In an ideal world, your Wi-Fi router would deliver a strong signal
to every corner of your house. In reality, signal strength
diminishes as it passes through walls, floors, and ceilings, so
it's not uncommon to end up with weak Wi-Fi in some areas.
One fix is to string Ethernet cables throughout your house,
but that's not my idea of a good time. A much easier fix: install a
Wi-Fi range extender, a simple box that boosts your existing
router's signal power.
For a limited time, TigerDirect has the Netgear WN3000RP Universal Wi-Fi Range
Extender for $64.99. That's after applying coupon
code OFM64960 at checkout. Economy shipping
The WN3000RP works with all routers, not just those made by
It's just a few days until the clock strikes 2014, so let me take
this opportunity to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy new year.
And, of course, a year filled with killer deals. (I'll be on
hand to help make that happen.)
As you may recall, I recently named my favorite tech of 2013. But no more looking
back; it's time to set our sights on the year ahead, which promises
to be just as exciting, crazy, and unpredictable as the year we
Of course, unpredictability won't stop me from making predictions.
And I've got my Android-powered crystal ball (what, you think I'd
trust Windows with something as important as the future?) right
here, so let's take a look at the tech trends that will shape
Flash drives are all kinds of awesome, little storage warehouses
you can attach to your keychain or slip into your pocket.
And cheap, too. I've routinely seen 16-gigabyte drives for as
little as $10 and 32-gigabyte drives for around $20. That's enough
room for a smattering of movies, a giant photo or music collection,
or all the Word documents you care to carry.
Ah, but did you know you can use a flash drive for more than
just transporting data? Those little marvels can actually perform a
variety of handy tasks; below I've rounded up three of my
1. Install an operating system
When the time came to install Windows 8 on one of my PCs, I
didn't go the usual route and pop in a DVD.
Do you like magazines? Perhaps you've heard of Next
Issue, a flat-rate subscription service that lets you read all
the magazines you want on your tablet or PC.
Normally you can test-drive the service free for 30 days, but
from now through March 10, my pals over at CNET are offering a free Next Issue subscription for three
months. That's a total value of $45.
(Update: Apparently there's been a technical
glitch at Next Issue's end, so the deal is on hold for the time
being. But keep checking back, because it should go live by
tomorrow or early next week.)
The service offers more than 80 titles, from Allure and Bon
Appetit to Food Network and Travel + Leisure.
Family Pad is a 13.3-inch Android tablet.
I'll let that sink in for a minute. For sake of comparison,
Apple's iPad has a 9.7-inch screen. The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
has an 8.9-inch screen.
The Family Pad: 13.3 inches. That's the same size as
a lot of laptop screens. Which begs the question: Can a tablet be
It depends on how you use it. The Family Pad obviously isn't
intended for things like reading books, as it's too heavy and
unwieldy to hold for long periods. (Indeed, you really need two
hands if you want to hold it at all.)
On the other hand, when propped on a table or countertop using
the included stand, or just propped in your lap while you're
watching TVs, the possibilities really open up.