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William Harrel

William Harrel

William Harrel has been writing about computer technology for well over 25 years. He has authored or coauthored 20 books—including titles in the popular Bible, Secrets, and For Dummies series—on digital design software applications, such as Acrobat, Photoshop, and QuarkXPress. His latest title was HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Mobile Development for Dummies (a handbook for creating Web sites for smartphones and tablets).

Harrel also owns and operates a design firm,, located in Southern California, and he is the printer and scanner Expert for

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802.11ax is Wi-Fi built for tomorrow’s hyper-connected home

Here’s everything you need to know about 802.11ax Wi-Fi, a faster, more reliable standard said to deliver four times the bandwidth of current wireless internet.
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In a world saturated in Wi-Fi, there’s still room for Bluetooth Mesh

With Bluetooth Mesh, devices extend wireless networks by transmitting data among themselves. The result should be a more reliable net.
Panacast 2 Camera System review

Panacast 2 Camera System review

A Panacast 2 Camera System review of a video collaboration webcam with seamless 180-degree panorama, intelligent auto-zoom, and 4K support.
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 review

Logitech K480

Logitech K480 review

Logitech MK850

Logitech MK850 Performance Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Combo review

Logitech K780

Logitech K780 review


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Aukey KM-C4 review

Zmodo Beam Alert

Zmodo Beam Alert review

Microsoft Arc Touch

Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse review

Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard review

Office 2016

Preview: Office 2016 isn’t revolutionary, and that’s ok

Microsoft Office 2016, the latest version of the productivity suite, will introduce the first all-news Mac suite in five years and cloud-focused features.
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Metro, modern, now universal? Microsoft can’t make up its mind!

Microsoft recently re-branded Windows Store apps as "Windows apps," from the previous "Universal apps," but the challenges faced by Windows 10 remain the same.
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Zuckerberg is spreading the Internet across the globe, but is it only for Facebook’s gain?

Facebook has started an initiative called that brings the web new areas, but it seems plan benefits Facebook more than anyone else.
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Could DNA be the key to passing digital data to future generations?

The key to extreme long-term storage may not be more advanced electronics but instead a natural phenomena found in every living being; DNA.
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Does the death of Windows RT cast a shadow on Windows 10?

The legacy of Windows RT continues to haunt Microsoft. Windows 10 is trying a new way of combining the desktop with mobile, but does it fix RT's mistakes?
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Security firms struggle to keep up with malware surge

2014 saw a massive surge in malware attacks, racking up billion in damages. Security firms are scrambling to counter the threat, but it's a tough battle.
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ARM fails to flex at CES 2015

CES 2015 was a big win for laptops. Many models appeared to push the limits of resolution, battery life and weight. And all of them had Intel inside.
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Work with your hands, at your desk: Intel refocuses on gesture input with RealSense

Despite a lackluster showing at CES 2014, Intel has doubled down on RealSense and VoiceAssistant, redoubling its effort to make alternative inputs a reality.
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Can hard drive manufacturers keep up with the world’s demand?

Growing demand for storage has led to far lower price-per-gigabyte for most drives. How will hard drive makers keep up with global demand.
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Solid state drives outlast their PC hosts, and then some

Most solid state drives claim they can endure twenty or thirty gigabytes of writes, but recent tests have shown the limits often far exceed those numbers.
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Will Windows 10 prompt a surge of PC upgrades in 2015?

Microsoft's newest version of Windows looks promising, but will it be enough to put PC sales back on track?
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The Windows 10 Tech Preview is snooping in on you, just so you know

The Windows 10 preview's privacy policy contains some language that has raised some concerns, and you should be aware of it. Learn more here.
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Here are five things we expect to see in Windows 9

Microsoft will likely reveal Windows 9 to the world on September 30. Here are five things we expect to see with the new OS.
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New Intel HD Graphics, Iris, Iris Pro drivers benchmarked

We ran some tests with Intel's newest graphics drivers. What kinds of performance benefits can they offer? Learn more here.
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Five reasons why China’s upcoming anti-Microsoft, Google, and Apple desktop OS will fail

China is making a desktop operating system to compete with those offered by Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Here are five reasons why it will fail.
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Intel demos DirectX 12, which looks faster and more efficient than DX11

Some folks recently got a look at the performance and efficiency improvements DirectX 12 could bring once it unseats DirectX 11. Learn more here.
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Computers that calculate data at the speed of light could arrive as early as 2020

Computers that calculate data at the speed of light could arrive in just a handful of years. Learn more here.
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New display tech fixes poor eyesight; Glasses and contacts not required

Researchers from UC Berkeley and MIT have developed screens that could display things to you as clear as day, even if you have poor vision. Learn more here.
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Forget Retina and even 4K, ‘Nanopixel’ tech promises pixels 150 times smaller

Researchers recently came up with nanopixels, a new display technology that could increase resolution as much as 150 times higher than current tech.
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Spongy silicon could greatly increase your laptop’s battery life in the near future

New battery tech is being developed by a lab run by the U.S. Department of Energy, and it's not one of those pipe-dream developments either.
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Businesses, cyber security firms are coming up with creative ways to fight hackers

Both businesses and Internet security firms are taking some interesting measures to combat against hackers and ransomware.
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What is The Machine, HP’s new super computer?

The Machine is a super computer made by PC manufacturer HP. What exactly is it, and what will it do for computing?