Forcing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Aug29

Forcing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft’s big overhaul of Windows 10 which they call the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition was released to the public on August 2, 2016.  Microsoft is delivering this update to more than 350 million devices around the world, so it is being rolled out slowly. We never expected it to be immediately be available to all users, but we are surprised that now, weeks later, many are still waiting for it to appear on their computers. Get the...

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Open Source Hardware Comes of Age
Aug22

Open Source Hardware Comes of Age

Most people have at least heard of the term “open source” but the wide popularity of open source has been in software rather than hardware. Open source software is well known. Home computer users recognize it in downloads like Office Libre, GIMP, and the VLC media player. More serious computer users realize that much of the Internet itself was built on open source technologies like Linux and the Apache Web Server. Open source software...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update – Heaven for Power Users
Aug15

Windows 10 Anniversary Update – Heaven for Power Users

Windows 10 had several features aimed at power users like virtual desktops and updated features when working with a command prompt. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update gives power users even more reasons to smile. The New Edge Browser When released with Windows 10, the Edge browser was woefully inadequate. I don’t know anyone in the tech community who has been using it. Well, it took a year, but Edge has finally come of age. Support for...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 First Looks:
Aug11

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 First Looks:

With the August 19 release of the new Note 7, Samsung will get a jump on Apple who won’t have their new smartphone available until sometime in October. DJ Ko, President of Samsung’s Mobile Communications, calls the Note 7 the most intelligent smartphone ever. Samsung started the move to large screen smartphones with the introduction of their Note series back in 2011. At that time they also introduced the S Pen stylus to the smartphone...

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Cassia Bluetooth Hub Router
Aug04

Cassia Bluetooth Hub Router

Everyone has heard of a Wi-Fi router, but a Bluetooth router is an entirely new concept. When Cassia sent me their new Cassia Hub Bluetooth Router, my first question was, “What do I need it for?” After using it for a few weeks, I not only got an answer to that question, but found it to be an intriguing concept. As you know, Bluetooth is an up-and-coming technology that many of us use every day. Yet it has two big drawbacks. First,...

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Alienware Alpha R2 First Looks
Aug01

Alienware Alpha R2 First Looks

Alienware has over 20 years of history in the gaming arena. Since the release of their first Alpha machine at E3 in 2014, they have been focused on putting the gaming PC in the living room. The promise of the Alpha was that you could play all your games at affordable prices. This year a new generation of the Alpha was released. The $699.99 version has a 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB memory, a 500GB hard drive and an AMD...

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First Looks: The Razer HDK2 Virtual Reality
Jul25

First Looks: The Razer HDK2 Virtual Reality

AT E3 this year, Razer announced an impressive new version of their HDK called Razer HDK2. While HDK stands for Hacker Development Kit, Razer is clearly targeting more than the hacker and development communities. With virtual reality at the forefront this year, it is not surprising to see gamers and others becoming more and more excited about virtual reality. Many of these early-adapters are stymied by the closed-systems used by...

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Speed up Your Computer with ReadyBoost
Jul18

Speed up Your Computer with ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost has been around since the days of Windows Vista. It is a little known Windows feature that can use external USB flash drives (or SD cards or CF cards), as a hard disk cache to speed up disk read performance. As we will explore in this article, there are times when ReadyBoost can be used as an effective tool as well as times when it shows no performance enhancement at all. As a performance tool ReadyBoost is smart and...

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Must Have Windows 10 Apps
Jul14

Must Have Windows 10 Apps

Windows 10 is a good operating system, but an operating system doesn’t have all the tools that you need to be happy and productive.  That’s where the Windows 10 apps come into play. Whether it’s a Windows 10 app from the Windows Store or a desktop app from the manufacturer’s website, these apps can help you perform your tasks. Here are some of the must-have Windows 10 apps. VCL media player Since Windows Media Player was removed from...

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Google Photos at One Year Old
Jul11

Google Photos at One Year Old

I started using Google Photos after I reviewed it last year. It became my photo app of choice because I was amazed by its many new features including face recognition, unlimited free storage, and a fabulous photo assistant. I guess many of you also liked this full-featured app because in just one year Google Photos has amassed over 20 million active monthly users, making it one of the fastest growing consumer products in history....

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