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  • Opinion: Word wranglers: 5 apps that make writing easier

    Quick: Picture a writer in your head. An image of a bearded old man, hunched over a clackety typewriter may come to mind. But these days, a writer is more likely to be tapping away at a tablet or even a smartphone, composing anything from a business document to the next great American novel. No matter what it is you're writing, these apps can help make the process a little easier.

  • Opinion: How to kill unwanted processes and applications that slow down Windows

    Bobby Ekwere asked "Is there any free software that allows me to see and disable unwanted programs running in the background?"

  • Opinion: Pinterest's new messaging feature makes group planning easier

    Pinterest is all about projects. From new recipes to DIY crafts, the bulletin board for your life is designed to inspire you to take on new challenges. But until now, there was no way to privately discuss those plans with your friends and family. So Pinterest introduced conversations on Wednesday, and I couldn't help but wonder: What took so long?

  • Opinion: Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

    Here's the ten-word paraphrase of Verizon's response to federal regulators' complaints over how it throttles data speeds: "We ain't done nuttin' wrong, so stop pickin' on us!"

  • Opinion: Friendly skies likely to remain that way, as feds look to keep ban on in-flight mobile calls

    You can use your smartphone to perform all manner of tasks from the moment you board an airplane until you reach your final destination. But it looks like making a phone call during your flight will remain on the verboten list.

  • Opinion: Hands-on: miniLock's powerful file encryption is dead simple to use

    The creator of Cryptocat, Nadim Kobeissi, is back with another easy-to-use encryption tool. This time it's a Chrome app that aims to make it easy to create and share single encrypted files with others. Called miniLock, the app is freely available on the Chrome Web Store.

  • Opinion: Back up and sync between your home and travel PCs

    Carol-Anne Croker wants to know two things: How best to sync files between two computers, and how to back up the more portable PC on the road.

  • Opinion: Going on a trip? Keep a travel diary with Bonjournal

    Earlier this summer, I took a glorious three-week vacation to Scandinavia, trekking across three countries and trying to swim in as many fjords (and other bodies of water) as humanly possible. Apps were an essential part of planning my trip and organizing my exhausting itinerary (bless you, TripIt), but I wanted to use something else to document my experiences. And because I'm a sucker for journaling (maybe--just maybe--it has something to do with my profession), I was instantly drawn to Bonjournal.

  • Opinion: 5 things we want to see in Android M

    Android L isn't out yet but here's what we want to see from Android M.

  • Opinion: How to install (or replace) a case fan

    Many of the chips inside a typical PC generate a lot of heat and require some form of active cooling to remain stable.

  • 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.



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