Upgrade or replace the hard drive in a Mac Mini

The Mac Mini is like Apple's forgotten stepchild. Since it first debuted in 2005, the small computer has only seen one major redesign in 2010, and is often left out of the company's dazzling press events. In fact, the latest model hasn't even been updated to include Intel's newer and more efficient Haswell processors, despite the iMac, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro receiving updates.

Given that Apple doesn't give Mac Mini owners many reasons to upgrade, there are a still a good amount of happy customers using older models. We were one of them, but … Read more

Opera for Mac review

With its long history, Opera for Mac stands as one of the most popular Web browsers in the world. Despite its age, this free product has been constantly updated and optimized to run smoothly and keep feature parity with the rest of the competition. What set the app apart from other browsers are the handy mouse gestures, the Off Road mode that uses less traffic, and the handy news aggregator.

When opened, Opera for Mac presents you with its Speed Dial interface where you can pin your most used sites, set the number of columns, and group sites in folders. … Read more

The quickest way to close all open Safari tabs in iOS 7

When iOS 7 launched with a redesigned Safari tab interface, we showed you how to manage open tabs. But one thing we missed that should have been obvious was a workaround to closing every open tab at the same time. Have you ever tried swiping away 10 or 15 tabs? It's an exercise in frustration, to say the least.

Thanks to a tip posted on Mac OS X Hints, the process of closing all tabs can be done in just a few taps.

Launch Safari and view your currently opened tabs. Instead of swiping each open tab away on … Read more

Citi paints not-so-pretty picture for Apple's iPad, future market

Citi Research has released a report that doesn't bode well for the iPad if its conclusions prove to be accurate.

In data-dense presentation titled, "Mobility Hardware and Components, Marketing Presentation, March 2014" released Wednesday, a team of analysts reiterated a familiar Citi theme, saying the era of "device exhaustion" has arrived, adding in the same set of bullet points that "we are NOT positive on Apple" (emphasis Citi's).

Though this wouldn't be the first time Citi has been sour on Apple, Citi's forecast for the tablet market makes Apple the … Read more

Opera Mini review

Opera Mini Browser is everything you'd expect from a browser with the Opera name, even in spite of some hit-or-miss features. It can run neck and neck with the other popular browsers in the Google Play store in terms of speed and performance. If you're still stuck on Android's default browser, give this interesting app a shot.

This is a version of Opera's full browser that has been shrunk down to look good on smartphones and tablets. Opera Mini Browser seems designed for the phone's Portrait mode, which means it will look a little cramped … Read more

Get an iPad Mini (64GB) Wi-Fi + 4G for $389

Apple's iPads may be grossly overpriced compared with other tablets, but it's obvious plenty of people don't care: the buggers sell like hotcakes. Give credit to shiny hardware, an intuitive operating system, and that certain je ne sais quoi.

I'm a Kindle Fire user myself, and as much as I like the device, I can't help feeling pangs of Mini envy whenever I see Apple's adorably shrunken iPad. (It's the je ne sais quoi, people!)

So, yeah, I want one, but no way am I going to pay $299 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only … Read more

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini is smaller and prettier (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- The Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini and its faster LTE-enabled twin, the Idol 2 Mini S, are smaller versions of the just announced Idol 2 phone. Sporting a similar metallic finish, the Idol 2 Mini, however, comes in more colorful shades -- such as hot pink.

Specs-wise, the Idol 2 Mini has a slim 7.9mm-thin figure with a 4.5-inch, 960x540-pixel display. I quite like the size -- it fits comfortably in my palm, and the metallic finish feels cool.

The handset's powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and I found performance to … Read more

BBQ smarter with the iGrill Mini meat probe

The $39.99 iGrill Mini from iDevices is one clever thermometer probe. You can pair it to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart and let it handle dinner while you enjoy some down time. As you lounge, you can track the doneness of your food from the free app and receive alerts when it reaches the desired temp. It really removes the guesswork and some of the effort from the grilling process, which I love. I highly recommend this meat probe to anyone who wants to cook something to temperature, but would rather avoid the periodic temperature checks that … Read more

LG officially unveils G2 Mini

After teasing us with suggestions that a smaller version of its flagship Android smartphone was on the way, LG officially announced Wednesday that the G2 Mini would be unveiled in a matter of days at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Although the handset maker had posted an image to its Facebook page of a G2 accompanied by an identical but smaller smartphone, LG hadn't yet spilled the beans on the G2 Mini's specs. Until now.

The G2 Mini will feature a 4.7-inch screen with a 960x540-resolution, a little smaller and less flashy than its predecessor's … Read more

Samsung updates Galaxy S4, Note 3 with Android KitKat

Google's Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, launched in October, will now hit a variety of Samsung devices.

The Korean electronics giant said availability of KitKat varies by carrier and product, but updates will begin Tuesday and will continue through the coming months. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are among the devices that will now run Google's latest version of its mobile software.

New features of that operating system include a redesigned dialer that allows users to search for any number, even if it's not in their phone books. For example, users can start typing the … Read more