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Going VoIP-only: Do you still need cellular voice service?

These days, smartphones with speedy Web connectivity are easy to find, so consumers should be able to get by with just a roomy data plan, dumping voice service in favor of VoIP. But is that practical? To see how feasible cutting voice service is, I decided to go VoIP-only for a week, on the new T-Mobile/Walmart prepaid plan that offers 5GB of 4G data on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 14.4 network for a measly $30 per month.

Written by Patrick Miller11 Nov. 11 02:00

In pictures: 8 tech superstars as comic book characters

Ever wonder what superpowers Steve Jobs or Bill Gates would have in a comic book? Check out our slideshow of what-if tech superheroes (and supervillains). ART: Neil McAllister and Tony Talbert

Written by Patrick Miller25 Aug. 11 16:19

4 stupid tech tricks, tested

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke wrote "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." When you read those words, you might imagine yourself showing an iPad to someone from the 1800s. You probably don't think twice about blowing into your old Nintendo Game Paks to get them to load properly. I mean, you know how those work, right?

Written by Patrick Miller17 July 11 03:45

Google Plus: 8 quick tips and tricks

Google Plus (aka Google+), Google's new social network, might offer the right mix of sharing and privacy to woo you away from your Facebook account.

Written by Patrick Miller02 July 11 06:48

28 iPad 2 tips and tricks

Your new iPad 2 might not be as full-featured (or as complicated) as a laptop or desktop PC, but a few neat tricks are still hidden between the surface. Read on to learn how to secure your iPad, sync your bookmarks, and more.

Written by Patrick Miller17 March 11 01:18

HDTVs at CES: Small steps in the big picture

Whether they were big or small, LED or plasma, all the HDTVs on the CES 2011 show floor had one thing in common--they took the best that came out of last year, and added several slight, but significant, improvements.

Written by Patrick Miller11 Jan. 11 06:28

Sharp's new HDTVs are 70-inches big

Sharp is thinking big with its newest round of HDTVs, led by a whopping 70-inch LED back-lit HDTV.

Written by Patrick Miller06 Jan. 11 10:37

LG announces 'flicker free' LW6500 cinema 3D TV

In what may turn out to be a sneak peek of CES 2011 HDTV trends, LG announced the newest entry to their 2011 HDTV lineup--and it's a 3D TV that doesn't use the heavy, expensive active-shutter 3D glasses.

Written by Patrick Miller04 Jan. 11 13:35

BitTorrent for beginners

Comcast wants to kill it, your next wireless router will probably have it built-in, and you can use it to download the entire GeoCities archive. BitTorrent has come a long way since its public release on July 2, 2001, but unless you're a regular media pirate, you probably haven't used it much. Read on to find out how it works and to clear up a few common misconceptions about it.

Written by Patrick Miller23 Nov. 10 03:12

Technology's Biggest Myths

As it turns out, Windows Vista really wasn't all that slow; and no, your PC probably won't fry if you open it up without wearing a wrist strap. Thanks in large part to the Internet, the tech world is teeming with lies, half-truths, and misinformation. We've dug up some of the Web's most notorious nuggets of conventional wisdom to see which hold up to scrutiny and which are merely urban legends.

Written by Patrick Miller23 Aug. 10 16:50

Belkin adds apps to Wi-Fi router line-up

When is a wireless router not just a wireless router? Belkin's answer: When it's a total pain. That's why it introduced four new 802.11n Wi-Fi routers, ranging from $50 to $130, that come with a set of applications designed to help you use your wireless network for backing up, playing music and movies, setting up file transfers, and speeding up important Internet traffic without having to muck around in arcane menus

Written by Patrick Miller26 March 10 07:02

The Greatest Windows Tips of All Time

If you don't know every one of these 26 tricks and shortcuts, you're not getting your money's worth out of Windows.

Written by Patrick Miller30 Dec. 09 08:15

Fusion Garage JooJoo Web tablet

Attractive and interesting, but not without its flaws. It's been one of the internet stories of the past week or so, but does the Fusion Garage JooJoo web-browsing tablet warrant your interest?

Written by Patrick Miller10 Dec. 09 10:30
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