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4 weeks ago
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When we take it upon ourselves to establish a career, our ultimate dream is to work from home. Many of us (myself included) who find it amenable to work from home know that it is a lot harder than it sounds. On paper, you think all you need is a good computer, a reliable printer, and Internet service. Those of us in the home-office trenches know that—although these are good places to start—there...
2 months ago
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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...
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By now, most consumers have heard of mesh networking (or as it is alternately known, whole home Wi-Fi systems). In the last couple of months, mesh networking for the home market has taken off (although it has been widely used in enterprise solutions for years). Understanding mesh means understanding the need for mesh, and how mesh works, so here’s a quick primer. Mesh networking was developed to...
3 months ago
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Boy, have tablets changed over the years. They’ve certainly come a long way from Ye Olde Times of ancient Mesopotamia, when tablets were made from clay, only had enough storage space for a few lines of cuneiform, and couldn’t even play HD video. So, these days, it’s probably best to stick to modern-day tablets for your techy friends and family, and a collection of reeds and directions to a...
3 months ago
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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...
3 months ago
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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...
3 months ago
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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...
4 months ago
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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...
5 months ago
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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...
5 months ago
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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...
5 months ago
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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...
7 months ago
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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...
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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...
7 months ago
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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...
9 months ago
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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,...

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