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    Acer W700 hands-on: Our first serious quality time with a Windows 8 tablet

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Bad news for cynical tech bloggers, grenade-lobbing Internet trolls, and everyone else who's been attacking Windows 8 for the sheer thrill of sport: I've been using a Windows 8 tablet for over a week now, and the experience has been a revelation.
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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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    How to replace missing Start button in Windows 8

    Posted October 5, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    A Start menu substitute can greatly reduce the shock of using Windows 8. Here are three alternatives that produce a reasonable experience.
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    Zenus's Masstige Deluxe Ostrich Pouch offers basic protection for your iPad

    Posted October 3, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    Zenus’ $40 Masstige Deluxe Ostrich Pouch is a faux leather sleeve that loosely fits either the iPad 2 or the latest third-generation iPad. Made of a thin, flexible leather, the Masstige doesn’t have much give to it; though it fit my third-generation iPad with Apple’s Smart Cover in place, it would not fit with a thin protective shell case fitted on the back. The case has an ostrich skin texture (hence the name) and comes in fierce red, black, royal navy, or earth beige.
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    Deathmatch: Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III

    Posted October 3, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Is Apple's svelte, skinny iPhone 5 strong enough to fend off the challenge from the big, bold Android muscle phone?
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    Scorecard: Office-compatible apps for the iPad

    Posted October 2, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    How the leading office productivity apps for Apple's tablet rate
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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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    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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    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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    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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    MobileGo Pro offers easy Android management

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 11:03 am

    Wondershare's MobileGo for Android offers almost all of the features found in iTunes--and a few you won't find anywhere in Apple's software. So Android users, you can banish your envy of the symbiotic relationship between Apple's mobile iOS device and its iTunes desktop software. MobileGo is available in a free version that's available for Windows PCs and a $40 Pro version that's available for Macs, too.
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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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    4 security suites that protect all your devices

    Posted September 10, 2012 - 10:49 am

    Security suites from McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices along with Web-based management.
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    Samsung Galaxy S III: 15 power user tips

    Posted September 8, 2012 - 7:35 am

    It's no secret that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the must-have phone this summer. After all, this high-end Android phone has won over reviewers and consumers alike, selling more than 10 million units in less than two months on the market. PCWorld gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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    First look at Sony's 4K TV

    Posted September 3, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Sony's upcoming XBR-84X900 4K TV produced beautiful images in a demo at the IFA trade show last week, but its size, likely high price and a lack of content that can take full advantage of the set makes it an unlikely buy.
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    Kyocera Rise review: A budget Android phone ideal for smartphone rookies

    Posted September 1, 2012 - 8:54 am

    There's nothing to "oooh" and "ahhh" about with the Kyocera Rise ($20 with a two-year contract from Sprint after a mail-in rebate; price as of August 29, 2012). This budget smartphone, which runs Android 4.0, has a simple design and basic hardware, and it doesn't excel in any particular category despite its wide range of functionality. However, you can't beat the price point, and the Rise is a solid option if you're looking to dip your toes into the world of smartphones. Also, it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which makes typing messages more convenient and also frees up space on the Rise's compact screen.
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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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    Kyocera Hydro review: decent specs with impressive waterproofing

    Posted September 1, 2012 - 7:25 am

    If your phone has ever taken an unplanned dip in a nearby body of water, you're probably familiar with the bag of dry rice and the nervous prayers to the phone gods that typically ensue. Waterproofing may not be the first thing people look for in a smartphone, if you're especially accident-prone or work around water, a ruggedized phone might be worth a look. The $130 (as of August 22, 2012) Kyocera Hydro on Boost Mobile won't turn any heads with its performance or its display, but its waterproofing is impressive, and the fact that it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a nice bonus.
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    Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Camera

    Posted August 31, 2012 - 4:10 am

    Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Camera, introduced at this week's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, takes clear, colorful images but is buggy and slow.
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    The best business-friendly ultrabooks

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Razor-thin, lightweight Ultrabooks are all the rage in Windows laptops now. Though most Ultrabooks are designed more for the living room than for the boardroom, business customers don't have to feel left out in the cold. We've rounded up five excellent Ultrabooks that combine sleek designs with business-class features and performance.
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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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    5 bluetooth speakers: make your music mobile

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    We look at a range of Bluetooth speakers that can improve your smartphone's audio at home, at work or on the go.
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    Amazing Alex for iPhone and iPad

    Posted August 23, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    Why take out the laundry when you can invent a machine to do it for you? That's the kind of creative thinking behind Amazing Alex, an invention-themed physics puzzler for the iPhone and iPad. (iPad owners have a separate, more expensive version called Amazing Alex HD.) Across dozens of levels, you'll help Alex build Rube Goldberg-esque inventions to accomplish domestic goals like moving boxes and popping balloons.

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