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  • Opinion: Send Yourself Text-Message Reminders

    You know what I love about text messages? They're virtually impossible to ignore. They pop up on your phone's screen, making it beep, buzz, or both. Consequently, text messages are great for reminding you to do stuff.

  • Opinion: Chrome OS Will Likely Include Netflix Support

    Now that the Google I/O conference for developers is just a day away, speculation as to what will be revealed in San Francisco this week is reaching a fever pitch.

  • Opinion: Asian Financial Firms and Information Security

    Technology is an indispensable component of the business process — perhaps even more so for the high-profile and technology-dependent financial services industry. This is evident from IT security remaining in the pole position in technology investment priority within banks, insurers, and financial markets. In fact, visibility and importance of IT security products in financial enterprises have all but increased dramatically within the past two years following the global economic malaise

  • Opinion: 10 Major Apple iTunes Annoyances

    The bane of any iDevice user's existence is Apple's barely usable iTunes software.

  • Opinion: For the Unity-Averse, a Peek Ahead at Linux Mint 11

    Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" has been out for about a week now, and it's become clear that opinions are divided on Unity, its new desktop shell.

  • Opinion: How Apple Can Make OTA Updates in iOS 5 a Success

    Rumor has it that Apple may finally be prepared to cut the cord with iOS 5 and introduce over the air (OTA) updates that don't require a physical USB connection to a PC. It sounds like an awesome step forward, and it would help the iPad live up to its "post-PC era" title, but only if Apple does it right.

  • Opinion: It's Time to Give Digital Rights Management the Boot

    Today may be "Star Wars" Day thanks to its lispy slogan, "May the 4th be with you," but it's also a day the Free Software Foundation has chosen to call attention to a tech-enabled problem. Specifically, by designating May 4 as its Day Against DRM, the organization hopes to draw attention to the high costs of digital rights management.

  • Opinion: Android 2.3.4 On Nexus One, No Google Talk Voice Chat

    Attention, Nexus One owners: the latest variant of Gingerbread is here! But don't get too excited as this "special" Nexus One version of Android doesn't deliver all the digital goodies that other handsets are getting.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Stock and trade

    There’s a shift on Wall Street, but Apple’s still riding high; the App Store may soon be seeing fewer enthusiastic reviews; and Foxconn has some demands for Brazil. Ring the opening bell; it’s the remainders for Tuesday, May 3, 2011!

  • Opinion: Lima: The Piracy-Free App Store for Jailbroken iPhones

    If you've ever jailbroken your iPhone, you probably know--and love--Cydia. While there have been a few alternatives over the years (such as Icy), the simplicity and polish of Cydia has cemented its reputation as the go-to iOS jailbreak app installer. The problem, however, is that Cydia not only makes it easy to install jailbreak-only apps, but DRM-stripped pirated apps as well. This has given jailbreaking a fairly deserved stigma in the eyes of Apple and many iOS developers, who obviously don't get paid for pirated apps downloaded from Cydia.

  • Opinion: RIM and Microsoft Alliance: Who Wins?

    RIM introduced an unexpected guest speaker at BlackBerry World--Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer unveiled a new partnership between the two which will have Microsoft's Bing replace Google as the default search provider on BlackBerry mobile devices. Microsoft stands to gain from the alliance, but it's hard to see what value is there for RIM.

  • Opinion: EA acquires Flight Control developer Firemint

    Video gaming giant Electronic Arts on Tuesday announced that it will buy Firemint, the Australian developer behind classic iOS games like Flight Control and Real Racing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Opinion: 5 Tips for Shooting Dramatic Silhouettes

    As any horror movie director will tell you, what you don't see is often scarier than what you do. And while filmmakers know that the unseen can certainly be scary, photographers rely on the fact that often it's just plain dramatic. That's the idea behind silhouettes, which engage you by masking details in inky black shadows. By coyly hiding important elements of the photo in plain sight, silhouettes are some of the most iconic elements you can add to your photography repertoire. In the past, I've covered the basics of shooting silhouettes. This week, let's look at five things you can do to take better silhouettes.

  • Opinion: RIM Unveils Video Chat App for PlayBook

    The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, launched last month by RIM has been relatively successful thus far despite being almost universally slammed as being an incomplete work in progress in initial reviews. Well, one of the missing features will soon be added when the Video Chat app becomes available.

  • Opinion: Internet Explorer and Firefox Continue to Slide

    New browser market share data shows that both Internet Explorer and Firefox lost ground in April. While Microsoft and Mozilla trumpet their latest browsers, publicly trade jabs, and beat their chests at one another, Chrome and Safari are quietly gaining market share.

  • Opinion: Gamewatch: Thor God of Thunder, MotorStorm Apocalypse

    Uh-oh, another wannabe-blockbuster summer movie tie-in. It sounds like the international reviewers don't hate Marvel's new Kenneth Branagh-directed Thor movie, so mayhap there's hope for Sega's Thor: God of Thunder (Nintendo DS, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii). In it, you can expect to "control the powers of the storm" as Thor, battling the usual panoply of Norse bad guys Marvel comics-style (yea verily). There's also the Matt Fraction-helped-with-the-story angle, though everyone's favorite Eisner-winning comics writer is hardly impervious to dull writing. ETA: May 3rd

  • Opinion: Edit Your Browser's AutoFill or AutoComplete

    Tom Guthrie wants to selectively remove the usernames, passwords, and other bits of text from his browser's AutoFill--or AutoComplete--feature.

  • Opinion: Apture Highlights for Firefox Finds Extra Information

    Looking to dig deeper for information about any word or phrase you find on a Web site? Then you'll want to get the free Firefox add-on Apture Highlights, which gives you a remarkable amount of useful and entertaining information with a few quick clicks. If you're familiar with the Apture Highlights for Chrome extension, this one for Firefox will be familiar to you: It looks and works the same.

  • Opinion: How to Keep Local Access to Data During Cloud Outages

    The Amazon cloud services outage that knocked out several popular Websites last week raised questions about the reliability of the cloud, but the general consensus is that it works if you plan for failure. Like any good business plan, a good cloud plan should include provisions for failure, including plans B and C, and plenty of backups.

  • Opinion: Apple vs Google: and you win

    The competition's hotting up in the race to dominate mobile. BlackBerry has the numbers, Apple the caché, and Microsoft has Windows - with all the familiarity that entails.



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