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  • Opinion: Have a company laptop? Here's how to keep your browsing private

    Sj often takes an office laptop home. He wants to know if "the System admin from my office" can see what websites he visits at home.

  • Opinion: Choose to play for the Light Side or Dark Side in Star Wars: Commander

    In seconds, my ragtag army of troops brought down an AT-AT and a handful of Storm Troopers. Of course, had I chosen the other side, I'd probably wanted to extinguish the Rebel base and stomp out Han Solo before he had a chance to recharge and attack again.

  • Opinion: Even rivals are waiting for Apple to get into wearables

    There may be big expectations for the wearables market, but the reality is that until someone transforms the category -- Apple's the usual suspect -- it won't break out of a very small constituency.

  • Opinion: What Verizon exclusive? HTC's Windows Phone-powered One M8 is coming to AT&T, too

    On the surface, the announcement of a Windows Phone-powered version of HTC's drool-worthy One M8 smartphone was nothing but a good thing. One of the most appealing smartphones in the land embraced Microsoft's mobile operating system! But the news was tainted by a foul note. No, haters, not the inclusion of Windows Phone itself (though it could certainly use some help these days). I'm talking about the phone's reported Verizon exclusivity. Nobody--nobody--ever changes carriers to simply snag a particular phone, so limiting the Windows Phone One M8 to Verizon reeked of giving the phone the kiss of death before it even hit the streets.

  • Opinion: Fix This App: Overcast for iOS

    We spend a lot of time with mobile apps. We know what we like and what we don’t—sometimes within the very same app. Our Fix This App series takes a closer look at a mobile offering that’s not without some flaws and tries to nudge it a little closer to perfection.

  • Opinion: For cheap car nav, go here: BringGo GPS app guides the 2014 Chevy Sonic

    Take a U-Turn.

  • Opinion: Sprint's cut in data prices won't help its network woes

    Sprint's new lower-priced shared data plan sounds ambitious, but analysts say it doesn't go far enough and won't address the carrier's network performance sore spot.

  • Opinion: Reddit is ready for the big screen, thanks to new Xbox One app

    Reddit and Xbox One are together at last, courtesy of the new ReddX app. Launching Tuesday, the app lets Xbox One gamers connect to Reddit.com while they play and talk to other Reddit members at the same time.

  • Opinion: In the future, your cars will be able to talk their way out of trouble

    There's rarely a time I'm behind the wheel of the car when I didn't wish I could communicate directly with the other drivers around me. If I could simply let the Honda Civic with its taillight blinking know that I'm hanging back to let it merge or remind that Ford F-150 that the lane lines separating us are more than just a helpful suggestion, I think it would alleviate some of my driving anxieties.

  • Opinion: Amazon stokes its Fire Phone with Fire OS 3.5.1 software update

    It's not enough to start a fire--you got to feed it too. Amazon is feeding its Fire Phone a handful of new features with the Fire OS 3.5.1 software update. The update will be automatically downloaded and installed to your Fire Phone over Wi-Fi. Or if you're the impatient type (where's the Fire... OS), you can manually download it to your computer, connect your Fire Phone with a USB cable, and install it yourself. If you want to see which version of Fire OS you have, head to Settings > Device > Install System Updates to check.

  • Opinion: Supervalu breach shows why move to smartcards is long overdue

    The data breach disclosed by Supervalu is another reminder about why the ongoing migration of the U.S. payment system to smartcard technology can't happen fast enough.

  • Opinion: The iPhone's sapphire future comes into focus

    This may be anathema for someone in the business of writing about tech to say, but I'm not all that interested in iPhone rumors. Shipping products are what grab my attention, not unicorns and phantasms. The minute Tim Cook holds up the new device is the minute it's worthwhile to start examining features and specs, and all the speculation ahead of time is usually just the noise separating one Apple press event from the next.

  • Opinion: Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios not quite dead yet

    Like an unexpected twist in one of the original programs it had hoped to produce, Microsoft's recently shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios may come back from the dead. That's according to an August 14 story in the Hollywood Reporter, which says Warner Bros. may be in the frame to revive Microsoft's attempt to create video content for its gaming console.

  • Opinion: The Premier League has had it up to here with all your soccer Vines

    England's Premier League is a waving a red card at fans who plan on recording goals and posting the six-second clips to Vine.

  • Opinion: Girl power: 10 films full of remarkable women, streaming on Netflix

    It's no secret that the movie business has long been a men's club, but it doesn't have to be that way. These 10 films, currently streaming on Netflix, show that great things can happen when men and women work together to create more opportunities for women behind the scenes and in front of the camera. And adding some truly interesting female characters never hurts, either. In fact, we found so many performances worth celebrating that there's a bonus list of 10 more girl-power films at the bottom.

  • Opinion: FAA says Lyft-like platforms for private planes are illegal

    Private plane pilots and the high-flying ballers who book seats on their aircraft can no longer use Lyft-like platforms to buy and sell seats. The Federal Aviation Administration put the kibosh on startups that let pilots advertise rides on their tiny planes in exchange for gas money. I don't know about you, but I hate sharing my jets anyway.

  • Opinion: Samsung to acquire SmartThings, the open connected home platform

    The bigger the ship, the slower it is to turn, and Samsung is a really, really big ship. The massive company makes everything from smartphones and tablet to appliances and TVs--if you suddenly decided to upgrade everything in your home that has a power cable, chances are you could replace a good 90 percent of it with stuff made by Samsung.

  • Opinion: YouTube starts cleaning up its streaming apps, starting with Xbox One

    Xbox One users should spend less time hunting and pecking and more time streaming videos to the big screen, thanks to a just-released update to YouTube's app for the gaming console. And other set-top boxes and gaming consoles will soon follow suit.

  • Opinion: How risky will it be to run old IE after Microsoft's 2016 patch stoppage?

    Microsoft's decision to stop patching older versions of Internet Explorer in 17 months may not be as big a show-stopper as many assume.

  • Opinion: Twitter promises to fix policies after bullies target Robin Williams's daughter

    Twitter champions freedom of speech and allows its users anonymity, but that hands-off approach comes at a cost: Many users, especially women, face constant abuse on the network. One high-profile incident might finally spur Twitter to action.

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