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Mac OS X Yosemite: how to get it and what you need

by Blogger ‎10-23-2014 12:54 PM - edited ‎10-23-2014 12:56 PM

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Apple released its latest version of Mac OS X, called Yosemite, the second version named after a place in California. It also marks a particular synergy between OS X and iOS — not a merging of the two — but rather an easier way to get them working with one another. It also marks a new look, one that flattens the visuals to fall more in line with the current graphics seen in iOS. There are plenty of new features, and a straightforward upgrade process to get to them.

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Hexa-Core processors and why you want one.

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2014 12:17 PM

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If you’ve shopped for a computer at all in the past few years, you’ve likely heard people talking about cores. They’re not talking about apples, obviously. They’re referring to technology that allows your central processing unit (or CPU for short) to support multiple independent CPUs that work in harmony to produce more computational horsepower.

Not too long ago your CPU would only have one core. Just over a decade ago we saw multicore processors start to gain popularity. We started with dual-core CPUs which gave us a pretty solid boost to performance and quickly graduated to quad-core CPUs. These days hexa-core machines boast six computing cores and give you a lot of bang for your buck. You get improved parallel computing ability which translates to a general improvement in aggregate processing speed.

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Stream hockey to your devices with Rogers NHL GameCenter Live

by Blogger on ‎10-09-2014 08:21 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:54 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Whether you’re a previous NHL GameCenter subscriber or not, you will notice that the service has gone through a makeover. Not only does it have a new look and feel, but in Canada, it’s also branded by Rogers as part of the 12-year, $5.2 billion deal it signed with the NHL. That means there are changes in how games are delivered to you, and here’s how it all works.

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Sage 50 2015 Payroll Improvements Make Payroll Processing Easier!

by Blogger on ‎09-26-2014 03:14 PM - last edited on ‎09-26-2014 03:44 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The new Sage 50 2015 lineup arrives in stores in October. Every year feedback and requests from customers are collected. Sage listened! Here are some of the payroll improvements you asked for.

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Best Desktop for Music, Movies and Games – In the Footsteps of the ASUS ROG Legacy

by Blogger ‎09-22-2014 04:29 PM - edited ‎09-23-2014 01:04 PM

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The ROG TYTAN G30 is yet another seamless creation from ASUS’ powerful line of gaming focused desktop PCs. It’s been designed to provide complementary features that comply with the most robust usage scenarios for music, movies and games where every spec enhances the abilities of the others.

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Review: Eurocom Armadillo

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2014 03:39 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2014 03:37 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I’ve reviewed a number of Eurocom laptops in the past. In the process I’ve become a big fan of their approach. Their machines tend to have very robust power under the hood, restrained yet aggressive styling, and an undeniable sense of quality. They’re often not the smallest, lightest machines though. If you want to go small and light, and are willing to sacrifice on power then the there are a lot of options out there for you to choose from. While not all their laptops are bulky desktop-replacement gaming rigs, they never quite seemed competitive with ultraportable laptops and ultrabooks in terms of convenience. For gaming laptops their portability is great but in the world of everyday work machines, I can see why some might want something a bit thinner. That’s why I was surprised when I unboxed the Eurocom Armadillo. It doesn’t have a trace of bulk and feels as portable as I could hope for. Finally a Eurocom laptop I could happily carry around with me day to day.

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How a Surface Pro 3 can help with student life

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2014 07:31 AM - last edited on ‎08-25-2014 01:48 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I’ve been a huge fan of Microsoft’s Surface Pro line since they were first announced. It’s no secret. They generally feel to me like the perfect gadget balancing my need for an Ultrabook with my desire for a tablet. With many of you headed back to school, and looking for new computers to take with you, let’s take a look at the latest Surface Pro 3 and see what it can do for student life.

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Choosing the right Apple MacBook for you

by Blogger on ‎08-13-2014 03:04 PM - last edited on ‎08-13-2014 03:23 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Look at one of Apple’s MacBooks today and you will see something that looks familiar, yet uniquely different at the same time. The MacBook line has gone through several evolutionary changes over the last eight years, having also gone from three particular designs, down to two: the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Both follow the same design philosophies, though feel distinct at the same time. Based on my years of experience with both, I can tell you why.

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How to buy the right Apple computer for school

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 11:39 AM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 11:51 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

All-the-Macs.jpgApple's notebooks and desktops are seeing increasing levels of popularity as well as adoption into the educational market. Their build-quality, reputation for security, and general durability and ease of use, make them ideal devices for students and teachers in many universities and disciplines.  Let's take a look at the strengths and ideal use cases for Apple's current line of notebooks and desktops geared for back to school.

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Laptops for Back to School as chosen by you, the consumers

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2014 08:36 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 01:12 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Finding a good laptop requires research and maybe even a little sleuthing, but what might be ideal for someone else may not be the best fit for what you need. The bevy of choices doesn’t simplify the process all that much, so narrowing things down does help make a more concerted effort to spend money on something that is ultimately an investment.

 

In the previous post, I ran through some laptops that I thought would be good starting points for students, breaking them down into various categories. Of course, that was my opinion to the best of my knowledge. You, the readers and customers, have made your opinions known through feedback provided on the site.

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Alienware desktop PCs

by Blogger on ‎07-14-2014 04:54 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 04:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Back to School season is right around the corner, and with that time of year we also tend to see another crop of fresh video games. That combo makes this a fantastic time to go PC shopping, particular if you need a new schoolwork PC that just happens to also be a pretty mean gaming PC too. With that in mind, we turn our attention over to Alienware who have a couple hot new desktops available; the Alienware X51-R2, and the Alienware R4. Are a couple of serious machines that any PC gamer would be pleased to have as their rig. Alienware knows a thing or two about gaming PCs after all, and that’s evident when you take a look at these two models.

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Review: ASUS PB287 4K Computer Monitor Display

by Blogger on ‎07-08-2014 12:17 AM - last edited on ‎07-09-2014 04:38 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The future of video is always marching forwards, but it’s never been so fast as in the last 15 years. We’ve seen the maturity of technology beginning with 16x9 widescreen televisions, HDTVs, flat panel televisions, 3DTV, Smart TV… and now 4k. It’s no surprise that monitor technology has kept pace and exceeded TV tech; having higher definition video sources on your computer has always been easy, which is why I was excited to test out the Asus PB287 4k Monitor. It’s a piece of the future that’s available right now.

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Zotac Video Cards

by Blogger on ‎06-26-2014 05:14 PM - last edited on ‎07-03-2014 02:06 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Any serious PC gamer knows that having the right video card in your system can make all the difference in the world both in terms of cost, and performance. You want to aim for that sweet spot where performance and price are balanced without creating bottlenecks in your rig. My general advice is to get the best video card you can afford before it's overpowered compared against the rest of your system’s components. Getting the latest and greatest isn’t always ideal when all your other components are old and in need of upgrading. But if your rig is up to date and you’re looking to get the most out of it, picking up the most high-performance kit out there can turn your Corvette into a Lamborghini and make games perform amazingly for years to come.

 

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Review: Eurocom Shark 2 Gaming Laptop

by Blogger on ‎06-15-2014 11:05 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 10:00 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Eurocom isn’t quite the most commonly talked about name in notebooks that I hear. There are certainly more common brands out there. That’s a shame, because every Eurocom notebook I take for a spin, I like even more than the last. The performance, quality, and attention to detail of their notebooks make them formidable machines, when compared against other notebooks out there, or even available desktop PCs. The latest Eurocom PC I’ve been spending time with has been their Shark 2 which has plenty of horsepower under the hood to satisfy any gamer looking to break free of their desk.

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Review: Asus Chromebox is an intriguing and versatile mini computer

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2014 11:06 AM - last edited on ‎06-20-2014 01:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Technology is inherently meant to be versatile, and versatility is generally appreciated in a tech product, which could be the ideal position for the Asus Chromebox. Is it a small desktop computer? A home entertainment hub? Something else altogether? The lack of a distinct identity for the Chromebox isn’t a knock against it, but rather one of its most intriguing qualities. The small box doesn’t feel out of place in a few different areas, but does the software fit right in to any environment as well?

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