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  • News: Motorola Droid 3 Roars in with New Features

    Motorola's back with the phone that put Android on the map. The Motorola Droid 3, a high-end smartphone with a physical keyboard, is available now from Verizon Wireless for $200.

  • News: Sid Meier's Civilization World (Beta) Goes Live on Facebook

    If you haven't overdosed on the Sid Meier's Civilization franchise and don't mind giving 2K Games access to your private Facebook info, Civilization World is available now (though still in beta, according to the launch graphic) by clicking here. Like most Facebook apps, it asks for permission to access your basic info (networks, user ID, friends list, etc.), to send you email, post to your wall, access your data "any time," and so on. You've been warned.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 Rumor Rundown

    In previous years, we would know what to expect in the next iPhone by now, because we would have already seen it onstage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. But that's not the way it went this year, so we're left guessing and hanging around the rumor mill, trying to piece together an image of the iPhone 5, 4GS, or whatever they're going to call it. Here's a rundown of what we've heard so far:

  • Opinion: TidyTop 1.1

    When it comes to Desktop clutter, I belong to the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do class of Mac experts. I know a Desktop packed with icons can slow down your Mac and make for a poor screenshot- and presentation background, yet I still treat it as my default dumping ground. Jörn Hartmann comes to my aid with his 99-cent TidyTop (Mac App Store link).

  • News: Acer adds social-networking button to new laptops

    Acer on Thursday announced Gateway laptops with keys that give one-touch access to social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

  • News: Boeing 787 packed with high-tech features

    Boeing's newest passenger airliner arrived in Japan this week for readiness tests. The 787 is the most high-tech airliner in the skies.

  • News: Google+ invites re-open to double user base

    After shutting down the invitation process late last week because of "insane demand" from people eager to try out Google's new social network, the company began again to allow new members in.

  • News: Google vs. Facebook by the numbers

    With its still-in-limited-field-test social network Google+, Google looks poised to challenge Facebook head-on in the increasingly important social media space. Some analysts give the edge to Facebook with its large head start -- the company claims more than half a billion active users worldwide, half of whom log onto the site each day. Other pundits point to Google's large number of users across multiple products along with its engineering prowess as factors making it a formidable challenger.

  • News: Apple developing fixes for dangerous iOS vulnerabilities

    Apple said on Thursday that it is developing a fix for vulnerabilities that affect its iPhone, iPad and some iPod touch models, a problem that the German government warned could be used to steal confidential data.

  • News: Gateway Revamps NV, ID Laptop Series

    Gateway has introduced its new 15.6-inch NV Series and 14-inch ID47 series laptop models, which have been updated with USB 3.0 for faster connectivity and the latest processors. Both the NV and ID lines feature second-generation Intel processors or, in the case of the NV55 Series, AMD's A-Series "Llano" processor.

  • Opinion: Will an Image Backup Protect My Data?

    In Prepare Your PC for Future Data Disasters, Rick Broida recommended creating an image backup, but warned that it "isn't intended to preserve your data; that's an entirely different kind of backup." This worried Jack Maloney, who has been using Acronis True Image Home--an image backup program--for daily data backup.

  • News: 2011 brings fewer layoffs for high-tech workers

    Here's a rare bit of good news for the U.S. economy: Fewer high-tech workers are being laid off in 2011 compared to last year, according to a report compiled by outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your Gmail

    Google’s popular Gmail service provides free email accounts with plentiful storage, fast searching, and access from any Web browser. But keeping all your correspondence in Google’s cloud is risky: a network outage anywhere between your Mac and Google’s servers could make your email temporarily inaccessible, while a server malfunction or user error could wipe out years of your saved messages. You can minimize your chances of losing email by backing up the contents of your Gmail account.

  • News: Future clouds to outrun data centers

    Cloud computing will put most of the IT departments out of business if the market matures enough to understand it. Many companies in East Africa are growing and investing on big data centers. However these data storage resources may at some point less used as CIOs figure out how to relay on applications running in the cloud.

  • Microsoft Touch Mouse unveiled

    Microsoft's multitouch-equipped TouchMouse takes on Apple's Magic Mouse

  • News: Sub-Saharan African slow in innovation growth

    The newly published Global Innovation Index 2011 report ranks 125 countries/economies across the world in terms of their innovation capabilities and results. The Report highlights those countries that achieve more innovation outputs surmounting weaknesses from the input side -- the efficient innovators -- and those that lag behind in fulfilling their innovation potential. Innovation performances are analyzed in reference to the income and regional groups.

  • News: Making cultural peace with the Germans

    After ten years at German print solutions provider Heidelberger Druckmaschinen American Howard Hutchings draws his personal balance about the differences between IT management in the USA and Germany.

  • Acer C110 Travel Series USB-powered projector launches

    Acer has announced a new model in its Travel Series range of pico projectors. The C110 will cost £199 and will go onsale in the UK this August. The 50 Ansi lumens projector weighs 175g and measures a mere 110x85x25mm.

  • News: SAP: No change at the top as board extends CEO contracts

    SAP announced Thursday that its supervisory board has extended the contracts of co-CEOs Jim Hagemann Snabe and Bill McDermott until June 30, 2017, in a move that could give customers confidence that the company remains committed long-term to its strategies for mobile computing, analytics and SaaS (software as a service).

  • News: Build a Website for Your Small Business: 5 DIY Services

    Your company's online presence begins and ends with your website. But hiring a designer to dress it up can be expensive--and that's not even including the cost of a custom domain name and website hosting. Fortunately, you have do-it-yourself options.


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