Portable computing’s wonderfully light power consumption footprint

Power your iPhone, iPad and MacBook for less than $10 per year.


Ways in which having an iPad just makes life better

The iPad is a great time management and optimization tool.

This free app could save your teen’s life (and yours)

More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving.

Tablift hands-free iPad support for in bed or on the couch, reviewed

The Tablift is designed to hold your iPad in a stable and optimal viewing orientation regardless of any unevenness of the surface you are resting on. The stand’s patent pending design uses four independently adjustable “gooseneck” type legs that allow it to stand level and stable on virtually any cushioned surface, making it ideally suited for use in bed or on the couch reading or watching videos. For typing? Not so much.

Dial-up Internet; not dead yet

Did you think dial-up Internet was dead? Think again. Quartz’s Dan Frommer reports that, amazingly, AOL still has 2.3 million dialup subscribers, and they’re turning a profit for the online pioneering company—in fact, most of its profits.


MacBooks and iPads: To AppleCare or not AppleCare?

I simply am not convinced AppleCare coverage is a worthwhile expenditure for me. Had I purchased AppleCare for each of the Apple computers I’ve owned, I’d have spent the price of a new loaded MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and then some. Still, there are also Apple hardware users who sing its praises after experiencing catastrophic hardware failures that were repaired under the service.

Now that the iPad’s all grown up, it needs to decide what it’s going to be

First, let me say I don’t think the iPad is in any danger of disappearing any time soon; Apple still sold more than 13.3 million of the critters in its 2014 fiscal Q3. However, my guess is that the iPad is suffering a bit of a late-adolescent identity crisis at the four year mark, in that it remains unclear just what its mission and purpose are in the not-really-post-PC era.

Why you should consider a gaming mouse, even if you’re not a gamer

I’m not much of a computer gamer, but I’m a big fan of some gaming hardware, especially gaming mice and mousepads, which I find typically offer excellent ergonomics, superior performance to regular point and click peripherals, and durable constructed. A case in point is the Razer Orochi laptop gaming mouse.

Why does any personal computing form factor have to die?

Yahoo Finance’s Shawna Ohm explains in a recent column why “the PC just won’t die,” but why does any computing platform have to die? After all, it doesn’t have to be a zero sum equation. Tablets didn’t kill off PCs, and phablets won’t kill off tablets; as long as people need to go to work every day, personal computers are here to stay.

Back-to-school with wired iOS keyboards for classrooms (and elsewhere)

For numerous reasons, Bluetooth wireless keyboards can be problematic in classroom environments where there is a high density of wireless connected devices. And whereas they haven’t been available until recently, there are now several wired iOS keyboards available in both Lightning and 30-pin connector versions. Here are three examples to consider for the upcoming school year (or whenever you need to type on an iPad).


Do memory costs make the iPhone “the biggest rip-off in tech?”

LAPTOP mag Editor in Chief Mark Spoonauer says that according to Michael Yang, a senior principal analyst for market research firm IHS, smartphone makers pay a princely eight dollars for 16 GB of mobile device RAM, which he contends makes 16 GB iPhones (and by extension iPads) “the biggest rip-off in tech.” Perhaps a trifle overstated, but as a 16 GB iPad owner, I get where he’s coming from.


MacBook Pro update clears agenda for 12″ MacBook Air unveiling

The updated Retina MacBook Pros Apple announced Tuesday are essentially a minor speed bump, bur are perhaps perhaps significant in clearing the decks for Apple to devote full attention to a widely anticipated announcement deeper into the year of a completely new 12-inch MacBook Air design with a Retina display, no internal cooling fan, and no trackpad button.