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  • Opinion: Some files need encryption and some files don't

    Andre De Beer asked if certain files on his hard drive need encryption. Some do and some don't.

  • Opinion: Totally rad films from the '80s and '90s on Netflix

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, people rented videos from video stores. There was the battle between Beta and VHS, as well as other weird formats, like Super-VHS and the Videodisc. Then there was the Laserdisc, which only caught on with die-hard collectors, but began featuring things like widescreen and director's commentary tracks. Perhaps only the most visionary souls could have possibly foreseen the days when these movies could be watched instantly, at the push of a button, from a computer or even a smartphone. Yet here they are. And guess what--some of the movies from those bygone decades are still pretty good.

  • Opinion: Blackshades: how Police cracked down on the hackers

    Blackshades is a nasty form of creepware that can take control of a computer remotely and give hackers a dangerous amount of access to your data. A worldwide law enforcement operation this month caught the creators of the software, and arrested many who were engaged in criminal use. We explore the story, and see what damage Blackshades wreaked.

  • Opinion: How to delete or disable your Facebook account

    Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an article we originally published on September, 30, 2013.

  • Opinion: PopVote, CloudFlare trump DDoS attack

    Popular events on the Internet tend to jam channels solid. Rugby Sevens tickets, collectible dolls, what-have-you...when popularity spikes, cyberdemand overwhelms servers. Massive e-tailers like Amazon or Taobao, for example, use scalability at high levels when their traffic spikes during seasonal events.

  • Opinion: Google's Smarty Pins turns Maps into a game that tests your trivia and geography skills

    Geography fans take note: Google has laid down the cartographical gauntlet. The company recently introduced a Google Maps-based game called Smarty Pins that pits your knowledge of global geography against time and Google's endless pot of knowledge.

  • Opinion: How to troubleshoot your Chromebook's internet connection

    Network issues are bad, but they're worse with a Chromebook. Chromebooks thrive on an active Internet connection, even though apps are being developed for offline use. When that connection is severed, the Chromebook can be like a fish out of water.

  • Opinion: Facebooks News Feed experiment: Not the end of the world

    When I first heard that Facebook was messing with our emotions by manipulating the stories some users saw in their News Feed, my first thought was: Duh.

  • Opinion: Get tough on stubborn programs with Revo uninstaller

    It's rare these days, but every now and again you'll come across a Windows program that refuses to uninstall. About three weeks ago, while doing research for this column, it happened to me. I downloaded a desktop program for mapping local Wi-Fi networks, but try as I might I couldn't get the darn thing off my PC.

  • Opinion: Ouya console reveals $60 subscription for all-you-can-eat Android gaming

    The Ouya hit store shelves just over 12 months ago, and well, it's been an interesting year for the Android-based microconsole to say the least. There've been a few great games (Towerfall, Duck Game), the company released what's basically an Ouya 1.5, and the Ouya "platform" has been licensed out to other set top boxes rather than staying exclusive to the actual Ouya hardware.

  • Opinion: Call me easy: Dodge Dart GT uses huge touchscreen to handle phone tasks

    When you're leaving on an eight-hour drive across two states using a 2014 Dodge Dart GT, you wouldn't normally announce to your Twitter followers that you're taking phone calls for the day. But I had phone features to test.

  • Opinion: Hands-on with Tsum Tsum, Disney's Japanese Plush-Inspired Mobile Game

    Disney's merchandising prowess has been honed over decades of successful tie-ins to movies and television shows alike, but it's when the Mouse House thinks outside the box that it produces some of its most compelling goods. Perhaps the best example in recent years is the collectible Vinylmation figure line, which took its cues from designer vinyl toys without losing its cool in the commercialization.

  • Opinion: How to set up Parallels Access on your PC

    Parallels Access allows users to control their PC or Mac remotely with their mobile devices. While the service only supported iOS after its initial launch a year ago, Android support was added with the release of Parallels Access 2.0 in mid-June.

  • Opinion: Calendar companions: Extend the power of your native calendar with these apps

    Sure, your phone and tablet have their own calendar apps that can help you manage your schedule. But there are other options, too. A variety of third-party calendar apps--many of them free--are available, offering smart features, such as social network support, integrated tasks, and customization that your standard calendar lacks.

  • Opinion: More app install ads are coming to your Twitter Timeline

    Twitter has been testing a new type of ad in your Timeline for a few months now, and it's been such a hit for the network that you'll be seeing a whole lot more of them. The mobile app install ads should look familiar--Facebook has been raking in money from similar types of ads in your News Feed.

  • Opinion: Today Aereo, tomorrow Dish? Broadcasters hope for a slippery slope

    The Supreme Court's ruling against Aereo last week may have done more than just shutter the fledgling streaming service. It's now being cited by broadcast networks in legal battles with other providers of streaming video.

  • Opinion: The right to be forgotten online

    Having everything you’ve ever posted or shared always being searchable by almost anyone is a frightening thought. A new ruling in the EU court of Justice has instituted a right to be forgotten, but how will Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other search companies cope with the implications?

  • Opinion: How to stop Facebook experimenting on you

    Facebook's in the firing line this week for running psychological experiments on 689,000 of its users back in 2012. Sounds scary, right? Well...

  • Opinion: What to do when a second hard drive bricks your PC

    Mahenthiran K installed a second hard drive into his PC. The computer should still boot from the original drive, but it doesn't boot at all.

  • Opinion: How Android TV will make Chromecast better

    When Google announced Android TV this week, the search giant was quick to note that Chromecast isn't going away. Android TV devices will actually have Chromecast support built-in, providing the same features as Google's $35 streaming dongle with no extra effort by developers.



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