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I’ve said it many times before: when buying a tablet, make sure it has an SD or microSD card slot so that you can enhance the tablet’s internal memory. Most tablets now include a dedicated media card reader slot, but some notables do not—and without an expansion option for memory, you’re left with a very expensive brick that will immediately be filled with photos, movies, and music. 32GB of... READ MORE
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1 week ago
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The desktop PC might be dying—there are many critics who believe that it is flat-lining as you read this—and there are definitely some indicators that the critics may be right. Tablets and smartphones continually erode away at the desktop market share, and as the consumer base moves toward smaller, lighter, and faster, the stalwart bulk of a desktop PC seems archaic.... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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Adobe’s mission statement states that the company’s goals are to “move the Web forward” while also giving “Web designers and developers the best tools and services in the world.” This revealing declaration affirms that Adobe is invested equally in the continued improvement of their flagship tools as they are in releasing innovative products that help them maintain their status as a well-respected... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
1 month ago
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When you’re looking for a powerful desktop computer, the first thing that comes to mind is processor, then RAM loadout, then graphics, and finally storage. After those basic criteria have been met, you also want to consider form factor, expandability, and other add-in options. What you usually don’t have to consider when making a desktop purchase is built-in uninterruptible power and near-field... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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Tablets come and go, like the tide. And like the tide, some tablets are just flotsam on the ocean of tech, while others are buried treasures that need polishing to bring out their inner beauty. Some are pearls that started out as sand and made their way up the chain to become works of art, while others should probably be tossed back into the briny depths whence they came. One keeper that you won... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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A monitor by any other name still looks as sweet and accurate, no? No. Picking the right monitor for your needs requires some fact checking, some hands-on experience, and an achievable goal of what you want the monitor to do. When you choose your monitor, you have to choose carefully. If you’re looking for a standard computer monitor, for instance, are you primarily concerned with a monitor that... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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Ever since Apple and the iMac, PC users have envied the slim, sleek all-in-one concept. But that green-eyed monster no longer has to rear its ugly head—all-in-one computers have made their debut, with Windows-based systems emerging last year to great success. The frontrunner in the marketplace for All-in-Ones (also called AIOs) has been ASUS. Their all-in-one computers are speedy, powerful, and... READ MORE
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1 month ago
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The term "4K" is thrown around so much these days that’s it’s becoming hard to determine what a 4K monitor is and what it should be used for. While we’re not going to get into that debate full force right now, you should know this—professional video and photo professionals use 4K monitors to showcase the truest, most visually appealing images possible to the human eye. Why? Because in those... READ MORE
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2 months ago
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When you’re looking for a computer monitor, you look for a fast refresh rate, something sized to fit your needs, and an aesthetically pleasing design. You may be replacing a desktop monitor, docking your small-screen laptop to view images in a larger format, or looking to enhance your desktop experience with dual monitors.... READ MORE
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2 months ago
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Secure data storage is important, especially for businesses. From workstations to large servers, WD offers a variety of hard drives to fit your needs. The WD Red hard drive is suitable for small NAS enclosures while the WD Se hard drive is optimized for... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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Parallels Desktop has become the standard bearer for running multiple platforms on your Mac desktop or notebook computer. If you need to run both Windows apps and Mac apps, but don’t want two separate computers, Parallels may be the software solution you’re looking for. With new models and features, this is the most integrated Parallels software available yet. In Coherence mode,... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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While the built-in speakers of some Mac computers, such as the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, and iMac are sufficient enough for a portable audio experience, sometimes you have to plug in external desktop speakers to truly get a high-quality listening experience. Bose™ provides several options for you. The Computer... READ MORE
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4 months ago
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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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4 months ago
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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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4 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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4 months ago

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