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  • 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

  • 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.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 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.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 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