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  • News: Google Apps Move Helps Contractors Connect With Customers

    Gone are the days when running a small business meant outfitting each worker with a desktop PC, then loading up each one with individually licensed software. Thanks to services that live on the Internet, there's a swifter way to empower workers with productivity and communication tools.

  • News: Gold-Farming Chinese Prisoners

    It's been revealed that many Chinese prisoners are being forced into online "hard labor" in titles such as World of Warcraft, because it's more profitable than manual labor.

  • News: Disney Universe's Multiplayer Fun

    Disney has announced that it's working on a "fast-paced multiplayer action adventure" for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC/Mac.

  • News: Web-Based Windows Phone 7 App Store Arriving with Mango

    Microsoft is putting together a Web-based version of its application store for Windows Phone 7 smartphones, in the fashion of leading app stores from Apple and Google. The Web-based Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will arrive this autumn, in time for the release of Mango, Microsoft's latest update of its smartphone operating system.

  • Opinion: Increase the Number of Visible Messages in Gmail

    The other day I told you how to show only unread messages in your Gmail inbox. Part of the reasoning behind that was that older unread mail would often get forced "off the page" by newer messages, thus increasing the chances of it getting overlooked.

  • How-Tos: How to create an email signature in Gmail

    Free webmail services, such as Google's Gmail, are just as good as using an email address from your ISP coupled with an email client such as Microsoft's Outlook. They ensure users can access the same functions, such as email forwarding and even the ability to add a signature to every message that's sent.

  • Opinion: Day 25: Don't Lose Your Google Docs Data

    Now that I have spent the last 24 days prolifically cranking out 30 Days With...Google Docs blog posts and feature articles on various subjects, I have a fair amount of content built up in Google Docs. So, the question I inevitably ask myself is "hey, what happens if Google crashes and my data disappears?"

  • News: Skype offers instructions to fix Mac connectivity issues

    Skype has published instructions for correcting an issue that prevented many users from successfully logging into the service. Early Thursday morning, some Skype users found that they couldn't log in or stay connected. Not all users were affected, however: Folks using Skype on iOS and Android devices were fine, as were some people using different desktop editions of the client.

  • News: Acer starts making laptops at new factory in China

    Acer, the world’s second largest PC maker, opened a factory in the Chinese industrial city of Chongqing on Thursday and expects it to produce 30 percent to 40 percent of its laptops by the end of the year, the company said.

  • Opinion: Put Sticky Notes on Windows With GumNotes

    Sticky notes are one of a handful of tried and true productivity tools that have successfully made the transition from the "real world" onto our computer monitors. But they must be used in moderation: Having too many little notes plastered all over your desktop can make it difficult to focus. But what if each note had a sense of context? What if your sticky notes came and went intelligently, were right there when you needed them, and gone once you've switched to a different task? That's the value proposition behind GumNotes (free for personal use; a shareware version is available for commercial use).

  • News: Rootkit writers outfox Windows 64-bit PatchGuard protection

    Rootkit writers have started exploiting a loophole that lets them write malware able to bypass the Patchguard driver signing protection built into 64-bit versions of Windows, Kaspersky Lab has reported.

  • News: Eight tips for travelers

    As Memorial Day and summer vacations approach, the travel season is just about to heat up. But you don't have to resign yourself to hefting unnecessary equipment through airport security or sweating out the frustrations of hotel computer connectivity. These veteran travel tips can make traveling with your Apple gear much more fun.

  • News: Google Wallet: What to Expect at Google's NFC Event

    Google is eyeing your billfold with a rumored new service called Google Wallet that lets you pay for things with just a wave of your Android smartphone. The new service will use near field communication (NFC), a technology that uses a chip embedded in your phone and a card reader at retail locations. To pay, all you have to do is wave your handset in front of the reader and your bank account or credit card is automatically debited. The Android NFC program will reportedly start in New York City before rolling out to San Francisco followed by other locations across the country. The new payment system should arrive in retail stores around September 1, according to [

  • Opinion: Survey: PSN Outage Hasn't Impacted PSN Loyalty

    A confession: I'm not all that likely to use my PlayStation 3 online now that the PlayStation Network's back. Because I'm upset with Sony about the PSN fiasco? Nope. Because I wasn't all that likely to use it before the hacker tsunami hit (nothing to do with the service, which is great, but because I've never been much for competitive gaming anyway).

  • News: Chinese Prisoners Allegedly Forced to Play World of Warcraft

    Apparently there's a new type of chain gang -- a virtual one. According to The Guardian, Chinese prisoners are forced to play hours upon hours of "World of Warcraft," farming virtual gold that the prison guards can then sell in the real world for nonvirtual cash.

  • News: Lenovo profits more than double for fiscal year

    Reporting strong growth as it expands into emerging markets, Lenovo said Thursday that for the quarter ending in March its net profit more than tripled, reaching US$42 million, while revenue increased 13 percent to $4.88 billion.

  • News: Lawyer that chased net pirates nominated for Net Villain of the Year

    A ‘bullying’ lawyer that started legal action against Brits accused of illegal downloading but subsequently abandoned the case has been named as one of the contenders for this year’s Internet Villain of the Year award.

  • How-Tos: How to make an XP PC default to the correct Wi-Fi connection

    My wife's laptop and my internet radio happily talk to our Belkin N modem router on our wireless network, but my Windows XP PC insists on first connecting to a nearby unsecured BT network when waking from Hibernate mode. Sometimes it refuses to connect to our own network until I reboot the router.

  • Feature: PC Advisor's top tweets of the week – 26th May

    It's been a busy week on Twitter, but its not all been about a certain premier league footballer, although we've had fun enjoying the wealth of tweets poking fun at him. There's been plenty of other topics to keep users of the micro-blogging site occupied. Here's PC Advisor's favourite tweets of the week.

  • Leica V-Lux 30 3D camera sighted

    Leica has announced a new model in its V-Lux compact camera line-up. The 14.1Mp Leica V-Lux 30 supports 3D stereo image pairs and AVCHD video capture



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