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    Samsung Chromebook review: Google's new $249 computer

    Posted October 21, 2012 - 7:24 am

    Google's new $249 Samsung Chromebook finally gets the price right -- so what's the cloud-centric laptop actually like to use?
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    Review: Apple Mail 6 features better search, VIP email treatment

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:08 am

    Whereas the previous version of Mail (included with OS X Lion) looked radically different from its predecessors, the new Mail 6 that comes with Mountain Lion seems nearly identical. In this case, looks aren’t even remotely deceiving. With the exception of a few small and pleasant additions, nothing’s changed here.
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    Review: Silver Peak packs superior WAN optimization into a virtual machine

    Posted October 16, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    Silver Peak VX virtual appliance matches physical WAN appliances in both features and performance
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    LG Optimus G quick review: New smartphone offers great business features

    Posted October 14, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    LG's new Optimus G Android smartphone, which will be available from both Sprint and AT&T, offers a fast processor, a brilliant display and some powerful productivity features.
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    First look: HTC One X+ shines

    Posted October 13, 2012 - 7:44 am

    HTC's One X+ could be the sort of flagship phone that helps the Taiwan-based phone maker reverse its recent financial misfortunes.
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    Review: HP Cloud challenges Amazon and Google

    Posted October 10, 2012 - 6:15 am

    HP's OpenStack-based IaaS cloud blends openness and portability with nice proprietary extras and welcome hand-holding
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    Review: Miso for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:40 am

    If you find yourself bored while watching TV, add some spice to your viewing by making a game of it. Miso brings competition to social TV through points. It also offers extra content for some shows. And while you get some social features on all iOS devices, the app only offers its full complement of tools for iPhone and iPod touch users running iOS 3.2 or later.
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    Review: GetGlue for iPad

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    GetGlue started as Foursquare-style check-in app for TV--you could let others know what you're watching and get awards for your show check-ins--but the recently updated iPad app (which is compatible with any iPad running iOS 5.0 or later) adds more ways to interact and discover new shows. Although the interface could be more intuitive, these new features work well, and its large user community makes GetGlue the most engaging of the social TV apps available now.
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    Review: TV Guide Mobile for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:20 am

    TV Guidehas earned cred in television listings--the company has produced a printed guide of TV show listings since 1953. However, the way we watch TV has changed quite a bit since then, and the app that bears the company's name attempts to keep up with the times. If you like a traditional list-type guide to find what's on, TV Guide's free app is a solid choice. The app makes it easy to find what's new and if streaming versions are available, though its social features lack in comparison to other TV companion options.
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    Review: BuddyTV for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:15 am

    BuddyTVstarted as a website that let users comment on their favorite shows. Then the company made this model more mobile with its iOS app and added some tempting features, like integrating a remote for some DVRs. Unfortunately, the flaws in the current version of the app overshadow any advantages BuddyTV offers.
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    Review: Into_Now for iOS

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Based on its concept, Into_Now is what social TV should be--a fun, innovative way to share what you're watching with others. But one thing is missing: enough people participating in the conversation.
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    Google Field Trip offers quirky tips about surroundings

    Posted October 1, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Google's new Field Trip smartphone application offers users facts, photos and deals within their immediate proximity. The app is a free download from the Google Play store and is coming to iOS and international users soon.
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    Fit Tech: Track your workouts with Physique for iOS

    Posted September 29, 2012 - 7:03 am

    In my high school's strength training class, we used an old-fashioned file and folder method to keep track of our workouts: We opened up our folders, put our workout schedules on one side (complete with little boxes where we filled in how much weight we lifted and the number of reps we did on each exercise), and put a 1RM weight chart (that's one repetition maximum) on the other side. Our weight room had clipboards on the walls, so we could hang our folders while we were working out.
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    Gmail vs. Outlook.com: Which offers the best email in the cloud?

    Posted September 27, 2012 - 11:08 am

    There’s an elephant in the room, and it’s wearing a Microsoft T-shirt.
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    App-controlled spy tank helps on secret missions

    Posted September 25, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    Brookstone's newest wireless spy tank can be controlled by both Android and iOS devices and has more capabilities than its predecessor like the ability to record video, tilt its camera up and down, and speak and listen to subjects during surveillance.
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    Web conferencing showdown: What's the best software for online meetings?

    Posted September 24, 2012 - 11:59 am

    It's become a maxim of modern business life: Your most important meeting of the year won't take place in a conference room, but rather online with all attendees viewing a common computer screen.
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    Hands on with iOS 6: Stores

    Posted September 22, 2012 - 7:45 am

    iOS 6 brings some changes to its three on-board stores: the iOS App Store, the iTunes Store and iBookstore. These changes don’t change functionality as much as they improve navigation and usability. The result is a more pleasant shopping experience in all three.
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    Mac Gems: Fission 2 is a powerful but easy-to-use audio editor

    Posted September 22, 2012 - 7:10 am

    For years, Rogue Amoeba’s Fission has been my go-to tool for manipulating audio files. Whenever I need to trim songs, splice tracks, edit voice recordings, fade tracks in or out, or create ringtones, Fission has been simple and efficient—once you’ve mastered the basics, you can do any of these tasks and more.
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    Hands on with iOS 6: Maps

    Posted September 22, 2012 - 7:05 am

    When Apple first unveiled the iPhone in 2007, the company partnered with Google to deliver maps and directions for its users. Five years later, Apple is for the first time providing its own mapping solution.
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    Web browser showdown: Which Windows app is really the best?

    Posted September 22, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Your Web browser is probably the most-used application on your PC. You check your email in it, you write in it, you collaborate with coworkers in it, you use it to watch cat videos. With so much at stake, you need a browser that works well for you.
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    Apple iOS 6 review: A worthwhile upgrade

    Posted September 19, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    Apple has officially released iOS 6, the latest update to the mobile OS that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Michael deAgonia details what's new, what's changed and what still needs work.
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    5 enterprise alternatives to Dropbox

    Posted September 19, 2012 - 10:52 am

    The recent Dropbox data breach has many IT executives telling employees not to use it. These five products offer the administrative and security features that may restore their faith in cloud data storage.
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    How to choose a mail server

    Posted September 18, 2012 - 11:28 am

    Choosing a mail server is never an easy task. Email management itself is a complex endeavor, and this is reflected in the wide variety of tools we choose to create, edit, send, organize and reply to the vast numbers of email messages that crisscross the globe on a daily basis.
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    Review: 6 free email servers for small business

    Posted September 17, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    hMail Server (Windows only) comes in first, Citadel (Linux only) is a close second.
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    Belkin AC 1200 DB 802.11ac router: not quite ready for prime time

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:55 am

    If you're balking at the prospect of spending nearly $400 to buy an 802.11ac router and an 802.11ac bridge to go with it, Belkin has a less-expensive alternative for you. With a street price of $160, the Belkin AC 1200 DB costs about $40 less than the 802.11ac routers from Asus (the RT-AC66U), D-Link (the DIR-865L), and Netgear (the R6300). Unlike the similarly priced Buffalo WZR-D1800H, however, Belkin's router delivers lower specs, too.
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