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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Rename iTunes Radio stations and find missing podcasts

    With a new iOS version and new iPhone hardware comes an updated version of iTunes. This week's column covers a problem with missing podcasts in iTunes 11.1 and explains how to change the names of iTunes Radio stations. And because the best way to keep your iTunes library organized is to make sure your tags are correct--if they're not consistent, you'll have trouble finding music and other content when you want to play something--I also address a number of questions about tags.

  • Opinion: 4 ways Amazon can fix its crummy Cloud Player

    The biggest failing of Apple's iTunes Match is its 25,000-track limit. (It has others, to be sure.) Apple gives you no control over which tracks you store in the cloud, nor does it offer an option to pay more for additional storage. If you're a music fan with a large library, you have to perform a frustrating dance to create a secondary iTunes library, or simply remove items from your main library, to get under the limit.

  • Opinion: How to track down Print Center in iOS 7

    We've been able to print from our iOS devices for quite awhile: Third-party apps have been available since early 2010, and with the introduction of AirPrint in iOS 4, Apple officially added built-in support for printing to compatible wireless and networked printers.

  • Opinion: When iOS 7 isn't really the worst thing in the world

    Whenever an operating system or application changes appearances in a radical way, people can get lost. Such is the case with iOS 7. In the past week I've read complaints that can be addressed simply by having a better understanding of what goes where. Let's walk through a few.

  • Opinion: iOS 7 adds support for zipped attachments in Mail, Messages with Quick Look

    Despite all you can do with an iOS device, certain features that are standard on a Mac or PC have been elusive on Apple's smartphones and tablets. With iOS 7, however, it looks like we can cross one of those omissions off the list: You can now unzip and view compressed files from within Mail.

  • Opinion: NotePad++ offers portable notepad features for programmers

    Notepad++ is a portable notepad that users like computer programmers will find enormously useful, because it offers something the regular Notepad doesn't: numbered lines.

  • Opinion: Search files in a flash with SwiftSearch

    Windows 8 has pretty decent file-search capabilities built in, especially if you learn a few tricks for smarter searches.

  • Opinion: What I'm Playing: More like, Lame Theft Auto

    Race the Sun

  • Opinion: The Macalope: Thanks for the "advice"

    Once again Apple has failed to impress so ... let the Monday-morning quarterbacking begin!

  • Opinion: How to use Activation Lock in iOS 7

    If you ever lose your phone or tablet, iOS 7's Activation Lock feature could potentially save you some angst by locking out would-be thieves. When you erase your lost phone through Apple's Find My iPhone tool, iOS 7 will not only erase your data from the phone, but it will also require a thief--or whoever happens to find your lost phone--to enter your Apple ID and password in order to use the phone in any capacity. This effectively turns your lost, erased iPhone into a glorified glass-and-metal paperweight.

  • Opinion: Everything you need to know about sharing iPhoto images

    In our last lesson, I walked you through the process of creating printed books, cards, and calendars from within iPhoto. While printing your images is a great way to pass around your photos, some people prefer sharing via digital means. And that's exactly what we'll focus on in this lesson.

  • Opinion: Split Chrome into two windows with NiftySplit

    Most modern laptop LCDs and desktop monitors are extremely wide, which doesn't make sense when you consider that most Web pages are narrow and intended for portrait-style viewing. Indeed, if you look at this very page, you may notice some unused white space on either side.

  • Opinion: Yes, you can still upgrade to Windows 7

    Arcticsid knows he can't continue using Windows XP. He asked the Windows forum about upgrading to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8.

  • Opinion: Sucker-free shopping tips for the lazy bargain hunter

    Shopping online is a double-edged sword. Naturally, it's super convenient to be able to browse virtually any store in the world, even if you live in the middle of nowhere. There's no giant parking lot, no crowds, and pants are optional. Products are delivered right to your home. Did I mention pants are optional?

  • Opinion: Cure for a corrupt Calendar application

    Reader Charles Enns would like to put an end to his Calendar problem. He writes:

  • Opinion: Trace wants to track your kickflips, cutbacks, and fakies

    Not too many people enjoy long talks about running. Likewise, most folks don't have convos over their time on the elliptical, or dish details on how long they used the stairmaster--but ask any skateboarder, snowboarder, surfer, or skier how their last session went and they're happy to tell you all about how many ollies they landed or how many attempts it took to nail that carving 360.

  • Opinion: Organize your Chrome tabs vertically with Veritabs

    Months ago I told you about OneTab, a nifty Chrome add-on that sucks up all your open tabs into a single, thus reducing tab clutter and, theoretically, improving Chrome's performance. (The more open tabs you have, the slower any browser will be.)

  • Opinion: How to effectively fill your Mac's display when screen sharing

    Reader Earl Andrews is interested in getting the full picture--at least when screen sharing with his Mac mini. He writes:

  • Opinion: Convert text to image, and image to text

    Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum about turning text into a .jpg. I'll also explain converting an image back into text.

  • Opinion: 6 running apps for people who don't even like to walk

    I hate running.



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