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  • Microsoft at War: Grading Redmond's Battle Record

    Microsoft sits on the edge of a product launch that is plainly among the most important in the company's history. However, what might be more useful is looking at Microsoft's other make or break moments. A careful evaluation of them may provide a better, ahem, window into the company's chances this Winter.

    By Nathaniel Wattenmaker on

  • Interview with Malwarebytes' founder, Marcin Kleczynski

    Malwarebytes started its life as a company in 2004 as a one-man operation, but it wasn't until four years later that its star product was released, simply called 'Anti-Malware'. Since then the company has rapidly grown to establish itself as a serious player in the computer security industry.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Traveling with an iPad: Impressions & Accessory Survival Guide

    A recent Caribbean cruise vacation provided the perfect opportunity to test whether or not my iPad would make a suitable travel replacement. As such, I decided to put several products spanning multiple categories to the test to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses based on my hands-on experience.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Interview: 2Dawn Games on its upcoming shooter 'Ravaged' and life as an indie studio

    Currently in beta, Ravaged is the brainchild of Boris Ustaev and his crew at 2Dawn Games, who have spent the last few years toiling away on a fast-paced post-apocalyptic multiplayer shooter with a strong focus on skills, teamwork, vehicular combat and most importantly, fun. In other words, it's everything the folks at 2Dawn have wanted in a modern PC shooter, but have been unable to find.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • How to Access Region-Locked Online Content From Anywhere

    Online services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, Steam and many others have brought upon an era of instant, on-demand digital media consumption, but unfortunately this is a revolution not everyone can partake in as such services employ region locks. In this article we'll offer you three alternatives to get around these restrictions.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Why I Left Facebook After 7 Years, But Was Forced Back In

    As Facebook closes in on one billion active users, its overwhelming success is mostly why I've decided to end my long-standing relationship with the social network. Seven years is a long time to maintain any online account, much less one that demands almost daily attention.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Interview with DuckDuckGo Founder Gabriel Weinberg

    A relative newcomer to the search market, DuckDuckGo isn't shying away from the monumental task, however. In fact, with a simple, straightforward interface and clean results they've come up with one of the most appealing Google alternatives to date.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Automate the Web Using IFTTT: Useful Recipes to Get You Started

    A relatively new web service, IFTTT (If This Then That) lets you automate tasks between other popular services such as Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Facebook, Instapaper, and many others. IFTTT works by telling it what task you want carried out, what will trigger this task, and it will put it into action for you.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • TechSpot Laptop Buying Guide

    Easing the hassle of going through countless notebook releases week in and week out, we've compiled a list of our favorite notebooks available right now and grouped them into five different categories: ultraportables, business & general purpose, desktop replacements, gaming notebooks, and budget laptops.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Windows 8: Why the Start Menu's Absence is Irrelevant

    Although every product deserves healthy criticism, many opinions of Windows 8 seem to be based on misconceptions, especially when it comes to the viability of Metro as a Start menu replacement.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Windows 8: How to Bypass Metro and Boot Directly to the Desktop Interface

    When Windows 8 starts, it displays a lock screen that you have to move out of the way before entering your credentials, and then you have to dismiss the Metro interface before accessing the desktop. Like I said, I'm cool with Metro, but I have no desire to see a full-screen Start Menu when I log into my PC.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Apple Tax Part II: iMac vs. Windows All-in-Ones

    Now we're taking a look at another area of the PC market that's experiencing healthy growth in recent times, comparing Apple's 27-inch iMac to all-in-one alternatives from the likes of Dell, HP and newcomer Vizio. Is this Apple Tax real for AIOs?

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Uninstalling Antivirus Software, the Clean Way: 40 Removal Tools & Instructions

    Whether you just bought a new system with bloatware or you're just seeking greener pastures, you'll eventually have to uninstall security software. Here's a handy consolidated resource with links to removal tools and/or removal instructions.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Microsoft Surface: The Good, the Ugly and the Unknown

    Microsoft used secrecy to build hype, a favorite tactic of Apple, and ultimately managed to surprise most onlookers. At least on paper, Surface tablets seem great. Here are some deeper thoughts on what Microsoft has done right so far and the challenges ahead.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Apple Tax or Not? Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks vs. 13" MacBook Air

    Intel is putting a lot of weight behind the Ultrabook concept and expects it to be the main driver of PC market growth in the short term. We take a couple of alternatives to check how well they stack up next to the new 13-inch MacBook Air and perhaps settle the old debate about the so-called "Apple Tax".

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Install Windows 8 From a USB Drive, Dual-boot with XP, Vista and 7

    With Windows 8's Release Preview available and the final version inching toward completion, it's a great time to revisit how to install Windows 8 with a USB drive and how to dual boot it with previous versions.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Android 4.0: Tracking Ice Cream Sandwich's Availability on Smartphones

    Last week HTC published a list of phones that will receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, along with approximate launch dates and a projected completion date of late August 2012. This is not a very encouraging prospect considering Google officially introduced ICS last October. Also because Android's next major revision codenamed Jelly Bean will be close to release already.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Interview with Raspberry's Founder Eben Upton

    You may have heard of the Raspberry Pi. Eben Upton's 'on-the-side' venture is meant reignite programming in schools with a cheap ($35), compact computing platform that kids could buy themselves. But despite targeting students, his foundation's tiny computer has already captured the imaginations of tinkers worldwide.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Biggest Tech Failures of The Last 10+ Years

    There are two surefire ways to have your name immortalized in history: succeed in your stride toward greatness or, as so many tech firms did in 2011, faceplant trying. We revisit some of the biggest flops of the new millennia, starting with what many consider Microsoft's worst OS ever.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Cloud Storage: 5 Alternatives, What's in It for You?

    The cloud storage market is getting more competitive than ever. Although there are many options out there, we've hand-picked the most high-profile and consumer-friendly cloud storage services and took them for a spin: Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Drive, iCloud and SugarSync.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Intel Z77 'Panther Point' Chipset Overview

    Continuing its tick-tock release cycle, Intel plans to unveil a new CPU microarchitecture at the end of April. Codenamed Ivy Bridge (tick), the update will bring a 22nm die shrink and with it greater efficiency and allowing Intel to cram more into the same size die.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Smartphone Buying Guide: H1 2012

    Check out our selection of the hottest devices currently out there -- or nearing release. Each phone is listed alongside its feature highlights, specs and prices, from newest to oldest. We've also added metascores from our Product Finder engine along with links to reviews besides each phone.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Best iPad Games: 12 Picks for 2012

    Apple iPad games that shine use the extra screen space and sharper resolution to deliver touch gaming that captivates. Which games do that best?

    By Evan Narcisse on

  • Tablets of 2012: The New iPad, Current and Upcoming Alternatives

    It's no secret that tablet makers are having a hard time competing with Apple in this still nascent market. We've compiled a comparative table with the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. If you are in the market for a tablet now this should definitely serve as a starting point for narrowing down your purchase.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Intel Ivy Bridge: Everything You Need to Know

    Intel is set to roll out its latest generation of processors sometime this spring. By normal standards, the launch should mark a new

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Windows 8 Tricks, Tips and Shortcuts

    Inevitably, with change comes good and bad -- at least until you learn some tricks that get you back up to speed. Here's a shortlist of Windows 8 shortcuts and useful quick tricks I've gathered thus far.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Configuring a Windows 8 Virtual Machine

    Running Windows 8 in a virtual machine won't remove your current OS, you can access it anytime you want without rebooting and it doesn't require any extra hardware. What's more, the test OS can be deleted in only a few mouse clicks.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • HTML 5 Gaming: Old Classics and Modern Titles You Can Play for Free Today

    A lot has changed since the days when web developers relied almost exclusively on Flash for media-rich interactive content. Today more and more sites are implementing HTML5 for streaming audio and video, and we are also starting to see some applications in the gaming space. Here's a sample of games powered by HTML 5.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • HDD Pricewatch: Three Months Into the Thai Floods

    The hard disk drive supply chain was hit hard late last year when a series of floods struck Thailand. The Asian country accounts for about a quarter of the world's hard drive production. All this resulted in hard drive prices shooting through the roof around the end of October as production became more expensive and limited.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Most Anticipated PC Games of 2012

    Like a rollercoaster, 2011 was full of transient highs and enduring lows -- mostly the latter for PC gamers. The year began with a promising lineup, but title after title fell flat. Determined to redeem themselves, developers have readied yet another tantalizing roster. We've assembled a list of the hottest PC games expected to hit shelves over the next 12 months.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on