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More Peripherals Opinion

  • Opinion: The printer primer

    Much as you may have heard about the “paperless office,” the truth is that paper is still a popular item to have around the home and the office. And it is because many of us have at least one printer attached to our computers—either physically tethered via a cable or virtually connected over a network. Whether you hope to use that printer to produce photographs, drafts of your next novel, or flyers for your kid’s upcoming jai alai tournament, it will do you little good sitting in its box. Now’s the time to break it out and configure it for your Mac. The means for doing that is Mountain Lion’s Print & Scan system preference.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Bolt from the blue

    Apple may be about to strike down the current Thunderbolt display, the front of the Apple Store makes a better window than garage door, and Apple's lawyer is hitting the slopes. The remainders for Monday, January 14, 2013 are crashing, hard.

  • Opinion: Displair gives you a touchscreen out of thin air

    You can build more than you might expect with just a little bit of air flow and two microns of water. Like a virtual touchscreen display that appears out of nowhere. That's what Displair can boast anyway, with one of the more eye-catching demos I saw at CES 2013.

  • Opinion: No, you don't need new glasses, those are curved TVs

    No matter how many times you rub your eyes, those things won't look straight. These concave OLED beauties are easy on the eyes, but heavy on the wallet.

  • Opinion: Sennheiser bets on black for its latest headphones

    I may not be a devotee of Project Runway, but audio company Sennheiser assures me that black is currently dominating the latest collections from the leading fashion houses. It's in that spirit that the company just released the Momentum Black, a follow-up design to its relatively new, lifestyle-focused headphones.

  • Opinion: Send more than ebooks to Kindle devices and apps

    Attentive reader Sarah Wagner wants more from her Kindle. She writes:

  • Opinion: When Netflix goes down: streaming video alternatives

    Netflix's streaming service went down about midday Christmas Eve, depriving thousands of their Christmas (or anything-but-Christmas) video fix for about 20 hours. Our Christmas gift to you: our latest video-streaming tips, tricks, and alternatives, so you'll be ready the next time this happens.

  • Opinion: Connect your laptop to an external display

    Many laptops have connections that allow you to hook up your PC to another display, doubling your screen real estate

  • Opinion: One possible fix for a printer that won't print

    My poor dad has the worst luck when it comes to technology. Seems like every day he's bumping into some new problem with his phone, laptop, or an accessory.

  • Opinion: Answer Line: Streaming video to DVD

    Paul Brandenburg asked how to save a streaming video and burn it onto a DVD.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Two hands and a map

    Google's working on an iOS Maps app that may never see the light of day, Apple may soon let Siri buy your movie tickets, and Steve Jobs gets fully posable. The remainders for Monday, November 5, 2012 are up a creek.

  • Opinion: -ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup

    Nick248 asked the Answer Line forum about optical drives. I figured it was time to go over the various types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, and the drives that read and write to them.

  • Opinion: Whispercast turns Kindles into viable business tools

    Amazon unveiled a new service this week--Whispercast. Whispercast is a tool for schools and businesses that allows them to centrally manage and deploy content for Kindle devices and Kindle apps. Whispercast could make the Kindle much more attractive as a legitimate business tool.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Nothing but the truth

    Apple adds a totally non-controversial stipulation to its iOS developer rules; European citizens don't need anything more than a one-year warranty; and everybody's cool with the new Maps, especially Canadians. The remainders for Monday, October 1, 2012 are the god's honest truth.

  • Opinion: Inside the shadowy underground of Korean monitor sales

    If you're in the market for a new high-definition desktop monitor, take note: You may be able to pick up a very good Korean-made display for far less money than what you'd spend on, say, an Asus, Dell, HP, or Samsung model. Sure, you'll have to cope with odd product branding, limited functionality, and less-than-inspired product design; but if your primary concern is image quality, a Korean display purchased on eBay could be just the ticket.

  • Opinion: How to Sync Your iDevice When the Case Gets in the Way

    Reader Jed wrote in with this problem:

  • Opinion: Lexmark: Inkjet Printers Are Dead, Long Live Laser Printers

    Does Lexmark's exit from the inkjet printer business mean that inkjets are in trouble, or that Lexmark is in trouble?

  • Opinion: Microsoft Patents an Advanced Multi-Touch Stylus

    The humble stylus may be getting a radical makeover, with powerful touch and other sensors built into the tablet and smartphone accessory, according to a Microsoft patent recently approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Opinion: The truth about wireless speeds

    Most people will find 802.11n wireless networking sufficiently fast, but it’s actually slower than last century’s wired ethernet. A truly nippy wireless data system, such as that promised by 802.11ac, is long overdue.

  • Opinion: My Internet Connection Randomly Drops Off

    Jake Clarke asked why his Internet connection completely drops out every so often.



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