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  • 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.

  • Opinion: See the whole conversation in Lion Mail

    One of the many changes in Lion's edition of Mail is the Gmail-inspired Conversations view. Conversations combines messages from a thread into a simple chronological view. But those conversations are incomplete: by default, messages that you sent are not included. That can make the thread harder to parse. Though Dan Frakes mentioned that you could tweak the default behavior in his Lion Mail review, it's worth spelling out just how to do it. Hints reader nathanator11 did just that.

  • Opinion: Mozilla Gets to Work on Enterprise Firefox Support

    Mozilla's new rapid release schedule may help the best new Firefox features get to market faster, but it's also caused no small amount of consternation among business users of the open source browser. This week, Mozilla took a big step in trying to address that gap.

  • Opinion: Losing Google Labs Means a More Focused Google

    Last week during Google's quarterly earnings call CEO Larry Page laid out a new vision for the company that seemed to signal that the era of Google Labs was at an end. After years of throwing a lot of projects against the wall to see what sticks, Page said that major priority for the company was focus. Page called the approach "more wood behind fewer arrows."

  • Opinion: Texting While Walking Could Get You Fined in Philly

    Pedestrians have enjoyed the right-of-way for too long, the city of Philadelphia has decided. Now, the city is fining those who text while walking without paying attention to the road ahead.

  • Opinion: Proceed With Caution: Google+ Is Forever

    The world is still gaga for Google+. If you are just getting started, or still waiting anxiously for an invitation, though, take a step back and cool your jets. Think carefully before you get too deep into Google+ because you won't be able to change the email address associated with your Google social network...ever.

  • Opinion: Verizon Gets Greedy About Tethering

    As far as Verizon is concerned, tethering is a privilege, not a right. First it blocked tethering apps in the Android Market, and now the carrier's latest over-the-air update for the HTC Thunderbolt disables the phone's hotspot feature. The Thunderbolt had come with free tethering as part of a special promotion. When the freebie period ran out, Verizon promptly reached into users' phones and shut off the spigot.

  • Opinion: Browser Should Manage Your Online ID, Mozilla Says

    Firefox maker Mozilla wants you to give up all your website logins and passwords for a new online identity management system that sits in your browser called BrowserID.

  • Opinion: Netflix Not Surprised by Backlash Over Price Hike

    Netflix knew that price hikes would lead to outrage and cancellations, and the company is showing no signs of backing down to placate critics.

  • Opinion: How to Protect Your Privacy on Google+

    The founder of the social network decided to get a little antisocial on another service. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin all elected to up their privacy settings on Google+.

  • Opinion: Pandora Unveils Redesigned Site

    Over the past several years, Pandora has built up 100 million users, changed how we think about the concept of Internet radio and even gone through an initial public offering, all without ever doing a major redesign or refresh to the Pandora site. That moment has finally come. Pandora is set to undergo a total transformation that will add new features, ditch Flash for a snappier HTML5 design and be more usable, according to the company and some early reports.

  • Opinion: Netflix Alternatives: Other Places You Can Get Streaming Media, DVD Rentals

    Not thrilled with Netflix's announcement to separate streaming and DVD plans and drastically hike up the cost of monthly plan rates? We rounded up stats for a few Netflix alternatives out there so you can decide if you want to pay up or get out.



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