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  • Opinion: Freemake Video Converter: Still Free And It Gets Better

    Freemake Video Converter (and its sister product, Freemake Video Downloader) are products I use regularly, because they do specific things very well. In the case of Freemake Video Converter, that thing is converting videos from one format to another quickly and easily. The fact that it's free doesn't hurt, either. There aren’t even any ads, popups or watermarks.

  • Opinion: Build 3D Characters, Vehicles, and More With Carrara

    Carrara ($150, buy-only) is a powerful and--dare I say--fun application for creating detailed three-dimensional content and animations. It breaks the various stages of the modeling and creation process into “rooms,” each allowing you to focus on a different task with its own custom tools.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 11: Following the Wrong Path of iOS

    I am impressed so far with how Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" seems to bring a fresh, unique angle to a smartphone market that seems largely comprised of copycat devices trying to look and feel like the iPhone. However, as I explore the OS in this 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 series, I am also noting a number of ways that Windows Phone 7 has copied iOS as well--but not in a good way.

  • Opinion: Easy Desktop Launcher Uses Real Words

    Let's face it. While icons are pretty, know no language barriers, and are easily recognizable once you're familiar with them-- they're limited in the amount of information they can convey. E.g., you have five Microsoft Word documents on your desktop and you used anything resembling a decent description in naming them --the icons are exactly the same and only part of the file name is visible. Until you click on them, you can't know which is which. If you'd like a more word-oriented, quicker-to-recognize view of your documents, folders, and programs you need Easy Desktop 9.0 ($30, 15-day free trial).

  • Opinion: How a Google Drive Revival Would Help Your Work

    Long ago Google internally tested a file storage service code-named Platypus, but the world referred to it as Google Drive or Gdrive. In 2008 they killed off the project, instead allowing users to upload files to Google Docs in the familiar interface we use today.

  • Opinion: Will Ubuntu Linux Switch to a Monthly Release Cycle?

    There seems to be no end to the major changes being tossed around for Ubuntu this year.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Mac App Store uninstall hassles

    If you decide to uninstall an app purchased from the Mac App Store (MAS), you may confront some unexpected hassles--especially if you are still running Snow Leopard.

  • Opinion: Ingenious Android App Allows Web-Browsing Over SMS

    If you have an Android smartphone and a T-mobile unlimited text plan, there's a new, free, way to browse the web. Smozzy Beta, developed by Jeff Donahue is a free app available on the Android market that is at first-glance simply a wrapper for the built-in web browser. The brilliant difference is that instead of transferring data over 3G, packets are transmitted and received entirely via text message (SMS and MMS).

  • Opinion: How to Tweak Windows' AutoPlay Settings

    Ever wonder why DVD movies automatically start playing the moment you pop them into your PC? Or why nothing at all happens when you insert a blank CD? Or connecting your iPhone causes an options window to appear? It's all controlled by Windows' AutoPlay feature, which is designed to kick into action--or not--when you connect a device or insert some kind of media.

  • Opinion: Why GlobalSign Was Right to Suspend New Certificates

    When you work in computer security, reputation is everything. Certificate authentication authority (CA) GlobalSign on Monday suspended issuance of any new certificates pending the result of an investigation into a claim by a hacker that its security had been compromised. Their swift response maintains their reputation as a leading CA and positions them as an optimal choice for anyone looking for a CA for their business.

  • Opinion: New Point-of-Sale Strategy Boosts Service and Security

    The tools used to ring up sales have come a long way since the cash register. The first point-of-sale (POS) software for Microsoft Windows emerged in the early 1990s. POS systems have since evolved from souped-up cash registers that did nothing more than record sales into hubs for business management, operations, and analysis. The past decade has seen the rise of touchscreen interfaces, customer self-checkout stations, and payment kiosks.

  • Opinion: Wait! Don't Rush Out for Droid Bionic or Mango Just Yet

    It's an exciting time for high-end smartphones--HTC unveiled a couple hot Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" smartphones coming soon, and the Droid Bionic is available from Verizon starting today. Devices like the HTC Titan and the Droid Bionic are impressive, but do yourself a favor and wait a month or two before getting a new smartphone.

  • Opinion: Try Bodhi Linux for Beauty and Customizability

    Scarcely a day goes by without an update being released for one Linux distribution or another, but today saw the launch of one I think is worth some attention.

  • Opinion: Cure for unintended gestures

    Reader Joe Forbes' heavy-handed mousing is causing problems with Safari. He writes:

  • Opinion: Lion Tweaks 1.3 lets you tweak hidden Lion settings

    As impressive as many of the features of Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) may be, the new OS is not without its flaws. And for some people, many of those flaws are little changes that, collectively, affect the overall experience of using OS X. For example, the fact that the user-level Library folder is now hidden, or that opening new windows has gained some additional--and, some feel, unnecessary--animation.

  • Opinion: Rocket Bunnies Review

    Rocket Bunnies has an interesting premise: You're a rabbit on a rocket (hence the name)...in space. There's no real story line, but your job is to ride your rocket across various galaxies, collecting all of the little bunnies that are stuck on various planets.

  • Opinion: Researchers Develop 'Duplex' Wireless

    Rice University researchers has come across another breakthrough that could double the capacity of wireless signals. The "full-duplex wireless technology" allows a wireless device, such as a phone or tablet, to upload and download data on a single frequency as opposed the two required today.

  • Opinion: How to Restore Missing System-Tray Icons

    Reader Dennis has a laptop running Windows 7. He noticed recently that the System Tray icons for power and volume have gone missing, and he's wondering how to get them back.

  • Opinion: Hummingbird Brings Your Bricked Phone Back to Life

    Bricking a gadget--that is, rendering it unusable--is a risk that all gadget hackers and tinkerers take. Bringing a bricked phone back to life can be a pain too, but a pair of XDA Developers may have found a quicker solution to the issue.

  • Opinion: Cure for a forgetful Mac

    Reader Alan Conway has a forgetful Mac. He writes:



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