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  • News: BMA: Electronic record plans threaten privacy

    NHS plans for storing electronic patient records pose a huge threat to individuals’ privacy and could quickly erode public trust in the health service.

  • Opinion: An Old Hard Drive and OS in a New PC

    Terry Marshall asked if he could move his old hard drive, unchanged, to his new home-built PC, boot his existing, "very stable" XP installation, and skip Windows 7 altogether.

  • Opinion: Ballmer Needs to Step Down, Says Hedge Fund Manager

    What's the biggest "overhang on Microsoft's stock," according to hedge fund manager David Einhorn? The continued presence of Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer.

  • News: The ABCs of printer inks

    Buying a printer shouldn’t be difficult, but often, it is. That's partly because of the vast abundance of technologies, manufacturers, and models to choose from.

  • News: Skype suffers outage

    Voice over IP service Skype, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, has suffered an outage.

  • News: US online ad market up 23 percent in Q1

    Online ad spending in the U.S. reached a record high in the first quarter, as companies expand their digital marketing budgets in reaction to people's increased Internet usage and engagement.

  • News: HP signs deal to acquire Printelligent

    A story on Wednesday about HP's plans to acquire Printelligent misstated the number of documents that the company claims to manage annually for its clients.

  • Opinion: Google Maps Adds Buttons, Gets Foursquare Feel

    Google Maps looks a little bit more like Foursquare this week with new "check-in" and "rate and review" buttons on Place pages. The new buttons feature prominently on each locale's page and make it easy to check in and give a star rating with just two taps.

  • News: Windows Home Server 2011: What It Is and How to Use It

    Microsoft's original Windows Home Server was both crude and groundbreaking. When it debuted, it had limited hardware support, no 64-bit version, and weak built-in capabilities beyond file and app storage. On the other hand, it offered robust backup, reasonable security, and drive extender--a feature that simplified the tasks of adding and pooling hard drives.

  • News: Pressure SCADA developers on security

    The discovery of a number of what have been described as serious vulnerabilities within industrial control systems built by manufacturing giant Siemens AG -- and the subsequent nixing of a presentation about those very vulnerabilities -- has raised questions about how the nature of vulnerability disclosure should -- or shouldn't -- change when it comes to the security flaws in industrial systems.

  • News: E-Book Prices Fuel Outrage--and Innovation

    An e-book that costs the same as a printed book doesn't feel right. No trees died to make it. No heavy machinery ran to print it. No planes flew to ship it. You might need to buy one of those new $139 Barnes & Noble Nooks, announced this week, to be able to read it. So why should you have to spend as much as you would for a heavy hardcover book to own it?

  • 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.



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