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Nook HD - The Gold Diggers Tablet

If you haven't received or picked up a tablet computer this year during christmas I'd be very very surprised. There are so many of them around and many can be had for under £100, which is a seriously good deal. The Nook HD has a very compelling spec, great fan base and can be had for under £80, or even less if you are willing to look for deals.

Demystifying Tablet Computers

As Christmas time nears, there is a good chance that you are looking to buy a tablet computer or are going to receive one from Santa. There are an extremely large number of tablets around with manufacturers new and old trying to get a piece of the tablet computer market. But how have these tablets come about and what should you know before you decide to buy them. Lets take a look...

Electronic Ink and The Future of Paper

Some of you, like me, may have walked into a bookshop recently or an electronics superstore perhaps and noticed a new section featuring the plethora of e-book readers that have come into the market. If you pick up one of these and play around with it, the first thing that will probably strike you as different is how 'paper like' the text display appears. Well you are looking at Electronic Ink or e-ink.

Securing Your Laptop and Personal Data Against Theft

Laptop prices are on the rise and they will continue to do so, making laptops an expensive investment. In this article I am going to discuss some of the techniques you can use to prevent loss of your beloved machine and its data. I am going to focus on physical theft of data because many people don't do enough to avoid this. I'm also going to explain how to build security in layers, making it tighter as you go deeper.

What a Laptop!

Steampunk is a form of art where modern day objects are transformed to look like 19th century steam powered devices. An example is this laptop complete with its power-on key. Rich Nagy the creator of this beast sums up his passion for tinkering with technology "[Computer technology] was robbed of the fleeting, wonderful period right after invention, where it is celebrated and honoured by the finest craftsman, artists and creative minds and given a structure befitting its potential and greatness."

The Return of Single Core Processors: A Power vs Portability Compromise

In the last few months I've had a hard time finding a reasonably priced dual core processor laptop in the consumer PC market. Most of the models I loved have been discontinued and moved off the shelves. You would think that they have been replaced by more powerful models, but no. Computer manufacturers are taking a step back in time and actually building slightly less powerful laptops but instead offering more portability and style. I take a trip down memory lane and look at the philosophy behind the next generation of laptops.

Wireless Devices Maybe Cool But Are They Secure?

It seems that wireless devices are taking over our lives. Starting with wireless internet most other computing devices are now also wireless. We have wireless keyboards, wireless mice, wireless telephones, wireless headphones and wireless CCTV. Companies that sell these devices are fairly quick to point out how convenient it is to use the wireless device and how long the wireless range is, but very few of them actually publish information about if the wireless communication on the device is secure.

Securing Your Home with Burglar Alarms and CCTV

Security is a increasing source of concern for home owners today. Bad economic times have led to an increased risk of home breakins and theft. Most security installations are done by professional organizations which will charge you a hefty sum and provide you will iron clad security. However what many home owners need is a simple deterrent system, that will stop the street thief from getting in and wiping the house clean. There are an increasing number of security products in the market which you can install yourself, but it is important to understand the advantages of using each because incorrect use could create a false sense of security while actually leaving your home more exposed than protected.

AMD Athlon Neo MV40. How 'New' is it and Does it Beat the Intel Atom N280?

The Intel Atom N280 and AMD Athlon Neo MV40 are the two most popular Netbook processors. I emphasise Netbook here because I have seen attempts to sell machines having either of these as laptop and at times even desktop computers! Anyone buying a machine equipped with these processors expecting high level computing power will be disappointed. If you need a laptop buy a real laptop.