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More Software Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Caution: Should You Share Your Location on Facebook?

    Facebook recently rolled out a number of changes to the social networking site. One of the changes eliminates the concept of Facebook Places, but instead incorporates location-aware updates at virtually every level of Facebook. You might want to think twice, though, before broadcasting your location to the anonymous masses online.

  • Opinion: Viewing an old Address Book archive

    Reader Bob Trudeau would like to preview Address Book archives. He writes:

  • Opinion: Five Good Reasons to Try Mandriva Linux 2011

    Canonical's Ubuntu may frequently dominate the headlines in the Linux world, but the fact remains that it's just one of many popular desktop distributions of the free and open source operating system.

  • Opinion: More ways to master Mission Control

    Hints readers keep discovering clever Mission Control tricks. Once you enter Mission Control in Lion--either by swiping up with three or four fingers, hitting Control-Up arrow, clicking on the Dock icon, or any other means--there are a lot of secrets hiding away in Apple's new mash-up of Exposé and Spaces.

  • Opinion: Change What Application Loads When You Select a File

    The wrong program comes up when Nathan3 double-clicks a photo. He asked the Answer Line forum for advice.

  • Opinion: GameStop Tries to Win Back Customers' Trust

    GameStop wants a do-over after angering customers by removing coupons for a competitor that were in boxes for a popular video game.

  • Opinion: What Do You Need to Survive Hurricane Irene?

    As Hurricane Irene plows through North Carolina on its destructive path up the East Coast of the United States, people need to be prepared. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can use the resources included in the InstaTodo app to guide you.

  • Opinion: Learn to Program With Code Academy

    Did you ever want to be a huge nerd your whole life, but didn't know where to start? Don't have the shelf space for the O'Reilly books, or found the various "in a nutshell" books too dry? I think Code Academy has an offer you can't refuse.

  • Opinion: Another Way to Pin Folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar

    Remember last week when I said readers were smarter than me? That's still true, but it turns out I'm not so dumb after all--just forgetful.

  • Opinion: Convert Any File Into Any File Type With Go2Convert

    So you've got this file and you don't know how to open it. The person who sent it to you doesn't seem to know either, and your deadline is ticking away. What do you do? Head to Go2Convert.com.

  • Opinion: Post-Jobs, Apple Needs to Open Up

    There's no denying that the departure of Steve Jobs as Apple CEO is the end of an era. It's difficult to think of any other leader as synonymous with a brand as he has been.

  • Opinion: Google Maps Adds Voice Search to Chrome Desktop

    If you talk to your desktop PC, it's probably for all the wrong reasons--usually to hurl expletives at the machine for not working properly. Well, users of the desktop version of Google Chrome now have a more productive reason to get chatty with their computers. Google has added voice search for Google Maps to Chrome, offering users a (sometimes) faster way to get directions.

  • Opinion: Love Him, Hate Him, Steve Jobs Has Transformed Your Life

    Steve Jobs is still Chairman of the Board at Apple, and he is still going to be involved in steering the iconic tech company, but he has officially handed the CEO duties over to Tim Cook. Whether you are an avid fan of Apple, or an ardent Apple-basher, Steve Jobs has had an undeniable effect on technology and the world around you.

  • Opinion: Gliffy Snaps Out Spiffy Charts With Ease

    I don't have to make all that many charts in my daily work, but every now and then some project I'm working on demands a quickie flowchart or Venn diagram, and I never seem to have the right software on hand for the job. That's where Gliffy comes in. This handy little web app lets you whip up all kinds of charts on the fly, without forcing you to buy any high-end software to do it.

  • Opinion: Digital Janitor Straightens Out Messy File Hierarchies

    My Downloads folder can get messy. Before I started testing Digital Janitor (free), it contained over 150 different files, weighing in at over 700MB--and this is after a recent cleaning. Digital Janitor’s promise is to sort and tidy up any random bunch of files you throw at it, so my Downloads folder seemed like an ideal candidate.

  • Opinion: Check Out The (Surprisingly Good) Portal Fan Film

    The Portal videogames by Valve are one of my favorite series of all time. After completing the groundbreaking first game I remember walking around thinking of where I would shoot portals to expedite my route. The long-awaited sequel that came out earlier this year exceeded lofty expectations and left fans wanting even more.


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