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  • Opinion: How to use Getty's vast collection of newly free pictures on your website

    Faced with insurmountable piracy of its product, one of the world's foremost image repositories is trying a radical new way to convert pirates into licensees. Getty Images recently launched a new program that allows anyone to embed a wide variety of the stock photo agency's images into their websites for the low, low price of absolutely free.

  • Opinion: How to use Chrome's coming voice search feature today

    Welcome to perceptual computing. Google recently added hands-free voice search to the beta build of the Chrome browser, a new feature that allows you to simply say "Ok Google" and then dictate your search terms to their browser (assuming your PC has a microphone, of course).

  • Opinion: Google's latest search feature lets you know what's cooking

    Google wants to take the mystery out of ordering a meal. Over the weekend, the search giant rolled out a feature that now lets you search for the specific menus of assorted eateries and restaurants.

  • Opinion: Netflix hacks up a sleep detector to pause while you snooze

    Falling asleep to a movie on Netflix is a wonderful feeling, but one that can turn to frustration the next day as you try to figure out where you left off.

  • Opinion: The Oscars will be streaming, but big restrictions apply

    ABC will live stream the Academy Awards for the first time on March 2, but plenty of viewers will be left out of the festivities.

  • Opinion: How to clean up the mess left by browser toolbars

    You would think that in 2014, we'd have put all the web shenanigans of the 1990s and early aughts behind us, but you'd be wrong--at least for Windows users. Download a desktop app like AVG, Skype, or Vuze and these programs will try to sneak toolbars onto your system or change your default home page and browser. Yuck.

  • Opinion: Read it and swipe: The best social news app for every reader

    There's nothing quite like unfolding a newspaper, scanning the day's headlines, and diving into a local news story or an image-rich feature. It's a wholly immersive experience that ends with your brain full of knowledge and your fingertips covered in ink.

  • Opinion: How to stream the Olympic Winter Games

    The XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, kicks off on Thursday, and you'll surely want to tune in for some of the action. Skeleton toboggans? Check. Jamaican bobsled team? Yeah mon. And did you see the Norwegian men's curling team's uniforms? I'm so there.

  • Opinion: Extra, extra: Facebook's Paper hits stands

    Facebook's attempt at reinvention has arrived: Paper, an iOS app that turns your News Feed into a newspaper, is now available for download.

  • Opinion: How to get Justin Bieber out of your Twitter timeline

    A funny thing happened on the Internet Thursday morning. You see, Justin Bieber got busted for drunk driving, driving without a valid license, and resisting arrest, per CNN. So naturally, this is how Twitter responded:

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Dropbox improves performance and setup

    Though there wasn't anything particularly severe about the problems in the Dropbox 2.4.x desktop clients, the 2.6.2 version (as per the release notes) improves the speed of the UI quite a bit and offers improved setup--which you don't need if you're satisfied with your current version. You can now handily pause synching from the system tray pop-up and users are no longer unlinked from the online service if they roll back to a previous version. Of course, the only reason most users would want to roll back is a bug. So far, 2.6.2 seems relatively stable.

  • Opinion: The 'closet-sharing' economy: Like thrift shopping without the effort

    As we pine for the warmer days of spring, we begin to resent the sweaters, coats, and boots that have crowded our closets all winter long. But you don't need to spend a fortune to refresh your wardrobe, thanks to clothing-resale sites. Such marketplaces represent the sharing economy's latest attempt at upsetting the established order.

  • Opinion: How to prevent strangers on Google+ from flooding your Gmail inbox

    If you use Google+ and Gmail, Google is about to open your email account to a whole new level of spam. A new feature rolling out over the next couple of days makes it possible for any Google+ user to email you, as long as they follow you on Google+--they don't need to know your actual email address, and you don't even have to follow them back. And to make it even worse, Google took the Facebook approach by turning on the new feature by default.

  • Opinion: Create a website the easy way

    Gabe Tockatly asked about an easy and inexpensive way to create a website.

  • Opinion: Does the UK need an internet porn filter?

    BT has just enabled its porn filter, and Virgin will do the same later in 2014. But is ISP filtering the right way to go? We also look at how Google and Microsoft are blocking certain searches.

  • Opinion: Blocked! User outrage spurs Twitter to reverse policy change

    Twitter quietly changed its blocking policy on Thursday, but the ensuing user outrage caused the company to quickly backtrack and apologize for the change.

  • Opinion: Why Snapchat will never be worth $3 billion

    It was the number that ricocheted across the Internet, a number so large it couldn't be real: 3 billion. Dollars. In cash. Facebook reportedly offered that tidy sum for Snapchat, the disappearing-message app that has become tech's most sought-after startup.

  • Opinion: How to change your email address without losing your friends

    Mohammad Anwar has to change his email address. He asked for advice on handling the transition.

  • Opinion: How to report spam and other violations on Facebook

    Facebook can be a source of amusement--and annoyance. Spam. Obnoxious faux-inspirational quotes. Ill-informed political opinions. Personalized ads that are totally irrelevant to you. Luckily for you, Facebook makes it easy to block posts that bug you and report them if necessary.

  • Opinion: Google Chrome experiment takes you on a stunning tour of Tolkien's Middle-earth

    Google is continuing its HTML-based journey through imaginary lands. After a trip to the land of Oz in February, Google is now taking us for a tour of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth with a new Chrome experiment. The immersive "A Journey through Middle-earth" lets you wander across important locales from Tolkien's "The Hobbit," including Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur.



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