Surface 3 review: Microsoft’s affordable 2-in1 gets even better with Windows 10

by Blogger ‎08-31-2015 06:39 PM - edited ‎08-31-2015 06:51 PM

Microsoft Surface 3 review.jpgI had the chance to use a Surface Pro 3 at a launch event, but I haven’t spent any extended time with any of Microsoft’s tablets since a Surface 2 back in 2013. Microsoft recently sent me a new Surface 3 to try out for a long term review and I came away impressed with how these devices are evolving. And the experience got even better once I’d updated the loaner to Windows 10.


case for buying a dekstop PC.jpgWith the start of school rapidly approaching, the rush is on to make sure students have the gear they need. The biggest purchase for most will be a computer, so you want the right one and making the right choice starts with picking the right form factor. A few days ago, I made the case for choosing a traditional laptop. This time, I’m going to switch hats and make the argument for choosing a desktop PC.


top 5 dorm room printers.jpgSo you’re off to college or university, leaving home and high school behind for the challenge of post-secondary education. Naturally, you’ll be bringing some gear along with you, like your computer and maybe a stereo, game console or a TV. Don’t forget to include a printer in the mix! If you don’t have one already (or if the one you own has seen better days), I’ve put together a list of 5 of the best printers to take to your dorm room.



BTS why choose a laptop.jpgA few weeks back I explored the topic of whether a tablet could be as good as a laptop for students. Here’s a hint (as a father whose kids have used both in class): yes, in many cases a tablet can be. However, I also know from experience that there are situations where a laptop just makes more sense. If you’re a student or you have kids in school, here’s the case for buying a traditional laptop over alternatives like a tablet or a desktop PC.


Five tablet accessories that can boost your productivity

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2015 06:30 PM - last edited on ‎08-26-2015 11:37 AM by Editor in Chief

accessories.jpgToday I bring you 5 iPad & tablet accessories that can boost your productivity. Some of these are going to be pretty obvious, and others may require a bit of imagination to see their productive possibilities. So, if you sometimes feel like you're not using your iPad or tablet to its absolute fullest potential, read on to learn which accessories can help you make the most of your device! 


How to get the most from your printer

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2015 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2015 03:20 PM by Editor in Chief

how to get the most from your printer.jpgA printer is one of the most popular PC accessories, and with good reason. Even in the age of the “paperless office” it seems that we are printing more than ever. Students, in particular, make extensive use of printers, with fall marking the time when home printers fire up to churn out essays, projects and artwork. Whether your printing needs lean toward term papers, family photos or quarterly reports, here’s what you need to know to get the most from your printer.


Back to school: Must-have laptop accessories

by Blogger on ‎08-24-2015 10:36 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 04:29 PM by Editor in Chief

BTS must-have laptop accessories.jpgSeptember is fast approaching and with it the first day of school. You have your laptop, so you’re set, right? You’ve definitely got the big ticket item taken care of, but to make the most of it, make sure you have the extras as well. I’ve put together a list of must-have laptop accessories that will ensure your portable PC does everything you need for school, and continues to perform as expected through the school year and beyond.


Windows 10: Making the most of virtual desktops

by Blogger on ‎08-22-2015 04:26 PM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 01:56 PM by Editor in Chief

Image1a-1024x645.jpgVirtual desktops are a wonderful way of helping you keep all of your open windows organized so your desktop environment is nice and tidy at all times, while helping you be efficient and orderly. Taking advantage of them is now easier than ever with Windows 10 having native support for virtual desktops and making them exceedingly intuitive and easy to use.


Dorm room essentials for back to school: tech

by Blogger on ‎08-19-2015 03:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-27-2015 05:05 PM by Editor in Chief

back to school dorm room tech.jpgCollege and university students will soon be heading to school and for many of them, that means moving into a dorm room. Making this compact, on-campus living space into a home away from home for the better part of a year can be a challenge, but making sure it has all the high tech gear they know, love (and need for school) is a big part of it. I’ve put together a list of essential tech for dorm room-bound students as they head back to school.


Back to school: must-have PC accessories

by Blogger on ‎08-18-2015 07:33 AM

BTS PC accessories.jpgBack to school shopping? Don’t forget the high tech supplies. Even if your student already has a computer, there will always be must-have PC accessories that will make this powerful educational tool even better.


Home Theatre and the Internet of Things

by Blogger ‎08-16-2015 02:58 PM - edited ‎08-16-2015 02:58 PM

IoT Entertainment Room.jpgThe Internet of Things (IoT) has enormous potential to change our lives. It is a concept that is just beginning but over the next 5 to 10 years will dramatically grow as devices connected to the Internet start to interact with each other with little or no human interaction. It will ultimately impact every aspect of our lives and home theatre systems are no exception.


Windows 10: The new Xbox app in action

by Blogger on ‎08-16-2015 05:19 AM - last edited on ‎08-17-2015 06:04 AM by Blogger

3778d23f-300d-4fc1-aef4-37d64bda7514.jpgIf you’re big into gaming like me, whether you’re a PC gamer or prefer your Xbox One, the Windows 10 Xbox app is here to make gaming even better in so many great ways that since launching, it has become indispensable to me as a hub for my gaming life.


How will the Internet of Things affect students?

by Blogger on ‎08-14-2015 03:50 PM - last edited on ‎08-14-2015 06:35 PM by Blogger

Internet of things will change education.jpgAn increasing number of devices and gadgets are coming out that can connect to the online world and generate and report content on their own. But how will the so-called Internet of Things (ioT) – the bringing together of our physical and virtual worlds – change how we educate, and benefit students of the future?


AiO PC is the ultimate dorm media hub.jpgFor many college and university students, their dorm room is their sanctuary. The place they can hang out, do homework or just relax. Actually, the same thing is true of teenagers and their bedrooms. Another thing both these “lairs” share in common is a lack of space. All-in-One computers are perfect for these situations. You get the PC power needed for school, along with a big screen. Choosing an AiO PC means one compact, stylish package can also replace a game console, DVD player, stereo and TV. That’s why I say All-in-One PCs are the ultimate dorm room and entertainment hubs.


Is a tablet as good as a laptop for students?

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2015 01:29 PM - last edited on ‎08-10-2015 02:58 PM by Editor in Chief

Tablet better than laptop for students.jpgThis is a question many parents are bound to be asking as back to school fever ramps up. I’m in a pretty decent position to weigh in on the question. One of my kids spent the previous school year using a laptop in class; another brought a tablet to school every day. Your mileage is going to vary depending on age and courses, but after a full year of using both high tech options I can say that for many students a tablet is definitely just as good as a laptop—even better in some ways—but you need to make sure it’s properly accessorized to make the most of it.


Windows 10: The new Edge browser in action

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2015 09:56 AM - last edited on ‎08-11-2015 04:49 AM by Blogger

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Windows 10 brings a brand new web browser named "Edge" to the public, with new features and promises of high performance. Is it good enough to become your number 1 browser?


Windows 10: Continuum in action

by Blogger on ‎08-08-2015 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2015 02:49 PM by Blogger

hybridtab.jpgWindows 10 introduces a new era of continuity for your user experience between all of your devices with its new ‘Continuum’ functionality. Whether you’re using a desktop, notebook, tablet or hybrid device, Continuum helps you get the most out of your experience across all sorts of device types and interfaces all with a familiar, powerful and dynamic personal interface designed to help you do great things.


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

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2015 10:06 AM - last edited on ‎08-26-2015 02:39 PM 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.



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.


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

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2015 10:03 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:24 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.


Student tech tips: always have a thumb drive handy

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2015 08:33 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:25 AM 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.



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.


Geek Squad Membership: Worry-free PC and device ownership

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 10:22 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:27 AM by Editor in Chief


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.


How will cloud computing make your life better

by Blogger on ‎07-23-2015 09:53 AM - last edited on ‎08-27-2015 10:04 AM by Editor in Chief


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


The Internet of things and computing

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2015 05:16 AM - last edited on ‎08-24-2015 11:26 AM 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.


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.



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!


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.


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


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.


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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