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Alan Truly

Alan Truly

Computing Writer

Alan is a Computing Writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. A tech-enthusiast since his youth, Alan stays current on what is new and what is next. With over 30 years experience in computer, video and photo equipment, you can expect useful tips and insights in his writing. Alan has a degree in programming, many years focused on design, editing, and animation. A period of managing logistics and e-commerce operations for a mobile accessories company rounds out a diverse background. Alan is a true jack of all digital trades in this ever-changing computer-enriched world. To stay flexible in mind and in body, he practices yoga, light cardio, and eats a whole food diet, based on minimally processed plants.

Alan Truly scans some photos with the Pixma TS6420a.

How to scan from a printer to a computer

Many modern printers can scan photos and documents. While your computer might work with your scanner, you'll get better results with specific apps.
A divided image shows an Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 3.

Yet another serious competitor to the Vision Pro takes shape

With the Apple Vision Pro arriving in weeks, LG confirms a new XR headset, possibly in partnership with Meta.
Microsoft Copilot creating a PowerPoint presentation for a user.

Copilot’s most exciting Office features will cost $20 a month

Microsoft's new Copilot Pro subscription lets anyone with Microsoft 365 or Office use AI for document summaries, email responses, and data analysis.
Printing is fast and economical with the HP Smart Tank 7602.

HP Smart Tank 7602 review: fast, economical printing

HP's Smart Tank 7602 is a reliable all-in-one home office printer that's fast, but do the features and ink savings justify its higher price?
RayNeo X2 Lite AR glasses are slim and lightweight.

Google Glass is back? In spirit, yes

An advanced AR company have brought an impressive new pair to CES 2024 to revive the Google Glass dream.
Xreal Air 2 Ultra AR glasses feature depth sensors.

Xreal brings spatial computing to a pair of AR glasses

Xreal's Air 2 Ultra AR glasses have spatial computing for hand-tracking and 3D mapping of your room, but that advanced technology isn't cheap.
Three printers from top brands, HP, Epson, and Brother.

Common printer problems and how to fix them

When your printer stops working, you need to solve the issue quickly, so check this guide to troubleshoot the most common printer problems.
Alan Truly works out with the Quest 3 in Les Mills Body Combat.

These are all the must-try apps for your Meta Quest 3

The Meta Quest 3 is great for VR gaming, but apps enable so much more: multi-screen browsing, cinematic video, field sports, and workouts at home.
Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 is designed for spatial computing.

Qualcomm and Samsung are teaming up to fight Apple’s Vision Pro

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 processor supports super-sharp headset displays and advanced tracking for Samsung's spatial computing device.
Apple Vision Pro's spatial computing could make it easier to work from home.

Spatial computing went public this year, but the true test is ahead

In 2023, Apple announced its first spatial computer, Meta wowed us with mixed-reality gaming, and smart glasses improved -- 2024 will be even better.
A Brother printer on a counter in front of a brick wall.

Best color laser printers for 2023: tested and reviewed

Color laser printers are the go-to choice for home offices and small businesses. But which should you buy? Here are our picks for the best color laser printers.
The Brother MFC-L3780 CDW color laser printer is surrounded by pictures, monochrome and color documents.

Brother MFC-L3780CDW review: quick color for your small business

We tested Brother's MFC-L3780CDW, a full-featured color laser that can print, scan, copy, and fax from Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB, or thumb drive.
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The best VR apps for 2023

Immerse yourself in some of the most unique experiences that Virtual Reality has to offer with this list of the best VR apps available today.
The iMac screen on a desk.

Mac Studio vs. iMac vs. Mac mini: don’t make a mistake

Learn how to pick between Apple's three desktop Macs, which are all based on Apple chipsets but are quite different in price, specs, and performance.
Most features, like adjusting a document's layout in Word, work fine on a Quest 3.

I tried Microsoft Office on my Quest 3 and came away disappointed

Microsoft Office apps are now available on the Quest 3, but how good is the experience and is it different than using Microsoft365 in Meta's browser?
The HP Smart Tank 5101 is an attractive printer..

The best printer brands

The best printer brands offer variety, quality, reliability, and ongoing service -- all important details for printing documents, labels, and photos.
Meta Quest Pro face-tracking demo shows a green-skinned flower person with surprised expression.

Tongue-tracking in VR has arrived

Tongues are wagging about a new Meta Quest 3 extension that lets you blow raspberries at your friends via face-tracking extended to tongue-tracking.
Tracey Truly shows multi-reflective options with Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses.

Viral TikTok trend helping smart glasses recover from the disaster of Google Glass

Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses are trending on TikTok, finally reversing public perception on smart glasses.
Epson EcoTank ET-2800 can print for up to two years with the included ink.

Epson EcoTank ET-2800 printer review: the great prints keep rolling

Epson's low-cost EcoTank ET-2800 is a family printer with two years of ink. We tested its ease of use, quality, and long-term value.
Clearing a jam on the HP Smart Tank 5101 isn't easy.

How to unjam a printer and stop it from happening again

Learn how to clear a printer paper jam and steps you can take to help prevent pages from getting stuck in the future.
Third-generation Amazon Echo frames in blue seen on a stunning woman.

Amazon Echo Frames (3rd Gen) review: Sounds better than ever

Amazon Echo Frames received a nice upgrade in 2023, but are they good enough to compete with earbuds? We check sound quality, battery life, and more.
htc just fixed a major shortcoming of standalone vr headsets totw vive tracker feature

HTC just fixed a major shortcoming of standalone VR headsets

HTC Vive announced new full-body trackers to animate your VRChat avatar and help sports trainers and game developers track movement.
The HP Smart Tank 5101 isn't fast, but prints are inexpensive.

HP Smart Tank 5101 review: when paper jams hurt

We tested HP's Smart Tank 5101, an affordable all-in-one inkjet tank printer, to determine its long-term value and ease of use.
Alan Truly using a Quest 3 with a MacBook Air for work.

Can the Quest 3 replace my laptop for work? I found out the hard way

Meta's Quest 3 is faster, has sharper displays, and runs the latest software, so it should do more than just gaming. But is it usable for work?
Tech of the Week HTC Vive Tracker

HTC just fixed a major shortcoming of standalone VR headsets

HTC Vive announced new full-body trackers to animate your VRChat avatar and help sports trainers and game developers track movement.
Fionna Ahomuoh using the Meta Quest 3 VR headset.

The best VR headsets for 2023

We've rounded up a list of the best VR headsets from Meta, Sony, HTC, Pimax, and more to help you find your perfect path to virtual reality.
A person is enthusiastically enjoying a game while wearing the Meta Quest 3.

These are the apps that made me fall in love with my Quest 3

I tried the latest Quest 3 games and apps and here are updates best titles to show off how amazing Meta's new mixed reality headset really is.
A photo of e-waste bundled and ready for recycling.

How to dispose of a printer in the most environmentally safe way possible

A printer is an essential part of office computing, but if it dies or you no longer need it, you can't just throw it away or put it in the recycling.
Xreal, TCL, and Rokid smart glasses displayed together.

I tried the next generation of smart glasses, and my nose loves them

I tested the next-gen smart glasses from Xreal, Rokid, and TCL to find out if they offer enough comfort, quality, and compatibility to spur an upgrade.
The Brother DCPL2550DW is a fast and reliable monochrome laser.

This basic Brother printer is a fast fix for home office needs

We tested the quality and value of Brother's DCPL2550DW all-in-one printer, an affordable all-in-one that comes with a four-month toner subscription.
Canon Pixma G4270 is a MegaTank all-in-one inkjet printer.

What does printer spooling mean, and how to fix it on Windows and Mac

Printer spooling usually runs automatically and reliably, but when there's a printing problem, here's how to fix this issue and get back to work.
A Monoprice MP10 3D Printer is creating an octahedron in blue plastic.

What is a 3D printer, and how much do they cost?

Learn what a 3D printer is, how it works, and how much it costs. 3D printing is helpful for personal use, prototyping and manufacturing.
Two Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.

Qualcomm says its new chips are 4.5 times faster at AI than rivals

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon processors bring fast generative AI to laptops and phones while keeping your data private and saving power.
Virtual screens graphically shown in front of a woman on a couch.

These new smart glasses put a 500-nit, 330-inch screen on your eyes

Xreal is back with its second-generation smart glasses, the Air 2 and Air 2 Pro, which are even lighter with higher-quality displays.