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Microsoft Begins Rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan Update

After a long period as a developer preview, the official release of Windows Phone 8.1 is now rolling out to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones. Windows Phone 8.1 brings many long needed improvements to the platform, some of the most significant being features like the new Action Center which combines...

41 by Brandon Chester - on 7/15/2014

Synology DS414j: An Ideal Backup NAS

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As the amount of digital media generated by the average household increases, the standard 2-bay NAS is no longer sufficient. 4-bay solutions based on ARM platforms are the most attractive for home users...

39 by Ganesh T S - on 7/10/2014

Micromax Moves Forward With Windows Phone For India

At MWC this year, Microsoft announced it was partnering with several new companies to bring additional Windows Phone devices to market. At BUILD, they announced an additional two companies – Micromax and Prestigio. Today, Microsoft used their Windows Phone Blog to announce some of the first of these new...

13 by Brett Howse - on 6/16/2014

Reducing Bill Of Materials - Windows 8.1 With Bing

Traditionally, Microsoft has been a dominant force in the computing landscape, and with that domination it has cultured partnerships with many companies to have them build PCs based on Windows. Practically every computing device sold came pre-installed with the current version of Microsoft’s operating system, with the price of...

28 by Brett Howse - on 5/24/2014

Averting Disaster - A Guide To Computer Backups (2014)

We all store more and more of our lives in digital form; spreadsheets, résumés, wedding speeches, novels, tax information, schedules, and of course digital photographs and video. All of this data is easy to store, transmit, copy, and share, but how easy is it to get back?

130 by Brett Howse - on 5/21/2014

Windows 8.1 x64 Connected Standby Support

With the mobile world, people have come to expect instant-on, always connected devices. First it was smartphones, and then tablets based off of mobile operating systems which offered the ability to have the device in a deep sleep state, but still able to connect out to various services for...

27 by Brett Howse - on 5/20/2014

Synology DS214play: Intel Evansport Almost Done Right

Intel's Evansport NAS platform was meant to take on ARM's dominance in the low to mid-range consumer / SOHO NAS market. We covered it in detail while reviewing the 2-bay Thecus N2560 and 4-bay Asustor AS-304T. Neither of these solutions brought out the full capabilities of the Intel Evansport...

44 by Ganesh T S - on 5/20/2014

Scaling Windows - The DPI Arms Race

For several years now, device manufacturers have been in a race to push the pixel density of devices – primarily mobile devices – higher and higher. The race began with the iPhone 4 “Retina” display, an at the time impressive 330 pixels per inch (PPI) 960x640 3.5” display. Keen...

113 by Brett Howse - on 4/15/2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Review

I was an early fan of Windows Phone 7. I remember completely switching over to the platform for about a month back in 2010, and being relatively happy. It wasn’t until I needed tethering support (which didn’t exist in the first release of WP7) that I had to move...

111 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 4/14/2014

Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 Update - Desktop as a First Class Citizen

Microsoft’s day 1 keynote for the BUILD developer conference detailed an update to Windows coming on the next scheduled patch Tuesday called 8.1 Update. Notice it’s not called Update 1, which means there may or may not be more of these updates later in the year. Hopefully there’s more. Windows...

149 by Brett Howse - on 4/3/2014

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1

This morning at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Microsoft kicked off its semi-annual BUILD developer conference with a keynote address detailing what’s coming now and in the near term for its major consumer platforms of Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox. Microsoft had a lot to discuss, and started the...

48 by Brett Howse - on 4/2/2014

Asustor AS-304T: 4-Bay Intel Evansport NAS Review

Intel's Evansport NAS platform was meant to take on ARM's dominance in the low to mid-range consumer / SOHO NAS market. We covered it in detail while reviewing the Thecus N2560, a 2-bay solution. How does the platform fare in a unit with four bays? Read on for our...

34 by Ganesh T S - on 3/26/2014

Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay 32TB Rackmount NAS Review

Seagate's acquisition of LaCie in 2012 made quite a bit of sense as most of their product lines were complementary in nature. However, they had a bit of an overlap in the NAS market, particularly in the SOHO ARM-based segment. Early last year, we reviewed the LaCie 5big NAS...

31 by Ganesh T S - on 3/14/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX2 2-bay NAS Review

The market for 2-bay and 4-bay NAS units has been growing at a much faster rate compared to other configurations. This trend is only expected to accelerate over the next few years. As the 'cloud' becomes a more common buzz-word, the time is ripe to educate the average consumer...

20 by Ganesh T S - on 3/4/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX4 and LenovoEMC ix4-300d Home NAS Units Review

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As the amount of digital media generated by the average household increases, the standard 2-bay NAS is no longer sufficient. Today, we are going to take a look at two different 4-bay solutions...

38 by Ganesh T S - on 2/26/2014

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