With all the great gadgets and geeky toys ‘n trinkets that fall into the small-enough-for-a-stocking category, there’s no need to limit yourself to boring stocking stuffers. Read on as we showcase some great items to tuck in all those stockings hung on the mantle with care.
If you’ve got your hands on Microsoft’s Surface Pro, there are a variety of things you should know. These tricks span everything from hidden keyboard shortcuts and freeing up disk space to using the pen and connecting standard headsets.
Shopping for a new computer? Don’t pay too much attention to CPU clock speed. “CPU speed” was once an easy, if not completely accurate, way to compare two computers’ performance — just compare the GHz. But not anymore.
Hang around an office long enough and you’ll see a distinct trend in network cabling. Some cables have a covered plug and some cables are naked. What’s the purpose of the little plug cover?
Microsoft’s Windows XP started using the NTFS file system by default for its internal drives back in 2001. It’s now 12 years later, so why are USB sticks, and SD cards, and other removable drives still using FAT32?
If you have some old cassette tapes lying around, it’s a good idea to digitize and back them up before they decide to show their age and stop working. In this guide, we’ll show how to convert your old collections to digital files, and the best practices for doing so.
It’s easy to set up parental controls and filter the web. These features are built into everything from Windows to the iPad. But none of these filtering solutions is perfect.
If you’ve frequently longed to interact with your phone, check notifications, and otherwise stay up to date with a motion as casual as glancing at your wrist watch, you’re a perfect candidate for a smartwatch. Read on as we take a tour of the Pebble smartwatch and how seamlessly it puts notifications and more right on your wrist.
There’s never been a better time to be a geek in love with gaming: consoles, handhelds, PC games, AAA titles from big name studios, quirky indie releases that scratch a retro itch; there’s something for everybody in the increasingly diverse video game market.
More and more Android and Windows tablets are advertising their styluses. They’re popular iPad accessories, too. But not all styluses are equal. The technology built into your device’s touch screen will control what kind of styluses you can use.
When you need to open something on your home network to the greater internet, is an SSH tunnel a secure enough way to to do it?
One of the best things about geek culture is that you’re never too old to play with toys big and small. Read on as we highlight great picks from the toy aisle for geeks of all ages on your holiday gift list.
HDMI allows you to connect almost any device to a TV or another external display, but HDMI requires a wired connection. You might assume there’d be a well-supported standard for wireless displays, but you’d be wrong.
If you’re in the market for a router upgrade, the next generation of home routers offers features unheard of even a few years ago: dual-core processors, blazing fast Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 mounting for NAS storage, and more. Read on as we take the Netgear Nighthawk for a test drive.
Thanksgiving is behind us and most people are making their lists and checking them twice in preparation for the coming holiday. Which gadgets should you snatch up for friends and family (or add to your own wish list)? Read on as we take a tour of this year’s top offerings.
The PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One? That is the question right now fueling many an Internet debate on which one is best and which one to buy.
Bluetooth’s power-hungry nature has made it impractical for many types of wireless devices in the past. Bluetooth Low Energy is changing this, enabling new types of devices that can operate for months or years with small batteries.
The process of securely overwriting a large disk is a lengthy one; can the process be expedited?
The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. This definitely applies to wireless printers. When buying a printer, you’ll find that most printers support a variety of different printing standards.
Most people upgrade from 32-bit computing to 64-bit computing to blow through the 4GB RAM limit, but how far can you blow through that limit once you’ve entered into the realm of 64-bit computers?
WPA2 with a strong password is secure as long as you disable WPS. You’ll find this advice in guides to securing your Wi-Fi all over the web. Wi-Fi Protected Setup was a nice idea, but using it is a mistake.
It has now been over a year since Windows 8 was released. A lot has happened — we’re now on Windows 8.1 and new devices running Intel’s Haswell and Bay Trail chips are coming out every day. Touch-enabled laptops, convertibles, and Windows tablets are getting cheaper and more common.
If you need a more detailed look at your RAM configuration than the basic information a Windows report provides, you can find out all you need to know without cracking open the case. Read on to see how you can check your configuration and installed RAM module stats.
If you’re looking for the simplest way to get started with your new Raspberry Pi, look no further. The Raspberry Pi foundation’s New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) makes it easier than ever to get up and running with the powerful little project platform.
Computer hardware and electronic devices aren’t perfect. They may stop working on you at some point, which is why manufacturers offer warranties. Taking advantage of this warranty generally requires you perform an “RMA,” in geek shorthand.