Rikomagic MK802 Android 4.0 mini PC review

  Price: $49 (eBay)  | Web : rikomagic.com/en   |  Specs : 1GB RAM 802.11b/g Wi-Fi networking This was the original USB stick-style mini PC and it set off what’s become a low-cost computing revolution. It packs Allwinner’s A10 ARMv7 CPU at a hefty 1.5GHz 512MB or 1GB of DDR3 RAM (depending on the model) and 4GB…

How to improve your Wi-Fi signal

There are loads of ways to get a faster wireless network connection. You can knock down walls in your house so the signal can travel more efficiently. You can chuck your current network hardware and buy a whole new set. Or you could go down the easier free route of making sure your network is…

Build a smart TV network

  To do this you’ll need: Hardware: You’ll need something to serve the files from. This can be a lowly NAS box or a more substantial system if you want to make use of full transcoding though many formats play directly. Software: A DLNA server of some description would be useful. We’re going to use…

How to build a Linux router

The latest most expensive routers include so many facilities you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re more like PCs than tools for networking. This thought should lead you to wonder why you can’t use a regular PC to do the same thing. The answer thanks to Linux is you can and it’s very easy. There…

Make your own Windows home server OS

 Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on Windows Home Server (WHS) is interesting to say the least. It’s decided to fold the OS into the new Essentials version of its upcoming Windows Server 2012. You can read about the move in the company’s product PDF at tinyurl.com/779nytz. Basically Microsoft reckons WHS saw best use among…

Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP motherboard review

It’s remarkable that Gigabyte can deliver a motherboard with a street price under $100 yet it still packs Intel’s best Socket 1155 chipset the Z77. It’s obviously had to cut some corners and the easiest way is to shrink the board size so Gigabyte has gone for the micro-ATX format. Understandably this severely cuts back…

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review – new key features worth noting

There are some features in Mountain Lion that will make a big difference for every Mac user but for the most part it’s about security. There’s been a fundamental shift in Apple’s mindset about security in recent times. Mac OS X was always a fairly secure beast but Apple didn’t make too much noise about…

Western Digital My Net N900 Central review

Western Digital surprised a lot of people recently when it announced it was entering the router business. After all what could the hard drive manufacturer bring to an already crowded market? Integrated storage for a start. Most of the new WD My Net routers are fairly conventional but the N900 Central features a built-in hard…

Intel reveals first barebones ‘4×4’ system

Officially called “the Next Unit of Computing” but dubbed the ‘4×4’ for the 4 square inch dimensions of the motherboard Intel expects an assembled baseline system to sell for US$399 with a Core i3 mobile processor 2GB of RAM 40-50GB solid state drive and wireless networking card.The company is quick to point out that it’s…