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Surf the Web and save the Earth

You've heard of environment-friendly paper towels, so why not a "green" Internet service provider? Paul Gerstenberger wants to give it a try.

Clone one PC's settings to another

One of the biggest hassles after buying a new PC is transferring your old PC's data, settings, and applications to the new one. But it's better than reconfiguring Windows to your liking each time you switch PCs, which can be downright frustrating.

US ATTACK: Tech firms help NY rebuild

When Mike Lackey sent an e-mail message Wednesday night to technology companies around the world asking them to donate any PCs, technical equipment, and expertise they could spare for New York City companies devastated by Tuesday's terrorist attack, ...

Netscape releases buffed 6.1 browser

Netscape Communcations Corp. is back with another update: The Netscape 6.1 browser is available for download free of charge. You'll notice marked stability improvements and compatibility with more Web sites over earlier beta versions.

Latest online ad gimmick: hyperlinks

Move over spam, there's a new ad scheme called Toptext that is delighting advertisers and drawing ire from users who view it as yet another obnoxious online advertising gimmick.

TECHXNY - Bluetooth makes headway in consumer PCs

Bluetooth will finally make its way into consumer PCs this fall, thanks in large part to Belkin Components and Hewlett-Packard. Both companies are showing off printers, hubs, PC Cards, and parallel port adapters using the wireless technology here at ...

TECHXNY - Logitech unveils secure keyboards, mice

Talk about mousing around: Logitech has debuted four new computer mice and two wireless keyboards at PC Expo (part of TECHXNY) here this week. The input devices range from corded optical mice to stylish wireless keyboards with Web-access functions, s...

Chat at your own risk

Instant messaging may be a handy for a virtual chat, but experts on the technology warn that it's also a privacy and security risk, vulnerable to eavesdropping and even physical tracking.

IBM drops price, boosts quality of flat-panels

Flat-panel monitor prices are falling as quality improves, and the latest to join that trend is IBM, which is introducing this week four flat-panel displays across the price spectrum. One offers the highest resolution commercially available, and anot...

IBM guides partners into a mobile future

You may use some of IBM's most interesting technology without realising where it comes from. Voice recognition, wireless communications, and some invisible middleware that connects disparate applications are likely to appear in products marketed in t...

Napster plug-in lets music play on

Napster fans worried their freewheeling days of digital downloads are numbered may find relief in an unauthorised Napster add-on that can link them to dozens of renegade Napster servers (and files).

Maxtor 1394 External Storage

Digital video fans, music lovers, and photo buffs hungry for fast access to massive amounts of portable storage should check out Maxtor 1394 External Storage drives, available in two sizes: 80GB and 40GB.

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

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