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When you use your Mac laptop, the last thing you worry about is getting burned. But Macs are known to run much hotter than PCs. What gives?

By Terri Briseno

There's no question people love their Macs. So what's the deal? And why do these computers really cost more than PCs? Or do they?

By Caitlin Uttley

The Mac App Store puts all Apple-approved Mac-compatible apps in one place for easy purchase and installation. Find out how it works.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Software developers, military groups and movie studios alike use code names to keep the lid on upcoming projects -- but what's up with the big cats, Apple?

By Laurie L. Dove

Tablet computer sales are taking a bite out of other PCs but it took years before tablets became a hit with consumers. What makes them special?

By Jonathan Strickland

Both FireWire and USB are technologies used to quickly transfer data. Learn about the main difference between FireWire and USB in this article.

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FireWire, or IEEE 1394, is a technology used to transfer data quickly. Learn more about FireWire in this article.

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The three types off VPN are remote access, intranet and extranet VPNs. Learn about the three types of VPNs in this article.

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Wireless networks, otherwise known as WiFi, use radio waves so that people can connect to the Internet in all sorts of places. Learn about what you need to build a private WiFi network, in this article.

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Your computer has a number of key parts, including the all-important motherboard. Learn more about your motherboard in this article.

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A network server is a computer system used as the central repository of data and various programs that are shared by users in a network. Learn about network servers from this article.

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It's important to know how to keep your Dell laptop from overheating. Learn about how to keep your Dell laptop from overheating in this article.

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Thanks to improvements in manufacturing, computer processors are constantly getting faster and smaller. These days, it seems like computers are just about everywhere. What kinds of machines will we be using in 2050?

By Jonathan Strickland

You're trying to figure out how to choose the right e-mail server for your business. This article will tell you how to choose the right e-mail server.

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Do you know how to explain sound deadening on a computer? Learn how to explain sound deadening on a computer.

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You've been given an iPad as a present and you'd like to learn how to rearrange the icons on the screen or delete some of the apps that your friend thoughtfully downloaded for you. Find out here how to rearrange or delete iPad apps.

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It's important to figure out how to know when you computer battery is dead. This article will explain how to know when your computer battery is dead.

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You just bought a new iPad and must learn how to set it up before you can use it. In this article you will learn how to set up your iPad.

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In September 2010, Research in Motion announced the BlackBerry Playbook. The BlackBerry brand has a strong foothold with corporate customers, but can the Playbook outsell Apple's iPad?

By Jonathan Strickland

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You'd like to learn how to change your iPad's wallpaper, perhaps to an image you grab off the Web. Read here to find out how to change your iPad wallpaper and grab images from the Web.

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The iPad can store pictures, videos and music files. Learn how you can transfer pictures to your iPad in this article.

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Laptop batteries are expensive, and they usually last 2 to 3 years if they are cared for properly. Learn if your laptop battery can be overcharged in this article.

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More people are using virtual private networks to establish secure communication over the internet, protecting their private information and allowing remote employees to connect to the private corporate networks.

By Jeff Tyson, Chris Pollette & Stephanie Crawford

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Chasing Moore's Law requires a lot of research and development. Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture follows on the heels of Nehalem and Westmere chips. What makes Sandy Bridge different?

By Jonathan Strickland

Computers and peripherals haven't always communicated with one another the way they do now. But there's an even faster standard on the horizon, called Light Peak. What makes this new technology so speedy?

By Jonathan Strickland