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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Apture Instantly Searches Phrases You Highlight

    So you’re reading an article online and you’d like a little background on something mentioned in the text. If you’re like most people, your first instinct is to pop open a new tab and google the phrase. But if you have the Apture plugin installed in your browser, you can simply highlight the phrase and let Apture do the searching for you without even leaving the current tab.

  • Opinion: GoodGuide Toolbar Helps You Choose Healthier Products

    GoodGuide.com is a free database for consumers who wish to determine, before they buy, how safe, healthful, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible various products are. These are the things that most of us buy on a regular basis, from household items like shampoo and pet food to cars and electronics. The site provides an overall aggregate score (using a 0 to 10 rating system) for each item, compared to other products of its type, and breaks out individual scores in categories such as Controversial Ingredients, Fair Trade, Energy Efficiency, and Labor and Human Rights. Using the GoodGuide Transparency Toolbar, a free browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox, online shoppers now have on-the-fly access to the GoodGuide product ratings

  • Opinion: Why I Get Apps From Amazon, Not Google

    Apple makes a lot of noise about the size of its iOS app store, and there's something to be said for selection, sure. But in my view, having the most apps isn't the same as having the best apps, and I generally like what I get with Android more. Of course, that's not an objective statement about the merits of the two platforms; it's a subjective, personal preference. But one thing I don't like about Android's App Market is its slightly-too-open open-door policy on app submissions. That's why I download my apps from Amazon these days.

  • Opinion: Teagueduino Teaches You How To Bring Your Ideas To Life

    Arduino microcontrollers are pretty awesome. Without the help of an Arduino chip, there would be so many robots and hacks that GeekTech would never have had the pleasure to write about., Using an Arduino or similar microcontroller boards does take a bit of practice and patience, especially if you don't already know how to program.

  • Opinion: Sprint Hiking Early Termination Fees for Smartphones

    Sprint believes that the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger will increase costs for consumers. So is it hypocritical that Sprint is making its own plans more expensive? According to Sprint enthusiast blog Sprintfeed, Sprint will hike early termination fees on September 9.

  • Opinion: Firefox's Rapid Release Schedule Draws More Blame

    Mozilla's new rapid release schedule for its Firefox browser has come under considerable fire in recent weeks, and over the weekend even more fuel was added to the conflagration.

  • Opinion: The point of iTunes' Skip feature

    Reader Kirk Aplin is mildly confounded by an iTunes feature he's recently discovered. He writes:

  • Opinion: Samsung Series 7 Tablet Packs a Laptop Punch

    Windows 7 tablets may be unpopular, but Samsung's Series 7 Tablet has a lot to offer those who want a powerful tablet with laptop features. The Series 7 Tablet packs the same hardware specs as the Samsung Series 7 laptops -- in a thin 2-pound 11.6-inch slate form that pairs with an external keyboard.

  • Opinion: Split Chrome Tabs In Two With the Frame Two Pages Plugin

    At least a few times a day, I need to quickly cross-reference information from two different Web sites at the same time. Usually I just pop the tabs out into separate pages and align them side by side, but that involves more mouse movements than I care to bother with, and it makes it tougher than it should be to keep Word open beside the Web windows to copy and paste information as needed. But a cool plugin for Google Chrome called Frame Two Pages makes this task really easy.

  • Opinion: Panasonic Makes Big 3D Push With High-End Camcorder

    Panasonic today announced a high-end 3D camcorder that will be the first 3D camcorder to use the AVCHD Progressive video format (albeit in in 2D capture mode). The dual-lens, six-sensor Panasonic HDC-Z10000 will offer 1080p/60fps recording, full manual focus and iris controls, high-end audio options, and manual controls to adjust the convergence point of the lenses during 3D capture.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Windows 8: Here's What We Know So Far

    Details about Windows 8, Microsoft's newest operating system expected in 2012, have been leaking out thanks largely to Microsoft previews and a stream of blog posts on the company's Building Windows 8 blog.

  • Opinion: Notice a Faster Web? Thank the Global Internet Speedup

    If you notice faster delivery of Web content today, consider yourself more than just lucky. In fact, you may well be a beneficiary of the Global Internet Speedup, a new, Google-backed effort to speed up the Web around the world.

  • Opinion: App Creates Mobile Cloud for Android, Windows

    Wyse is introducing the concept of a personal cloud--a seamless connection between your mobile device and your PC--with the launch of the latest version of Wyse PocketCloud Pro for Android. The new PocketCloud Pro challenges file syncing and transfer services by providing drag and drop file sharing between Android mobile devices and Windows PCs.

  • Opinion: Android Photo Apps, Backing Up Photos on a Trip

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from May, June, and July.



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