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  • Opinion: Find Out When You Have Outlook Email With Mail Alert

    If you use Outlook, you're probably tired of having to go to its sprawling program window to check for mail. Wouldn't life be easier if you had an assistant telling you every time you've got a new piece of Email? That's exactly what Mail Alert ($7, thirty-day free trial) does.

  • Opinion: Prefer Open Source? Join the Crowd

    If ever there was a year to demonstrate why open source software is a smart choice for businesses, 2011 has surely been it.

  • Opinion: A Sneak Peek at Gmail's New Look

    Google is busy at work on a dramatic makeover of Gmail's drab, utilitarian interface, and that's a good thing. In August, the search giant unveiled a new Gmail Labs feature called Preview Pane, which lets you preview messages in your Gmail inbox. But more changes are coming.

  • Opinion: Car Makers Rev up Plans for Hands-Free Car Tech

    Over the past few years, the tech capabilities of a vehicle have gone far beyond acting as a power generator for a backseat DVD player. Car dashboards can display exactly how fuel-efficient your driving habits are, direct you with a built-in GPS, read your tweets, and read your SMS texts outloud.

  • Opinion: Use iOS 5's Shortcuts to Create Second E-Mail Signature

    By default, Apple's iOS limits you to one e-mail signature. That's fine if you only need one, but I know plenty of business people who'd prefer different signatures for different e-mail accounts, different recipients (co-workers versus clients, for example), and so on.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Office: 32- or 64-bit?

    Björn Odent asked if he should install the 32- or 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 on his 64-bit PC.

  • Opinion: Copy Mail's autocomplete database to a new Mac

    You've just started using a brand-new Mac. You launch Mail.app and start to compose an email to a friend. That's when it hits you: You haven't yet sent any messages on the new machine, so Mail.app hasn't had any addresses to remember, so it can't autocomplete your friend's address when you begin to type his name. Drat! Fortunately, as Marco Arment recently blogged, there's a way to copy Mail.app's autocomplete database from your old setup to your new one. (Marco also happens to be the developer of Macworld favorite Instapaper.)

  • Opinion: Few Businesses Have Unified Communications: Poll Results

    Two days ago, we asked both business managers and IT managers about how much they had unified their various communications services. Based on the responses to the polls, very few have integrated some combination of voice, fax, email, video conferencing or instant messaging services.

  • Opinion: Webroot SecureAnywhere Brings Protection to the Cloud

    Computer and data security is becoming a much more complex issue to manage for many businesses and consumers. Webroot hopes to simplify it, and make sure you are protected no matter what device or platform you might be using with the launch of SecureAnywhere.

  • Opinion: Long live the PC

    When you feel the need for a new PC, and have less than £500 to spare, there are now some challenging choices to make.

  • Opinion: Microsoft reaches maturity with Windows 8

    Windows 8 is here, at least in its Developer Preview guise. It’s slick, smooth and primed for use on the tablets many of us would like to be able to use for ‘proper’ computing tasks

  • Opinion: Google Tries Its Hand at Beer

    Google has dabbled in cell phones, games and social networking. Now, the Internet search leader is trying its hand at beer.

  • Opinion: Xobni Makes Gmail and Android Contacts 'Smartr'

    Xobni has been revolutionizing Outlook inboxes for four years with its Outlook add-in that shows everything you could possibly want to know about a contact. Using nothing more than an email address and your own logins to social media networks, Xobni pulls in data from social media platforms until the only thing you don't know about the person who emailed you is their blood type.

  • Opinion: 9000 Good Reasons to Upgrade to Firefox 7.0.1

    Occasional add-on incompatibilities have been a fairly common phenomenon each time Mozilla releases a new version of its free Firefox browser, but following the launch of Firefox 7 earlier this week, a different kind of add-on problem arose.

  • Opinion: Looking for Free Software? A New Directory Can Help

    There are free and open source alternatives to just about every proprietary software package available today--the trick is just finding the right ones for your business.

  • Opinion: Seven Good Reasons to Upgrade to Firefox 7

    Six weeks to the day after the official release of Firefox 6, Mozilla on Tuesday rolled out Firefox 7, the next version of its popular Web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users.

  • Opinion: Amazon Inks Deal With Fox for 2,000+ Streaming Movies

    Amazon announced Monday that it would add more than 2,000 TV shows and movies to its streaming video services this fall in a new partnership with Fox. The new content, which includes classic movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and TV shows like the X-Files and the cult hit Arrested Development, will bring the total number of instant streaming titles on Amazon to more than 11,000.

  • Opinion: Mozilla Mulls a 5-Week Firefox Release Cycle

    Mozilla's new six-week release cycle for its Firefox browser has caused plenty of controversy since it was implemented earlier this year, but there could be more still to come.

  • Opinion: A Look at Pandora's New Web Interface

    The web interface for the Pandora's music service got a fresh new look Wednesday after years of the same Flash-based application. "New Pandora" uses an HTML5 design that was first unveiled in July and is faster, a little more visually appealing, and integrates some new features.

  • Opinion: FAQ: Your Right to Phone Service During a Protest

    Bay Area Rapid Transit's August shutdown of wireless service to squelch a demonstration in San Francisco raised anew questions about the use of tech in the face of authority. In this second installment in a series of FAQs, we examine the responsibilities of telecommunications providers to keep their subscribers connected to the network. Be sure to check out the first installment, a discussion of your rights when photographing the police.



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