Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Jon is a Julliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

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SyncBack 7 Review: Sync everything, nearly everywhere

The venerable PC syncing tool with the stern interface gets a load of new features, plus the ability to sync data with online storage services.


QNAP HS-251 Review: NAS meets home entertainment

QNAP has taken the convergence of home networking and entertainment another step further with this handsome, quiet, network-attached storage box that outputs directly to your TV via HDMI

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Lenovo's Horizon 2s: A real advance in portable, tabletop computing

This lightweight, portable, All-in-One sets new standards for multi-user recreational computing. But a noisy fan and the lack of an SSD option dampen the appeal.

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Samsung T1 External SSD review: Super small, super light, super fast

Samsung’s T1 external USB 3.0 SSD is extremely small and light, promises excellent longevity by virtue of its 3D NAND storage, and even better--is extremely fast.

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Netgear Arlo HD Camera review: Stylish, smart, and currently proprietary

We like the Arlo's HD cameras with their clever magnetic mounting system, but there's currently no way to store your video locally.

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Sorenson Squeeze Pro 10 Review: More video transcode batch operations, plus newer codec support

With new support for VP9 and HEVC (x.265), and the ability to swap wrappers without re-encoding your video, Squeeze 10 Pro cements its claim to top dog in the transcoding market.

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MiniTool Power Data Recovery 6 Personal Review: Efficient, but lacking advanced features

MiniTool's data recovery program lets you recover up to 1GB worth of data for free. After that, you'll need a $70 personal license—and the program is missing a trick or two offered by the competition.

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MyDlink Network Video Recorder review: Network surveillance on the cheap

The more cameras you add, the more affordable the DNR-312L becomes. But at the moment it supports only D-Link webcams.

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AVADirect i7 X99 gaming system review: Fast with a classy chassis

AVADirect’s i7 X99 gaming system is relatively restrained in appearance, but is nicely put together and games better than most.

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HP Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition All-in-One: Colorful, musical... Kinda' slow

The Envy 23xt Beats AIO has a nice look, great speaker and headphone audio, and a good touchscreen display. But it's pricey given the weak performance and un-matched peripherals.

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Qualcomm's AllPlay promises to deliver audiophile-quality wireless music streaming

Monster's SoundStage Wi-Fi speakers use Qualcomm's AllPlay tech to stream audio at sampling rates up to 192kHz, and resolution up to 24-bits.

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ACDSee Pro 8 review: New editing features plus online storage

Though occasionally awkward, this photo/image organizer and editor is efficient and powerful. New editing tools, subscription-based access, and online storage with integrated access sweeten the deal for version 8.

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Samsung 850 EVO review: 3D NAND and insane endurance for the masses

Samsung's 850 EVO brings its 3D NAND to consumers in a cheaper package than its Pro series.

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DTS takes on Sonos: We go ears-on with three Play-Fi multi-room audio devices

Everybody wants a piece of the market Sonos opened to the masses. DTS’s effort is the most interesting so far.

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Phorus PR5 Receiver review: Cheap, but not as polished as a Sonos device

DTS is off to a good start in the multi-room audio space. You can connect this model to your AV receiver, amplifier, or powered speakers.