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  • News: Ban all electronics for drivers, US safety agency says

    The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recommended on Tuesday that states outlaw the use of all electronic devices, while driving, including cellphones with hands-free kits.

  • Opinion: Is Android Open? Not So Much, Study Finds

    Google's Android mobile platform may be based on the open source Linux operating system, but the extent of its own openness has long been a topic of considerable debate.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Is Going All-In with iOS

    Microsoft appears to be fully embracing iOS with a slew of new apps including SkyDrive, Xbox Live, OneNote for iPad, and even an iOS app version of Kinectimals, the popular Xbox 360 Kinect children's' game. It's about time.

  • News: Percolator 2.0 brews up photo mosaics with added filters and effects

    Brewing up a photo mosaic is not a lot different than making yourself a cup of coffee with Tinyrocket's Percolator 2.0 iOS app. Released Tuesday, the latest version of the special effects photo app features iPad compatibility, new effects and filters, finer control over images, and a speed boost.

  • News: Free Photo Editing, White Balance Settings, Photographing Stars, More Q&A

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from August, September, and October.

  • News: Mobile Predictions for 2012: Security, Payments, Windows Phone and More

    Chances are, you've probably read a few 2012 technology predictions by now, or at least heard about some expected tech trends. The Web and blogosphere have certainly seen no shortage of such forward-looking posts; even CIO.com publisher IDG-Enterprise's President and CEO Michael Friedenberg offered up his two cents on what's to come in 2012.

  • News: Cloud Development Documentation Insanity

    Everybody knows that complex technology needs documents and training materials so that developers can effectively use it. In the cloud, this need is magnified by the fact that developers have to work with several languages at once (HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, jquery, Ruby, PHP, SQL...the possibilities are endless). So developers need more docs, right?

  • Opinion: Streaming Service Rara Lands in Music-Saturated U.S.

    If Google Music, Mog, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody and Spotify weren't enough online music services for you another competitor, Rara.com, launches in the United States Tuesday.

  • How-Tos: Modernizing an email client

    Reader John Ramette is considering a long-delayed move. He writes:

  • News: Microsoft's latest Windows Phone move: Changes at the top

    Getting a read on how well Microsoft Windows Phone has been doing has been tricky in recent months, with each indication of momentum seemingly offset with one or more negative market share or news reports. But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's memo sent within the company Monday and published publicly by Microsoft indicates Windows Phone 7 probably isn't living up to Microsoft's expectations.

  • How-Tos: RAM Troubleshooter, Hassle-Solving USB Cable

    Think you might have a bad RAM module in your PC? Freeware utility MemTest86+ will run a memory diagnostic to help you find out. Before I explain more, a true story...

  • Opinion: 5 Apps Banned from Apple's App Store in 2011

    Apple gave the app, Drivers License, the boot this week after concerned politicians claimed it encouraged identity theft. Drivers License joins a short list of apps that Apple gave boot in 2011 because Apple either didn't get the joke, offered too much functionality, or that Apple felt was downright dangerous.

  • News: Skulls by Simon Winchester comes to the iPad

    Noggins are beautiful. At least, that seems to be the point of Skulls by Simon Winchester, a new iPad app that features 3D presentations of more than 300 animal crania.

  • News: Tech stories of 2011: Jobs, Android and Anonymous rank in top 10

    In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening array of political and corporate targets, repressive regimes unplugged citizens from the Internet, and the U.S. government moved to block the giant merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the world lost a technology icon who redefined the computer, entertainment and consumer electronics industries. These are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 technology stories of the year:

  • News: Microsoft quietly launches $99/hr. paid support service

    Microsoft has quietly launched a support website where experts charge $99 for one- or two-hour sessions designed to rid PCs of malware, speed up a machine or solve problems with Windows or Office.

  • How-Tos: Hidden Lion gesture switches to previous space

    One of Lion's hallmark features was its introduction of a slew of multitouch gestures. By now, you may well have learned most of them. But Keir Thomas discovered one you probably don't know about, a hidden gesture that lets you quickly return to your most recently used space. If you use the four-finger swipe to move from your main desktop to another, or to a full-screen app or the Dashboard, you can quickly go right back to where you were before by executing a four-finger double-tap.

  • News: YouSendIt launches iOS, Mac apps

    File sharing and transfer service YouSendIt announced Tuesday the launch of its new app for the iPhone and iPad, along with a new Mac app for use with the service.

  • News: Consumer tech in the enterprise threatens IT maturity: report

    Adoption of cloud-based applications and software-as-a-service (SaaS) in the enterprise could undermine efforts over recent years to boost security, compliance and basic infrastructure and application management - IT maturity - according to new research.

  • News: 'Duqu' zero-day Windows flaw patched this week

    Microsoft will tomorrow patch the zero-day kernel Word vulnerability exploited by the mysterious Duqu malware, more than a month after its existence was first made public.

  • News: Most overused LinkedIn profile words of 2011: creative, organizational, effective

    If you were really as "creative" as your resume claims, you'd use different terminology to showcase your skills, according to LinkedIn's 2011 list of most overused words and phrases.


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