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  • Opinion: Soundgarden's Superunknown goes 'super surround sound'

    Does anyone listening to music on their iOS and Android device really care about better-than-MP3 sound quality? I mean really, really, let's-just-buy-one-of-those-uber-high-fidelity-Neil-Young-Pono-music-players care?

  • Opinion: Turn old PC hardware into a home server with FreeNAS

    PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server?

  • Opinion: How to create 3D Worksheets in Excel 2013

    One of Excel's greatest tricks is the dimensional or 3D reference. This feature, which allows you to create formulas that refer to the same cell or range on multiple worksheets, simplifies the creation of complex documents like monthly inventories or sales reports. In Excel 2013, Microsoft has beefed it up with enhanced options and formulas.

  • Opinion: 3 time-saving Chrome extensions that maximize your Google search efficiency

    Like many folks in the Internet age, I spend a huge chunk of my time searching for information on Google. Over the years I've learned lots of little tricks to help make those searches faster and more effective. But if turning to advanced queries alone isn't powerful enough for you, a handful of Google-made Chrome extensions can supercharge your scouring even more.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 8.1 users can now rack up Bing Rewards

    Microsoft has finally brought its Bing Rewards program to Windows Phone, letting users earn points toward gift cards and other benefits by searching the Web.

  • Opinion: How to create and share custom Style Sets

    Who knew Microsoft Word could give you a power rush? That's what you feel when you create a one-click, customized Style Set that automatically applies font, paragraph, layout, and other setting to any document. It's a great way to create consistency for monthly reports or other routine pieces of content. Once you get the hang of Style Sets, formatting text one paragraph or section at a time will feel as primitive as Sumerians writing cuneiform on wet-clay tablets.

  • Opinion: The first one's free: EA tries luring mobile gamers with free currency

    Electronic Arts has become one of the first iOS game publishers to test a new promotional code system for in-app purchases.

  • Opinion: Keep all of your stuff close at hand with Snupps

    My boyfriend and I have an almost out-of-control collection of Mickey Mouse Vinylmation. (Yes, I'm adult, and we all have our vices... one of mine just happens to be painted Mickey Mouse figurines.) And it's getting to the point where I sometimes forget everything we've amassed so far. Most of the time, that's never a problem--I can just consult my ever-growing bookshelf at home--but when I'm out on the hunt or trading with another collector, I find myself scrambling. Do I have the chaser from this set? Did we take Carl and Ellie out of the box? Which Dapper Dan am I missing?

  • Opinion: New Sonos Controller app exits beta with surprise feature

    As it promised earlier this spring, streaming speaker pioneer Sonos released refreshed versions of its controller app for iOS and Android. But there's a very cool feature in this finished version that wasn't around when TechHive had some hands-on time with an earlier version of the app.

  • Opinion: Why an NFC iPhone Could be Big for Enterprise Security

    Last week, a report from New York-based global investment news site BrightWire.com suggested that Apple's upcoming smartphone, the iPhone 6, will (finally) support near-field communications (NFC) technology. BrightWire.com cited "a source close to the matter."

  • Opinion: Mobile-payment revamp for Hong Kong

    Here in Hong Kong we're accustomed to ease-of-payment. The main driver of course is the Octopus card--the most convenient payment-method yet devised.

  • Opinion: ShareFile to add storage options, iPhone app, and more

    Thousands of Citrix customers and partners took over the Anaheim Convention Center this week for Citrix Synergy 2014. The annual event is a platform for Citrix to make big announcements and reveal new products and features, such as those it unveiled for ShareFile, its data storage and file sharing platform.

  • Opinion: Lyft takes aim at Uber with premium Plus service

    When Lyft launched two years ago, it was a casual ride-sharing service where drivers used their own cars--nothing fancy, but nice enough--to give you a ride in the direction they were already heading. Because the rides looked like regular cars, drivers affixed hot pink mustaches to their bumpers. Lyft is now upping the ante with a higher-end Lyft Plus service offering luxury rides at higher prices.

  • Opinion: TuneIn grafts social and personal features onto plain old terrestrial radio

    TuneIn believes that terrestrial radio is no longer good enough on its own. Instead, it must be social and personal.

  • Opinion: It's spring! Clean out your PC's junk with these free programs

    It's finally May. The winter frost is thawing across the U.S., and thoughts are turning to baseball, the Memorial Day weekend, and cleaning out your PC. Okay, maybe that last one isn't for everybody.

  • Opinion: How to recover deleted files

    Megan Aitken's partner lost "a load of photos." Here's my advice for recovering them.

  • Opinion: Rdio plans free ad-supported streaming service

    Rdio.com plans to offer free ad-supported on-demand streaming later this year. That news comes from Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus Media, which bought a 20 percent stake in Rdio.com last September. Cumulus, which has about 525 radio stations in 110 U.S. cities, is also Rdio's exclusive U.S. sales agent.

  • Opinion: You&Me is HowAboutWe's take on messaging for the modern couple'

    HowAboutWe is all about love: Making matches in the form of its main dating site and keeping the spark alive with its date-night concierge service for couples. Now the popular service is launching You&Me, a messaging app for iOS and Android designed to keep you close to your significant other.

  • Opinion: How to install Ubuntu and keep Windows

    Amar Thakur wants to install Ubuntu on a PC without removing Windows 7. "How will I do that?"

  • Opinion: Haiku Deck: a painless PowerPoint alternative

    We live in a PowerPoint world, but despite Microsoft's best efforts it's not that easy to put together a professional looking slide deck with the powerful Office presentation app. The learning curve for more than a few slides with simple bullet points is simply too steep.



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