Hardware

Power interrupted – protecting your PC data with an uninterruptible power supply

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With the summer months fast approaching, Darren Yates looks at power protection options.
Summer’s just around the corner and that means late afternoon thunderstorms. Now when it comes to protecting your technology, the simplest, cheapest and most guaranteed way to protect against electrical surges caused by lightning is to simply pull the power plugs out of the wall sockets.
However,… Read more

Make your batteries last longer

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Darren Yates looks at tips for getting your batteries to live longer.
There’s no doubt about it – whether its notebook, smartphone or tablet, we’re all looking for ways to make our device batteries last longer. While usage patterns are obviously important and simple tricks like keeping wireless adapters off and keeping screen brightness down are important, how you store… Read more

Get your tablet on TV for under $2

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Darren Yates shows you how to connect your tablet to your big-screen HDTV for under $2.
Tablets are great for portable, personal use reading books, playing games and watching movies. But a growing number support big-screen TV playback thanks to their HDMI output. The problem is some tablets such as Toshiba’s old AT1S0 don’t include a cable or adapter and… Read more

Encrypt your USB flash drive

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Darren Yates shows you how to protect your important data on the go.
Ever since I grabbed my first USB flash drive – an 8MB (yep, you read that right!) IBM DiskOnKey – I haven’t travelled without one since. There’s just no easier way to take your files to and from work. And unfortunately for many, there’s also no easier… Read more