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  • Break me if you can: 4 rugged tablets put to the test

    It's a cruel world out there for tablets: Every day, there's the possibility they will be dropped, knocked, spilled on or just shaken around. And that's just in a normal business day -- if you use your tablet outdoors, while traveling or in a work zone, the odds of a disaster go up precipitously.

  • Galaxy S6 first look: Inspired by the iPhone 6, but no mere clone

    Samsung today announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, its flagship smartphones for 2015. I was able to use the two devices briefly in advance for a first look, and I was impressed. The new Galaxy S6 devices have a much nicer feel and more thoughtful design than last year's plasticky, boorish Galaxy S5.

  • Sturdy design is still Moto E's trump card

    The Moto E's specification doesn't stand out from the competition even with LTE and a faster processor. Instead it's the design that makes Motorola's new device a good alternative for consumers who want an affordable smartphone.

  • Two OSes in one: DuOS-M puts Android on your Windows device

    Do you have a favorite Android app that you wish you could run on your Windows tablet or laptop? Well, now you can. A new program called DuOS-M runs full-blown Android as its own Windows application, so that you run almost any Android app on a Windows 7/8/8.1 system.

  • First look: Windows 10 preview for smartphones is off to a slow start

    Last Thursday, Microsoft released its long-anticipated Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones. This first public release of Windows 10 for smartphones improves on many Windows Phone 8.1 features, but it offers few compelling new capabilities. Also, while Win10 TP for smartphones is supposed to run universal-style apps (the latest incarnation of what have been called Metro, Modern, and Windows Store apps), there's still little congruence between the new universal smartphone apps and their big-screen universal namesakes.

  • 8 Wi-Fi mistakes to avoid

    Wi-Fi is great when it works right and when it's secure. Although setting up Wi-Fi can seem straightforward, there are many complexities. For example, not performing proper surveys, design work, and maintenance or ignoring security issues can cause major problems.

  • Dell Venue 8 7000 review: A distinctive and premium Android tablet

    Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days. Look in any electronics store and you'll see a sea of virtually indistinguishable slates, few of which manage to stand out.

  • LulzBot Mini 3D printer delivers outstanding details

    There are about a dozen metrics by which I judge 3D printers when testing them, including speed, noise and the materials with which they can print.

  • Review: Apple's new 5K iMac -- powerful, pixel-ful and pricey

    There are 14.7 million reasons to want Apple's latest iMac -- the 14.7 million pixels that make up its stunning 27-in. 5K Retina display. At $2,499, the new iMac isn't cheap, but its screen makes this desktop a great value -- if you can afford it.

  • Review: 6 business-class Chromebooks test their mettle

    I've spent the last three weeks taking six business-oriented Chromebooks through their paces. I started out as a skeptical Windows-rules-them-all kind of guy: I've been using Windows since the early days, and I've rarely strayed from the ghosts of my Windows masters. By the end of my Chromebook experiment, however, my old biases were shaken.

  • YotaPhone 2 excites with costly dual-screen setup

    The dual-screen YotaPhone 2 is a much-improved version of its predecessor, and the electronic paper display is far from a gimmick. But the high price tag makes actually buying one a little nutty.

  • Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro review: Innovative but imperfect

    You have to hand it to Lenovo: The company isn't afraid to do something different.

  • Android 5.0 deep-dive review: Exploring Lollipop's many layers

    Its name may be filled with child-like whimsy, but don't be fooled: Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop release is all about the platform's move into maturity.

  • Nexus 6 deep-dive review: A supersized smartphone that shines

    The line between smartphones and tablets is officially gone.

  • Yoga 3 Pro review: Intel's Core M processor delivers for this hybrid laptop

    With a new low-power processor and a sleek convertible design that delivers five different computing modes, Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro is a hybrid Windows tablet/laptop with an enviable combination of size, weight, battery life and one of the best screens this side of a desktop computer. But is it worth $1,300?

  • Review: Austria's Angelbird laptop SSD

    Typically, when I review a solid-state drive (SSD) it comes from one of the half dozen or so big name manufacturers, such as Toshiba, SanDisk, Intel, Micron, Samsung and Seagate.

  • Nexus 9 deep-dive review: Bigger, but not necessarily better

    I thought reviewing the Nexus 9 was going to be easy.

  • Review reloaded: The da Vinci all-in-one 3D printer disappoints

    After spending a week with the new da Vinci 1.0 AiO all-in-one 3D printer, I've decided that first impressions can be deceiving.

  • iPad Air 2 review: A great tablet gets better

    If you liked last year's iPad Air, you'll almost certainly like this year's version, unveiled early last month (along with the 5K Retina iMac) by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The iPad Air 2 features Touch ID, a (much) faster system architecture and an aluminum enclosure that is both thinner and lighter than the first-generation iPad Air it replaces.

  • Droid Turbo review: A sturdy phone with serious stamina

    I'll never forget my first Droid device.