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Hooked Up: Hang out with Nelly and his must-have gadgets

In this week's episode of Hooked Up, Kevin Frazier hangs out with Grammy Award winner and multi-Platinum recording artist Nelly. He talks about all the tech he can't live without, and how he co-founded Vatterott College in St. Louis and the Extreme Institute to teach students skills for making music.

Nelly also talks about his MacBook Pro, Canon EOS 7D that he uses for shooting videos, and the Monster Diamond Tears headphones that surprised him with their sound.

I'll break down the best dSLR cameras for shooting video with Kevin that broadcast professionals are using today. And … Read more

Review: Take notes with full-featured management options using Arrow note for iPhone and iPad

The default keyboard on the iPhone or iPad leaves much to be desired. Without arrow keys; symbols one, two, and even sometimes three menus deep, and complicated multitouch commands to access copy-and-paste menus, it is not ideal if you plan on doing a lot of composition on the touch screen. There are many solutions, but Arrow Note offers one of the better compilations of keyboard modifications for writing on your phone or tablet.

When you open Arrow Note for the first time you'll be presented with a blank screen and a handful of options. You can search for notes, … Read more

Review: Share video moments and status updates with Keek for iOS

While social media has made a big leap in recent years to the mobile platform, very few of the sites that are increasingly accessed via mobile devices were originally created with mobile in mind. Facebook, in particular, was a very-desktop oriented network until recently. So there are a number of tools like Keek hitting the App Store every day, attempting to capitalize on the growing trend and offer a mobile-oriented experience. Keek does a good job in many ways, and while it is still a new platform and growing, it has potential.

Like many mobile social networks, Keek is built … Read more

Review: Track Web sites and pages for changes with SunFlower for Mac

Keeping track of the latest updates on all of your favorite Web sites can be a daunting task. Sunflower for Mac tries to simplify this for you. It is a free application that takes snapshots of specific Web pages over time and compares them to a registry of stored images to allow for easy tracking of any updates or changes that occur on these pages.

SunFlower for Mac is easy to install and set up. It offers many features that allow for customization of how the application takes and stores the snapshots it analyzes. A split pane window shows Web … Read more

Kids Learn n Play ABC (Free) 1.3 Review

If your child can't put down your smartphone or tablet, it's good to have an array of fun but educational games on retainer. Kids Learn n Play (Free) is designed to help them learn their ABCs, but it's not as deep or polished as other learning games on Android and there are a few other issues that detract from its ability to help your kids learn the alphabet or spelling.

There might be an initial moment of confusion because the app shows up as "English Alphabet" in your phone's app launcher. It has two … Read more

Amount 1.3 Review

There are quite a few conversion tools in the App Store. They all work to some degree, providing accurate conversions of different units of measure. However, while technically sound calculations are important, so too is a good interface and intuitive design so that users will actually want to use the app when they need a quick conversion. That's why Amount is such an impressive app -- managing to provide both of these much-needed components for a conversion app.

Amount opens with a calculator for you to enter a number of your choice. You are then given a menu of … Read more

Dell brings 4G LTE wireless connectivity to Windows 8 tablet

Dell is now offering 4G LTE on its XPS 10 -- a feature conspicuously absent on most Windows 8 tablets.

"Today, we're introducing an AT&T 4G LTE mobile broadband version for US customers on Dell.com, providing professionals with the same fast, reliable, high-speed internet connection as on their smartphones for connectivity anytime, anywhere," Dell said in a statement Thursday.

The XPS 10 is a bit of an oddball tablet among the top-tier PC makers.

It's one of the few tablets to use the RT version of Windows 8. And it's even a … Read more

MacBook Pro declared 'best-performing' Windows laptop

An Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro is the "best-performing" Windows laptop? Yes, says a PC services company that has done "frustration analytics" on some of the best-selling PCs.

The MacBook Pro won out over established PC makers like Dell, Acer, and Lenovo, according to Soluto, which was quick to explain its finding.

A main factor in this machine's metrics is the fact that every Windows installation on it is clean. With PC manufacturers loading so much crapware on new laptops, this is a bit of an unfair competition. But, on the other hand, PC makers should … Read more

Windows 8 touch ultrabooks see price cuts at Microsoft Store

Touch ultrabooks are seeing decent price cuts at the Microsoft Store, making these expensive models a bit more affordable.

Touch-screen laptops are generally priced significantly higher than non-touch models, as the screens have been expensive to procure.

The well-received Acer Aspire S7 has seen one of the steepest discounts, falling to $1,299 from $1,649.

The S7 features a 256GB solid-state drive, a 13.3-inch 1,920x1,080 resolution display, and a 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U processor.

Next up, Sony's Vaio T Series 13 has been reduced to $999 from $1,299. That 13.3-inch touch model … Read more

Manager for Mac 13.3 Review

Those running small businesses need a way to track their accounts. Manager for Mac performs these basic functions well, although larger businesses may need software with additional capabilities.

Despite being a small program, Manager for Mac took longer than expected to download and install via a high-speed connection. In order to install the program, acceptance of a user agreement was required. During initial setup, the user must create an account with a name and e-mail address. Once through this step, a business name must be entered, which brings up the main screen. Instructions and support are available from the developer, … Read more