PCMech Staff Announcement






As part of my effort to continue to grow and expand PCMech, I’m happy to announce today that Brad Ward will be taking over duties as Editor-in-Chief for the site. Brad’s diverse writing experience in the technology field (including over two years at PCMech) will greatly benefit and guide the content direction of PCMech of […]






What’s New At MammaTech – April 2016






Editor’s Note:  As some of you may already be aware, we started a new PCMech sister network website – MammaTech.com – in mid 2015.  The goal of starting the site was to address an information gap that we saw at the intersection of parenting and the interconnected, ever growing technological world we live in.  The goal […]






WiFi Cameras That Do Way More Than Just Surveillance






By now you’re probably familiar with WiFi security cameras that you can control with your smart phone, but you would probably assume advanced features are reserved for full, monitored security systems. That assumption would be wrong. Most people are familiar with the standard security cameras like Nest, D-Link, and Dropcam Pro. But the range of […]






The First Steps To Securing Your Small Business Online






If you own a small business, then you know the true value of some of your electronic and digital assets. Your customer information and sensitive business data cannot be leaked, or else your goals could be set back months. A small business could even go under if they are the victim of a large enough […]






Amazon Echo: Is it Worth Buying?






Alexa is here to stay. After beating out Bose, Sonos and Logitech in 2015 speaker sales, Amazon Echo is now on track to be Amazon’s third billion-dollar company. Amazon is so dedicated to the product that they even aired their first Super Bowl commercial featuring Alec Baldwin and other celebrities using the Echo. According to […]






Announcement: 2015 MammaTech Holiday Gift Guide






For those looking for holiday gift ideas for younger members in your family, I wanted to let you know that we recently posted our first annual MammaTech Toddler Holiday Gift Guide over at MammaTech.com, PCMech’s new network website that was launched just a few months ago.  Included are a great variety of gift ideas, so be sure […]






How To Capture Text From Images With OCR Software






One of the things that has often frustrated me is the inability to easily copy text out of images and certain PDF files (e.g. those that may have been created from scanned documents).   Thankfully, over time software solutions have been developed to address this issue, allowing for significant time savings that would have otherwise been […]






Announcement: Website Improvements






We are continuing to implement infrastructure improvements on the PCMech website to ensure an even better site experience for all users.  I wanted to take a moment to share a couple of them with you.  Over the last couple of weeks we have upgraded both the commenting and site search systems on PCMech.  For article […]






Robot Vacuum Review: Neato Botvac vs. iRobot Roomba






Walking around a room while dragging an air-sucking vacuum machine really isn’t that fun. What is fun is owning a robot that does all the vacuuming for you. I think most people are familiar with the Roomba by now, but there’s a new competitor vacuuming people’s attention – Neato Robotics. Will Neato Robotics out clean […]






Preview Windows 10 Using VirtualBox






Microsoft has announced that it will release its next Operating System – Windows 10 – at the end of July of this year.  Like its predecessors, this version of Windows is also going to include a host of new features and capabilities, including increased security (i.e. support for two-factor authentication), virtual desktops, a personal digital […]






Review: Fujikam FI-361HD Cloud Camera






People love being connected, and over the years, we’ve continued to develop technology that lets us connect with people no matter where we are in the world. Even some of the latest security cameras have this capability. The Fujikam FI-361 HD Cloud Camera is a great example, it connects people with their loved ones and […]






Announcement: New Community Forum Software






I’m happy to announce to the PCMech community that we have upgraded our forum software from vBulletin to a new system called xenForo.  All historical content has been preserved and  imported into xenForo, including posts and current members.  I am very excited about this upgrade as the new system offers a host of new features […]






Utilities For PC Temperature Monitoring






One of the fundamental requirements of a well functioning PC is that it is cooled properly at all times.  Today’s high- end systems include fast multi-core processors and often multiple graphics cards – components that offer great performance, but also generate a lot of heat.  While care must be taken to ensure that the PC […]






IP Camera Review: Belkin WeMo NetCam HD+ vs. D-Link Wireless HD Pan & Tilt Network Surveillance Camera






What defines an IP Camera? Price? Features? Design? Quality? As a spectator and dabbler in this developing home automation market, I think a good IP Camera has to have features that enable it to work together with other home automation products.  The Belkin WeMo NetCam HD+ (NetCam) and the D-Link Wireless HD Pan & Tilt […]






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 […]