How to protect your data like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-30-2015 04:15 PM

preview.jpgGiven the amount of money we spend on things like smartphones, tablets and PCs it’s understandable that physical protection—cases, covers, screen protectors and laptop bags—are big business. What’s on these devices is often overlooked, though. If your basement floods and your PC is submerged you can buy a new PC. If you haven’t backed up the data on that computer’s drive, you have a much bigger problem and files like your digital photos, school work  and music could be gone for good. Don’t let that happen. Here’s how to protect your data like a pro.


How to choose your next PC like a pro

by Blogger on ‎01-27-2015 07:23 AM

Preview.jpgThere will come a time when a new PC is in your future. Maybe it’s your first, or maybe you’re moving on from an older computer that just didn’t make sense to upgrade. Making the decision to buy a new PC is one thing, but picking the right one? That’s a lot tougher, especially when you begin to wade through all the specs and promotional material. Don’t make your choice based on who has the best marketing department. I’ll help you to choose your next PC like a pro, so you end up with a computer you’re happy with.


How to boost performance on an old PC or laptop like a pro

by Blogger ‎01-25-2015 12:10 PM - edited ‎01-25-2015 12:11 PM

Preview.jpgMany of us have an older PC or laptop kicking around that simply isn’t cutting it. The easy solution is to buy a new one. But there’s a cost to doing that and it isn’t always necessary. A relatively small investment in parts, software and labour can often make an old computer run like new. It may not be quite so fast as the current crop of PCs, but you can make it zippy enough that using it is enjoyable again. And if you still have an eye on an upgrade to a new model, you’ll have a nice machine to pass down to someone else. Here’s how to boost performance on an old PC or laptop like a pro.


Header.jpgThe cool gear coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show continues, including the latest trend in desktop PCs: curves! I don’t mean the case, manufacturers are taking what they’ve learned with those curved Ultra HD TVs and are applying the same treatment to PC displays. The latest USB standard (more interesting than it sounds) is also being shown off, iPhone 6 case choices are ramping up and Nabi is offering new wall-mounted kids tablets that are probably bigger than your TV.



Preview.jpgWe’re into the second official day of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and the new gear just keeps coming, including new wireless routers from D-Link that look as though they’re channeling alien technology. Here’s a round-up of the latest cool PC and mobile products in the CES 2015 spotlight.


CES 2015: Intel Broadwell CPUs, LG Flex 2, big Chromebooks, portable SSDs and more

by Blogger ‎01-06-2015 04:04 PM - edited ‎01-07-2015 04:46 PM

preview.jpgThe first official day of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show is wrapping up. Between today and the pre-show press conferences, a huge number of new products are coming down the pipeline when it comes to computers and mobile technology. I’ve put together an overview of some of the biggest news in this area, including one announcement that’s already had a big ripple effect in the PC industry: Intel’s “Broadwell” 5th generation Core processors.


preview.jpgHave someone on your holiday shopping list who uses a desktop PC? There are tons of gifts you could give that will make their computer better, more fun to use and even add years of life to it. I’ve put together a list of suggestions to help them to get the most from their desktop PC this holiday season.


BBY_Holiday_gifting.jpgAs the go-to person in my large Irish family, I’ve helped young and old pick the technology that works for them. It’s a question of figuring out their likes and dislikes to fine tune what they actually need rather than what they think they want. This approach seems to work as we've ended up with a wide range of products that has made everyone happy. Is there a product here that suits your family?




Gifts_CS_BBY.jpgFrom the Nexus 9 —the first of a new generation of Android Lollipop tablets— to convertible touchscreens, AiO PCs like the 14.7 million pixel 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display and designer laptop bags, these are some of the hottest trends in desktop, laptop and tablet computing.


Eurocom Armadillo reviewed: a gamer-friendly, business casual ultra portable

by Blogger ‎10-31-2014 06:15 PM - edited ‎10-31-2014 06:16 PM

Promo:preview.jpgEurocom is a well known manufacturer of high performance gaming laptops. I’ve had the opportunity to test several of the company’s models in the past and they always impress. This time, I have a Eurocom Armadillo, something different. It’s a thin ultra-portable with a touchscreen display and long battery life—something different for a gaming laptop. Read on to see what I thought of the Armadillo.


Mac OSX Yosemite: worth the upgrade?

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 11:54 AM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:56 AM by Editor in Chief

Yosemite preview.jpgApple continued its fall tradition of releasing a new version of the OSX operating system that powers its Mac computers and once again, it’s a free upgrade. This year’s version is OSX 10.10 Yosemite. Should you make the leap? I’ve spent the past week test-driving OSX Yosemite on a MacBook Air and put together a guide of how to do it, what to expect and what you need to know before making the decision.



Hexa-Core Processors: Six Cores Are Better Than Four

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 08:44 AM - last edited on ‎10-22-2014 02:40 PM by Editor in Chief

Hexacore preview.jpgMulti-core CPUs have been a mainstay in PCs (and mobile devices) for over a decade. The innovation of having multiple cores in a single processor —each able to run software in parallel— has led to significant performance boosts. Quad-Core used to be the high end in consumer PCs, but now Hexa-Core chips are making it into the mainstream through computers like HP’s new Pavilion x360 Convertible. Here’s why you might want a Hexa-Core processor in your next PC.


Is PC Gaming stronger than ever in the face of the new consoles?

by Blogger ‎08-31-2014 10:25 PM - edited ‎08-31-2014 10:26 PM

XSniperTower.jpgThere was a while there where it seemed PC Gaming (with the exception of RTS games and MMOs) was starting to fall off the face of the earth. While some of my friends remained steadfast (most playing Civilization IV, and V World of Warcraft or both,) I ditched my PC for consoles almost exclusively since high school. I've started to go back a bit, and I'm seeing that the game has changed so much. I can't live without a mechanical keyboard now, and I'm sure my wife appreciates her gaming mouse too.  Developers are coming back too.  Read my thoughts on the matter.


Creating the Best Soundtrack for Your Presentation

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2014 12:33 PM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 04:49 PM by Editor in Chief

Creating a PresentationWith Back to School, we know that assignments and projects will soon be a part of our lives as well. Use WavePad Audio Editing Software to create a professional audio track to will take your presentation to the next level.


Asus routers for faster connections & smoother streaming

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2014 11:46 AM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 11:37 PM by Editor in Chief

RT-N66 ASUS Dual Band Wireless N Router.jpgLife is too short to spend it staring at a frozen screen. Stop waiting for your download, get rid of all those pesky cables and boost your current WiFi system with the Asus WiFi line of fast routers and USB Wi-Fi adapters that can handle 3D video streaming and gaming.


Back to school: the perfect backup plan

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 05:04 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 09:57 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgWhen you think of data backup plans, you may think of work, business and office solutions. However, home data backup is more important than ever —think of all your digital photos, personal e-mails and music that could disappear if you don’t have them backed up. For students, backup is just as important, if not more so. A crashed hard drive has turned into the new “my dog ate it” when it comes to late assignments, so you don’t want to be faced with trying to convince a teacher or professor that your hard drive did crash and take your essay with it. The idea of a backup is to make recovery as fast and as painless as possible, should you lose your data in any way. Here’s my take on the perfect backup plan.


Improve your Gaming with Skullcandy Headphones - Review

by Blogger on ‎08-04-2014 02:57 PM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 11:53 AM by Editor in Chief

skullcandy-gaming-headsets2.jpgI've said it before, I'll say it again, I am a headphone convert.  Gone are the days when I slap any old thing over my ears and call that a listening experience. For the person who games or consumes other media on their consoles or PC's, features like surround sound and wireless, quick access to a mic, or simply, a next level sound quality for whatever you're watching or listening to, can make a big difference.I took a look at three of Skullcandy's offerings in the Gaming Headphone market and the results were positive indeed.


MacBook overview: a closer look at Apple's MacBook line

by Blogger on ‎08-03-2014 05:26 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 10:08 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgApple recently updated the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, moving to faster processors, doubling the RAM in base-model configurations and dropping the price of the top-of-the-line 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Sounds good, but what does it all mean? How much faster are the new models? What’s the difference between a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a MacBook Air? Which one should I choose? How do Retina displays compare to the labels I see on Windows laptops, like HD and FHD? I’ll answer all of these questions and more as we explore Apple’s MacBook line of OSX laptops.



How to buy the right Apple computer for school

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2014 01:04 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2014 12:38 PM by Editor in Chief

Which Apple for school preview.jpgApple computers have played an important role in many people's education for many years. In recent years, that emphasis has grown to include digital offerings like iTunes U —complete university courses offered through an app— and iBook textbooks for the iPad. Despite the advances in providing educationally focused digital content, Apple’s computers remain at the heart of its offerings. With so many choices, how do you know which one is the right choice for you? Should you pick an iPad or a MacPro? I will walk you through the options to help you buy the right Apple computer for your needs this year.  


Best laptops as chosen by Best Buy’s customers

by Blogger on ‎07-29-2014 03:33 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 05:07 PM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgLaptops are a hot product right now as high school, college and university students start preparing for back to school. Best Buy has hundreds to choose from and I’ve already dished on five of my favourites. Now it’s time to leverage the power of Best Buy’s website, through the customer ratings and comments left by people who have bought specific laptops. We’ve combed through the ratings and put together another list of five laptop computers, this time based on your feedback. Without further ado, here are five of the best laptops on the market, as chosen by Best Buy customers.


Best laptops for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎07-22-2014 04:50 PM - last edited on ‎07-23-2014 09:09 AM by Editor in Chief

As we hit the halfway point of summer vacation (for kids), back to school is starting creep closer. For many parents, that’s going to mean a mad scramble to find a laptop for their university, college high school or even elementary school student. But which one to choose? Best Buy alone stocks hundreds... I can’t tell you the perfect laptop for your student —the best advice I can offer is to make certain you understand your student’s requirements, research the options and don’t leave your choice until the last minute when popular models might be in short supply. To help you get started, though, here are my picks as some of the best laptops of the year for back to school.


Asus Chromebox review: the “world’s smallest Chrome device” has big potential

by Blogger on ‎07-20-2014 08:41 AM - last edited on ‎07-21-2014 02:43 PM by Editor in Chief

Chromebox preview.jpgChromebooks —inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome OS— have proven to be extremely popular. Chromeboxes arrived after the portable versions but they’re now beginning to gain traction too. One of the most eagerly anticipated Chromeboxes is now available at Best Buy. Read on to see what my experience using the Asus Chromebox PC was like and whether this Windows PC alternative might be a good fit for you.


Asus 4K monitor review: PB287Q puts over 8 million pixels on your desktop

by Blogger on ‎07-19-2014 09:46 AM - last edited on ‎07-22-2014 02:01 PM by Editor in Chief

Asus preview.jpgIf you use a computer monitor, you know you can never have enough onscreen real estate. The bigger that display, the better. But you can also never have enough pixels, even if you aren’t gaming or editing digital photos. More pixels means more windows can be open and visible for greater productivity. The Asus PB287Q offers both of these advantages in a single, affordable unit: a 28-inch display and a 4K Ultra HD panel. That means a big screen and 4K resolution for a vast amount of space and information. And if you happen to be a gamer, the monitor has a 1ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate and a pushbutton “Game” mode. I just spent some quality time with the Asus PB287Q and after experiencing 4K computing at that scale, it’s tough to go back to the world of HD computing.



Alienware’s desktop gaming PCs: introducing the X51-R2 and the R4

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2014 04:32 PM - last edited on ‎07-11-2014 02:48 PM by Editor in Chief

alienware-duo.jpgAlienware is a name synonymous with hardcore PC gaming. Whether you’re fighting off a Zerg swarm, adventuring your way to level 70 in Diablo 3 or freeing London of Nazi invaders in Wolfenstein: The New Order, the ultimate video game experience is on a PC and Alienware has long been a respected name among Windows gamers. And while gaming laptops offer a very good experience, to get the best, you need to go with a tower or desktop gaming PC. This is the form factor that has the space for the monster video card, the high performance CPU and all the other components that make a game look its best. Alienware has just released two new desktop gaming PCs that are available now at Best Buy: The Alienware X51-R2 and the awesome Alienware R4.


Review: Eurocom Shark 2

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2014 02:20 AM

Eurocom preview.jpgI see a lot of laptops come through my door and many of them try to impress with fancy sculpted cases and LED lighting effects. Granted, looking hot does get some points upfront, but after trying out my third Eurocom laptop in the past few years —this time the Shark 2— I’ve really come to appreciate this manufacturer’s approach. While the Shark 2 doesn’t look cheap, it is understated compared to many laptops aimed at the gaming and graphics professional crowd. It’s also a solid performer with a good display, high quality sound, a powerful Intel Haswell CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card for gaming.


ZOTAC GeForce GTX Titan Z: The Ultimate High Performance Video Card

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2014 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 01:44 PM by Editor in Chief

Zotac Preview.jpgThe video card is the single most important component for a PC that’s being used for video games, and offers a huge performance boost for many professional computers too. Replace a PC’s stock graphics card with a more powerful one and not only do games come to life, but the world of driving multiple monitors at higher resolutions is opened up and thanks to technology like CUDA (Computer Unified Device Architecture) other applications can take advantage of the added processing power. When it comes to raw power and performance, there’s nothing that can top the blistering ZOTAC GeForce GTX Titan Z, a single video card that harnesses the power of dual flagship Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics processors.


From Tablet to TV: Microsoft’s All-in-One Media Keyboard

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2014 11:28 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2014 11:53 AM by Editor in Chief

microsoft all in one keyboard-lead.jpg

Today, a wireless keyboard is far more than just a computing peripheral. It can be used on-the-go with a tablet, for game-play and entertainment with a gaming console, and even as an integral part of the living room with a smart TV.


Intel NUC Review: Big Possibilities in a Tiny Package

by Blogger on ‎05-26-2014 08:20 AM - last edited on ‎05-26-2014 11:20 AM by Editor in Chief

ncu preview.jpgIntel doesn’t usually get involved in PC manufacturing. Components —especially the CPUs that power computers and mobile devices— are its bread and butter. But with the NUC (or Next Unit of Computing), Intel is going most of the way towards offering its own, intel-branded PC. I say most of the way because what you get out of an Intel NUC box isn’t a functioning PC, but a kit that provides much of what you need to build a capable computer, in a tiny package. Lacking essentials like storage, RAM, Wi-Fi card and an operating system, the Intel NUC is about as barebones as retail PCs get, yet its elegant design and powerful CPU make for a very capable little mini PC —once you assemble the pieces you need and install them.


Review: Canon SELPHY CP910 printer is a lightweight, portable, wireless printer

by Blogger on ‎05-15-2014 11:12 AM - last edited on ‎05-20-2014 11:20 AM by Editor in Chief

SELPHY-CP910_Tweens-02.jpgLet your tween share all her fun moments with the SELPHY CP910 printer from Canon. This compact and portable printer is designed to print out all those selfies, instagram and smartphone photos using a wireless connection.


Get all those cherished photos out of the phone and into your photo albums or scrapbook . It’s the perfect gift for the tween girl in your life. Hand this over and you'll be the cool adult in her life.


Eurocom M3 13.3-inch gaming laptop reviewed

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2014 03:28 PM - last edited on ‎05-06-2014 10:28 AM by Editor in Chief

M3 preview.jpgAs you no doubt know, when it comes to trying to pack the performance needed to undertake serious video gaming in a laptop, it comes down to a very tricky balance between speed and portability. Try to shove too much power in a gaming laptop and for all intents and purposes, it ceases to be a portable PC —heavy, bulky and with little battery life. Go too far in the other direction, though, and you end up with something that’s svelte but unable to play games on anything but the lowest settings. I just spent some quality time with a gaming laptop that manages to strike the perfect balance: the Eurocom M3. It’s a compact, lightweight laptop with the power to chew through pixels and polygons while keeping frame rates high. Eurocom says the M3 is the most powerful 13-inch notebook ever made and everything I’ve seen supports that claim.


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