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  • Opinion: Sony Promises PlayStation Store Back this Week

    Finally. The PlayStation Store should be back this week--one month after the PlayStation Network was hacked and shuttered--along with anything else still missing in action, says Sony. A press release dropped through the official PlayStation blog Monday signaled the online service's return to full health by June 5th in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, though excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

  • Opinion: Study: Friends Hard to Keep Up with on Twitter, Facebook

    Finding all those friends on your social networks is easy, but keeping up with them can be tough.

  • Opinion: Kobo, Nook Newcomers vs. Kindle: Chart

    The e-reader field is getting more crowded.

  • Opinion: Asus' Padfone Combines Smartphone With Tablet Dock

    It's the hybrid of the gadget world, and computer maker Asus wants in.

  • Opinion: 5 Unique Ways to Make Money Online

    Who says you can't make money online? Prison guards at a Chinese prison camp are reportedly forcing inmates to smash rocks by day and play World of Warcraft at night. The purpose of the all-night WoW sessions is to obtain virtual gold by completing in-game tasks. The prison bosses then turn around and sell the virtual gold in the real world making as much as $930 a day, according to the Guardian. Called "gold farming," the practice is not uncommon and it's believed as many as 100,000 full-time virtual gold farmers operate in China alone.

  • Opinion: Asus Teases Smartphone-Tablet Combo, More

    Asus has posted teaser pics on Facebook for three new devices it will introduce at Computex the week of May 30: a smartphone-tablet mystery device, a revamped Eee PC netbook, and "a tablet that jumps out at you."

  • Opinion: Zuckerberg's New Diet: Kill Your Own

    Mark Zuckerberg has conquered the world and made half a billion friends along the way, and now he wants to conquer his own dinner. The Facebook founder recently made the bizarre declaration that he plans to only eat meat he kills himself for the time being.

  • Opinion: Day 26: OCR in Google Docs

    There are enough different features and scenarios to explore with Google Docs that 30 Days With...Google Docs only scratches the surface in some ways. For example, here we are with 25 days down and a only a handful to go and we haven't yet examined the OCR (optical character recognition) feature.

  • Opinion: Navigate Office Documents Freely With Office Tab Free

    What's one of the most annoying things about Microsoft Office? How difficult it is to keep track of all the documents you have open. Wouldn't it be nice if you could see them all as separate tabs, in the same way you can see different Web sites in a browser? With Office Tab Free (free), you can do exactly that. It comes in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

  • Opinion: Rumor: Sony NGP Memory Halved to Battle Nintendo 3DS

    I'm sure you've heard Nintendo's 3DS isn't doing as well as Nintendo hoped. There's GameStop, complaining 3DS sales are "lagging from what the expectations were in the US." There's Nintendo, admitting late last month that the system's selling much slower than hoped. And then there's the rest of us, who like the 3DS well enough, but--we're smack in the midst of mainstream opinion here--told you most of the launch games were a letdown, because they were.

  • Opinion: Intel Shrugs at Tablets Messing Up PC, Notebook Sales

    Intel would happily make custom chips for Apple and other rivals, its CFO said Thursday, but hinted that the company doesn't believe the Apple iPad and similar tablets will make much of a dent in laptop sales and thus Intel's core processor business.

  • Opinion: No Wonder Small Businesses Are Confused About the Cloud

    A survey released this week paints an interesting picture of small businesses working in the cloud--and that picture is one of uncertainty.

  • Opinion: Dumping Steve Ballmer: Microsoft's Pros and Cons

    At least one Microsoft investor isn't happy with chief executive Steve Ballmer's performance. David Einhorn, hedge fund manager for Greenlight Capital, called for the Microsoft chief to step down on Wednesday during a speech at an investor conference. Ballmer's presence is the biggest drag on Microsoft's stock, according to Einhorn. The high-profile investor also blamed Ballmer for wasting billions on research and referred to Bing as a "sinkhole," according to The New York Times. Microsoft's stock is widely considered undervalued at under 10 times its expected earnings, according to Reuters.

  • Opinion: An Old Hard Drive and OS in a New PC

    Terry Marshall asked if he could move his old hard drive, unchanged, to his new home-built PC, boot his existing, "very stable" XP installation, and skip Windows 7 altogether.

  • Opinion: Ballmer Needs to Step Down, Says Hedge Fund Manager

    What's the biggest "overhang on Microsoft's stock," according to hedge fund manager David Einhorn? The continued presence of Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer.

  • Opinion: Google Maps Adds Buttons, Gets Foursquare Feel

    Google Maps looks a little bit more like Foursquare this week with new "check-in" and "rate and review" buttons on Place pages. The new buttons feature prominently on each locale's page and make it easy to check in and give a star rating with just two taps.

  • Opinion: Increase the Number of Visible Messages in Gmail

    The other day I told you how to show only unread messages in your Gmail inbox. Part of the reasoning behind that was that older unread mail would often get forced "off the page" by newer messages, thus increasing the chances of it getting overlooked.

  • Opinion: Day 25: Don't Lose Your Google Docs Data

    Now that I have spent the last 24 days prolifically cranking out 30 Days With...Google Docs blog posts and feature articles on various subjects, I have a fair amount of content built up in Google Docs. So, the question I inevitably ask myself is "hey, what happens if Google crashes and my data disappears?"

  • Opinion: Put Sticky Notes on Windows With GumNotes

    Sticky notes are one of a handful of tried and true productivity tools that have successfully made the transition from the "real world" onto our computer monitors. But they must be used in moderation: Having too many little notes plastered all over your desktop can make it difficult to focus. But what if each note had a sense of context? What if your sticky notes came and went intelligently, were right there when you needed them, and gone once you've switched to a different task? That's the value proposition behind GumNotes (free for personal use; a shareware version is available for commercial use).

  • Opinion: Survey: PSN Outage Hasn't Impacted PSN Loyalty

    A confession: I'm not all that likely to use my PlayStation 3 online now that the PlayStation Network's back. Because I'm upset with Sony about the PSN fiasco? Nope. Because I wasn't all that likely to use it before the hacker tsunami hit (nothing to do with the service, which is great, but because I've never been much for competitive gaming anyway).



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