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Technology Explained

If technology has you confused, this is the place to be. We’ll do our best to break down complex topics, and convey them in a way everyone can understand.

5 Reasons Why AMD Processors Are Doomed [Opinion]

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5 Reasons Why AMD Processors Are Doomed [Opinion]

Back in late 1999, I built my first computer. It used an AMD Athlon processor clocked at 500 MHz which was quick enough to play most games at the time, and also a better value than what Intel offered. I also liked supporting the underdog. During the early years of Athlon, it seemed as if AMD has a legitimate chance against Intel. Yet, as the years moved forward, the momentum disappeared.

06-12-2011
5 Reasons Why AMD Processors Are Doomed [Opinion]
What You Need To Know Before Buying A Mouse [MakeUseOf Explains]

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What You Need To Know Before Buying A Mouse [MakeUseOf Explains]

In its most basic form, the mouse is a rather simple piece of equipment. It has a sensor for determining position, and two or three buttons. Your typical Windows desktop PC doesn’t ship with a mouse more complex than this. Is all of this stuff useful, or just a way to charge you more? Let’s find out.

02-12-2011
What You Need To Know Before Buying A Mouse [MakeUseOf Explains]
What’s Included In An Arduino Starter Kit? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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What’s Included In An Arduino Starter Kit? [MakeUseOf Explains]

I have previously introduced the Arduino open-source hardware here on MakeUseOf, but you’re going need more than just the actual Arduino to build something out of it and actually get started. Arduino “starter kits” are bundles of common but useful electronic components you can use to make a good number of beginner projects, but what exactly does a starter kit usually consist of?

16-11-2011
What’s Included In An Arduino Starter Kit? [MakeUseOf Explains]
What Is A Chromebook? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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What Is A Chromebook? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Everything is moving towards the web, which is now more commonly being dubbed “the cloud”. As such, your devices should probably be ready and well equipped to make full use of cloud services for your convenience. However, our big and slow desktops and laptops still have many unnecessary components from our long computing past. At least, that’s what Google seems to say says with their Chromebooks.

14-11-2011
What Is A Chromebook? [MakeUseOf Explains]
How Does A Mechanical Keyboard Work? [Technology Explained]

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How Does A Mechanical Keyboard Work? [Technology Explained]

For geeks, mechanical keyboards are the holy grail of input devices. They’re relatively rare, they’re expensive, and require some explanation for people to understand them. It’s everything a geek could ask for. If you’re not a keyboard enthusiast then you’ve probably heard of mechanical keyboards and their wondrous benefits, but you may not know how they work.

28-10-2011
How Does A Mechanical Keyboard Work? [Technology Explained]
What Is RAID Storage & Can I Use It On My Home PC? [Technology Explained]

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What Is RAID Storage & Can I Use It On My Home PC? [Technology Explained]

RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, and it’s a core feature of server hardware that ensures data integrity. It’s also just a fancy word for two or more hard disks connected together to add some additional functionality. Why would you want to do this? Read on.

30-09-2011
What Is RAID Storage & Can I Use It On My Home PC? [Technology Explained]
What Is An Ultrabook & Can It Succeed? [Technology Explained]

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What Is An Ultrabook & Can It Succeed? [Technology Explained]

Remember when the word laptop described virtually every mobile computer on the market? The choices were certainly easier back then (because there was simply less choice available), but today there’s a far wider variety including netbooks, ultraportables, thin-and-lights, desktop replacements, and more. Now, a new category is being added, courtesy of Intel. It’s the ultrabook.

23-09-2011
What Is An Ultrabook & Can It Succeed? [Technology Explained]
Why It Is Impossible To Recover Data From An Overwritten Hard Drive [Technology Explained]

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Why It Is Impossible To Recover Data From An Overwritten Hard Drive [Technology Explained]

Recovering deleted data from a hard drive is generally possible because typically the actual data is not deleted. Instead, information about where the data is stored is removed. In this article I will explain how data is stored on a hard drive, what happens when files are deleted, what formatting a hard drive does, and why it is impossible to recover files after they were overwritten.

20-09-2011
Why It Is Impossible To Recover Data From An Overwritten Hard Drive [Technology Explained]
The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]

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The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]

When installing Windows, the installer will ask you a strange question – how do you want to format your hard drive? For Windows systems, there are only a few possible answer choices. You either format it in NTFS or FAT, or you format it in NTFS or FAT (quick). Have you ever stopped to wonder what the difference actually is between a full and quick format?

01-09-2011
The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]
3D Printing – Sci-Fi Myth Or Reality?

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3D Printing – Sci-Fi Myth Or Reality?

A mainstay of sci-fi since the genre began, the idea of being able to create your own objects at home is understandably quite fascinating. Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own replicator that makes cookies and tea on-demand? But do these dreams have any grounding in reality? What would the world be like if you could download the plans for a 3D object and make it at home?

31-08-2011
3D Printing – Sci-Fi Myth Or Reality?
5 Ways to Improve the Battery Life of Your Tablet

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5 Ways to Improve the Battery Life of Your Tablet

Tablets are becoming a popular mobile device, and their impressive endurance is one of the greatest draws. Most tablets can last eight to ten hours even when displaying mobile video or surfing the web. This is plenty for most users, but there may come a time when you need even more life. These five tips can help you extract every second from your tablet’s battery.

11-08-2011
5 Ways to Improve the Battery Life of Your Tablet
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