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How-to: Diagnose an SD Card that’s stopped working

It never ceases to amaze me how resilient is the humble SD card. They take heat, cold, damp, weight, an infeasible amount of weight, bending and mistreatment. And, unlike most of your other electronic gadgets, magnets and magnetism don’t affect SD cards; the amount of electro-magnetism it takes to corrupt the bits on EPROM flash … Continue reading

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 $380 A thin, light tablet that looks like a stretched out Galaxy S4 with a 1280×800, 8.0-inch screen that is good for a TFT, but not even close to a Nexus 7. Which makes $380 a hefty price tag for a device that’s so very 1998: calling all  stylus-lovers, you too … Continue reading

Review: Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z Tablet $500 If you want a 10-inch tablet that’s light, waterproof (up to a point) and performs almost as well as an iPad, Sony’s Xperia Z may be it. The 1920×1200 display may not be as good as the iPad’s Retina but it knocks spots off the competition. With  a Qualcomm Snapdragon … Continue reading

Review: Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft Surface RT $350 Remember the first Surface RT a few months back: ads full of clicky covers and no description of what the heck it was? For $500? Now with a prices cut of $150 down to $350, this may be worth another look – but take note – this is NOT the Surface … Continue reading

Review: Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini $330 We’ve been looking at the tablet market and all anyone’s commented so far is ‘what about the iPad?’ Well, here it is. Apple more or less defines the tablet market – despite Bill Gates’ ahead-of-its’ time tablet in the ’90′s. Yes, Microsoft was there first, and we’ll look at the fight … Continue reading

Review: Google Nexus 7 Autumn 2013 Tablet

Google Nexus 7 (2013) $230 If you’re looking for a cheap, small, performance tablet, look no further than the Nexus 7. This is a step up from the 2012 model. Thinner and lighter than last year’s model, the new Nexus 7 features a swift 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2 GB of RAM … Continue reading

Review: Lenovo IdeaTab A1000

Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 $130 If you can get it at the most affordable price of $130, Lenovo’s IdeaTab A1000 is very much the entry level. Sold under the tag-line “optimised for music” you know the screen and performance won’t be great… With a 7-inch, 1024×600 screen, a  the 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8317 dual-core processor, 1 GB … Continue reading

How-to: Buy a Tablet Autumn 2013 Part 1

The tablet is here. It’s not just a fad. It’s here to stay. You can claim that Apple created a market out of nothing, or you could say that Captain Kirk showed us the way back in 1967. What’s true is that the tablet is now a massive market. Every device manufacturer is making one, … Continue reading

News: What Was Ubuntu Edge [Guest Post]

Article by Copil Yáňez originally appeared in regular column Ask the New Guy in Full Circle Magazine issue 76. Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about the Ubuntu Edge. Is that something that can help me with my golf game? A: No, the Ubuntu Edge isn’t something you get when you chug a can of … Continue reading

How-to: Understand 4G (Guest post)

Originally published as What is 4G? by Educare, Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 You’ve probably heard Kevin Bacon ranting on about it, but what is 4G? 4G is the ‘next generation’ of mobile internet, just as the current generation is called 3G (and 2G before it). It stands for Fourth Generation of Cellular Communications and is … Continue reading

News: Microsoft Announces Xbox One

Microsoft has unveiled its next-generation video games console, Xbox One, its’ new voice and motion-controlled home entertainment… thing. “Where your games look and feel like nothing else, where your TV becomes more intelligent, where all of your entertainment comes alive in one place. Team Xbox is on a new mission – design and build an … Continue reading

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