It's getting to be that time of year again: The leaves change, the temperature drops, and we redecorate our living rooms, desks,, and backpacks with shiny new electronics.
A recent survey by the Consumer Electronics Association found that respondents plan to spend, on average, $222 each on gadgets this holiday, an 8 percent increase over last year. And among teens and adults, computers and video games are the most wished-for items this year after clothing.
One of the grand traditions that goes along with buying electronics is being asked at the register, "Would you like to purchase … Read more
Cocktail is both useful and fun for inveterate Mac tinkerers and would-be power-users (that is, power users who aren't hard-core enough to use the command line). This multipurpose utility can help you keep your computer happy and healthy, giving you access to scores of tweaks and optimizations pulled together from various utilities, preferences, third-party hacks, and command-line tools.
Cocktail can help you with routine maintenance and customization across your disks, system, files, network, and interface. Cocktail is organized around these five areas, with highly customizable options for everything from clearing caches and repairing permissions to changing the appearance and … Read more
That beautiful silvery comet you saw in the sky recently was actually astronaut urine. No joke. We also avoid talking about pee for most of the show. Bing is still on the rise and Facebook is making money. Wow. Things are looking up all over. Just be careful when you look up. There's astronaut pee up there.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1064
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Bing grabs 10 percent of search market http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10354394-75.html… Read more
You know your gadget has truly made it when the folks at Rapid Repair take the time to carefully dissect it. After all, why waste an afternoon figuring out all the ways consumers might need to repair the Zune HD, if you don't think anyone's going to buy the thing.
Fortunately, it looks like the Zune HD lends itself well to any DIY repairs (unlike a certain competitor). To see the Zune HD's guts splayed like it's in some kind of technological slaughter house, check out our full tear-down gallery, courtesy of Rapid Repair.
It's a well-known fact that circuit boards and liquids don't mix, but there are more bizarre ways to break your laptop. A Massachusetts-based computer repair company has listed the top 10 ways that people deep-six their laptops--MacBooks, in particular.
In many respects, a laptop is an accident waiting to happen. Often there is no more than a thin piece of plastic between the user and disaster. And Apple MacBooks are particularly vulnerable at Starbucks these days due to their increasing popularity over the standard-fare Dell laptop.
But spilling coffee on your keyboard is one of the less colorful … Read more
Summer road trips are in full swing. But before you set out for your vacation, you'll need to remember to keep yourCar services in good shape. If you're mechanically inclined, you might be able to do that yourself. If not, check out some of these services that can help you out.
2CarPros 2CarPros might look like a simple question-and-answer site at first glance, but with some digging, you'll find it to be one of the most informative sites in this roundup.
Once you get to 2CarPros, you can immediately start sifting through the site's huge database of car repair information. Everything from an oil change to refurbishing an engine is included in its database. If you want to ask the Pros questions, you'll need to sign up for the site. But if you want to the most value, 2CarPros has a videos section, providing several clips on how to repair your vehicle. It's a really informative site.
DriverSide If you're looking to find out when you should be performing routine repairs on your car, DriverSide is the place to go.
Once you get to the site, you'll need to input the kind of car you own. From there, the service will estimate its value, tell you when you'll need to get its oil changed, and list all the other service you need to have done at certain times throughout the car's lifespan. If you can't do the work yourself, DriverSide even tells you where to find a mechanic near you. It's a neat site.
FuelClinic FuelClinic determines how well your car is managing its fuel consumption. After you sign up for the site, you need only to input your car's information, tell the service how much you spent the last couple times you filled up, and the site will return calculations on your miles per gallon and how much you will be spending on gas going forward. It's not the most advanced fuel-monitoring service in this roundup, but it's simple, which might make it attractive to some.… Read more
If you're like me, then you probably have some chips in your wine glasses. I take this to be a good thing, because having chipped wine glasses means that I have friends over often enough to use them. But, outside of the communal environment chipped glasses imply, these jagged edges can be dangerous and unattractive. A simple fix is to toss the glass and buy another, but with the Crystal Saver Wine Glass Chip Remover, the toss and replace strategy may no longer be necessary.
The Chip Remover is a nickel file that's covered with diamond particles. To … Read more