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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: GeekBytes: Handheld Hacks

    Welcome to GeekTech's daily roundup of the day, covering news we weren't able to give the full-story treatment in bite-sized chunks. GeekBytes is all over cool hacks today, so check out some interesting phone tinkering news, plus how to make a small LED video wall or "stroboscope" with Arduino.

  • Opinion: Will You Check Your Work Email on Thanksgiving?

    Tis the season for family gatherings, holiday cheer...and work? A survey from Xobni finds that nearly 70 percent of Americans will make some time between watching the Detroit Lions and eating turkey this Thursday to check their work email.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 10: Storing Data in the Cloud

    Aside from email, one of the most known and widely used “cloud” services is data storage. As I continue my 30 Days With the Cloud journey, I have a wide choice of online storage options to choose from. Today I will take a look at some of them, and some of the pros and cons of using cloud storage at all.

  • Opinion: Mobile Malware Crisis? Not So Fast

    There's been a flurry of coverage of mobile malware over the past few days, including two separate reports declaring both 2011 and 2012 "the year of mobile malware."

  • Opinion: How Safe is WPA2-Secured WiFi?

    Darryl Boyett asked if his home WiFi connection, which uses WPA2 protection, is safe enough for online banking.

  • Opinion: App Uses Your Webcam to Detect Your Heart and Breathing Rates

    Have you ever wanted to know if you were within your target heart rate range while you exercise? Unfortunately for those of us who work out, a heart rate monitor can be expensive, costing anywhere from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars depending on the quality of the monitor. But your wallet--or purse--doesn't any to fear any longer thanks to the Philips Vital Signs Camera App for the iPad 2.

  • Opinion: New Kernel Patch Slashes Linux's Power Appetite

    Linux users working on laptops and other portable devices may soon have cause to rejoice thanks to a new kernel patch that finally promises to fix power regression problems associated with recent versions of the software.

  • Opinion: Fewer Reboots in Windows 8 Is a Patching Shell Game

    Microsoft revealed in a post on the Building Windows 8 blog that the next-generation Windows OS will require fewer reboots for Windows patches and updates. To anyone who has lost hours of work thanks to an unexpected automatic reboot, that probably sounds awesome. But, there is a reason the system reboots, and the solution proposed by Microsoft doesn't solve the issue.

  • Opinion: iTunes Match shouldn't shun those with big libraries

    We are the excluded ones. The misfits. The ones who listen differently.

  • Opinion: Coming Soon to Firefox: Quick Background Updates

    It's been predicted for some time now that Google's Chrome browser would catch up with Firefox in market share before year's end, and it looks like that may finally be happening.

  • Opinion: Facebook to Porn Spammers: We Know Who You Are

    Facebook says it knows who was behind the massive spam attack on the social network this week--although it isn't naming them--and it intends to take legal action against them.

  • Opinion: Add a Tabbed E-Mail View to Microsoft Outlook

    If you've lamented the lack of tabs in Microsoft Outlook, lament no more. Now you can give the program the one feature Microsoft seems determined to keep out.

  • Opinion: AOL Revamps AIM with Facebook, Google Chat Apps

    AIM, AOL's seminal instant messenger app, just received a preview update to pull it out of obscurity and compete with other more popular chat apps like Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype and a slew of others that aggregate disparate clients and boast features like video and picture-sharing.

  • Opinion: Android Malware Has Surged 472 Percent Since July

    Android users take note: Researchers have found a whopping 472 percent increase in Android malware samples since this summer. The free-for-all Android Market has seen a striking increase in the volume of attacks since July, according to research from Juniper Networks, as attackers continue to become more sophisticated in the malware they write.

  • Opinion: Why It's Not Too Late for Windows Phone 7

    Windows Phone 7 has what it takes to be a serious contender in the smartphone arena. Microsoft has some significant ground to make up, though, in order to compete with platforms like Android and iOS. But, is it too late?

  • Opinion: Seven Kindle Fire Apps for Getting Work Done

    The consensus of most reviewers of the Kindle Fire is that it's useful as a media consumption device, but not as an erstwhile laptop replacement like the iPad. While that may be the case, the Kindle Fire is cheaper than its Apple counterpart, and it still supports a wide range of productivity apps--especially when you take into account that you can sideload any Android application that you want.

  • Opinion: Google Music Comes Out of Beta: New Store, Player, and Social Integration

    Google Music is no longer in beta and is now open to the public--and you'll still be able to upload and stream up to 20,000 songs for free. Google revealed an updated version of its music cloud service, app, Web player, and store, Google Music, this afternoon at Mr. Brainwash's studio in Hollywood.

  • Opinion: Try OpenSUSE Linux 12.1 for Stability and Flexibility

    Major updates have been coming fast and furious in the world of Linux distributions this fall, and this week is no exception. Now joining the ranks of Ubuntu 11.10, Fedora 16 and many others is openSUSE 12.1, which on Wednesday made its debut.

  • Opinion: CyanogenMod 9 Coming Soon, Will Bring Tasty Hacking to Ice Cream Sandwich

    Steve Kondik, aka Cyanogen of the CyanogenMod team, teased a bit of news over Twitter that they are working to add Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich support to CyanogenMod 9, which should come out in January. The team's announcement comes hot off the heels of Google releasing the source code for Android version 4.0.

  • Opinion: Nokia Plans Windows 8 Tablet by June 2012

    Nokia plans to launch an iPad competitor based on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system next year, the company's French division manager let slip in an interview with newspaper Les Echos. The tablet would launch next summer and would be the first such product from the Finnish phone maker.



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