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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Lyft to launch in NYC on Friday, for real this time

    Lyft is now allowed to operate in New York City, but it had to sacrifice its soul. The popular app ditched peer-to-peer ride-sharing--its reason for being--in order to win approval from the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. The company hits the streets of New York, sans pink mustaches, at 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

  • Opinion: Monitor multiple time zones from your desktop with the Windows clock

    Windows has so many handy little features hidden all over the place, you can often forget they're there and until someone reminds you. Here's a reminder.

  • Opinion: The Pirate Bay launches mobile site from dry dock

    The scallywags at The Pirate Bay have created a new port for all digital pirates to drop anchor. The popular torrent directory recently released a mobile version of its website after years of cramming the PC version onto mobile screens.

  • Opinion: Control your desktop, or Windows will control it for you

    Al Nagy asked how to stop Windows from rearranging the icons on his desktop.

  • Opinion: Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales

    Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9%, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets.

  • Opinion: TrewGrip wants to change how you type on your mobile device

    I learned to touch type under the scornful eye of a ninth grade typing teacher who had as little patience for teenage boys as she did for people who hunted and pecked their way around a keyboard. Thanks to her terrifying tutelage, her unyielding scorn for the lazy positioning of my hands, and her sneering incredulity at the amount of Liquid Paper I had to dab on my typewritten pages, I can now type at very credible speeds with nary a glance at my keyboard.

  • Opinion: To switch or not to switch: Test-driving T-Mobile's LTE network

    T-Mobile's Uncarrier 5 event last month in Seattle was without a doubt the loudest press conference I've ever attended. Whichever rods and cones in my eyeballs detect the color magenta pretty much melted. John Legere was his magnificently foul-mouthed self, and his bombastic speech was accompanied by chair-shaking blasts of music and sound effects, concert lighting, and screaming fans (OK, most of them were T-Mobile employees, but there were thousands of them there, and they were loud). I don't recall actual pyrotechnics, but it wouldn't have been surprising.

  • Opinion: Corral your contacts with Simpler, Contacts+, and more

    It can be easy to forget that, at its heart, your phone is a phone--a device meant for connecting you to your contacts. And while it comes with its own contact manager, that isn't always the best option. Here are several apps--most of them available for free--that take contact management to the next level.

  • Opinion: Give Verizon your location data, get rewards in carrier's new program

    Verizon really wants your location data. And it's willing to give stuff away to get its 100-million-plus subscribers to hand that data over.

  • Opinion: Get more out of the Windows Taskbar with these 3 shortcuts

    One of the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is the ability to pin apps to the Taskbar. Until Microsoft comes out with the refreshed Start menu, pinning apps is a must for Windows 8.1 users.

  • Opinion: Edward Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy'

    Dropbox is a very popular cloud storage service, but NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is no fan. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Snowden called Dropbox a "targeted, wannabe PRISM partner" that is "very hostile to privacy."

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Doug Dug

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

  • Opinion: Why Microsoft isn't spooked by the Apple-IBM alliance

    The Apple-IBM partnership will have little effect on Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, or drastically change its mutating mobile strategy.

  • Opinion: Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push

    The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

  • Opinion: Bring back the classic Gmail experience with Old Compose

    I wasn't a big fan of the overhauled Gmail experience when Google rolled it out last year, and I'm still not. Floating windows, changes to the way previous messages are threaded in replies, new out-of-the-way positions for formatting tools--gah. What's worse, while Google allowed users to stick with the traditional Gmail compose experience when the new look was first rolling out, that feature has since been snuffed. Now, it's floating boxes or nothing.

  • Opinion: Lyft's brand of ride-sharing might not fly in New York City

    Lyft drivers are regular people using their own cars in the 60-plus cities where the app operates, but New York City says that ride-sharing model won't fly. The app, which had planned to launch in Brooklyn and Queens on July 11, had to delay its rollout after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought a temporary restraining order.

  • Opinion: What about Windows, Mr. Nadella?

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in his 3,100 all-hands strategy email of last week.

  • Opinion: SoundCloud gets Sonos integration, record deals possible

    SoundCloud is getting integrated with Sonos music systems, as it reportedly tries to become more than just a place for music you haven't heard of.

  • Opinion: Speed up your PC's boot time by finding the worst startup offenders

    One of the pains of Windows is how long it takes for an older PC to startup. Sometimes this can be caused by hardware problems like a faulty hard drive, but more often than not the culprits are all those programs trying to activate at boot.

  • Opinion: Don't panic! Yes, Windows 7 is leaving mainstream support but it isn't being abandoned

    Earlier this week, Microsoft reminded the world that it will stop providing "mainstream support" for Windows 7 (and a slew of other products) in January of 2015. Immediately, the Web was flooded in a wave of confused or downright fearmongering headlines and articles implying that Windows 7 is following Windows XP into the graveyard.



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