Which Tablets are Best for Kids?

Are you considering a tablet for your school-age child?   Paired with a keyboard, a tablet can handle most of a student’s home and school computing needs.  USA Today looks at which features your child may or may not need, and which models are the top tablets for kids and teens.

New MacBook Air Boasts Better Battery Life

USA Today tech writer Ed Baig recently tested the new Apple MacBook Air, including its all-day battery claim.  Baig reports, “…the Air indeed proved to have very good stamina, if falling short of the 12-hour battery max that Apple achieved under somewhat less stringent testing conditions.”

Read Baig’s full review.

Repair or Replace a Slow Computer ?

When laptop or PC performance becomes unbearably slow, the big question is often “Should I have it fixed or replace it?”

USA Today contributor Kim Komando suggests some inexpensive steps that may detect and repair software issues. Komando’s advice if hardware fixes are needed: “Compare the estimated cost to fix it with the price of a new system. If it’s more than 50 percent or your computer is older than four years, replace it.”

Today’s Sound Bars are Cheaper, More Powerful

The days of cumbersome multi-speaker home theaters may be numbered, thanks to soundbars. A soundbar is a slender collection of speakers in a single housing that connects directly to the TV. Soundbars have been around for a while, but recent offerings are cheaper, more powerful and can connect to mobile devices for streaming music.  USA Today explains.

The Soundbar Review Center offers additional purchasing advice.

Tools May Help Preserve Online Privacy

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“In the face of increasing worry over security, students should be aware of tools that can help protect their privacy, as well as keeping track of companies that may misuse personal information,” wrote USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Mary Tablante.  

Tablante offers a list of online privacy tools that work just as well for non-students.

This VOD Film Was Last Roger Ebert Reviewed

 

The last movie reviewed by Roger Ebert, “To the Wonder,” premieres tomorrow on Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD). 

The late Chicago Sun-Times critic gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, calling writer/director Terrence Malick “one of the most romantic and spiritual of filmmakers.”

In this USA Today video, the film’s stars Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams reflect on Ebert’s review.

Where Suddenlink VOD is available, check out this and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

Best and Worst of NCAA Tourney Thus Far

With the NCAA Tournament field whittled down to 16 teams, USA Today reporter Scott Gleeson looks at the best and worst of the tourney’s opening act.

All the remaining games, which resume Thursday, will air on either CBS or TBS.

Local CBS stations are available to all Suddenlink TV customers on what is commonly known as Basic TV service. TBS is available to all customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

To register for online viewing, start here.

Customers who register one time with their Suddenlink user name and password can watch the games available on channels included in their TV package, as well as stats and video highlights during the tournament.