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  • Opinion: How does the government's data collecting program Prism work?

    On the 6th of June the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers broke a story which stated that the American government had been secretly collecting massive amounts of private data about its own citizens, as well as anyone who used services provided by certain US technology companies. These included well known brands as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL, and Skype.

  • Opinion: How to block auto-play videos

    Reader Andy Jensen likes his web browsing to be distraction free. He writes:

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Users report Internet loss with new MacBook Airs

    Apple's latest updates to its MacBook Air laptops have been getting rave reviews for their incredible battery life: the 13-inch model clocks more than 12 hours on a single charge. Unfortunately, these new Airs have also been getting some unwanted attention for a potential Internet connection failure. In particular, numerous users report that their Internet connection drops out within minutes of them getting online. A bit surprisingly, this occurs even though the computer's Wi-Fi connection still shows a normal strong signal.

  • Opinion: Strip away all of YouTube's clutter with Cleanr

    I don't know about you, but whenever I visit YouTube these days, I want to scold it like a child: "Clean up your room!" Because, seriously, what a mess.

  • Opinion: Email overload? Check out SaneBox

    Today I wanted to give you a brief tour of a tool I've been relying on for a while to keep my email inbox under control.

  • Opinion: Add an external drive to your WMP or iTunes music collection

    Kat Korsmo asked how to play music off an external hard in Windows Media Player library. (My answer covers iTunes, as well.)

  • Opinion: Tweak your browser to show YouTube song lyrics

    YouTube makes a great jukebox, whether you use it to stream an entire playlist of songs from your favorite artist or just listen to the occasional modern hit.

  • Opinion: Getting started with Safari

    Throughout these lessons I've casually thrown around such phrases as "launch Safari" and "when you do this, Safari will open and take you to...." And I've felt reasonably confident in doing so because, after all, if you're currently sitting in front of a Mac there's a very good chance that you're reading these words within Apple's Web browser.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Making a PC-smartphone love connection

    Your PC and mobile device don't get to visit very often. In fact, other than special occasions where you're transferring that new album or movie over, they barely talk at all. It's time they reconnect--literally. Luckily, Chrome experimenters are playing matchmaker and hooking them up better than ever with these awesome free games.

  • Opinion: Matchmaking app Tinder is tech's answer to 'How I Met Your Mother'

    "Let me tell you the story of how I met your mother," a father tells his young son, gazing misty-eyed into the distance as he relives the experience. "It was on the iPhone app Tinder. We both swiped to the right."

  • Opinion: How to do smarter file searches in Windows 8

    For me, one of the most awkward aspects of the Windows 8 Start screen (you know, the one with all the tiles) is file management.

  • Opinion: Meet Stanley, the player piano that will play just about any song you tweet to him

    For too long, player piano-human interactions have been a one-way conversation. But thanks to a little techno-tinkering, this no longer need be the case. Sing for Hope Pianos, an annual art project that places 88 piano-based installations throughout New York City, has teamed up with digital boutique agency Digital Kitchen to reinvent the old timey player piano for the social media age. The result: Stanley, the player piano that can read your tweets and play (just about) any song you send his way.

  • Opinion: Gmail tip: Don't forget to check your spam filter

    Before I incur the wrath of non-Gmail users, let me just note that this tip also applies to Hotmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo, and so on. But because I'm a Gmail user myself, and that's where my story begins, that's where I'm putting my focus.

  • Opinion: Bad social media strategy for any business

    Until last month, few had heard of Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro restaurant in the US city of Scottsdale, Arizona. It's a family-owned eatery offering slightly upmarket burgers, pizzas, and cakes.

  • Opinion: Why some Web sites are much slower than others

    John asked why one Web page "comes up right away, while another takes quite a long time to load."

  • Opinion: How to undo accidental browser zoom

    Earlier today my dad called the Hassle-Free Hotline (also known as my home phone number). The poor guy seems to encounter more than his fair share of inadvertant computer problems.

  • Opinion: Use SpeedTest to help diagnose Internet problems

    For the past week or so, I've been trying to pinpoint a problem with my Internet connection.

  • Opinion: The perils of corporate tweeting

    Many enterprise level-tech firms have sophisticated social media strategies. Unfortunately, all it takes is one employee with inflammatory social media skills, and the firm's brand takes a beating.

  • Opinion: The best and easiest ways to search for programs and files in Windows 8

    Randy G. finds Windows 8's search tools a bit confusing. I offer some suggestions.

  • Opinion: How to restore Google Chrome's missing buttons in Windows 8

    Now that I'm running Windows 8 for at least part of my workday (much to my chagrin), I'm doing my best to make it hospitable. And for me, the first step is installing Google Chrome, my preferred Web browser.



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