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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Parallels Access 2.0 review: Remote desktop control from your Android phone or tablet

Parallels Access 2.0 adds new features and remains an easier way to control PCs and Macs from Android devices.


Eset Mobile Security for Android review: best of breed security with anti-theft

Top-notch anti-malware protection coupled with anti-theft tracking and features makes this a program a winner. But it's pricey for the Android market.

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Toshiba Canvio Home Backup & Share review: A capable home NAS with easy remote access

Toshiba's Canvio NAS box is surprisingly feature-rich and capable, but lacks self-backup capabilities.


Iobit Advanced System Care 7 review: Comprehensive utility set, high-profile interface

Iobit's Advanced System Care is packed with useful utilities, as well as an anti-malware component to replace Security Essentials on XP, but it's also visually intrusive.

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Windows maintenance, done dirt-cheap

You don't need to buy a utility suite. You just need what Microsoft brought to the party, plus a couple of freebies, to keep Windows humming along.


IDrive Online Storage: Comprehensive online backup and sync service

IDrive is the best of all online storage worlds, with straight backup, drag-and-drop sync between devices, Web access, and even shipped hardware backup.

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VyprVPN review: secure Internet usage with abundant international servers

With servers in 38 locations around the globe, VyprVPN lets you secure your communications and pretend to be from just about anywhere.


Iolo System Mechanic 12.7 review: nice utilities, real-time drag

Although System Mechanic 12.7's offline utilities are innovative and useful, the real-time optimizers actually slowed our Windows 8.1 test bed substantially.

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Firefox 29 review: Stalwart browser gets a magnificent makeover

The latest version of Firefox offers a host of visual changes and work-low improvements. From worst to first in a single release. Sweet.

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Multiplicity 3 review: Virtual KVM software with new features and a new vendor

This software solution can eliminate the cable clutter associated with hardware KVM switches and is less costly.


Aomei Partition Assistant review: Windows to Go no longer just for Enterprise users

Partitioning software doesn't get any better, but this program's best trick is creating Windows to Go (portable Windows) installations from any version of Windows 8.

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Dell Latitude E7240 Ultrabook review: Small, fast, and elegant

You'd be hard-pressed to find a flaw in this nicely realized 12-inch, touchscreen Ultrabook.

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F-Secure Freedome review: VPN and security for mobile devices

F-Secure's Freedome rolls anti-malware technology and a VPN service into one for both iOS and Android.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: A discrete GPU makes it better at play than work

This 15-inch UltraBook is a general-purpose machine with some special powers. But its keyboard and chassis quality might disappoint you.

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Plug me in if you want to save: MetroMile thwarts street-cleaning tickets

A new feature in MetroMile may save you from street cleaning tickets in San Francisco or Chicago, but the system's lag means you shouldn't cut it too close.