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Windows 7 - To Buy or Not to Buy?

NotebookReview Staff

...Here are the highlights (with links to some Microsoft demo videos, so you can see the new features in action): IMPROVED LOOK & FEEL DirectX 11 - The next generation of Microsoft 3D graphics optimization engine, which all the crazy-good video games will use in the next few years. We've got an in-depth preview of DirectX 11, but suffice it to say that if you're a devoted gamer who lives and dies by cutting-edge graphics, you'll have to run Windows 7 sooner or later to enjoy your frag-fests at optimal awesomeness. ...Windows 7 boasts true integrated multitouch support, which makes many touchscreen tablets and monitors far more useful. ... Read full article

Smartphone Review

BlackBerry Passport Review: Be Square

Grant Hatchimonji

...Its 5.04” x 3.56” x 0.36” body is also entirely too awkward to comfortably fit in your pocket, so the best bet is to carry it in a bag. ...With a resolution of 1440 x 1440 and a pixel density of 452 ppi, images and, perhaps more importantly for such a work-oriented device, text look extremely sharp. ...Much like with what Apple does with iOS and Mac OS, BlackBerry Blend allows you to access all of your  smartphone content -- including messages, documents, media, contacts, etc. -- in real time on your desktop, tablet or other devices after connecting to them through Wi-Fi, a mobile network, or USB. ... Read full article

How To

How To Use Google Apps for Education

Michael Epstein

...A 100 GB upgrade to a total of 115 GB runs only $1.99 a month. Google Drive space can be used for storing documents of all types, not just those made in Google. ...Since that calendar can be synced to Android tablets and smartphones automatically, no matter where students go they will always have access to task alerts. ... Read full article

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Looking for the Perfect Printer? Be Sure to Ask These 10 Questions First

Vince Font

...To help make your journey to printer ownership easier, we decided to do a bulk of the homework for you—providing you with 10 of the most important questions you should ask yourself to help find the best printer for your needs.Here are 10 questions you absolutely need to ask yourself before buying a printer. 1. ...Some also include built-in wireless that makes it easy to print from your tablet or smartphone. ... Read full article

Smartphone Review

Amazon Fire Phone Review: Burnout

Jeff Dunn

...With dimensions of 139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9 mm, it’s neither thick nor thin. It’s made of two glass panes on its front and back, reminiscent of Google and LG's Nexus 4 from a couple years back. ...This is a thoughtful take on the home screen, but it’s better suited for tablets than smartphones. ...The 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, meanwhile, isn’t really good at anything. ... Read full article

Review

Apple iOS 11 for iPad Review

Ed Hardy

...And the changes are some of the most sweeping ever made, furthering Apple's goal of making its tablets into full-fledged personal computers that are as useful as any laptop. ...Although most of the features of this new version are for tablets, phone users aren’t left completely in the cold. ...Those serious about storing files on iCloud should sign up for 50GB of capacity for $1 a month, as the 5GB of free storage Apple offers will get filled up quickly. ... Read full article

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Windows 10 Continuum: Don't Use a Smartphone as a PC

Jerry Jackson

...Continuum uses new universal apps that run across Windows 10 on phones, PCs, tablets, and the Xbox One. ...That's why the first batch of Windows phones using Windows 10 Continuum like the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and the upcoming HP Elite X3 are designed to work with desktop docking stations and laptop docks that deliver a more traditional PC experience with a physical keyboard and larger screen.These docks don't provide additional processing power or storage; the phone still does all the work. ... Read full article

How To

How to Sell Your Laptop

Matt Elliott

...Gazelle is another popular trade-in site for Apple MacBooks, along with phones and tablets. ...If 900 GB is listed, for example, it means your laptop has a 1 TB drive. Alternatively, you can use CPU-Z, a free app that quickly gathers your main system information. ...On Macs, you can use the built-in Disk Utility program erase your hard drive and reinstall OS X. ... Read full article

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Used Laptops -- Why to Buy Them and How to Buy Them

lewdvig

...IBM has a well-earned reputation for building incredibly durable and sexy laptops under the ThinkPad brand. ...I suspect that if you attempt to watch media encoded with one of the more processor intensive codecs, such as DivX, that you may have some problems obtaining smooth frame rates or synchronized audio. ... Read full article

Software Review

Corel PDF Fusion Review

Jacqueline Emigh

...While Corel's PDF Fusion can also fare well at multi-format document conversion, the Windows-based tool truly excels for low-cost creation of personalized documents in PDF, a format easily readable across both PCs and multi-OS smartphones and tablets.Like older tools you might have used before, Fusion is able to take a document from an app that isn't installed on your PC and turn it into a PDF or some other format -- such as DOC or XPS -- that is easily readable. ...I came up with four main scenarios: Scenario #1: Minimizing the number of applications installed on your PC.... Read full article

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RSA: Five Top Internet Security Threats in 2012

Jacqueline Emigh

... As we see it, here are five general trends that emerged from RSA as top security threats for 2012:  1. ...As reported in our sister publication, Brighthand, other research released at the RSA Conference shows that BYOD smartphones, laptops and tablets are getting inadequate security protection in terms of encryption and enablement of autolock and password security. 5. ... Read full article

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Recycling PCs and Other Gadgets: Think Before You Toss to Benefit Green Tech

Jacqueline Emigh

...As of January 1, 2015, all consumers will be prohibited from dumping electronic equipment in landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. ...For the moment, at least, uSell is handling only items such as smartphones, tablets, eReaders, digital cameras, MP3 players, and game consoles, There's some possibility, though,?... Read full article

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