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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Stream and Share Music for Free Online

    Forget about buying music; streaming your own playlists for free is now the way to go. Rdio is one of those sites that helps you share tunes. It has an extensive library of music, and it lets you add songs to playlists that you can share with followers who “add” you--much in the same vein as Twitter. Although Rdio emphasizes sharing songs within the site (and on Facebook and Twitter), you can also do your own thing and just use Rdio as an Internet radio station, streaming your hand-picked music all the time.

  • Opinion: Find Out When You Have Outlook Email With Mail Alert

    If you use Outlook, you're probably tired of having to go to its sprawling program window to check for mail. Wouldn't life be easier if you had an assistant telling you every time you've got a new piece of Email? That's exactly what Mail Alert ($7, thirty-day free trial) does.

  • Opinion: iPhone 4S, iPad 2 Get Rudimentary iOS 5 Jailbreak

    Two weeks after the release of the iPhone 4S, a member of the iPhone Dev-Team has discovered a "very preliminary" jailbreak for iOS 5 running on the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, according to iClarified, via TechCrunch.

  • Opinion: Turn Your iPad into a PowerPoint Presenter

    If you're in the business of making presentations, you know what a time-suck it can be to work with PowerPoint on a laptop. You have to connect a projector, wait an eternity for the PC to boot, run PowerPoint, load your slide deck, switch the laptop's video output to projector mode, and on and on. It's easy to blow 10-20 minutes just getting set up for your presentation--not a productive use of your time.

  • Opinion: Man Carves Smartphone Dock into Prosthetic Arm

    A British man is the owner of perhaps the most convenient smartphone dock in existence. It's actually a slot embedded in 50-year-old Trevor Prideaux's prosthetic arm, custom made to fit his Nokia C7 phone.

  • Opinion: Why Is It Called "Windows?"

    Microsoft has inconsistently followed a marketing strategy of using basic, descriptive, one-word names. Word is an excellent example. So are Money and Office.

  • Opinion: Hands-On With the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710

    I've been eager to get my hands on Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 phones ever since Nokia and Microsoft announced their partnership back in February.

  • Opinion: Windows XP: Pros and Cons of Not Upgrading

    Windows XP users, your favorite operating system is a decade old, and if you're still using it, you're not cool anymore, at least according to Microsoft. That's the software giant's recent take on its aging OS, which is still more popular than Vista or Windows 7 worldwide. Microsoft is hoping the final cadre of users hanging on to XP will start to dump it and move to the more modern Windows 7.

  • Opinion: How RIM's OS Update Can Save the PlayBook

    When RIM released the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in April, the tech sphere was overwhelmingly unimpressed. The lack of native email didn't help.

  • Opinion: Microsoft to Windows XP: Please Die, Already

    Microsoft is eager for Windows XP, its 10-year-old operating system, to fade into computing history. The sooner the better, in fact. But for that to happen, the Redmond company needs millions of XP users to drop creaky, old XP and migrate (hopefully) to Windows 7, or even to Windows 8, which won't arrive until next year.

  • Opinion: Siri Stops to Chat With Eliza, Comedy Ensues

    Although it's still in beta, Siri on the iPhone 4s is pretty useful if you happen to be driving, busy around the house, or even visually impaired. Of course, what makes Siri even better is its ability to have conversations, sometimes with pretty hilarious results (language NSFW!). However, all these conversations have one thing in common: They're all a human talking to a machine. So what about device-to-device encounters?

  • Opinion: Semi-tethered iOS 5 Jailbreak Developed, Useful On The Move

    Earlier in the month, Geek Tech reported on the iOS 5 jailbreak, which dropped less than 24 hours after Apple announced the latest software update. Like any new jailbreak, it's only constraint (other than not working on an iPad 2) was that you have to tether your device to a computer to boot it--annoying if your phone stops working when you are not near your computer. Since the initial release developers have been working to improve the hack, and now a tether-free version is slowly coming to light.

  • Opinion: Why Steve Jobs Is Right about Android

    Over the weekend I wrote an article titled "What If Steve Jobs Is Right?" As the title implies, the post was a hypothetical look at the possibility that Steve Jobs' assertion that Android is a "stolen product" is true.

  • Opinion: The Fast Way to Launch Programs in Windows 7

    People who migrate to Windows 7 from Windows XP often overlook one of the former's best features: the keyboard-friendly Start menu. Specifically, you can run any installed program with just a few keystrokes, no third-party launcher required. (Sorry, Launchy--you were one of my favorites, but you're no longer needed.)

  • Opinion: Apple TV Set was Jobs' Last Tech Frontier

    When the authorized biography of Steve Jobs goes on sale tomorrow, it will throw more fuel on the rumor that Apple has a TV set in its product pipeline.

  • Opinion: Yahoo Sale Buzz Mounts as Google Said to Be Possibly Interested

    Yahoo's improving stock price following a CEO shakeup makes the Internet portal ripe for a sale, and speculation is flying about industry titans that may bid for the company.

  • Opinion: Hacker Creates New Way to Communicate Road Rage

    A gadget has been created to help motorists communicate their angst toward other drivers without using the ubiquitous hand gesture. But you might want to watch what you say because you never know who is in the other car.

  • Opinion: Syncing iCloud with Windows and Outlook

    Apple's iCloud is a nice tool for keeping contacts, calendar items, and other data in sync between my iPhone and iPad, but what about keeping everything synced up with my Windows PC? Apple has that covered as well with the iCloud Control Panel for Windows.

  • Opinion: Hacker Collective Anonymous Strikes at Child Porn Sites

    Hacker collective Anonymous is at it again, and this time it is targeting websites that allow users to share child porn.

  • Opinion: Sprint Kills Unlimited Data For Everything Except Smartphones

    Sprint will stop offering unlimited 4G data for tablets, laptops USB cards, and mobile hotspots starting next month--effectively eliminating unlimited data for all devices except smartphones.


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