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If you want a little more immersion in flight simulators, the next step is usually a force feedback joystick. As the name suggests they give some sense of the resistance that a real pilot feels when they move the controls. The Genius Metalstick Pro is a halfway house because it has a vibration motor, the joystick judders during flight, but it is not directional. Read the full review at www****puteractive******/2244570
  • 24 Feb 2010
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The biggest problem for mice destined for a life on the road is how to keep the connection to the computer as small and unobtrusive as possible. Wireless mice such as this Microsoft Laser Mouse 7000 don’t have a wire to get tangled up but there is still a dongle to store. This mouse has a good solution as the dongle clips onto the bottom of the mouse. This also flips a switch that turns the mouse off, helping preserve battery life. Read the full review at www****puteractive******/2247322
  • 22 Feb 2010
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The Billion Homplug AV 200 Ethernet adapter set (model number BiPAC P104), solves one of our biggest frustrations with homeplug adapters – fitting them in wall sockets just above floor level. Read the full article at www****puteractive******/2235261
  • 22 Feb 2010
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Hibernation is a clever trick designed to save battery life on notebook computers but it is also useful for desktops as well. When a computer hibernates, all the information in its memory is saved on a large file on the hard disk and the computer powers down. For a notebook this saves battery life, but for a desktop computer it reduces the amount of time needed to start up and shut down. Read the full text at *******www****puteractive******/2222662
  • 22 Feb 2010
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We consider using Ethernet cables as the fastest and most reliable form of home networking, but it can still have problems. A cable tester can track down broken or cheap cables. Read the full workshop at www****puteractive******/2256610
  • 1 Feb 2010
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The recent crop of mobile phones have come close to rendering portable music players obsolete with decent quality and storage. However, there is a problem when attempting to play music back on the built-in speakers because they rarely do justice to good music The Inmotion Soundblade connects to phones using Music Enabled Stereo Bluetooth (also known as A2DP). The Soundblade can also work as a speakerphone, automatically pausing the music. Read the full review at www****puteractive******/2222725
  • 1 Feb 2010
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Choosing the right computer speakers is one of the most important choices if you're a music or film fan or a gamer. With impressive surround sound sets around, it is easy to forget that for many things all that's required is a really good stereo set, for which the M-Audio Studiophle AV20 speakers fit the bill admirably. So much so that we gave them a Buy It award. Read the full review at www****puteractive******/2222743
  • 1 Feb 2010
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PCs use a soundcard to generate audio through speakers or headphones. In the majority of PCs, this is built onto the motherboard, although some still have a separate card that plugs into the motherboard. You can improve the sound capabilities of your computer by fitting a new soundcard. They are available both as external USB adapters or internal expansion cards that fit into one of the white PCI slots inside the case. Read the full workshop at www****puteractive******/2237878
  • 1 Feb 2010
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If you read your emails on more than one computer you may want the emails to be left on the server so they don't disappear before the other computer has a chance to download them. It can also be a good idea to leave them on the server in case there is a problem with your computer. It is possible to do this when you create an email account in Microsoft Outlook, or you can go back and change this later on. Go to *******www****puteractive******/2248493 for the full text
  • 5 Jan 2010
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As part of our unique series of video guides to Windows 7 in Plain English, we show how to use the new Homegroups tool to link two computers. Find this and other videos from our Windows 7 guide at *******www****puteractive******/2251513
  • 5 Jan 2010
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Like Windows XP, Windows Vista can use hibernation to save battery life. Microsoft tells us that its new operating system does not need to shut down as often as Windows XP so it goes into Sleep mode instead. The hard disk and graphic card shut down but the system memory is still active and drawing power. Hibernation uses even less power and keeps files safe, so it is better for a desktop computer that is turned off at the wall. Read the full article at *******www****puteractive******/2222668
  • 23 Dec 2009
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Whether or not you think it is a useful feature, everyone is talking about multitouch in Windows 7. Multitouch allows you to use more than one finger on a touchscreen to zoom or rotate pictures. Of course, one requirement for this is a new touchscreen monitor. A cheaper and, in our opinion, better alternative is the Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch. Read the full review at *******www****puteractive******/2250220
  • 10 Dec 2009
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The Flip Mino and Creative Vado cameras both appeared last year, offering decent quality video recordings from a thin and light device that's easy to carry around. Both have now moved on to new versions, the Mino HD and the Vado HD – no prizes for guessing what both new models have to offer. Read the full reviews at *******www****puteractive******/2240198
  • 7 Dec 2009
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Blackberry is usually a name associated with boring business phones, but having apparently got their phones into every office in the world, the company has recently been looking enviously at home users too. Following the none-too-impressive Blackberry Storm, the company’s latest model is the Curve 8520. This is a much more impressive model than the flawed Storm, its most impressive feature being the price. Read the full review at www****puteractive******/2248502
  • 4 Dec 2009
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Apple's iPhone may be the phone that everybody wants, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only stylish phone with a cool interface. The LG Viewty Smart looks like it has the style to match but how does it compare? It’s slightly smaller than an iPhone, which is good, but that means a smaller screen, which isn’t. It’s only slightly smaller though and as the display is really sharp it’s unlikely to ever be a problem. Read the full review at *******www****puteractive******/2249668
  • 4 Nov 2009
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Spotify is a digital music service that allows you to listen to music tracks online. Once you’ve installed Spotify and found some of your favourite artists through the search box, you’ll probably want to create playlists, they’re both faster than the search and you can mix tracks from different albums and artists. Read the full text and find other videos at *******www****puteractive******/2249418
  • 4 Nov 2009
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As part of our unique series of video guides to Windows 7 in Plain English, we take tour of the new Action Center, what it does and how to use it. Find other videos and articles about Windows 7 at *******www****puteractive******/windows7
  • 4 Nov 2009
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As part of our unique series of video guides to Windows 7 in Plain English, we take tour of the new Action Center, what it does and how to use it. Find other videos and articles about Windows 7 at *******www****puteractive******/windows7
  • 4 Nov 2009
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