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The Wi-Fi Alliance has recently introduced the next generation of Wi-Fi connectivity, known as Wi-Fi 6, based on 802.11ax technology, along with a new naming convention. Most consumers are familiar with the 802.11 standards; however, this new sequential number rebranding is intended to simplify things in the long run. Previously, the naming design used the alphabet, starting with a to b to g and...
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Have you noticed your computer being slower than usual? Before you use this as an excuse to purchase a new laptop (we know it’s tempting), you might want to opt for a more cost-effective approach, which is cleaning out the hard drive (HDD). In a few simple steps, you can analyze and clean out your HDD to free up valuable storage space. Defragging your old HDD and properly formatting newly-...
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If you’re looking to access your external hard drive without having to deal with the archaic method of lugging it around your home and plugging it into every device with which you need to use it, there are two simple solutions on how to share your external hard drive via your Wi-Fi network. For the first solution, you’ll need to check your router. Most modern routers have a USB port into which...
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Our increasing appetite for improvement has been a driving factor in everything we make and do, and video games are a great example. At the start, characters were blocky, environments were… lacking, to say the least, but that didn't stop us from enjoying what we had. As games have slowly improved, the space needed to store all the textures, shaders, audio files, and everything else has increased...
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We’ve gotten to a point in our history where solid, stable Internet connections are not only demanded, but expected. If you think that’s not true, try turning your phone off or unplugging your computer or laptop for a couple of days. As we’ve become more reliant on the Internet, we’ve become far more selective about our home networking systems. When B&H first...
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There's a lot of tech that we don't understand, and consequently, a lot of tech that we don't need to understand. Do I need to know how a Hadron Collider works? Probably not. Do I need to understand that the CD tray in my desktop computer is not a coffee cup holder? Probably. Most of us have an innate curiosity—developed when we were wee lads and lassies and thought that refrigerator gnomes...
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Whether you’re playing games on a PC, console, or mobile device, there’s one thing that all gamers need: The Internet. Without it, you won’t be able to play online with your friends or even download that 50GB day-one patch you need to play a single-player game. However, just having Internet isn’t enough, because when lag spikes, packet loss, and disconnects hit, you’ll probably be glaring at your...
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If Facebook's scandals and congressional hearings have got you questioning whether you should post that meme, maybe it’s time to update some of your privacy settings. We’ll show you how to control who can see your profile and what you post, as well as go over how you can improve your privacy on three of the most popular social media platforms. Facebook Facebook's privacy settings have always been...
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Running a retail business is no easy task. There’s plenty to do and too many things to worry about—especially security. With the convenience of mobile payments and paperless billing, more and more businesses have opted for tablets as their primary medium. Aside from a point-of-sales role,...
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While the focus of virtual reality has largely been on gaming and consumer use, it doesn’t mean that the medium can’t be used for business. Virtual reality has the potential to become a useful tool for training new employees, taking an in-depth look at 3D models, like those for engineering and architecture, and even as an alternative to conference calls. Forget 3D printers and visualize your...
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Laptop designs haven’t changed much from their start; however, with 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid systems, your rectangle, while still the same, can now do a little bit more. There are two types of 2-in-1s: the detachable, which has a removable keyboard, and the convertible that has a screen, which folds up to 360 degress (on select models). Depending on your needs, one might be a better fit, but...
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Do you have any dated desktops or laptops lying around that you haven’t used in a few years? Do you remember how quick and responsive they used to be when you first got them? Now it takes an hour to boot up and opening a new tab feels like you just asked it, “What do you want to eat for dinner?” It may be frustrating and mainly why we replaced them in the first place, but don’t fret, because you...
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There’s nothing like spending some quality time with your friends and family during the holiday season. Laughter fills the hallways and food fills your belly. Presents are given and received. And, of course, pictures are taken. Whether you’re using your smartphone or a DSLR camera, the pictures don’t mean much if you don’t share them with your friends and family. Here are six different ways you...
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Recently, a new wireless vulnerability known as KRACK has been the talk of the town, and its affects are far-reaching. Without getting too technical, KRACK (Key Reinstallation AttaCK) allows attackers to access data stored on the devices you have connected to your Wi-Fi network, which means everything with Wi-Fi connectivity is potentially vulnerable. Yes, that includes your smartphone, TV,...
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Dye-sublimation printers, like these from Mitsubishi, offer some unique advantages over the more common inkjet options you may have been using to print your photographs. They offer exceptional speed, great quality with a smudge- and...
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