Windows 7 Vs. Windows 8 Vs. Ubuntu for Laptops

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OverEdge writes:

I recently purchased a laptop without touch screen. Which operating system is better for it: Windows 7, Windows 8, or Ubuntu?

Well, OverEdge, the answer to that question depends entirely on what you intend to do with it. If 99% of what you …continue reading

Kickstarter Tips

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Megan Aileen Williams writes:

I just watched your video about What Makes Kickstarter Projects Succeed or Fail, and am finding it really useful in helping my friends come up with their Kickstarter pitch. I would love your advice if possible.

Their …continue reading

Geeky Living Room Decorations

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Chris Baudouin Jr. asks:

I was watching some of your vlogs and noticed that you have some awesome Mac OS X pillows. Do you know where I can get some?

That’s a good question, and one I receive quite often. The pillows in my living …continue reading

Four Notable Gadgets Designed to Help Impoverished Countries

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Often, companies and organizations will develop technologies with the idea in mind of helping a group of people who are at a technological disadvantage. These projects make big waves in the media, but what you may not know is just how much they can impact …continue reading

Do You Think Yahoo! is Dying?

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Marvin Habeeb asks:

Do you think Yahoo! is dying? Almost everyone I know seems to have switched to Google for search and Gmail for email. The only people I know who use Yahoo! are people who have had email since 2005 (or earlier), …continue reading

Microsoft Product Placement – Does It Work?

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Microsoft has a long history of highs and lows when it comes to advertising. From the early days of Steve Ballmer selling the first commercial version of Windows complete with calculator and a clock to Bill Gates hanging out with Jerry Seinfeld in an odd …continue reading

No One Answers My Texts! What to Do?

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We all have a few friends, acquaintances, or family members who — for whatever reason — fail to return our text messages. While the text message may not seem of any importance to them, we feel snubbed when a reply is not forthcoming. In fact, …continue reading

How to Build a Supercomputer with LEGO and Raspberry Pi

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Building a multi-node supercomputer is a dream shared by geeks around the world. Imagine having your own supercomputer with which you can solve the mysteries of the cosmos and put to work calculating Pi to the next decimal. This is possible with with the Raspberry …continue reading

Emergency Mobile Device Charger

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Recent disasters have taught us all one thing: our means to communicate are curtailed once the battery in our cellphone is depleted. With nearly one-half of homes in the US no longer having a landline, we have become even more reliant upon cellphones. In addition, …continue reading

Is Big Brother Heading to Your Car?

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Flight recorders have been in use for many decades and provide essential data used to investigate the cause of a plane crash in order to prevent future incidents. These boxes are large, orange (to facilitate recovery), and capable of recording everything from instrument readings to …continue reading

Robots Can Be Fun and Educational

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I have written articles about robots in the past, but many of the robots I have previously written about tended to be high-end products. So it was refreshing to learn of a company called Robotics for Fun, which had contacted Chris with information …continue reading

VLC for Windows 8

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One would think that introducing a new VLC for Windows 8 would be no huge deal. Over at Kickstarter, a company by the name of VideoLAN is preparing to solve this problem. According to VideoLAN, its software is open source and will run within the …continue reading

Isn’t It Time We Got Past Comparing Tim Cook to Steve Jobs?

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“Steve Jobs wouldn’t have let Apple get away with what it’s doing today.” — Many

That phrase is a trending topic that has even inspired the creation of sites devoted to exploring the public’s fascination with what Steve Jobs would or wouldn’t have …continue reading

Best Beginner Robotics Products

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What do you buy for someone aspiring to become a robotics engineer? You could go all out and hit them with all the parts and software they might need to develop their own advanced robotics projects from scratch, but what about someone …continue reading

Mind-Blowing 3D Display

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The creative talents at zSpace have introduced a revolutionary way to combine the physical world with the world of virtual reality. This improvement in 3D technology will improve the way we can solve our problems, teach one another, learn from each other, and communicate effectively …continue reading

Five Things to Do Before You Launch a Kickstarter Project

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Going for crowdfunding to turn your project ideas into actual projects is one of the fastest growing trends in the world of technology today. Projects funded by sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have gone on to become big successes in the consumer market, with more …continue reading

Buying Your Child an iOS Device? Set a Monthly Apple iTunes Allowance

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On Christmas morning, millions of children from around the world will be opening their presents. Among the presents that these children will be opening will be many from Apple and will include iPhones, iPods, and iPads in both standard and mini sizes. These new Apple …continue reading

What to Expect from CES 2013

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CES 2013 is around the corner and the entire consumer electronics industry is anxiously awaiting the event to introduce the latest products and set the stage for consumer technology in 2013. Taking place in Las Vegas, NV on January 8-11, CES is the largest industry …continue reading

Twitter is Growing, but Has It Become More Useful?

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Twitter has surpassed 200 million monthly active users. This is a nearly 50% increase over where it was at the beginning of 2012. Since its original rise in the public eye back in 2007, Twitter has become a brand synonymous with personal and corporate branding, …continue reading

UniGrip Pro – the Ultimate Universal Smartphone Mount

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The smartphone has replaced the traditional camera as the device of choice for many of us when taking a picture. At a recent high school sporting event, most parents were snapping flicks of their children on smartphones while only a small handful held onto their …continue reading

What Gadgets Aren’t Worth Buying?

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You might say I’m addicted to gadgets. I spend more money on gadgets and other electronics per year than I do on virtually anything else. Some of it can be attributed to my work reviewing these little gizmos, but for the most part, it boils …continue reading

Transparent Speaker: a Timeless Design for Music Lovers

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With so many different products and devices being introduced on a daily basis, it is sometimes refreshing to see a product that actually has the potential to be eye-appealing and functional at the same time. Swedish company PEOPLE PEOPLE is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter …continue reading

GravityLight: Lighting for Developing Countries

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For those of us who are fortunate to live in a country with an abundance of resources, flipping on an electrical outlet and having our lights turn on is an everyday occurrence. This process seems so natural to us that we don’t even give it …continue reading

What to Look for in a Kickstarter or Indiegogo Project

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Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are changing the business of product development and funding. Venture capitalists or angel investors are no longer a requirement for taking a product from prototype to store shelves. Crowdfunding is enabling people to invest in products …continue reading

Are USB Drives Really a Thing of the Past?

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that USB drives have gone the way of cassettes — or CDs, for that matter. But I’m here to say that these devices, which are called something different by most everyone, still have a purpose …continue reading

Five Reasons to Pick an Alternative Windows Laptop over a MacBook

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Being a proud MacBook Pro owner, I often find myself in a precarious situation. I do most of my computing in the Windows environment, and only a certain percentage of the things I do for work require me to have a foot in the OS …continue reading

How Google’s Upcoming Flight Explorer Could Help You Make Better Travel Plans

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Are you considering going on a vacation soon? There’s a recently discovered Google project making the rounds right now that could save you a lot of money. Google Flight Explorer helps you to find the lowest rates for flights leaving your local area and heading …continue reading

How YouTube Empowers People to Pursue Their Dreams

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YouTube is, in many ways, the great equalizer. While comment threads can sometimes be harsh, it’s difficult to argue against the fact that on this incredible platform, the everyman is king. The media industry has long been dominated by polish and corporate backing to the …continue reading

Do Online Virus Scanners Really Work?

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Those of us who are locked into the Windows operating system ecosystem are keenly aware of the importance that anti-virus, anti-malware — anti-whatever — software plays. In fact, every morning when I start my Windows 7 laptop, I patiently wait as my protection software loads …continue reading

Death Star Petition Passes Threshold for Official Response from White House

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A petition launched on whitehouse.gov to begin the process of designing and constructing a Death Star for the US has received enough signatures to require an official response from the White House this week. While it’s pretty clear that an actual Death Star …continue reading