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Best Android phones

Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon)

Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.



HTC One (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile)

A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone.



Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon)

Samsung delivers a powerful, boundary-pushing device that gets a lot right. Yet its complicated features and high price raise questions about its purpose.


LG Optimus G Pro (AT&T)

Though it lacks a stylus, the Optimus G Pro is not only armed with high-end specs, but it's also still cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 -- making it the best AT&T phablet available now.




Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD (Verizon)

Motorola's fast, stylish Droid Razr Maxx HD offers outstanding battery life, but its camera captures unimpressive images.

How to Solve a Problem

Problem solving is one of the most essential skills in life. Regardless of who you are or what you do, you will face obstacles. How you deal with such challenges will often be a determining factor in how successful you are at life. While problems come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, this article will give you some tools to help find solutions.


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    There are many ways to solve problems, and it will depend on your situation, your experience, your knowledge, your attitude, and your problem to determine the best approach.
    • Your situation may be that you have a long term problem that will take time to resolve, such as a legal dispute or a personal issue. Your situation may be pressing, but not immediate. Such may be the case for solving a problem at work, or how to help your child get a better grade on next week's test. At the extremes, your situation may be dire, such as discovering your single-engine plane has just run out of gas, and a solution is needed immediately.
    • Your experience comes into play for all the above.
      • If you are an attorney, or a counselor, you will know how to navigate legal and personal issues through training and experience, and the best approaches to take solving those problems.
      • If you are an educator, or even a parent who has an older child, you've already experienced the difficulties of test-taking, and will have the necessary skills to help your child succeed.
      • If you're in serious, you will likely rely on gut instinct to solve your problem. As a pilot, you will have been trained on how react in an emergency.

How to Be Successful

Many people want to achieve success in life, but it's easier said than done. There are so many distractions that it can be challenging to discipline one's self to accomplish a monumental goal. By keeping the following advice in mind, however, you can dramatically increase your chances of becoming successful in whatever you choose to pursue.

Planning for Success

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    Imagine yourself being successful. Einstein said that the imagination is more important than knowledge. The more vividly and accurately you imagine your success, the easier it will be for the rest of your self to follow through. The same way engineers first imagine a bridge and then build it, you can be the engineer of your success, too.

    • Dedicate a few minutes every day to imagining your success. Imagine yourself in a movie in which you're successful. What are you doing in the movie? What is your success like? Savor the feeling of your success, and use it as motivation to stoke your fire.
    • Cultivate a healthy motivation when imagining your success. Successful people all believe in themselves and their missions. At the same time, you don't want to alienate other people with extreme narcissism. Understand that other people want to be just as successful as you do; your goal shouldn't be to trample over them in order to get what you want.
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    Find the purpose or goal of your life. Identify the things you love to do, the things that give you satisfaction. Once you identify what you love to do, use this information to find the purpose of your life or the objective of your life.

    • Finding what you love to do will give you motivation along the way. Imagine being forced to do a triathlon when your true passion is chess. Pretty difficult, huh? Now imagine the opportunity to participate in a chess tournament. It's much, much easier to persistently chip away at your goal if your goal is something you enjoy doing.
    • How do you figure out a purpose or goal in life? It's different for everyone, and for some it's extremely difficult, but there are several ways you can try to figure it out:
      • Talk with a career coach or visit a good psychologist.
      • Try out several different careers, remembering that even a less-than-fulling job can help you learn.
      • Try making a career out of something you love. Whether it's brewing beer or advising on art, you're more likely to be successful doing something you know you love.
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    Define the meaning of success as you see it. You cannot have success if you do not know what it means for you. Everyone views success differently and using someone else's standard for success is like eating another person's lunch and expecting to love it. Set clear goals and be realistic.

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series

The good: The easy-to-use, high-capacity LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series offers very fast performance for a dual-bay external hard drive. The drive supports RAID configurations, has a user-serviceable hard-drive bay design, and can be daisy-chained with up to five other Thunderbolt devices without decreasing the throughput.
The bad: The LaCie 2big Thunderbolt's performance is comparatively slow for a Thunderbolt storage device, especially in RAID 1. The drive is relatively expensive; it doesn't have built-in support for any other common peripheral connections like USB or FireWire; and it doesn't come with the necessary Thunderbolt cable.
The bottom line: The LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series strikes a balance between capacity, performance, and price and would be a good choice for owners of Thunderbolt-enabled computers.

The LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series is like the other hard drives in the 2big family, such as the 2big USB 3.0, with just one difference: it uses the new Thunderbolt connection and no other connection types, meaning it forgoes USB, FireWire, and eSATA. And this is a big difference.
This is the fastest dual-bay external hard drive I've seen, even though it's noticeably slower than other Thunderbolt devices, such as the LaCie Little Big Disk SSD and the Promise Pegasus R6. To make up for not being the fastest, the 2big Thunderbolt Series, though in no way cheap, costs significantly less than its competitors at $650 for the 4TB version and $800 for the 6TB. (Like with other Thunderbolt drives, you'll have to spend another $50 for a Thunderbolt cable, which is not included.)
That said, the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt is a good choice if you need a storage product that supports Thunderbolt and don't want to spend too much on something that's overkill for your needs.
Drive type External Thunderbolt hard drive
Connector options Thunderbolt
Available capacities 4TB, 6TB
Product dimensions (LWH) 3.7x7.9x7.2 inches
Weight 7.9 lbs
Capacity of test unit 6TB
OSes supported Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Software included Intego BackUp Manager Pro
Design and features
From the front, the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt looks exactly the same as the 2big USB 3.0, with a large blue circle that glows to show that the device is powered and ready. On the back the drive has two hard-drive bays that can each hold a 3.5-inch SATA hard drive of up to 3TB, for a total top capacity of 6TB when the drive is set up in RAID 0. In RAID 1, this total usable capacity is reduced by half, with the other half being used as redundancy in case of hard-drive failure.
Each drive tray is locked in place via a latch that can be opened with a coin. In case you don't have a coin ready, LaCie also includes a little plastic key for the job. Once open, the drives can slide out relatively easily. After that, you'll need a Phillips screwdriver to replace the hard drive. Note, however, that if you choose to replace the hard drive, the warranty will be voided. Another note is, while LaCie says the hard drives are hot-swappable, you should only do that when they are set up in RAID 1. In RAID 0, which is the default setup, pulling out a hard drive when the drive is in operation will damage the data.
Also on the back, you'll find two Thunderbolt ports. This means when used in a daisy-chain setup, the 2big Thunderbolt can be any part of the chain. I tried it with a few other Thunderbolt devices, including the Pegasus R6 and the Apple Thunderbolt Display, and the chain worked out very well, with no sign of bandwidth reduction.
The 2big Thunderbolt has no power switch, so you can't turn it on and off while it's plugged in. However, this is no big deal since the drive's power status works in sync with that of the host computer. You can't turn it on without first connecting it to a Thunderbolt-enabled computer. Once plugged in, the drive turns itself off when the computer is off or in sleep mode, and goes back on when the computer is in operation. In my trials, the drive remained on when the computer went into sleep mode, however.
The drive comes with a detachable base to hold it in a vertical position. It can work on its side as well, but I see no reason not to use the base.
Out of the box, the 2big Thunderbolt comes with more than you need in terms of power plugs. The drive's two-part power adapter comes with enough power heads to fit in any type of receptacle around the world. Since this is a desktop external storage device, which would generally be used in one place, this is likely a waste. It would be much better if you could swap all the extra power heads for the necessary Thunderbolt cable, which is not included and costs another $50.
There's nothing to setting up the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt. Out of the box, it's preformatted in HFS+, and once connected to a Mac via Thunderbolt, it's immediately available to the computer, just like other external storage devices. If you want to use the drive in RAID 1, however, you'll need to run Disk Utility to change the RAID, which took less than a minute in my trial.
The drive comes with a CD that contains Intego Backup Manager Pro software. Since the drive is easy to set up and it's probably best to use it with your Mac's Time Machine for backing-up purposes, it's likely you won't need to use this CD at all.

Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter

The good: The sturdy Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter adds support for the Thunderbolt standard to any existing GoFlex external hard drive and turns any standard SATA internal drive into a Thunderbolt storage device. The adapter offers excellent performance.

The bad: The Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter doesn't include a Thunderbolt cable, and is slightly bulky. The accessory could also be better priced.

The bottom line: All things considered, the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is currently the best investment for those who want a superfast storage device to use with a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac.

Mac owners who crave a Thunderbolt storage device can finally get some relief thanks to Seagate. Unlike other Thunderbolt drives that are so outrageously expensive and generally rigid in terms of capacities, the new GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter itself costs just around $190 and is very flexible. When coupled with a GoFlex drive, or any other internal drive, for that matter (not included, price varies), the adapter offers the best deal among the few Thunderbolt storage devices on the market.
The only shortcoming I found with the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is the fact that it, like many other Thunderbolt devices, doesn't include a Thunderbolt cable (which costs another $50). However, this is more of an issue with Apple than with the storage vendor. And speaking of cost, at $190, the adapter is also relatively pricey.

If you're looking for a fast single-volume storage device to use at home with your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac, look no further than the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter and a GoFlex Desk drive.

Drive type External Thunderbolt Adapter
Connector options Thunderbolt
Available capacities Up to 4TB with a GoFlex drive or a standard SATA internal drive
Product dimensions   (LWH) 2.2 x 5.0 x 4.5 inches
Weight 1 lbs
Capacity of test unit 4TB
OSes supported Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Design and features
The Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is not an external hard drive itself but rather the adapter part of the Seagate GoFlex external hard drive. The GoFlex Desk is the most flexible external hard drive on the market thanks to its two-part design: the GoFlex drive and the GoFlex adapter. Each of these parts can be purchased separately, and when put together they form an external hard drive that uses the type of connection the adapter supports.

The GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter adds support for the Thunderbolt standard to any GoFlex drive. On top of that, since it comes with a standard SATA connection, it can also turn any SATA internal drive into a Thunderbolt drive, making it the most flexible and potentially the most affordable Thunderbolt storage solution on the market, thanks to the low prices of internal hard drives. I tried it with all types of drives, including hard drives and solid-state drives (SSDs), and they all worked out beautifully. Note, however, that you'll need some padding when using a 3.5-inch hard drive to make the drive stay firmly on the adapter.
Priced at $190, the adapter is not exactly cheap, but it allows you to have the most affordable Thunderbolt storage solution on the market, even when including cost of a GoFlex Desk. For example, a 4TB-capacity GoFlex Desk drive costs another $250, making the whole package cost around $440, much cheaper than the 4TB LaCie 2big Thunderbolt , or the 2TB LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt that cost $650 and $550, respectively. You also have options to buy smaller capacities for less or a standard internal drive of your choosing.

As an adapter, the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is actually much better than other USB or FireWire, or eSATA adapters originally shipped with the GoFlex Desk. It's now wider and heavier, though still not too big, making it able to stay put on the surface without easily toppling like other adapters. The new adapter comes with two Thunderbolt ports and can work with other Thunderbolt devices in a daisy-chain setup. You can also use multiple adapters in case you want to increase your Thunderbolt storage capacities or have a solution that offers redundancy. I tried the adapter with a few other Thunderbolt drives and it worked very well. Similar to other recent Thunderbolt drives, the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter shares the power status of the Mac it's plugged into. This means the adapter turns off when the Mac is off and turns back on when the Mac is powered on.

There's nothing to setting up the adapter. You have to do is snap a GoFlex drive (or any other internal drive) on it, connect it to power and to a Mac via a Thunderbolt cable (not included) and the system will recognize the drive immediately. For brand-new drives or GoFlex drives that are preformatted in NTFS, you'll need to reformat it into HFS+, using Mac OS' Disk Utility, which takes just a few seconds.

Best Wi-Fi mobile storage devices

The good: The Seagate Wireless Plus wirelessly adds 1TB of storage space to up to eight mobile devices. It can relay Wi-Fi Internet access and works well as a fast portable drive or as a robust mobile media server.

The bad: The Wireless Plus could use a faster Wi-Fi standard and should include a car charger. Its Seagate Media app doesn't natively support all popular digital video formats.

The bottom line: If you have a digital library that's larger than the capacity of your tablet and want to bring it all with you on the go, the Wireless Plus is arguably the best choice on the market . The new Wireless Plus (right) is still slightly more compact than its predecessor, the Satellite.

The new 1TB Wireless Plus is very similar to the 500GB GoFlex Satellite in terms of physical design, but is slightly more compact. It's a box that houses an internal hard drive, a Wi-Fi access point, and a battery. It's kind of amazing how it manages to remain so small, measuring just 0.8 inch by 3.5 inches by 5 inches, considering those three major components. It also weighs just about half a pound.

On one side, the Wireless Plus has a standard SATA port covered with a lid. By removing this lid, you can use the drive with any Seagate connection adapter, like those of the Backup Plus or GoFlex portable drives. The Wireless Plus, itself, comes with a USB 3.0 adapter and a standard USB 3.0 cable. You can use these to connect the device to a computer, and then it works just like any bus-powered portable drive. This is also a great way to quickly transfer digital content to the Plus prior to a trip. With 1TB of storage space, chances are most of us could easily carry our entire iTunes library this way.

Note that the device always charges its internal battery when connected to a computer, but can only work either as a media server or a portable drive at a given time, not both at once. To make it work as a portable drive, you need to turn it off prior to plugging it into a computer's USB port. For this, on one side the Wireless Plus has a power on/off button that you press once to turn it on or press and hold for a few seconds to turn it off.

When working as a portable drive, the Wireless Plus comes with a few folders for different types of content -- Videos, Music, Photos, and Documents -- but you can make new folders of any name. Once switched to work as a wireless media server, the device itself will automatically organize data from all folders into different categories for users to browse via their connected clients, using the Seagate Media app.
The Wireless Plus also comes with a power connector and a separate power adapter for charging from a wall socket. Unfortunately, unlike the Satellite, the Wireless Plus doesn't include a car charger, but you can use one made for other mobile devices, such as tablets or smartphones, to charge it while driving.
Out of the box, the Wireless Plus comes fully charged and preloaded with a good selection of samples of HD video and symphony music, enough to keep you entertained immediately on the way home.

The Wireless Plus supports a single-stream setup of the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard to offer a top speed of 150Mbps. For this reason, while it can support up to eight Wi-Fi clients at a time, only three of them can stream HD content simultaneously. The portable storage device works only in the 2.4GHz band and doesn't support the newer and faster 5GHz band. It's a delicate balance Seagate has to juggle here, however, since supporting faster Wi-Fi speeds also would mean shorter battery life, a larger physical design, or both.
Like Seagate's portable drives, such as the Backup Plus, the Wireless Plus is formatted in NTFS out of the box and should remain in this file system for it to work. It does, however, come with software drivers to enable Mac computers to read and write on the NTFS file system.

Together with the Wireless Plus, Seagate announced a new version of the free Seagate Media mobile app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. The app's interface has been vastly improved and worked much better in my trial than when it was first launched with the Satellite.

Out of the box, the Wireless Plus is preconfigured with a Wi-Fi network and you can connect other Wi-Fi clients (smartphones, computers, tablets) to it. After that, from a connected client, just launch the Seagate Media app and you're good to go. Note that on the iPad the Seagate Media app only works in the horizontal position, and won't rotate if you use the mobile device vertically. It does give you the option of playing music in the background, however, in case you want to close the app and switch to doing something else.

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Finally, an SSD that has almost everything.

The new Samsung 840 Evo shares the same design and standard as previous generations, but now comes in gray.

The good: The Samsung 840 Evo solid-state drive offers overall excellent performance, top storage space, and useful bundled software, at low cost.

The bad: The three-year warranty is relatively short, and the drive's sequential read speed could be a tad better.

The bottom line: If you're looking for a fast SSD that offers top capacity at low cost, look no further than the Samsung 840 Evo.

There are three important things you should keep in mind when buying a solid-state drive: capacity, performance, and pricing. And the new Samsung 840 Evo makes things easy by offering them all, and more.
The new drive is a replacement for Samsung's previous entry-level 840 Series drive, but the only thing entry-level about it is the pricing. Its performance is among the best I've seen, and the drive is also the first consumer-grade SSD to hit the 1TB mark in storage space. In addition, the 840 Evo is bundled with valuable software that further boosts its performance.

Best Internal Drives!

Internal drives are those used inside a computer to host its operating system, programs, and data. They generally are either regular hard drives or solid-state drives. Every personal computer needs at least one internal drive to work, and the performance of this drive plays an important role in the system's overall performance. Here's a list of the current top internal drives that will make the best upgrade for your computer, be it Mac or Windows
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