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
I've seen tablets designed with kids in mind, but a
tablet just for cooks? That's a new one.
Yesterday, Archos announced the ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android-powered tablet stocked
with kitchen-friendly apps. It goes on sale in June for an
estimated retail price of $209.99.
That alone makes it an interesting buy, if only because most
tablets of this size tend to sell for a lot more. The Nexus 10, for
example: $399. The iPad: $499 and up. Even the new Asus MeMo Pad
Smart 10 runs $299.
Of course, the ChefPad doesn't have quite the same level of
Got an iPhone? Run, don't walk (virtually speaking), to the App
Store and download Google Search. Go ahead, I'll wait.
This app has been around for awhile now, but a new update released yesterday makes it even
better. Let's start with what's old, then move onto what's
As you might expect, Google Search endows your iPhone (or iPod
Touch or iPad) with the power of, well, Google search. Perhaps
you're already using Google as the search engine in your Safari Web
browser, but the app takes things to a whole new level.
First and foremost, it supports voice-powered searching, which
works with startling, almost magical accuracy.
Every PC needs protection. It's a hassle, but it's true.
Viruses, malware, rootkits, phishing, spam, hacker
attacks--these are among the threats awaiting the modern computer
user. One wrong click, one wrong file opened, one wrong Web site
visited, and you can end up with one seriously hosed PC--or worse.
(Identity theft, anyone?)
There are plenty of free tools that can help combat these
threats, and if you're a savvy user, you can keep your PC pretty
However, I think plenty of folks just want a
set-it-and-forget-it solution, something that requires little extra
effort and comes with live, human-powered tech support should the
Planning to buy a tablet this year? Whether it's your first
one ever or your fifth, you face a dizzying array of brands, sizes,
and options. Big screen or small? Apple or Amazon? Android or
iOS--or perhaps even Windows?
Allow me to help you cut through the confusion and make an
informed tablet choice. By focusing on three key areas, you'll be
able pick exactly the right model for your needs--and your
1. Screen size
When it comes to choosing a tablet, there's arguably nothing
more important than the size of the screen.