Back to School Tech Guide

Check out our back-to-school buying advice and find the best student laptops, tablets and other high-tech gear. Plus, check out our top app picks for students, free software and must-have gadgets for your dorm room.

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10 Best Back-to-School Laptop Backpacks

Students carry a heavy burden. They need to move their books, their tech and their food from class to class. In many ways, it's their most important organizational tool. However, not all backpacks are...

Best Apps for Students

High school and college are periods of ever-expanding responsibility for students. When you were younger you might have had mom and dad's help to get you up in the morning, tell you where you need to ...

Best Mac Apps

Buying a MacBook is like getting a ticket to a land of fantastic new software. In addition to all of the free apps that Apple gives to every Mac owner, both the Mac App Store and independent developer...

iPad Stylus Review Roundup: Best Pen for Your Tablet

As an infographics artist, I rely on a Wacom drawing tablet to get sketches into my computer. Drawing on the iPad has been challenging due to the limitations of the typical rubber-tipped stylus: diffi...

Chromebooks vs. Windows 10 Laptops: What Should You Buy?

Chromebooks have grown from a curiosity to a force to be reckoned with. Offering a simple and stripped-down experience, Google's Chrome OS is extremely easy to use (if you can use a browser, you're go...

The Best Free Software for Students

College students have enough expenses, so software shouldn’t be one of them. Luckily, at a time when a lot of students will have to learn new skills—whether life skills or skills to help them in s...

HP Brings Big Bold Colors to Back to School

Even though it’s only May, HP is already thinking about heading back-to-school this fall with its new line of bold and colorful HP Pavilion laptops and Pavilion x360 2-in-1s.The standard Pavilion no...

How to Keep Google From Spying on Your Kid's Chromebook

 Schools love to hand out Chromebooks to students, but they may not be happy to find out that Google’s low-priced notebooks log student Web activity and send the records to the company’s ...

Bing for Schools Offers Classrooms Free Microsoft Surface Tablets

Tablets in the classroom is becoming the norm. The Los Angeles Board of Education recently announcing plans to bring 31,000 free iPads to its schools is just one case in point. Unwilling to let Apple ...

Los Angeles Schoolkids Get Free iPads by Late 2014

More than a year after Apple announced that its iBooks store would support textbooks, we’re seeing those resources being put into place in classrooms on a massive scale. The Los Angeles Board of Edu...