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Getting the right new accessory for your desktop PC can transform your computing experience in surprising ways. The best part is how much variety there is in terms of sizes, prices, and functionality that you can be sure to find one to suit anybody, and they can fit under the tree, in a stocking, or wherever, making them great gifts this holiday. When picking out a gift you often want to get something the person will love but might not have got for themselves. That’s what makes PC accessories so perfect. People don’t often think of upgrading or getting something extra fancy. More often than not they pick up accessories out of necessity. This lets you step in and pick something beyond what they merely need, and get something that goes that extra mile to become something they’ll love in ways they never even considered.

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Gaming keyboards are a very interesting category. On one hand they’re keyboards, so you don’t want some things to be somewhat standardized in order to give you versatility, and have it conform to your expectations. On the other hand you want it to have high performance and deliver unique and powerful features to help you take your gaming to the next level. This is a balancing act that Logitech has a long history in managing with many PC gaming accessories throughout the years. I had the opportunity to spend some time with their latest offering – the G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard to see if it could live up to Logitech’s strong pedigree in this department.

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LG monitors are a clear solution for your tired eyes

by Blogger on ‎11-20-2014 12:20 PM - last edited on ‎12-01-2014 03:14 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If there is one part of home computers that people seem to neglect, it is probably the monitor. People go through multiple computers without even considering changing their monitor. They’ll get new keyboards, mice, video cards, hard drive, you name it but it seems like people don’t even consider getting a new monitor until their existing screen fails. A lot of people seem to figure ‘it still turns on, why consider an upgrade?’, but it is the thing you often spend all day staring at! You would think people would want to take advantage of the latest advancements in technology to get the most out of that experience. The world of monitors has been rapidly changing ever since we started doing away with bulky CRT monitors. If you haven’t taken a serious look at the world of monitors lately you’re in for a few surprises as things have really gotten a lot better lately, and it’s a more exciting scene than ever before. A nice new monitor can reduce your eye strain, neck strain, and increase your productivity all at once.

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Ultra is the hot word on tablets

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2014 09:37 AM - last edited on ‎12-11-2014 10:53 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I love seeing tablets grow in popularity. Over the past few years they went from a niche experimental device to an invaluable addition to your digital arsenal. You can get tablets suited to different needs, with widely varying features, power levels, and specifications. This year it seems like the big things with tablets is to be ‘Ultra’ in some way. Whether its ultra-thin, ultra-powerful, ultra large, ultra-portable, or even ultra-durable. A lot of tablets pick out one factor to favor and go all in to live up to it as well as possible, carving out its own niche.

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Razer's BlackWidow Chroma keyboard

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 12:55 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2014 02:41 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Razer’s BlackWidow keyboard series has been a favourite of mine for some time now. It has a relatively understated and minimal look, while still retaining some edge. The mechanical keys have always done me well, and the lighting is pretty well done. Well Razer has upped their game with the new Razer BlackWidow Chroma.

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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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