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  • Opinion: Free Screenshot Captor Trounces $50 Snagit

    Taking screenshots is an addictive habit: It's something many people don't do, but once you get started, you will probably find yourself taking them all the time. Screenshots are great for illustrating software bugs, showing a relative or friend how to do something on the computer, documenting your astounding gaming feats and records, and dozens of other daily uses. Screenshot Captor (free) lets you take many kinds of screenshots, and in some ways it performs even better than the screenshot industry's 800-pound gorilla, Snagit ($50).

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshoot Journals in iPhoto for iOS

    Let me emphatically state at the outset: The new iPhoto for iOS is one impressive piece of software. It sets a new standard for how a productivity app can take advantage of a touchscreen interface. If anything, it may be a bit too feature-rich; more than with any other Apple iOS app, I want to consult a manual when I launch iPhoto. Regardless, the editing capabilities of the app are outstanding.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 Tablets: What We Think We Know

    With the launch of Apple's new iPad out of the way, it's time to look ahead to the next big tablet launch on the horizon.

  • Opinion: Developers Optimize Apps for New Retina Display

    Throngs of tech enthusiasts, hoping to buy a new iPad on the first day of its release, will likely endure long lines at Apple Stores on Friday. And after unboxing the object of their desire, they'll immediately seek out apps that exploit the tablet's dazzling Retina display, which has a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels.

  • Opinion: Cinnamon 1.4 Brings New Tools to the Linux Desktop

    It was just a few weeks ago that the Linux Mint project's new Cinnamon desktop was declared officially stable--just a few short months since it was born, in fact--but on Wednesday the project team behind it unveiled a major new release packed with several new tools.

  • Opinion: Rexly Puts All Your Mobile Music in One App

    Today was the second day of the music part of South by Southwest here in Austin, but the tech fun hasn't really stopped. On its final day, the Accelerator start-up competition looked at music-related apps and services, which gave me a chance to see a another cool product that I think might catch on--Rexly.

  • Opinion: Track Billable Hours (On the Cheap) With TogglDesktop

    Tracking time spent and billable hours doesn't have to be difficult, even if you work for multiple clients and not all of your working time is spent in front of a computer. Toggl (free; $5/month plan offers more features)) is a Web-based time tracking system with a downloadable client for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux as well as mobile applications for Android and iOS.

  • 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.



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