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  • Opinion: Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

    Union Street Guest House in upstate New York made a grave social media mistake and now its Yelp rating might never recover.

  • Opinion: Hands-on: miniLock's powerful file encryption is dead simple to use

    The creator of Cryptocat, Nadim Kobeissi, is back with another easy-to-use encryption tool. This time it's a Chrome app that aims to make it easy to create and share single encrypted files with others. Called miniLock, the app is freely available on the Chrome Web Store.

  • Opinion: Back up and sync between your home and travel PCs

    Carol-Anne Croker wants to know two things: How best to sync files between two computers, and how to back up the more portable PC on the road.

  • Opinion: I spent $0 playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and I have 7.9 million fake Twitter followers

    Now that Glu Mobile's latest game--Kim Kardashian: Hollywood--has been dubbed by the New York Times an "unlikely mobile video game hit" (it rakes in $700,000 a day), I can finally play it without feeling judged.

  • Opinion: It's baaaack: Flappy Bird flies again on the Amazon Appstore

    Does anyone still care about Flappy Bird? It's been nearly six months since creator Dong Nguyen unceremoniously yanked the simplistic game, saying it was for people's own good.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Broken Age

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

  • Opinion: Going on a trip? Keep a travel diary with Bonjournal

    Earlier this summer, I took a glorious three-week vacation to Scandinavia, trekking across three countries and trying to swim in as many fjords (and other bodies of water) as humanly possible. Apps were an essential part of planning my trip and organizing my exhausting itinerary (bless you, TripIt), but I wanted to use something else to document my experiences. And because I'm a sucker for journaling (maybe--just maybe--it has something to do with my profession), I was instantly drawn to Bonjournal.

  • Opinion: The one LinkedIn profile tip everyone should know: Use Work Samples to show off your achievements

    Everyone has a LinkedIn profile now, so yours needs to stand out--and there's one simple way to do it that a lot of people still don't bother to do. It's called Work Samples. It's a relatively new feature in LinkedIn (especially if you're one of those people that doesn't look at your profile that often--ahem!), and it can turn your profile from a plain old e-resume into a more visually rich representation of you and your best work.

  • Opinion: Facebook gives up on Gifts, again

    Facebook is still trying to figure out how to get you to buy stuff from your News Feed, but one experiment that didn't quite pan out was Facebook Gifts. The social network is shutting down the service on August 12, Recode reported, after underwhelming users with digital gift cards.

  • Opinion: Comic-Con: iPads are mainstream, but there's still digital drama

    I've been reading comics on and off since I was a kid, and I went to college in San Diego, yet I never attended San Diego Comic-Con International until the release of the iPad. I was drawn by the impact that device would have on the comics industry, and sure enough, over the past five years there's been massive change.

  • Opinion: Streaming music pioneer Rhapsody finally hits 2 million subscriptions

    It took Rhapsody--the RealNetworks' spinoff that pioneered the flat-fee online music subscription business--10 years to hit the million subscriber mark in December 2011. It only took from then to today for Rhapsody to achieve 2 million subs. That's progress!

  • Opinion: EA announces $5/mo. games subscription plan for Xbox One

    With its free game giveaway program On the House only a few months old, on Tuesday EA announced yet another way it plans to disrupt traditional game sales--EA Access.

  • Opinion: Virtual servers still face real security threats

    Don't let the word "virtual" in virtual servers fool you. You're the only one who knows it's virtual. From the perspective of the virtual server itself, the devices connected to it, applications running on it, end-users connecting to it, or security threats trying to compromise it, the server is very, very real. A new survey from Kaspersky Labs found that many IT professionals understand that securing virtual environments is important, but don't fully understand the threats or how to properly defend against them.

  • Opinion: How free Wi-Fi could be stealing your data

    Free Wi-Fi spots are a very handy way to get online without using up your monthly 3G or 4G allowance, but are they genuine? Be careful of using unsecured hotspots, especially when conducting your private affairs. Here's how your data could be stolen and used against you.

  • Opinion: 5 things we want to see in Android M

    Android L isn't out yet but here's what we want to see from Android M.

  • Opinion: How to install (or replace) a case fan

    Many of the chips inside a typical PC generate a lot of heat and require some form of active cooling to remain stable.

  • Opinion: Fleksy Android keyboard adds premium themes

    Premium themes for third-party Android keyboards are getting to be a thing now. Just a few weeks ago SwiftKey announced it would start selling stylish keyboard skins, and now, competitor Fleksy is following suit.

  • Opinion: Watch Doom being played on a hacked ATM

    It's hard to make ATMs more thrilling then they already are, seeing as how they're designed to spit money at you. But a team of tinkering Australians has done just that by modifying an ATM to play Doom. Yes, that Doom, the demon-blasting game that gave the world a taste for first-person shooters.

  • Opinion: Cast of Firefly reunites for Firefly: Online game

    We may never see another episode of Firefly, Joss Whedon's cult classic space-western show that Fox aired 11 episodes of before unceremoniously canceling the whole thing because Men In Suits Just Don't Understand. Put it up there next to Party Down, Freaks And Geeks, and Dead Like Me on the list of everlasting injustices. But now, Firefly fanatics are being tossed a might big bone: Firefly Online--a video game based on the series.

  • Opinion: Why Amazon Locker is better than home delivery

    It's a lot of fun to order things from Amazon, even aside from the primal pleasure of acquiring new stuff. If you have a bad memory for details, it can be like receiving presents from somebody who knows exactly what you want. Or what you wanted last week, anyway. And the presents are traditionally delivered directly to your front door, which is great.



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