If you’re having trouble with your wireless signal, PC Mag can help. Whether problems are due to distance, interference, the software you’re using or something else entirely, the experts list ten potential fixes, with additional information on each.
- Change the channel of your router.
- Check the interface and see which Wi-Fi channel is the least crowded.
- Limit your network devices to one vendor.
- Invest in new routers and adaptors. Dual-band hardware is ideal.
- Update adapter firmware and/or router firmware.
- Purchase an external high-gain antenna.
- Change the router’s position to a central location.
- Try DD-WRT, free open-source software for routers.
- Set up a second router as an access point.
- Purchase repeaters and wireless extenders.
We all need to back up our files from time to time. An online backup service may be the easiest way to do so, and PC Mag rates nine of the best. Each service backs up files automatically and stores them on a cloud server, so you can access your files at any time, even if a file goes missing.
Judging criteria include price (for one year of service), security, performance and ease of Web and mobile access. PC Mag also considers how each program chooses which files to back up and when backup happens, as well as ability to restore files and folders. Some vendors offer extras, such as file syncing and backup to local storage.
Programs that make the grade: IDrive, SOS Online Backup, CrashPlan, SpiderOak and Carbonite, as well as four others.
Which Android apps drain your battery life? The answer might surprise you. AVG Technologies’ latest report on Android apps that eat into battery life, data plan and data storage includes popular Candy Crush, Facebook and Tumblr. It also identifies Samsung Security Policy Update and Samsung Beaming Service as two of the worst offenders.
AVG rates apps based on highest battery drain, data traffic and storage consumption, as well as overall performance impact. Three charts – overall apps, games and auto-start apps – compare applications side by side.
While users can manage bandwidth and storage, the report emphasizes that device manufacturers should make battery conservation a priority.
Google has confirmed – a Google phone service will soon be a reality. The company may become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and will most likely partner with a pre-existing carrier. Smaller carriers such as T-Mobile or Sprint are likely candidates.
According to Gartner analyst Bill Menezes, Google aims to offer services to customers that phone carriers haven’t offered before. Based on the Nexus phone family, which Google has worked on, the new features could combine hardware and service in unique ways.
Good news for consumers: Google Wireless could bring lower prices and better service tiers, as the success of Google Fiber rollouts seems to suggest.
Although Google hasn’t shared details yet, it promises to reveal more over the next few months.
Remember the ‘80s Walkman? Sony’s latest Walkman audio player, the NW-ZX2, aims to recapture the Walkman’s success – with superior sound quality.
Like last year’s NW-ZX1, the new device shows Sony’s commitment to high-resolution audio capability. The NW-ZX2 comes with LDAC, a new technology that allows more information in a Bluetooth audio bitstream. DSEE-HX, also in the new device, restores compressed music files to their original audio fidelity.
The new Walkman accepts multiple file formats: MP3, DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC and more. With 128GB of internal memory, and a microSD slot to add 128GB more, the NW-ZX2 has strong memory capacity.
Shipping in the second quarter of 2015, Sony’s new Walkman is priced at $1,119.
Thinking about upgrading to a HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone? Here’s what each phone offers.
Battery capacity is essential, and the HTC One M9 comes with 2830 mAh, compared to 2600 mAh in the One M8. The M9 boasts a 20 megapixel module rear camera, giving photos more detail. Practical concerns are taken care of as well. The M9 has a case for water resistance, and a solid in-hand feel for a phone that’s easy to hold.
What the M9 doesn’t have is optical image stabilization (OIS), despite the updated camera.
The camera in the Samsung Galaxy S6 has better capture software, making it one of the best cameras for low-light performance. Glass front panels and metal edges give the S6 a sleek new look and feel. The S6 comes with integrated wireless charging.
Missing in the S6 are removable batteries, microSD expansion cards, and a water resistant rating.
Apple recently revealed a new MacBook that’s not only its lightest (two pounds!), but upgraded and more efficient than ever.
The keyboard uses what Apple calls a “butterfly mechanism.” It offers more stable and precise keystrokes than a typical keyboard, where keys dip down as you type. And force sensors on the trackpad integrate tap-centric feedback for ease of use.
The new layered, long-life battery, spread over the MacBook’s surface, lasts for nine hours. Dense but light, the MacBook is Apple’s first without a fan. In another space-saving move, a single port works for many connections, including power, USB, DisplayPort, VGA and HDMI.
Available in silver, space grey and gold, MacBooks start at $1,299.
Shopping for an antivirus program? PC Mag tests over 30 commercial antivirus utilities, recommends the best, and reviews the rest.
Superior antivirus packages offer more than the standard scanning for malware. The most advanced products feature multi-layered protection, including vulnerability scanning and whitelisting. Bonus features such as credit monitoring, secure browsing, and file deletion ensure consumers get the most protection for their money. The author used both lab and hands-on testing for each product.
PC Mag recommends three Editor’s Choice antivirus packages from Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and Webroot. Their list gives plenty of options, with pros and cons for each. Users can compare cost and extra features of each potential purchase.
Everyone is interested on how Microsoft’s universal office apps will look as an app on your phone. If you don’t know, the app will be launching this month. Microsoft is planning to announce a preview to its new universal office app for Windows 10 phones by the end of this month.
Not only will you be able to access the universal office apps, but you can experience it right in your hands with some minor updates to Excel and Outlook. Also PowerPoint, Word, and Excel are getting a new search tool, to make it easier to find what you are looking for. Along with it being easier to attach a file through OneDrive to Outlook and automatically configuring permission for the recipients.
Be on the look out to download Microsoft’s universal office app for Windows 10 phones.
There are plenty of laptops out there for you to decide. When it comes to weeding out the pros and cons, you want to do some research. Dell has a great business ultra-book.
The Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series is running for 1,108.99 at the Dell store. This laptop is a business ultra-book with plenty to keep you busy throughout the day. It also includes a 1080p HD screen and 10+ hours of battery life. There is no touch screen but there is good connectivity, removable battery and a comfortable keyboard.
With the Dell Latitude 14 7000 series, you can keep productive with finishing your reports along with getting that office slide show done and still have battery left to present it.