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  • News: The 10 Best Free Hard Drive Utilities

    Most users are satisfied with the hard drive utilities that ship with Windows--especially the more powerful partitioning and defragging tools found in Windows Vista and 7. Since you're reading this, though, you're obviously not a "most" type of user. Here are our ten favorite free utilities for partitioning, monitoring, and optimizing hard drives (as well as a few inexpensive for-pay alternatives). Despite offering some high-end features, these downloadable programs won't bust your budget.

  • News: 11 Free Microsoft Tools You're Overlooking

    Microsoft has a virtual monopoly on desktop operating systems with Windows and on office productivity with its Office suite--as well as a dominant share of the Web browser market with Internet Explorer.

  • News: Day 4: Setting Up POP3 Email Accounts in Gmail

    30 Days With...Google Docs: Day 4

  • News: Stamp out e-mail annoyances

    For many of us, the first application we open in the morning is our e-mail client. Hour after hour, day after day, we check our e-mail repeatedly. Given that we spend this kind of time with a single program, it’s important that it gives us as little trouble as possible. When it decides to act up, it’s just as important that we set it straight as quickly as possible. Here are some solutions to common problems.

  • News: Guardian Heroes Saturn HD remake

    Action RPG classic from 1996 Guardian Heroes marks the first Sega Saturn title to make the jump to HD consoles via Xbox Live Arcade.

  • News: MacBook Pros, new iMacs get slew of software updates

    Apple on Wednesday released a quartet of updates, aimed at owners of new MacBook Pros and its recently released iMacs.

  • News: Sony Hit with $1bn Lawsuit

    A Canadian law firm, representing a plaintiff who claims Sony has breached her privacy, is suing the company and all its subsidiaries for $1 billion Canadian dollars.

  • News: Apple May Provide Over-the-Air Updates for iOS, Mac OSX

    Apple will provide over-the-air updates for iOS 5, while the upcoming version of Mac OSX Lion will be delivered via the Mac App Store, according to two separate reports. Instead of having users chained to iTunes for their iOS updates, Apple may introduce wireless OS updates, removing the need for a computer in the process.

  • How-Tos: How to turn off location-tracking on a Google Android phone

    Smartphones, and those running Google's Android are no exception, offer many location-based services that utilise the location of your handset, determined by GPS satellites, during web searches and other net-based activities to ensure the results are more tailored to the user.

  • News: Sony demands legal protection after PSN hack

    'Without strong criminal laws and enforcement of these laws, there will not be any meaningful security on the internet,' Sony says after PSN breach.

  • How-Tos: How to roll back a faulty Windows Update

    I'm trying to start up a C-Media AC 97 audio device as downloaded from Windows Update. I've got the device enabled as advised by the Startup menu, but it doesn't start and I now have no sound on my computer. The computer is an Advent 7012 running Windows XP Service Pack 3

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows on an SSD

    My computer dual-boots Windows XP Professional and Windows 7 on two one-terabyte hard drives. The XP drive contains many programs that I use frequently, but it often reports problems with applications not responding properly. To overcome this, I bought a 128GB solid-state disk (SSD) on which I'd like to install XP Professional and a few selected programs. The new disk has a drive letter and is ready for use, but I'm not sure how to set about it.

  • Feature: PC Advisor's top five tweets of the week - 5 May 2011

    It's been a busy week in the Twitterverse, and like many fans of the micro-blogging site, we at PC Advisor have been avidly reading the thoughts of others, as well as posting some of our own musings. So here's our five favourites from this week.

  • News: Apple iOS update stops handset tracking user's location

    Apple's latest software update includes a fix that stops the iPhone tracking the location of users.

  • Video: Intel 3D transistor promises processing speed boosts

    The new chip technology, called tri-gate transistors, replaces flat, two-dimensional streams of transistors with a 3D structure.

  • News: Intel to use 3D transistors in chip production

    Intel is to start use 3D transistors in its chip manufacturing process, which could potentially make PCs, smartphones and tablets faster and more power-efficient.

  • News: 'WebDaV is bad,' says security researcher

    Should we hate WebDAV for security reasons?

  • News: Apple wins points for quickly squashing location tracking bugs with iOS 4.3.3

    Apple's quick response to concerns about user location tracking via its iPhones and iPads – in the form of iOS 4.3.3 released Wednesday – is earning the company praise from mobile industry watchers.

  • Opinion: Tougher Standards to Make Better Accountants

    The International Accounting Education Standards Board late last month released for comment its proposed revision of IES-6, the International Education Standard for Assessment of Professional Competence. The IAESB develops education standards and guidance for use by member organizations of IFAC, the global organization for the accountancy profession. (The AICPA is an IFAC member.)

  • News: Finance Lessons from Abbottabad?

    Corporate finance lessons from the dramatic turn of events in Abbottabad, Pakistan, may be few and far-between this week. But among the reports from the tech-based IDG network of publications, as well as from Bloomberg News, are numerous articles that should have more than passing interest for CFOs.



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Swatch to release its own line of smartwatches to rival iWatch

IDG UK Sites

From the iPhone 6 to the iWatch and a new Apple TV we look at the products Apple is set to launch...

IDG UK Sites

Miranda July's Somebody app offers a very unusual take on messaging

IDG UK Sites

The 7 most ridiculous iPhone 6 rumours: what Apple WON'T reveal on 9 September