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  • Opinion: In the big data breach era, the safety of your personal data is ultimately out of your hands

    Each time there's a high-profile data breach, security experts exhort the same best practices: Create unique logins for every service you use, use complex passwords, vigilantly comb your credit card statements for anomalies. The advice is sound. Unfortunately, it obscures the fact that the safety of your personal information is ultimately in the hands of companies you share it with.

  • Opinion: Twitter reportedly drops plan to encrypt direct messages

    End-to-end encryption is widely considered the best defense against a surveillance dragnet, but the tech companies that many of us interact with on a daily basis--Facebook, Google, Twitter--have been slow to offer protections for users. The Verge reported Wednesday that Twitter, which had reportedly planned to encrypt direct messages, has dropped the project to focus on more pressing matters.

  • Opinion: Bill Gates: WhatsApp was pricey, Office needs 'more than a tuneup'

    Few people have a truly macroscopic perspective on the tech industry, and for decades, Bill Gates was one of them. Now, he's moved into an even broader role--trying to help architect society for the better.

  • Opinion: How to keep your browser organized with pinned tabs

    Every year, web apps and sites become more powerful and more useful, but working in the browser is still far from perfect.

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

    Streeter S. Stuart (whose name is as unique as mine) doesn't like Word's default Calibri font. He's also tired of changing it every time he starts a new document.

  • Opinion: Crytek embraces Linux and SteamOS

    Valve's Steam Machine consoles are getting a shot in the arm from Crytek, which has promised native Linux support in its latest game engine.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu 14.04 beta 1 offers a sneak peek at 'Trusty Tahr'

    Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" isn't scheduled for final release until April 17, but because it's a Long-Term Support version, its arrival is the focus of considerable anticipation, particularly among business users.

  • Opinion: End-of-life for Microsoft, Apple

    Microsoft's XP reaches "end-of-life" on April 8. But Apple's "Snow Leopard" (OS X 10.6) is already there--Apple is no longer patching the OS.

  • Opinion: How to use Chrome's coming voice search feature today

    Welcome to perceptual computing. Google recently added hands-free voice search to the beta build of the Chrome browser, a new feature that allows you to simply say "Ok Google" and then dictate your search terms to their browser (assuming your PC has a microphone, of course).

  • Opinion: OS X security patches have been issued--patch NOW

    If you're using Mac OS X, fire up the App Store: Apple has issued a series of security patches. Details can be found in an article on ZDNet here:

  • Opinion: PhoneTag Messenger targets the Snapchat crowd with cutesy messaging

    Right now, the undisputed king of offbeat mobile messaging apps is Snapchat, the quick-hit photo and video messenger service whose contents self-destruct. It's where the kids hang out, as Facebook seems to be too crowded and not private enough.

  • Opinion: Watch out, Seamless: Is Square testing a new ordering app?

    Just when you thought Seamless and GrubHub had tag-teamed their way to food ordering supremacy, Square is reportedly testing the waters with a new app called Square Pickup.

  • Opinion: Improve the look of your slideshows

    When he runs a slideshow, Dan Brindell wants more than a quick cut from one photo to another. He wants the photos to "roll and fade" with interesting transitions.

  • Opinion: How to clean up the mess left by browser toolbars

    You would think that in 2014, we'd have put all the web shenanigans of the 1990s and early aughts behind us, but you'd be wrong--at least for Windows users. Download a desktop app like AVG, Skype, or Vuze and these programs will try to sneak toolbars onto your system or change your default home page and browser. Yuck.

  • Opinion: Chaatz wants to be the messaging app the world actually needs

    WhatsApp. Viber. Line. Snapchat. Facebook Messenger. The over-the-top messaging market is already packed with apps that have carved out niches with sticker packs, disappearing images, and doodles: anything to stand out. Chaatz debuts today for iOS with a more serious mission: to connect the entire world with one platform.

  • Opinion: Why California's kill-switch mandate might save your phone

    If you're reading this story on a smartphone in Bangor, Maine, Key West Florida, Spokane, Washington, or really any point in between, you wouldn't think that a bill making its way through the California state legislature would have much of an impact on your mobile device. But a new proposal for a mandatory kill-switch on mobile devices in California figures to have ramifications felt far beyond the borders of the Golden State should it come to pass.

  • Opinion: 9 free tools that make Windows much better

    Windows is packed to the rafters with features, many of them great--and others, just meh. Luckily, there are free alternatives that are more powerful, more efficient, and take only minutes to install. Read on, and we'll show you 9 built-in features of Windows that aren't up to snuff, and the free software you can use to replace them.

  • Opinion: Does Your Klout Score Matter?

    Klout is now entering its fifth year. Is the social media scoring service an important indicator of online influence? Or is it just a meaningless number?

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: QuickBooks 2014 repairs this and that

    Exactly how does a company go through four releases before the year its software is named for has even arrived? Lots of fixes is something that happens regularly with Quickbooks: R4 was released on December 12, 2013, with numerous bug fixes (advanced pricing and inventory receiving) and some small performance improvements, while Quickbooks 2013 was at a whopping 12 releases last time we checked.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Microsoft covers remote-code execution hole in Word and Office Web Apps

    Th only thing unusual about this month's Microsoft security patches is that one of them, MS14-001 that could allow remote code execution in Word and Office Web Apps. A rarely discussed issue with cloud-based computing is the potential for truly widespread mayhem, averted in this case. Other Microsoft fixes include MS14-003 for the XP/Server 2013 kernel (elevation of privilege) and roughly the same deal for the Window 7/Server 2008 kernel (MS14-004).



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