Computing

Get The Most From Your Chromebook Even When It's Offline

Some folks would have you believe that, without an Internet connection, your spiffy new Chromebook only slightly less useful than the box it came in, but that’s simply not true. They may not be able to match a MacBook’s performance, but these lightweight laptops are far from helpless when the connectivity runs dry. Here’s most everything you can do on a Chromebook without a Wi-Fi signal.


Retina iMac Teardown: New Face, Same Guts

The folks over at iFixit have done their usual job of tearing exciting new bits of technology to pieces, this time with the new Retina iMac as their unlucky victim. Conclusion: apart from that pretty new screen, everything’s more or less the same.


Dick Smith Deals: Super Saturday Sale!

Some great specials this week! Available online at DickSmith.com.au today and in-store on Saturday. Deals include $100 off every $500 spent on Samsung TVs, up to 20% off Panasonic and Sony TVs, 25% off select soundbars and 12% off Apple Computers. Here are the details.


Dick Smith Deals: 10% Off Apple Computers, Up To $100 Off iPads

If you’re in the market for a new iMac, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina Display this weekend, Dick Smith Online has 10 per cent off* of Apple computers. Also save up to $100 on iPads! Here’s the special code you’ll need to use.


Protect Against Sneaky Webcam Spies With This Little Pair Of Magnets

I have had a teensy, torn bit of paper taped over the camera of my MacBook Air for years now because even before I knew the FBI could activate that thing without the indicator light, it always bugged me out that someone might be secretly snooping. The teensy, torn bit of paper looks janky as hell, but it works. Nope is a pair of sticky discs that do not look janky as hell.


Own A Samsung 840 EVO? It's Almost Certainly Running Slower Than It Should

Compared to tried-and-true magnetic storage, SSDs are still finding their feet. And like all technologies, it can be hard to predict the issues that might pop up after long-term use without, you know, using them long-term. Take for instance Samsung, which is discovering just now that its 840 EVO series of SSDs have a bug that cripples read performance, but requires at least one-month old data on the drive before the problem appears.


Laptop Buying Guide 2014: Processors And Battery Life Explained

You want to buy a new laptop. But how do you work out which one you need? A great place to start is working out exactly how much processing power you require — what tasks you’re going to be doing — and what kind of battery life your work and play will involve.


Gizmodo Laptop Buying Guide 2014: The Best Ultrabooks Under $750 And $1500

Ultrabooks are thin and light laptops, focused on portability while still remaining productive and keeping a traditional keyboard and touchpad handy for when you need to do some serious work. There are quite a few out there on store shelves, though, and picking the right one can be a bit of a difficult ask. If you can stick to a specific price point, you’ll have far better luck and an easier time.


Gizmodo Laptop Buying Guide 2014: Convertible Designs & Styles Compared

If you’re buying a new tablet or laptop, it’s probably because you want it to be portable, but powerful at the same time. Some devices are more capable for all-out productivity, while some trade off a tiny bit of old-fashioned design for a huge leap forward in compactness and portability. We’ve compared a few of the various types of convertible PCs out there, to see which is the most convenient for regular or occasional use.


More Chromebook 11 And 14 Specs From HP Australia

A pair of new Chromebooks are on their way to Australia via HP and if you’ve been wondering about what sort of hardware these machines will pack, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll have to wait for October to get your hands on them, but it’s probably a good idea to find out if they’re what you need in the first place.


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