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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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Overview: Apple's iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Mac mini and iMac with 5K Retina display launch

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 06:10 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 03:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Cupertino - Apple today hosted a special event in their campus where they unveiled the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, updated OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 as well as new Mac mini and an iMac with 5k Retina Display to round off this year's product offerings.

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Review: Spotify now streaming in Canada

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 11:12 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 08:30 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’re not familiar with Spotify, you’re probably already familiar with the type of service it offers. One of the most popular music streaming platforms in the world has finally come to Canada, five years after the company originally said it was considering doing so. There is no shortage of competitors, so what is it about Spotify that has made it so sought after? I streamed tunes from it for over a month to find out.

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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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Use Tools that Help with Cash Flow Management

by Blogger ‎09-11-2014 09:38 AM - edited ‎09-11-2014 02:17 PM

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As important as sales are to a business, positive cash flow management is just as vital. Cash is king, as they say. New features in Sage 50 Accounting 2015 can help with your cashflow management 

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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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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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Access Your Business Accounts From Anywhere

by Blogger on ‎07-25-2014 01:53 PM - last edited on ‎07-25-2014 02:21 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I spent the weekend on a river trip in a remote area without cell service. While I enjoyed the peace, it did remind me how much I not only appreciate, but expect the convenience of my smart phone. For business owners, it is even more important that they have the ability to access their data wherever they are when they need it. Both Express Invoice and Express Accounts give you the ability to access your business information from any device with an internet connection.

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Best laptops for Back to School

by Blogger on ‎07-24-2014 04:50 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 01:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Being productive in school usually requires having the right tools and resources to get things done, and a good, dependable laptop is among the most important. Choice is great, but when you have so many to choose from, it takes a little homework to figure out which one would be the best fit for you and your needs. I look at some that I think would be good starting points.

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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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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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ASUS’ dual-boot Transformer Book Trio

by Blogger on ‎06-04-2014 06:07 PM - last edited on ‎06-09-2014 01:17 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Are you tired of carrying around your Android tablet AND your Windows notebook PC but still want all the functionality of each? ASUS has you covered with their new Transformer Book Trio that manages to dual-boot to run both Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the same piece of hardware. Now you can minimize your daily carry while still being able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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