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  • 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:

  • Opinion: SRS Audio Essentials Enhances Sound to Awesome Standards

    If you've never heard SRS's sound enhancements, you're missing out. They add bass, depth, spaciousness, and clarity to just about any piece of music or video. Bass-enriching TruBass and space-enhancing Focus and Definition (as WOW)are actually included with Windows Media Player, but if you use another player, you need SRS Audio Essentials, a free version of which is available that adds WOW and TruBass to any player and works with virtually any audio or video player. I use it with VLC, which I favor for its comprehensive format support.

  • Opinion: AquaSnap Lets You Snap Windows Around

    If you’re still using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you may have seen friends or coworkers snapping windows around with Windows 7’s newfangled hotkeys, and longed for the same functionality for your aging system. AquaSnap (free) delivers this, and more.

  • Opinion: Open Windows 7 Explorer to Your Favorite Location

    Jim Pearson wants to change the default location for Windows 7's version of Windows Explorer, and have it default to opening C:\

  • Opinion: A Baseball Sim for Hard-Core and Casual Gamers Alike

    Com2Us's 9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 is an excellent title for baseball fans and baseball video game fans. 9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 features all of the latest players, their stats, team and coach information, and even batting orders and pitching rotations for the 2011 season. On top of that, it offers a simple-yet-fun baseball simulation for people who are less interested in the numbers.

  • Opinion: Photograph Star Trails With Your Digital Camera

    You probably know that Polaris--the North Star--remains stationary in the night sky, and all of the heavens rotate around it. If you could lie under a cloudless sky at night for several hours, you would see the stars spin around the sky like they were tracks on an old vinyl record. Perhaps it has occurred to you that this would also make a great photograph. In the past, I've told you about how to take other sorts of night photos, so this week let's see what it takes to shoot star trails.

  • Opinion: Angies List: Is the Service Site Worth Its Fee?

    By now you’ve probably encountered an ad for Angie’s List, the website that lets consumers view ratings and reviews of businesses and service professionals in their area.

  • Opinion: Chrome Plug-in Adds Mustaches to Every Online Face

    Queen frontman Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991 at age 45. Since the, he's been fondly remembered for his music, memorable stage persona, legendary style, and--of course--his ever-present mustache. Google is commemorating Mercury's life through a special video doodle, which over the course of 98 seconds shows the singer on stage, dancing with a vacuum cleaner, flying on a tiger, and sitting on a throne--all to the backing of Queen's 1978 hit Don't Stop Me Now.

  • Opinion: Google Bought Motorola for the Hardware, After All

    Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility last month wasn't just about the patents. The Mountain View, Calif. company is interested in the hardware business, too.

  • Opinion: Access Gmail When You're Not Connected to the Internet

    Reader David is an avid Gmail user who recently spent five weeks in Brazil, where "any form of permanent [Internet] connection was far from possible." In other words, he quickly grew frustrated with Gmail because of his limited connectivity.

  • Opinion: WikiLeaks Leak of Its Leaks Puts Sources at Risk

    It is hard not to be the center of controversy when you're a site like WikiLeaks that specializes in exposing information that was never intended for the general public. The whistleblowing, freedom of the press advocate is in hot water again as it is the victim itself of a breach that exposed US State Department communications that had been leaked to it.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Microsoft Outlook annoyances

    I've been using Outlook 2011 as my mail program since Microsoft released it as the replacement for Entourage last year. Overall, the transition from Entourage has been a smooth one. Outlook does have several quirks and omissions, however, that bother me on an almost daily basis. What is especially irritating about these quirks is that Entourage handled the same situations with no problem--making Outlook feel more like a downgrade than an upgrade. A few of the issues (such as the lack of a Resend command) have been remedied in subsequent updates to Outlook. But not all. Here are three that remain:

  • Opinion: Is It Really Necessary To Logout of Web Sites?

    Keith Stanley wants to know if he should really logout of Web sites that require a login when he's done with them.

  • Opinion: John's Background Switcher Keeps Desktop Wallpaper Fresh

    Wallpaper switchers are not a new invention. If you’ve ever found yourself bored with a background image that once seemed beautiful and dramatic, you may have felt the need for such a tool. However, few applications (and even fewer free applications) mature over time to become as capable and impressive as John’s Background Switcher.

  • Opinion: Hack or No Hack, the Linux Kernel Is Well-Protected

    It was shocking to learn yesterday that Kernel.org was hacked last month. News like that is routine in the world at large, but not in the home of the all-important heart of Linux.

  • Opinion: Google's Chrome Turns Three: How Fast They Grow

    It's hard to believe it's been only three years since the Google Chrome browser debuted. According to the latest market share statistics from usage-tracking firm Net Applications, Chrome now has 15.51 percent of the desktop browser market--a meteoric rise for an app that entered a crowded market dominated by neighborhood bully Microsoft Internet Explorer.

  • Opinion: Chrome Inches Up, Firefox Flat, IE9 Climbing Fast

    The latest and greatest browser market share stats are out from Net Applications. On the surface, it seems there was very little change from last month among desktop browsers, but digging a little deeper yields some interesting perspective.



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