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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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    Rein in your inbox and schedule email reminders with Right Inbox

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Send an email sometime on the weekend, and by the time Monday rolls around, it will be buried under a pile of other emails crowding your recipient's inbox. But what if you don't have time to send the email at just the right moment for it to be seen? If you're using Gmail, Right Inbox can do that for you. This service ($5/month or $39/year, free feature-limited demo) can also track sent emails and report when the recipient opened them, and remind you about emails that haven't received a reply so you can follow up.
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    D-Link DIR-865L: thumbs up for cloud integration; thumbs sideways for performance

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:25 am

    D-Link has been going ga-ga over the cloud lately, introducing a raft of new routers, NAS boxes, wireless IP cameras, and mobile apps that let you manage your network and the devices attached to it by using a PC, a smartphone, or a tablet (as long as those mobile devices run on iOS or Android; Windows 7 and BlackBerry uses need not apply).
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    Buffalo WZR-D1800H 802.11ac router: a few features light, but decent performance

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Buffalo was first to market with both an 802.11ac draft 2.0 router and an 802.11ac draft 2.0 media bridge to go with it. But I imagine that more than a few early adopters are gnashing their teeth over the fact that Buffalo has yet to release a firmware update to improve the pair's performance. The firmware available today is unchanged from when the manufacturer originally shipped the product.
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    Asus RT-AC66U: The best 802.11ac router on the market--so far

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Asus currently builds the best consumer-oriented 802.11n router--the RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless N900, which I used as a reference device to compare new 802.11ac routers against. After testing the company's $200 RT-AC66U, I believe that Asus also markets the best 802.11ac router currently available, too, though the offerings from several other manufacturers come close.
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    Netgear R6300: the second-fastest router we've tested

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Many of my favorite routers over the past three years have borne the Netgear brand. The company's first 802.11ac model, the R6300, is an excellent router, too. But in my tests, the Asus RT-AC66U proved to be just a little better.
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    Kindle Fire HD review: A better Kindle, but not a better tablet

    Posted September 14, 2012 - 11:30 am

    Amazon's newest Kindle, the 7-in. Kindle Fire HD, is a great buy if you're an Amazon customer, but it falls short as a general-purpose tablet.
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    Who makes the best 802.11ac router? We review the only 5 models available today

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 11:48 am

    It's a tricky time to be in the market for a new wireless router. The safe bet is buy a model based on the tried-and-true, rock-solid 802.11n standard--and I recommend that you adopt that course if you're looking for a new router for your small business. Consumers, on the other hand, may fall in love with the blistering speed and phenomenal range that routers based on the second draft of the 802.11ac standard deliver.
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    Mac buyers' guide: What you need to know before heading to the Apple Store

    Posted September 11, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    You've finally decided to purchase a new Mac -- whether it's your first, a replacement, or for school -- you'll need to consider a lot of things. Do you buy a notebook, emphasizing portability; or get an iMac, focusing on power in your home? Or maybe – with an all-day battery in concert with instant-on reliability - all you need is an iPad? If you're not sure what to get, here's what you need to keep in mind before heading to the Apple store.
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    Low-cost RADIUS servers for Wi-Fi security

    Posted September 10, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) servers are common in enterprise networks to offer centralized authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) for access control. But RADIUS servers can also be useful in small and midsize networks to enable 802.1X authentication and WPA2 (802.11i) security for Wi-Fi nets.
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    10 essential WordPress plugins

    Posted September 9, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    WordPress has developed into a full-fledged content management system. We look at 10 essential plugins that make it even better.
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    Postbox offers a serious alternative to Apple's Mail app

    Posted September 4, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    When Postbox 2 ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ) debuted, I thought it blew the doors off Apple Mail and Microsoft Exchange, offering solid performance and an arsenal of first-rate email features. Since then, Apple’s Mail has closed much of the feature gap, integrating its own versions of Postbox features such as quick replies and threaded conversations. In response, the new Postbox 3 focuses more on integration with other popular apps than on inventing new interface bells and whistles. And if it’s not quite as distinct from Apple Mail as its predecessor, it’s also considerably less expensive, at just $10.
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    Suitcase Fusion 4 breaks new ground for Web and print publishing

    Posted September 4, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Suitcase Fusion 4 is the third update of this popular font management utility since Extensis acquired DiamondSoft and combined Suitcase with Font Reserve. In this version, Extensis focused on streamlining the process of experimenting with and activating fonts, especially from within Adobe Creative Suite applications. It also enhanced the program's ability to provide designers with Web fonts.
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    Get things done: 10 to-do apps for Android and iOS

    Posted September 1, 2012 - 7:45 am

    These 10 task managers for Android and iOS can help keep your to-do list reasonable and achievable.
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    Bring Outlook and Google Mail contacts together with GO Contact Sync

    Posted September 1, 2012 - 7:05 am

    In the matter of contact managers, I used to like to keep business and leisure separate. I used Google Contacts to manage friends and family, while Microsoft Outlook was strictly for business. But when the walls between those two worlds began to crumble, I was left with an unruly mess...until I found GO Contact Sync. This free utility syncs contacts between Microsoft Outlook and Google Mail, and does so neatly, easily, and quickly.
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    God game From Dust lives again as Chrome Web Store centerpiece

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    PC fans of God games had plenty to be excited about when publisher Ubisoft announced From Dust for PC last year. The game's designer, Eric Chani, is well known for his abstract early 90's masterpiece Another World, so the project seemed in capable hands. Moreover, he cited Peter Molyneux's classics Populous and Black & White as his primary influences, so the provenance couldn't be better. After a successful console release, it seemed little could go wrong. Unfortunately, that's not what happened. The PC port was badly botched with low framerates, no anti-aliasing support, video card compatibility issues and an overzealous DRM system riddled with bugs that plague users to this day. There's an alternative to the console version if you want to play frustration-free,
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    Twist for iPhone

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    Anyone who’s ever been late arriving home or to a meeting (and that would never be me!) will appreciate Twist, a free app by Twist and Shout. This app does one thing very well—it tracks your location and notifies those waiting for you of your estimated time of arrival. Here’s how it works:
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    Behind the wheel with Cadillac's high-tech CUE

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    Get behind the wheel of any new car and you'll quickly grasp the importance that electronics and gadgetry play in the auto industry these days. Companies are starting to put just as much effort into the entertainment system as the mechanics and that means some pretty high-tech rides like the Cadillac XTS.
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    CCFinder an able helper for finding reusable images online

    Posted August 23, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Journalists, bloggers, and designers will find desktop search engine CCFinder (free for basic service, $10 for Plus version) handy because it makes finding legally reusable images on the Internet quick and easy. Photographers can attach one of several different Creative Commons licenses to their images to let online viewers know it is OK to reuse them, and in what way. The CCFinder software aims to take the sting out of the work of finding such images.
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    Perfect RSS reader for iPad

    Posted August 22, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Perfect RSS Reader—a Google Reader client for iPad from Connect Technology—doesn’t quite live up to its name: It’s not perfect. But it is quite good.

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