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  • 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.

  • News: Life after iWeb: The state of Web design on the Mac

    It hasn't been a great year for iWeb users. Apple's lone Web design app wasn't updated with the release of iLife '11, and future versions--much less a successor--are in doubt. Even if iWeb's prospects are as bad as they seem, there's more to creating websites on the Mac than just one program. Whether you're looking for an easy-to-use iWeb replacement or a more sophisticated program with more powerful features for you and your site's visitors, a host of applications is available for every skill level and budget. Here are some of the highlights and how current iWeb users could find them useful.

  • How-Tos: How to download YouTube videos using Safari or Firefox

    If you've spent more than a couple of hours on the Web you understand that the thing is choked with videos--from YouTube to Vimeo to news and entertainment sites. There's so much, in fact, that it's hard to watch everything you want to when you're sitting down in front of your computer. And because there is, it's not uncommon to seek ways to capture that video for later viewing on other devices or when an Internet connection isn't available.

  • News: Apple fined €900,000 in Italy

    The Italian Antitrust Authority has fined Apple €900,000 (US$1.2 million) for not giving consumers enough information about its guarantees, the authority said on Tuesday.

  • News: Samsung, NTT DoCoMo and others to set up LTE chip joint venture

    NTT DoCoMo said Tuesday it will form a joint venture with Samsung, Fujitsu, NEC and two other Japanese companies to design and sell chips for high-speed mobile networks based on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard.

  • How-Tos: The Top 10 Photo Techniques of 2011

    Being a photographer is sort of like being in school--in a good way. There's always something new to learn. (Or if you prefer, you could just let your photo editor do most of the hard work for you.) As I write my very last Digital Focus of 2011, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and round up the ten most essential articles. If you're looking to brush up on some photography techniques over the holiday break, here are my recommendations.

  • Opinion: Siri Can Now Control Your Mac, Will Control Your Vacuum Next

    Love it or hate it, Siri is quite a hit, and not just for it's general voice assistant capabilities. If you're not content with it helping you control your iPhone 4S (or jailbroken iPhone), it can also start your car, play the piano and set the thermostat. Sadly, your laptop was left out of all the voice control fun, until now. Enter Air Dictate.

  • How-Tos: New Computer? Clear Out the Junkware

    This is an update of a post I wrote a couple years ago. Definitely worth revisiting now that most folks have unwrapped their holiday presents.

  • Opinion: Six Free Software Packages to Load on Your New PC

    If you're among the lucky ones to receive a new PC this holiday season, rejoice. There are few things as exciting as the potential of a brand-new machine.

  • News: 2011 in review: The year in entertainment

    2011 was a big year for digital entertainment. It brought us expanded content options for the Apple TV, the tenth anniversary of the iPod, iTunes Match, AirPlay to the masses, and more.

  • News: Weekly Wrap: Mac and iOS news to get you through the holidays

    We don’t want to keep you from your one-horse open sleigh time, so let’s get right down to business. This is the Weekly Wrap, where we point you to our biggest Macworld stories from the week gone by, in case you missed them. Think of it as a Christmas present. Let’s go-ho-ho:

  • News: Volkswagen's After-Hours Blackberry Email Ban is a Brilliant Idea

    Has the global backlash against the 24/7 workday just begun? If so, sign me up. It appears that Volkswagen has agreed to an email blackout for its German employees who are off-duty.



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