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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now

    On April 8, Microsoft blessed us with an update to Windows 8.1 that made the touchy-feely OS more palatable to PC users.

  • Opinion: HondaLink Navigation app gives you GPS for less

    Her voice sounded like Queen Amidala from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, or maybe HAL's twin sister from 2001: A Space Odyssey. She had an illustrious accent, perfect diction, and just a hint of vulnerability. "Continue to follow the road for the next six miles," she cooed, in a way that seemed less like a command and more like gentle encouragement.

  • Opinion: Why you don't need to encrypt your backup

    Richard O'Hara backs up regularly to an external hard drive, but that leaves him worried. "How can I make the data on the external drive secure in case it's lost or stolen?"

  • Opinion: The story of the Windows XP 'Bliss' desktop theme--and what it looks like today

    It's not too far-fetched to believe that a billion people have viewed the "Bliss" image that defines the desktop view of Windows XP, the seminal OS that Microsoft is retiring Tuesday. But you'd barely notice the real-world "Bliss" scene if you stepped out of your car, and gazed at it today.

  • Opinion: Replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or a look-alike

    Cheryle Fields' husband hates his new Windows 8 PC. Cheryle asked me if she can replace the operating system with Windows 7.

  • Opinion: The Windows 8 activation-key problem

    Brian Freeman found a flaw in my article Reinstall Windows when you've lost your reinstall disc or partition. I told readers that "when it comes time to activate Windows, use the activation number on your PC." But Microsoft no longer requires vendors to make this number readily available.

  • Opinion: App Invasion: Globo tells you the worldwide time

    I'm in the midst of planning a summer vacation to a couple of countries that are more than a couple of time zones away. Lots of the activities I want to do are kind of off the beaten path, and booking online isn't always an option. That means I have to resort to the primitive telephone to make tour and hostel reservations, which has me asking, "What time is it in Finland? Is that the same time zone as Western Norway? Or Iceland?" a little too often.



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