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  • Opinion: Google+, Day 3: Filling In the Circles

    On Day 2 of 30 Days With Google+ I walked through the setting up a Google+ profile once you get an invitation to join the limited Field Trial. Having done that, though, it is now time to start adding some contacts to make it a social network instead of just a profile page. To add contacts in Google+, I first have to grasp the Circles concept.

  • Opinion: Zuckerberg's Sister Exits Facebook to Start Own Business

    After six years as Facebook's director of marketing, Randi Zuckerberg -- the sister of the social networking giant's CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg -- is leaving the company to start a business of her own.

  • 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: Internet Explorer IQ Story Called a Hoax

    Looks like I'm the dumb one for reporting that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs on average, because the story appears to be a hoax.

  • Opinion: Add Convenient Print Preview for Firefox

    Parker3 asked the Web Browsing and Email forum how to put a Print Preview icon on the Firefox toolbar.

  • Opinion: Would you announce your pregnancy on Facebook?

    It used to be that you could guess someone's age by the music they liked, or the clothes they wore. These days, its their approach to sharing information on Facebook.

  • Opinion: How Microsoft Plans to Beat Google With Bing

    Bing is a big money-loser for Microsoft, shedding billions of dollars per year, but the company is far from giving up on beating Google in the search engine wars.

  • Opinion: ISP Data-Retention Bill Rankles Privacy Advocates

    A proposed law designed to fight child pornography has rankled privacy advocates because it would require Internet service providers to keep 12-month logs of customers' names, credit card information and other identifying information that are tied to temporarily assigned network addresses.

  • Opinion: Great Timewasters: 5 Videos to Enhance Your Weekend

    There are a lot of videos on YouTube, and even more on other sites spread out across the Internet. So instead of searching far and wide for good trailers, how-to videos, tech reviews or what have you, just let the professionals do the work. Here are five from his catalogue to brighten your weekend.

  • Opinion: Google+ Usage Declines: 5 Reasons Why

    The time people spend on Google+ is declining as well as traffic to the site, if we are to believe the latest third-party usage numbers on the nascent social network. Accurate or not, for me the statistics ring true as I examine my own arc of interest in Google+.

  • 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: Cornell Software Learns How to Spot Fake Online Reviews

    Unless you're really gullible, you must assume that some online user reviews on sites like Amazon and Yelp are fake. But can you spot them?

  • Opinion: Luminate Aims to Turn Web Images into Mini-Apps

    The company formerly known as Pixazza has rebranded itself as Luminate and launched a new platform to help turn all the Web's images into mini-apps. It's cool technology with plenty of potential, but it seems destined to become the next thing to spam up the Web even more.

  • Opinion: Nine Creepy Apps

    There was an old Andy Griffith episode involving a stranger who arrived in Mayberry and knew so much about the townspeople and the goings-on of the town that it was as if he’d lived there for years. Everyone was mystified, but it turned out that the stranger was getting his information from the local paper, which he’d been receiving in the mail.

  • Opinion: Why the mobile software world needs Boot to Gecko

    Mozilla's attempt to create an open, web-based OS for mobile devices can only be a good thing for software developers. Here's why.

  • Opinion: Walmart Offers New Streaming Video Purchases

    Walmart today launched a new service on its website that gives customers the option to purchase either a physical copy or a digital download for thousands of its video releases. The new service, offered in conjunction with Vudu, marks Walmart's entry into the streaming video industry.

  • Opinion: How To Unlock the Hidden Facebook iPad App (Again)

    Yesterday, after Facebook accidentally leaked their long-overdue official iPad app, the blogosphere erupted with instructions on how to unlock the hidden app. Facebook quickly responded by blocking Facebook for iPad. Clearly there is a lot of interest in the app, because today hacker chpwn released a tool called FaceForward that re-enables the hidden feature.

  • Opinion: Adjust the size of Mail sidebar icons

    Mail looks pretty different in Lion: it's got a new layout, a variety of new interface elements, and a revamped sidebar, too. Hints reader michaelj wasn't thrilled with that last one: He found that his mailbox icons were displayed much larger in the sidebar than he'd prefer. It turns out that Mail's sidebar icons are (bizarrely) linked to the size of the icons in the Finder's sidebar. Really. Here's the fix:

  • Opinion: Extract essential email data

    It’s not uncommon to receive email messages jammed with important links and addresses. If you often wish you could save these bits of information without having to archive (and search through) the messages that contain them, you'll be happy to hear that Lion’s version of Automator makes it possible.

  • Opinion: Stream Video from Windows Media Center to iPhone or iPad

    One of the limitations of using Windows Media Center as my DVR is that there's no easy way to watch recorded TV shows and movies on my mobile devices. Specifically, Microsoft's WTV files (the format used for said recordings) aren't compatible with my iPhone, iPod, or iPad. And anyway, they consume too much space to be practical for mobile viewing.



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