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  • News: Groups ask FCC to rule against BART's mobile phone shutdown

    Digital rights groups ask the U.S. FCC to rule against BART's decision to shut down mobile phone service during a planned protest.

  • News: iPhone 5 Rumors Indicate Slightly Larger Display, 3.7 Inches

    While the iPhone 5 won't bring Steve Jobs back, it will help ease the pain of life without him -- at least, we can only hope.

  • Opinion: Android Photo Apps, Backing Up Photos on a Trip

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from May, June, and July.

  • News: HP TouchPad demonstrated running Android

    The challenge to port Google's Android OS to Hewlett-Packard's now-defunct TouchPad has been met, with a developer demonstrating an alpha version of the OS working on the tablet.

  • News: Microsoft 'ribbonizes' Windows 8 file manager

    Microsoft Monday said it will "ribbonize" the file manager in next year's Windows 8, adding Explorer to the short list of integrated applications that already sport the interface in Windows 7.

  • Opinion: Caution: Should You Share Your Location on Facebook?

    Facebook recently rolled out a number of changes to the social networking site. One of the changes eliminates the concept of Facebook Places, but instead incorporates location-aware updates at virtually every level of Facebook. You might want to think twice, though, before broadcasting your location to the anonymous masses online.

  • Opinion: Deckster: Bringing the Tape Player Back Via a Watch

    There are a lot of iPod Nano watch bands on the market, but most of them make it fairly difficult to get the iPod Mano in and out of the case. The Deckster, designed by N-Product Inc., not only solves the problem while maintaining a stylish look, but it also borrows heavily from a popular device from our past--the audio cassette player.

  • News: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Gold Edition

    Are you ready for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword but need an extra Wii Remote? Or maybe you just need a gold collector's edition item to sit next to your gold Nintendo 64, with its gold N64 controller and gold copies of Ocarina of Time?

  • News: Gears of War 3 Season Pass Tagged at $30

    Sure, you can always get Gears of War 3 for $60 a launch, but you're still not getting the full Epic Games Experience at that price.

  • News: Peer-to-peer, wireless network could help in disasters

    A Georgia Tech professor envisions greater reliance on device-to-device communications using typical consumer phones after a disaster.

  • News: IPv6: What you need to do now

    With the official exhaustion of IPv4 open-pool addresses in February, the long migration path to IPv6 has passed another important milestone. Since the IANA IPv6 worldwide deployment announcement in 1999, the issue has never been whether, but simply when IPv6 would become the core protocol for global Internet traffic.

  • Opinion: Viewing an old Address Book archive

    Reader Bob Trudeau would like to preview Address Book archives. He writes:

  • Opinion: Asus Plans to Unleash Five or More Ultrabooks in October

    There will be no shortage of thin, light, and affordable laptops to choose from this fall--at least from Asus, according to reports of the company's plans to launch five to seven Ultrabooks in October. Even better, some of these models are set to be well within the sub-$1000 target price that consumers seem to want.

  • News: Hard Reset Launching on September 13

    Hard Reset, the debut project from Polish developer Flying Wild Hog, is looking immensely promising. Mitch Dyer's hands on preview offered a glimpse into the frenetic action of this upcoming PC exclusive that looks set to recapture the 1999 glory days of the run and gun shooter, albeit with a next-gen aesthetic.

  • Opinion: Five Good Reasons to Try Mandriva Linux 2011

    Canonical's Ubuntu may frequently dominate the headlines in the Linux world, but the fact remains that it's just one of many popular desktop distributions of the free and open source operating system.

  • Opinion: More ways to master Mission Control

    Hints readers keep discovering clever Mission Control tricks. Once you enter Mission Control in Lion--either by swiping up with three or four fingers, hitting Control-Up arrow, clicking on the Dock icon, or any other means--there are a lot of secrets hiding away in Apple's new mash-up of Exposé and Spaces.

  • Opinion: Facebook Kills Test of Its Deals Groupon-Clone

    After a mere four months of testing, Facebook confirms that in the coming weeks, it will end Deals on Facebook, the social network's Groupon clone. This is not to be confused with location-sharing feature Places, which Facebook just revamped, or Facebook's mobile check-in deals, which will stick around for the time being.

  • News: Pricing of RAM to plunge, analyst says

    The price of DDR3 memory used in laptops, desktops and servers will drop over the next two months as memory companies try to clear out excess inventory in a slowing PC market, IHS iSuppli said on Monday.

  • News: Facebook shuts down Deals, boosts Photos

    Facebook has decided to shut down its Deals feature after testing it for several months with big name brands like Gap, Starbucks, Macy's, JCPenney and American Eagle Outfitters.

  • News: Red Cross comm team ready for disasters

    While most businesses back up data and records as potential disasters approach, the American Red Cross has a communications and information systems infrastructure built to bring key data into areas ravaged by storms like Hurricane Irene.



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