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Symantec to Users: Stop Using pcAnywhere

Symantec to Users: Stop Using pcAnywhere

Symantec told its customers to immediately stop using its pcAnywhere software while it addresses a security breach and an undisclosed number of bugs.
The pcAnywhere program is a popular program that allows users to remotely access and use another computer, such as a home or office computer.
In a prepared and rather blunt statement, the company said: “At this time, Symantec recommends disabling the product until we release a final set of …

Using Your Own Mobile Phone in Japan and Europe

Using Your Own Mobile Phone in Japan and Europe

4G Data and Wi-Fi Hotspot Keep Costs Minimal
While planning my most recent trip to Japan, I stopped to think about the fact that my GSM mobile phone wouldn’t work there.  On past trips, I used an inexpensive Panasonic mobile phone purchased in Japan that worked with Japanese PDC (Personal Digital Cellular) technology.  (Japan uses three incompatible mobile phone technologies and GSM isn’t one of them.)
This time I had a plan …

Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar Watch – Review

Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar Watch – Review

In an age where we carry myriad devices that tell us the time (think smartphone, tablet, or laptop, just to name a few) and time is all around us (look around the room, from the microwave and stove to the DVR/settop box to the clock on the wall), some pundits have gone so far as to say that wristwatches are passé.  Indeed, ask someone the time: that person will most …

The Book Depository: A New Online Place to Buy Books

The Book Depository: A New Online Place to Buy Books

There’s a “new” online bookstore that I suspect is going to become more relevant somewhat soon.  It’s The Book Depository, at www.bookdepository.com.
It’s been around for a few years but only last year started to sell to U.S. customers.  And even then, for many U.S. titles, it just sent customers to Amazon.
This past summer, it started selling all its titles directly to U.S. customers.  Its prices are attractive; for U.S. books …

Stem Innovation iZon Remote Room Monitor Webcam Review

Stem Innovation iZon Remote Room Monitor Webcam Review

The problem with most webcams is that they require a computer of some kind in order to function.  Enter Stem Innovation, a company that makes a smart alarm clock and, drum roll please, a smart webcam of sorts.
The iZon Remote Room Monitor needs electricity – and Wi-Fi.  No computer or cabling is.necessary.
The iZon, a nicely designed white plastic cylinder, which could pass for a very large lipstick container, has a …

Dyson Air Multiplier AM01 Table Fan Review

Dyson  Air Multiplier AM01 Table Fan Review

The table fan is a simple device, typically consisting of rotating blades, driven by a motor, that act on the air.  The first electric fan was invented shortly after the introduction of electricity in the late nineteenth century and the underlying design and concept has changed little in the ensuing period.  That is, of course, until James Dyson a British industrial designer who is best known for his bagless vacuum …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review and Test Report

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review and Test Report

The Other Tablet: More Than Just an iPad Clone
Believe it or not, there are other tablets on the market besides the iPad.  Some of them may even be quite capable devices.  Android tablets have yet to make a real splash in the tablet world; they have been held back by a lack of quality applications, concerns over the fragmentation of operating systems, and the inability of manufacturers to compete with …