Is Windows Defender the Best Antivirus for Windows 10

Windows Defender 2018

Windows 10 carries over the built-in Microsoft antivirus program, Windows Defender. It’s robust and constantly updated, but as a free, bundled application, is it actually up to the very important job of PC security? Is Windows Defender the best antivirus for Windows 10? Continue reading

Review: Windows 10 ‘Threshold 2’

Windows 10 Threshold

At one time, Microsoft used to release Service Packs for it’s software – Windows XP had three, versions of Windows Server would have a couple each. As Windows Update came to support more frequent and regular patches, Service Packs fell out of favour. Which is why Threshold 2 is a return to an old idea; it’s the first major update to Windows 10, a large, tightly packaged update to the original Windows 10 which was codenamed ‘Threshold’. In effect, a Service Pack and a feature release combined.

Some of the changes are good – product activation, coloured window title bars, Skype integration, improvements to the Edge browser – but some are not so good – there is advertising in the Start menu. Continue reading

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tabletSamsung Galaxy Note 8.0 $380

A thin, light tablet that looks like a stretched out Galaxy S4 with a 1280×800, 8.0-inch screen that is good for a TFT, but not even close to a Nexus 7. Which makes $380 a hefty price tag for a device that’s so very 1998: calling all stylus-lovers, you too can tap away with a stylus like some ancient Greek scratching away on clay…

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a relatively new device from Samsung comes with a built-in stylus; so what’s not to love? Two things, really: the screen and the price. It’s and at $380, this thing charges a hefty price for the addition of a stylus. How’s your handwriting?

But if you can cope with, or ignore the stylus, the attraction of the Note 8.0 is Multi-Window. Gosh! It almost dragged me away from DesqView X. Fancy that: having two apps open side by side. Just imagine, a Web browser on the left and a notes app on the right. Continue reading

Review: Sony Xperia Z Tablet

Sony Xperia Z tabletSony Xperia Z Tablet $500
If you want a 10-inch tablet that’s light, waterproof (up to a point) and performs almost as well as an iPad, Sony’s Xperia Z may be it.

The 1920×1200 display may not be as good as the iPad’s Retina but it knocks spots off the competition. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2G B of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, and running Android 4.1, it is very capable, and, bought from Sony direct, has a bundled 8 GB micro SD card to for expanded storage.

Interestingly this one has an infrared emitter for controlling your TV, so we’re starting to see the convergence and the use of tablets as a domestic controller. Expect to operate your heating and microwave over Bluetooth soon. Continue reading

Review: Microsoft Surface RT

Microsoft Surface RTMicrosoft Surface RT $350

Remember the first Surface RT a few months back: ads full of clicky covers and no description of what the heck it was? For $500? Now with a prices cut of $150 down to $350, this may be worth another look – but take note – this is NOT the Surface 2 running Windows 8.1. Confused? Join the club…

The Surface has a unique 10.6inch screen running at 1366×768 pixels, in between the average 10inch tablet but smaller than 11.6inch laptops. With a Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, the hardware is generally admired – which is just as well since there’s a lack of apps and the RT software’s not robust. Added to that, both cameras – front and rear – are only 1.2 mega pixel. Continue reading