Playing cam-and-mouse with new Genius peripheral

Need a mouse that turns into a camera? Well, we don’t either, but we thought this little gadget was at least a nifty idea. The Cam Mouse, from Taiwanese company Genius of KYE

Published on: August 15th, 2013 Candice So

Windows 8.1 adds new gesture controls and restores Start button

Microsoft Corp. has pushed out its first big update to Windows 8 to the Windows Store, responding to some of the criticisms about the touch-oriented operating system. While the live tiles design that

Published on: June 27th, 2013 Paolo Del Nibletto

Asus VivoMouse gives us a new way to point and click

There's been a few attempts to replace the reliable, roller-ball, two-button computer mouse over the years. But let's face it, when you sit down at your desk to use the PC, you're still

Published on: June 4th, 2013 Brian Jackson

IBM 5150: Can this 30-year-old PC still get work done?

When IBM released its first personal computer, the 5150, 30 years ago, it was deliberately drab--black, gray, and low-key. That's because IBM intended the 5150 to be a serious machine for people doing

Published on: August 15th, 2011 Benj Edwards

How to save time with hotkeys, macros and gestures

It's a shame that everyone can't bask in the joy of a function-filled keyboard or multibutton mouse. Consider the convenience of launching applications and controlling a system's volume with the press of a

Published on: February 11th, 2011 David Murphy

Look at these things when buying a desktop PC

Once you've determined the type of desktop system you want --a compact PC, a budget system, a mainstream all-purpose model, or a performance crackerjack--you need to know what components to look for. The

Published on: March 17th, 2010 Nate Ralph

How to tap the power of your middle mouse button

Take a close look at your mouse. Chances are good it has at least three buttons: left, right, and middle. (Note: Your middle button might be your scroll wheel, which on most mice

Published on: December 28th, 2009 Rick Broida

New squeezable device a bonanza for 3D design

A team of researchers has developed a squeezable mouse-like input device that gives three-dimensional control to its users, and which could offer some interesting possibilities to artists working in 3D.The device is called

Published on: December 7th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

20 free applications to supercharge your mouse’s right-click

For millions of computer users, the mouse is an essential tool and working on a computer without it is almost unthinkable. And for the bulk of these users, the left button is the

Published on: December 1st, 2009 John Maringmei

Apple’s 27-inch iMac – big, beautiful and great bang for your buck

Apple's new 27-in. iMac can be described in one word: stunning. Don't take my word for it. That's based on the cluster of techie-types and graphic designers who popped into my office last

Published on: October 30th, 2009 Ken Mingis

20 Tech Habits To Improve Your Life

Technology is supposed to make life easier, but it doesn't seem that way when you're struggling to wrangle 289 new e-mail messages, dealing with a hard-drive crash, or suddenly realizing that you left

Published on: August 3rd, 2009 Gina Trapani

Microsoft’s mobile mouse impresses

Microsoft's new Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 is a well-designed, full-featured, and -- at US$100 -- expensive input device. This wireless mouse worked great on all desktop surfaces; it even worked on rough or

Published on: November 6th, 2007 Greg Adler

Tapping into the wireless zone

The keyboard is a necessary and often neglected part of a computer system. Desktop systems often come with gruesome $8 specials that torture their users with poor touch and poorer ergonomics. It's no

Published on: April 13th, 2006 Lynn Greiner