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More Software Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: How to set and keep your preferred default font in LibreOffice Writer

    After reading How to set and keep your preferred default font in Word, Paul Reitman asked about doing the same thing in the free LibreOffice.

  • Opinion: Meet Project Naptha, an amazing Chrome extension for modifying text in web images

    Oh wow, this Google Chrome extension feels like magic.

  • Opinion: Protect your privacy while you browse

    It once sounded like paranoia; now it's more like common sense. Steve asked for safe and secure ways to access the Internet without being tracked by crooks, corporations, and governments.

  • Opinion: How to start receiving personalized alerts on Bing

    Microsoft recently rolled out a new feature for Bing designed to make the search engine more personal by delivering useful updates to the Bing homepage based on your interests. You can get updates for news, weather, and traffic so you'll know what to expect on your commute as well as what Mother Nature has in store for the day.

  • Opinion: Microsoft takes fight to Google's home turf with Office Online Apps

    Microsoft has adopted a new strategy for its Office productivity tools. Rather than holding Office hostage on Windows devices in an effort to attract customers, it will try and make the suite the default productivity choice no matter what platform or device people are using--including Chrome OS and Chromebooks.



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