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Five Ways to Ease the Transition from Laptop to Tablet

Tablet with keyboard

Written By: Rick Broida2.10.15 So you’ve decided to make the big move, to ditch the pokey old laptop that takes half an hour to boot, contracts a new virus every other day, and barely lasts through lunch before running back to its charger. Yeah, you might say I’m feeling a little anti-laptop these days. Or at least […]

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Is It Time to Replace Your Router? (Psst: Probably)

Asus router

Written By: Rick Broida2.03.15 Time for a home-network health check. Think about it: Your router – the gizmo that slings Wi-Fi to all corners of your domicile – provides internet access for everything from laptops, tablets, and smartphones to Chromecasts, Roku boxes, game consoles, Smart TVs, smart thermostats, smart door locks, and pretty much anything else […]

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Should You Wait for Windows 10 to Buy a New PC?

Windows 10 preview

Written By: Rick Broida1.22.15 It’s official (again): Windows 10 is coming. When? Microsoft hasn’t announced a firm date, but I’ll bet you a pony the new operating system will hit the streets in early fall, most likely September or October. This raises some important questions: If you’re in the market for a new PC, should […]

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The Easiest Fix for Your Dumb Passwords

Dashlane password changer

Written By: Rick Broida1.16.15 Admit it: You’re terrible at password management. It’s okay, I was the same way. But, praise be to coders, I have found salvation: a password manager that’s smarter than I am. See, as you’re well aware, ours is a a password-powered planet. You need one for everything nowadays: banking, shopping, Facebooking, […]

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A $1,100 Sony Walkman? Sure, I’ll Take Two!

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX2

Written By: Rick Broida1.13.15 Kids, you won’t remember this, but once upon a time the marketing tagline “It’s a Sony” was synonymous with “quality audio gear.” Like, you went to the store to buy a receiver or tape player and spent a little extra on the Sony because that was the good stuff. Oh, how […]

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Get a 12-month Xbox Music subscription for $49.90

Xbox Music

Written By: Rick Broida12.19.14 Last month I explained why I broke down and finally subscribed to a music service. In a nutshell: All the music of the world for a reasonable monthly fee, minus the increasing hassles of having to manage my own music library. Of course, most of the mainstream services — your Spotifys, […]

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The Microsoft Giveaway You Cannot Miss

Microsoft-holiday-freebies-750x373

Written By: Rick Broida12.11.14 “Microsoft” and “free” in the same sentence? As a general rule, not so much. So it was with a mix of surprise, skepticism, disbelief, and, ultimately, joy that I discovered this: Microsoft is giving away 100 MP3 albums. Let me clarify that a bit. Microsoft is giving away complete albums, new […]

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The Five Best Tech Products of 2014… and the One Worst

BlueSync SPB side

Written By: Rick Broida12.05.14 Is it December already? That can mean only one thing: a non-stop stream of “Best of 2014″ lists. Oh, come on, you know you love ‘em. I certainly do. This is my favorite time of year, and not just because I get a few days off. As a full-time tech junkie, it’s […]

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Why I Broke Down and Finally Subscribed to a Music Service

Beats Music

Written By: Rick Broida11.20.14 I hate subscriptions. Paying a monthly fee for anything feels like a rip-off to me, a money pit from which there is no escape. Granted, I’ve been a cable subscriber for, well, roughly as long as cable has existed. Same goes for my cell phone, though you won’t catch me getting […]

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Five Insanely Good Gadget Deals That Feel Like Black Friday

Black Friday collage

Written By: Rick Broida11.12.14 Is it Black Friday already? Let’s see, no, the calendar says Tuesday. So why the heck am I discovering so many amazing deals on gadgets and gear? Don’t know, don’t care. The reality is you’re about to save big on everything from laptops to tablets to smartwatches, and maybe get a serious […]

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Which Stick Streams Best? The War for Your TV Heats Up

Chromecast-Fire TV Stick-Roku

Written By: Rick Broida11.04.14 So many streaming sticks, so few HDMI ports. I’m referring, of course, to the new breed of media-streaming “boxes” that deliver Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Netflix, and other TV-junkie goodness to your big screen. Gone is the set-top appliance; now you plug something akin to an oversize flash drive directly into […]

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The Tech Gear I’d Buy if Money Was No Object

Phantom 2 Vision Plus

Written By: Rick Broida10.30.14 We’ve all had dreams of winning the lottery, inheriting a fortune from some uncle we never knew existed, or finding a giant duffel bag of cash in a deserted plane-wreck in the woods. (No, wait, that’s the plot of “A Simple Plan.” And it didn’t turn out so great. For the […]

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Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is the Streaming Deal of the Year

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Written By: Rick Broida10.27.14 Amazon’s Fire TV? Meh. A $99 Roku competitor that hasn’t exactly set the world on… well, you know. Amazon’s just-announced Fire TV Stick? Zowie! Ah-OOH-ga! Holy insane deals, Batman! Pre-order between now and 6 a.m. (PT), Oct. 29, and you can get it for just $19. Okay, big fat asterisk: That […]

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Set Up a ‘Video-Selfie’ Studio on the Cheap

Video studio

Written By: Rick Broida10.23.14 Recently I was hired to record some how-to videos about computer security, which made me feel good because I’ve been giving away that advice to friends and family for years. (No more free lunch for you, people I love!) Just one problem: The videos needed to look good. I couldn’t just hold my […]

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Kindle Fire HD 6 Review: Shocking Secrets of the $99 Tablet

Kindle Fire HD 6 Citron

Written By: Rick Broida10.21.14 Holding Amazon’s baby tablet, the Kindle Fire HD 6, in my hand, I’m instantly struck by this thought: The screen is just half an inch larger than that of my iPhone 6 Plus. Half an inch! In other words, it’s not far off from being able to slip into my pocket. […]

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