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This is a good app for political-news junkies, but better Twitter integration would be an improvement.


Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150: Small in Form and Functionality

A small frame and low price tag aren't quite enough to help Lenovo's IdeaCentre Q150 pull away from the compact-PC pack.

eMachines ER1402-05: The Best of the Bottom-Rung Compact PCs

This inexpensive compact PC performs well for the price.

Smart Measure

We like the creativity and innovation behind this distance-measuring app, but it lacks accuracy and precision.


Acer Aspire X3400: It Doesn’t Get Better (for Less)

Acer's inexpensive Aspire X3400 makes a strong showing for a reasonable price.

Acer Aspire M3400: A Compelling Budget Desktop Falls Short of Greatness

Acer’s Aspire M3400 budget desktop puts up a good fight--but in terms of features, competing (and similarly priced) systems are just a bit better.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z: Business-Class Performance in a Sleek Shell

Lenovo’s business-ready all-in-one brings the ThinkPad feel to the world of multitouch desktops--and it doesn’t disappoint.


This app allows you to tether your Android phone and use its data connection to get your computer online.


Acer AZ5700-U2112: A Big Screen All-in-One for Small Budgets

Acer’s 23-inch AZ5700-U2112 offers speed and an attractive touch-friendly display, without breaking the bank.

HP Pavilion p6540f: A Solid Budget Machine With Ample Storage

HP's p6540f is a great PC for the everyday user--but if you're planning to upgrade or play games, look elsewhere.

AVADirect Custom Gaming PC: Power In Spades, But Lacking Grace

A deafening chassis and stiff competition makes things tricky for AVADirect’s versatile Performance PC.

Google Maps

Google Maps for Android is quite simply one of the most useful programs ever offered on any platform.


Epicurious Recipe App

Regrettably, this cooking-assistant app seems a little half-baked.


Lenovo IdeaCentre C315: Budget Beauty Lacks Brawn

This 20-inch all-in-one desktop has great visual appeal, but identically priced all-in-ones deliver a stronger overall package.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90p: Bite-Size Business Machine

Speedy performance is the name of the game for Lenovo's slim M90p, but the competition brings more muscle for less.