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More Software Opinion

  • 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:

  • 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.



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