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Sony’s Vaio Pro 13 Takes on MacBook Air, and Mostly Delivers

When it comes to laptop-buying advice, Apple’s MacBook Air is a pretty easy recommendation. It’s lightweight, fast and has solid battery life. But it’s not without faults, and not everyone wants an Apple computer. Over the past year, Windows PC makers have been working to bring similar design and performance to ...

Alcatel One Touch Idol Smartphone: Nothing to Be Idolized

How do you introduce the world to a new smartphone from a company that most people have never heard of? With a cameo in “Iron Man 3,” of course. Alcatel One Touch is a cellphone brand from Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Communications. Its first U.S. smartphone, the mid-range Idol, will ...

Trusty Viewers Get Free Video With Ad “Work”

People will do almost anything to get free digital access to movies and TV shows. One company believes people will even “work” to earn money to pay for this content. The job: Watching ads. For the past week, I’ve been using HitBliss to watch new movies and episodes of television shows ...

Can Travel Reviews Be Sexy? Triptease Thinks So.

If you’ve ever written a review on a travel website like TripAdvisor or Orbitz, you know it’s not exactly a thrilling experience. Maybe you’ve just come back from the best vacation of your life, or maybe it was a horrible experience and you want to warn others never to book that ...

A Pocket-Size Solution for Enjoying More Entertainment on the Go

Tablets and smartphones have made it easy to stay entertained during your travels. You can fill up a device with music and movies to enjoy on the road, but you might find yourself having to pick and choose what to load because you don’t have enough space left on your ...

Picturelife Tackles Simple Photo Storage

My digital photo life is a mess. I have thousands of photos scattered throughout my computer, stored on backup drives, blasted to social networks and copied in different cloud services. There are currently 3,025 photos stored on my iPhone. And let’s not forget about the pictures in iPhoto. It shouldn’t be so ...

Canon’s Square PowerShot N Is a “Tweener,” but a Keeper

It’s hip to be a square digital camera. That’s the case with the new Canon PowerShot N, which blends some features of a smartphone with a digital camera, and breathes some new life into almost-forgotten point-and-shoots. For starters, this digital camera is square — not oblong, like most point-and-shoots. It also has a ...

Apps That Curb the Temptation to Text and Drive

Would you ever drive the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour blindfolded? Some daredevils might consider it, but what if the field was filled with obstacles like people and cars? I’m guessing most people’s answer would be a resounding “no,” but that’s pretty much what you’re doing ...

At 10, You Still Have Some Tricks, iTunes

Apple just celebrated the 10th birthday of its famed iTunes, which is easily the most popular source for buying digital content. Still, I regularly field questions from my family and friends about how iTunes works. These range from basic questions about syncing to storing music in the cloud and sharing ...