Get your iPhone or iPad ready for iOS 10.3

Get your iPhone or iPad ready for iOS 10.3
iOS 10.3 is out for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but before you rush out to download it here's some things you can do to get your hardware ready for the upgrade. Here's what you need to do to make sure things go smoothly for you.See also: Learn to become a Google Chrome power userWill you get iOS 10.3?First things first, will you get iOS 10.3?Here is a complete list of the devices that are supported by this release (basica…
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Intel Optane: Memory acceleration kicks PCs into warp drive on April 24

Intel Optane: Memory acceleration kicks PCs into warp drive on April 24
Image credit: Intel The story of PC improvement over the past five years has been one of incremental improvement. In football terms, it's been three yards and a cloud of dust, with new CPU designs typically improving performance by single-digit percentages year over year.The upshot is that the typical reaction for anyone upgrading a relatively new PC has been "Is tha…
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Xplore XSLATE R12 review: A high-quality rugged Windows tablet, but beware battery life

Xplore XSLATE R12 review: A high-quality rugged Windows tablet, but beware battery life
Xplore is a specialist maker of rugged tablets for use in demanding environments. Last year I reviewed the company's XSLATE D10, an Android tablet. However, Xplore's core business is Windows-based tablets such as the XSLATE R12, which runs Windows 10 Pro. As is expected of a tablet designed to survive the harshest of operating conditions, the XSLATE R12 is appropriately certified. It meets the MIL-STD 810G standard for a broad range of environmental factors, has an IP54 rating fo…
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How to love your iPad again

How to love your iPad again
Beginning with iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, Apple added an unprecedented level of integration between the two platforms. With subsequent releases of both iOS and OS X, this integration has become much better and more reliable.While initially I found it hard to adopt this into my workflow - partly because I had kludgy workflows in place to try to make switching between the two work - I've found that once I'd gone through the process of starting something on my iPad and then switching the Mac a few times…
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Hands-On: Logitech K380 Compact Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Hands-On: Logitech K380 Compact Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard
The Logitech K380 keyboard. Image: Logitech SA I have been a loyal Logitech customer for a very long time -- since the days when we were buying something called a "bus mouse". That is only partly because I have been living in Switzerland for a long time; it is mostly because Logitech consistently makes innovative, quality products.The latest case in point is this K38…
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​Qualcomm blocked Samsung from selling Exynos chips: KFTC

​Qualcomm blocked Samsung from selling Exynos chips: KFTC
Qualcomm prevented Samsung Electronics, its biggest client for Snapdragon chip-sets, from selling its own Exynos counterpart to third-parties, South Korea's Fair Trade Commission claimed.The commission said Samsung was prevented from selling its own mobile chip-set to other vendors besides its own through a patent licensing deal with Qualcomm.The US chip giant's patents fall under standard essential patents that must be licensed in fair terms, accord…
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review: Finally, an Android tablet built with enterprise users in mind

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review: Finally, an Android tablet built with enterprise users in mind
Show me an Android tablet and I'll show you a device that has yet to live up to its full potential. Google's Play Store lacks a wide selection of apps that support a tablet's larger display, with most apps only expanding the phone interface, in turn looking horrible on the smaller screen.In addition to the lack of quality apps, Android tablets have lacked key accessories such as a keyboard.For the most part, Android tablets have been relegated to a device used to catch up on Netf…
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Samsung Galaxy S8: Six big questions - and answers

Samsung Galaxy S8: Six big questions - and answers
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Top tools for IT technicians

Top tools for IT technicians
To paraphrase Vincent "Vinnie" Gambini from the film My Cousin Vinnie, repairing a PC is a procedure; like rebuilding a carburettor has a procedure. You know, when you rebuild a carburettor, the first thing you do is you take the carburettor off the manifold. Suppose you skip the first step, and while you're replacing one of the jets, you accidentally drop the jet, it goes down the carburettor, rolls along the manifold, and goes into the head.You're then in a world of pain.While there's no cylin…
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Nokia: Our new Android phones will hit US by June, starting at $150

Nokia: Our new Android phones will hit US by June, starting at $150
The highest-end Nokia 6 Arte Black is among the phones set for a global rollout. Image: HMD Global HMD Global has confirmed it will launch its Nokia Android handsets to the US and the rest of the world in the second quarter. The company said on its Twitter account today that its new Android handsets and one feature phone will launch worldwide between April and June…
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