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5 days ago
Whole home Wi-Fi (or mesh networking Wi-Fi) is a thing. We’ve recently reviewed the Luma whole home system in the B&H Explora article, Luma Whole Home Wi-Fi Has Got You Covered, and we recently had a chance to look at the eero whole home system (stay tuned, because we’re also...
5 days ago
It seems as though, every year, we make a pitch for what we think the seven best laptops of the year are—but every year, it gets harder and harder to write an article like this. Why? The answer is a definitive, “I have no idea.” First of all, the laptop industry has taken its fair share of lumps recently, and like younger siblings who can’t help showing off, tablets are more portable and far more...
1 week ago
It’s been a big year for gaming on all fronts. From PC titles to mobile, from big names to little-known indies, gaming is set to break records again this year—millions of Americans play video games, and gaming devices or consoles can be found in a growing number of homes. This year is predicted to see an increase in numbers, thanks to high-profile titles like...
1 month ago
Microsoft held a press conference today, and made some announcements that while seemingly benign, may change the way we use Windows-based computers for everyday tasks. The company also showcased a brand new all-in-one computer that will shuffle us into a new generation of 3D ideation. With the focus on gaming and user interaction, Microsoft is well situated to be the arbiters of a brave new world...
1 month ago
After weeks of waiting and speculating, Google finally made good on its promise of something big coming out of California. And not just one—several big announcements that span a wide variety of new technologies. But is Google really in it to win it, or is the company just piggybacking on already introduced tech and staking its claim? Google Phones It In Inarguably, the highlight was the...
2 months ago
ScanSnap Cloud, now available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android systems, lets you scan your documents directly to the Cloud without the need of a computer or mobile device. Simply press the Scan button to scan and sort documents, receipts, business cards, and photos to the Cloud service of your choice directly. With Cloud connectivity, you can easily share and access your files wherever you may...
2 months ago
You’re going to be hearing a lot in the near future about mesh networking (also known as whole-home Wi-Fi or surround Wi-Fi). Like the current political situation in the US, you’re going to be alternately enhanced and confused by what companies claim to be offering with these systems, so listen up. Whole home Wi-Fi is simple (sometimes too simple) and easily explained, but what it might or might...
3 months ago
Things change so quickly in the tech space that even professionals sometimes find themselves stymied by the incessant and confusing terminology surrounding certain protocols. I remember the days of 8-track tapes, but I also remember when tapes were surpassed by CDs, and CDs were surpassed by MP3s, and now how MP3s are being taken over by streaming music sources. Thinking back on those days, I was...
4 months ago
There are a few things I wish I had in college that would have made life a little easier to handle. Gadgets and gizmos aplenty, as Ariel crooned, and whozits and whatsits galore. Actually, I’ve braided my hair with a fork, so I’m with you, sister. But if I had some of the items from this list of gadgets, I would probably have enjoyed life a little more back then (and honestly, probably failed...
4 months ago
Buying a laptop is always a chore—there’s so much research that goes into it, and you have to customize your search according to what you’re needs are, while considering the life span of your laptop. Laptops go out of style faster than a pre-teen’s vocabulary. Get it? I’m old. At least thirty. Ancient by today’s standards. So what’s the best way to start the process? Let’s begin at the beginning...
5 months ago
Apple fans wait all year for the WWDC event, where Apple traditionally rolls out the latest and greatest from the big brain set in Cupertino, California. With 5,000 attendees for the sold out event from over 74 countries, and 13 million developers (with two million added in the last year alone), this is the 27th year for the Apple WWDC, and they did not disappoint, talking about the Mac, iPhone,...
6 months ago
You know what I hate? That’s right, Facebook status updates that begin with “I believe…” I also hate waiting in line, tight shoes, and people who respond to a question with a question. But what really grinds my millet is dropping money on an electronic item, something on which I am going to be viewing and listening to large amounts of data, only to discover that it is limited by stingy onboard...
6 months 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,...
6 months ago
I hate dirty things. Dirty dishes—hate ’em. Dirty laundry? Ewww. Dirty politicians? Have you ever heard of clean politicians? But there’s some dirt you can take care of and, for that, there’s no excuse but to clean it up. But cleaning dirty electronics is a completely different ballgame. You invest a lot of money in your smartphones, tablets, and TVs—cleaning them is sometimes as tricky as a...
6 months ago
Pssst. Hey buddy. No, you. Yeah, you. I hear you need a surveillance system. Just so happens, I got a surveillance system for you. But these are stripped down. They need hard drives. Surveillance system without a hard drive? That’s like buying a car with no engine. You’ve got to have hard drives. You’ve got to have storage. Buying a surveillance system doesn’t have to be a shady deal, as long as...

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