We have a special surprise for you this month. Stuff, PC Authority’s gadget-focused sister mag, is bundled with every issue of PC Authority. It’s a Christmas gift guide showing you what cool, funky gadgets and toys are on the market. Whether you’re buying for others, or indulging yourself, it’s in this month’s Stuff. Let us know what you think at the feedback button on this page.
Google: Friend or Foe
Google knows what you look at, what you buy, and even reads your email. How long can we trust the world’s favourite search engine?In the Labs:
* Anti-spyware: Spyware is bigger than ever, which means there are more anti-spyware packages on the market. We find out which ones keep you safe, and which ones don’t.
* Burners: The current crop of burners on the market are cheaper than ever before. We test the latest internal and external drives to find out which ones are best performers for your buck.Tech support:
David Moss answers your tech questions, Jon Honeyball talks Vista, and Leigh Dyer looks at Ubuntu Linux and Sun servers. On top of that, we bust up the jargon around GPS and show you how to tune Windows to perfection.New monthly section: Buyers Guide
We’ve launched a brand new section! We know you come to PC Authority to find the best advice, products and prices so we’ll be providing all the information you need in our monthly Buyers Guide. It hosts our bigger and better A-List, which lists the best of the best products at a glance. Plus, you’ll also find details on what else is on the market, and how to buy any product.
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ULTIMATE FINANCIAL FORECASTER 2*
When you’re planning a business
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2 is a wizard-driven tool that can help
build financial projections to plan your
Bullguard is a full anti-virus, firewall, backup
and anti-spam/phishing suite, keeping you
safe from just about every angle. We’re
giving you the very latest version, which will
protect you for three whole months. If you
like it, then you have two choices. First, decide
the amount of online backup space you need, from the
Bronze (1GB), Silver (1.5GB) or Gold (3GB) subscriptions.
Then choose the one or two-year subscription length.
EAST-TEC ERASER 2005 BASIC
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- 1st AutoRun Express 1.0
- English2metric 1.0
- Find and Run Robot 1.06.01
- Fresh UI 7.43
- Genie Games Backup 6
- IZArc 3.5 beta 3
- Net Picker 2.2
- Screenshot Pilot 1.46
- Vallen Jpegger 4.76
- WinServices 184.108.40.206
- WYSIWYG Web Builder 2.5
- Xnview 1.80.3
The ultimate portable media player.
Here's what you're doing for your Christmas holidays.
A welcome update to the Sound Blaster that can deliver perceptibly better audio than onboard chips, but it goes beyond most people’s needs for PC audio.
Look what four grand can buy you.
An ipod-type device for the home that looks the goods and scores well in our tests.
Sony does it again with a Notebook to die for.
A good-value and very powerful system that will appeal to those seeking ultimate performance.
The two-and-a-half thousand dollar price point is a popular one for PC systems.