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Notebook users, accustomed to the ease of connectivity via built-in USB ports and card slots, have been known to clench their teeth adjusting to a world of Apple-induced roadblocks endemic with iOS devices like iPads, iPhones and iPods. Now, a clever way to break through is the AirStash AO2 Wireless Flash Drive.

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If you’ve been frustrated by an iPad’s lack of notebook-like inputs, an Illinois startup and a writable media maker have devised a clever end-run. Wearable Inc. and Maxell Corp. have introduced AirStash, a USB memory card reader/writer with rechargeable battery and Wi-Fi transceiver that leverages every iPad’s ability to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

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External hard drives continue to offer more and more capacity. That’s nothing new. But Western Digital’s My Book Live Duo drives are new, and so are many of the neat features they offer. Part external hard drive, part NAS device and part cloud storage, the My Book Live Duo drives are as versatile as external hard drives can get.

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Today’s students need a lot more than spiral-bound notebooks and pencils to make the grade. Everything revolves around computers and the Internet; and papers have to be created in a program and printed from a computer—pen and ink was the way your parents wrote for their classes.

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Hands-on Review

There are plenty of gifts you can give to computer users that will tickle their fancy, but not all of them are ideal for people who are always on the go. Sure, a 5.1-channel sound system is great for home use, but nobody wants to carry that around on a business trip or on vacation. Certainly there are better ideas for mobile users.

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Anyone new to tablets knows the uneasy feeling of typing on glass. The Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard, in black or white, could be just the thing an iPad or iPad 2 user needs.

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USB 3.0 is about 10 times faster than USB 2.0, making it a terrific upgrade, and a great way to save time by cutting down on file transfer times. Unfortunately, most computers in use today don’t have integrated USB 3.0 ports.

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Predictions of the paperless office have been greatly exaggerated. Even with the explosion of email and texting, nothing is more portable, reliable and archival (free of a particular digital format becoming obsolete) as print on paper. 

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So, you’re planning on upgrading your computer’s graphics card. That’s great. A new graphics card can help speed up older systems tremendously, under the right circumstances. A new graphics card can also make your system compatible with newer displays, provided you can make everything work.

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Choosing between the newly arrived Gorillamobile Ori and the Gorillamobile Yogi is a matter of lifestyle. Both Gorillamobiles are from Joby, the company that re-imagined mini tripods with trippy, twisty legs and colorful accents.

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Whether you’re playing games on a PC or a Playstation 3, you’ll gain an edge with the new T.Flight Stick X Joystick from Thrustmaster. Though the plug-and-play USB controller comes preconfigured for Microsoft Flight Simulator X on the PC as well as for Ubisoft's Blazing Angels, Tom Clancy's HawX and IL-2 Sturmovik's Birds of Prey on the PS3, the joystick is fully compatible with the larger world of games available for Windows-based computers and PS3 consoles.

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Why should you care about cloud storage? The two biggest reasons are convenience and security: enabling you and others you’ve afforded access to global retrieval of your documents, photos, videos and other files as well as insuring data backup to an alternate location, too.

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Headset maker Plantronics has unveiled two accessories that make VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephony more accommodating. One is a USB-attached speakerphone; the other a wireless headset that links to a base station capable of three-way connectivity: landline, cellular and VoIP.

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Most people own only one computer, or at least they operate only one computer at a time. After all, you can always multitask on a computer; that is, perform more than one operation simultaneously. For example, you might have a file downloading in the background while you check email in the foreground.

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Anyone who has ever used a USB DTV tuner stick and antenna to watch TV on a notebook knows that reception is fickle. It works when you’re still—just don’t expect to see much while repositioning the computer, or in a moving vehicle.

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