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Now, more than ever, a reliable Internet connection is critically important. For the millions of people working from home, the ability to do their job literally depends on it. The same is true for remote learners, virtual socializers, gamers, or anyone who wants to stream a Netflix series or two. Without a good Internet connection, those things aren’t possible—which is why you need a good...
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Working from home can be a great experience, as long as your office space is set up exactly as you want it. I know I need to have everything in just the right place to get into some serious work. If you are anything like me, you want to make sure that you have some new tech around that simply makes life better. There is always some new and current tech you can get to upgrade your home office. The...
by Cris Silvestri and William Min
2 weeks ago
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During this hectic and very scary time, many of us have found ourselves suddenly working from home. And many of us are finding that working from home is a lot harder than it sounds. On paper, you might think all you need is a good computer, a reliable printer, and Internet service. Those of us already in the home-office trenches know that—although these are good places to start—there are...
3 weeks ago
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With more people working from home for the foreseeable future, it might be time to make some improvements to your work-from-home (WFH) setup to maximize efficiency in whatever form your new domestic office has taken. One of the easiest but most transformative changes you can make to your workspace is the addition of a...
3 weeks ago
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The Mac Pro is the flagship model in Apple’s stable of well-designed computers and, as indicated by its name, the model intended for professional use, especially in creative fields such as video, photo, audio, design, animation, and more. Like most things at the top end of a company’s range, the Mac Pro is one of those computers...
4 weeks ago
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The coronavirus continues to upend and disrupt our daily lives, including how we work. In light of new rules and public health considerations, many of us must now work remotely, either from home or some other socially responsible location. This type of remote work brings with it a host of new...
1 month ago
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If there is one thing to be learned from all the Zoom conferences and Microsoft Teams meetings we’ve held over the past few months, it’s this: Most people do not have an adequate laptop, notebook, or monitor support system in place—and it shows in the video footage. In addition to the bad aesthetics, inferior positioning of one’s monitor, notebook, laptop, or tablet contributes to poor posture,...
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In the wake of the coronavirus, many facets of our daily lives have changed. Among those changes are how we teach students and how they learn. Online lessons, remote education—these are now the new normal and may continue to be for the foreseeable future. In light of that fact, we’ve put together an educator-approved gear list that will help keep your virtual classroom running smoothly....
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BarraCuda, FireCuda, IronWolf, SkyHawk, and Exos. While at first glance these may appear to be mythical creatures of legend from some Lord of the Rings fan fiction, Seagate has used these terms to represent different types of its hard drives and solid-state drives. So, suppose you're in the process of building a computer, populating a RAID or NAS array, replacing a corrupted drive, or simply...
2 months ago
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If you have shopped for a laptop or tablet in the last decade, you have definitely come across the Microsoft Surface lineup. Debuting in 2012, the Surface filled a niche into which we didn't know we'd foray: a small tablet-sized computer that promised to be a replacement for bulky laptops. Its success was not immediate. The original Surface was riddled with problems, and not well received by the...
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As we all hunker down and start a serious foray into work from home lifestyles, some of us are still interested in building our own computers. DIY mods are a large part of the desktop market, and you can sometimes save a lot of money by putting your own PC together. What is it? This is why Intel® is invested so heavily in the NUC brand. NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing, a small form factor...
3 months ago
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Blue, Black, Red, Purple, Gold, and Green. To most, those words are simply representative of colors on the spectrum, but in the tech world, these colors are used by WD to represent different types of its internal hard drives and solid-state drives. So, suppose you’re in the process of building a computer, populating a RAID or NAS array, replacing a corrupted drive, or simply expanding/upgrading...
3 months ago
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I hate backing up. I do it, but I hate it. If you’re not running backups, you’re courting heartache. My cautionary tale: A few years ago, my brother and I were editing our first indie feature. Our data got corrupted. Nothing was backed up. We lost three months of post-production—the entire film. Starting from scratch nearly killed us. Don’t let it happen to you. Data loss is more than an...
3 months ago
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After the camera, a photographer’s next closest friend should definitely be a hard drive. Think about it. For the modern digital photographer, hard drives are the new albums full of negatives. They hold all your work and, if backups are being performed regularly, they keep your images safe and sound for many years, letting you pull up archived images quickly with speedy searches, as opposed to...
by Eric Butterfield
3 months ago
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If you work with libraries of large image files, or in audio or video production, you need to be selective about your external hard drive. Reading and writing files directly from or to an external drive can incur some hefty performance demands, so it's best to determine your needs before you buy a drive. With...
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