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  • News: Isis wireless carriers back off separate mobile payment network

    Isis, a consortium of three major U.S. wireless carriers, has reportedly decided to back off plans for a separate mobile payment network and will instead work within traditional systems that include major credit card processors such as Visa and MasterCard for mobile transactions.

  • News: Windows Thin PC Extends Value of Legacy Hardware

    Microsoft announced this week that the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is now available, and that it expects that WinTPC will be officially released sometime this quarter. WinTPC is no substitute for Windows 7, but it will enable Microsoft customers to continue using older hardware in new ways.

  • News: Apple's OS X server strategy: Data centres for everyone

    Recently, Apple previewed more features that will be available in its upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7, "Lion." We first got a glimpse of Lion at Apple's Back to the Mac event in October, when CEO Steve Jobs said that several technologies developed in Apple's iOS mobile operating system would be brought back into Mac OS X as part of Lion. Since iOS evolved from earlier versions of Mac OS X, the "back to the Mac" moniker made sense.

  • Feature: Smartphone location tracking: everything you need to know

    The odds are good that your smartphone knows more about your day-to-day travels than your spouse does. Should you be worried?

  • News: New Wi-Fi gear aims to wipe out Ethernet edge switches

    Meru's new Wi-Fi gear combines a trio of powerful 802.11n radios with a battery of new software that together will let enterprises replace wired Ethernet at the network's edge, the company says.

  • Opinion: My PC Doesn't Recognize My Android Phone

    AmyShepherdBucobloj plugged her LG Vortex into her laptop with no results. She asked the Windows forum for help.

  • News: Apple to Retain App Throne, Despite Huge Google Growth

    Apple and its App Store will remain king when it comes to mobile app revenues for years, according to new research that expects the overall paid app market to double by 2014.

  • News: DVD Death Watch: Sales Drop 20 Percent

    DVDs are one step closer to extinction if recent numbers from a Hollywood trade group are any measure. DVD sales in the United States dropped by 20 percent during the first three months of 2011 compared with the same time last year, according to a report by the Digital Entertainment Group. The group blamed the drop on the timing of Easter and a dearth of blockbuster DVD releases in early 2011 compared to four major DVD debuts in early 2010.

  • News: Google Chrome TV Ads Tug at the Heartstrings

    Google Chrome has gone primetime, with a pair of 90-second television ads to promote the Web browser.

  • News: PlayBook security: How RIM aims to keep work and play separate

    One of Research in Motion's biggest challenges in a world of the iPhone and Android has been how to keep its products fun and fresh while maintaining the high level of security its corporate users have come to rely on.

  • News: Zoho Meeting gains Mac support

    Zoho, maker of a wide variety of Web-based productivity apps similar to Google Docs, has increased the market for Mac-friendly online meeting services by one.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Stock and trade

    There’s a shift on Wall Street, but Apple’s still riding high; the App Store may soon be seeing fewer enthusiastic reviews; and Foxconn has some demands for Brazil. Ring the opening bell; it’s the remainders for Tuesday, May 3, 2011!

  • Opinion: How to Build Better Passwords Without Losing Your Mind

    Your e-mail password is your last line of defense when it comes to online privacy and security; if a hacker cracks that, they could potentially reset the passwords of and gain access to your social networks, your bank account and even your identity by taking advantage of the ubiquitous "I Forgot My Password" button.

  • Opinion: Rent-to-Own PCs Watch Their Users Via Webcam?

    If you rent a PC from Aaron's or another rent-to-own store, do not surf the Internet naked.

  • News: Smartphone Spying Reality Check

    It sounds like a B-grade movie plot: Millions of smartphone owners are being tracked by their phones. Their mobile apps are eavesdropping on them, too. And information about their whereabouts is being sold to third parties.

  • News: Hardware Tips: USB-to-IDE/SATA Adapter, Laptop Parts on eBay

    The battery on my Asus U6S laptop is just over three years old. Unsurprisingly, it can barely hold a charge anymore, in part because the person who used it most (I'm looking at you, Mrs. Hassle-Free PC) kept it plugged in all the time. As I've mentioned in the past, that's a surefire way to reduce a battery's longevity and capacity.

  • News: Apple refreshes iMac line-up with Sandy Bridge processors

    Apple has updated its iMac range of desktop computers, with upgrades to processing, graphics and connectivity. The new 21.5in and 27in iMacs use quad-core Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and include the Apple-exclusive Thunderbolt connectivity standard -- updates that were rumoured last week. The Apple Magic Trackpad can also now be selected as one of the bundled peripherals with an iMac at no cost, where it was previously a $99 extra.

  • Opinion: Quiz: Who Said It--Cult Member or Fanboy?

    Some tech fanboys and fangirls become so lost in the technology of their choice that it becomes a big part of their identity. Cult members do something similar, only with a spiritual belief system or philisophical concept.

  • Opinion: Android, Apple, BlackBerry: Are They Cults Yet?

    It's not often that a company of any kind is accused of inspiring cultlike devotion. But that's certainly the case with at least one tech giant: Apple is widely considered to have a cultlike following among its customers. How else can you explain the fact that the release of the white iPhone 4 was such important news? Especially when the white iPhone 4's distinguishing attribute is its being...white.

  • Opinion: Day 3: Thanks for the Help, But...

    I feel compelled to start today's entry by reiterating the premise of the "30 Days With..." project.



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