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Canon Pixma TR8550 Eeview: A Versatile Printer for the Home Office

Canon’s Pixma printers have traditionally been aimed at home users and photo hobbyists, but the latest additions to the range take a slightly more business-like approach. Here’s our Canon Pixma TR8550 review. The new Pixma TR8550 is still intended for use at home, but is primarily designed for home workers who need to produce a wider range of documents, including presentations and marketing brochures, as well as high-quality photos. And, for office use, it’s also a four-in-one printer that includes…

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Visio Online, First Take: Web-based diagramming with basic options Review

When Microsoft first released an online version of the Visio diagramming tool, it was just a viewer where you could leave comments. Now, with Visio Online, you can create diagrams and embed them in SharePoint modern team sites, while developers can use the Visio JavaScript APIs to create mashups. But it’s certainly not the full desktop feature set. Visio is the classic diagramming tool for mapping out network infrastructure and development architectures, and it can be a little offputting to…

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Gionee A1 Plus review | TechRadar

Dual camera on smartphones is one of the most common trend we’ve seen in 2017. Whether its from Chinese brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo or old guns like Apple and Samsung. However, this setup may vary in terms of rear and front camera. There is also a sufficient increase in the demand of big battery phones as mobile phones are not just used for calling these days but are full-fledged media devices. To fill in the spot with a big…

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Amazon Echo (2017) review: More of the same, only better Review

Nearly three years after the first Amazon Echo was released, Amazon has released a redesigned smart speaker. Only instead of facing almost no competition, Google Home is ever growing, and Apple will soon release its HomePod smart speaker to compete directly with Amazon’s Echo lineup. The sleeker $99 Amazon Echo still boasts the same features we’ve come to expect from the Echo and Alexa. Only, it’s less expensive and much better looking. Design (Image: Jason Cipriani/ZDNet) For the second-generation Echo,…

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UrbanEars Plattan 2 Bluetooth headphones hands on review

‘Scandinavian design’ can divide opinion. Those that love it praise its clean lines and minimalistic stylings, its wooden finishes and open aesthetic.  But taken to extremes the design language can, its detractors argue, lead to items that are nicer to look at than to actually use, like a hotel room desk that’s all clean exposed wood that couldn’t bear to include something as messy as a plug socket.  UrbanEars is a brand that’s always been keen to take the positives…

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Five ways machine learning will change society

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus The potential for machine learning is huge, and no one knows that more than Danny Lange, VP of Machine Learning at the US-based games engine Unity.  Having previously worked for Uber and Amazon, Lang believes that future uses of machine learning will stretch across all sectors, disrupting most of what we know. “If we take a step back then the real disruption in the machine learning technology sector, is the disruption itself,” explains Lange…

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Astro A10 review | TechRadar

There’s no shortage of awesome, high-end gaming headsets available today, but surround sound and premium perks can run you in the hundreds of dollars. Luckily, there are some solid contenders for much, much less money, finally freeing you from the flimsy, awkward chat headsets packed in with consoles. Astro’s A10 Gaming Headset sees the celebrated headset maker dipping its toes into the budget realm, with a relatively no-nonsense offering that still keeps enough of the expected look and sound quality…

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Best file sharing software | Techworld

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus File sharing includes distributing or providing file and folder access through digital media. It can be done in a number of ways, which include storage, transmission, centralised servers on computer networks and more. The use of file sharing enables businesses to save documents, pictures, videos and other file types to a shared location for other members of the team to access. There are two types of file sharing: peer-to-peer and file sync and sharing…

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Amazon Cloud Cam review: The gatekeeper for Amazon’s in-home delivery is a swell security camera

The Amazon Cloud Cam ($120) is ostensibly a sentry for users of Amazon Key, the company’s home delivery service that allows couriers to drop off packages right inside your house. It works with compatible smart locks to allow delivery people—and, really, anyone else you designate—to enter your premises when you’re not home. It’s also sold as a standalone home security camera, and it’s a darn good one, with advanced security features and full Alexa integration. Mentioned in this article Design-wise…

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Gallery: Top 10 external GPU enclosures

External graphics processing units — or eGPUs — have been around for many years. In fact, the first version of the Asus XG Station was released back in 2007, as a way of enhancing graphics performance on its range of gaming laptops. The advantage of an eGPU is that it allows you to boost the graphics performance of a laptop or desktop PC that might not provide a more conventional upgrade path. That’s increasingly the case with slimline ultraportables that…

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Misfit Vapor hands on review

Update: The Misfit Vapor is now available for $199.99 in the US, with details of the UK release to follow. We’ll be sharing our full review of the Misfit Vapor soon, but below you can see our first impressions of the watch. Misfit has been creating fashionable but useful fitness trackers for a number of years now, but the Vapor is the first time the company has created a smartwatch. The Vapor still feels like a Misfit product though, putting…

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Vizio SmartCast P-Series 4K UHD TV review

If you want to escape the washed-out color of low- and mid-range LED TVs without breaking the bank, Vizio’s SmartCast P-Series displays are the way to do it. That said, Vizio claims of “picture perfection” are overstated—the P-Series are not without flaws; at least not the $1700 65-inch version we tested. Regardless, the color and HDR are impressive. Vizio SmartCast P-Series design and features The P65-E1 we tested sports a relatively thin silver bezel, is about 2.5-inches deep, and weighs…

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Call of Duty: WWII review

Call of Duty: WWII isn’t a remaster, but it feels like one. As the gate crashed open on my landing craft and I sprinted desperately onto Omaha Beach, I half-expected to hear people yelling for Lieutenant Powell, star of 2002’s Medal of Honor: Allied Assault—the first game I remember doing the iconic D-Day opener. This one stars a “Davis” instead, but that’s no big deal. 15 years on, Call of Duty: WWII is less “World War II as it actually…

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Chuwi Lapbook Air hands on: A slim, beautiful PC — but no touching Review

Chuwi’s Lapbook Air is thin and lovely, and it looks like a laptop costing twice as much. In October Chuwi introduced a new product to its portfolio of tablets and laptops. This is the LapBook Air — currently the thinnest model that Chuwi produces. It looks high spec and stylish. It can easily be mistaken for a MacBook — apart from its sub-$400 price tag. It is slim and light in my hand at only 1.3kgs (2.87 pounds). This Windows…

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Skullcandy Hesh 3 Wireless Headphones review

With phones like the iPhone X, Pixel 2 and others dropping the 3.5mm wired jack, it’s become abundantly clear that the future of audio is wireless.  While this likely means that you’re going to have to buy a pair of wireless cans to use with your new smartphone, it doesn’t mean you have to pay top dollar on a pair: For their price, the Skullcandy Hesh 3 are basic wireless headphones that will satisfy bass lovers looking for a headphone…

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Adobe Premiere Elements 18 review: The best video editor does it all for you

Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 offers most of the same basic video editing features you’d find in other consumer packages, but it separates itself from the pack with tutorials and automatic curation and content creation features that very nearly (but not quite) do all the work for you, as long as you don’t mind if your videos look generic. It’s this easy access that makes Adobe Premiere Elements our top-rated consumer paid video editor. Read all of our video editing software…

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