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    Review: WinX DVD Ripper Platinum rocks as utility for DVD backup

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:05 am

    WinX DVD Ripper Platinum ($46, free feature-limited demo) does a very good job backing up and transcoding your DVD collection, including your copy-protected discs.
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    3 Windows 8 ultrabooks: lightweight and powerful

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:05 am

    While much of the attention surrounding the long-awaited introduction of Windows 8 has focused on the latest tablets and convertibles, ultrabooks seem to have been lost in the frenzy. But although they aren't Transformers that can assume several computing personalities, ultrabooks tend to be lighter and less expensive -- and, for most business users, more useful.
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    Acer Aspire M5-481PT review: jack of all trades, master of none

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:03 am

    A year and a half ago, the Acer M5-481PT would have been a revelation. A Windows 8 Ultrabook, the M5 sports a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive (with 20GB SSD cache), a 14-inch 10-point multitouch screen, and a DVD-RW drive. It’s an impressively robust hardware package, especially for its budget pricetag of $800.
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    Review: Acer Iconia W700 is a mixed bag of Windows 8 whatsit

    Posted December 13, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Acer's Windows 8 tablet with dock stand and keyboard just doesn't measure up as a convertible
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    Best products of 2012: cool PC accessories

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:45 am

    This is where we give key peripherals, components, and networking products their due. The competition was particularly fierce in the router market this year, as companies jockeyed for position in both the nascent 802.11ac space and the more established 802.11n segment.
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    SwiftKey Flow review: The Android keyboard you've been waiting for

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:25 am

    SwiftKey Flow combines outstanding word prediction with a top-notch interface and new slide-to-type functionality. Quite simply, typing on Android doesn't get much better than this.
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    Best products of 2012: photography and video

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Technological advancements have wrought awesome and unprecedented change in the video and photography markets. Almost any camcorder can record at 1080 resolution. Heck, even newer Internet Protocol security cameras are capable of producing high-resolution video. Digital still cameras, meanwhile, snap pictures with even higher resolution. The software for editing all those photographs and video has kept pace, too
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    Review Lenovo X1 Carbon: an Ultrabook for old pros

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:03 am

    The slim, light, and solid X1 marks the spot for classic-laptop-loving business users
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    Thin is in with new 21.5-inch iMacs but user upgrades, SuperDrive are out

    Posted December 7, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    The two most significant changes to the new iMac are its thinner design--which introduces compromises you'll need to make--and the option to upgrade to Apple's Fusion Drive technology.
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    The 8 best laptops and Ultrabooks available today

    Posted December 7, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    Have you picked up your laptop lately? If it's getting long in the tooth, it's probably as heavy as it is slow. Fortunately there's no better time to look for a more portable and modern machine than during the holidays. Even if you can't find a year-end deal on the particular model that interests you, you'll be able to impress family and friends when you whip out your new laptop at holiday gatherings.
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    How to buy the best portable hard drive

    Posted December 5, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    You can never have too much digital storage, and the day will come—sooner than you think—when you won’t be able to squeeze a single new file onto your computer’s hard drive. And if your primary computer is a laptop or an all-in-one desktop, you won’t be able to solve the problem by opening the case and tossing in a supplemental drive.
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    Five ways the iPad beats the Surface RT

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    This isn't the first year that tablets are a hot gift item, but it is the first holiday season that enough serious contenders make the buying decision tougher. Following my reasons you should consider the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT over the Apple iPad, here are features and benefits that give the iPad an advantage over the Surface with Windows RT.
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    Best products of 2012: entertainment

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:45 am

    We saw a bevy of digital entertainment technology in 2012, but quantity rarely signifies quality. For every fabulous video game, HDTV, and pair of headphones that we evaluated this year, there were probably ten products that weren't worth the impossible-to-open, sealed-plastic clamshell enclosure they were shipped in.
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    iOS app review: Readability provides convenience for mobile reading

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Oftentimes throughout the day I'll run across interesting blog posts or other web pages that I simply don't have time to read at that moment, or would prefer to read at my leisure. Several "read-it-later" services are available to address this need and Readability is one well worth looking at.
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    Best products of 2012: home technology

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:05 am

    One of the biggest trends that jumped out at us from this year's Top 100 list was the number of new tech products designed specifically for the home. If you thought the cocooning trend was over, think again. Tech enthusiasts are clamoring for new products for the home, and the industry is responding in a big way.
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    Review: Acer Aspire 7600U all-in-one big screen, little performance

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:05 am

    The Acer Aspire 7600U-UR308 is an impressive-looking system, with a large, 27-inch touchscreen, edge-to-edge glass bezel, and clear glass base. However, it’s also got a mobile processor, which means it’s less powerful than its desktop-processor-sporting counterparts.
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    Dell XPS 12 review: does it succeed as both an ultrabook and a tablet?

    Posted December 1, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Dell's new XPS 12 convertible is one of the first Windows 8 computer to work both as an ultrabook and a tablet. But despite a nice design and great display, it may not succeed.
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    Best of 2012: PCs, Ultrabooks, and Hybrids

    Posted November 29, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    We select the best systems—desktops, laptops, and hybrid portables—of 2012.
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    The 100 best products of 2012

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    The top tech products of 2012, in categories ranging from PCs to productivity software.
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    Apple 13-in. Retina MacBook Pro review: vibrant screen, perfect size?

    Posted November 25, 2012 - 8:03 am

    After spending some time with Apple's new 13-in MacBook Pro with a Retina display, columnist Michael deAgonia is ready to dump his 15-in. laptop for good.
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    Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is flexible in more than one way

    Posted November 24, 2012 - 8:45 am

    Lenovo's Yoga is aptly named -- it's flexible in more than one way. Not only can this Ultrabook be used as a laptop and a tablet, its screen can actually swivel around the hinge 360 degrees to maximize the tablet experience.
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    Review Dell XPS 12: a clever convertible Ultrabook

    Posted November 24, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Dell's unique twist on the laptop-cum-tablet is sleek, sturdy, highly usable, and pricey
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    Review Toshiba Satellite P845T-S4310: a little to bulky for the price

    Posted November 23, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    Toshiba’s Satellite P845t-S4310 is an interesting mix of budget laptop and all-purpose machine. It’s bigger and bulkier than most of the sleek machines on the market today, and its performance leaves quite a bit to be desired – even within its class. But it’s not quite at the price point ($800 or less) of a budget model, probably thanks to its sturdy aluminum body and premium speakers. This laptop is a Best Buy exclusive.
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    Review Acer S7-391: a serious edge for Windows 8

    Posted November 23, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    Acer isn't kidding when they describe the $1699, S7-391 ultraportable as cutting edge. This Windows 8 laptop is so thin (11.9 mm) and stiff, it could double as a weapon in the wrong hands. Did I say wrong hands? Assuming you can afford it, there are no wrong hands for this laptop. It's forward thinking in its design, eye-catchingly attractive, travels light, and is a heck of a performer.
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    Review Nook HD: a faster, brighter and better e-reader/tablet

    Posted November 22, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Barnes & Noble's new Nook HD and Nook HD+ ereader/tablets have great displays, improved software and a new video service -- worthy competitors for Amazon's Kindle Fire.
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