HP Stream Mini: A Cute, Cheap Windows Desktop For Just $180

The $200 HP Stream is the bargain-basement laptop to beat. But what if you want a desktop instead? Take a peek at the new HP Stream Mini. At just over 2 inches tall, 1.6 pounds light, and a mere $180 out of your wallet, this tiny pastel blue nettop packs a surprising amount of value into the case. » 1/05/15 8:00am 1/05/15 8:00am

Skype Just Fixed the Single Most Annoying Thing About Notifications

Skype just announced a great new feature that should be part of every single app, plugin, or digital service you use: When you're actively Skyping, the app's notifications will only go to the device you're currently using. Why didn't this kind of setup become a universal standard, like, five years ago? » 8/20/14 1:36pm 8/20/14 1:36pm

How To Finally Get Your Desktop Under Control

It's easy to dump shortcuts, files and other miscellany on to your desktop for quick access or for convenience's sake, but before long you can be left with a forest of icons and thumbnails obscuring the wallpaper beneath. If your desktop could use a clean up, we're here to tell you how to go about it. » 7/10/14 9:28am 7/10/14 9:28am

Five Best Budget Computer Mice

A good computer mouse doesn't have to cost a ton of money, especially if you need it to travel, or you're on a budget. This week we're looking at five of the best mice on the market for around $20, based on your nominations. » 6/29/14 12:16pm 6/29/14 12:16pm

Google Now Just Took Its First Steps Onto the Desktop

Google Now is great, but it's only on your mobile devices. We've been waiting on a desktop version for what feels like forever. Now, finally, it's just starting to poke its head out in the beta-est of Chrome's beta builds. » 1/16/14 12:55pm 1/16/14 12:55pm

This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

Each year I round-up my top list of applications and utilities used the most throughout the year. Without further introduction, here are all the utilities that have been especially useful in enhancing my productivity during 2013. » 12/26/13 11:00am 12/26/13 11:00am

The New Mac Pro Finally Goes on Sale Tomorrow

It's sleek, black, looks a little bit like your waste paper bin, and could just be your ultimate workstation. The Mac Pro is an amazing piece of hardware and, finally, it goes on sale tomorrow. » 12/18/13 8:41am 12/18/13 8:41am

How to Spread Your Music Across the Web

Cloud storage has transformed the way digital music collectors access their media. But with so many competing hosting services, which should you choose? » 12/01/12 12:00pm 12/01/12 12:00pm

How to Run OnLive's Remote Microsoft Office on OS X, For Free

Even if you're a Microsoft Office hater, sometimes it's extremely useful to have access to its features. Well, here's a quick way to achieve that on OS X, for free, using OnLive's Desktop service. » 7/10/12 7:35am 7/10/12 7:35am

Are iMac and Mac Pro Redesigns in Our Future, After All?

Today was like an Apple ChristmaHanuKwanzaakah, with a bounty of dreamy new machines and upgrades unveiled in all their slim, retina-displaying, functionally superior glory. Not included among the redesign group, however, were the iMac and the Mac Pro (though Mac Pro did get a quiet, unannounced internal upgrade, in… » 6/11/12 10:40pm 6/11/12 10:40pm

The Mac Pro Is Half-Dead: Apple Has Kind of Updated One of Its Most…

Apple defied expectations by introducing an updated Mac Pro today. But it didn't warrant a mention at the WWDC keynote, which falls in line with the earlier indication that Apple would kill it off. While this is the first refresh the super-powerful computer of choice of creative professionals has gotten in two years,… » 6/11/12 3:25pm 6/11/12 3:25pm

Greatest Case Mod Hyrule Has Ever Seen

Taking inspiration from Lego, Minecraft, and good old-fashioned building blocks, the 8-Bit Builder goes slightly against his namesake with this 16-bit case mod honoring Hyrule's most-diminutive hero. But seriously, why is it a kid who's always saving the day? » 2/23/12 2:20pm 2/23/12 2:20pm

This Beautiful Red Plume Is Your Next Desktop Background. But What Is…

Is it a wonderful new Christmas decoration come too late? Blood plunging into a pool of bath water? Or has someone just dropped the ketchup in the sink? » 12/26/11 3:30pm 12/26/11 3:30pm

Good News: Windows 8 Tablets May Not Get Traditional Desktop Apps After…

According to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft may discard its original plans to include support for desktop applications in their tablets. Instead, they would go for Metro-only apps, like the ones found in Windows Phone 7. » 12/02/11 9:28am 12/02/11 9:28am

Samsung May Buy HP's PC Business Says Digitimes

Samsung has reportedly talked to manufacturers like Quanta Computers and Pegatron about outsourcing notebook orders. The Korean company is supposedly eyeing HP's PC business and needs outside manufacturing help. It's an interesting proposition; maybe it'll move beyond a rumor. [Digitimes] » 8/23/11 12:37am 8/23/11 12:37am

How to Make Your Computer Launch Everything You Want, Automatically,…

So you're tired of getting to work each day and having to launch all your apps and websites and arrange everything just so. What if your computer could do it for you. Guess what? It can! Here's how. » 8/02/11 2:00pm 8/02/11 2:00pm

Are Tablets Really PCs?

Microsoft insists tablets are Windows-powered mobile PCs. Even Windows Phone president Andy Lee, who should be pushing for a WP7 tablet, said, "We view a tablet as a PC." » 7/12/11 11:35pm 7/12/11 11:35pm

This Gaming Rig Fights for the User

The Acer Predator G5910 is not a desktop for posers, pansies, pedestrian players. It's a serious desktop for serious gamers, with serious guts to match. Oh, and hey jeez it looks like Tron, everybody! » 6/17/11 5:40pm 6/17/11 5:40pm

Walmart.com Now Selling Custom Gaming Rigs along with Swiffers

Big box monolith Walmart's now in the desktop gaming biz, teaming up with iBUYPOWER. The systems, starting at $600, can be configured with several different Intel and AMD processors, along with a range of AMD and NVIDIA offerings. [Walmart.com] » 4/26/11 2:38pm 4/26/11 2:38pm