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  • Opinion: Lync Is the Unsung Hero of Microsoft Office 365

    After more than eight months of hype from Microsoft and analysis from PCWorld and our peers, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365, formally goes live Tuesday with Microsoft launch events from New York and around the world.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 27: Working With GIMP

    From the very beginning of the 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux series I have had readers comment, tweet, and email me to take a look at GIMP--the GNU Image Manipulation Program. So, as we wind down the 30 days, today's post is dedicated to exploring the photo / image editing tool that is installed with Ubuntu.

  • Opinion: Reader Questions on Thumbtack, Background Blur, and More

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many questions 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 March, April , and May.

  • Opinion: Apples iCloud is a real memory killer

    Apple's at it again, cruelly dumping its users' memories at the altar of a few pennies more profit.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 24: More Secure By Default

    30 Days With Ubuntu Linux: Day 24

  • Opinion: Free Player MusicBee Floats Like a Butterfly

    Your music collection may be gigantic, but your music player doesn't have to be. That's the idea behind MusicBee, a free music player for Windows PCs that's designed to deliver a simple but powerful way to manage your music collection.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 26: Connecting Peripherals

    What good is a PC if you can't print, or scan, or if your webcam doesn't work. When any new OS comes along, the compatibility of hardware and peripherals can make or break the perception and success of that OS--just ask Windows Vista. So, for today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post, I'm going to take a look at connecting some devices.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 23: Would You Like Some Wine With That

    Over the course of the three weeks I have been using Ubuntu so far for the 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux series, there have been sporadic comments suggesting that I just run this app or that app in a virtual Windows environment from within Ubuntu. So, today I am taking a look at Wine.

  • Opinion: Free Nitro PDF Reader Speeds Up, Works in Browsers

    It's leaner, it's meaner, it's Nitro PDF Reader. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions, new version 2 of the PDF viewer/creator/editor whose interface mimics Microsoft Office's to a great extent (2007 and now 2010--a good thing in my book), is now noticeably faster both opening and saving PDFs. This is no mean feat, as it was very fast before. Its new browser integration is nice as well.

  • Opinion: How to Stop Hack Attacks In One Easy Step: Whitelisting

    Anonymous, LulzSec, and others have demonstrated time and time again over the past few months that hacking networks and compromising data is mere child's play. Does that mean there is nothing we can do, and that organizations should just accept inadequate security? No. At least one security expert believes that the answer to defending networks and data against the rise in attacks is simple--whitelisting.

  • Opinion: Has Unity Knocked Ubuntu Off Its Pedestal?

    It's no secret that the new Unity interface in Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" has been less than entirely successful at pleasing some fans of Canonical's free and open source operating system.

  • Opinion: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer: The $89 Photoshop-Killer?

    Xara Photo & Graphic Designer ($89, seven-day free trial) is an all-in-one tool that can edit photos, 2D and 3D graphics, animation, text, and page layouts--for online or print media--seamlessly, without switching programs.

  • Opinion: Lion compatibility; native or not?

    Reader Greg Monroe looks to the future. He writes:

  • Opinion: Localscope for iPhone

    There are any number of apps let you search for nearby businesses on your iOS device but Localscope—a $2 offering from Cynapse—offers two neat twists: aggregation and augmented reality. Unfortunately, the execution falls a bit short.

  • Opinion: Copyright Grinch Pulls 'Friday' YouTube Video

    You don't know what you've got until it's gone -- it rings true for YouTube video sensation Rebecca Black with her viral song Friday. The popular YouTube video, with more than 167 million views, is no longer available due to a copyright claim filed by none other than Rebecca Black.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 16: EXT4 vs. NTFS

    The default file system in Windows is NTFS, and the default file system in Ubuntu Linux is EXT4. The purpose of today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post is to try and understand what the difference is, and whether or not you should care.

  • Opinion: Timer Tab Turns Your Browser Into a Multifunction Clock

    One of the most powerful productivity boosters I know isn't even a matter of technology; it's only a matter of time. By using your awareness of time in a few creative ways, you can prioritize better, solidify your focus, and dominate your deadlines. Timer Tab--a cool little Web app that works with any modern browser--gives you three useful tools for putting time to better use.

  • Opinion: Yahoo App Search Gets Through iOS, Android Clutter

    Yahoo is lumbering into the app search game, years behind smaller, nimbler competitors.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 15: Streaming with Ubuntu One

    Just over a week ago Apple unveiled iCloud-the new data syncing and streaming service that will keep all of your data, contacts, email, and music in sync across various devices. As awesome and revolutionary as iCloud seems, though, Ubuntu is already delivering a similar service with Ubuntu One. So, for today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post we're going to take a peek at what Ubuntu One has to offer.

  • Opinion: Sharing Lots of Photos

    Alice McVey asked me to suggest a way to send hundreds of photos and videos to a friend



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