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    Review: Senta Ally Bluetooth Stereo Speaker w/ FM

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 20th, 2013

    Portable Bluetooth speakers are dime a dozen, but if you have the right one it can be used with a mobile device to boost its audio so that it is more enjoyable and can be shared with others. With so many manufacturers of portable speakers it may be difficult to pick the right one. Today I will be looking at the Senta Ally speaker system and if it is good then hopefully this will make the decision a little easier

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    Review: Straight Talk T-Mobile vs AT&T

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ March 2nd, 2013

    I recently bought a LG Nexus 4 and because it is unlocked I wanted to use it on a prepaid phone plan. I had previously been using PagePlus, but because this is not a Verizon phone they do not support it. So I had to find a new carrier. After considering my options I went with Straight Talk because they have unlimited data and talk for just $45 a month. However Straight talk uses either T-Mobile or AT&T and I had to choose one before I could use it

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    Review: HP Elitebook 8770w Mobile Workstations

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ February 22nd, 2013

    The Elitebook Mobile Workstation is HP’s top of the line business notebook, and the 8770w is at the top of that series. The Elitebook 8770w includes several upgrade from last years model, including a faster processor, better screen, and a better video card

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    Review: LG Nexus 4 Phone

    by Ryan McLaughlin ~ December 21st, 2012

    The Nexus 4 phone from LG is Google’s latest attempt at showing the world what a Android phone should look like. The big question that everyone has is, does it meet those high expectations? Well, as usual this all depends on what you are looking for


Review: Viewsonic G Tablet

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ February 21st, 2011

Viewsonic is branching out into new markets and their most recent product is the 10″ G Tablet. With a bright 1024 x 600 display, a front-facing webcam, and a powerful dual-core Tegra 2 CPU it seems to have good hardware. It also has a custom Tap n Tap UI and a reasonable starting price of $399. What we will decide is if these things all add up to a great product, or just a mediocre one

At a time when some wireless providers are limiting their data plans and moving from unlimited to tiered data pricing, nationwide prepaid cell phone service provider Page Plus Cellular announced it is adding more data, and more text and picture messages, to its $29.95 a month Talk n Text 1200 plan


Review: Velocity Cruz Tablet

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ February 16th, 2011

It seems like everyone is hopping on the Tablet bandwagon lately, and Velocity Micro is no different. Usually the maker of high end Desktop PCs, Velocity Micro has only recently entered the tablet market. Their first entry is the Cruz tablet T103 and today we’re going to see if a tablet with a 7″ screen can possibly compete with the rest of the tablet market


Review: HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ February 14th, 2011

The Elitebook laptop is HP’s top of the line business notebook, and the 8540w is near the top of that series. The Elitebook 8540w includes several upgrade from last years model, including a faster processor, better screen, and a better video card


Review: Epson Artisan 835 All-in-One Printer

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 17th, 2011

Just over a year ago we reviewed the Epson Artisan 810 All-In-One Photo Printer. It performed so well that it got our Editors Choice award (which it stole from the Artisan 800). Recently Epson released the Artisan 835, which is a newer model and should have a few upgrades. We are going to take a look at the new printer and see if lives up to the 810’s excellent performance.


Review: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ January 5th, 2011

Webcams have been around for a long time, but they have all suffered from the same low resolution video and audio problems. Now a new line of webcams are hitting the market and they are starting to bring HD quality video and stereo audio with them. One of those webcams is the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910


Review: AVerMedia AVerTV Express HD DVR

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ December 6th, 2010

Being able to record my favorite videos from my TV, Xbox, and DVD player has been a desire of mine for a long time. However, there have been a couple of hangups that have kept me from this goal. First, most video capture cards are for desktops, and I don’t want to have to drag a desktop wherever I go. Second, portable capture systems are either expensive, or they don’t support HD video. Then I found the AVerTV Expreee HD DVR

Windows Home Server is dead, long live Windows Home Server

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ November 30th, 2010

Today is a very sad day for me, because I have to announce the death of Windows Home Server (Vail). I have been using Windows Home Server since the very beginning and I recommend it to everyone that I meet. It is a fantastic OS that does so much and it does everything really well. One of the best parts of Windows Home Server is the ability to add any number of drives to the system and they all get pooled together for storage. This ‘magic’ happens because of a wonderful piece of code called the Drive Extender. However, Microsoft has decided to get rid of it in the next version of Windows Home Server

How to download Gmail attachments on Android

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ November 21st, 2010

I recently ran into a situation where I needed to download an attachment from an email on my Android phone. The file was a CSV (which is a fairly standard format), but the Gmail app would not let me transfer the file to my phone. The only option I had was to preview it. However, choosing this did not work either because Gmail does not seem to like CSV files. So I had to find another way to save the files to my phone

So for a while now I have had the problem that all my Facebook friend’s birthdays were cluttering up my Android Google calendar. So I have been searching for a way to get rid of them, many of the birthdays were getting duplicated. At first I tried looking in my online Google calendar, but the birthdays didn’t show up there. So knowing that this was a problem with my Android phone I set out to find a solution

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Review: HP EliteBook 2740p Tablet PC

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ November 16th, 2010

Road warriors have a new weapon in their arsenal of computer technology. The HP EliteBook 2740p combines both a tablet, and a laptop and together they make a potent combination


Review: Lenovo ThinkStation C20 Workstation

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ November 15th, 2010

Workstations are the backbone of most businesses because they are powerful, reliable, and they usually get extra support after the sale. Workstations are also well known for being large and heavy because of all the hardware that is packed inside. However, the Lenovo ThinkStation C20 has all the good stuff, and it is much smaller and lighter than other Workstations

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Review: LG Bluetooth HFB-500 Solar Hands-Free Car Kit

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 28th, 2010

I think we can all agree that talking on the phone while driving is a hazard. This is especially true when you don’t have a hands free setup. So you have to ask yourself, are you going to wear one of those dorky ear pieces, or spend a fortune to have a hands free kit built into your car? I don’t think you should do either. With the LG Bluetooth HFB-500 Hands-Free Car Kit, adding hands free to you car is extremely easy


A tour through the HP Workstation lab

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ October 12th, 2010

I was recently invited to take a tour through the HP Workstation labs in Fort Collins, CO. Since this is such a unique opportunity I knew I couldn’t turn it down. So I quickly jumped at the opportunity

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Antec Releases One-of-a-Kind Open-Air Chassis: The LanBoy Air

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ September 29th, 2010

Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced the LanBoy Air: Antec’s state-of-the art, fully-modular chassis designed to provide extensive customizability and flexibility to high-performance PC gamers, modders and workstation users