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The choice of operating system in a new computer build can be a difficult one, especially when more then one modern version of Windows is out. Even if you know what version of the operating system to buy, you may be wasting a lot of money buying the wrong copy. Let’s talk about some of the options out there… Continue reading

Tablet Operating Systems

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Gary is tablet shopping and wants to know about the various operating systems. We take a look at Android, iOS and Windows. Continue reading

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 9: Cooling

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Ever considered putting your own computer together? The cooling solutions you choose can have a dramatic effect on your computer’s longevity and reliability. From case fans to processor cooling to temperature monitoring it’s hard to know what to choose. The first thing you… Continue reading

Logitech’s TV Cam HD plugs straight into your TV and has Skype already built-in. Sounds like the perfect solution right? Or does it? Continue reading

Ever considered putting your own computer together? The graphics card can be a difficult choice because there are hundreds of options. What is GDDR5? Do most computers have PCI-E 6 pin? Is the built-in graphics processor good enough for gaming? The best… Continue reading

Can I Disable My Laptop’s Touchpad?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Use this tip to disable your laptop’s touchpad while using an external mouse. Continue reading

Ever considered putting your own computer together? The hard drive isn’t as easy a choice as it once was. Do you want a magnetic drive? SSD? Hybrid drive? The choice can make a HUGE impact on the real world performance of your computer. The first thing… Continue reading

Why Won’t The DVDs I Burn Play On My TV

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

When Nancy burns DVDs on her computer, she can’t play them on her TV. We look at what could be causing the problem. Continue reading

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 6: The RAM

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Part 6 of Build Your Own Computer. Learn all about RAM, an area where people sometimes get confused. Do memory timings matter? Is faster memory or higher bandwidth memory more important? What about heatsinks and head spreaders? The first thing you should know… Continue reading

Samsung Smart Home – The Future Is Now

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Samsung shows off appliances that are smarter, but also more expensive. Continue reading

In part five of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the right motherboard for your needs. The motherboard is critically important since all of your devices and parts plug into it. How do you choose… Continue reading

Security certificate errors have John at his wit’s end. We check out a surprising solution to the problem. Continue reading

Why Buy A Tablet?

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Is a Surface tablet really just a less functional version of a laptop? We check out the pros and cons of tablets. Continue reading

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 4: The Processor

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

In part four of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best processor for your needs. Learn what the major difference between Intel and AMD is and why one may offer you a significantly better value then the other. The most important thing… Continue reading

In part three of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best optical drive for your needs. Learn the ins and outs of choosing a Blu-ray burner and what software you may need to purchase to allow you to play videos. Continue reading

Mary wants to know shy it’s so hard to find a laptop with a CD/DVD drive. We explain and look at her options. Continue reading

In part two of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best power supply for your needs. With different energy ratings, certifications, connectors and companies choosing the right one can be difficult. Continue reading

App Turns Any Surface Into A Touch Screen

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

A new app from Ubi will turn any surface into a virtual touch screen. All you need is a Windows 8 PC, a Kinect for Windows sensor and a projector plus the $150 app. Continue reading

The Xbox One will not require the Kinect to be switched on to work. Microsoft has backtracked on another key feature of the system. Continue reading

Getting Info Off of Your Kindle Fire

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Jacob has files stuck on a Kindle with a smashed connector. Is there any way he can get them off? We look at the options. Continue reading

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 1 – Case

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

In part one of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best case for your needs. It might sound like a simple component but there is more then meets the eye on cases. What layout, size and cooling options will make a big difference to… Continue reading

Netgear has filed a lawsuit accusing Asus of breaking FCC rules about router signal strength. Continue reading

Learn what to consider when choosing an all-in-one PC and how to pick the best computer brand for you. Continue reading

The stakes are high for Microsoft and Sony at GamesCon 2013 as they try to win over the European market with their new consoles. Continue reading

Margie and Mark want to know why 4 GB of memory is too little and more than 16 GB is too much. We explain our recommendations for RAM in this article. Continue reading

Wireless Mouse Double-Clicking

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Harry’s mouse is double-clicking when he only wants a single click. We’ve got an easy solution that could save him the price of a new mouse. Continue reading

Coming soon to your 3-D printer, a cast that’s washable, breathable and fits under your shirt sleeve. Check out this article to find out about a new cast that’s a game changer. Continue reading

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