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    In-memory analytics, like virtualization and the cloud, is an old idea that's been given new life. In this case, the combination of big data, inexpensive commodity storage and parallel processing make it possible to analyze terabytes of data without slowing systems to a crawl.

  • How-Tos: Apply special effects to your videos in Final Cut Pro X

    Using the right special effect can make your video match your creative vision. Whether it’s simply tinting a shot to fit a mood, creating an old-fashioned film look, or turning a video clip into an abstract animated background, the right video effect is just a click away.

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    Losing your USB flash drive before a big presentation is a terrible way to start a Monday. Losing a drive that also contains valuable personal data or confidential company information will ruin your whole week—and maybe your career. Luckily, Windows users can easily hedge their bets against such disasters by using the free BitLocker To Go utility to quickly encrypt portable drives.

  • How-Tos: Ask the iTunes Guy: Home Sharing, tag editing, iTunes U, and more

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  • How-Tos: How to Set Up a Pinterest Business Page

    You have no doubt watched the rise of Pinterest, the latest social media phenom. But have you switched to the new Pinterest Business Pages? Here's how to do it, plus details on its other exclusive features.

  • How-Tos: How to enable Hibernate mode in Windows 8

    Last month I explained how to shut down Windows 8, an option you wouldn't expect to require step-by-step instruction. And yet.

  • How-Tos: Create a holiday newsletter with Pages or iPhoto

    The holiday season is upon us, and for many folks it’s become tradition to include a family newsletter with their greeting cards. It’s a great way to share photos, family milestones, and yearly retrospectives with your loved ones.

  • How-Tos: Mac 101: Seek and find

    As we meander down life's path, we tend to pick up bits of this and that. And, over time, these things pile up to the point where, if we're not organized, we lose track of them. And this often results in cries of "Honey/Mom/Dad/Jeeves, have you seen my glasses/lunchbox/dueling pistols!?" Wouldn't it be great if the answer was more helpful than, "Well, where did you last see them?"

  • How-Tos: Why can't I use punctuation in a file name?

    MLStrand56 complained to the Windows forum about Windows' inability to save file names containing punctuation.

  • How-Tos: How Mobile Apps Developers Can Best Target Geolocation

    Geoloqi, a scrappy software development startup in Portland, Oregon, claims to be re-inventing the way companies build location-aware applications. Here's the story behind the company and geolocation technology.

  • How-Tos: How to shut down Windows 8 more quickly

    Here's how to quickly shut down Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Stop annoying multiple notifications in Windows 8

    Because Windows 8 apps have to work in different ways on the Windows 8 Desktop and on the Modern UI, there can be some duplication. If the messaging app, for instance, is duplicating messages from your existing Windows Messenger app, our Helproom Editor can show you what to do.

  • How-Tos: SSD houses Windows, keeps running out of space

    Storing your Windows OS on an SSD is a good idea as it will speed up your PC or laptop. But Windows has a nasty habit of expanding and filling up your solid state storage. Our Helproom Editor explains what to do if your Windows operating system keeps filling up the SSD on which it is housed.

  • How-Tos: Can't shut down Windows 8 PC

    If you are having problems shutting down your Windows 8 PC or laptop, our Helproom Editor can help.

  • How-Tos: Manage passwords with Keychain Access

    In the innocent days of our computing youth, many of us had to memorize just one password—the one we used to send and retrieve our email over a glacially slow dial-up connection. User-account passwords? For geeks. Shopping-site passwords? What shopping sites? iTunes Store? App Store? Mac App Store? Didn't exist.

  • How-Tos: Mac 101: Diving into menus, part 3

    During the past two weeks, we’ve explored Mountain Lion’s Apple and Finder menus as well as its File and Edit menus. Let’s wrap it up with the last four menus in the series: View, Go, Window, and Help.

  • How-Tos: Add Media Center, XP Mode, Start Menu, Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8

    When you install Windows 8 you will notice some features of Windows 7 and Windows XP are missing. Here's how to add Media Center, XP Mode, Start Menu, Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Add Start Menu to Windows 8

    The biggest complaint from users new to Windows 8 is the lack of a Start Menu. Once you get used to it the Start Screen is a more than adequate replacement, but if you must have a Start Menu, here is how to add the Start Menu to Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Add Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8

    If you used of any of the desktop Gadgets available in Windows 7, you will notice that they have all gone once you've upgraded to Windows 8. This is because Microsoft has ceased support for Gadgets under the new operating system. Here's how to re-install Windows 7 Gadgets when you are using Windows 8.


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