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Buying Computers


  • If you only need a computer for basics such as word processing and surfing the Internet, you don't need to buy the latest technology. Last year's technology will be more than adequate--save your bucks.
  • Where you buy a computer is important only if you need a quick turn-around guarantee on repairs, and you'll pay more for that luxury. I like to check DealNews.com for the hottest electronics deals.

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    Kill Switch Technology Coming to Android

    With smartphone theft the No. 1 crime in many metro areas, Apple has defied wireless operators and mobile manufacturers to do the right thing for consumers. Apple's iOS 7 offers kill switch-like technology that thwarts smartphone thieves Along with the introduction of iOS 7, Apple rolled out a software update ...

    How Much Is That Home Printer Actually Costing You?

    For almost as long as there have been home computers there has been the belief that you needed a printer to go along with it. But let’s rethink that idea—do you really need a printer at home? Everybody’s situation is a little different, so maybe you need to print stuff ...

    Should You Get A New Computer If You're Running Windows XP?

    Now that Microsoft has put the kibosh on support for Windows XP, I'm advising people to ditch their old desktops or laptop computers that run this antiquated operating system. After 12 years, Microsoft support for Windows XP officially ended on April 8. That means Microsoft is no longer providing security ...

    Get The Best Printer For Your Money

    Printers are the kind of purchase that people make based on price sensitivity. Few understand that the real cost of a printer is not its upfront expense, but rather the cost of replacement ink over its lifetime. Most printer manufacturers have adopted the Gillette shaver business model. Gillette takes a ...

    A Windows laptop that becomes an Android tablet?

    As I walk around CES looking at all these amazing TVs, I can't help but note the irony. I'm that guy who doesn't watch TV as a general rule. When the Super Bowl is over, I won't watch TV again until the NFL kicks off in September. Football is the ...

    Your guide to Black Friday

    Black Friday is almost here. This year more than ever, the idea of Black Friday has spilled over a day earlier into Thanksgiving and even a week earlier to November 22! Love it or hate it, that's the reality for 2013. The radical shift in timing is being driven by ...

    Tablet buying guide

    Buying a tablet has become both more confusing and a lot more favorable to you than it was a year ago thanks to tablet variety and price point. Android vs. iOS In the Apple orbit, you may be wondering about the new iPad Air for $499. It's a very fancy ...

    Extended warranties unnecessary on electronics

    Extended warranties are all the rage when you purchase electronics and many other popular items. But I am here to reiterate the refrain that they aren't necessary. Consumer Reports says that electronics seldom fail. In fact, TVs only fail at a three percent rate in the first four years of ...

    ClarkHoward.com and The Clark Howard Show offer more consumer advice.

    3 free ways to really delete your data

    The next time you get a new computer, you may want to give your old one away. But what if the sensitive financial info on your hard drive winds up in the wrong hands? Fortunately, my friend Kim Komando has some suggestions about ways to delete sensitive data forever from ...

    Microsoft’s Windows Surface Pro 8 is as powerful as a laptop but also functions as a Windows 8 tablet. Prices for it start at $899 for a model with 64 gigabytes of memory.

    Make Windows 8 work in your life

      I have a Windows 8 computer in my office displayed prominently as a reminder. A reminder of what you ask? A reminder to myself not to buy too early if you don't know the technology you're buying is any good. Microsoft said Windows 8 was supposed to be great, ...

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