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  • The Year in Tech: 2012 Top Tech Stories

    This year we have divided stories in 12 heavily packed categories, with nearly 500 hand-picked headlines total. Feel free to jump around between your favored topics, but try not to miss the tech culture section where we revisit some of the most entertaining stories we covered this year. Here's our take on 2012...

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The Best Gaming GIFs of 2012

    Video games and gaming in general had its highs and lows during 2012, but more importantly, we've all turned those highs and lows into animated GIFs for the rest of the internet to behold.

    By Chris Person on

  • Best Gadgets and Tech Products of 2012

    Before we move on to the latest and greatest devices of 2013, we figure it's worth revisiting some of 2012's most popular devices as suggested by our Product Finder, which includes reviews by hundreds of seasoned specialists across the Web. We've included 59 products across 14 categories along with their aggregate review score and a brief commentary that explains why they're special.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The Fear is Gone: My PC is my Next-Gen Console

    In September, I got myself a gaming laptop (yes, yes, I know, but it's a powerful one). I installed Steam and started downloading games. These games started updating themselves, snatching whatever files they needed, installing DirectX and god knows what else. I was trusting Steam and it was making my return to PC gaming a cinch.

    By Stephen Totilo on

  • Adobe's Flash Updater: Bloated, Confusing & Shady

    Being one of the most prolific sources of security vulnerabilities in Windows and other platforms, Adobe Flash Player needs no introduction. In spite of that reputation, and the fact that the rest of the industry is moving away from Flash, it'd just seem Adobe is making all possible efforts to make its software more bloated and less attractive to all consumers alike.

    By Per Hansson on

  • The Rise and Fall of AMD

    AMD has long been subject of polarizing debate among technology enthusiasts. Considering that it was once considered equal to Intel, many wonder why AMD is failing. However, it's probably fairer to ask how the company has survived so for long -- a question we intend to explore as we revisit the company's past, examine its present and gaze into its future.

    By Graham Singer on

  • TechSpot Holiday Gift Guide 2012

    Although you're working against the clock, the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales make this a fairly sensible time to dive in and ensure your loved ones are sufficiently showered in silicon-laced trinkets and baubles on the morning of December 25. As it happens, we have a soft spot for said gadgets and we've compiled a list of over two dozen things spanning all budgets that we'd love to find under the tree this year.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Is There a Touchable Windows 8 Laptop for You?

    While manufacturers haven't exactly flooded the market with touch-enabled laptops, there are some good options out there already. Expect a crush of touchable Windows 8 machines at CES early next year, but for those shopping this holiday, we have cherry picked the best touch-enabled, Windows 8 laptops.

    By Nathaniel Wattenmaker on

  • Black Friday 2012 Tech Deal Predictions

    The holiday season is right around the corner and so is Black Friday, when the Christmas shopping season officially begins. But actually, if you've been following recent deals you may have noticed several major retailers will launch their Black Friday sales ahead of the date. The best way to make the most of Black Friday savings is to be prepared.

    By Dealnews Crew on

  • How to Change the Start Screen Background in Windows 8

    Windows 8's new Start screen has been hotly debated, but beyond not offering a way to bypass this screen, surprisingly Microsoft is also limiting your options when it comes to customizing the Start screen's appearance. Here's a quick and practical way to change the Windows 8 Start screen wallpaper / background.

    By Jose Vilches on

  • How Has Windows Search Improved Since Win2k? Hint: It Hasn't!

    Last weekend I was feeling a bit nostalgic and fired up Windows 2000 on my home computer. Win2k has a special place in my heart. Sadly, due to planned obsolescence it's no longer possible to use this fantastic operating system with the latest software available.

    By Per Hansson on

  • Touring Microsoft, Sony and Apple Stores on Windows 8's Launch Day

    No one is more excited about the launch than Microsoft. The company has launched pop-up holiday stores at malls across America to promote the new OS and the Surface RT. I had a chance to check in with one of these stores at Aventura Mall in Miami, Florida.

    By Nathaniel Wattenmaker on

  • 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