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  • How-Tos: How to clean your PC

    When was the last time you cleaned your keyboard or disinfected your smartphone? Jim Martin explains how to safely sanitise all your gadgets.

  • News: Prepare for 'fake 4K': new standard will silently compress PC, tablet video

    Two consortiums--VESA and the MIPI Alliance--published a new video-compression standard for mobile devices on Tuesday. Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.0 is designed to extend the life of some current video connectors by reducing the bandwidth requirements of 4K and higher-resolution video by more than 60 percent.

  • News: Supposedly patched router backdoor still opens wide for secret 'knock,' says researcher

    Sometimes a security patch isn't all it's cracked up to be. The security researcher who first found a vulnerability affecting more than 20 different router models says the patch meant to fix it only hides the initial weakness and doesn't remove it whatsoever.

  • News: Samsung's 28-inch 4K monitor price drops to under $600

    The price of Samsung's latest 28-inch 4K monitor has dropped by $100 to just under US$600, which could be a precursor to 4K monitor prices further plummeting as the technology goes mainstream.

  • How-Tos: Connect two displays to one DisplayPort

    Here's how to add an extra monitor to a laptop that has only one DisplayPort, and already has an external display attached.

  • News: Samsung and Amazon customize Kindle app, offer free e-books

    Users of the new Kindle for Samsung app will get up to 12 e-books for free a year, as Samsung Electronics joins forces with Amazon.com to boost the content on its mobile devices.

  • Test Centre: Best free apps for Chromecast

    We all know Google's Chomecast supports a handful of great apps, including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Vevo, Plex, Rdio and BT Sport, and that you can enjoy movies and music bought through Google or stored on your device or network via the streaming dongle. But what about the apps you don't know about? More than 250 apps support Chromecast streaming; here's our pick of some great free Chromecast apps for Android on which you're most likely missing out.

  • News: USB 3.0 jumps to light speed with new 10-meter optical cable

    The ubiquitous USB 3.0 connector is advancing to light-speed and longer-distance data transfers thanks to optical cables from Corning that started shipping on Tuesday.

  • News: HP survey finds up to a quarter of male office workers scream abuse at printers

    In one of the more entertaining printer surveys we've seen recently, HP polled 1051 office workers in 2013 to find out ‘how Australians use their printers'. The research, conducted online by Lonergan Research, came out with all sorts of interesting numbers about waiting times and extra wages, but it also found that up to 25 per cent of males are most likely to shout verbal abuse at office printers.

  • News: HP brings inkjet tech to big business with 40K-nozzle printer

    Inkjet technology isn't often the go-to choice for big businesses looking to get things done quickly and efficiently, but HP wants to change that with its new Officejet Enterprise Colour MFP X585. It's said to be able to print twice as fast as a comparable laser (up to 75 colour pages per minute in fast mode), while offering a low total cost per ownership and minimal maintenance requirements.

  • How-Tos: Use two monitors with one laptop

    We show you how to use two displays to work with a single laptop.

  • Test Centre: The 23 best headphones of 2014

    We review the top 23 headphones you can buy in the UK right now. Get the most for your money with our best headphones for your smartphone or tablet.

  • Feature: Google Glass release date, price and specs

    Google Glass release date, price, specs and more information about these smart glasses.

  • News: Logitech's TV-controlling keyboard can light up a room

    When you've dimmed the living room lights to approximate that movie theater experience, you don't want to kill the mood by fumbling for a way to control your TV. Logitech is looking to provide a little illumination in the form of a backlit keyboard aimed at controlling a connected TV.

  • News: Need Wi-Fi access? Just reach out and touch your router

    Networking devices that don't have conventional user interfaces is one of the bigger barriers to realizing the Internet of Things. To make that process easier, the Wi-Fi Alliance has added support for NFC (near-field communication) technology to its WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) security standard. Instead of typing characters or pushing buttons, you'll soon be able to add an NFC device to your network by simply tapping it against your router.

  • How-Tos: How to use a webcam as CCTV

    Build your own surveillance system with your PC’s built-in or USB webcam. We explain how to use a webcam as a CCTV and motion detection recording system.

  • Opinion: Hands on with the Tablo DVR: Over-the-air TV to go

    Anyone looking for an alternative to forking out cash each month to a cable provider has another cord-cutting option at their disposal in the form of Tablo. The DVR not only records over-the-air broadcast television, but also streams live and recorded TV over the Internet for those times when you've left the couch in body, if not in spirit.

  • News: 3D printer price drops could lure home users

    3D printer prices are dropping into a range that could appeal to home users.

  • News: 3D-printed modules for Google's Ara phone coming early next year

    Lego-like parts that will form the building blocks for Google's Project Ara will be produced on 3D printers and ship in time for the customizable smartphone's release early next year.

  • News: Microsoft's next Kinect camera may be staring you in the face

    Microsoft can't hope to mount Kinect sensors at the top of every notebook PC, so it may adopt a different approach: Using the webcams that are already built into most PCs and tablets.

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