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For many the $1000 mark is an important cut-off. Computers under this are generally considered affordable, even “mainstream,” while those exceeding it are looked at as luxurious items. The average selling price for a PC has meandered between $500 and $600 for the last five years, so even $1000 is a stretch for most buyers. But can you really buy decent gaming PC for less than a grand?
When the computer arrived in homes many parents wondered; is this just a toy, or a tool for education? My mother decided that it was the latter, and while she was wrong (it’s both!), the PC did become a portal for learning. Today’s parents face the same question, but with tablets rather than PCs. These new devices are less expensive and more portable, yet some critics contend they’re not useful and are best for entertainment, not learning or work. Is this true? Or does putting a tablet in a child’s hands give them an edge?
Apple computers, like all of the company’s products, are supposed to be more intuitive and user-friendly than the alternative. Generally that is true, but there are some areas where Macs clearly fall behind the competition. Gaming is one such area. Gamers who want to use a Mac shouldn’t give up hope, however. The experience is not as simple as it is with Windows, but with the right software and hardware, it’s still possible to have an experience similar to what PC gamers enjoy. Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of Mac gaming.
Gaming on the Mac has always been a bit difficult, and many players turn to Boot Camp as their all-in-one solution for finding great games that work with OS X. This solution has its downsides, however, not the least of which is the annoyance of constantly switching between OS X and Windows. Fortunately, some genres of games now offer a wide enough selection to keep the average Mac gamer happy. Perhaps the best example is the MMO, a hugely popular category that used to ignore the Mac, but, over the last five years, has seen more and more games offer up Mac clients.
Going back to school can be stressful, not only because it’s school but also because students often find themselves having to spend money they don’t really have. After tuition and books, there’s often very little to no money left to buy a replacement laptop or a new phone. Many companies extend special offers to students that can slash the price of your back-to-school shopping list, which in turn means you might be able to afford what you actually want rather than resort to whatever is affordable.
Buying the best gaming CPU can be confusing because of the blizzard of features and options. How many cores are needed? Do two processors with an equivalent clock speed perform the same? And will features like Hyper-Threading matter? If you’re lost in the wilderness of processor hype and marketing jibba-jabba, never fear; this guide will help you get the most for your money.
As smartphones have become more capable, many people have begun to use them as a banking tool, and logging in to a bank account on-the-go is much easier and quicker via mobile data than any other method. These benefits, however, may come at the cost of security. Smartphones are the wild west of malware, and while they’ve proven to be relatively safe, many users have unanswered questions and concerns. Could a new virus strike? Is 4G secure? And can a stolen phone compromise a bank account?
About a decade ago, manufacturers started to sell what’s now widely known as an HDTV. But now HD is old news, so the industry has decided to push another new technology; Ultra HD, also known as 4K HD. This new format, which offers a resolution of 3840×2160 (yes, the term “4K HD” is technically an exaggeration), has so far been reserved to super-high-end TVs, but some companies are starting to offer the technology for less than $2,000. So is the improved resolution a noticeable improvement, or just a marketing trick?
Companies like Apple, Roku and Western Digital have already capitalized on this with their set-top boxes, but now a new wave of Android options has hit the market. Typically available for between $60 and $100, and often sold as a “Google TV” or “XBMC Streaming” player, these simple products seem attractive at first glance. But are they really up to par?
The human memory can store data for an amazingly long time, but unlike a computer, we have a hard time recalling information that’s not frequently used or obviously important. We can have hard time digging up important details from a book read just a few weeks ago. Repetition is a great way to work around this problem. This concept is core to FullRecall, a simple, free program that can be customized to help you remember anything you’d like. Let’s take a look at how this app can help you improve your memory.
The USB flash drive is far from the most exotic hardware most people use, but for many, it’s incredibly important. A fast USB drive can shave minutes of data transfers, and if you use it every day, that can add up. Just one problem; you usually have to pay for the performance. Or do you?
One of the many traits unique to video games is the sheer volume of entertainment a game can provide. While a movie is over in two hours on average, and a TV show may offer ten to twenty hours in a season, an amazing game can be played for hundreds of hours. Because many games have no final end, there are many choices, but a few titles stand out for their incredible tendency to drag almost everyone who plays them deep into their world. These games are so enthralling they can ruin report cards, strain marriages and make you want to call in sick for work – consider yourself warned!
Batch image editing is something most people don’t even think about until they find themselves staring at tens, hundreds or thousands of photos that require an identical edit. The task seems impossible, and you wonder; how the heck am I going to do all of this without perishing of boredom? Fortunately, many people have been in this spot before, and many developers have created solutions to quickly whip thousands of photos into shape. One such solution is PhotoMarks. Let’s see what this batch editor has to offer.
PC gamers are spoiled for choice when it comes to free and inexpensive games, but those who enjoy consoles are not as lucky. There’s less selection, and development is closed, so free content is rare indeed. Rare – but not entirely absent. Grabbing free games for a console requires more effort, and may force you […]
Without drivers, hardware and software wouldn’t be able to communicate, leaving a system inoperable. Updates to drivers can dramatically improve the stability, speed and features of a computer without any changes to the hardware inside. Yet, driver updates remain difficult to locate for most devices. Most users don’t update unless something has gone wrong. IOBit’s Driver Booster promises an easier solution by acting as an all-in-one command center, from where of your drivers are easy to update.