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  • Opinion: Advertising in Free Apps Saps Your Smartphone's Battery Life

    As much as 75 percent of the energy spent by some popular smartphone apps, such as Angry Birds and Fchess, is spent on marketing and advertising aimed at you.

  • Opinion: SUSE Linux: 20 Years and Going Strong

    Red Hat may be celebrating its new role as the first open source company to reach a billion dollars in annual revenue, but it's not the only Linux provider to reach a key milestone recently.

  • Opinion: Minimize Your Exposure to Email Spoofing

    Your mother calls you to ask why you keep emailing her about "enhancements," and your coworkers complain that you won't stop sending them ads. Does this sound like you?

  • Opinion: Is Apple to Blame for Size of Mac Botnet?

    Mac OS X may be more secure than Microsoft Windows in some ways, and it certainly has fewer attacks aimed at it, but it's not invulnerable. Reports are emerging that as many as 600,000 Macs have been compromised by a Trojan horse.

  • Opinion: Facebook Security Hole Found on iPhone, Android Devices

    A security flaw in Facebook’s mobile apps can be easily tapped by thieves searching for personal information about you.

  • Opinion: Restore Your System When You Can't Launch System Restore

    System Restore won't run on Linda Burgess' PC. I offer some advice.

  • Opinion: For a Truly Private Social Network, Try RetroShare

    It's a rare week indeed that doesn't bring forth some fresh privacy scandal, and creepy apps like Girls Around Me are only one small part of the problem.

  • Opinion: 5 Hot iPhone Apps that Android Still Lacks

    With Instagram's arrival on Android, some snobbish iPhone users are making their disdain known for the new users who they claim are crowding and disrupting the Instagram social order.

  • Opinion: How to make Lion's desktop spaces stick

    Reader Bradford Poirier likes a feature introduced in Lion, but finds one of its behaviors distracting. He writes:

  • Opinion: Nokia Lumia 900: A Review Round-Up

    The Nokia Lumia 900 might be the best Windows Phone so far, but it’s still no match to the iPhone or the high-end Android smartphones, according to initial reviews of the device, which is due to go on sale April 8. If there’s something going for the Lumia 900 though, is the price: the 4G LTE phone will cost just $100 with a two-year AT&T contract, which is half of what you would pay for the latest iPhone and up to a third of some 4G Android phones.

  • Opinion: When and why to use group email services

    Like everyone else, I detest spam, and I seldom opt in to receive marketing email, even from companies I like and do business with regularly. Even so, I do look forward to receiving periodic newsletters from nonprofit organizations I support, tips on using some of my favorite applications, announcements of upcoming events at the library, and yes, even the occasional notification of big discounts on products I have a special interest in. If your business or organization wants to send messages like these, a group email service, which manages the entire process for you via a friendly Web-based interface, may be just the ticket.

  • Opinion: Spec Showdown: Nokia Lumia 900 vs. the Competition

    Nokia's flagship Windows Phone--the Lumia 900--will hit the streets on April 8 for $99 with a new 2-year AT&T contract. The price is attractive considering Lumia 900's competition typically costs around $100 more, but did Nokia cut corners to get its device to such a low price?

  • Opinion: Android Army Swells to Half of U.S. Smartphone Users

    More than half of U.S. smartphone users own an Android phone, according to a new survey by comScore.

  • Opinion: Look Who's Working on Linux Now: Microsoft

    Linux powers countless smartphones, TVs, supercomputers, financial transactions, and websites around the globe--not to mention desktops--but the fact remains that most of us have no real idea where it comes from.

  • Opinion: Customize shortcuts for Mission Control, Dashboard

    You probably know that you can choose keyboard shortcuts for Mission Control and Dashboard in the Mission Control pane of System Preferences. But the shortcuts listed there are limited. For example, for Mission Control you can choose function keys from F1 to F13, but you can’t select, say, F14 or F15; you have a few other options, such as the right or left Shift or Control keys. The same is the case for Dashboard, though it is limited to only the F keys.

  • Opinion: Photo Files 101: All About Megapixels, Megabytes, and DPI

    To take good photos, you don't really need to know a lot of technical details about digital photo files any more than you need know how a car engine works to drive to work every day. But sometimes it can help, especially when it comes to sharing and publishing your photos. Take the seemingly simple concept of resolution. Do you know what size a photo should be in order to turn your photo into a high-quality 8-by-10-inch print? What if you want to email it? What do megapixels and megabytes have to do with one another?

  • Opinion: Try Windows 8 Without Losing Windows 7

    Anderson7 asked the Windows forum for the safest way to install Windows 8 on a system already running Windows 7.

  • Opinion: Switch Windows Users with Just One Click

    Do you share your PC with family members? If so, you've probably configured it with multiple accounts, meaning each person gets their own private, protected slice of Windows.

  • Opinion: Seas0nPass Offers iOS 5 Jailbreak For Apple TV 2, Apple TV 3 Lucks Out

    In the last couple of months, GeekTech's been inundated with new jailbreaks for Apple gadgets, new and old. One Apple product that stayed in the dark though was the Apple TV, especially since the iOS 5.0 update. Fortunately, FireCore was hard at work so it could finally announce a new Seas0nPass jailbreak for the Apple TV 2.

  • Opinion: What the PayPal Here Mobile Payment System Promises

    The PayPal Here mobile payment service launched last week to a select group of retailers, and it will be available later in 2012 to all businesses. How does it appear to stack up against Square, Intuit GoPayment, and other mobile payment systems that use a card-reading device?



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