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AbleWord PDF editor review: Free software is more than just a word processor with PDF reading- and writing capabilities built in

Price: Free Rating: 7 AbleWord is more than just a word processor with PDF reading- and writing capabilities built in. Read our AbleWord free PDF editorreview.(See allPDF editor reviews.) Although we’ve referred to it as a PDF editor – and many people use it as such since it provides a free alternative to the commercial […]

Avant Browser review: An independent Internet Explorer clone with some ideas, but also some issues

Price: Free Rating: 4 Avant Browser is an independent Internet Explorer clone with some good ideas, but also some issues. Read our Avant Browser web browserreview.(Also see:All software reviews.) Outside the big hitters in the browser space (Chrome, IE, Firefox and Opera), there is a surprising number of smaller, independent offerings that cater to more […]

Dooble review: A security-conscious web browser that is effective but also restrictive

Price: Free Rating: 6 Dooble is a security-conscious web browserthat is effective but also restrictive. Read our Dooble review.(Also see:All software reviews.) The name might not exactly roll off the tongue, at least not without a compulsive urge to follow it up with entendre, but the Dooble browser is one worth remembering. It doesn’t boast […]

Opera v27 review: There’s plenty of song left in the old lady, as the Opera browser looks fresher than ever

Price: 50 Rating: 7 Webroot’s offers cloud-based anti-virus softwarehas a particularly light PC footprint, although it works on any combination of PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices. Read our Webroot Internet Security Plus 2015 review.(See also:Best internet security software 2015 UK.) Webroot, based in Colorado, US, offers cloud-based real-time threat detection, through what it claims […]

Mozilla Firefox v35 review: Now with speed to match the incredible range of customisable options, the Firefox browser is back

Price: 42 Rating: 8 The 2015 version of Trend Micro Internet Security is 20 percent cheaper than its anti-virus softwarerivals and still affords very good protection. Read our Trend Micro Internet Security 2015 review.(See also:Best internet security software 2015 UK.) Trend Micro, founded in California 25 years ago, has significantly improved the status of its […]

The Free Software Foundation loves this laptop, but you won’t

Dell just launched a sleek new MacBook Pro competitor running Linux, and the freedom-obsessed Purim Librem 15 laptop blew past its crowdfunding goal. But Richard Stallman’s Free Software Foundation doesn’t approve of either of these powerful, tightly designed, Linux-running laptops. Instead, the FSF recommends you buy the “LibreBoot X200″–which is actually a refurbished ThinkPad X200 […]

Dell’s line of Linux laptops expands to include new MacBook Pro competitor

Dell’s Precision M3800 mobile workstation launched recently, and rejoice Linux lovers! The powerful, flexible MacBook Pro competitor is also available with Ubuntu Linux thanks to Dell’s Project Sputnik endeavor. If you’d prefer a sleeker Linux laptop, you can still pick up an XPS 13 Ultrabook with Linux, and yes, the latest, super-sleek version of the […]

Why it’s time to look again at speech recognition software

For years speech recognition has seemed the most natural way to interact with our tech devices, but only in recent times has the technology started to go mainstream. Many of us are already using speech with our smartphones, our tablets and even our games consoles, not just to type, but to search, find information or […]

Acer chairman to leave PC maker in June, no replacement named

After six months as Acer’s chairman, company co-founder Stan Shih plans to step down on June 18, saying he is satisfied with the PC maker’s new direction. “The hope is that the company will soon break even and start making money again,” he said in an interview on Monday. The company’s will appoint new board […]

Intel targets 40 million tablet shipments, up to 750 brands

Intel is late to the tablet game and it admits to that fact, but has set bold targets for 2014 as it seeks to catch up to market leader, ARM. Earlier this year, Intel said it wants to see 40 million Intel-based tablets shipped across both consumer and commercial markets. It’s a message multiple executives […]

Intel goes channel-only with new hybrid tablet for education

Intel has chosen its six distributors to sell its ‘Education 2-in-1′ tablet device throughout the entire Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, including Australian distie Leader Computers. Adelaide distributor, Leader Computers, joins Pakistan’s Viper, India’s Connoisseur, Thailand’s Supreme, the Philippines’ Felta and Indonesia’s EM Harrisma on the product’s suppliers list. Leader Computers has been an Intel partner since […]

Meet Novena, the pricey PC that’s open-source inside and out

A new computer made almost entirely from open-source hardware is now available for pre-order. But unlike open-source software, it’s anything but free. The project is called Novena, and as Wired reports, nearly all of its components are open-source. That means anyone can dive deep into the schematics and scrutinize the designs for bugs, defects and […]

Nuance, Intel build speech commands into PCs — finally

PCs from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo will soon include Nuance’s Dragon Assistant, the speech giant’s technology for tweeting, Facebooking, and playing music using voice commands.(Follow CES 2014 live, and get the latest CES news here.) Nuance announced the partnerships here at CES, for both PCs and tablets running the Intel Core and Atom processors. […]

Apple will webcast iPad event today to everyone

Apple will webcast its San Francisco event today, where the company is expected to reveal refreshed tablets, including an iPad Mini with a higher-resolution Retina-quality screen. The webcast, which Apple announced on its website, will begin at 10 a.m. PT. (1 p.m. ET). Earlier today, several Apple-centric blogs, including MacRumors, noted that the event would […]

FattBatt review – simply battery-saving utility keeps your laptop working longer

FattBatt keeps you off the grid longer, for a fee. Here’s our FattBatt review.        

The Chromebook family grows again with Acer’s new C7

There appears to be no end in sight to the Chromebook phenomenon, which has seen PC maker after PC maker jump onto Google’s Chrome OS-powered bandwagon.

Not just Linux: Windows can ‘brick’ Samsung laptops too

Late last month the word got out that some Samsung laptops have a problem booting Linux using UEFI, and late last week that problem began to look even worse.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix delayed until March or April

Road warriors hoping to get a new Windows 8 ThinkPad tablet-laptop hybrid will have to wait a few weeks longer than expected. Lenovo recently confirmed via its Facebook page that the ThinkPad Helix “rip and flip” hybrid won’t be available until March or April. Lenovo said during CES that the Helix would be available in […]

Hewlett-Packard joins Chromebook fray with 14-inch browser-based laptop

Hewlett-Packard on Monday said it’s officially jumping into the Chromebook fray after persistent rumors about the company launching one surfaced in late January. HP joins Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo selling PCs loaded with Google’s browser-as-OS.

HP will jump on the Chromebook bandwagon: Report

Another week, another major PC vendor announcing that it’s planning a Chromebook offering of its own. Last week, it was Lenovo; this week, according to reports, it’s none other than HP.

Surface Pro vs. the world: How much PC can you get for $1000?

Looks can be deceiving, and that’s definitely the case with Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro tablet. At first glance, the Surface Pro seems barely different than the Surface RT. Thicker, sure, but a casual once-over could miss that detail, and it otherwise mimics the size and aesthetic of its ARM-powered predecessor.

Windows 8 fails to lift the PC market in Q4

Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS failed to provide a spark to PC sales during last year’s fourth quarter, with worldwide unit shipments falling by 6.4 percent compared to the same quarter in 2011, according to research by IDC released on Thursday.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 arrives in Australia

PC manufacturer, Lenovo, has launched its ThinkPad Tablet 2 in Australia through distributors Ingram Micro and Synnex, following the product’s US release in late December.

The iPad Will Not Replace the Laptop in 2013

While the iPad has made giant strides in the enterprise, it is still hobbled because it doesn’t replace laptops in many use cases because of immature tablet apps and security concerns. But the case for tablets in the enterprise will only get stronger in the next few years.

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a tiny Linux laptop

Ever since the tiny $35 Raspberry Pi PC began shipping earlier this year, there’s been virtually no limit to the fresh uses and extensions that have been envisioned for it.