Stories by Dennis O'Reilly

Search evolution: New ways to get better results

If you're ready for a new take on Web searching, a bunch of beta services are set to offer novel ways to search and to organize your results. The beta services that are offering these and other innovations promise to turn conventional Web search on i...

GPS device covers high-end features

Go down the roster of top-of-the-line GPS features, and the TomTom Go 720 has them all covered: text-to-speech pronunciation of street names; the ability to play audio files from an SD Card through your car's stereo; and clear, colorful 3D maps displ...

Microsoft Office 2007 (Standard Edition)

Anyone who has followed Microsoft Office through its succession of lacklustre upgrades in recent years would be excused for yawning at the prospect of the 2007 version. Well, wake up: The 2007 Office System is easily the most compelling Office upgrad...

Beyond Search: Google Specialty Services

Even people who have never opened a Web browser in their life know about Google -- but the undisputed king of search is about much more than just keywords, text ads, and ten-per-page results.

Mapping software loses its way

You can save a couple hundred bucks by opting for one of the two most popular GPS-enabled mapping programs instead of a stand-alone GPS device, but you'll lose a lot of simplicity--and some accuracy--in the bargain. Both mapping products require eith...

Live Search mapped results get 3D views

My first tour of Virtual Earth 3D in the Windows Live Search beta left me impressed by its bird's-eye view and by the easy access to information about local businesses (including free phone calls to them); but as you would expect with a beta, the ser...

New toolbar for Microsoft's Live services

Every time you turn around, Microsoft seems to be releasing--or rechristening--a Web service with the Windows Live moniker. To date, seeing how all of these Live tools work together has been difficult, but in the new version 3 of the Windows Live Too...

Social atlas sites let you map your life

No plain-vanilla mapping site knows your favorite haunts as well as you do. New online services tap that information by enabling you to share your knowledge and memories of your most beloved locales--in your hometown or on the other side of the globe...

Web spreadsheets nearing prime time

Let's face it -- Microsoft Excel is way more spreadsheet application than most of us will ever need. That is part of the appeal of a new breed of Web-based spreadsheet services: They have fewer features, which can make them easier to use for some tas...

SeaMonkey 1.0.1

Despite SeaMonkey's rough edges, its bundling of a browser, an e-mail utility, and an HTML editor in one package is appealing.

Google Toolbar 4 Beta

Lately it seems as if everybody and their second cousin have attempted to follow Google's example by cobbling together a browser toolbar. Most of these shortcut collections do little more than push the page content farther below the virtual fold and ...

Microsoft Works Suite 2006

We checked out a shipping version of Microsoft's home-user-centric Works Suite 2006. For $169.95 it includes the same four apps as the existing $100 Works 8 bundle (a plain-jane word processor, Excel-compatible spreadsheet, a basic database, and a ca...

Netscape 8: Two-headed monster browser

The programmers at Netscape have made a two-headed monster of a browser in the new Netscape 8, which lets you view Web pages as if you were running Mozilla Foundation's Firefox version 1.0.3 or Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6. Unfortunately, the resu...

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

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.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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