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  • Opinion: Three Important Ways Windows 8 Provides Password Protection

    More than ever, passwords are a part of our lives, the key to our digital identity. On average, each of us has 25 online accounts, and that is beyond the internal systems you also need to authenticate to in your business. You should have unique, complex passwords for each system, but who can remember all of that? Windows 8 will include features that make it easier to manage your digital identity so your business's data stays safe.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Poses a Threat Despite Good Intentions

    Carrier IQ isn't the bad guy. The mobile device and network diagnostic firm issued a detailed report earlier this week explaining what its software does and how the data is used. However, benign intent doesn't change the fact that the Carrier IQ software infringes on privacy and exposes personal data to unnecessary risk.

  • Opinion: Send Video Business Cards with the Eyejot Video Mail App

    Business cards are so 20th-century. (They might even date back to the 19th; I'll have to check.) Think about it: someone hands you a business card and it ends up stuffed in your pocket, crumpled, forgotten.

  • Opinion: Track Business Receipts with Shoeboxed for Android, iPhone

    Business receipts are a sad fact of life, like taxes and Justin Bieber. Shoeboxed helps you capture, organize, and file your receipts, and does so through the magic of apps, photography, and real-life humans.

  • Opinion: 7 Ways to Protect Your Business Printers

    Can a hacker burn down your business by remotely setting one of your printers on fire? Researchers at Columbia University have recently proposed such a scenario, although HP quickly denied that it's possible. However, even if your printers can't be used as remote firestarters, there are many risks involved in networking a printer.

  • Opinion: Will You Check Your Work Email on Thanksgiving?

    Tis the season for family gatherings, holiday cheer...and work? A survey from Xobni finds that nearly 70 percent of Americans will make some time between watching the Detroit Lions and eating turkey this Thursday to check their work email.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 10: Storing Data in the Cloud

    Aside from email, one of the most known and widely used “cloud” services is data storage. As I continue my 30 Days With the Cloud journey, I have a wide choice of online storage options to choose from. Today I will take a look at some of them, and some of the pros and cons of using cloud storage at all.

  • Opinion: Add a Tabbed E-Mail View to Microsoft Outlook

    If you've lamented the lack of tabs in Microsoft Outlook, lament no more. Now you can give the program the one feature Microsoft seems determined to keep out.

  • Opinion: Speedy Firefox 9 Beta Versions Take Their Place in Line

    Hard on the heels of the release earlier this week of Firefox 8, Mozilla on Thursday released the beta versions of the next Firefox in line.

  • Opinion: Free Service Lets You See If Your Email Address Has Been Compromised

    Has your email or username been snatched by hackers and posted to the Internet? You can find the answer to that question at a new online service called Pwnedlist.

  • Opinion: Dont Let This Happen To Your iPad: 5 Fire Prevention Gadgets For Geeks

    Last month, a faulty electrical outlet in my charming turn-of-the-century studio apartment sparked a fire while I was out of the house. Many of my gadgets were singed, and what wasn't directly burnt still suffered damage from smoke and/or water from the automated sprinklers. Truly, it was a geek's worst nightmare! My trusty MacBook Pro, iPad, Xbox 360, and countless other gadgets were bricked, including my primary backup hard drive (thank goodness for data recovery). So, for my first blog back at GeekTech I thought it would be apropos to compose this short list of fire prevention gadgets I only wish I knew about before the incident.

  • Opinion: Check Out Gmail's New Look: Rolling Out Now

    A new and different looking for Gmail is now landing in users' inboxes.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Video Predicts Dazzling Technology Future

    Microsoft’s promotional video depicting a future in which interconnected touchscreen and gesture-controlled devices pervade every facet of daily life will make people crave the possibilities, but also wonder how they will afford them.

  • 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.)



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