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  • Opinion: How To Unlock the Hidden Facebook iPad App (Again)

    Yesterday, after Facebook accidentally leaked their long-overdue official iPad app, the blogosphere erupted with instructions on how to unlock the hidden app. Facebook quickly responded by blocking Facebook for iPad. Clearly there is a lot of interest in the app, because today hacker chpwn released a tool called FaceForward that re-enables the hidden feature.

  • Opinion: Adjust the size of Mail sidebar icons

    Mail looks pretty different in Lion: it's got a new layout, a variety of new interface elements, and a revamped sidebar, too. Hints reader michaelj wasn't thrilled with that last one: He found that his mailbox icons were displayed much larger in the sidebar than he'd prefer. It turns out that Mail's sidebar icons are (bizarrely) linked to the size of the icons in the Finder's sidebar. Really. Here's the fix:

  • Opinion: Extract essential email data

    It’s not uncommon to receive email messages jammed with important links and addresses. If you often wish you could save these bits of information without having to archive (and search through) the messages that contain them, you'll be happy to hear that Lion’s version of Automator makes it possible.

  • Opinion: Stream Video from Windows Media Center to iPhone or iPad

    One of the limitations of using Windows Media Center as my DVR is that there's no easy way to watch recorded TV shows and movies on my mobile devices. Specifically, Microsoft's WTV files (the format used for said recordings) aren't compatible with my iPhone, iPod, or iPad. And anyway, they consume too much space to be practical for mobile viewing.

  • Opinion: AT&T Customers Attempt to Block T-Mobile Merger

    AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile isn't just making industry rivals uneasy, it's also spurring resistance from customers.

  • Opinion: See the whole conversation in Lion Mail

    One of the many changes in Lion's edition of Mail is the Gmail-inspired Conversations view. Conversations combines messages from a thread into a simple chronological view. But those conversations are incomplete: by default, messages that you sent are not included. That can make the thread harder to parse. Though Dan Frakes mentioned that you could tweak the default behavior in his Lion Mail review, it's worth spelling out just how to do it. Hints reader nathanator11 did just that.

  • Opinion: Windows Installation in Sad Shape?

    It's rare that a piece of "miracle" software actually lives up to its developers' claims. The $70 program Reimage--which claims to provide hassle-free relief for damaged Windows installs--delivers on its promise.

  • Opinion: Instant Elevator Music Plays When Your PC Makes You Wait

    Whether you're copying, downloading, or opening them, big files mean long waits. Soothe your irritated nerves with Ben Stone's Instant Elevator Music. This small free/donationware program plays a pleasant tune in a loop while your PC sets about its work.

  • Opinion: Mozilla Gets to Work on Enterprise Firefox Support

    Mozilla's new rapid release schedule may help the best new Firefox features get to market faster, but it's also caused no small amount of consternation among business users of the open source browser. This week, Mozilla took a big step in trying to address that gap.

  • Opinion: Apple B2B App Store Open for Business

    The Apple B2B App Store is open for business. Only a week after first revealing details of the new platform, Apple has launched the service and businesses that use iOS devices can begin to take advantage of the benefits it has to offer.

  • Opinion: Revert OS X Lion's Page Scrolling To the Old Direction

    I wouldn't exactly call myself an old-fashioned guy, but I'm a little surprised at how long it's taking me to get accustomed to one of the minor little tweaks in OS X Lion, the new version of Apple's Mac operating system that launched today. I'm talking about page scrolling, which Apple has just inverted by default, and the newly tweaked feature can take more than a little getting used to.

  • Opinion: iOS Patches Jailbreak Exploit, Is Quickly Jailbroken

    On Friday, Apple released a minor update to iOS, version 4.3.4. The update patched the famous PDF exploit used by JailbreakMe 3.0, which allowed users to jailbreak any iDevice (including iPad 2) through a website. Some bloggers purported the latest update would also quell future jailbreaks- which anyone following the cat-and-mouse game between Apple and iOS hackers should know would turn out false. Well, it did, and less than 12 hours after the release of 4.3.4, a jailbreak was released by RedmondPie.

  • Opinion: Corel Painter 12's New Features Make Natural-looking Art

    The quest to use a computer to emulate natural artistic media is not a new one. The allure of painting with something "just like water color" has tempted both developers and users for years, and Corel Painter 12 ($429, 30-day free trial) brings this dream closer than ever before.

  • Opinion: Browser Should Manage Your Online ID, Mozilla Says

    Firefox maker Mozilla wants you to give up all your website logins and passwords for a new online identity management system that sits in your browser called BrowserID.

  • Opinion: What You Should Know About Apple Apps Volume Purchase Program

    IT admins at businesses of all sizes have been forced to grapple with the consumerization revolution led by the Apple iPhone and iPad. Now, Apple is making it simpler, and more cost effective for organizations to rely on iOS devices with discounted apps in a new volume purchasing program.

  • Opinion: Should Microsoft dump the name 'Windows'?

    Microsoft outlined visions of a unified ecosystem for PCs, phones, tablets, TVs and Xbox at the Worldwide Partner Conference on Tuesday and according to one technology blog, it may consider dropping the "Windows" name in favor of something fresh.

  • Opinion: Spotify Music Service Finally Live in U.S.

    The much anticipated Spotify online music service has finally landed on U.S. shores Thursday. Spotify has previously only been available in Europe but now joins a crowded U.S. market of competing music services that include Amazon Cloud Player, Google Music, iTunes, MOG, Pandora, Rhapsody, Rdio, and Slacker.

  • Opinion: Netflix Alternatives: Other Places You Can Get Streaming Media, DVD Rentals

    Not thrilled with Netflix's announcement to separate streaming and DVD plans and drastically hike up the cost of monthly plan rates? We rounded up stats for a few Netflix alternatives out there so you can decide if you want to pay up or get out.

  • Opinion: Parcels App for Android Tracks Packages In One Place

    I get a lot of packages. Between my online shopping addiction and the fact that various tech companies are always sending me gadgets and other stuff to test, I've built pretty good relationships with my FedEx, DHL, On Trac, and UPS drivers. But to help keep track of all the packages I've ordered and shipped at any given time, I've been turning to a cool little Android app called Parcels.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Wants Windows XP Shoved Out the Door

    With Windows XP's retirement nearly 1,000 days away, Microsoft is pressuring customers to ditch the 10-year-old operating system.



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