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  • 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: Google+, Day 8: I'm Not Loving the Circles Interface

    Conceptually, I like Circles. I understand the simple logic of segregating contacts based upon my real life relationships, or the level of personal information I am comfortable sharing with various groups. But, the actual interface of dragging and dropping contacts into different circles? Yeah--I'm over that.

  • Opinion: LinkedIn Changes Social Ads in Response to Gripes

    LinkedIn fired back today after a few days of heavy criticism for its new "social ads" that use information from users' profiles in the ads. LinkedIn Director of Product Management Ryan Roslansky posted a blog entry to clarify issues that had arisen over the newly launched social ads.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 7: Nobody Wants to Claim These Invitations

    Google+ has quickly skyrocketed to 25 million plus users, and invitations to join the coveted limited "Field Trial" of the Google social network are in high demand... or so I thought. They used to be at least. I expected a mad rush to take advantage of my repeated offers to invite readers, but demand has been tepid at best.

  • Opinion: The web ties that bind

    We’re moving inexorably towards an ever-more web-centric way of working and accessing entertainment, but in return we’re giving up more and more of ourselves. It’s free to join, but you may never fully escape Google’s web.

  • Opinion: Facebook Messenger Has Hidden Video Chat Feature

    Facebook Messenger, the social network's new messaging app for iPhone and Android, may soon have a video chat component. Hackers rummaging around in the new smartphone app have discovered traces of a video chat feature that appears to be under development. The hidden service was first reported by 9-to-5 Mac and How To Arena later confirmed similar video chat remnants were in the Android version.

  • 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: Google+, Day 6: Anatomy of a Google+ Post

    Now that I've got my Circles set up, and I've started to figure out the pros and cons of the Circles concept, and we've already covered the "real names" controversy, it is time to move on in the 30 Days With Google+journey. Today, I will take a look at posting on Google+.

  • Opinion: Why Facebook Facial Recognition is Creepy: Redux

    Several months ago I wrote an article called "Why Facebook Facial Recognition is Creepy." It was sparked by a feature Facebook had just rolled out to people--facial recognition, or the ability to identify people in photos.

  • 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.



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