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More Software Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Maybe RIM Should Stop Trying

    Research In Motion (RIM) has built a reputation as a secure, reliable, business-oriented mobile platform. Back when RIM was the only game in town, this was good enough--but now snazzy smartphones have appeared on the consumer market, and RIM can't keep up.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Losing iWork documents in iCloud

    If you use iWork applications (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), you can >use the iWork section of iCloud to sync your documents across all of your devices—Mac OS X and iOS. Sort of. While it generally works well when syncing documents among iOS devices, syncing to and from Macs is another story. Even when syncing among iOS devices, there is potential danger—including a chance that all of your documents will vanish.

  • Opinion: Prefer Open Source? Join the Crowd

    If ever there was a year to demonstrate why open source software is a smart choice for businesses, 2011 has surely been it.

  • Opinion: Zombo-O-Lanterns Desktop Wallpaper

    Jack-o-lanterns are everywhere at Halloween--how about throwing some zombies into the mix? Macabre designer Chad Savage gives us a ghoulish mashup with his Zombo-O-Lanterns desktop wallpaper, which manages to be both playful and creepy at the same time.

  • Opinion: Autumn Harbinger Desktop Wallpaper

    Get into the spirit of the season with Autumn Harbinger Desktop Wallpaper, which features grinning skeletal Jack-o-lanterns wishing you a happy Halloween against a rising harvest moon. The colors are autumnal and Halloweeny, and the effect is cheerful in a slightly creepy way. Unlike much of designer Chad Savage's imagery, this desktop wallpaper is perfectly appropriate for children.

  • Opinion: iTar Turns Your iPad Into an Instrument, Invites You to Start Strumming

    If you're ready to step it up a notch from Guitar Hero without actually having to pick up and learn a guitar, the iTar seems like it'd be a great choice. Not to be confused with the MANTARAY iTar we mentioned in 2010, this beauty is brought to you by Starr Labs, the iTar is a nifty dock that turns your iPad on its side and becomes a "neck", complete with strings that can actually be fingered. Hold it in the usual guitarish way, and you can fiddle with the iPad screen and play with the neck to create a nifty little guitar controller.

  • Opinion: What Google's Rubin Doesn't Understand about Siri

    The head of Google's Android mobile OS, Andy Rubin, doesn't think your smartphone should be your personal assistant. In comments made during an interview at the AsiaD conference this week, Rubin downplayed the impact of Siri--the voice interactive personal assistant included with the iPhone 4S.

  • Opinion: Send and Receive Text Messages on Your PC

    Text messaging is great--except when it isn't. For one thing, it's expensive (unless you have an unlimited messaging plan, which itself can be expensive). Plus, it forces you to type on your phone's tiny keyboard--not always the fastest or most convenient method.

  • Opinion: As Ubuntu Linux Turns 7, 'Precise Pangolin' Planning Begins

    It was exactly seven years ago that the very first version of Ubuntu Linux--dubbed "Warty Warthog"--was released, kicking off a long line of increasingly popular versions of the free and open source operating system.

  • Opinion: Ice Cream Sandwich: 7 More Cool Features

    Ice Cream Sandwich, Google's latest update to the Android franchise, has plenty of improvements and changes hidden under the surface that make the mobile OS even sweeter. With more Android phones being announced every day in preparation for the holiday shopping season, here are seven new features in Ice Cream Sandwich you should be aware of.

  • Opinion: Five Things Apple Needs to Do to Improve Siri

    Siri and I just met a few days ago. I think we're getting along pretty well so far (although she seems to get a bit testy and sarcastic when I ask her to "open the pod bay doors."). As great as Siri seems, though, Apple is calling this a beta and I can see why.

  • Opinion: Can I Backup a PC When It's Off?

    In what I'm guessing is a response to my post, Turn a PC Off or Leave It On?, Jim Lane asked if he could back up computers when they are not turned on.

  • Opinion: Malware Uses Smartphone Accelerometers to Steal Keystrokes

    Did you know your smartphone's accelerometer can be used to steal keystrokes from a nearby keyboard?

  • Opinion: Microsoft's Ballmer Knocks Android, Commends iPhone

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had some nasty things to say about Google's Android operating system. But the iPhone? Not so much.

  • Opinion: Apple's Siri vs. Android's Voice Actions: Feature Showdown

    Apple's new voice input-based digital assistant, Siri for the iPhone 4S pits the iPhone against Android's Voice Actions, a popular feature for Android phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher. Both Siri and Voice Actions promise to make your life easier by letting you speak--rather than type--your messages, web searches, notes, and navigation.

  • Opinion: Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Transformer 2 First Tablets to Get Ice Cream Sandwich OS

    Asus has released a sneak peek video of the Eee Pad Transformer 2, which, along with the original Eee Pad Transformer, is the first set of tablets confirmed to be getting Android 4.0, a.k.a., Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Opinion: Linux Mint Will Soon Get a GNOME 3 Edition

    Now that Ubuntu Linux has chosen Unity as its default desktop environment, Linux Mint stands out as perhaps the most user-friendly distribution offering a non-Unity default alternative, as I've noted before.

  • Opinion: RIM Apologies for Recent BlackBerry Outages with Free Apps

    Research in Motion extended an apology for last week's multi-continent BlackBerry outages last by offering free premium apps and one month of free technical support for its enterprise customers.

  • Opinion: Car Makers Rev up Plans for Hands-Free Car Tech

    Over the past few years, the tech capabilities of a vehicle have gone far beyond acting as a power generator for a backseat DVD player. Car dashboards can display exactly how fuel-efficient your driving habits are, direct you with a built-in GPS, read your tweets, and read your SMS texts outloud.



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