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Stream Video Games To Your Mobile Device

As a society, we are moving more and more towards mobile computing.  And while mobile devices do have the obvious benefit of being small, practical, and allowing us to have computing power just about anywhere, they do limit how much computing power we can carry around with us.  Granted, the computing power of smartphones and […]

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Android Security: NoRoot Firewall

Do you ever worry that your mobile applications may be secretly or unnecessarily connecting to the Internet?  Over the years, I have downloaded countless apps from the Google Play Store and found the vast majority of them accessing the Internet for reasons unrelated to their purpose or function.  An instant messaging app, for example, can […]

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Turn Your Old Smartphone Into A Security Camera

How often do you upgrade your smartphone? For many, a phone’s lifecycle is like this: here today, gone tomorrow. There are of course those of us who always want the newest smartphones.  Yet, even those of use who are not the early adopters typically swap out our phones every couple of years. We saw a […]

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How To Install A Solid State Drive (SSD)

Considering a SSD (Solid State Drive) for your desktop or laptop?  Before you begin (if you haven’t bought one already), you may want to consider a few things: Similar to older hard drives, capacity is increasing and cost is decreasing for SSD’s as the technology continues to mature.  Last time I did the calculations (you […]

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New Graphics API’s And The Future Of PC Gaming

Lets face it: DirectX 11 and OpenGL are getting a little old. DirectX 11 was introduced with Windows 7 back in 2009, and OpenGL 4.0 followed a year later. In software years these technologies are now ancient, and the current crop of hardware that they are running was not even on the drawing board when […]

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Performance Tuning Black Art: How to Short-Stroke a Hard Drive

Poll any group of PC enthusiasts and the majority will tell you that the quickest way to boost an aging computer’s performance is to swap out its HDD for an SSD.  Over the last couple years, solid-state drives have fallen in price to the point where they are now viable upgrade options for most consumers.  […]

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What Really Matters in Enterprise IT: Part I

Author Note:  Hi PCMech readers – Timo and I go back a long ways. In fact, we were roommates way back in college. Fittingly, he helped me build my first computer and introduced me to PCMech.com. When he asked if I would be interested in writing some articles for PCMech, I couldn’t pass it up. […]

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Android Security: Permission Friendly Apps Review

The big security benefit of the Android operating system is that it forces apps to run inside a sandbox with limited access to system resources. Apps are essentially isolated from the rest of the system unless the user explicitly grants access permissions upon app installation. This restriction gives a high degree of transparency regarding the […]