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The Toughpad FZ-E1 runs on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, while the FZ-X1 is home to Andro...

Panasonic has added two new additions to its range of rugged Toughpad tablets designed for workers on the move. Both ready-for-anything 5-inch slates can shrug off being dropped on concrete, dive under water, and even include a built-in heater to help keep things moving in sub-zero temperatures. They promise a long battery life, include a nifty rain-sensing feature that prevents accidental activation of the HD touch panel by falling rain, and and are available with voice and data connectivity. The only marked difference between the two is the operating system running the show, the FZ-E1 coming with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and the FZ-X1 home to Android 4.2.2.  Read More

Gizmag takes a first look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft got off to a bit of a rocky start with its first two Surface Pros, but we still thought there was a lot to like in the laptop/tablet hybrids. With an aggressive update schedule, we're now seeing the third Surface Pro just a year and a half after the first one hit store shelves. Before we deliver our full Surface Pro 3 review, let's take a quick first look at Microsoft's new 2-in-1.  Read More

Here's how to make your iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android phone a Wi-Fi hotspot

If you find yourself in a situation where your smartphone is your only connection to the web, turning it into a Wi-Fi hotspot will come in handy. Here's a look at how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and connect your tablet or laptop to it.  Read More

Here's how to use Taskbar features in Windows 8.1 update to get the most from the desktop ...

Microsoft took a gamble when it launched Windows 8 and making the Modern interface so prominent. Users reacted, and Microsoft has made three major revisions to Windows 8. Each update has made it easier to use with traditional computers that aren't touch-enabled, while still adding more functionality to 2-in-1 devices. Here's some Taskbar tips for getting the most from both environments on a traditional PC running Windows 8.1.  Read More

Here's how to connect to a remote computer on Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft recently launched the Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1. It's free and allows you to connect your phone to a remote PC over a local network or from the internet. Although it's a pre-release version and doesn't include certain functionality that you would expect from a remote desktop app from your computer, it's still handy for a lot of situations. Here's a look at how to set up your computer to receive remote connections, and how to use your phone for remote desktop.  Read More

Gizmag takes a quick look at Backblaze, a cloud backup service that offers unlimited PC ba...

Backing up your data can save important documents, digital purchases and years of memories. But even if you never have to restore a single file, backups can still give you peace of mind. Join Gizmag, as we review Backblaze, a simple and affordable service that backs up your entire PC.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Surface Pro 3 and 11-in MacBook Air

Microsoft may be pitching its Surface Pro 3 as "a tablet that can replace your laptop," but is it really an upgrade from the setup you already have? Let's take a look, as Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Surface Pro 3 and 11-in MacBook Air.  Read More

Videostream for Chromecast makes it easy to send your local videos to the big screen

Google opened up the Chromecast SDK to developers earlier this year, and some new and exciting apps are starting to pop up. One of them is Videostream for Google Chromecast. The developers describe it simply as "What you bought your Chromecast for." It allows you to stream your local videos from your computer, NAS, and other network locations to the big screen. The big draw here is that it supports virtually any video or audio file type you have.  Read More

Here's some tips to get you started with Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft is continuing to improve its Windows Phone mobile OS, and Windows Phone 8.1 brings a slew of new features and settings. This is a major update that really makes it feel like a more complete smartphone platform. Here's a list of some helpful tips to get you started using some of the main new features.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the 11-in 2014 MacBook Air and the Surface Pro 2

Earlier this week we took a look at how the new 13-in MacBook Air compares to the same-sized MacBook Pro with Retina Display. But we don't want to leave the 11-in Air out of the fun. Let's see how its features and specs compare to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2.  Read More

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