Articles By Nick Mediati

Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 effective but sluggish

Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 ($50 for one year, 3 PCs as of 12/18/2010) does a lot right: It proved to be effective at detecting and , blocking malware, and disinfecting your PC malware,

Published on: January 26th, 2011 Nick Mediati

Avast Pro Antivirus 5 is fast, easy to use

Avast Pro Antivirus 5 ($40 for a single-PC, one-year license as of 11/23/2010) ranks third in our roundup of 2011 paid antivirus products. When we last looked at Avast's paid antivirus offering, our

Published on: December 6th, 2010 Nick Mediati

Avira AntiVir Personal a strong, free antivirus contender

Avira AntiVir Personal ranked second in our late 2010 roundup of free antivirus products. AntiVir has strength where it counts most: It did a great job at detecting and blocking malware. That said,

Published on: December 3rd, 2010 Nick Mediati

Free vs. paid antivirus software showdown

Depending on whom you ask, paying for antivirus software is either a good investment or a total ripoff. In reality, neither viewpoint is accurate. You can find plenty of good reasons to choose

Published on: December 1st, 2010 Nick Mediati

iTunes Ping: a peek at the new social network’s privacy settings

Ping is Apple's music-centric social network that is integrated into iTunes 10. From a privacy standpoint, it's pretty straightforward--as opposed to Facebook's multitude of privacy settings--but then again, Ping is also very limited

Published on: September 7th, 2010 Nick Mediati

Browser bonanza – the best picks for speed, security, and add-ons

Of all the software on your PC, the Web browser may be the most important tool you use each day--but you may not give it much thought. The difference between a merely good

Published on: July 28th, 2010 Nick Mediati

Google Chrome browser beats Firefox 3.5 in speed test

When Mozilla released a new version of Firefox a couple of weeks ago, its developers promised a faster browser, and Firefox 3.5 delivers, racing past IE and Safari in our latest set of

Published on: July 22nd, 2009 Nick Mediati

Palm Pre vs. iPhone 3G – Which is better?

iPhone 3G and Palm Pre Compared The iPhone 3G (right) and the Palm Pre both have a multitouch screen; both have similar feature sets and are used in a similar manner. But they

Published on: June 9th, 2009 Nick Mediati

Windows 7 only slightly faster than Vista

Improving performance is one of Microsoft's design goals with Windows 7, and many early reviewers (including ours) have said that the new OS seems peppier than Vista. But tests of the Windows 7

Published on: May 8th, 2009 Nick Mediati

HTC Touch Diamond doesn’t fully quench iPhone envy

HTC's Touch Diamond ($350 with a two-year contract) is a well-designed Windows Mobile smart phone whose compact, candy-bar design widens its appeal. At 4 by 2 inches, the case of the Touch Diamond

Published on: September 15th, 2008 Nick Mediati

Google pushes the cloud with its Chrome browser

Google takes aim squarely at Microsoft with the release of its new Web browser, Chrome. And Microsoft should be very afraid: Chrome lives up to its hype by rethinking the Web browser in

Published on: September 5th, 2008 Nick Mediati