We all know how expensive data plans are and some of us try to get a little extra mileage out of our monthly allotment by using public Wi-Fi hotspots or tying into our home wireless accounts.
Using public Wi-Fi can really be useful when we are on the go at airports, stations or bus terminals, and some restaurants and hotels also provide free Wi-Fi service to their patrons. For students, it’s as easy as logging into the school’s network.
But as convenient as these free Wi-Fi services are, they are also public, which means anyone on the same network has the potential of either spying on what you are doing on your computer, finding out where you are located, or at the very worst, steal sensitive data off of your laptop.
What can be done to protect you from cyber-spying and theft? More...
In part one of SD memory cards: Tips, hints and why you need one, we went over the basics of SD cards regarding storage size, speed, which ones you can buy, and the different types of these great storage devices.
In part 2 we’ll give some insights on accessories for SD cards, what to avoid when buying one, how to spot fakes, and general advice on how to take care of them.
SD card adapters
While it isn’t obvious at first, an accessory named an SD card reader is an essential gadget if you want to move, store, and write data to and from your computer. These devices don’t cost much and the multi-readers are compatible with just about every type of SD card sold on the market. These card readers usually range in price from $4 and up. More...
Whether you own a tablet, mobile phone or media player the first accessory that you’ll consider purchasing for your electronic gadget is probably a screen protector. They come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. But are the cheap ones any good, when compared to products that cost much more?
What are they?
Most screen protectors are made from thin sheets of urethane-based plastic that are cut to size to fit different devices. These sheets are applied with or without an adhesive and attach directly to the display. The original purpose for this tough film was for military use, but was adapted for consumer applications later.
Screen protectors help to minimize the effects from daily wear and tear, and also act as a shield to prevent accidental scratching from sharp or hard objects such as keys or coins.
Screen protectors for mobile phones are numerous and tracking down a good one is no small feat. Mainline accessory producers such as Belkin sell these items for $12 and up, while less expensive alternatives can be found on eBay or Amazon.com, for a fraction of the cost, from third party sellers. More...
As a company expands, its needs for cutting edge technology also grow, and the eventual phasing out of old electronics will eventually happen.
BuyMyTronics, part of the GameStop network, understands this and has just launched its Enterprise Buyback Program to address the issue of recycling old devices, which will help to cut down the e-stream, and also benefit businesses, both large and small, by recouping part of the purchase price of their decommissioned electronics.
The way it works
The lifeblood of any successful corporation is effective business communication. Employees use mobile phones, tablets, and laptops to process orders, contact clients, generate marketing campaigns, and a host of other essential functions important to the growth of a company. More...
Mac laptops are pretty easy to use and are relatively carefree, which adds to their reputation as dependable and user friendly computers. But even Macs can have their share of problems such as slowdowns in performance or slow boot times.
In this article we'll point out three of the most common reasons why your Apple notebook computer isn't as quick as it used to be. By following the suggested remedies, you'll be able to keep your Mac healthy and happy.
There's too much “Icon Clutter” on your desktop
If you have lots of icons on the displays screen of your Mac, this could be a reason why your computer seems slow in performance. Each icon takes up a bit of computer power from your system, and the more you have on the desktop, the more resources are needed to manage them.
If your desktop looks like a crowded parking lot, it’s time to remove some of the icons or place the ones you don’t use very often into a separate folder. More...
With the advent of tablets, laptop sales have slowed down and some industry watchers are predicting the imminent demise of these devices. But notebook manufacturers aren’t taking this lying down and are fighting back with product lines that can not only do more than tablets, but challenge them on the price front as well.
In this article we'll name some of our picks for notebook computers that cost less than $500.
Tablets are great but...
Tablets are great devices for multimedia, surfing the Internet, reading ebooks, and playing games, but sometimes owners wish they could do more with them.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet promises to do this by offering a detachable keyboard and full compatibility with most PC software, but at a price; $899 plus an additional charge for the keyboard.
For that much money, some are reconsidering the purchase of a fully functional, smaller-sized notebook, and as we’ll see there are bargains to be found. The following is our short list of affordable tablets that cost less than $500. In comparison, the latest version of the iPad clocks in at $499. More...
By Frank Ling
People who use Windows computers have a love-hate relationship with them. They love them because there is so much available software, but they hate them because their computers seem to get slower and unstable with age.
But there’s hope. In several easy to understand steps, you should be able to tune up and make your computer faster, and it won’t take a geek to do it for you. So hang on and let’s begin!
Your computer needs a cleaning
In the very heart of your Windows operating system is something called a registry. Basically it acts like a librarian that keeps track of where all your programs and other tidbits of important information are on your computer. The downside is that it never throws any of this info away and just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s sort of like a guy’s wallet...once something goes in, it never goes out.
The end result of gathering and filing all of this data usually leads to a very slow or unstable computer. So what is the solution? You need to do some house cleaning by using a program called a registry cleaner that will take care of dumping all of the digital garbage. More...
By Frank Ling
Apple seems to have some sort of clairvoyance when it comes to making new product announcements in San Francisco; the company always manages to hold these events when the weather is sunny and beautiful.
Monday, June 11, was such a day at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in Frisco where it unveiled new models of its popular notebook computers – the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro
Heading the big news was the reveal of the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro laptop, which features a 5.1 million pixel LED backlit Retina display with a screen resolution of 2880x1800. These stats make the MacBook Pro Retina laptop the leader for the highest image detail of any laptop computer in the world.
The MacBook Pro Retina notebook also sports up to 16GB of RAM, a standard hard drive or solid state drive up to 768GB in storage capacity, 7-hours of battery life, an Intel i7 quad-core processor, and a thin profile of only .71-inches thick.
Interestingly enough, the 17-inch MacBook has been discontinued by Apple, leaving only the 13-inch and 15.4-inch models to select from. More...