I have long been a fan of David Pogue's books. He's one of an elite group of tech writers who can take a complex subject, explain it so that nearly anyone can understand, and be entertaining in the process. He's written some of the best books in the Missing Manual series, and this time he's tackled Windows 8.1. Does this book live up to its predecessors? Did it provide any surprises along the way? Let's find out.
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When I first learned about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I was very excited. I wanted to know if this smartphone could truly replace my point-and-shoot camera. A couple of months later, I managed to get my hands on a test unit and today I'm ready to share my opinion about this unique Windows Phone device. Is the hype behind the Lumia 1020 truly deserved? Learn the answer to this question and more, from this review:
Kaspersky has always developed great security products and they have been in the list with the top 5 security products available on the market for many years now. In their 2014 version of products they have improved most of their protection modules and technologies as well as the user interface. Let's see what Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 has to offer to its users and whether it is a great security product or not.
ESET Smart Security 7 promises new protection modules that will further enhance its effectiveness in protecting its users. Since the previous version fared very well in our testing, I was curious to learn whether this new version is a worthy successor. Do these new features work well? Do they help ESET Smart Security 7 be one of the best security products on the market? Let's find out from this detailed review.
During my recent visit to the US, I purchased a Surface Pro 2 for myself. I was really curious to learn more about this device and whether it has great potential or not. Before publishing this review, I have used the Surface Pro 2 for over a month, in different environments, including when traveling or working in an office or at home. If you would like to learn more about its strengths, weaknesses and whether it can be a great device for you, don't hesitate to read this detailed review.
Until I got my hands on the Toshiba Encore, I had not used a Windows device that is made to be a tablet, except the Surface Pro 2. While testing the Toshiba Encore I have learned a lot about what it truly means to use a Windows 8.1 tablet and the strengths and weaknesses of this device. If you want to learn more about the Toshiba Encore, what it offers and how well it works, don't hesitate to read this review.
Although I've been using Audacity for a couple years now with no problems, I know there are plenty of features I have never explored, and I was eager to expand my skills. That's why I was happy to get my hands on The Book of Audacity, a book by Carla Schroder. Did this book do the job? Let's take a look in this review.
It is time to resume our series of reviews and we would like to start by taking a look at Bitdefender Internet Security 2014. This company had a great year in 2013, receiving accolades after accolades and for good reason - they had some great products. But what about their 2014 version of products? Are they still top-notch and worthy of prizes? Let's find out from this review.
After the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft decided to redesign its keyboard and mouse lineup, so that they are more useful when working with modern devices, including tablets and hybrids like the Microsoft Surface. One of the most interesting mice that were launched is the Sculpt Comfort which has a big blue button with the Windows logo on it. What does this button do and is this mouse a good device? Let's learn this and more, from this review, based on using this mouse for three weeks.
When I reviewed the first edition of this book - Windows 8 Step By Step - I said that it was "the kind of book to keep handy by your computer for reference, because it will give you confidence that you can do everything right. It's a winner!" Other sites, including Amazon, where reviewers are notoriously cranky, have given it 5-star and 4-star ratings as well, and it's one of Microsoft Press' top selling books in 2013. So this new edition had quite a reputation to live up to. Did authors Ciprian Adrian Rusen and Joli Ballew meet the challenge of making the new Windows 8.1 Step by Step bigger and better? Let's take a look and see what they accomplished this time around.
One of the Missing Manuals series of books' greatest strong points is that they explain pretty much everything about their subjects. Their slogan is "The book that should have been in the box," and that's accurate. Most of these books are excellent references for their subjects, written by people who clearly are experts and who know how to explain things so that we non-experts can understand them. I have bought several of these books over the years (in fact, there are four of them in the office with me as I write this). So when I was given the opportunity to review Office 2013: The Missing Manual, I started out with high expectations. Were my expectations met? Let's see in this review.
Back in May 2011 I reviewed Microsoft Office Inside Out 2010 and was favorably impressed by the book and its approach to covering the Office 2010 software suite. The authors, Ed Bott and Carl Siechert, are recognized experts with lots of experience in writing quality tech books and they were able to create a high-quality product. There's a new edition out now, covering Office 2013, and I was interested to see if I would still give this new book a positive review. What did I decide about the new Microsoft Office Inside Out: 2013 Edition? Let's find out.