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  • Opinion: Epson's new office inkjets have a secret weapon: fast PrecisionCore printheads

    I pity the fool who bought a cheap color laser. As the pages crawl out, and the pricey toner supplies run empty, it's already too late to point out that a $400 inkjet offers better speed, print quality, and consumables costs than a like-priced color laser can ever hope to achieve.

  • Opinion: Get back to work! StayFocusd, YouMail and other apps to keep you on task

    Let's face it: working is hard. And getting stuff done, well, that can be the hardest part of it. Especially with so many distractions around. But while technology can be the biggest distraction of all (hello, Facebook!), it also can be a huge time saver. Each week, I'll round up a selection of apps that can help you stay organized, focused, and productive no matter what platform or device you're using.

  • Opinion: Glance is an $80 wearable that puts smart notifications on your existing wristwatch

    You can stop complaining that all the world's smartwatches are too ugly to actually wear. A new $80 smart accessory called Glance puts a small selection of smartwatch-like functions on a thin slab of hardware that slides underneath the band of your existing wristwatch.

  • Opinion: Snowden versus James Bond

    The media spotlight hit Hong Kong last year when former government contractor Edward J Snowden spilled the beans on the NSA's extensive spying program. The youthful tech guru then hightailed it to Russia, where he remains. In April, the Washington Post and Guardian US won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, one of journalism's more prestigious awards, for their articles based on NSA documents leaked by Snowden.

  • Opinion: Soundgarden's Superunknown goes 'super surround sound'

    Does anyone listening to music on their iOS and Android device really care about better-than-MP3 sound quality? I mean really, really, let's-just-buy-one-of-those-uber-high-fidelity-Neil-Young-Pono-music-players care?

  • Opinion: How to protect yourself against Gameover Zeus and other botnets

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) botnet has been taken down in an effort dubbed "Operation Tovar." The action was the result of a multinational effort between government agencies, law enforcement, and private companies to shut down the massive botnet responsible for more than $100 million in losses for victims. The cooperation necessary to take down the botnet is impressive, but there will be more, and it's important for individuals to understand how to avoid falling victim to these threats.

  • Opinion: Turn old PC hardware into a home server with FreeNAS

    PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server?

  • Opinion: Homefront The Revolution preview: Overthrow American occupiers with open-world guerilla warfare

    I'll be honest: I'd sort of forgotten that THQ ever contracted Crytek for a Homefront sequel. I'd definitely forgotten that Crytek then purchased those rights when THQ went bankrupt just so they could finish creating said sequel.

  • Opinion: Ballin' like Ballmer: 9 other tech luminaries who could buy an NBA team

    It seems that newly retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is trading in Clippy for the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Opinion: Metro Redux hands-on: Nuclear winter has never looked so appealing

    Metro 2033, rough as it is around the edges, is one of my favorite games of all time. Metro: Last Light is also a darn fine game. Despite some odd story quirks, both games ooze atmosphere. "Immersion" is an oft-bandied term that has become progressively meaningless, but few other shooters would urge you to stop and watch a fifteen-minute vaudeville act in the middle of the story. Few games would employ a system where your most powerful bullets are also currency, forcing you to make a choice between stopping power and wealth.

  • Opinion: How to create 3D Worksheets in Excel 2013

    One of Excel's greatest tricks is the dimensional or 3D reference. This feature, which allows you to create formulas that refer to the same cell or range on multiple worksheets, simplifies the creation of complex documents like monthly inventories or sales reports. In Excel 2013, Microsoft has beefed it up with enhanced options and formulas.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Wayward Souls

    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: Google launches a tool for testing your ISP's YouTube performance

    At one point or another, everyone has been subject to the dreaded buffering wheel when trying to watch a video on YouTube or Netflix. If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) doesn't provide a fast enough connection, you'll either see endless buffering that interrupts your stream, or your video playback will be limited to a lower resolution. Finding out if your ISP is up to snuff can be a tricky proposition, but a new tool from Google will help you determine the current state of your Internet service, and what you can do to remedy the problem.

  • Opinion: Latest eBay flaw is a rookie mistake for a website

    When it rains it pours for eBay. Less than a week after the popular website revealed it was the victim of a massive data breach and directed users to change their passwords, researchers have discovered that it is vulnerable to serious flaws that could allow an attacker to access user accounts. Individuals need to know how to guard against falling victim to these security issues, and other businesses need to learn from eBay's mistakes and do a better job of protecting resources on the Web.

  • Opinion: ESPN just might start selling Major League Soccer games online...maybe

    ESPN is considering selling access to Major League Soccer (MLS) games online, without requiring viewers to be ESPN subscribers. This means that cord-cutters could access ESPN sports coverage.

  • Opinion: Lookout's latest feature puts phone thieves on alert

    As sensible an idea as a mandatory kill switch feature would be for mobile devices, the people behind the Lookout security app for iOS and Android think that it's not the only thing you can do to safeguard your smartphone from theft.

  • Opinion: Ka-pow! ComiXology rolls out daily free-comics promotion

    If you spent the Memorial Day holiday on a beach or at a barbecue instead of in front of a computer, I've got some bad news: You missed out on a chance to get a free digital comic book. But don't fret--you've still got 19 more chances to build up your digital comics library.

  • Opinion: Only laggards continue to dither on cloud

    Asian business leaders beware -- your position as market leaders have never been at greater risk.

  • Opinion: Meet Ultravisual, an editing geek's photo-sharing app that even amateurs will love

    There are a zillion photo-sharing apps available on any platform you can think of, but they're all pretty straight-forward. Upload a photo, add a filter and a location tag, and post. The iOS app Ultravisual can be just as simple, if that's what you're looking for, but it's also one of the most complicated creating/sharing tools I've used--in a good way.

  • Opinion: Spotify security breach hits just one user, but Android listeners encouraged to update app

    A single Spotify user has become the victim of a security breach, the company said on Tuesday.

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