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The New 13 and 15 inch Retina Display MacBook Pros: Should You Enter the Macbook’s Walled Garden?

11 December 2012 No Comments

MacBook Pro with a retina displayThe Macbook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line product. First introduced in 2006 and now in its third-generation, unibody aluminium guise, the Macbook is one of Apple’s most sought-after and hyped products. Now the Macbook is available with Apple’s new innovation: the retina screen. Essentially, a retina screen contains the maximum amount of pixels visible to the human eye, meaning that anything viewed on a retina screen should be indistinguishable from viewing an object in the real world with the naked eye.

Apple’s newest 13 and 15 inch offering come with 2,560×1,600 and 2,880×1,800 pixels respectively. Both laptops have dropped the optical drive, which makes them comparatively lightweight when considered against the older models.

As is to be expected with Apple products, you are absolutely forbidden from upgrading these laptops. The RAM chips are soldered in place and fixed at 8GB. The 13 inch version of the new Macbook retina series comes with an SSD card that you can’t remove either.


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Software That Can Make You Richer

24 November 2012 No Comments

Meta TraderWe buy software for any number of reasons, and with the popularity of apps currently soaring this is something we do more and more these days and often on a whim. Whether it’s to entertain us (Angry Birds), to inform us (Kindle), to help us be more productive (Windows), to help us find our car (FindMyCar) or to make us look sexier (Photoshop) we can turn to software to answer a huge number of our needs.

But software can do more than just that, it can also help to improve our lives in more substantial and long lasting ways – and this can include making us wealthier. Like the sounds of downloading a piece of software and then becoming richer as a result? Thought you might, here then we will look at some programs and apps that can help to improve your bank account.

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A Free Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop Can Be Had

15 November 2012 No Comments

Win an Alienware M14x laptop (ARV: $1700)If you do your homework and research, it is more than possible to locate one of the legitimate companies that is giving away laptops. And if you are wondering, it is true that you can receive a laptop absolutely free. For example, right now Qualcomm is hosting Alienware M14x laptop giveaway and if you hurry up you can still make it in time to get your prize. Just head over to their facebook page and like it for your chance to win a cool gaming lappy. The contest ends at 12:00 pm on November 16 so you better rush there.

One of the other best free laptop options is the one that involves students. Many students are unaware but there are plenty of opportunities to receive free laptops through the various free laptop scholarship programs. The great thing about these programs is that there are positively no strings attached and there are no catches and no gotchas. If you qualify as a student, it is pretty much a slam-dunk. All you need to do to qualify is have and maintain the proper grades and you will be good to go.

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Can I Trust Craigslist for Used Laptops?

8 November 2012 No Comments

Buying a used laptop on CragslistIf you are someone who is looking for a good laptop but you don’t want to spend the money on getting one from online or from a local electronics store, you’ll find that your thoughts inevitably go to Craigslist. There are some great deals out there, but you’ll find that there are some awful ones as well. Throw in the people who expect to get as much as they initially paid for the machine when it was new, and you have to do some serious sifting. The truth is that while you can get a good computer off of Craigslist, there are a few things to keep in mind.

What Do You Need the Computer to Do?

Craigslist laptop sales are good for some things and not others. For example, are you looking for a desktop replacement high-end gaming machine? These laptops tend to be the top of the line when it comes to graphics rendering, and it is unlikely that you will find a great one just on Craigslist. Deals do happen, but it is far more likely that you will find a machine that allows you to surf the Internet, to word process and to email your friends and family.

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The Most Common Ways People Are Exposed to Malnets

1 November 2012 No Comments

Fiber OpticsThe easiest way to limit the Internet security risk of malware is to understand the most common ways users are exposed to malware networks and to take proactive steps to avoid them. In order to do this, it is vital to understand how cyber criminals target potential victims.

While many schemes to bypass Internet security measures may seem complex, cyber criminals primarily use the path of least resistance. This allows them to inflict maximum damage with the least amount of effort. According to several Internet security reports, there are a variety of ways users are exposed to malnets but three of them are especially important to be aware of.


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SSD Prices Continue To Fall in 2012

24 October 2012 No Comments

OCZ Octane SATA III 2.5-inch SSDSolid-state drives have historically been expensive. With many PC users often complaining that they were far too costly and not easily affordable for the average computer fanatic. Recently SSD prices have seen a huge drop in cost. With many mainstream devices now costing under a dollar-per-gig, which makes them extremely competitive and attractive to the mass market.

From the beginning of this year, solid-state drive prices have begun a downward trend. With a number being considerably cheaper than they were just 3 months ago.

The range of SSD’s from OCZ have seen the biggest price drops, with the OCZ Octane 256GB seeing a massive 55% cut in it’s consumer cost. Others including the Vertex 3 120GB and the Octane 128GB have also seen price drops above the 50% mark.

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iGo Laptop Travel Adapter – Your New Travel Buddy

11 October 2012 No Comments

If you must travel light, and you’re already thinking about how big and bulky your laptop charger is going to be, why don’t you switch instead to the iGo Green Laptop Adapter?

There’s been a lot of buzz with this product, mostly because of the versatility of its function. It’s becoming more and more difficult to travel without your trusty laptop, but sometimes, in the course of all the coming and going, plugging and unplugging, the battery is the one that pays for it. While you don’t have to bring a spare every single time, at the very least, you should be able to get a good charge for it.

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Then & Now: Today’s Password Security Standards

22 September 2012 No Comments

How to choose a strong passwordAlmost every online service requires users to create an individual account. Checking your email? User name and password, please. Listening to Pandora radio? Enter your account information first. Shopping online? Log in to view your cart. Online banking? No problem – just answer a few security questions first. Whether you’re paying your utility bill online or viewing a friend’s Instagram account, you’ll need a unique user name and a password. The keyword here is unique. A weak password is a green light for hackers, and the standards for password strength change quickly.

Password Length
Then: A few years ago, the recommended length for passwords was six characters. Then it grew to eight. Many sites still enforce a six-character minimum.

Now: Security experts advise that the strongest passwords contain at least 14 characters, including numbers, symbols, and lowercase and uppercase letters.

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Prevent Laptop Overheating – Here Is How

6 September 2012 No Comments

A cooling pad for a laptop helps prevent overheatingIf you frequently use your laptops to the point that your friends don’t recognize you anymore without it being in front of you, then it becomes necessary that you know how to care and maintain for its well-being. One of the things that you have to concern yourself with, apart from keeping that anti-virus updated, is how to prevent laptop overheating.

It may not be too much of a bother for you because you don’t literally use it on your lap anyway, so you don’t feel the heat. Nonetheless, your laptop does, and it may prove to be problematic for you as well in the long run. The thing is, putting it flat against any surface tends to block the fan installed on the bottom of it. Instead of effectively serving as an exhaust for your computer, it becomes a clogged airway. You know what happens next after that: your hard drive fails.

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How To Find The Best Laptops Under $800

23 August 2012 No Comments

What are some of the best laptops under $800? It sure would be great if you can find one that’s not going to break your arm and leg just so you can buy it, but also if it can deliver the performance that you need.

True, there are a lot of them that do come cheap, but not all of them are worth the bucks you spend for them. Worst, some function so bad that you end up spending more because you invested in a cheap unit. Nonetheless, this is not true for all “budget” items. There are still some that do leave a bright spot in your day, letting you enjoy good quality performance at great quality cost.

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