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  • Opinion: Linux group hits Microsoft with complaint over 'Secure Boot'

    It's long been clear that Linux users are more than a little unhappy with the "Secure Boot" technology implemented by default in Windows 8 hardware, but in Spain, one group has decided to do more than simply try to work around it.

  • Opinion: Does Big Data Spell the End of Business Intelligence As We Know It?

    Traditional BI requires human input to decide what correlated factors to query. As predictive data analytics gets increasingly powerful, the algorithms do the deciding. That spells the end of BI as CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden knows it--and he doesn't feel fine about it.

  • Opinion: Skype and the crashing camcorder

    Reader Dave Eng can't seem to broadcast his mug over the Internet. He writes:

  • Opinion: Reduce tab clutter in Chrome with OneTab

    I don't know about you, but I keep a lot of tabs open in my Web browser (Google Chrome). For me it's work thing: I'm constantly opening new tabs while I research various topics I plan to write about during the day (or even the days to come).

  • Opinion: Tech Trek: Long Beach, California

    I have a confession to make at the outset: I used to live in Long Beach. Many readers expect travel columns to reflect the writer's experience as a visitor to a new place every time. Because I've lived in a lot of places--nearly two dozen different cities--the chances of my returning to a place where I used to live is a little higher than for most people. Anyway, I lived in the LBC for less than a year, so I'm hardly a native of the place.

  • Opinion: Meet Zoe, a virtual talking head that can express emotions

    Even with all our emojis and emoticons, a typed message will never carry the same sort of emotion as a face-to-face conversation. Sure video calls have gotten a lot easier these days between FaceTime and Skype calls, but who makes calls anymore?

  • Opinion: Mozilla: Has Firefox become too customizable?

    Customizability has always been a big part of Firefox's appeal for many users, but lately at least some within Mozilla are wondering if the open source browser's options have become too numerous.

  • Opinion: Convert video files for free with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

    Do you have a video that needs converting? You know, one that you downloaded or encoded in a particular format that's not compatible with a particular device?

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Jailhouse rock

    Apple gives credit where credit is due, one app developer illustrates the difficulty of creating software, and police take down an Apple-related theft ring--with a twist. The remainders for Tuesday, March 19, 2013 are breakin' out of this joint.

  • Opinion: Why you should use Mountain Lion's Spaces

    If you make your living working on your computer, as I do, you probably look for ways to be more productive. If you use your Mac just for fun or for basic tasks, you still want to be more efficient. We use a lot of apps on our Macs, and one of the things that can slow us down is rooting through the many windows of multiple applications to find just the right one. Mountain Lion's Spaces can make your work more efficient and productive by letting you set up virtual desktops, each one clean and tidy, so that you can focus on what you want and not be distracted by windows from other apps.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Soul, man

    Samsung's trying to bring a little more life to its devices--arguably, too much. Elsewhere, a trusted source tells Apple just where it went wrong, and we have a new challenger in the Steve Jobs movie arena. The remainders for Monday, March 18, 2013 got what they got the hard way.

  • Opinion: Like Ubuntu Linux? This week, help make it better

    It's no secret that Linux offers an increasingly compelling alternative for business users in this mobile-influenced computing era, complete with desktop interfaces and a variety of user-experience options designed for solid desktop productivity.

  • Opinion: Sending email to all the addresses a contact has

    Reader Matthew Rotter asks a common question about Apple's Mail. He writes:

  • Opinion: LogMeIn limits freeloaders to 10 PCs. So what?

    A little over a week ago, LogMeIn Product Specialist Sean Keough announced a change to the company's LogMeIn Free remote-access product: Instead of using it on unlimited PCs, customers would be limited to 10 PCs each.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Recover photos lost in an import

    The other day, someone I know very well (I shall not reveal his identity) called me for some emergency tech support. He had been importing photos from his iPhone to iPhoto on his Mac. A lot of photos. Just over a thousand photos, to be precise. After the import had apparently completed, a message popped up stating that the original photos were being deleted from the iPhone. During this process, iPhoto crashed.

  • Opinion: Stop drowning in apps

    I currently have 287 apps on my Mac and dozens on my iPhone and iPad. But when I look closely, I must admit I haven't used a number of them in a while; in fact, I don't even remember what some are supposed to do. If you're like me, you know you could keep this collection of apps going forever, but if you're tight on storage space, or if you just want to tidy up your Applications folder, your iTunes library, and your iOS device's home screens, the time for a purge may be now. Here are some tips for finding and deleting apps you rarely use.

  • Opinion: For a fully free desktop OS, try Trisquel GNU/Linux 6.0

    Linux is widely referred to as a free and open source operating system, but most Linux distributions, or flavors, aren't actually entirely free.

  • Opinion: Backing up your entire drive: Cloning vs. imaging

    Felix Luke needs to back up his entire hard drive. He asked me to explain the differences between cloning and imaging.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Now means now

    Apple Maps is flying high (in some locations), Tim Cook gets duty in front of the jury, and Google Now may be available for iOS ... well, not now. But soon? The remainders for Wednesday, March 13, 2013 are in a hurry.

  • Opinion: When Safe Boot won't boot

    Reader Simon Hansen finds his Mac slow to do his bidding. He writes:

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