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  • News: 6 tools that help businesses tame Twitter

    Twitter can be a powerful business tool, not to mention a valuable source of metrics data and feedback. If not managed properly, though, Twitter tweets can quickly become overwhelming -- sifting out the nonsense to get to the nuggets of useful information can become a full-time job. Thankfully, there are a variety of tools you can employ to help your business manage Twitter and cut through the noise.

  • News: New Project Aims to Catalog 'Historic Gaming Locations'

    Gaming writer and historian Patrick Scott Patterson hopes to assemble the definitive list of notable locations that played a pivotal role in the development of video games.

  • News: Study: Companies Lose Millions from Missing Memory Sticks

    While data breaches by hackers get headlines, another form of data leakage can be very damaging to a company's bottom line, too. Most notably, that is sensitive data lost on the USB memory sticks.

  • News: Hackers threaten BlackBerry over London riot pledge

    Inside BlackBerry, the official BlackBerry Blog, has been targeted by hackers in what appears to be retaliation for RIM revealing it will "assist the authorities" in tracking down rioters that have spread violence across the UK over the past three days.

  • News: Apple issues Lion disk disaster recovery tool

    Apple has released a utility that builds a Lion recovery disk on a USB flash drive, giving users a way to restore their Macs if the machine's hard drive fails completely.

  • News: Skytap automates cloud deployments

    Skytap, a provider of cloud automation software, this week unveiled orchestration and configuration products designed to enable enterprises to easily create virtual environments in the cloud.

  • News: HotLink aims to ease managing mixed virtual environments

    Startup HotLink has exited stealth mode and launched SuperVISOR for VMware, designed to allow IT departments to mix and match hypervisors from different vendors and manage them all using VMware's vCenter platform, the company said on Tuesday.

  • News: Lion changes we'd like to see

    In general, we think Lion is a pretty darned good operating system. But is it perfect? Of course not. (After all, Macworld awarded OS X 10.7 four-and-a-half mice, not five.) Now that we've been using the final, shipping version for a few weeks, we've found more than a few flaws. Here are seven areas deserving of a little more attention; we'll no doubt find more. In the meantime, let us know what you'd like to see fixed in the comments section below.

  • News: Can a UV Light Kill Keyboard Nasties?

    I'm not a particularly germophobic person. I use hand sanitizer only when I hear people cough, I eat at my desk (and I pound the crumbs out of the keyboard once a month), and I live by the 5-second rule. But the arrival of the ViraShield, a $250 UV light device by VirWall that claims to kill the bacteria, viruses, and mold on your equipment, got me wondering about what kinds of nasties I was sharing my keyboard with--and whether I could really get rid of them. After all, those creepy-crawlies could be giving me the flu or salmonella. (Or maybe my chronic workplace fatigue crops up just because I'm, well, at work.)

  • News: Economic Meltdown Impacts IT Plans

    The economy has seen better days. Many IT departments started 2011 with cautious optimism and grand plans to modernize and expand, but amid the turmoil of the past month or so those plans have been whittled away.

  • News: App Makers May Be Exposing Your Sensitive Data to Hackers

    Some popular apps store sensitive data such as user names and passwords and credit card information in plain text on your phone's memory, making the data an easy target for hackers. A Chicago-based mobile forensics company called viaForensics recently found as much after completing an audit of dozens of the most popular apps on both iOS and Android platforms.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 6: Anatomy of a Google+ Post

    Now that I've got my Circles set up, and I've started to figure out the pros and cons of the Circles concept, and we've already covered the "real names" controversy, it is time to move on in the 30 Days With Google+journey. Today, I will take a look at posting on Google+.

  • News: Report: Tribune Co. Developing Tablet for Its Newspapers

    The Tribune Co., one of the largest newspaper companies in the country, is working on a tablet to offer its subscribers, according to a report from CNN. Tribune owns the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel, a few other daily newspapers and 23 television stations.

  • News: Universal 3D glasses coming in 2012

    Panasonic, Samsung and Sony are collaborating on a universal standard for 3D TV glasses, working with XPAND 3D to bring out active-shutter glasses that will work on several kinds of 3D TVs from each of the brands. Production of the new all-in-one glasses, which will incorporate several radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) standards used in superseded and current 3D TVs, will begin in September this year. Universally compatible glasses should be available for consumers to purchase sometime in 2012.

  • Opinion: Outgrown Windows' File Manager? Try Multi-Paned Q-Dir

    Windows' built-in Explorer file manager has seen many improvements over the years. It now has features thumbnails, multiple folder views, and lots of other goodies. But it still lacks basic functionality, such as tabbed windows and a dual-pane view. If you occasionally feel the need for a file manager with a bit more oomph--but find Total Commander to be overkill--the free Q-Dir might pique your interest.

  • News: Quark sold to merger and acquisition company

    Quark, developer of the desktop publishing software QuarkXPress, has been acquired by Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles merger and acquisition company, for an undisclosed sum.

  • Opinion: Take more control of Mission Control

    If you found Spaces too confusing or too much trouble in Snow Leopard, you should give virtual desktops another try in Lion. Mission Control combines features of Spaces and Exposé and makes them way more usable. A trio of Hints readers have offered up some tips that make Mission Control easier to work with—which could make you more productive.

  • Opinion: Sony Distribution Center Torched in London Riots

    Rioters in London apparently set Sony's Enfield-based DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corporation) facility ablaze last night, reducing the massive disc distribution center to flames and smoke. The massive multi-story, 20,000 square meter building would have likely contained stock tied to multiple mediums, ranging from music labels to video games to movies and more.

  • News: Quark bought by private equity firm

    Platinum Equity has bought Quark, who it seems is now on the lookout to make some acquisitions of its own.

  • News: 200,000 BitTorrent Users Sued Since 2010

    Since the beginning of 2010, a whopping 200,000 BitTorrent users have been sued in mass file-sharing lawsuits by copyright trolls, according to TorrentFreak.



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