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  • 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).

  • Opinion: Test May Lead to TV Delivered Via Laptop or Game Console

    Comcast is testing a system that would let users replace their set-top box with any Internet-ready device, like a laptop or video game console.

  • Opinion: AT&T to Launch LTE Service in Five Cities This Summer

    AT&T CTO John Stankey announced that his company's new LTE wireless service, which is said to be ten times faster than 3G service, will roll out in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas sometime this summer. He made the announcement this morning at a Barclays Capital conference.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone Mango Handsets: What to Expect

    Some big changes are on the way for Microsoft's Windows Phones, thanks to the Mango update coming this fall, but what about hardware?

  • Opinion: Skype's Asterisk Move Begins Its Closed Future

    When Microsoft announced its purchase of Skype earlier this month, it took great pains to affirm its commitment to continuing support for the technology on platforms other than Windows.

  • Opinion: Dirt-Cheap E-Readers: How Low Can They Go?

    The $100 e-reader is already here but there's even better days ahead because the $50 e-reader isn't far off.

  • Opinion: Unite Microsoft Office With Google Docs

    Wouldn't it be great if you could combine the best of Microsoft Office and Google Docs? Imagine the feature set and usability of Office with the ability of Google Docs to store documents in the cloud and share them. With Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, that's exactly what you get. This free add-in for Microsoft Office, which hails from Google, lets you save your Office documents to Google Docs, where you can use them as you would normally.

  • Opinion: Day 24: Google Docs Drawing vs. Microsoft Visio

    There is another tool buried in Google Docs that we haven't yet looked at during our 30 Days With...Google Docs--Drawing. The Microsoft Office equivalent, or counterpart, would be Visio, although Visio is an additional purchase that is not part of the Microsoft Office bundles.



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