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Computers
4 weeks ago
I love my iPad Mini, I love my iPad Mini, I love my iPad Mini. I have to repeat things like this to myself every time I get ready to test-drive something new. This helps me to remember that it's OK to flirt with other devices—not only is it my job to try new stuff (best job ever), but my 1st-generation iPad Mini has been serving me quite admirably over the past three years and, frankly, it works...
1 month ago
Virtual reality this and virtual reality that—everyone is throwing around the term virtual reality and VR as if they expect prosumers to know exactly what it means. But the reality of virtual reality is that VR is more than just a futuristic-looking headset and some catchy graphics. The work behind the scenes when creating VR content involves powerful computers, professional, specialized rigs,...

3 months ago
Check out this B&H Quick Look video and pick up a LG gram 15 for fashionable and portable computing on the go. Crafted from magnesium alloy, this notebook is lightweight and durable, measuring only 0.7" thin and weighing less than 2.3 lb, while still offering the power and performance...
3 months ago
We could always use a little extra. Some extra money, some extra time—a little extra dessert never hurt anyone. But extras cost, well… extra, and we learn to make do with what we have. But what if...

3 months ago
Looking to access the Internet faster? Try the ASUS RT-AC5300 Tri-Band Wireless Router. You get one 2.4 GHz band for up 1,000 Mbps and not one, but TWO 5 GHz bands for up to 4334 Mbps. That's a total of 5334 Mbps, which is used for low-latency gaming, smooth 4K streaming, and fast file...
6 months 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...
6 months 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...
6 months 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...
7 months 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...
7 months 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...
7 months 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...

7 months 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. Utilizing the Thunderbolt 2 protocol,...

7 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...
8 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...
9 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—...

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