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  • Opinion: Stop the Shockwave Flash Chrome crash

    M A Hameed has a Chrome problem. Web pages suddenly die in Chrome with "Shockwave flash has crashed" messages.

  • Opinion: 'Disarming Corruptor' disguises 3D printing designs to fight The Man

    3D printing promises a glorious future, one where you'll be able to create and manufacture nearly anything you can think of right from the comfort of your own home. But the future potential of 3D printing isn't limited by your imagination alone: The law is tossing up barriers for the nascent technology.

  • Opinion: Don't fear the fun tax, and try Dead Trigger 2

    I'll admit, I've never really been sold on Dead Trigger. It combined two things I've grown weary of--the undead and mobile first-person shooters--into a package that was amicable enough, but never quite set my world on fire. To its credit, it did serve as a sort of de facto performance benchmark for tablets and smartphones, and was one of those titles (alongside Infinity Blade II, or Shadowgun) that reminded folks these touchscreen devices could crank out some awfully pretty games.

  • Opinion: How Cloud Computing Puts Adverse Selection in Its Place

    For years, operations departments have used adverse selection principles to allocate resources, often deeming small projects unworthy of enterprise computing power. Today, though, the cloud makes computing so cheap that there's no reason to deny any project, no matter how small. Doing so will simply push users to the public cloud -- and beyond IT's control.

  • Opinion: The White House cares about games, but not for the reasons you think

    Mark DeLoura, the White House's Senior Advisor for Digital Media, expounded on the government's games policies at the Gamesbeat 2013 conference Tuesday, focusing on education and the game industry's problem with "perceptions."

  • Opinion: Grid Diary makes keeping a journal as easy as filling out a form

    Diaries are not just for preteen girls. OK, something like this, with the Lisa Frank-esque graphics and the heart-shaped padlock and the glitter--oh, the glitter--that is for preteen girls. But just the act of writing in a diary every day, that's good for everyone.

  • Opinion: The mysterious ~$ files--nothing to worry about

    Lillian Lim noticed strange files appearing and disappearing. The file names always begin with ~$.

  • Opinion: Manage Cloud Computing With Policies, Not Permissions

    Cloud computing obsolesces the idea that IT operations must put users through the ringer to get their hands on scarce resources. Many organizations continue to insist that someone must review resource requests when, in reality, an automated policy engine can do the same thing -- and put computing power in users' hands that much faster.

  • Opinion: The future of video games will be in your browser

    I've had it with interminable game downloads--and you can keep your fancy new Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii consoles. The future of PC gaming is in the browser, and it'll be here sooner than you expect.

  • Opinion: Block online spoilers with Unspoiler for Google Chrome

    The Web can be a dangerous place for the spoiler-averse. You can't so much as look at Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or news sites without learning what happened to Walter White, who bought it on "Game of Thrones," and so on.

  • Opinion: Can this music app boost your brain power? Neuroscientists aren't so sure

    We're all familiar with the 3 o'clock slump: the time toward the end of the workday when your mind gets fuzzy, and concentrating is nearly impossible. While some people reach for another cup of coffee to combat fatigue and avoid another Buzzfeed black hole, other people believe that there's a better, caffeine-free way to boost concentration: music.

  • Opinion: How to fix Gmail sync problems in Outlook 2013

    Regular readers know that I'm less than fond of Microsoft Outlook, which I consider a bloated, confusing, often buggy program. But I'm sort of stuck with it, and I'll admit I was pleasantly surprised by the various improvements in Outlook 2013.

  • Opinion: Adding subscribed calendars to your iOS device

    Reader John Lufkin would like to stay up to date on all his devices. He writes:

  • Opinion: Rename iTunes Radio stations and find missing podcasts

    With a new iOS version and new iPhone hardware comes an updated version of iTunes. This week's column covers a problem with missing podcasts in iTunes 11.1 and explains how to change the names of iTunes Radio stations. And because the best way to keep your iTunes library organized is to make sure your tags are correct--if they're not consistent, you'll have trouble finding music and other content when you want to play something--I also address a number of questions about tags.

  • Opinion: 4 ways Amazon can fix its crummy Cloud Player

    The biggest failing of Apple's iTunes Match is its 25,000-track limit. (It has others, to be sure.) Apple gives you no control over which tracks you store in the cloud, nor does it offer an option to pay more for additional storage. If you're a music fan with a large library, you have to perform a frustrating dance to create a secondary iTunes library, or simply remove items from your main library, to get under the limit.

  • Opinion: How to track down Print Center in iOS 7

    We've been able to print from our iOS devices for quite awhile: Third-party apps have been available since early 2010, and with the introduction of AirPrint in iOS 4, Apple officially added built-in support for printing to compatible wireless and networked printers.

  • Opinion: When iOS 7 isn't really the worst thing in the world

    Whenever an operating system or application changes appearances in a radical way, people can get lost. Such is the case with iOS 7. In the past week I've read complaints that can be addressed simply by having a better understanding of what goes where. Let's walk through a few.

  • Opinion: iOS 7 adds support for zipped attachments in Mail, Messages with Quick Look

    Despite all you can do with an iOS device, certain features that are standard on a Mac or PC have been elusive on Apple's smartphones and tablets. With iOS 7, however, it looks like we can cross one of those omissions off the list: You can now unzip and view compressed files from within Mail.

  • Opinion: NotePad++ offers portable notepad features for programmers

    Notepad++ is a portable notepad that users like computer programmers will find enormously useful, because it offers something the regular Notepad doesn't: numbered lines.

  • Opinion: Search files in a flash with SwiftSearch

    Windows 8 has pretty decent file-search capabilities built in, especially if you learn a few tricks for smarter searches.



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