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  • Opinion: Learn to Program With Code Academy

    Did you ever want to be a huge nerd your whole life, but didn't know where to start? Don't have the shelf space for the O'Reilly books, or found the various "in a nutshell" books too dry? I think Code Academy has an offer you can't refuse.

  • Opinion: Post-Jobs, Apple Needs to Open Up

    There's no denying that the departure of Steve Jobs as Apple CEO is the end of an era. It's difficult to think of any other leader as synonymous with a brand as he has been.

  • Opinion: Is Cloud-Based Backup Safe?

    Melissa has her doubts about backing up online. "With hackers now able to hack into government and large holding companies' computers, wouldn't I also be at risk?"

  • Opinion: Design a Vegetable Garden With PlanGarden

    As someone who gets itchy (green) thumbs around mid-winter, PlanGarden sounds like my dream software. Starting with a plot size as large as five acres, you can use PlanGarden ($20, limited demo) to draw your envisioned garden beds, lay out all of your imagined plants including plant spacings, set frost dates and indoor starting dates, and start a daily PlanGarden log. When you're ready to plant, use PlanGarden to track varieties, amount planted (by plant, row, or area), date planted, and estimated days to harvest. PlanGarden has a harvest log too, so you can track how much you gather from each plant. Unfortunately, overly basic features and a clumsy interface make PlanGarden somewhat less than dreamy.

  • Opinion: Star Wars Coins Are Legal Tender In New Zealand

    The New Zealand Mint has taken one innovative step to saving the economy, and the galaxy! The government body has introduced a new line of coins that feature an assortment of Star Wars characters.

  • Opinion: Did Microsoft Trick Google Into Buying Motorola?

    The media has been abuzz all week with news and analysis of the Google-Motorola deal. When all of the dust settles on the business logic behind the deal, or its impact on pending Android patent infringement, or what it means for the future of Google TV, the company that gains the most from this new relationship may just be Microsoft.

  • Opinion: InterFAX Adds Faxing From Google Docs

    As much as it baffles me that fax machines still exist in the 21st century, I still have a handful of business contacts who rely on--nay, stubbornly insist on--fax machines for important business communications. While this has become rare in the tech world, where sentient beings have long since abandoned faxes for PDFs and email, many independent contractors in a variety of fields still force their clients to fax important documents.

  • Opinion: Zynga Reportedly Buys Astro Ape

    Zynga has acquired mobile games start-up Astro Ape, according to Business Insider, which notes that Astro Ape employees are changing their place of employment on LinkedIn.

  • Opinion: Amazon AWS GovCloud: Lessons for the Private Sector

    Amazon introduced a new cloud service aimed specifically at the United States government this week. Although the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud is targeted at government agencies, there are also some valuable lessons for private sector businesses and IT admins to learn about cloud servers and data storage.

  • Opinion: It's Clear Why Software Patents Need to Disappear

    If there's any lesson to be learned from Google's news-making activities these past few days, it's that software patents are a problem.

  • Opinion: Google-Motorola Deal: Pundits Weigh In

    Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility is a brilliant move that will stave off Android's patent attackers. Or it's act of desperation that will force Android phone makers to adopt rival platforms. Or it was simply something that Google had to do, for better or worse.

  • Opinion: Visual Thesaurus: Useful for All, Great for Word Nerds

    For over a century and a half, folks searching for just the right synonym to express an idea would reach for a thesaurus, which is essentially a well-indexed book containing lists of related words. The problem has always been (and continues even with today’s popular Web-based versions) that it’s all too easy to use the wrong word in the list. For instance, suppose you were writing the sentence, “The child touched the dog.” Looking up “touch” in a traditional thesaurus, the list of synonyms would include “abut,” “tag,” “kiss,” “verge,” “hint,” etc. In other words, with no guidance or understanding of the nuances involved, many people have ended up looking quite silly or even saying the direct opposite of what they meant. Subscription-based Web tool Visual Thesaurus ($3/month or $20/year) sweeps away these problems.

  • Opinion: Instant Coupons Change Discounts For Small Businesses

    LivingSocial, the largest daily deal site behind Groupon, has rolled out an interesting way to purchase your next burrito, yoga class, or massage appointment. It's called LivingSocial Instant, modeled after Groupon's Now coupons, which are served to mobile users for short periods of time. If you're walking by an ice cream shop, for example, a LivingSocial Instant coupon could ping your mobile phone, via an app, that you have an hour to get 50 percent off a banana split.

  • Opinion: Stop Gmail From Downloading Too Many Messages

    Recently I helped a family member set up a new PC, which included installing Windows Live Mail 2011 and configuring it for use with her Gmail account. Just one problem: she has something like 75,000 messages in this account, and Live Mail insisted on downloading them all. Needless to say, the program choked on that much mail; it was barely operable.

  • Opinion: Researchers Genetically Engineer Glowing Dog

    Researchers have done something so astounding that it will make your heart jump a beat--they have genetically engineered a glow-in-the-dark dog. The transgenic dog was created in South Korea at Seoul National University which boasts one of the World's only strictly genetic engineering curricula. The research is more than a Halloween trick and could lead to medical breakthroughs in curing a variety of illnesses.

  • Opinion: Luxury Plug-in Hybrid Debuts

    Big investments are being made in green technology, which could spell hefty returns for the automobile industry and its backers as the first batch of the much-anticipated 2012 Fisker Karma rolls off the line.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Pokes Fun at Google in Video: 'The GMailman'

    Microsoft may have taken another swing at Google and, more specifically, Gmail in the form of a spoof video that was allegedly shown to rally the Office 365 salesforce at the Microsoft Global Exchange conference last week.

  • Opinion: Download a Free Home-Inventory Spreadsheet

    In recent weeks I've had something of a wake-up call: several friends and family members have had their houses broken into and some expensive possessions stolen. I'm talking laptops, big-screen TVs, and the like. This got me wondering how prepared I'd be if the same thing happened to me. For example, would I be able to provide serial numbers to the police? And how could I prove my losses to my insurance company?

  • Opinion: Apple iPad, Day 24: Securing and Protecting the iPad

    30 Days With the iPad: Day 24

  • Opinion: AT&T Customers Attempt to Block T-Mobile Merger

    AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile isn't just making industry rivals uneasy, it's also spurring resistance from customers.



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