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Windows 8.1: The Return of the Start Button (sort of) When Windows 8 was released on August 1 of this year, its reception was fairly mixed. With a heavy emphasis on the touch capabilities of tablets and touch-enabled computers, Microsoft unintentionally alienated many of its desktop users. While the multi-touch controls and gestures integrated into Windows 8 worked well with touchscreens, they... READ MORE
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year. We hope you don't find yourself sitting beside the habitual talker with a cell phone on a cross-country... READ MORE
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Tips and Solutions
Your digital data is precious to you, and it should be. Imagine if someone came into your house and walked right to your safe, opened it, and removed all the contents. You would never let that happen. And yet every day, millions of computer users do just that—leave the door wide open on their digital life. Protecting that data is a multimillion-dollar business. Companies like... READ MORE
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9 months ago
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Tablets have become as standard as smartphones this year. You can see them on the morning commute, in parks, schools—just about anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi connection. But as tablets become more ubiquitous, and the selection of tablets grows, you need to make hard and fast choices about the tablet you buy. If you want our picks for some of the best tablets this season, read on. An Apple a... READ MORE
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Buying Guide
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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Ten years ago, getting a steady Wi-Fi signal at home was almost unheard of. People were using routers with hardwired connections rather than trust the fleeting and often flaky connection that most communications providers were offering. It wasn’t until Netflix really started to push the streaming of movies into homes (and the impending demise of DVD deliveries) that Wi-Fi became a huge concern.... READ MORE
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Buying Guide
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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Hands-on Review
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: hard-drive storage is one of the most important components of any computer. We have some suggestions for hard drives that will fit most of your everyday needs. First, let’s start with what you’re going to do with a storage device, because it makes a difference regarding how much and what sort of drive you may need, or the kind of storage that would be... READ MORE
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9 months ago
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So, the holidays are near, and the two hottest gifts that your kids, husband/wife, significant other, and relatives will be asking for are new gaming systems, namely the ultra-hot PlayStation 4 and XBOX One. I’m asking for both and will probably end up with a deluxe checker set, but that’s how my wife rolls. As part of the conversation we had about these new dream systems, we veered off into the... READ MORE
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9 months ago
Buying Guide
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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10 months ago
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With the explosion of social media sharing sites and the continued growth of popular video-based sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Vines, it’s no surprise that a lot of people are now getting into making, producing, and editing their own homegrown videos. And although you may not find a lot of Coppolas or Kubricks among the crowd, personal video editing is definitely a growing trend.

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10 months ago
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Portable hard drives come and go. Some add a new twist, new interfaces, new styles. But Sony has always tried to stay ahead of the game, whether it’s with a new design or a new feature. They’ve done it again with a new portable lineup that includes two new compact hard drives and a very fast solid-state drive.

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10 months ago
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G-Technology displayed their new G-Drive Slim and Mobile portable hard drives. Both drives offer 1TB capacity and 7200rpm. The Slim connects via USB 3.0 and the Mobile has USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 ports.

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Western Digital displayed their 2TB, 3TB & 4TB My Cloud drives. Each drive has an Ethernet connection that allows you to create a personal cloud, and access it from wherever you have Internet access. There's an Android and iOS app, as well as PC and Mac desktop applications. The Mac and PC software allows you to perform backups.

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SanDisk showcased two compact wireless storage devices. The wireless media drive is smaller than the average wallet and can stream content, including 1080p video, to up to five devices simultaneously. It charges via micro USB, and can run for up to eight hours when charged. There is no embedded storage; it comes with a full-sized SD card, which can be removed and upgraded to a max capacity of 128GB.

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