Stories by Yardena Arar

Say so long to shrink-wrapped software

I recently had to reinstall a whole slew of applications on my work PC, following a clean install of Windows Vista. It took me the better part of the day to get my most important packages up and running. And weeks later, I'm still reinstalling the od...

Get ready for VistaSpeak

Like all Windows before it, Windows Vista will introduce a number of new technologies and features -- and, as usual, Microsoft has coined terms (most of them trademarked) for each and every one. Here's a quick glossary.

ChatterEmail+: Swift Treo e-mail

Palm's treo PDA/phones come with VersaMail software for standard POP and IMAP e-mail. For more-robust features and BlackBerry-like "push" service that delivers messages as soon as they arrive on a corporate server, you used to need costly server soft...

Consumer Watch: Are ISPs helping spies?

As a longtime DSL customer of the ISP now known as AT&T, I've been following with concern the coverage of AT&T's recently revised privacy policy. It seems to indicate that I shouldn't expect much from it in terms of safeguarding my personal informati...

The HDTV juggernaut gathers steam

The HDTV market is growing by leaps and bounds as prices for high-definition sets continue to tumble and programming options expand. That was the rosy industry outlook at opening sessions of the annual DisplaySearch HDTV Conference in California.

Linksys Music Bridge links PC and stereo

My notebook PC would make the best jukebox imaginable if not for its tiny speakers. That's why I tried the US$100 Linksys Wireless-G Music Bridge (WMB54G), which lets me stream music from my laptop to my stereo. It worked like a charm--that is, when ...

CES - Living in a 3G world

With Cingular, Sprint, and Verizon all operating super-fast 3G networks, cell phone vendors are starting to design handsets that can make good use of the bandwidth -- and the carriers are rolling out services to help.

CES - DLP meets LED

LEDs have been the next big thing in backlit display technology for some time, and Samsung now couples an LED light source with Texas Instruments' popular DLP rear projection technology in a 57-inch 1080p set, the HL-S5679W.

Next-generation digital services initiated

A bit out of the limelight of the flashy product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, key cable-industry figures have announced deployments of new technology that should speed up development of digital TV products such as DVRs...

WBR2-G54S

People who want secure remote access to PCs at their home or small business while on the road typically turn to services such as GoToMyPC and PCAnywhere, but those options can get expensive with multiple users and PCs. Buffalo Technology offers an ec...

Palm Tungsten T5

The biggest selling point of the Tungsten T5 is its 256MB of memory--almost four times as much space as its predecessor (the Tungsten T3). Sure, you can always add storage using the T5's SD slot, but you might need that for something else, such as an...

HP iPAQ hx4705

The iPAQ hx4700 series of Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PCs sport a touchpad in place of the navigation button that most iPAQs have. It also accepts stylus-based input.

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Azadeh Williams

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.

Aysha Strobbe

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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