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Internet Explorer used to reign over the web browser client kingdom with a seemingly vice-like grip, but the latest statistics suggest that the Microsoft market share crown is slipping significantly. Although Chrome only has a 7.98 percent share according to one recent report, it has carved that out in a …
by happygeek 1,608 in Microsoft Windows ()
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With Internet Explorer 9 being acclaimed as the fastest ever browser client from Microsoft, DaniWeb decided to put it to the test against Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari and see just how quick it really is in a real world test of web browsing speed. You can read our review …
by happygeek 1,608 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Wireless is, without doubt, a really great thing. Apart from when it doesn't work that is. If you live in a big old house, for example, then getting your WiFi signal to extend through a few thick walls from one end of the place to the other is not always …
by happygeek 1,608 in Networking ()
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It has been a long time coming, but the e-book reader had finally arrived. Oh, I appreciate that there have been many stabs at e-book hardware including the Nook and the efforts from Sony, not to mention the claims of iPad fans and Apple with that iBooks app and iTunes …
by happygeek 1,608 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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The likes of Norton these days make much fuss about just how quick installing a security suite is, but you can forget all claims of being done in 60 seconds when it comes to Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security. Think less of speedy rocket-powered installations and more of slow and …
by happygeek 1,608 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Seagate made the switch to serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives a few years ago, but have only upgraded to the 6 Gb/s standard (SAS 2.0) within the last year. SAS drives require special controllers that are occasionally built into motherboards, but more often, come in the form of a PCI-Express card …
by PCBrown 8 in Hardware ()
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When it comes to data storage and retrieval the current buzz is undoubtedly cloud-shaped, so why would anyone want to invest in Network Attached Storage? Two words: cost and capacity. Cloud services are great, but as far as storing and accessing large amounts of data is concerned things can get …
by happygeek 1,608 in Hardware ()
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The Phantom is the latest "crafted series" case from NZXT and it has a stylized, futuristic design that is the result of a collaboration with the renowned case modder, Craig Bruger (craigbru). It isnât all about looks though. NZXT included a generous fan setup and otherwise tailored the trimmings with …
by PCBrown 8 in Hardware ()
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Netbooks remain hugely popular courtesy of their small form factor and low price, both achieved partly due to the relatively limited technical specs of the average device. Low computing power and Internet security suite software do not, it has to be said, traditionally make for good bed-fellows. Which leaves netbook …
by happygeek 1,608 in Information Security ()
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Windows 7 offers heaps of computing-gravy for users that are looking for something sweeter than XP and less bitter than Vista. It has been optimized and overhauled into a truly modern version of Windows. Unfortunately for a lot of users, upgrading from XP is a daunting task if you want …
by PCBrown 8 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Xbox Liveâs third annual Summer of Arcade, presenting the biggest and best smash hits of the season, kicks off today with the release of Limbo. A short description on the Xbox Live Marketplace leads way into a marvelously morose journey: âUncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.â Thatâs …
by Glass_Joe 68 in Hardware and Software ()
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Green is in these days, and so is saving money. The EcoStrip 2.0 looks like a common power strip with built-in surge protection but it actually works to save you money while reducing your carbon footprint. The EcoStrip 2.0 comes with a USB connector that you plug into your PC …
by WASDted 184 in Hardware ()
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One of the frustrations of using the Apple iPad is that there is no conventional file system on it. What's more, there's no SD card slot or USB port to connect some sort of external storage, making it difficult to get files from one device to another without connecting the …
by Techwriter10 42 in Hardware ()
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If you cannot wait to get hold of the new iPhone 4, should you have been lucky enough to have successfully pre-ordered, then you could always upgrade your existing iPhone 3G/3GS to iOS 4 and get many of the same features. Be warned, though, the update itself is not without …
by happygeek 1,608 in Mac OS X ()
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InMethod has come out with a utility that if properly handled, could be the future of personal media. Right now, there are still some things they could do better, but their current iPhone/iPad apps allow you to play any number of media formats on a device that would otherwise be …
by blud 82 in Mac OS X ()
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The box that the HandShoeMouse arrived in proudly claims that this is "the only mouse that fits like a glove" although I'd take issue with that. You don't wear it like a glove, but rather it wears you. The glove analogy does hold up when it comes to the pre-purchase …
by happygeek 1,608 in Hardware ()
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Reviewer's View I'm the kind of person who has an almost religious fervour when it comes to keeping data backed up, perhaps unsurprisingly as I am an IT professional and my livelihood depends upon it. So when it came to the hands-on testing of System Mechanic 9.5 for this DaniWeb …
by happygeek 1,608 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Product: Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi Web site: Price: $599 for reviewed model Pros: Fantastic screen resolution, responsive touch screen, great battery life. Cons: Need to connect to iTunes on a computer for first use, finger prints, not all app store apps are tuned for iPad, no Flash support. Stars: 7 …
by Techwriter10 42 in Hardware ()
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Web Site: OS: Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 Cost $4.95/month or $49.95/year for 250 GB Reviewer's View: Overall this a fine backup choice. It provides a generous amount of space for a fair price. They could do a better job of defining how to get started, and the web …
by Techwriter10 42 in Hardware ()
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Portable gizmos that claim to charge your cellphone or iPod on the move are two a penny these days. Solar powered portable charging gizmos are not such a common sight, it has to be said, especially if we are talking about ones that actually work. Which is why I was …
by happygeek 1,608 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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What's small and pink, incorporates a Linux kernel and an embedded ARM compatible processor, and let's you set up your own personal cloud? The answer is the latest Pogoplug device from Cloud Engines Inc. Combine this insanely easy to set up bit of kit with a free iPhone app and …
by happygeek 1,608 in Hardware ()
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Google Chromium OS version 4.0.253.0, Free, 3GB image. I took Google's Chromium OS for a spin yesterday for two reasons: One, I thought that it looks interesting and, two, I wanted to see how it runs in real time on my netbook. I've used Google's Chrome browser for sometime now …
by khess 81 in Linux and Unix ()
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This review covers the Astak 5" EZReader PocketPro eBook Reader which sells for $199 US. Technical Specs: ePaper, E-Ink Technology, 5" screen, 800x600 resolution, 8 Grayscale colors, Dimensions: 6"x4.1"x0.4", Linux OS, 512MB RAM, Samsung ARM9 400MHz CPU, One USB 2.0, One SD Card slot, Earphone jack, Weight 6oz, Li-Polymer battery. …
by khess 81 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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One of my Christmas presents to myself this year (2009) was a new laptop. It's an Acer Aspire 7535-5020 with 4GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, Wireless LAN, Built-in Camera, GigaBit LAN, Modem (Does anyone use a Modem any more?), a huge 16:9, 17" screen and a full-size keyboard. It has …
by khess 81 in Microsoft Windows ()
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The other day I walked into Barnes & Noble in Boston, and there was the Nook sales desk front and center. Being a gadget geek, it screamed for me to come over and check it out, and I did not resist the siren's call. I picked up one of the …
by Techwriter10 42 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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Laplink Software PCMover Professional $59.95 Download Version If you don't know it already, you can't upgrade directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 using the Windows 7 bootable media. Microsoft suggests upgrading to Vista then to Windows 7. That's an expensive undertaking. It's also quite daunting to consider moving from …
by khess 81 in Microsoft Windows ()
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It's just small enough to fit into your pocket, uses a specially developed high-tech gel and vibrates like crazy. But this latest must have addition to the iPhone accessories cupboard is no sex toy: this is the Kitsound X5 Surface Speaker, and oh boy does it pack a satisfying punch. …
by happygeek 1,608 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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CoPilot Live 8 Mobile Navigation on the iPhone has been a runaway success at the App Store, consistently keeping ahead of its TomTom rival in the 'top grossing' app charts at least in the UK Store. It arrived first and costs half as much as the TomTom app, but is …
by happygeek 1,608 in Hardware ()
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I drive hundreds of miles every week, I write about technology for a living, I've been a TomTom user for years and I own an iPhone. It had to be done, I just had to review the TomTom satnav app for the iPhone. Being both an iPhone 3GS owner and …
by happygeek 1,608 in Hardware ()
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