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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 1,655 in Microsoft Windows ()
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This brand new update to the ever popular TomTom for the iPhone app (which has featured in the Apple 'top grossing apps' list since it was first released 18 months ago) adds one highly requested feature: Map Share. Why the big hurrah over one additional feature? Simple, it's a hugely …
by happygeek 1,655 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18505[/ATTACH]The HP Elitebook 8440w should be called [I]work-mobile[/I] not workstation. The word ‘workstation’ implies you are stationary at a big, powerful computer. Not if HP has something to say about it. They've successfully taken the workstation concept and combined it with what a mobile user expects from a notebook. This …
by WASDted 184 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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The Swiftpoint Mouse is primarily designed with one purpose in mind, and that is to replace the touchpad on your laptop or netbook. Indeed, unlike any mouse I've ever used (and that includes the smallest of portable units) the Swiftpoint can be comfortably operated within the confines of the palmrest …
by happygeek 1,655 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18413[/ATTACH]Are all [URL="http://www.hdmi.org/learningcenter/faq.aspx"]HDMI[/URL] cables created equal? Without lab equipment it is difficult to tell the difference between HDMI [or any cables] at short lengths [under 6 feet]. But signals traveling greater distances do degrade and that is a fact. The longer the wire, the greater the resistance and weaker the …
by WASDted 184 in Hardware and Software ()
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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 1,655 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18116[/ATTACH]Logitech is probably the most widely known and respected PC peripheral manufacturer in the world. They are known for making quality, reliable products that make sense. Leave it to our Swiss friends to re-think/design/invent the keyboard, again. Enter the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, a lightweight, thin [I]wireless[/I] desktop keyboard …
by WASDted 184 in Hardware ()
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Our first impressions of PC Problem Solving Made Easy was that it reminded us of the 'computer clinic' sections that you will find towards the back of any monthly computing magazine. You know the sort of thing where a reader writes in and says "how can I get text to …
by happygeek 1,655 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Rather than cover all the same ground again, may we take the liberty of referring you to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review280960.html"]our earlier review of System Mechanic 9.5[/URL] which provides all the basics of what the software is and what it does? In a nutshell though, System Mechanic is a collection of diagnostic, repair …
by happygeek 1,655 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Fatal System Error, subtitled 'The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet' is that rarest of finds: an IT security book that is not only informative and fascinating, but truly gripping from start to finish. This newly published made for Kindle edition is the cheapest …
by happygeek 1,655 in Mobile and Wearables ()
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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 1,655 in Networking ()
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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 1,655 in Microsoft Windows ()
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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16999[/ATTACH]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 1,655 in Hardware ()
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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16841[/ATTACH]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 isn’t 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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[B]Web Site[/B]: [url]http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/online-backup/[/url] [B]OS[/B]: Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 [B]Cost[/B] $4.95/month or $49.95/year for 250 GB [B]Reviewer's View[/B]: 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 …
by Techwriter10 42 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 1,655 in Information Security ()
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Xbox Live’s 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: “Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO.” That’s …
by Glass_Joe 68 in Hardware and Software ()
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[ATTACH=right]14704[/ATTACH][B]Reviewer's View[/B] 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 1,655 in Microsoft Windows ()
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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 …
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[ATTACH=right]14357[/ATTACH][B]Product[/B]: Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi [B]Web site[/B]: [url]http://www.apple.com[/url] [B]Price[/B]: $599 for reviewed model [B]Pros[/B]: Fantastic screen resolution, responsive touch screen, great battery life. [B]Cons[/B]: 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. [B]Stars[/B]: …
by Techwriter10 42 in Hardware ()
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[URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] [URL="http://code.google.com/p/chromium"]Chromium OS[/URL] 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 [URL="http://www.google.com/chrome"]Chrome[/URL] browser for sometime now …
by khess 81 in Linux and Unix ()
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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 1,655 in Hardware ()
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[attach=right]13654[/attach]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 [URL="http://www.pogoplug.com"]Pogoplug[/URL] device from Cloud Engines Inc. Combine this insanely easy to set up bit of kit with a free iPhone app and …
by happygeek 1,655 in Hardware ()
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This review covers the [URL="http://www.astak.com"]Astak[/URL] 5" [URL="http://www.astak.com/product.asp?serial=05EZBLU"]EZReader PocketPro eBook Reader[/URL] 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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The other day I walked into [URL="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/index.asp"]Barnes & Noble[/URL] in Boston, and there was the [URL="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/index.asp?cds2Pid=30195"]Nook[/URL] 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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[URL="http://www.laplink.com"]Laplink Software[/URL] [URL="http://www.laplink.com/pcmover"]PCMover Professional[/URL] $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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[attach=right]12191[/attach]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 1,655 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 1,655 in Hardware ()
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