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Spiderkid

by Spiderkid

Is it still worth it to build a Windows Media Center PC?
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After removing DVR from my household to shave the cord (wife still needs live Bravo and E!), I've realized how much stuff is missing from Netflix and Hulu+. I would use my Apple TV and iTunes, but I'd like not to pay $60 a season. Is it still worth the money to build an HTPC on Win7 with a Ceton Echo and an InfiniTV? I would use Win8.1, but I don't want to buy 3 Xbox 360s, and the Echo is cheaper.
frankspin

by frankspin

Let's get automated!
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One of the benefits of computing is being able to take everyday tasks and making them simpler to accomplish. Over the years what we can do has gotten more and more powerful while also getting quite easy. It seems like an eternity ago I remember reading everyone going nuts over Quicksilver [http://qsapp.com]. Which since has been replaced by Alfred [http://www.alfredapp.com] or LaunchBar [http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/index.html ] as the go-to Spotlight... Read more →
dave

by dave

How do you make sure apps are up-to-date on your computer?
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With OS X, the App Store has provided an easy way to keep track of updates to various applications and make sure you're always running the latest and greatest software.
However, not all the apps on my computer have been purchased through the App Store. And this obviously doesn't help with Windows applications. There are a number of third party applications that have their own update modules -- but these don't generally run unless you open up the app. So, if there's... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What are some of the apps you continue to use after all these years
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As part of my morning routine, I catch up on news and RSS feeds every morning. I came across an interesting post by Shawn Blanc today about Longstanding Mac Apps [1]. The post details some of the apps that have long history with Apple's operating systems. For example, Word originally hit Apple OS in 1985! That means Word for Mac is almost as old as I am.
The post got me thinking a bit about some of the apps I continue to use throughout my time using computers. Shockingly the list isn't as long as... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Saying goodbye to Windows XP
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It's been a long run, but Windows XP has finally reached its end of life. As of April 8th Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, meaning no more security updates and support. XP was, and still is, one of Microsoft's most successful operating systems with many fans holding out on upgrading. Looking through our user reviews you can see how much some of our users loved the OS.
Trewyy: "Windows XP is still the best OS to date."
ParasValecha: "A beast of an OS... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How do you find new apps and software to check out?
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While we all probably have the pieces of software we've come to rely on day-in day-out, I think we all can agree we're always open to finding new apps and software to try out. Aside from relying on news sources, like here at Engadget, app store suggestions and Twitter, where do you go to get recommendations for apps and software?
My favorites sites of late are the following:
The Sweet Setup (http://thesweetsetup.com/) -- this is a site started by Shawn Blanc where the focus is to pick the best... Read more →
swin1974

by swin1974

What's your most effective and satisfying app experience?
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I have bitched and complained about iTunes a lot. But I have to say some apps just deliver a cool experience. Like iMovie on iOS. iMovie on the iPhone or IPad, is quick, fun and easy to use. Slow motion is cool too. I make simple 2 or 3 minute videos with music and effects of my 3 yr old son enjoying a snow day or learning to ride a bike and share them with family on Vimeo, iMovie Theater, or Google+ Also, I started the year wanting to get healthy, so I bought a Fitbit Force, began faithfully... Read more →
swin1974

by swin1974

Why do I still use iTunes?
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Seriously. If anyone can give me a good reason, I'd love to hear it. There was the "cash for clunkers" initiative for old cars that people were stuck with a couple of years ago; if only there was something similar for iTunes. I love my iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. I reluctantly continue with a Dell Inspiron (Windows 7 Laptop) because I can't afford an iMac or MacBook to use as my server for my movie library. I like iTunes Match and the fact that when I buy anything it arrives across all my... Read more →
mickestyer

by mickestyer

PST File Not Showing Emails in Outlook 2010 Personal Folders
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PST file not showing emails in Outlook 2010 due to corruption issues. Use PST database repair tool and easily recover Outlook 2010 personal folders including emails, contacts, tasks and calendars etc.
Due to some certain reasons when Outlook users switch from old edition to the new edition i.e. Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013 then, oftentimes after adding up old PST to new Outlook account may not explore expected results. As when users open the PST into Outlook 2010 then, an error comes instantly... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Why pay for services you can get for free?
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Engadget reported early this morning about how Droplr will no longer offer free accounts (http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/03/droplr-rapid-f... If you're unfamiliar with Droplr it's a simple file sharing service for OSX. Most users of the service will probably stop using it, and most of you who have never heard of it probably don't see a point with Dropbox or Google Drive. For me though I will likely pay to keep using the service since it provides the easiest form... Read more →
TgD

by TgD

Battle of Student Offers! Apple vs Microsoft vs Sony
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So with back to school offers out, which do you like the most?
As a reminder:
Apple: Buy a mac get $100 App store card, but an iPad get $50 App store card ( http://store.apple.com/ca/browse/campaigns/back_to... )
Microsoft: "U.S., students who buy a qualifying Windows PC worth $699 ($599 Canada) or more at participating retailers can get a 4GB Xbox 360 console for free" ( http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperi... Read more →
Nintendubus

by Nintendubus

Toshiba's Product Refresh: Design Hits & Misses
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Toshiba announced a slew of refreshes and new products today. The Japanese manufacturer refreshed its entire line of mainstream Satellite laptops, ditched the clunky Thrive Android tablets in favor of a whole new line of thin Excite tablets, refreshed its Qosmio gaming laptop, and redesigned its LX series of all-in-one desktops. It's certainly been a busy day for both Toshiba, and the product team here at gdgt.
Let's take a closer look at each of these new designs though. The higher-grade... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Are you still using RSS feeds to get your news?
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I used to live in Google Reader but more and more I'm finding myself never opening it up anymore. I've tried using Feedly or Flipboard and it does make it better but ultimately I always end up with hundreds of unread items a day to the point where I just mark everything as read ( yes I have cleaned up my feeds numerous times). I recently tried out Caffeinated to see if I could get back into using them but again the massive amount of news was always overwhelming so I would just mark everything as... Read more →
krop

by krop

Windows 7 upgrade
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I have a windows 7 disk and one code. Can I just buy a upgrade and get a new code or do I need to be running Windows XP to upgrade? Is this legal as I want it to work and I do not want to steal software anymore.
Can I just use my OEM disk and buy upgrades for the codes? I need more then one.
krop

by krop

"Oh Man I have to use windows on my iMac"
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I have a class coming up starting January 5 I will need widows 7. I use a Mac and do not want to use 7 but most of the work will be done learning the lower levels of the Microsoft OS.
I have been planing to use VMware or Parallels. My Question is I don't want Window open all the time and I do not want to slow down my mac with windows in the background. I would like to have it open on a 2nd desk top using lion. Can I do this with out full integration just have Widows running on the side? How will... Read more →
zakkforchilli

by zakkforchilli

Why do you think Apple has NOT added the ability to change your "theme" of iOS yet?
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I'm about to write you all a book. Read it and love it, OR! just read the title, and answer.
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As of right now, to change your "theme" or Graphical User Interface (GUI)—you have to jailbreak your iOS device and download another third-party application. Almost every phone / Mobile OS I've ever used and almost every phone / Mobile OS I've ever heard of, seen, studied—has had the ability to change the look and feel of your general,... Read more →