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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Sites Loading Slowly? Blame McAfee SiteAdvisor

    True story. I'd been getting fed up with Firefox, in part because it was acting sluggish and flaky, so I decided to give Google's Chrome browser a try. And by "try," I mean make it my primary browser for a couple weeks.

  • Opinion: Use Linux-Like Virtual Deskops With VirtuaWin

    Anyone familiar with Linux is probably familiar with virtual desktops. If you're not, download VirtuaWin and take a look. This utility takes your Windows desktop, clones it up to nineteen times, then lets you switch between them. The idea is to keep a set of related programs or documents on each desktop to help organize things for people who leave lots of applications and documents open.

  • Opinion: Seven Good Reasons to Upgrade to Firefox 7

    Six weeks to the day after the official release of Firefox 6, Mozilla on Tuesday rolled out Firefox 7, the next version of its popular Web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 and why Android is the new Windows

    Windows 8 is the most exciting Microsoft operating system since Windows 95. But to see off the challenge of Google Android, it needs to be.

  • Opinion: Intuit Shows Off Mobile Tools

    Intuit dominates small-business accounting with its Quickbooks software, but the company is also working on tools to help managers of small and medium-size businesses do more from smartphones and tablets when they are away from the office.

  • Opinion: A Bundle of Updates Give 10 Linux Distributions a Boost

    With so many Linux distributions to choose from, it can be difficult to keep tabs on them all. Over the past few weeks I've written about Bodhi Linux--a lesser-known but nice (and increasingly popular) flavor of Linux--as well as Arch Linux and Mandriva. But today I'd like to round up other distributions of the free and open source operating system that have released key updates recently.

  • Opinion: Ripping foreign films with subtitles

    An interested party who would prefer to remain anonymous is curious about ripping DVDs. The Unknown One writes:

  • Opinion: Internet Domain Seizure Program Rankles Speech Advocates

    A controversial Internet domain seizure program has notched another victory for the federal government even as free speech advocates continue to raise concerns.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 Boot Screens Get a Classy New Look

    One of the many notable new features in Windows 8 is how quickly it boots--it can start up in under 7 seconds, in fact. With such a short booting time, what will you get instead of a ton of speeding BIOS text?

  • Opinion: Cowboy Guns for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a lot about Cowboy Guns, a Western shoot ’em up published by Chillingo, to make even the most hardened desperado smile. There’s plenty of challenges and a compelling storyline—albeit one delivered with dialogue so stilted that it would make a Roy Rogers picture seem like a Royal Shakespeare Company production. The graphics give the game a distinctive look, and the music sounds like something Ennio Morricone might compose. Clearly, a lot of attention was paid to getting all the details of Cowboy Guns just so.

  • Opinion: Mozilla Mulls a 5-Week Firefox Release Cycle

    Mozilla's new six-week release cycle for its Firefox browser has caused plenty of controversy since it was implemented earlier this year, but there could be more still to come.

  • Opinion: Will Windows 8 PCs Shut the Door on Linux?

    It seems safe to say that a sizable proportion of Linux PC users in the world today installed the free and open source operating system on hardware that originally came loaded with Windows. After all, while there are preloaded systems available, it often ends up being cheaper to buy a Windows PC and load Linux yourself.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7 'Mango' to Arrive Within Two Weeks

    Microsoft will begin delivering the new version of Windows Phone 7, code-named Mango, to its customers within the next two weeks, the company announced Wednesday.

  • Opinion: A Look at Pandora's New Web Interface

    The web interface for the Pandora's music service got a fresh new look Wednesday after years of the same Flash-based application. "New Pandora" uses an HTML5 design that was first unveiled in July and is faster, a little more visually appealing, and integrates some new features.

  • Opinion: Move data from an old Mac to a new Mac

    There are many reasons to get a new Mac—your old one is too slow, too ungainly, or it’s incompatible with the latest version of OS X. Regardless of why you’ve walked a new Mac through your front door, when you do, you face this immediate challenge: Moving the data on your current Mac to the new computer. There are multiple means for doing this. We’ll look at one built into Mac OS X—Migration Assistant.

  • Opinion: Hacker Creates Makes iOS Look Like OS X Lion

    Do you happen to be one of those people that really love Mac OS X Lion? Or perhaps, on the other end of the spectrum, you feel Lion's a bit too much like iOS? Well, now it's more than just similar, because if you happen to have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can now make sure that Lion never leaves your side, with a bit of clever hacking.

  • Opinion: Many People Still Don't Know Windows Phone 7 Exists

    If Microsoft wants to compete with the iPhone and the gazillion-plus Android handsets in the smartphone market, it's probably going to have to beef up its already sizable marketing budget for Windows Phone 7.

  • Opinion: T-Mobile Won't Get iPhone 5 This Year, Exec Says

    If you've been holding out for the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile, be prepared to continue waiting.

  • Opinion: Skype iPhone, iPod Touch App Has Security Hole

    Skype is working to fix a security hole in its iOS app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows a hacker to steal a person's entire address book. The vulnerability, located in the app's chat message window, can be exploited with JavaScript code. It was pointed out by security researcher Phil Purviance of AppSec.

  • Opinion: Beyond Google Wallet: A Look at the Competition

    Google Wallet is finally here, allowing Sprint Nexus S users to pay with their smartphones at select retailers in New York and San Francisco.



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