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Review – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Apple may dominate the tablet landscape for now, but Google's closing in fast, with a new version of Android and a flashy new line of tablets from Samsung. Can they live up to the hype? Could they possibly dethrone Cupertino from their position atop the battlefield? Read our review of the all-new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to find out! The Tab 10.1 is a Mac Edition Radio Holiday Pick!

Thomas Fogel, Posted 10/30/2011

Review — M-Audio’s ProFire 610 Gives More Than A Little Bit Extra

Avid/M-Audio's ProFire 610 is a 24-bit/192 kHz FireWire audio interface with two pre-amps, a coaxial S/PDIF input and output, and a user assignable master volume knob. John Mulhern has put serious time into testing interface. How is it in general use? How well does it perform? How is the compatibility? If you are thinking of adding an audio interface to your system, then don't miss this review!

John Mulhern III, posted 10/23/2011

The Compleat Writer: DIY Hard Drive/RAM Upgrade, Part 2

[Editor's Note: As indicated in the first part of this review, Coleman went to sleep one night in mid-May with Time Machine restoring his apps and data to a Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB Hybrid SSD 7200rpm hard drive that he'd just installed himself in his MacBook Pro. His story continues.]

Coleman's Law: Media content expands to fit the storage space available. One consequence: Almost inevitably, you'll outgrow your hard drive. Having tripled my drive's capacity, I don't expect to run out of room again before retiring my mid-2007 MacBook Pro. But, having succeeded in replacing my own drive, I've eliminated the fear factor from the prospect of doing so once more if necessary. 

A. D. Coleman, posted 8/7/2011

The Compleat Writer: The MacBook Pro DIY Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Hard Drive/RAM Upgrade, Part 1

Coleman's Law: Media content expands to fit the storage space available. One consequence: Almost inevitably, you'll outgrow your hard drive. How hard can it be to do an upgrade yourself? With the aid of some online tutorials from OWC, A. D. Coleman goes under the hood of his mid-2007 MacBook Pro for the first time, to swap out a 160GB standard drive for a new Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB Hybrid SSD 7200rpm replacement, and reports on his experience. Using the new Momentus XT 500 GB Hybrid SSD 7200rpm hard drive, and a touch of DIY technical courage, read on to see how the upgrade went!

A. D. Coleman, Posted 5/16/11

Review - Rango: The Video Game - An Imaginative Story in a Wild World on the Wii

In March of this year, Rango puzzled moviegoers everywhere with its pop culture references, slapstick humor, and inspired premise. Meanwhile, EA Games has been hard at work finishing Rango: The Video Game game for the masses. Can it settle down to provide something solid? Read our review to find out how it plays on the Wii!

Thomas Fogel, posted 3/14/2011

Review – Back to the Future: The Game

Great Scott! Marty and Doc are back in an all-new adventure from Telltale Games. Is it worth the wait? Well, sci-fi fans and children of the ‘80s can fret no more, because Telltale Games has released Back to the Future: The Game. Are you itching to time travel? Read on to find out how Marty and the Doc do it!

Thomas Fogel, Posted 1/21/2011

Review – OmniFocus for Mac OS and iPhone

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get more organized? Would you like to usefully synchronize your tasks and goals between your Mac and your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad? We take an in-depth look at The Omni Group’s OmniFocus for Mac and for iPhone and how well they implement the Getting Things Done philosophy.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/22/2010

Review – Hard Drives Continued – Speeding up data transfers with Seagate, Western Digital, Buffalo, Iomega, & Hitachi – Part Three – USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 Based Hard Drives!

Data data everywhere! Need to move it here and yonder in a hurry you say? In Part Three of our hard drive roundup we look at the next generation of USB 3.0 drives from Seagate and Western Digital, and FireWire 800 drives from Hitachi. Can one drive rule them all? Seagate’s Free Agent GoFlex series thinks so! Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/10/2010

Review – Hard Drives Continued – Protecting data with Imation and WiebeTech – Part Two – Encryption Based Hard Drives!

Protecting your data in case of loss is an ever-present problem, and we take a look at hard drives based around that premise. Is it wise to trust our digital lives to our computers? Probably not, but with encryption based flash and external drives this becomes a non-issue. In Part Two of our hard drive roundup we look at drives from Imation, and WeibeTech and try to decode the various schemes available for consumers. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/2/2010

Review – Hard Drives – Part One – Life In the Fast Lane With SSD Drives from Imation, Intel, & Kingston!

Now that we entrust our digital lives to our computers, flash drives, external drives, and the “cloud”. One thing is certain in the digital ecosphere and that every year our digital needs and expectations grow which translates to new storage. Are you looking at drives and trying to figure out the differences? We spent the last few months trying to do the same thing. We looked at a bevy of hard drives from Hitachi, Imation, Seagate, Western Digital, and WiebeTech to sort it out and spot the trends. In Part One we look at SSD Drives from Kingston, Imation, and Intel. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, Posted 12/1/2010