The Windows Task Manager is a useful tool for checking how hard your computer is working and for finding programs that are causing problems. We explain what there is and what you can do with it.
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If you’re serious about creating artwork on a computer, a graphics tablet can be a worthwhile investment.
At 25 by 25 cm the Trust Slimline Widescreen Tablet is a very large example. In fact it’s one of the largest we’ve looked at, but its size comes at the expense of quality.
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The Sony Ericsson W995 carries the Walkman badge with good reason. It is one of the best phones we’ve looked at for those who enjoy music on the move. It’s a slider phone with the keypad hidden behind the screen until you need it. It’s normally only needed for text entry as there are plenty of dedicated buttons. The screen itself measures 2.6in and a light sensor on the front automatically adjusts the brightness.
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The Samsung Tocco Lite is an affordable mobile phone with some better features than expected at the price.
It’s small and weighs just 94g but still manages to fit in a 3in touchscreen.
The camera is a 3.2 megapixel with no flash.
One interesting extra is handwriting recognition.
If you don’t want features such as Wifi or GPS, the Samsung Tocco Lite is a capable phone. We found the Tocco Lite for as little as £10 a month on contract or around £70 on pay as you go.
Until Amazon’s Kindle came along, Sony’s Reader range was the best ebook reader around.
The new Touch Edition is Sony’s response to that product, and it improves on its predecessor in a few ways. A clue to the most obvious is in the name – the reader has a touch-sensitive screen so you can control it by pawing at the screen. It comes with a stylus so you don’t have to worry about covering the screen in fingerprints.
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Most notebook bags look like they have fallen out of corporate IT department, which isn't much good if you want a more stylish look. We have looked at Crumpler bags before and have a couple of new ones to look at.
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Computeractive review of the Microsoft Sidewinder X4
A quick demonstration of how to make the Windows 7 Taskbar act like the Taskbar in previous versions of Windows
We take a look at the SkipDr Classic and Premiere, devices for polishing out the scratches on CDs and DVDs. We also take a look at the the CleanDr, a screen cleaner and cleaning cloth for LCD and plasma screens.
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Game players take their games very seriously.
Whatever the kind of game, one thing most titles require is lots of key-pressing. Not only does that mean a need for a heavy duty keyboard, it also means having to memorise all the combinations.
The G19 keyboard from Logitech is designed specifically for gamers and it helps with both of those problems.
Firstly, it's definitely heavy-duty. Not only is it heavy, the keys are reinforced and it can clearly take a few knocks.
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Today we're looking at a waterproof housing for your digital camera.
Several manufacturers make these, but the problem is that you'll need to get the correct housing to fit your camera exactly. That's because in order to be fully waterproof the cases are sealed tight around the camera body.
The one we're looking at is a Fujifilm model, and it's designed to fit around the Fujifilm Finepix F100fd camera
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Last year networking company Solwise came up with its so-called Piggy homeplug adapters, which include a power socket on the back, so that you can attach your device straight to them.
Now its new product is the Piggy6, which despite its Doctor Who stylings, is actually very useful.
Not only is it a six-way power cord extender, it also has three Homeplug sockets in its base.
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The Nokia E63 is an inexpensive mobile phone with one unusual feature: a full Qwerty keyboard.
Today many of us use our mobile phones for sending text messages, and you might even use your phone to send emails. If so, you’ll know that typing long messages on a standard numberpad can be a pain, so having a full keyboard is a huge advantage.
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Mini-notebooks are getting smaller and smaller, but for those of us that want a slightly bigger screen and a bit more processing power, where does that trend leave us?
Well, more powerful notebooks are getting smaller too, a case in point being Packard Bell’s Easynote Butterfly. This computer uses Intel’s low-voltage processor which emits less heat and so allows for a much thinner computer.
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When we looked at the Flip Mino HD recently we were impressed with its small size and ease of use, but not so much with its video quality.
The new Ultra HD from the same company is slightly odd, in that it’s considerably chunkier than the Mino, and although its screen and processor have been upgraded, it’s actually £10 cheaper than the older model.
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Last year digital radio maker Pure Digital branched out with its first internet radio.
Over the past few years the quality of stations – in terms of what they broadcast – has improved immensely and Pure filters the list to get rid of the dross. There are still thousands of stations available.
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When you sign up for broadband you'll usually be given the equipment needed to access it, but this can be basic. In this video we'll explain how to upgrade to a more useful wireless connection.
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Upgrading system memory is one of the most cost-effective upgrades for computers, and this is especially true if you have upgraded to Windows Vista. Upgrading our notebook to 2GB improved the PC Mark score by 8%.