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Dell Precision 5520 review | TechRadar

Dell’s Precision notebooks are mobile workstations, which has meant that performance used to take precedence over aesthetics – but these days that’s not the case.  This machine serves up high-quality components inside a system hewn from slick metal and carbon fibre, and it’s slim and light. We’ve reviewed the entry-level Precision 5520, but don’t think this machine is weak – it’s still got one of Intel’s latest processors and Nvidia graphics. Spec Sheet Here is the Dell Precision 5520 configuration…

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Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture review

The Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture is what happens when a traditional Swiss watchmaker sits up, pays attention to technology companies parking tanks on its beautifully manicured Genevan lawn, and does something about it. It may not be the whole-hog approach taken by Tag Heuer, maker of the Connected range of smartwatches with touchscreens and Intel processors. Instead, the Hybrid Manufacture is the result of Frederique Constant discovering a way to blend the centuries-old way of using jewels, mainsprings and a…

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FileMaker 17, First Take: More accessible, more connected Review

There are plenty of ‘low code’ tools aimed at people who aren’t professional developers but who need to create apps that are essentially databases with mobile interfaces for collecting and viewing data, filling out forms and connecting to plug-and-play services to add more features. FileMaker has become a particularly accessible way of doing this (primarily for iOS, but with a slightly lagging set of options for Android and web), and the latest release, FileMaker 17, is aimed very much at…

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo review

The line between headphones and hearables is blending together now more than ever, and Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo is one of the most innovative products we’ve seen on the market that tries to push those two ideas together. Hearables are devices that can offer similar functionality to a smartwatch, such as giving you notifications from your phone, updates from apps and other functionality, but this all comes directly into your ear through audio rather than on a display as on…

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Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Neat hardware, but Alexa can’t keep up

Shortly after setting up Amazon’s Fire TV Cube streaming box, I temporarily lost the remote control. In theory, this shouldn’t have been a problem. Amazon says its $120 Fire TV Cube is primarily a hands-free device that you can control with Alexa voice commands, and I knew Alexa would at least let me turn on the TV, control the volume, and start watching video in apps like Amazon Prime Video and PlayStation Vue without needing the remote. Still, it didn’t…

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Acer Spin 5 Review – Tech Advisor

The Acer Spin 5 SP515 is a mid-price touchscreen laptop with a much larger screen than most hybrids. A 15.6-inch screen makes this feel like a desktop-replacer, not just a portable laptop. Long battery life and sub-2cm thickness make the Spin 5 moderately portable, though. It’s a solid all-rounder. However, it’s not the most compelling option at the price. A dim, undersaturated screen is only just good enough and the Spin 5 is not one of the best-looking metal laptops…

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UseNeXT review | TechRadar

Founded in 2004, UseNeXT is a German newsgroup service which claims to be ‘one of the best Usenet providers worldwide’, but its website struggles to back that up. A claimed 3,400 days retention sounds good, for instance, but how does that break down between binary files and text? The company doesn’t say. UseNeXT’s six data centers in Europe and the US is a more obvious plus point. Support for 30 simultaneous connections is also worth having – budget Giganews plans…

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Samsung HW-N400 ‘TV Mate’ Soundbar review

Samsung has seriously improved its audio game in the last few years. The Samsung HW-K950 brought Dolby Atmos sound and upfiring speakers to the South Korean manufacturer’s audio arsenal in 2016, and last year’s HW-MS650 won our Editor’s Choice award for dominating traditional surround setups. The Samsung HW-N400 is the company’s latest entry-level soundbar and forms part of its ‘all-in-one’ range – i.e. it’s a single unit, with no separate subwoofer. It’s designed for smaller screen sizes, with a diminutive…

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Trend Micro Maximum Security review: A great security suite, but the privacy protection features need work

The best antivirus solution is one that’s as simple as possible. After all, if a user can’t navigate the app to take advantage of its features, then much of the program’s usefulness is lost. Trend Micro’s Maximum Security nails this principle with some of the easiest navigation we’ve seen yet. Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. The default dashboard is very straightforward. There’s a large Scan…

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen review: A top-quality 2-in-1 detachable Review

When Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet made its debut in 2016 it was designed to compete with devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Two years on, the X1 Tablet has become a staple of the ThinkPad line, and is now on its third generation. With the classic ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen also in Lenovo’s top-tier line-up, business users have plenty of ThinkPad X1 configurations to choose between. The…

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Dell Latitude 7490 review | TechRadar

These are the same chips that all the other laptop makers have access to, so the challenge Dell has is to make the 7490 stand out in other ways. Dell uses the Latitude brand for a wide range of computing products, including laptops, tablets and Ultrabooks. They’re primarily aimed at business users, though potentially some of the cheaper devices might be of interest to students too. Of these, the 7000 Series is an Ultrabook range and contains machines that have…

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Innovative UK Companies Using and Sharing Open Data

By Charlotte Jee & Laurie Clarke | Jun 21, 2018 Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus The UK’s Open Data Institute is dedicated to facilitating the gathering and sharing of data across companies and organisations to help create social good, as well as profits. Open data is defined as data that can be freely accessed and shared, meaning anyone can harness the power of these insights if they wish.  Read next: What is Open Data? Since the Institute’s launch in 2012, …

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CloudBerry Backup Free: Cloud storage syncing that’s worth the learning curve

CloudBerry Backup Free is an app that’s especially useful for users who wind up with data scattered across a several online services. Not too long ago, I was rowing that boat, with digital stuff strewn across Mozy, OneDrive, Google, etc. It got confusing. CloudBerry makes it easy to synchronize the files in multiple locations. It has some foibles, but it gets the job done. Check out our reviews and rankings of the best free backup solutions to see how competing…

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TruSense GPS Pendant review: This GPS tracking device for the elderly needs a mobile app

Small, lightweight, and relatively simple to set up, the TruSense GPS Pendant allows you to keep an eye on an elderly loved one who’s infirm or otherwise in need of assistance. But while caregivers will appreciate the pendant’s SOS button and fall detection, they’ll be frustrated by the lack of a true mobile app to go with it. Design Measuring about 2.5 x 1.75 x 0.6 inches and weighing about 1.5 ounces, the TruSense GPS Pendant is about the size…

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