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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...

104 by Brett Howse - 3 days ago

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...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi - 3 days ago

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...

147 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...

47 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...

19 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

Microsoft's Mobile World Congress 2014 Event Live Blog

We're seated and ready to go Microsoft's press event here at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Read on for our live blog.

17 by Brian Klug, Ian Cutress - on 2/23/2014

Netgear ReadyNAS 716 Review: 10GBase-T in a Desktop NAS

Netgear launched the 6-bay ReadyNAS 716 10-GbE desktop NAS in November. To our knowledge, this is the first off-the-shelf NAS in a desktop tower form factor to come with built-in support for 10GBase-T. With an Intel Xeon CPU under the hood, the unit packs quite a punch within a...

25 by Ganesh T S - on 1/1/2014

Synology RS10613xs+: 10GbE 10-bay Rackmount NAS Review

Most of our enterprise NAS reviews have focused on Atom-based desktop form factor systems. We ventured into evaluating rackmount units with the QNAP TS-EC1279U-RP, and today we have results from our evaluation of Synology's RS10613xs+. Read on to find out how Synology's 2013 flagship fared in our tests.

51 by Ganesh T S - on 12/26/2013

Netgear ReadyNAS 312 2-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

x86-based NAS units targeting SMB consumers are usually of the 4-bay or more variety. However, there is a growing market for 2-bay high-performance units. Almost all major NAS vendors have an Atom-based 2-bay SMB NAS unit. Today, we are going to look at Netgear's latest offering in this space...

18 by Ganesh T S - on 11/11/2013

Windows 8.1 Battery Life Investigation: 1080p Video Playback

A couple weeks back, I posted a short article on battery life with Windows 8.1 looking at whether or not it had changed compared to Windows 8. The short summary is that no, it did not change appreciably, though at least one of the tests I ran showed worse...

67 by Jarred Walton - on 11/6/2013

Sony VAIO Pro 13 Battery Life with Windows 8.1: Largely Unchanged

Last week I finished up the review of the Sony VAIO Pro 13, which delivers excellent battery life compared to most other laptops that we’ve tested – granted, it’s also one of the first Haswell ULT systems we’ve tested as well. Shortly after the review posted, Microsoft officially released...

34 by Jarred Walton - on 10/21/2013

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Review: Redefining the Entry-Level Windows Notebook

I started out our Chromebook 11 review with a reminder that we are in the midst of a netbook renaissance. Armed with better hardware, a better sense of materials/industrial design and better OSes, it’s time for the next round of entry-level, ultraportable notebooks to have their chance in the...

149 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 10/18/2013

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