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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

Review: OUYA Console [Guest Post]

REVIEW OUYA Console, guest post by Ronnie Tucker, originally appeared in Full Circle Magazine issue 75. It all began in July 2012 with a Kickstarter fund for the creation of the Ouya, an independent gaming console based on the Android operating system. They asked for nearly $1m. In the end, they received almost $9m with … 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

News: MasterCard Display Card

I know this announcement originally came from a MasterCard press release in November 2012, but given the recent hack of ATM’s in New York and further credit card fraud, perhaps this ‘future of credit cards’ will be brought forward. The problem with the current generation of credit cards are not well protected. Most of the … Continue reading

How-to: Network Settings [Guest Post]

Network Settings by Jan Mussche originally appeared in Full Circle Magazine Issue 72. When you connect your desktop, laptop, printer/scanner, tablet, cellphone or whatever other device you might have, to a network, you need to set a few things straight in order to get connected. The first choice you make is whether you use a … Continue reading

Review: Chrome OS Part Three [Guest Post]

Review: Chrome OS by Art Schreckengost originally appeared in Full Circle Magazine issue 71. In Part Two, Art discussed the Apps available in Chrome OS. Finally, what of reviews that state Ubuntu 12.04 can run quite fine on this unit (the Acer Chromebook)? No fiction there and it does work, but be aware of the … Continue reading

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