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  • Opinion: Will Ultrabooks Slow the Tablet Revolution?

    A new report from analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that shipments of ultrabooks will grow three times the rate of tablets over the next five years. The initial reception and anticipation of the cadre of ultrabooks announced at CES is impressive, but if we look closer at the stats the tablet really isn't in any danger of being relegated to irrelevance by the new class of laptops any time soon.

  • How-Tos: Reinstalling Software Leads to Loss of Key Feature

    I bought an audio editor called WavePad from software maker NCH in February 2010. It worked fine until a month ago, when I received messages saying that the "14-day trial was about to expire," though I'd purchased the software already. I contacted customer service at NCH and spoke to someone who restored my software, but then the crossfade feature (which I use often) didn't work. At this point I broke down and bought an NCH priority-support package. For reinstalling my version of WavePad, the company sent me a .dmg file for a Mac, which wouldn't open on my Windows computer. After a number of unfruitful calls, I still can't get the help I need. So I'm asking you for help.

  • How-Tos: Get Online or In-Person Help With Your To-Do List

    Can't fit in a trip to the grocery store this week? Completely boneheaded when it comes to assembling Ikea furniture? Falling behind on the real work you need to complete because you're busy answering email? TaskRabbit offers help with the minutiae of daily life, without your having to hire long-term employees or take a risk on a complete stranger. The website in­­vites you to post a task such as "deliver groceries" or "help me with heavy lifting," and TaskRabbits--task runners who've been screened for hire by the site--will bid on your task by specifying the lowest price they'll accept as payment.

  • Opinion: Pirate Bay Launches 3D-Printed 'Physibles' Downloads

    Care to download and print your dinner? Not today, of course, but the possibility may exist in the not-to-distant future. The Pirate Bay, a notorious and extremely popular torrent site, has created a new category for files that allow 3D printers to create physical objects.

  • How-Tos: Turn a PC Into a DVR, Install Software Without a DVD Drive

    Recently I've heard from a number of users who are looking for a way to cut that pricey cable-TV cord, but don't want to give up on watching and recording their favorite network shows. Turns out there's an easy and very affordable solution, one that eliminates cable (cable-TV, anyway) service entirely and frees you from monthly fees. It's called Windows 7.

  • News: Apple shines in first full quarter under CEO Tim Cook

    Apple more than doubled its profits last quarter thanks to brisk sales of its iPad and iPhones over the holiday season.

  • News: EMC lays out product roadmap, warns of disk shortages

    During his company's year-end earnings call, EMC CEO Joe Tucci warned that hard disk drive supplies will be an issue through 2012 and said all major products will see refreshes this year.

  • News: Apple again reports record revenue and profits

    Apple today reported record quarterly revenues and profits to start its 2012 fiscal year. The results reflect strong demand for the new iPhone 4S and the iPad.

  • News: Yahoo continued to struggle with online ad sales in Q4

    Yahoo struggled selling both display and search advertising in the fourth quarter, as its revenue and net income both dropped year-on-year.

  • How-Tos: How to Prepare Your Business for Pinterest

    Pinterest is a site your business should have on its radar. It's like a virtual bulletin board, allowing users to curate a collection of things they like from around the Internet into various layouts, or boards. And its popularity is booming, with 11 million reported page visits during one busy week last December--a 40-fold traffic increase over six months.

  • News: All Facebook Profiles Switch to Timeline Soon: Brace for Backlash

    Facebook users who've been avoiding the new Timeline profile format won't have a choice for much longer, because Facebook will be switching all users over to the Timeline format in the next few weeks.

  • News: Apple reports record revenue, profit for fiscal first quarter

    Record-breaking iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales rang in a stellar start to the 2012 fiscal year for Apple. The company said on Tuesday that it tallied $46.33 billion in sales and $13.06 billion in profit for the fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31.

  • News: 'If I Die' Facebook app sends your final message

    A new Facebook app might be perfect for the person who always wants to have the last word -- the really last word.

  • News: Clearwire 4G users and data use booming

    Clearwire exceeded 10 million subscribers in the fourth quarter but still needs to raise more money to build its planned LTE network, a task that could be funded in part by an upcoming US$300 million stock offering.

  • News: Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle gets SIIA recognition

    The creator of the Internet Archive is being awarded for his work and foresight by the Software and Information Industry Association, the association announced Tuesday.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux's New 'HUD' Interface Will Do Away with Menus

    A new kind of interface is coming to Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" that will ultimately replace menus in Unity applications and recognize voice commands.

  • News: How Open Source Licenses Affect Your Business and Your Developers

    For most of the 2000s, copyleft licenses (in particular the GPLv2) were the most popular choice for new open source projects. In the last few years, developers and companies seem to be trending away from the GPL in favor of permissive licenses for open source projects. What's behind that, does it impact your business and what licenses should you choose for new projects? Let's take a look.

  • News: Google patches several serious Chrome bugs

    Google on Monday patched four vulnerabilities in Chrome, and disclosed that it had patched a fifth two weeks ago.

  • News: Check Forgery: It Can Happen to You

    Want to hack someone's bank account? You might think it takes a sophisticated knowledge of computer security or maybe a tie with the Russian computer mafia. It doesn't.

  • Opinion: Five Important Ways Windows 8 Will Embrace Mobile Broadband

    Because Windows 8 will run on laptops, ultrabooks, and tablets as well as desktop PCs, access to mobile networks is important. On the Engineering Windows 8 blog on Friday, Windows president Steven Sinofsky detailed five improvements to Windows 8 that will simplify connecting to mobile networks and managing network connections. Here's a recap of the changes to watch.



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