultrabook and a regular notebook or laptop computer? You’ve come to the right place for a complete breakdown on what an Ultrabook is, and what to look for when buying one.

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While the 21st Century hasn’t yielded the flying cars and jetpacks we’ve imagined we would be piloting, it has introduced some of the most advanced technologies to date. Smartphones have essentially become the standard for interpersonal communication. Televisions can trick your eyes into seeing a 3D image as well as push the resolution up to 4K.

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11 months ago
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While most photographers will concentrate on shooting the event they’ve been hired for, it can be beneficial to have a computer and other equipment on hand to back up your photos, squeeze in some editing and even make a quick slideshow that can be shown at the event.

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By Mike Jones |
1 year ago
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Apple recently refreshed their entire MacBook product line – which includes the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air – with new designs and higher horsepower hardware.

The aluminum unibody design, used on the majority of the new Macs, is cut from a brick of solid aluminum. This results in a stronger, more durable notebook, while at the same time reducing the computer's weight. You really have to handle one of these machines to appreciate the leap that Apple has made with manufacturing; they simply feel more solid than any other notebook that I've handled.

An Aluminum MacBook

The compact MacBook, previously only available in a plastic polycarbonate housing, is now available with an aluminum unibody design. The system features a high-gloss 13.3" widescreen display witMacBookh a 1280 x 800 resolution, a DVD burner, and integrated GeForce 9400M graphics by nVIDIA.

Weighing in at only 4.5 pounds, the computer is less than an inch thick when closed. Two USB 2.0 ports are available for device connectivity. It should be noted that the computer lacks FireWire connectivity, a longtime staple on Macs. Users who desire an aluminum notebook and require FireWire will have to move up to the MacBook Pro.

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By Jim Fisher |
1 year ago
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That old computer is getting longer in the tooth. Sure, when you got it, Windows Me was the latest and greatest, and it had a whopping 40GB hard drive… maybe even 256MB of RAM. Imagine that. Nowadays, that computer seems like it belongs in Barney Rubble's den, not your home office. If you're faced with the oft-daunting task of choosing a new computer, read on for a few suggestions.

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By Jim Fisher |
1 year ago
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Giving cell phones to your kids just to be able to stay in touch with them locally seems like a waste of money, considering the alternative—no-fee two-way radios. What used to be called walkie-talkies are now smaller, lighter and more reliable than ever. Transmission distances range from about two to 18 miles or more. Commercial-class models carried by employees in a sprawling enterprise can help a business watch its pennies, too.

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1 year ago
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Even though the iPad has been on the market for less than a year, there are plenty of options for protective cases. If you got an iPad during the holidays this year and are in the market for a case, consider one of these protective sleeves, compact cases or messenger bags that were designed to be used with the iPad.


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By Jim Fisher |
1 year ago
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Ever wish you could get a little more functionality out of your iPod? Worried about protecting it from scratches? There are hundreds of accessories available for iPod music players. If you acquired an iPod this year, or if you’re simply looking to enhance your tried-and-true MP3 player, consider one of the following.
 

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By Jim Fisher |
1 year ago
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Mobility and versatility are the leading reasons to choose a tablet. With a size and weight factor between computer and smartphone and the ability to deliver entertainment and information with equal dexterity, today’s tablets are windowed panels on the world that millions of people now carry.

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A portable TV set can be a cozy companion at the ballpark or a picnic; but if you own an old one, and you haven't used it lately, you may be unaware that these days it's unlikely to pick up anything but static. That's because TV stations ended over-the-air analog broadcasting on June 12, 2009. So, if that portable contains an analog-only tuner, you may find yourself with a first-rate doorstop.

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