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  • Opinion: Three Ways Web Browsing Changes With IE10 in Windows 8

    While Metro apps for both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have been recently announced, users are getting a chance to actually use the Metro app for IE10 in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Providing a full-screen browsing window and touch friendly controls, the desktop experience feels like using browsers on smartphones and tablets, even on a desktop or laptop, though less intuitive when using a mouse.

  • Opinion: Anonymous Desktop OS Released, Hacking Tools Included

    The hacking group Anonymous now has its own desktop operating system, pre-loaded with tools for finding Website vulnerabilities and simulating denial-of-service attacks. However, some members of the group are already distancing themselves from the software.

  • Opinion: Adobe Adds Value to FormsCentral with PayPal Express Checkout

    Adobe launched FormsCentral just over a year ago. Now, Adobe is expanding FormsCentral to include the ability to accept payments or donations directly by integrating PayPal Express Checkout.

  • Opinion: Ex-Microsoft Employee Launches 'Fixing Windows 8' Campaign

    Not everyone is happy with Windows 8's sweeping design changes, including one former Microsoft employee who thinks the company can do better.

  • Opinion: Tweaking Lion's firewall

    Reader Jake Tesler is ready to set Lion's firewall on fire. He writes:

  • Opinion: We Saw Where You Went: App Traces Workers' Steps Abroad

    Apparently the news that people don't like having their whereabouts known, tracked, and compiled hasn't reached all corners. Over the past year, Google and Apple have come under governmental scrutiny for collecting users' location information, and the topic was hot last weekend at the South By Southwest confab in Austin, Texas.

  • Opinion: eBay Has Big Plans for New 'Watch with eBay' App

    At South by Southwest Monday, eBay announced the launch of a new iPad app called Watch With eBay. The app was originally a feature from the eBay for iPad app (launched last November), but the company spun it off into a separate product.

  • Opinion: DuckDuckGo: Search Engine with an Eye for Privacy

    Fans of Linux Mint may recall the project's decision late last year to include the DuckDuckGo search engine among the default features of its latest release, also known as Linux Mint 12 "Lisa."

  • Opinion: Rdio Overhauls UI, Improves Music Discovery

    Not to be overshadowed by Spotify and Turntable.FM, music streaming service Rdio has gotten a serious user interface overhaul. The update, available now, has easier music sharing, smoother music discovery, and is more interactive.

  • Opinion: SXSW Cool App: Zamp Helps You Make Sense of Air Travel

    Having become intimately acquainted with airlines and airports during our look at the Top 20 Airports for Tech Travelers, I have an appreciation for Zamp.

  • Opinion: Hot Apps and Web Services of SXSW

    Here at SXSW this week I've spotted plenty of buzz-about products and tech, but when it comes to apps and Web services five firms stand out. Offerings from Sonar, Vox.io, Personal, Correlate and BrandYourself.com each impressed me for having just the right mix of relevance and usefulness in my life and offered an innovative approach at solving everyday problems of tech professionals.

  • Opinion: Add Finder labels via drag-and-drop

    Many of us use Finder labels to mark and more easily differentiate icons and files. There are several 'official' ways of assigning a label to a selected file: from the File menu, from the Action menu on the Finder toolbar, or from the the Finder’s contextual menu. But reader adipoos points out another way to assign labels that isn't so well known.

  • Opinion: SXSW Cool App: Vox.io Radically Simplifies Mobile VoIP

    At one of the startup showcase panels here, I discovered Vox.io, a real-time communication app that makes connecting with people by voice or video simpler than I've seen in any other service. Since I'm always looking for apps that might seriously disrupt the cellular calling juggernaut of the big wireless companies, I was interested.

  • Opinion: Understanding Your Camera's ISO Control

    A few weeks ago, I wrote that photography is often called "painting with light." In response, a reader asked me what you do when there isn't any--light, that is. Well, unless you're shooting inside a closet or at the bottom of a mineshaft, there's always some light around. Your job as a photographer is often to make the most of whatever light you have access to. I've explained how to get the best results with your flash, but there's a way to maximize the natural light in your scene as well: Using your camera's ISO control.

  • Opinion: Browser Firm Opera Talks HTML5, Successes, and Challenges

    Norwegian browser maker Opera took me out to dinner last night, and we talked about what the company has been up to. In a nutshell, Opera - the only browser maker located outside the US - says it's doing well.

  • Opinion: Database System GS-Base Is Easy as a Spreadsheet--And the Price is a Steal

    At $20, GS-Base 9 is very inexpensive and requires virtually no prior database knowledge to use. Furthermore, it uses a number of metaphors and options which should be very familiar to those comfortable with spreadsheets, a fact that makes it useful to a large set of business users who rarely venture away from Excel. Indeed, it shares many of the functions and syntax found in Citadel's inexpensive, but functional, GS-Calc spreadsheet program.

  • Opinion: What are All Those Different Document Formats in Word, and Why Would I Use Them?

    If you use Microsoft Word (or a similar word processor), you probably know well enough how to save a document. You click Save, choose a folder, give the document a name, and then click Save, OK, or whatever.

  • Opinion: Cure for an incomplete iOS update

    Reader Jared Murray attempts to work the old "a friend of mine has a problem and..." gambit in regard to a "friend's" uncooperative iPhone. He writes:

  • Opinion: How to use Boot Camp with Lion

    Many people switching from Windows PCs to the Mac worry that they must leave the Windows world--and the files they've created in it--completely behind. And for those who need to run application not found on the Mac or who just can't bear doing without a favorite Windows-only game or two, this is a legitimate concern. Thankfully, you can have the best of both worlds as today's Macs can run Windows natively using Apple's Boot Camp technology. This technology creates a separate partition on your Intel Mac's hard drive where you can then install a copy of Microsoft Windows. In order to use Boot Camp, you must restart your Mac from this partition. When you do, Windows runs almost exactly as it would on a PC.

  • Opinion: Nokia Windows 8 Tablet Chatter Resurfaces

    A new report claims to have details on a Nokia Windows 8 tablet, including some specs and release timing.



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