3 things to consider before ditching your laptop for a tablet

3 things to consider before ditching your laptop for a tablet

For a few years now I’ve been watching tablets develop into ever more potent machines, with an eye towards making the jump from a laptop to a slate for my mobile workstation. Sure, people have been working on iPads for years, but until recently it’s always seemed like a bit of a hack to me. But […]

iDrive promises unlimited cloud-based phone backups for $5 per year

iDrive promises unlimited cloud-based phone backups for $5 per year

You probably know to keep backups of your smartphone’s data in the cloud, but backing up everything can be an expensive proposition in an era when 128GB phones are a practical reality. That won’t be quite as much of a sore point now that iDrive’s new Unlimited Mobile Backup option is here. As the name implies, […]

UK considers forcing phone carriers to allow roaming between networks

UK considers forcing phone carriers to allow roaming between networks

Despite carriers pushing back on the idea, a plan to force operators into allowing cross-network roaming is reportedly in the works. Sources for The Telegraph claim that the government may soon put an end to cellular black holes. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is apparently exploring legislation that would require roaming between British carriers. O2 might […]

Build a hellacious PC with Intel’s Devil’s Canyon and AMD’s dual-GPU graphics monster

Build a hellacious PC with Intel’s Devil’s Canyon and AMD’s dual-GPU graphics monster

The inevitable march toward greater and more glorious PC performance continues unabated. Earlier this year, Intel released the Core i7-4790K, a quad-core beast that lays claim to being the company’s first-ever 4GHz processor, with clock speeds that can leap to 4.4GHz when needed. Even Intel’s latest fire-breathing Haswell-E “Extreme Edition” chips can’t claim that! What’s […]

Google Glass can now display all your phone notifications

Google Glass can now display all your phone notifications

Google Glass Explorers will soon be able to see all their phone’s notifications (not just the ones from compatible apps) right on the eyewear’s screen. It’s the same feature that comes with Android Wear, which allows the platform to forward each and every notification to smartwatches, so users won’t have to take out their phones […]

Fast-charging batteries will power your gadgets for 20 years

Fast-charging batteries will power your gadgets for 20 years

Fast-charging batteries are all nice and good, but the lifespan matters, too — why should you have to replace power packs (or entire devices) every couple of years ? You may not have to give up performance or longevity if researchers at Nanyang Technology University have their way. They’ve developed new lithium ion batteries that […]

Easyjet now lets you check in using a photo of your passport

Easyjet now lets you check in using a photo of your passport

Despite being known for low-cost flights, Easyjet often leads the pack when it comes to taking the hassle out of travel. While you can already book a flight using its apps, the airline today announced a new upgrade that will let you check-in by simply taking a photo of your passport. Where before you’d need […]

Apple fines companies $50 million for leaks

Apple fines companies $50 million for leaks

For a company that’s obsessed with secrecy, it’s no surprise to see that Apple imposes tight restrictions on what its suppliers can say. If your company leaks a product, or starts boasting about producing components for a future iOS device, then you’ll be asked to pay a fine of no less than $50 million. That’s […]

Rolling Contracts Outlawed – 21 Dec 2012

Rolling Contracts Outlawed – 21 Dec 2012

From January 1st 2013, Ofcom rules that an Automatically Renewing Contract (ARC) is no longer enforceable on telephone and/or broadband for residential consumers and businesses with less than ten employees. Following a study by Ofcom into the practices of telephony and broadband service providers, the watchdog has decided to introduce a change to General Condition […]