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  • 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

  • Enable Concurrent Desktop Sessions in Windows

    Remote Desktop in server editions of Windows by default supports two concurrent connections to remotely troubleshoot or administer a computer. However, there are a few reasons why concurrent sessions would come in handy for power users not necessarily running a server. For example, if you have a dedicated Media Center PC running in the living room, you'll be able to remotely access all files on the machine without interrupting the person watching TV.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • The Year in Tech: 2011 Most Relevant Stories

    Twenty-eleven is almost over and as we conclude our end-of-year articles it's time to look back at some of the most relevant stories of 2011. We'll do a brief recount of tech happenings in six categories: Desktop CPUs and Graphics, Hardware Industry, Devices and Components, Software, Gaming, Mobile Computing and The Web.

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  • Best Gadgets and Tech Products of 2011

    Being the tech fanatics that we are, let's take a moment and look back at what 2011 had to offer, from the greatest computer hardware produced to some of the cool gadgets you shouldn't have missed.

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  • TechSpot Laptop Buying Guide

    To help ease the hassle of going through countless notebook models getting released week in and week out, we've compiled a list of our favorite notebooks available right now and grouped them into six different categories: ultraportables, business & general purpose laptops, desktop replacements, gaming notebooks, budget laptops, and netbooks.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Editorial: Building the perfect ultrabook - and where PC makers are wrong

    It appears we're just now arriving to that sweet spot where fewer compromises can be made to build fast and svelte machines that are budget-friendly, all at the same time. However, manufacturers are short-sighted if they only focus on building fast machines that weigh 3 pounds or less, without putting design and user experience at the core of their future developments.

    By Julio Franco on

  • TechSpot Holiday Gift Guide 2011

    The holidays are quickly approaching and like every year you want to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Before you hit the nearest electronics shop or your favorite e-tailer, check out our shortlist on some the hottest items for tech fans this year.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Hot PC Games for the 2011 Holidays

    Twenty-ought eleven is coming to a rapid conclusion and game makers are preparing to cash in on the holiday season by unleashing some of the year's finest titles. In keeping with tradition, we've assembled a list of 16 PC games that should be on your radar for the frigid months ahead.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Tablets of 2011: Holiday Season Update

    We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are 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

  • Apple iPod: 10 Years of the Ubiquitous Media Player

    A decade ago, Apple launched an MP3 player that can be partly attributed with shaping the landscape of today's mobile computing market. Along with being the best-selling portable media player and saving Apple from near irrelevance, the iPod influenced many of Cupertino's ambitious and revolutionary projects, forcing much of the industry into a perpetual state of catch-up.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Smartphone Buying Guide: Q4 2011

    Whether you are focused on business and productivity or are looking for something designed with multimedia and entertainment in mind, there are so many new smartphones getting released week in and week out that it's hard to keep track of what's hot anymore.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Steve Jobs: The Tech Icon, The Visionary

    As tech enthusiasts we pay tribute to one of the most iconic leaders in the history of our industry. Steve Jobs was a tech visionary that transcended the possibilities of its time.

    By Julio Franco on

  • iPhone 4S: How Does It Stack Up?

    Contrary to what many were hoping, the iPhone 5 was a no-show this week. Instead, we get the iPhone 4S as a major update to the iPhone 4 that keeps the same design with updated hardware under the hood and a myriad of software upgrades via iOS 5.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • How To: Check If Someone Is Using Your Wi-Fi

    There are many reasons why you'd want to check if an unauthorized party is using your wireless network. It may be that you're experiencing a slower than normal Internet connection or you simply don't want anyone getting a free ride while you pay the bill.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Get Facebook's New Timeline Right Now

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday announced a complete reconceptualization of profile pages on the popular social network with the introduction of Timeline. As Zuckerberg puts it, Timeline is the story of your life.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Celebrating 30 Years of the PC

    Earlier this month the original IBM PC model 5150 celebrated its 30th anniversary. We didn't want to let the occasion go by without paying our respects to the legacy that the 5150 brought. Here are some of the most important developments in the industry over the last 30+ years.

    By Julio Franco on

  • Laptop Buying Guide: Q3 2011

    To help ease the hassle of going through countless notebook models getting released week in and week out, we've compiled a list of our favorite notebooks available right now and grouped them into six different categories: ultraportables, business & general purpose laptops, desktop replacements, gaming notebooks, budget laptops, and netbooks.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Smartphone Buying Guide: Q3 2011

    Our smartphone buying guide will help you navigate through the sea of new phone models getting released week in and week out with a selection of the hottest devices out there. You will find all phones listed alongside their feature highlights, specs and prices.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Custom Firmware Alternatives for Your Wireless Router

    After a relatively simple upgrade to a free third-party firmware, you'll be able boost your wireless signal, prioritize what programs get your precious bandwidth, and do lots of other stuff usually reserved for pro-grade wireless routers.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Tablets of 2011: What to Look For

    We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are 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

  • PC Games of E3: Trailer Hotlist

    E3 is known for getting audiences buzzing about the hottest games of the show as trailers and gameplay footage are shown for the first time. With the conference now over we've put together a collection of our favorites.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • The Best Budget & Enthusiast-Level SSDs

    We've been following the evolution of solid state drives for some time now, highlighting the most relevant offerings at any given time, and noting the impact newer controllers had in improving performance. The last few months have been particularly busy with Intel, OCZ, and Crucial launching their next-gen offerings at different price points and capacities.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Run Chrome OS From a USB Stick or as a Virtual Machine

    Don't disregard Google's operating system without so much as giving it a try, especially since it's available as a free download for you to test on your own hardware. We'll tell you how to create a bootable USB flash drive with Chrome OS or run the it using a free virtual machine.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Five Clever Ways To Make Dropbox More Useful

    Dropbox is an invaluable tool for my daily computing needs, but with a little ingenuity you can use it to do much more like autostarting torrent downloads from any location or device, sending and receiving files, or synchronizing application data on applications that don't even have that functionality.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors

    Although we always keep you up to speed by reviewing the latest CPU releases, we've compiled a handy list of what we consider the best processor options right now at several price points between $80 and $225.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Everything You Need to Know About NFC

    It's not too far-fetched to imagine a world where all we need to carry around with us is a single do-it-all device. Near Field Communication (NFC) could allow our smartphone to pay for products as well as act as our personal ID or a virtual ticket for transport and attractions. Say goodbye to your keys, wallet and credit cards.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Top Budget to Mainstream Graphics Cards

    We've compiled a table with some of what we consider the best graphics card options at several price points between $70 and $200.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Latest in Notebooks: First Half of 2011

    We bring you an up-to-date 2011 outlook of our favorite notebooks in six different categories: Thin and light, business or general purpose, desktop replacements, gaming, budget offerings, and netbooks.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • Apple Mac OS X Lion: A Preview of What's to Come

    Considering that OS X's last major release, Snow Leopard, was not focused on new end-user features, Mac OS X Lion appears to be a more significant release in terms of functionality, user interface and workflow improvements. We've compiled a list with several of the changes and new features disclosed so far.

    By Jose Vilches on