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Ever since Seagate purchased LaCie the distinctions between the two companies continue to blur. A case in point is the Seagate Sevenmm, a thin USB 3 drive with an absolutely cool metal case that mimics a hard drive. Normally such a design statement would be the province of LaCie, but here is Seagate rocking the form factor. In this review, we look at the LaCie d2, a beautiful, speedy, and SSD upgradable Thunderbolt desktop drive, and the Seagate Sevenmm, an ultra thin, small, and beautifully designed USB 3 hard drive.

Harris Fogel, posted 7/26/15

One of the great joys of advances in storage technology is that Network Attached Storage is no longer scary or difficult. And to prove it, consider the recently released Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay 4TB NAS device. At a price point barely any higher then a normal external hard drive, the Personal Cloud builds upon earlier products like the Seagate Central, and offers a refined and easy to use feature set for consumers. Last year we reviewed the Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable USB 3 Drive with two internal drives in a stripe. With the introduction of new 4TB hard drive mechanisms, Seagate can now offer the 4TB Backup Plus which should prove to be more reliable then a stripe which is built for speed. Read our review to see how these new products did in our tests.

Harris Fogel, posted 7/26/15

Each Memorial Day weekend, the historic grounds of the 300-year-old Gloria Dei Church in South Philadelphia is transformed into a day-long festival of great music, delicious food, and tremendous fun for celebrants of all ages. We found the celebration to be a wonderful way to spend the day while supporting a great cause!

Nancy Burlan, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel, posted 7/10/15

Like many photographers, we have switched 90% of our workflow to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Its cross-platform compatibility, combined with ever more robust Digital Asset Management features, coupled with state-of-the-art image editing, and an affordable price has proved a serious challenger for other image editing apps. The recent release of Lightroom 6 updates the app in areas large and small. Is Lightroom 6 or CC a good bet for your digital photography needs? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, Posted 6/27/15

There are lots of options for cell phone users, and over the past years consumers have sought out lower cost options. Certainly apps like Skype have made it possible for folks to save on their data plans as long as they have a Wi-Fi network available. A new entrant into the pay-as-you-go cell phone space is TextNow who have combined several different technology approaches to save consumers money. Read on to discover if the TextNow can save you money while meeting your communications needs.

Harris Fogel, with editorial input from Nancy Burlan, Posted 6/21/15

As tax time approaches and departs, we are reminded how many expenses we have, often on crumpled up pieces of paper, or business cards from conferences. The solution? Well, it’s generally held to be a scanner that captures the info, freeing you from paperwork. But most of those products pretty much stop short after capturing the data. Neat has been building a reputation for taking the data past the scanning phase and making it organized and accessible. Their latest product, the NeatConnect Wi-Fi Scanner + Software offers a scanner, the cloud, organizational tools, and mobile access in one product. Will the NeatConnect Wi-Fi Scanner + Software make your life easier? Read our full review to find out!

Harris Fogel, with additional research by Nancy Burlan, Posted 6/19/15

If there was a theme to this year’s 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, it was 4K Resolution TVs and Displays. NEC’s introduction last winter of its first 4K display, the EA244UHD  24" 4K Widescreen Desktop Monitor w/ IPS Panel opened up an entire new world of resolution for desktop image editors. Don't need that level of resolution, but want a superb wide-gamut desktop display, the PA302W-BK 30" Color Accurate Desktop Monitor is one solution. If you are interested in how this technology will impact your imaging and editing workflow, then read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, with editorial input from Nancy Burlan, posted 6/18/2015

There aren’t too many software products that can boast still having its original development team after 25 years, or having started first on the Amiga platform, migrated to Windows, Alpha NT, and the Macintosh OS. But it’s all true for Cinema 4D, Maxon’s venerable 3D application. The latest version is Cinema 4D R16, and boasts a slew of new features, a worldwide following, and strong interoptibility with Adobe After Effects. If you are interested in the current state-of-the-art of animation and 3D software, read on for our full review!

James Van Metre, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, Posted 6/12/2015

If you travel, the one sure-fire way to forget you are jostling around on a road, bouncing over railroad tracks, or strapped into a narrow airplane seat, is with some great tunes. Our own John Mulhern III, beat me to the punch and reviewed the superb Oppo PM-3 Planar Magnetic Headphones and the Oppo HA-2 Amp/DAC. With recently released music from HD Tracks, I wondered how the combination performed on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! Is this the perfect portable audio companion for you? Read our review to find out!

Harris Fogel, with additional editorial input by Nancy Burlan, Posted 6/12/2015

In this third part of our series on storage, we knew that it wouldn't be the real world if we didn’t discuss the fact that drives do occasionally fail. In 2005 Maxtor introduced an exciting drive for its time, the Maxtor OneTouch III, Turbo Edition drive series which paired two hard drives in a single Firewire enabled enclosure. But, our two units stopped working and sat on a shelf for almost a decade gathering dust. We wondered if our pair of dead systems had any chance of recovery? To test this we turned to Seagate Recovery Systems. Read our full review to see if rescuing your dead drive makes sense.

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan & Ken Kramar, Posted 5/26/2015

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