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HP 14-x030nr 14-inch Chromebook
Thursday, July 30

If you're like us, chances are you've come to realize that you need the ability to access the Internet on the go. Also, you've probably come to realize that your smartphone or tablet lacks the ease of use that a laptop does. If you're looking for a lightweight, portable solution without spending a lot of money, you might want to take a look at cloud-centric laptops. We recently got our hands on an HP 14-inch Chromebo...

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15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch
Saturday, July 25

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate mix of performance and portability. The latest version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with some welcome upgrades, including Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, and one of AMD's latest mobile GPUs. Unusually, perhaps, there is no CPU bump on the new model, although that is the result of ...

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Typo keyboard for iPad
Sunday, July 19

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physical-keyboard affections, BlackBerry, the company found itself in a position where it was barred by the court from making any sort of of keyboard for smartphones or phablets less than 7.9 inches in size. What to do when your entire raison d'etre has been taken away? Reinvent yourself as a...

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Entry-level 27-inch Retina iMac
Thursday, July 16

The 27-inch Apple iMac with 5K Retina display is already one of the best value-for-money Macs that Apple has ever released. It was something of a surprise, then, to see Apple recently introduce an even cheaper model, making that incredible high-resolution Retina display more accessible to even more customers. Apple hasn't dropped the price of the existing specification, but rather introduced a new model with a slight...

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QuarkXpress 2015, part two - here and now
Tuesday, July 14

To quote a popular Internet meme, "one does not simply review the latest version of QuarkXpress." Although the company has been working diligently to unify its various areas of expertise -- print, HTML5, and e-publishing -- since at least version 9 (2011), this latest edition (initially called QuarkXpress 11, now known as QuarkXpress 2015) may be the one that tilts the digital publishing playing field back in its fav...

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QuarkXpress 2015, part one -- the history
Monday, July 13

The release of QuarkXpress 2015 has given me an occasion to renew an old acquaintance; like many veteran graphic designers, I once made my living using programs like QuarkXpress, Pagemaker, and later, InDesign and even Pages to create various small-press type work all the way up to major magazine and newspaper advertisements, books, and other mostly-printed matter. Today, Quark is back (it never really went away), bo...

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Prong PWR Case
Thursday, June 25

Ultimately there's one thing we all want from smartphone accessories; we want options. When it comes to keeping our iPhone charged, we don't always have them. Despite our best efforts, and theirs, not all of our friends have an iPhone like us, nor do we have a smartphone that charges off a micro USB cable as they do; then there's the issue of if we have something to plug into. The PWR Case by Prong gives us the optio...

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iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Speaker
Tuesday, June 23

There's no reason why your tech can't look good while doing what it was designed to do. That's the reason that sports cars look good and drive fast, after all. That's why we're here to show you the iHome iBT74, an attractive Bluetooth speaker with built in LED lights, designed to help brighten up your corner.The BasicsThe iBT74 is a Bluetooth speaker, which means that it'll pair to just about any modern music-playing...

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Logitech Gaming Daedalus Prime Mouse
Monday, June 22

Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Building from a few simple gamepads to keyboards utilizing fresh, new technologies, Logitech continues to focus on its gaming arm with impressive results. After the previous release of two excellent mouses from the company, could the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Daedalus Prime m...

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Apple Watch
Sunday, June 21

As with all new Apple product launches, it can be difficult sometimes to separate the reality from the hype. The hype is understandable, of course - Apple is the biggest technology company in the world, and it doesn't often launch into all-new product categories. The Apple Watch is the first completely new project to come from Apple under its "new" management team, headed since 2011 by CEO Tim Cook, and its success o...

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Solpro Helios Smart
Saturday, June 20

If you're the type of person who goes outside on a regular basis, you probably notice that there's a distinct lack of outlets out there, which makes charging up your iPhone a bit difficult. That's why we like like the concept of solar energy charging our electronics -- no outlet needed! We'd recently covered the SolarPod Buddy, a cute solar-charged power bank aimed at charging smartphones and tablets. However, we fou...

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Lenovo Thinkpad Helix
Tuesday, June 16

Technology is becoming hazier and hazier every day. There's tablets, phablets, notebooks, netbooks, laptops, desktops -- all promising to do different things -- but what if you're torn? What if you want something portable, but full-featured? Then you might be in the market for a convertible tablet. The obvious choice that most people leap to is the Microsoft Surface, but it's certainly not the only option. We checked...

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Rocki
Monday, June 15

Sometimes a simple idea spawns a helpful device for consumers. From making everyday tasks easier to sharing experiences with others, a small thought can blossom into a must have gadget. The Rocki is a device that likely spawned from a small idea like "sharing music" or "music streaming," taking to crowdfunding to build a pocket-sized unit to add wireless functionality to existing stereos and powered speakers. But doe...

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iHome GlowTunes headphones
Thursday, June 11

The iHome GlowTunes are over-the-ear headphones which include clear acrylic clamps that light up with all the colors of the rainbow. It's a simple fact that we like things that glow and flash pretty colors. That being said, when we opened up the iHome GlowTunes box we weren't sure it was for us. We're rarely in a situation where we use over-the-ear headphones where we're hanging out with other people -- although they...

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SpotCam HD Wireless Security Camera
Wednesday, June 10

Home security is becoming a more widely accessible option with each new stride made in technology. A few decades ago, only a handful of people had home security systems, but today upwards of 20 percent of Americans have a name-brand security system installed. Thanks to the dawn of the app and the home wireless network, there's a large do-it-yourself market for home security as well, aimed at making you feel safer wit...

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100
Wednesday, June 10

Call me old-school, but I have been using a flatbed scanner for most of my scanning needs for the past decade or so. It's enormous, slow, and takes forever to "warm up" -- but it does the job, and it still works across many iterations of OS X. I keep it under my desk most of the time, and resent both the loss of floor space and how much trouble it is to set back up when I do need it. The wireless, battery-powered, p...

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Satechi Smart TV Box
Tuesday, June 09

Over time, it's gotten easier to access downloaded and stream content legitimately. Unfortunately, there's still no one good place to get all of one's entertainment. There are many devices who's only job is making dumb TVs smart, utilizing apps provided by the provider or providers we subscribe to. One of those is the Satechi Smart TV Box. We actually like that it uses Android as its operating system, so we are alrea...

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Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2
Monday, June 08

The iPad has begged to be used as an art device since day one. The ability to draw directly on the screen, as well as its extreme portability, seemed to invite artists to tote it along for whenever inspiration strikes. For the first couple of years, there were artists capable of producing all sorts of fantastic works with the iPad using just their fingers and a handful of pioneering art apps. Fast forward a few years...

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WorldPenScan X
Monday, June 08

We admit it, we've never had much luck learning another language. In the past, we've made liberal use of dead-tree edition and digital-translation dictionaries to figure out what people are trying to tell us. The WorldPenScan X is a tool that helps with that. The user scans some printed material with the device, and the text is sent to a mobile device or computer for translation; there's even a feature to pronounce t...

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Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Keyboard with touchpad
Friday, June 05

We like having a Bluetooth keyboard on hand, particularly when traveling, or just around the house for when disaster strikes. Unfortunately, we've yet to find one we absolutely love to pieces. Generally, they're made smaller than laptop keyboards, but not quite small enough to make them perfect for lugging around comfortably. Enter the E6700 keyboard from Rapoo, which looks very cool, but has a rather awkward design ...

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