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  • Opinion: How 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie' Sold Me on 3D

    I'd had it up to here with 3D. I thought Avatar was pretty cool in 3D, I didn't mind it in Up, and I liked Step Up 3D and Tron: Legacy more than I thought I would. But now it seems as if everything except romantic comedies has mediocre 3D effects grafted on, just to (weakly) justify a more expensive movie ticket. It's enough to make a moviegoer wish Hollywood had sat on this 3D tech for a few more years--or at least rationed out its usage--until the studios had figured out how to do it right.

  • News: McAfee finds purpose post-Intel acquisition

    McAfee is making progress defining and communicating its new role and strategy following its acquisition by Intel last year for $US7.68 billion, according to the security vendor’s global chief technology officer, George Kurtz.

  • Opinion: Design a Vegetable Garden With PlanGarden

    As someone who gets itchy (green) thumbs around mid-winter, PlanGarden sounds like my dream software. Starting with a plot size as large as five acres, you can use PlanGarden ($20, limited demo) to draw your envisioned garden beds, lay out all of your imagined plants including plant spacings, set frost dates and indoor starting dates, and start a daily PlanGarden log. When you're ready to plant, use PlanGarden to track varieties, amount planted (by plant, row, or area), date planted, and estimated days to harvest. PlanGarden has a harvest log too, so you can track how much you gather from each plant. Unfortunately, overly basic features and a clumsy interface make PlanGarden somewhat less than dreamy.

  • News: Android smartphone use dominated by only 10 apps

    Nearly half of all US Android activity can be traced to only ten hugely-popular apps, Nielsen Smartphone Analytics has found after analysing devices equipped with metering software.

  • News: The Week in iPad Cases: August moon

    Summer’s end is approaching, but there's no let up in the amazing variety of cases that continue to appear for Apple’s iPad. This week’s roundup features the usual exciting mix of products that tackle the challenge of protecting your iPad while offering new ways of taking advantage of the hottest tablet around.

  • Opinion: Google+ Mimics Twitter with Celebrity Verification

    Google’s growing social networking service is taking a page from Twitter by verifying accounts belonging to public figures and celebrities.

  • News: Lion updates, light-powered keyboards, and Mac drama

    Even weeks devoid of major announcements and releases from Cupertino can offer exciting (and even stunning) headlines. Couple those with the reviews, hints, and tutorials you’ve come to expect from Macworld, and the past week of stories was not one to be missed. But just in case you did miss something, here’s a roundup of our best stories from the week gone by.

  • News: Tech Heavyweights Compete in Charity Starcraft Tournament

    Last month Associate Editor Patrick Miller brought you the scoop on the After Hours Gaming League, an extramural Starcraft II league with players from big tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. Things have been heating up since then, and the intrepid reporters at GamePro have the latest update.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 14: Playing Games on Google+

    For many Google+ pioneers, one of the most redeeming qualities of the nascent social network was the lack of games. The bad news is that it didn't last long, though, because now Google+ does have games. The good news is that Google+ is using a different approach that should make the games less annoying for those who choose not to partake.

  • News: Seven Free LibreOffice Extensions You Should Know About

    When the Document Foundation released LibreOffice 3.4.2 earlier this month, the big news wasn't so much that a new version was out. Rather, the big news was that LibreOffice had officially become enterprise-ready, according to its developers.

  • Opinion: Is Samsung Quietly Backing Away From Android?

    Google's $12.5 billion buyout of Motorola Mobility has at least one of its partners nervous. Reports surfaced this week that Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee convened a meeting of top executives to discuss the effects of the merger on the company's business.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Camera Codec Pack

    One of the best things about digital SLR cameras and higher-end point-and-shoot cameras is the ability to shoot in RAW mode. RAW images give you uncompressed, data-heavy versions of your digital photos that can be used for intensive edits and adjustments without negatively impacting the image quality.

  • News: Glucose Monitor May Get Under Your Skin

    Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo have found a way to monitor glucose levels using tiny implanted wireless fluorescent sensors that glow relative to blood sugar levels. Considering that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, this is big news for those who would love to do away with bothersome finger pricks.

  • News: Is LTE 4G iPhone Coming? Signs Point That Way

    Apple watchers are getting plenty of signs the consumer electronics maker is adding LTE 4G connectivity to iPhones. But there are questions over when that might happen.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 15: A Closer Look at Google+ Privacy

    One of the most appealing aspects of Google+ for many users is privacy. Many feel Facebook has been too cavalier when it comes to sharing personal information, and that Google is a better steward of sensitive data. For today's 30 Days With Google+ entry, I am taking a closer look at some of the privacy aspects of Google+.

  • Opinion: File Expert Offers Wireless Sharing With File Manager

    Last week, I looked at a great free app for Android, WiFi File Explorer, which lets you share files between your phone directly over a local Wi-Fi connection. This week, I'm looking at another great app that does all that and more.

  • Opinion: Free WinSplit Revolution Makes Monitor(s) More Useful

    Ever since the dawn of Windows, a big part of the appeal was… well, windows. Being able to give each application its own area on the screen and run multiple applications at the same time completely transformed computing. But that’s old news; today, many of us have 24” monitors (sometimes more than one), and the challenge is how to use all of that screen space effectively. With the free WinSplit Revolution, you can make sure every inch of your monitor or monitors is displaying valuable information.

  • News: Gamescom: Modern Warfare 3 is 'Like Adrenaline-Soaked Crack'

    Hyperbolic statement it may be, but Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops Survival mode does have a certain addictive quality to it.

  • News: Gamescom: The Show with the Split Personality

    Cologne's annual games show proves itself to have something of a split personality when it comes to the divide between business and pleasure.

  • News: Gamescom: Ubisoft -- Best in Show?

    Ubisoft's Gamescom offering was strong, taking in a combination of big name games and some promising looking smaller titles.


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