Stories by Ian Paul

  • How to find free Internet for your laptop while travelling

    By Ian Paul | 26 November, 2014 02:38

    Sure, you can do a lot on a smartphone, phablet, or slate, but there are times when only a laptop will do. Unfortunately, situations like this always seem to pop-up while I'm on the road with no obvious Internet access.

  • Three things to consider before ditching your laptop for a tablet

    By Ian Paul | 05 November, 2014 03:04

    For a few years now I've been watching tablets develop into ever more potent machines, with an eye towards making the jump from a laptop to a slate for my mobile workstation. Sure, people have been working on iPads for years, but until recently it's always seemed like a bit of a hack to me.

  • Windows 8 just took a big bite out of Windows XP usage

    By Ian Paul | 04 November, 2014 03:04

    For years, Windows XP has trailed Windows 7 alone in worldwide usage, while the contentious Windows 8 and 8.1 struggled to hit double digit percentages. But now, two full years after the release of Windows 8, the tide appears to to finally be turning, with "the Windows 8's" cracking 15 percent global market share in October, while usage of the now-dead Windows XP plummeted.

  • Windows 10 getting new Mac-style trackpad gestures, multi-monitor improvements

    By Ian Paul | 29 October, 2014 01:59

    Built-in trackpad gestures are getting beefed up in Windows 10. During TechEd Europe on Tuesday, Microsoft's Operating Systems Group vice president Joe Belfiore debuted a few new touchpad gestures coming to the Windows 10 preview in the coming weeks.

  • Why Windows 10 isn't named 9: Windows 95 legacy code?

    By Ian Paul | 03 October, 2014 01:49

    Microsoft puzzled the world on Tuesday when it said the version of Windows to succeed Windows 8.1 would be dubbed Windows 10 - jumping right over version 9.

  • McAfee announces 2015 editions of its antivirus and security suites

    By Ian Paul | 23 September, 2014 01:25

    If you're still paying for your desktop security suite, you'll be happy to hear that McAfee on Monday released the newest editions of its security suites.

  • Record broken: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus sales top 10 million in opening weekend

    By Ian Paul | 23 September, 2014 00:40

    Another year, another record breaking debut for the latest iPhone. Apple has announced it sold 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability - a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It's no surprise, after Apple announced that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone.

  • Apple releases iCloud Drive for Windows PCs

    By Ian Paul | 19 September, 2014 23:47

    Mac users are better off waiting for OS X Yosemite to drop before upgrading to iCloud Drive, but iOS 8-toting Windows users are cleared for takeoff. Apple recently released an upgraded version of iCloud for Windows loaded with iCloud Drive.

  • Raspberry Pi Foundation bakes a custom, optimized browser for the $35 mini-PC

    By Ian Paul | 03 September, 2014 02:28

    The Raspberry Pi is a fun little mini PC you can play around with to create your own entertainment center, learn a little programming, or even use as a secondary PC. But one complaint you'll consistently hear from Raspberry Pi users is just how poor the web browsing experience is.

  • The 10 best laptops of 2014 (so far)

    By Ian Paul | 28 August, 2014 23:29

    We're more than seven full months into 2014, and with back-to-school shopping season underway and the holidays looming, it's a perfect time to take stock of the year in laptops thus far.

  • This more-powerful Raspberry Pi competitor is totally free

    By Ian Paul | 28 August, 2014 01:29

    Wishing your Raspberry Pi had more power for all those hardware hacking projects you have planned? There's a new barebones board on the market that may better fit your needs, and right now you can sign-up for your chance to get it for free.

  • In Pictures: The 11 most intriguing hybrid PCs

    By Ian Paul | 26 August, 2014 08:23

    From 7-in-1s to table-size AIOs, they're anything but conventional.

  • Microsoft teases Lumia smartphone announcements for September 4

    By Ian Paul | 13 August, 2014 00:11

    Microsoft's upcoming Lumia phone, codenamed Superman, could arrive in early September. The Windows Phone maker recently sent out press invites for an event on Thursday, September 4 in Berlin, Germany with the tag line "Ready for more? Join us for more face time."

  • Edward Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy'

    By Ian Paul | 19 July, 2014 01:08

    Dropbox is a very popular cloud storage service, but NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is no fan. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Snowden called Dropbox a "targeted, wannabe PRISM partner" that is "very hostile to privacy."

  • Chromebook sales explode in the workplace

    By Ian Paul | 16 July, 2014 01:33

    Tablets may be all the rage, but there's a significant turf war brewing in the US PC market. Between January and May, Chromebook sales to US businesses and other large institutions rose by more than 250 per cent compared to the same time last year, according to a new report from market research firm, NPD Group.


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