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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Tracks for iPhone

    The photo sharing app Tracks from Tracks Media wants to be a hub for social photography, but it needs to expand its reach first.

  • Opinion: Hibernate After Sleep

    I'm not answering a reader question this time; just passing on some useful information.

  • Opinion: WebOS: What Went Wrong?

    HP announced Thursday that it will discontinue its WebOS line of devices, which includes the HP Veer 4G, the HP Touchpad and the yet-to-be-released HP Pre 3 smartphone. The death of WebOS devices is sad, yet unsurprising news. The entire journey of the WebOS has been marred by pitfalls since the very beginning--and things only got worse over time.

  • Opinion: NYC Wants Pay-By-Phone Parking Meters

    Searching your car's change compartment for quarters may soon become obsolete in New York City, where plans are underway to let drivers pay parking meters by cellphone.

  • Opinion: InterFAX Adds Faxing From Google Docs

    As much as it baffles me that fax machines still exist in the 21st century, I still have a handful of business contacts who rely on--nay, stubbornly insist on--fax machines for important business communications. While this has become rare in the tech world, where sentient beings have long since abandoned faxes for PDFs and email, many independent contractors in a variety of fields still force their clients to fax important documents.

  • Opinion: Keep Your Wi-Fi Secure, Quick Windows Tips

    For many years, I didn't bother protecting my home network--even though PCWorld colleagues like Nick Mediati have some great tips on doing just that (see "How to Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network"). Call me crazy, but I didn't see the need.

  • Opinion: It's Clear Why Software Patents Need to Disappear

    If there's any lesson to be learned from Google's news-making activities these past few days, it's that software patents are a problem.

  • Opinion: AT&T's First LTE Devices Hit Shelves August 21

    While AT&T finishes preparations on its new 4G LTE network, the carrier will begin selling the first two devices that will connect to it on August 22.

  • Opinion: ViewSonic Launches Combo Windows, Android Tablet

    ViewSonic's dual OS tablet, the ViewPad 10pro, is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com. That's the good news. The bad news is the tablet that runs both Windows 7 and Android 2.3 OS is in danger of being outdated before it loses that "new car smell". Here is why.

  • Opinion: TellMeLater for iPhone

    Despite text messages, email and a constant stream of notifications, it’s still pretty easy to forget things these days. TellMeLater from Sixfoisneuf42 is a helpful iPhone app that makes it easy to remember things by offering a simple yet effective take on task management.

  • Opinion: This Is What an 'Anonymous' Protest Looks Like

    On the way home from work today, I decided to stop by the Anonymous protest to see what all the fuss was about. The group of hackers has made it their project this week to shut down San Francisco’s BART subway system in response to BART disrupting cell phone service to ward off an unrelated protest last week.

  • Opinion: Seamless Studio

    When I think of patterns, the first thing that comes to mind is fabric. While Seamless Studio ($49, 15-day free trial) can certainly generate beautiful patterns for anything from blankets to sundresses, you can also use it to design gorgeous custom wallpapers (for your real walls, as well as for your desktop), and elegant website backgrounds.

  • Opinion: OS X Lion Thumb Drive Hits the Market

    Mac users without access to high-speed Internet or a local Apple Store can now order an OS X Lion USB thumb drive for $69 from Apple's online store. The drive ships in one to three business days and costs more than double the price of a $30 Lion download from Apple's Mac App Store. Apple announced in July when Lion became available to the public that it would start selling Lion USB sticks for those unable, or perhaps unwilling, to use Apple's digital store front.

  • Opinion: Leaked Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS Photos

    There is now slightly less mystery around the next version of Android for smartphones, Ice Cream Sandwich, which Google first announced in May. The update has been pictured in a few alleged screenshots leaked by RootzWiki and the Android Police blog this week.

  • Opinion: Cleaning Malware: Slave Drive or Bootable CD?

    Kent knows that you can better scan and clean an infected PC's hard drive by not booting from it. He asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if it's better to boot from a Linux CD and run security software from that, or to remove the hard drive, and attach it as a secondary drive to another computer.

  • Opinion: Foxit Reader Opens Your PDFs Fast

    Foxit Reader is a fast, free, lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader for opening and displaying PDF files. It's also feature-packed, though it lacks the print-to-PDF and conversion capabilities of fellow freebie Nitro PDF Reader.

  • Opinion: Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best

    Looking back through my old files, I'm amazed to see how many word processors I’ve used over the years. I’ve got document files in formats ranging from MacWrite to Pages and everything in between. The problem is, a lot of those old files are useless to me now: None of my current word processors can read them. That’s a shame; some of those old words were pretty good.

  • Opinion: Outgrown Windows' File Manager? Try Multi-Paned Q-Dir

    Windows' built-in Explorer file manager has seen many improvements over the years. It now has features thumbnails, multiple folder views, and lots of other goodies. But it still lacks basic functionality, such as tabbed windows and a dual-pane view. If you occasionally feel the need for a file manager with a bit more oomph--but find Total Commander to be overkill--the free Q-Dir might pique your interest.

  • Opinion: Take more control of Mission Control

    If you found Spaces too confusing or too much trouble in Snow Leopard, you should give virtual desktops another try in Lion. Mission Control combines features of Spaces and Exposé and makes them way more usable. A trio of Hints readers have offered up some tips that make Mission Control easier to work with—which could make you more productive.

  • Opinion: Draw Practically Anything in 3D With Google Sketchup

    As a kid, I was obsessed with Lego. Being able to take simple blocks and make them into complex structures which were just what I had in mind was a very powerful feeling. As a grown-up, I still sometimes have ideas and designs that I want to communicate, or see for myself if they might work. When that happens, I reach for Google's free SketchUp.



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