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  • Opinion: How to make your gloves touchscreen capable

    Since winter has officially gone from "Awwww, snow!" to "Dear Lord, will I ever be warm again?" it's time to break out every little trick you have to keep yourself warm: thermal everything everywhere, hot tea, hot coffee, hot chocolate, and never taking your gloves off.

  • Opinion: Honestly, you’ll love Windows 8.1

    Microsoft's latest advertising campaign is almost an admission it made a mistake with Windows 8's new interface.

  • Opinion: Does Your Klout Score Matter?

    Klout is now entering its fifth year. Is the social media scoring service an important indicator of online influence? Or is it just a meaningless number?

  • Opinion: Use your smartphone to check your remote control batteries

    Most standard remote controls send signals to your home theater gear using a beam of infrared light, which a sensor on your hardware picks up. You can't see this beam, but your smartphone's camera can! So, if your remote isn't working right, you can use your phone to check if your remote needs fresh batteries.

  • Opinion: OnePlus' Cyanogen phone will debut in the first half of 2014

    Android's biggest blessing--and its curse--are the wealth of smartphones you can choose from. Some of them don't even run Google's version of Android, but it's nice to have that option--right?

  • Opinion: How to get Justin Bieber out of your Twitter timeline

    A funny thing happened on the Internet Thursday morning. You see, Justin Bieber got busted for drunk driving, driving without a valid license, and resisting arrest, per CNN. So naturally, this is how Twitter responded:

  • Opinion: House hunters can now add Estately's mobile app to their arsenal

    They say the first rule of real estate is location, location, location, which means the second rule of real estate is probably now apps, apps, and apps. Now, alongside the Zillows and Trulia's of the app store you can add Estately.

  • Opinion: What you need to know about SD cards

    Maryam Mousavi asked for information on the many types of SD Cards and how they relate to each other.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: QuickBooks 2014 repairs this and that

    Exactly how does a company go through four releases before the year its software is named for has even arrived? Lots of fixes is something that happens regularly with Quickbooks: R4 was released on December 12, 2013, with numerous bug fixes (advanced pricing and inventory receiving) and some small performance improvements, while Quickbooks 2013 was at a whopping 12 releases last time we checked.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Microsoft covers remote-code execution hole in Word and Office Web Apps

    Th only thing unusual about this month's Microsoft security patches is that one of them, MS14-001 that could allow remote code execution in Word and Office Web Apps. A rarely discussed issue with cloud-based computing is the potential for truly widespread mayhem, averted in this case. Other Microsoft fixes include MS14-003 for the XP/Server 2013 kernel (elevation of privilege) and roughly the same deal for the Window 7/Server 2008 kernel (MS14-004).

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Dropbox improves performance and setup

    Though there wasn't anything particularly severe about the problems in the Dropbox 2.4.x desktop clients, the 2.6.2 version (as per the release notes) improves the speed of the UI quite a bit and offers improved setup--which you don't need if you're satisfied with your current version. You can now handily pause synching from the system tray pop-up and users are no longer unlinked from the online service if they roll back to a previous version. Of course, the only reason most users would want to roll back is a bug. So far, 2.6.2 seems relatively stable.

  • Opinion: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold live chat on Thursday

    If you've ever wanted to ask NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a question, you might get your chance on Thursday, January 23 at 3 PM ET/12 PM Pacific. The man who revealed the startling revelations about the NSA's Prism program and cell phone metadata collection--and inspired a slew of security-focused apps and services--is lining up for his second official question and answer session tomorrow.

  • Opinion: Alienware's sleek, sexy Steam Machine will be impossible to upgrade or customize

    I can't explain it, but over the course of the past two weeks, Alienware's Steam Machine started to look good, even to a devoted PC builder like myself. Moderate price for moderate specs, a sleek and sexy case design--I could almost understand why Valve managing director Gabe Newell was so excited about the thing.

  • Opinion: Click this: All about mechanical keyboards and why you need one

    Keyboards are of two kinds: (1) the cheapo, no-name slabs that are bundled by the millions with PCs, and (2) the ones that are actually worth using--and in most cases, that's a mechanical keyboard. Stalwart friend to gamers and power typists alike, the mechanical keyboard's physical operation and durability make it the gold standard for computer use. It's not the only option out there--good alternatives abound for wireless, ergonomic, and other purposes--but if nothing else, ditching that freebie is something everyone should do. Read on to learn more about why a mechanical keyboard should be in your future.

  • Opinion: Ouch: HP brings Windows 7 'back by popular demand'

    With Windows 8 bearing a good share of the blame for the declining PC market, HP is falling back on Windows 7 for its latest marketing push. The world's second largest computer maker recently began promoting PCs loaded with Windows 7 on its U.S. website, buoyed by an email marketing push.

  • Opinion: The New Cloud Application Design Paradigm

    Most of today's applications, and all of tomorrow's, are built with the cloud in mind. That means yesterday's infrastructure -- and accompanying assumptions about resource allocation, cost and development -- simply won't do.

  • Opinion: The 'closet-sharing' economy: Like thrift shopping without the effort

    As we pine for the warmer days of spring, we begin to resent the sweaters, coats, and boots that have crowded our closets all winter long. But you don't need to spend a fortune to refresh your wardrobe, thanks to clothing-resale sites. Such marketplaces represent the sharing economy's latest attempt at upsetting the established order.

  • Opinion: Lose the Force, Luke: Fitbit hands out refunds to Force users with rashes

    Here's the mildly irritating truth of the developing wearables era: Your favorite wrist gadget might give you a skin rash.

  • Opinion: Master SMS with these 9 basic texting tips

    Nobody uses phones as phones anymore.

  • Opinion: Court's smackdown on net neutrality could hit you right in the pocket

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down most of the FCC's 2010 Open Internet Order on Tuesday, rejecting the FCC's power to impose and enforce network neutrality rules on Internet service providers (ISPs).



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