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  • News: App Store downloads reach record-breaking numbers this holiday season

    Since iOS devices top many gift wish-lists, a new holiday tradition can be added to your annual routine: family get-togethers, unwrapping presents, and hitting the App Store.

  • News: Flaw in web app frameworks pushes Microsoft to patch ASP.net promptly

    Many web app frameworks are vulnerable to a denial-of-service attack targeting the way they handle hash tables, researchers revealed Wednesday, prompting Microsoft to announce an "out-of-band" patch for its ASP.NET platform just hours later.

  • Feature: Best iPhone apps: Five free apps to keep you occupied between Christmas and New Year

    So Christmas is over for another year.

  • How-Tos: How to change what the power button does in Windows 7

    If you're got a laptop or PC running Microsoft's Windows operating system, you may find it's possible to push the power button or close the lid to put your device to sleep, make it hibernate or even to shut it down.

  • News: Intel's Mobile Chip 'Medfield' Specs and Benchmarks Leaked

    Intel's first system-on-chip, codenamed "Medfield," may outperform other chips designed for tablets and smartphones--at least according to performance numbers from the Caffeinemark 3 benchmark tool.

  • News: As 2012 Dawns, Mint Leads the List of Top Linux Distros

    What a difference a year makes. Roughly 15 months ago, I put together a guide to the top 10 Linux distributions at the time, and Ubuntu was far and away the most popular choice.

  • News: Judge tosses racketeering claims in Marin County lawsuit against SAP

    A judge has tossed out a number of claims in a California county's lawsuit against SAP over an allegedly failed ERP software implementation, including the claim that SAP had engaged in a racketeering conspiracy with Deloitte Consulting, which served as a systems integrator on the project.

  • News: SAP acquisition of SuccessFactors clears antitrust hurdle

    SAP's US$3.4 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors has passed an important regulatory step, with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission deciding on Friday to grant early termination of the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, SAP announced Wednesday.

  • News: Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Hits 50,000 Apps, Still Lags

    The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has passed the 50,000-app mark, according to third-party figures from All About Windows Phone, a significant milestone in Microsoft’s quest to re-conquer the mobile space. But despite the number of Windows Phone 7 apps growing at a brisk pace, the market share of the platform was just 1.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011, Gartner figures show.

  • Opinion: Hide and Secure Data With Folder Lock

    Folder Lock 7 is a jack-of-all-trades for file encryption and data security. Not only does it encrypt and hide volumes and folders with an on-the-fly 256-bit algorithm, it also protects USB drives and creates wallets to list and store important information such as bank accounts, online passwords, and such. The program goes even further with a secure erase (shred) function, data lockers (think Windows Briefcase), and the ability to run stealthily--that is, without any sign that it's operating.

  • News: Five open source technologies for 2012

    Next year, if all goes according to plan, Red Hat will become the first open source software company to generate more than US$1 billion a year in revenue. It will be a watershed moment for the open source community, who have long seen their approach of community-based development as a viable, even superior, alternative to traditional notions of how software should be written.

  • Feature: Best Android apps: Five free apps to keep you occupied between Christmas and New Year

    So Christmas is over for another year

  • How-Tos: How to customise the Start menu in Windows 7

    When Microsoft introduced Windows 7, the latest iteration of its Windows operating system, it gave PC users a host of ways to personalise their computers.

  • How-Tos: New PC? Get Setup Help, Make Your Own Desktop Theme

    Did Santa (or Hanu-claus) bring you a new PC? Wow, you must have been good this year!

  • How-Tos: About routers, hubs, and switches

    Forum visitor mustbjones needs a little gentle understanding in regard to routers and hubs. He or she writes:

  • Opinion: Jailbreak tool brings Siri to unsupported devices

    A jailbreak hacker known as chpwn, has developed Spire, a tool that allows those with jailbroken iOS devices to use Siri, Apple's personal assistant voice-control technology. With the help of Ryan Petrich (a jailbreak developer responsible for the popular DisplayOut app, among others), chpwn has created a tool, available via the Cydia repository, that downloads the Siri components to the iOS device directly from Apple (approximately a 100MB download).

  • Opinion: Razor-qt: A New Linux Desktop Alternative

    Among GNOME 3, Ubuntu Linux's Unity, and Windows 8's Metro, there's no denying that desktop environments have become a hot topic in 2011. More specifically, mobile-inspired interfaces are becoming increasingly commonplace, challenging users to accept a whole new paradigm in the desktop world.

  • Opinion: Use a 64-Bit PC? Instead of Firefox, Try Waterfox 9.0

    Earlier this year I wrote about Pale Moon, a version of Mozilla's popular Firefox browser that's optimized for extra speed on Windows.

  • Opinion: Spire Program Ports Siri to Jailbroken iOS Devices

    A recently released Siri port called Spire promises to bring Apple's personal digital assistant to any jailbroken device running iOS 5. And unlike previous Siri ports, Spire is not burdened by copyright issues, according to its developer. But as is typical for hacks that put Siri on non-Apple approved devices, Spire is not a complete solution and there a few technological hurdles to overcome. Besides a jailbroken iOS device, you also need access to an iPhone 4S and a proxy server as a go-between for your jailbroken device and Apple's servers.

  • How-Tos: How to shop at the Mac App Store

    Got a new Mac for the holidays? Congratulations! We bet you're anxious to get started using your new Mac--in fact, you might be reading this on that new Mac right now. The key to getting things done is to have the right software. Your Mac comes with plenty of software to get you started: Mail, Safari, iCal, Address Book, iLife, and more. But where can you find software that's not already on your Mac? One place--and perhaps the easiest source to use--is Apple's Mac App Store.



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