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  • News: Hadoop vs. an RDBMS: How much (less) would you pay?

    Many people associate open source data framework Hadoop with managing truly massive amounts of data. And with good reason: Hadoop storage is used by Facebook and Yahoo, which many people (rightly) associate with massive data. As you learned in Part 1 of this series, Yahoo, an early adopter and contributor to Hadoop, has implemented a 50,000-node Hadoop network; Facebook has a Hadoop system with more than 10,000 nodes in place.

  • Opinion: Sharp's Huge Whiteboard Carries Executive Price Tag

    Sharp debuted interactive touchscreen displays at CES in Las Vegas that are built to make Web meetings more interactive. The 60-, 70-, and 80-inch panels replace the ubiquitous whiteboard with Sharp's proprietary AQUOS LCD display built for Web and in-person meetings by integrating with video conferencing and technologies like WebEx, GoToMeeting, and Skype.

  • Opinion: Make Thunderbird Mark Messages as Read After You Reply

    One of my resolutions for 2012 is to break free of Microsoft Outlook. My dislike of that program knows no bounds, yet I've been stuck with it for years. Now I'm shopping for replacements.

  • News: Apple iOS strength prompted Objective-C language growth in 2011

    The language used to build apps for the iPad and iPhone has the most momentum for 2012

  • Opinion: Free Online Casual Game Entanglement Will Ensnare You

    Don't let the spa-like music or the simple aesthetic of its game board fool you: Entanglement is downright maddening--and I mean that in the best possible way. This free online game, in which you rotate tiles on a game board in order to create the longest, most tangled path possible, seems very simple at first glance. But give it a try and you'll see just how challenging it can be.

  • News: Sprint unveils Nexus, tri-mode hotspot for LTE

    Sprint Nextel's first three devices for its coming LTE network will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper smartphones and a Sierra Wireless hotspot that will use Sprint's 3G and WiMax networks as well as LTE, the carrier announced in advance of the Consumer Electronics Show.

  • News: HTC Titan II coming to AT&T 4G LTE

    HTC announced the Titan II smartphone at CES on Monday, making it the first Windows Phone on AT&T's fast 4G LTE network.

  • Opinion: Establish a Digital Photo Editing Process That Works

    Digital workflow is a fancy term that describes the sequence of things you do between the time you take a photo and when you file it away for some future project. The right workflow can be important, because you'll get better results by using certain tools and filters in the right order. Take your program's automatic color adjustment, for example: If you run it before you crop your photo, the program will try to autocorrect unwanted parts of the photo that might be under- or over-exposed. Crop the photo first, and the software can concentrate just on the parts of the photo that are important to you. Last week we started a discussion of the ideal digital workflow; this week, let's pick up where we left off.

  • How-Tos: Easy encryption with Disk Utility

    Reader Bob Ross is interested in encryption. In anything-but-cryptic fashion he writes:

  • Opinion: Desktop Linux Gains Share in Recent Months

    Linux's prospects as a desktop operating system have long been a topic of hot debate, with some arguing that it will never surpass 1 percent of the market while others--including yours truly--countering that it already has.

  • News: HTC, Nokia to offer first LTE Windows Phones on AT&T

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance at AT&T's Developer Summit Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show to say that the operator would be the first to offer LTE Windows Phones, including the HTC Titan II and a phone from Nokia.

  • News: iPhone purchase plans at all-time high in U.S.

    Demand for the iPhone 4S among U.S. consumers remains "incredibly strong," ChangeWave Research said today as it cited a late December survey of smartphone buying plans.

  • News: AT&T promotes HTML 5 apps

    AT&T is hoping to encourage developers to use HTML 5 with the release of a new API platform.

  • News: Huawei unveils world's thinnest smartphone, signals offensive into high-end

    Chinese device manufacturer Huawei declared Monday that it would begin an offensive into the high-end market for mobile phones, unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show what it is calling the world's slimmest smartphone.

  • News: AT&T joins OpenStack

    AT&T became the first U.S. telecom service provider to join OpenStack, the organization that has developed an open-source cloud software stack.

  • News: AT&T promotes HTML 5 apps

    AT&T is hoping to encourage developers to use HTML 5 with the release of a new API platform.

  • News: Canonical demonstrates Ubuntu TV

    Anticipating a growing market for smart television sets, Canonical will be demonstrating a version of its popular Ubuntu Linux OS that can be used for running TVs.

  • News: Corel debuts AfterShot Pro photo management software

    While Adobe and Apple have thus far been the reigning sovereigns of Mac-based photo management and workflow, Corel has now put some fresh competition into the arena with its new AfterShot Pro.

  • News: Passwords aren't dead, though maybe yours should be

    Despite all those "death to passwords" chants, some say it's still a solid form of authentication -- when users aren't being stupid about theirs.

  • News: Select and copy text within Quick Look previews

    Quick Look is a delightfully simple way to browse the contents of the files on your Mac without launching their parent apps. (Select a file, press the space bar, that's it.) But if you’re looking at, say, a PDF or Word document, Quick Look can frustrate, because it doesn't provide any way to select and copy text; if you find a snippet of text you’d like to copy and paste, you still need to launch the parent app. Unless, that is, you know a secret shared by Keir Thomas (author of the excellent Mac Kung Fu).



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