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Coby's tablets offer users a low-cost alternative to other tablet models out there, but how do they stack up, feature-wise? We'll examine Coby's lineup in this article.

Archos offer a lot of tablets -- and they're some of the most affordable on the market. See what your money gets you.

The Acer Iconia tablets have arrived on the scene. Can they dethrone the king of the tablet market?

Sony's unreleased tablets have been generating buzz from mobile users and gamers alike. Learn how they'll work.

With the G-Slate from LG, T-Mobile has claimed its spotlight in the tablet market. But does the G-Slate have muscle behind all its razzle dazzle?

Vizio's tablet integrates well with Vizio TVs, but is it too underpowered to stand against other tablets?

With five devices available in two sizes and a range of options, ViewSonic is serious about its tablets. But should consumers be?

Are the HTC Flyer and EVO View closer to being smartphones than tablets -- and do those labels matter? Learn how the HTC tablets work.

HP cancelled production of its TouchPad tablet after just six weeks on the market, but new plans (and one huge fire sale) may have secured its future.

If you want the hottest new device in the tech world, consider upgrading to a tablet. And once you have one, you'll need accessories. Find out which ones can make your computing life a little easier.

Feeling unproductive? Not to worry; these iPad apps can help you plan your day, track your finances, fine-tune your fitness routine, and save time and money during your shopping trips.

Games on the iPad are a great diversion for kids and adults. But which games are best for quiet time?

Apps for toddlers are all over iPad. But which ones are worth downloading and which ones are duds? We've selected 10 sure to please your tot.

Children take to iPads in much the same way they do to building blocks, dolls and trucks. Capitalize on that affinity by downloading these 10 apps to help teach your child to read.

Amazing apps can take kids to the moon, let them play with dinosaurs and give them a look inside their bodies.

Organizing your home is never easy, but there are ways to simplify the process. Until they invent technology that will actually do the work for you, these apps will help you get everything done.

Love that shiny new iPad, but miss the clickety-clack of the keyboard? An iPad keyboard case could be the answer, and we can help you pick the right one.

Macs don't have a Print Screen key, but they do have several options for snagging screen captures.

Mac fans always talk about how easy and intuitive Apple's OS is to use. Is it really that simple to uninstall programs on a Mac?

Are you a Mac or a PC? Or, are you wondering what the difference is? We've broken down these computers to reveal their strengths and weaknesses.

Mac users have long lorded their computers’ virus immunity over PC users. But are Mac computers actually impervious to viruses, or is that just a tech myth?

Your Mac might have more germs than you think. Cleaning it is as important as cleaning the rest of your house.

Comparing a computer born of a single company to a category of pieced-together machines may not be strictly fair, but both sides in the Mac versus PC debate have valid points.

The iMac is often credited with bringing Apple back from the brink of disaster. What is it about this paradigm-shifting computer that intrigues and enchants users?

Without input/output technology like Thunderbolt, you wouldn't be reading this awesome blurb. So, how are Apple and Intel innovating on this integral part of computing systems?