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  • News: EU votes to extend music copyright lifetime

    Despite last-ditch attempts last week by 41 European parliamentarians to block it, the European General Affairs Council on Monday approved plans to extend the copyright protection time for music recordings from 50 to 70 years.

  • News: The Week in iPad Cases: Slings and arrows

    It's time for another edition of our weekly iPad case roundup. This week's selection covers the usual variety, but it also shows how the iPad has become a fashion symbol, as well as a tool that's indispensable to people in all walks of life. It also answers the eternal question: Will an iPad survive a launch from a catapult?

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 29: Five Things I Like Most About Google+

    I devoted yesterday to whining about the five things that bug me the most about Google+. Today, I take a look at the other side of the coin with the five things I like most about Google+ after going through the 30 Days With Google+ experience.

  • Opinion: Build 3D Characters, Vehicles, and More With Carrara

    Carrara ($150, buy-only) is a powerful and--dare I say--fun application for creating detailed three-dimensional content and animations. It breaks the various stages of the modeling and creation process into “rooms,” each allowing you to focus on a different task with its own custom tools.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 10: Outfitting Mango with Apps

    I have already devoted some time to exploring Windows Phone 7 apps in general, and I have praised the fact that this mobile platform offers an option to try an app before you buy it in many cases, but today I am going through my iPhone app by app to outfit my Windows Phone 7 "Mango" smartphone as closely as possible with the apps I am already used to.

  • News: Wireless Technology Firm Makes Buzz in Washington

    Wireless technology firm LightSquared isn’t a household name, but it is getting a lot of buzz in Congress.

  • News: Netflix Now Works on Android 2.2 and 2.3 Devices

    Netflix customers who want to watch the latest shows on the go using their smartphones have gotten some good news, but not everyone will be able to share in the party.

  • News: Microsoft, Google Suffer Outages: Can You Trust the Cloud?

    The cloud is falling! The cloud is falling! No, seriously. It keeps falling. If it's not Google Docs or Gmail, it's Microsoft's Office 365, Hotmail, and SkyDrive. The issues encountered over the past week or so--and the sporadic-but-too-frequent-to-ignore outages before that--raise serious questions about just how dependable cloud-based services really are.

  • News: Salesforce Alternatives: 5 CRM Services for Small Businesses

    Customer relationship management (CRM) programs have a bad reputation for being overly technical, burdensome to implement, and a chore to use. This can certainly be true of some services, especially for owners of small to medium-size businesses who lack the funds or resources to customize the CRM properly to meet their company's needs. Salesforce, for example, is popular but not necessarily lightweight or easy to get off the ground.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 11: Following the Wrong Path of iOS

    I am impressed so far with how Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" seems to bring a fresh, unique angle to a smartphone market that seems largely comprised of copycat devices trying to look and feel like the iPhone. However, as I explore the OS in this 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 series, I am also noting a number of ways that Windows Phone 7 has copied iOS as well--but not in a good way.

  • News: Qualcomm takes aim at enterprise with femtocell chipset

    Qualcomm has expanded its product portfolio for femtocells with a chipset that will allow the small base stations to handle up to 32 active users, opening the door for use in enterprises and metro networks, the company said on Monday.

  • News: Blackmagic Design launches Thunderbolt video capture box

    Intensity Extreme features HDMI and analog video I/O, and is powered completely by Thunderbolt.

  • Opinion: Easy Desktop Launcher Uses Real Words

    Let's face it. While icons are pretty, know no language barriers, and are easily recognizable once you're familiar with them-- they're limited in the amount of information they can convey. E.g., you have five Microsoft Word documents on your desktop and you used anything resembling a decent description in naming them --the icons are exactly the same and only part of the file name is visible. Until you click on them, you can't know which is which. If you'd like a more word-oriented, quicker-to-recognize view of your documents, folders, and programs you need Easy Desktop 9.0 ($30, 15-day free trial).

  • News: Bring the Arcade to Your Android Phone with MAME4droid

    A port of popular arcade emulator MAME has made it to Android devices, with support for over 2,000 different ROM sets.

  • News: Syndicate FPS Officially Confirmed

    The rumors were, unsurprisingly, true; beloved cyberpunk action-strategy franchise Syndicate is to make its return as a first-person shooter.

  • News: Video Games One of the Most Highly Subsidized Industries

    Due to the fact that the games industry can combine tax breaks in ways that few other sectors can, it's become one of the most highly government-subsidized industries in the U.S.

  • News: How to achieve perfect inkjet prints

    Over the last several months we’ve covered numerous tips for producing better prints, and it’s a lot of information to remember. This article presents a handy recap as well as a guided tour through the Print dialog boxes of popular software such as iPhoto, Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS5—including tips for borderless printing.

  • News: Amazon Preps Netflix-like Service for Books, Says Report

    Amazon is reportedly in talks with publishers to turn a selection of Kindle books into a Netflix-like content library as an added bonus for Amazon Prime customers. Under the rumored plan, Prime members would get to read a limited number of books for free every month from a library of older titles as part of their annual $79 Prime membership fee, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • Opinion: Heavy Rain Developer Hasn't Money to Used Game Sales

    Sometimes game developers' sense of entitlement sends clouds of cartoon steam from my ears. Case in point: Quantic Dream's co-founder Guillaume de Fondaumiere, who seems to think his company has "lost" sales of between €5m and €10m ($6.8m and $13.6m) to the secondhand sales market. Guillaume arrived at that range by comparing the number of players registering trophies on the PlayStation Network to the number of actual sales. That's a defensible metric for gauging secondhand sales, but the notion that anything was "lost"? Indefensible.

  • News: Synaptics working on more advanced touch for smartphones

    Touch specialist Synaptics is working on technologies that will allow touchscreens to mimic the feel of a physical keypad, in order to make smartphones easier to use, according to company technology strategist Andrew Hsu.



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