Back to School: The case for choosing a convertible/2-in-1 laptop

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2015 10:06 AM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Convertible laptops are great for students.jpgWant to generate some back to school excitement this year? It’s tough to beat a new computer—not just for homework assignments, but also as a portable entertainment hub—and when it comes to PCs, there’s probably no more exciting form factor than a convertible (or 2-in-1) laptop. These computers are thin, lightweight, boast long battery life and the amazing ability to transform from traditional laptop to tablet, and everything in between. Here’s why a convertible/2-in-1 laptop should be at the top of your back to school shopping list.

 

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Windows 10: how to install Microsoft's new operating system

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 04:14 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2015 06:56 AM by Blogger

windows10-laptop.jpgThe tech world is buzzing these days with Windows 10 excitement. The highly anticipated operating system is full of exciting new features and technology. The new OS manages to be familiar yet fresh and powerful, giving you the flexibility to have it work the way you want it to. Many users have already taken steps to upgrade for free, and are loving the changes. You can upgrade today too, and install Windows 10 on your machine. Don’t worry if you’ve never upgraded an operating system before either. I’ll help you along with this handy guide.

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Windows 10: Is now the time to replace your aging PC?

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 10:03 AM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 11:29 AM by Editor in Chief

Replace your old PC get Windows 10 for free.jpgWindows 10 is a pretty big deal right now. You can bet that by now, millions of PC users will have downloaded Microsoft’s new operating system and will be playing with the new features like Cortana. But what if your computer is showing its age? Now might be the time to replace it. Upgrade to a new PC and you can be sure your hardware can take full advantage of Windows 10’s new features and if your existing PC is running an older version of Windows, you’ll save a chunk of cash by not having to pay for the upgrade.

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Student tech tips: always have a thumb drive handy

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2015 08:33 AM - last edited on ‎07-29-2015 12:00 PM by Editor in Chief

thumbdrive.jpgWhen we talk students and technology, we often focus on the big stuff like laptops, tablets and smartphones. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned as part of having three kids work their way through elementary school and into high school, it’s that a little piece of inexpensive technology is indispensable: a thumb drive. From “sneaker-netting” assignments between school PCs and home to collaborating on assignments with other students, USB thumb drives are indispensable. Here’s what you need to know.

 

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Review: Carson Optical zPix 300 Digital Microscope

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2015 09:04 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 12:58 PM by Editor in Chief

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Just in time to coincide with the release of Marvel’s Ant-Man in theatres - a movie about a superhero who can shrink down to insect size—I get to test out the new Carson Optical zPix 300 Digital Microscope and see the world in tiny detail just like I possessed the same power. At no time during my demo do I wear tights, though.

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Geek Squad Membership: Worry-free PC and device ownership

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 10:22 AM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 01:04 PM by Editor in Chief

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When a PC is fresh out of the box, it’s a thing of beauty. But then you have to set it up, get online, back up your data, worry about someone else stealing your data, keep the software up to date … well let’s face it: ownership is a lot of work. That’s where a Geek Squad Membership comes in. A low monthly fee gets you exclusive access to first class technical support that takes the hard work off your shoulders so you can enjoy actually using your device, plus exclusive benefits.

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How will cloud computing make your life better

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 09:53 AM - last edited on ‎07-23-2015 10:21 AM by Editor in Chief

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Whether you know it or not, you’re likely already taking advantage of the benefits of cloud computing. Cloud computing is growing at an amazing rate in both power and pervasiveness. It’s popping up in every day parts of our lives and we’re on the cusp of seeing a dramatic change where everyday tasks and devices are transformed with the power of the cloud to change our lives in surprising ways

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The Internet of things and computing

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2015 05:16 AM - last edited on ‎07-20-2015 01:32 PM by Editor in Chief

IoT means PC hubs and advanced Wi-Fi routers.jpgSmart devices, connected homes, embedded connected sensors, mobile devices and computers are all coming together in the Internet of Things (IoT). This massive network is constantly connected, constantly exchanging information and if it isn’t already, your home will soon be part of it. Your PC is a part of the IoT—both as a connected device itself and as an interface to other devices—and your Wi-Fi router is a critical, but often overlooked component. In this part of our Internet of Things series, I take a look at the role your computer plays and especially the importance of that Wi-Fi router.

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Windows 10: how to get your PC ready for the upgrade

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2015 02:12 PM - last edited on ‎07-28-2015 04:44 PM by Editor in Chief

Win10a.jpgWith Windows 10 almost here it’s time to set your mind to getting your PC ready for the big upgrade. I know many people are looking forward to upgrading as soon as possible, and with the update just a matter of days away from public availability there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you’re ready to take the leap into this new generation of Windows as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

 

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Cyber Safety: How to make certain you're safe online

by Blogger on ‎07-17-2015 08:41 AM - last edited on ‎07-22-2015 04:45 PM by Editor in Chief

A-Beginners-Guide-To-Internet-Security.jpgWith so much of your life connected to the online world, it's time to engage in some digital defensive driving to protect yourself and your information from malicious activity. Time to get cyber safe!

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Windows 10: the biggest improvements from Windows 8

by Blogger on ‎07-16-2015 10:58 PM - last edited on ‎07-21-2015 04:58 PM by Editor in Chief

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At the end of July, Microsoft will launch its brand new operating system called Windows 10. For many users still hanging on tightly to Windows 7 or XP—or who got stuck with the critically and consumer-panned Windows 8—it’s a free upgrade … but is it worth it? We take a look at the new operating system’s biggest improvements.

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10 Coolest things to look forward to in the new Windows 10

by Blogger on ‎07-16-2015 02:24 PM - last edited on ‎07-30-2015 11:54 AM by Editor in Chief

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July 29. That’s the date circled on many PC owners’ calendars; the day that Windows 10 will finally launch—at least for PCs and laptops. The Start Menu is back, but this latest version of Microsoft’s operating system is a lot more than simply getting a much missed feature back. Millions of Windows Insiders have been putting the software through its paces for months and in only a few weeks, it can be powering your PC. If you aren’t already excited about July 29, I’ve put together a list of the coolest things to look forward to in the new Windows 10. That should help get you in the mood.

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Why using a VPN on your smartphone is a good idea

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2015 03:31 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2015 09:07 AM by Editor in Chief

Smartphone-VPN.jpgWhether you realize it or not, your smartphone keeps tabs on your location almost all the time. That may not be an issue for you under most cases, but if you’re connected to an unfamiliar Wi-Fi network, or you just like flying under the radar, using a VPN (virtual private network) is one way to make that happen.

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Summer survival guide part 6: using your PC to keep kids out of trouble

by Blogger on ‎07-08-2015 03:33 PM - last edited on ‎07-15-2015 01:42 PM by Editor in Chief

Use your PC to keep kids out of trouble.jpgLike many Canadians, I spend much of my winter looking forward to summer. However, summer isn’t all BBQs, beaches and convertibles. Canadian parents are also facing the yearly ritual of keeping the kids busy now that school’s out. This aspect of summer is especially challenging for working parents, many of whom have the added worry of kids being home alone. I’ve put together some tips for using your PC to keep your kids entertained and out of trouble during summer vacation.

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Philips 40-inch widescreen 4K Ultra HD monitor review

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2015 09:55 AM - last edited on ‎07-09-2015 10:57 AM by Blogger

Philips monitor preview.jpgI spend the majority of most working days researching and writing. But I also have frequent periods where I have the opportunity to put some of the latest high tech gear through its paces. That is one of those “cool” aspects of my job. What people don’t always realize, though, is that this gear usually has to go back, and that can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Not so cool. Case in point, I just had the opportunity to review a new Philips 40-inch widescreen 4K Ultra HD monitor. This is a beautiful piece of equipment and something that would be a real benefit to me. But it had to go back. While I ponder whether my office budget could be tweaked to support an upgrade like this, here are my thoughts on this behemoth of a computer monitor.

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Protect your tech during thunderstorm season

by Blogger on ‎06-25-2015 09:49 AM - last edited on ‎06-29-2015 08:55 AM by Editor in Chief

Lightning protection preview.jpgSummer is the favourite season for many people, but in parts of Canada summer also means thunder, lightning and severe weather. That can be bad news for delicate electronics like computers, TVs and game consoles. Summer is also a peak demand time for electricity and that can lead to power brownouts and blackouts. Throw construction in the mix—another source of summer power outages—and it makes sense to take measures that ensure your gear isn’t damaged or offline when you really need it. Here’s how to protect your tech during thunderstorm season.

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Summer cleaning: tips to make your PC faster and more efficient

by Blogger on ‎06-24-2015 04:59 PM - last edited on ‎06-25-2015 04:05 PM by Editor in Chief


cleaning.jpgCleaning your PC both physically and digitally can be as essential to keeping everything running well as dusting your home or checking the oil in your car. A little routine maintenance can go a very long way indeed yet it is something many people neglect. With just a little routine TLC your computer can be kept running like new for many years and it doesn't even have to be much work if you have the right tools for the job

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Make your laptop your mobile vacation entertainment hub

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2015 02:33 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:21 PM by Editor in Chief

Laptop on vacation preview.jpgShould you bring a laptop with you on your holidays? Many people would argue against it, saying that technology has no place on a vacation, especially one where you’re spending time outdoors or where there are kids involved. I’m sorry, but the genie is out of the bottle in terms of technology intruding on trips and kids are smack in the middle of it all, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or handheld game console they’re clutching. My suggestion is to embrace technology and bring your laptop. With a few tweaks, it can become your mobile vacation entertainment hub, perfect for keeping your sanity during those inevitable downtimes.

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Apple products you could use to make the most of the summer

by Blogger ‎06-15-2015 07:40 PM - edited ‎06-16-2015 07:14 AM


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Apple doesn’t just make computers and mobile devices, they create entire ecosystems for getting work done, creating projects as well as enjoying audio and video entertainment. Here are some Apple products that can help make the most of the summer.

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Tips for travelling with a laptop

by Blogger ‎06-12-2015 07:02 PM - edited ‎06-12-2015 07:07 PM


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Laptops are the ideal travelling devices. They make it possible for us to stay connected, be productive, and keep entertained. Here are some tips for travelling with a laptop and making the most out of your investment.

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Guardzilla Review: Making Strides towards an Affordable Home Security System

by Blogger ‎06-09-2015 05:23 AM - edited ‎06-20-2015 09:01 PM

guardzilla.jpgIf you're curious about the effectiveness of the Guardzilla Wireless All-In-One Video Security System, read on for all of the details. Inside I discuss features, specifications, and just how well this low cost security system performs. You'll hear about a few bugs, but you'll also hear about a system that has the potential to be the answer to your home security needs!

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BBY_06052015_CS.jpgA new upgraded version of WIndows means big changes in how you use your home PC. You have to learn how all the new bells and whistles work, so call in the experts to help you: your kids!

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Which computers will never get the mini PC treatment?

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2015 06:40 PM - last edited on ‎06-03-2015 12:55 PM by Editor in Chief

no mini gaming PC.jpgFor the past few weeks, I’ve been exploring the ever shrinking PC. From the Ultrabook to the mini PC, computers have gotten smaller with every generation. However, in this final series post, I’ll look at PCs that have resisted the trend and seem unlikely to get the mini treatment any time soon.

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How to use your PC to keep in touch with your distant loved ones

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2015 01:57 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2015 01:22 PM by Editor in Chief

Stay in touch with family preview.jpgMy wife was away at a conference last week and as she FaceTimed us to show the kids the view from her hotel room and then each evening to check in on their day at school, it really hit home how much we can make use of technology to keep in touch with our distant loved ones. And it’s not just when travelling or special occasions. When I think about it, the computers in our home have become the hub of interaction with distant relatives and friends. This connection has gone far beyond what a telephone ever offered, and by taking advantage of those capabilities a PC can help to make long distance relationships feel like personally interacting with someone on a daily basis.

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Shrinking PC Peripherals

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2015 08:17 PM

Shrinking peripherals preview.jpgSetting up an office in a compact space used to be a lot more challenging than it is now. For one thing, there were a lot more wires and cables to deal with in those pre Wi-Fi days, but space was also a major issue. PCs were bigger, but so were the peripherals essential to a home office. Keyboards were massive, external hard drives were in enclosures that dwarf those of today and a laser printer practically needed a desk to itself. Thanks to advances in miniaturizing components, some of these devices are even available as portable units now. In this latest installation on the evolution of the PC from room-sized appliance to today’s mini computers, I explore shrinking PC peripherals.

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Mini PC, big monitor: why screens keep getting bigger

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2015 11:28 AM - last edited on ‎06-02-2015 01:18 PM by Editor in Chief

big monitors preview.jpgComputers keep getting smaller, to the point where they can now fit in a hand. A mini PC is great for those of us who appreciate the extra desk space. But the one component every PC needs—the monitor—is showing no signs of getting smaller. In fact, PC displays keep getting larger. The average size of a PC monitor (worldwide) is expected to hit 21-inches this year, while the demand for super-sized displays of 27-inches and up is growing. When everything else about your PC is shrinking, why is display real estate booming?

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The Technology Behind the Mini PC

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2015 08:01 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 03:53 PM by Editor in Chief

Mini PC Preview.jpgComputers have been shrinking since the day they were first invented. Early computers filled entire rooms, so the release of the personal computer—the PC—was a major breakthrough. A computer that would fit on a desktop! We’re at the point now where a mini PC small enough to hold in one hand can run all your Windows software and even drive a 4K monitor. Here’s a look at the developments that have made the mini computer possible, along with new technology that will help your PC continue to downsize even as it gets more powerful.

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Keep your better half close using smartphone and tablet video apps

by Blogger ‎05-27-2015 06:17 PM - edited ‎05-29-2015 08:29 AM

bbmvideo.jpegMobile devices have always been focused on personal communication.  First, it was voice calling, then text messaging and then services like BBM (blackBerry Messenger) and chat using various apps. Now we're keeping in touch with video apps on tablets and smartphones.

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The incredible shrinking laptop

by Blogger on ‎05-20-2015 09:03 AM - last edited on ‎05-20-2015 01:49 PM by Editor in Chief

Shrinking Laptop preview.jpgThe release of several ultra-portable PCs over the past few months has taken the laptop form factor to new extremes. The new Apple MacBook, Dell’s XPS 13 and Lenovo Yoga 3 are so svelte, they actually weigh less than the battery alone from a late 1980s vintage Macintosh Portable. I’ve put together a timeline showing some of the key advances in technology that have helped us move from a 10 kg PC in a suitcase to a device weighing 1 kg or less.

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Edit and save your memories with Nero

by Blogger on ‎05-19-2015 07:38 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:04 PM by Editor in Chief

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We post data online, or send it via our phone, yet this information is often just lost in space. In fact, some people say this generation will be one of lost memories.  Nero is a solution to save memories and at the same time make more out of them. Read to learn more about how Nero can help you make the most of your digital memories.

 

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