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Vista backlash: Microsoft lets Vista users revert to XP

Hate Vista? If your PC is running Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Windows Ultimate and you're fed up with the OS you may be able to ditch Vista for XP Pro. Microsoft is quietly allowing you to downgrade to Windows XP Pro.

Nokia 6301 Handset Makes WiFi and GSM Calls

Nokia hopped onto the convergence phone bandwagon today with its Nokia 6301 handset which can handover a live cell phone call from a carrier's cellular network to a WiFi network. The ability to initiate or receive calls using a cell phone on a WiFi n...

HP delays MediaSmart Home Server

Hewlett-Packard says it's delaying the release of its HP MediaSmart Home Server by possibly months to give Microsoft more time to fix and make small improvements to the Windows Home Server operating system.

Wal-Mart debuts low-priced DRM-free tunes

Wal-Mart's <a href="http://downloads.walmart.com/swap/">music download site</a> joins iTunes and others today and now sells digital music downloads with no anticopying software. Wal-Mart DRM-free tracks will be from Universal and EMI Music. Prices st...

Engadget blunder sends Apple stock tumbling

One of my favorite tech blogs fell flat on its face Wednesday. Engadget posted a story claiming the expected June launch of the iPhone would be delayed until October and the Leopard October debut would be postponed until January. Engadget's credited ...

US military bans YouTube, MySpace, and social sites

Are YouTube and MySpace a security risk? According to the U.S. Defense Department if you are in the U.S. military and accessing them from military-run network they are. The Defense Department is now blocking access to YouTube, MySpace, and nearly a d...

Net radio gets 60 more days to fight fee hike

Web radio stations have 60 more days to try to reverse a ruling that many say will shutter thousands of Web radio broadcasters. A rate increase against Web broadcasters will not go into affect May 15, as expected. Instead Web broadcasters will have u...

Avoiding the biggest Web shopping annoyances

Using the Internet, shoppers can locate the products they want, spot the best prices, and sidestep sleazy retailers -- in short, speed up and eliminate the hassles from shopping. Right? Not necessarily.

Faster Wi-Fi gear debuts

Networking gear companies Linksys and D-Link are rolling out new Wi-Fi routers and gear that support the upcoming 802.11n wireless standard. The new hardware, vendors tout, have four times the range and 12 times the throughput of standard 802.11g wir...

Palm reveals an affordable, media friendly Treo 680

Palm last week announced a new series of Treo smart phones designed to appeal to "price-sensitive" customers. The company also announced the immediate availability of a new, free Google Maps application for Treos based on the Palm operating system.

Meet the Average-Joe spammer

It's tough being an average-Joe spammer these days. Divorced and in his 40s, Mike has two kids to help support, a skyrocketing home heating bill, and a mortgage. And spamming just isn't paying the bills like it used to.

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MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

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