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3 weeks ago
What’s the first thing you make sure is up and running when you move into a new home or apartment? Gas and electric? Sure. Water? Maybe. But it’s a safe bet to say that one of the first things you want to make sure you have on move-in day is a cable provider for your TV and Internet, which is a must in our digital age. "Did you know you could purchase your own cable modem, and that by purchasing...
3 weeks ago
Videoconferencing: Nothing brings a grimace to the faces of office managers worldwide faster than the thought of setting up videoconferences. It brings to mind images of tortuous wiring configurations, masochistic software controls, and intermittently effective audio devices. If you’ve had a videoconference go sour on you, you know the scenario—what should have been an austere and professional...
3 weeks ago
These days it’s hard to get excited about printers. Everyone offers them, usually as a companion purchase to a desktop or laptop. They’ve basically become giveaways, door prizes, and very few people invest in them because they are as ubiquitous in your home as your router. They seem like a safe bet at such a cheap price. That is, until you realize how much you’re spending on ink. I bought a cheap...
1 month ago
Sometimes you look at a product and make a snap judgment, especially if the design is not unique. You see a tablet on sale and think, “That looks just like every other tablet, I don’t need another one;” or you tell yourself, “What’s so special about the Surface or iPad Pro? They look just like each other.” No one can blame you—in the battle for tech dollars (and there’s a lot to go around), if...
1 month ago
Everyone knows that the PC industry is suffering from something of a creative lag these days. Sales are down across the board, and traditional desktops are losing ground to more mobile laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The HP Sprout is a tough sell for the computer industry—a creative 3D workstation that is more futurism than functionality, as most new innovative products are—but its quirkiness...
1 month ago
There are many things that people legitimately fear—death, disease, clowns—and those fears can limit us, debilitate us, or make us fall short of achieving our true potential. But some fears can be overcome, and one of those fears, one which affects many more people than you think, is the fear of having to pitch or present an idea to a group of people—the fear of not being able to come up with a...

1 month ago
In the following video, Larry Becker, from KelbyOne Media, discusses the QNAP TVS-871T 8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS, a high-performance Thunderbolt 2 DAS/NAS/iSCSI/SAN multi-mode storage solution that is compatible with Mac systems. It has been designed for 4K workflows,...

2 months ago
Run Windows on your Mac with Parallels Desktop 11. With support for Windows 10, as well as Mac OS X El Capitan, Parallels Desktop 11 can run Windows and Mac applications side by side. You can even use Cortana for Windows and Mac. With...
3 months ago
A few years ago, HP took on the daunting role of recreating its line of Z series desktops and mobile workstations to fit a very specific need—workstations that could handle the power and performance requirements of the creative professional. As the needs of 3D artists, CAD students, and digital engineers became more tech dependent, HP upped its game by introducing a line that used heavy-duty...
3 months ago
So you have a deadline, and you’re struggling to get your work together. You have a portfolio of (artwork, CAD drawings, RAW photo images, detailed presentations) to deliver to your client, and you have about an hour to do so. Your workstation is chugging along, processing your work—...
by Scary Larry Neves
3 months ago
Last weekend marked a milestone for both gamers and movie fans alike: the return of Star Wars to the twitch-gaming category. For the last 25 years, the Star Wars franchise has been split among console, arcade, and PC gamers, from the Star Wars Arcade game to Angry Bird Star Wars, but it has been at least 10 years since the franchise has entered the squad-based first-person shooter category. The...
5 months ago
Mini PCs are a dime a dozen—okay, maybe a few more dimes than that—and their appeal is apparent the minute you see one on your desktop. Nothing reduces clutter more than a fully functional PC that measures only 2.2" high, with the exception of an all-in-one computer, but an AiO will set you back much more than a mini PC in...
6 months ago
Windows 10 is finally here. There are people dancing in the street over this news, there are people that view this about as important as the ratio of belly lint to fabric softener debate, and there are people like me who are cautiously optimistic – we want Windows 10 to be the one ring that binds us all (inset your own Lord of the Rings reference here) but we know the truth. We’ve been burned...

6 months ago
Instead of using 3D modeling software, you can freehand your 3D print with the 3Doodler 2.0 3D Printing Pen. With two operating modes and adjustable temperature control, you can freehand structure creation, draw on paper and peel it off, and do plastic-on-plastic work. Use either ABS...
6 months ago
Take your PC gaming to new dimensions with the HP Omen. The 15.6" Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit IPS display features a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 native resolution. To play games in 1080p, you'll need to take advantage of the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 discrete memory. The GPU...

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