Category Archives: Tech Reviews

Review: Samsung Chromebook Pro brings touch computing up a notch

For the most part, Chromebooks — laptops that use Google’s Chrome OS — have been marketed as either lightweight and inexpensive student systems or low-end secondary machines for travel or family use. With one or two exceptions (such as Google’s Pixel), the emphasis was on cheapness of both price and materials. Lately, however, more vendors […]

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Review: Microsoft's Nano Server offers mega advantages

Like every previous Windows Server release, Windows Server 2016 is jam-packed with new features and capabilities. While it is difficult to pick one single feature as the most significant, the new Nano Server deployment option is definitely a strong contender. As you may recall, several years ago Microsoft gave us the option of deploying Windows […]

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Spark for Mac review: A great mobile email client, also quite good on desktop

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After establishing a solid reputation as a slick third-party email iOS client, Spark (free, available on the App Store recently leapt from mobile to the Mac desktop. This marks Ukrainian developer Readdle’s second full-fledged macOS application after PDF Expert, an excellent document viewer/editor that finally got me to kick the Preview habit for good. Although […]

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Review: Ultimaker 3 offers high-quality 3D print jobs — s-l-o-w-l-y

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Dutch 3D printer company Ultimaker BV has earned a reputation in the user community for building high-quality machines that produce highly accurate prints. With a price of $3,495 (through resellers), the Ultimaker 3 is aimed squarely at professionals and prosumers for rapid prototyping of both complex geometries (precision builds) and the use of multiple, industrial-grade polymer […]

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Beyerdynamic Amiron home headphones review: no high-tech gewgaws, just sweet sound

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It seems Beyerdynamic didn’t get the memo that analog jacks are out and wireless streaming and Lightning ports are in. The company’s $599 Amiron home headphones tether you to your choice of musical source and practically insist that you stay put and take your music seriously. And thank goodness for that. Instead of producing a […]

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Review: The best frameworks for machine learning and deep learning

Over the past year I’ve reviewed half a dozen open source machine learning and/or deep learning frameworks: Caffe, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (aka CNTK 2), MXNet, Scikit-learn, Spark MLlib, and TensorFlow. If I had cast my net even wider, I might well have covered a few other popular frameworks, including Theano (a 10-year-old Python deep learning […]

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