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  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Rumor has it

    Rumors abound of Apple updating every single product line at next week’s media event, even as the company apparently winds down its relationship with Samsung. Elsewhere, the iPod nano is dissected … for science! The remainders for Tuesday, October 16, 2012 are a tale told by idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  • Opinion: Exploring iCloud Backup

    Now that we've settled into Mountain Lion, the iPhone 5, and iOS 6, it's time we devoted several minutes to a feature that's common to all of them--iCloud syncing and backup. I'm joined in that devotion by staff writer Lex Friedman who recently penned How to Free Up iCloud Storage Space, available right here on Macworld.com.

  • Opinion: Chips off a new block

    Time was when the processor wars raged between Intel and AMD. New skirmishes are now breaking out in the smartphone and tablet mobile world, with Intel determined to make its presence known by doggedly reducing the size and power requirements of the ageing PC chip architecture.

  • Opinion: The Rolodex, fax machines, and other things that may soon be extinct

    Evolution is a harsh reality of technology. There is constantly a "next best thing" on the horizon, and brand new gadgets often seem obsolete by the time you get them out of the box. There are some concepts and technologies, though, which have outlived their usefulness years ago, and should probably be extinct but refuse to die.

  • Opinion: Box Accelerator streamlines cloud data uploads

    One of the biggest problems faced by cloud storage users is upload speed. It's an issue, however, that just became much less of a concern for Box customers thanks to Box Accelerator.

  • Opinion: Directly downloading Dropbox files

    Reader Dwayne Norris has a problem with Dropbox links. He writes:

  • Opinion: Western Digital's 5mm hybrid drives pave way for slimmer Ultrabooks

    With Western Digital's upcoming 5 mm hybrid hard drives, future Ultrabooks won't have to sacrifice so much slimness for more storage.

  • Opinion: Why your data needs more than a WD My Passport Edge drive

    WD--a subsidiary of Western Digital--unveiled new portable drives today. The My Passport Edge drives are sleek, and they're affordable. But, depending on how you intend to use a portable drive, or what type of data you plan to store on it, the My Passport Edge drives might not be the way to go.

  • Opinion: WD launches new portable hard drives for Windows PCs, Macs

    Western Digital subsidiary WD recently unveiled two sleek, thin 500GB portable external hard drives for Mac and Windows PC users. The two new drives, and the My Passport Edge for Mac, both feature USB 3.0 connectivity for transfer rates of up to 5 Gigabits per second. The two drives are also slim, measuring 0.40 inches and 0.50 inches in depth, for the Mac and Windows versions, respectively. Both are also pretty light, weighing close to the 4.9-ounce iPhone 4S at 4.8 ounces for the Windows version and 5.76 ounces for the Mac one.

  • Opinion: Coming Soon to Linux: Nvidia Optimus Graphics Support

    Nvidia may have joined the Linux Foundation earlier this year, but its Optimus switching technology, commonly used as a power-saving mechanism in many laptops, has remained a sticking point for many Linux users.

  • Opinion: Learn More About Your Laptop's Battery Status

    I first wrote about this utility a few years ago, and with the imminent arrival of Windows 8, I figured it was time for another look.

  • Opinion: Google Chromebook and Chromebox Buyers to Get 100GB of Free Google Drive Storage?

    Google may soon offer Chromebook and Chromebox owners 100GB of free Google Drive online storage, according to code within the Chromium open source operating system.

  • Opinion: Qualcomm's Quad Snapdragon S4 Pro Tablet Now Available to Developers

    NVIDIA may have been first to the quadcore game, but Qualcomm is ready to bring on the competition.

  • Opinion: The Nifty MiniDrive Lets You Increase Your MacBook's Storage Space The Easy Way

    The Nifty MiniDrive is, well, nifty, to say the very least. With sixteen days left to go, this Kickstarter project can only be described as 'wildly successful'--it's currently over 2410 percent funded. But, then again, given the fact that the Nifty MiniDrive lets MacBook users get around the usage of those troublesome external hard disk drives, was there any doubt that the project would be a hit?

  • Opinion: Forget Dropbox Pro--Businesses Should Use Dropbox for Teams

    Dropbox announced that it is doubling the storage allocation for its paid Dropbox Pro accounts, and expanding the Dropbox Pro options to include up to 500GB of storage. That’s great news for families or individuals looking to sync and share data in the cloud, but businesses should be using Dropbox for Teams.

  • Opinion: Fat Thumb Recognizes Your Oversized Digits, Lets You Multitouch Zoom With One Finger

    Touchscreen interfaces make it really easy to flick though apps and webpages with a single finger. But it's always an awkward moment whenever I have to do some multi-touch action, because I need to use my other hand to hold my phone, and that hand might be holding a Shake Shack burger (better than In-n-Out!) or a beverage.

  • Opinion: Annual Cost of iPad Charging is Negligible

    Charging your iPad every other day for a year costs less than the coffee you might be drinking while reading this on your tablet.

  • Opinion: What is That 'D' Drive for, Anyway?

    Reader Gilbert wrote in with a great question no one has ever asked me before. He's looking for help identifying the D: drive on his computer: Why is it there, what is it used for, and can he store data on it?

  • Opinion: Retina MacBook Pro Battery Will Cost 54 Percent More To Service

    Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display is not only very difficult to repair, but it will also cost you 54 percent more to replace the battery. Apple updated the pricing list for MacBook battery replacements, highlighting the increased price battery service for the new laptop to $199 before tax.

  • Opinion: Dual Core Processors Wasted on Android, Intel Claims

    Current versions of Google's Android operating system for smartphones make woeful use of their dual core processors, according to an Intel executive.



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