Articles By Brian Nadel

How to use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot

Buried inside many of the latest smartphones is a capability that few people take advantage of. A feature called tethering lets a phone go beyond talk, email and Web surfing to act as

Published on: November 7th, 2011 Brian Nadel

ViewPad 10pro bridges gap between Android and Windows

If you're interested in trying out the latest Android tablet software but have too much invested in Windows programs to walk away, ViewSonic's ViewPad 10Pro could be a solution. It acts as a

Published on: September 13th, 2011 Brian Nadel

14 Windows 7 widgets to monitor your PC

It's been nearly two years since Windows 7 was released, and yet there are still some features that Windows 7 users may not be taking full advantage of -- such as desktop gadgets.

Published on: August 22nd, 2011 Brian Nadel

Business laptop showdown: HP EliteBook vs. Lenovo ThinkPad

Next to the latest ultrathin notebook, tablet or smartphone, mainstream corporate laptops may not seem particularly alluring or sexy, but they can be just as innovative and necessary -- especially for everyday business.

Published on: May 16th, 2011 Brian Nadel

ViewPad 10 tablet offers two operating systems in one package

While tablets such as Apple's iPad and Motorola's Android-based Xoom are continuing to attract popular attention, there are many workplaces that are still based around Microsoft Windows. Unfortunately, Windows 7 isn'r really optimize

Published on: April 13th, 2011 Brian Nadel

How to fix your iPad problems

Anyone who has spent any amount of time with Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad will know that -- like all computers -- it sometimes doesn't do what it's supposed to do. It could be

Published on: December 2nd, 2010 Brian Nadel

Four tiny desktop PCs that pack a performance punch

The next time you're in a library, Internet cafe or hotel lobby, look around: There's a good chance you'll see more than a few people using ultra-small form factor PCs -- computers that

Published on: November 10th, 2010 Brian Nadel

Groundbreaking laptop designs offer new ways to work and play

Tired of the stale cookie-cutter designs that make all laptops look basically alike? You're not alone. A group of intrepid designers and engineers is doing something about the "sameness syndrome" that permeates notebook

Published on: June 14th, 2010 Brian Nadel

How to transform a mothballed PC into a souped-up workstation

We may be a country obsessed with fixing our homes and tricking out our cars, but we usually throw away our PCs when they start to give us trouble. These days, however, the

Published on: April 27th, 2010 Brian Nadel

USB 3.0 offers faster data transfer, more power

Have you spent too much time waiting for large files to crawl between a computer and an external hard drive? Don't fret -- USB 3.0 has arrived. Not only can it move data

Published on: March 3rd, 2010 Brian Nadel

Four online services to reliably backup your hard drive data

If your New Year's resolution was to make sure you have secure offsite backups for your important data at home, then relax: There are a number of good, reliable (and inexpensive) services on

Published on: January 7th, 2010 Brian Nadel

Three big-screen laptops for small-scale budgets

When most people think "laptop," they think of a device with a 12.1-to-15.4-in. screen, which is really a bit cramped for extended use. 17-in. notebooks, on the other hand, provide a nice, large,

Published on: October 6th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Six money-saving laptop repairs you can do yourself

It happened in an airport holding pen some time ago when I sneezed while typing an e-mail. The system went flying and smacked into the floor. Before I got home, I put a

Published on: September 14th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Six cheap and easy ways to fix a broken laptop

We live and work in a cold, cruel world where our laptops take a lot of abuse. Regardless of how gentle we try to be, it's inevitable that sooner or later our notebooks

Published on: September 14th, 2009 Brian Nadel

Laptops of the future – solar powered, dual-screen, and self-repairing

A lot has changed in the 20 years since the first laptop computers appeared, including gigahertz processors, color screens, optical drives and wireless data. However, one thing that has stubbornly stayed the same

Published on: July 22nd, 2009 Brian Nadel