18/04/2014

AA batteries that shine

AA batteries that shine Is anyone giving or receiving a holiday gift labeled “batteries not included”? We thought so. Listen up: We tested 15 AA batteries—the type typically used in digital cameras, flashlights, toys, radios, and remote controls—and found differences in performance and cost. (Note that the batteries aren’t rechargeable. In past tests we’ve found […]

Buzzword: Hybrid drive

Buzzword: Hybrid drive What it means: You’ve probably heard the term “hybrid drive” if you’re thinking about buying a new computer. A hybrid drive pairs a traditional spinning-disk hard drive with a small amount of solid-state memory, the kind also found on solid-state drives (SSD) such as Flash drives. The combination gets you the large […]

RIM, now ‘BlackBerry,’ shows off new Q10 and Z10 smart phones and OS

RIM, now ‘BlackBerry,’ shows off new Q10 and Z10 smart phones and OS After more than a year, RIM has finally taken the wraps off new BlackBerry smart phones that use Version 10 of its operating system. And RIM has officially changed its name to BlackBerry. Two new phones were launched at a press event […]

Five great free apps for Super Bowl XLVII

Five great free apps for Super Bowl XLVII On February 3, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will battle it out for football supremacy in New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Whichever team you’re rooting for, you can use apps to track news, tweets, and stats; check out audio and video broadcasts; discover some sports history; […]

iCade Mobile game controller reviewed: Games on Apple devices made easier

iCade Mobile game controller reviewed: Games on Apple devices made easier The iCade Mobile ($ 49.99) game controller for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod lets you play some of your favorite mobile games with a little more ease than a touch-screen offers. While the iCade Mobile won’t help with every game, it helps add control […]

Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows 8 phone reviewed: Basic yet appealing

Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows 8 phone reviewed: Basic yet appealing The ATIV Odyssey, Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 device ($ 50 on Verizon with a two-year contract) is a basic model, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch-screen display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel main camera with autofocus and LED […]

Nikon Coolpix AW110 camera connects to Wi-Fi, even underwater

Nikon Coolpix AW110 camera connects to Wi-Fi, even underwater Nikon has included rugged waterproof protection and wireless connectivity in its new 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix AW110 point-and-shoot ($ 350), which also features a 5x zoom and a GPS. And clumsy swimmers will be glad to know that this Coolpix is also waterproof to a depth of […]

Want a Windows 7 computer? Now’s the time for a deal

Want a Windows 7 computer? Now’s the time for a deal Windows 8 computers are catching up to their older Windows 7 counterparts, the latest tests from our labs show—likely at least partly due to manufacturers catching up with driver updates. In particular, two Dell laptops with Windows 8 turned in excellent performance, and a […]

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