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  • Opinion: Facebook's Secret Projects Outed: Meet Project Spartan

    Facebook is getting its mobile game on. The social network is reportedly nearing the release of a bevy of impressive apps that will transform the social network into a mobile-savvy company. On deck is reportedly a geolocation photo swapping app and a new HTML5-based mobile platform called Project Spartan.

  • Opinion: Google Places for iPhone

    The free Google Places app is everything you should expect from Google: a clean, customizable, easy-to-use method of searching your iPhone for nearby bars, bakeries, and other types of businesses.

  • Opinion: 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux: Day 14

    After poking around the Unity interface a bit, I had switched back to the Ubuntu Classic desktop at the urging of some reader comments. But, today I decided to take a close look at Unity, and what unique features and functions it brings to the mix.

  • Opinion: Must-Have Mobile Apps, Web Services for Vacation

    Travel can be torture, but if you arm yourself with these mobile apps and websites for getting the most out of your vacation, you can steer clear of the tourist traps, stay one step ahead of the crowds, and make your flight with time to spare.

  • Opinion: Top 10 Songs About Cameras and Photography

    A picture is worth a thousand words, but cameras are worth a thousand pages of sheet music.

  • Opinion: Splashtop Hits a Top Spot For Business Apps

    A new iPad app has reached the top of the iTunes App Store's business section. No, it's not Angry Birds; this one's a little more practical. Splashtop allows you to remotely link your PC to your iPad or smartphone, giving you the flexibility to access your data from whichever device you prefer.

  • Opinion: LucidChart Steps Up Online Business Diagrams

    In the pantheon of business apps, there are four major deities: the word processor, the spreadsheet, the database, and the presentation app. But right behind these, two massively important apps demand our attention: The browser, and the chart builder. Today, it's the chart builder that has my attention.

  • Opinion: Day 13: Playing Tunes in Banshee

    For Day 13 of 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux I decided to take a deeper look at Banshee. I dabbled with the music playing app installed by default with Ubuntu during my trials and tribulations trying to sync my iPhone, but I had really barely scratched the surface.

  • Opinion: Tiny Linux Plug PC Offers a Cloud Computing Alternative

    Linux-based plug computers such as the Sheevaplug have been drawing fresh attention for some time already, but on Monday MimoMonitors launched the new MimoPlug, a tiny, cube-shaped contender that's designed as a desktop PC alternative for cloud computing applications.

  • Opinion: Futuristic Super 8 Ads Remind Us of Minority Report

    A futuristic augmented reality tie-in for the movie Super 8 turns your smartphone into its own science fiction story. With just your iPhone and its camera, the movie's new app can turn any Super 8 poster in the United States into a video clip from the film. The technology behind this comes from Autonomy, which normally plays in enterprise software. But with its AR play, an iPhone app called Aurasma, you can use your smartphone or tablet to trigger cool videos and animation based upon what you're looking at through the camera.

  • Opinion: Day 11: Weighing LibreOffice as an Office Alternative

    Welcome back. For today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post, I am taking a look at LibreOffice--the open source suite of productivity tools that comes installed by default with Ubuntu Linux. I examine how it works, compared with Microsoft Office, or my experience last month spending 30 Days With Google Docs.

  • Opinion: Backup on the Road

    Matt travels on business a lot. He asked the Answer Line forum for suggestions on backing up his data while on the road.

  • Opinion: Speedy, Simple, Free: Music Player Clementine is Darling

    A music player that focuses solely on music? It may seem like a novel idea these days, when most music players have become full-fledged audio and video eco-systems. But that's exactly what Clementine is: a simple, free music player that offers a full range of tools to allow you to get the most out of your music collection.

  • Opinion: Why E-Books Are Bad for You

    At first glance, e-readers and e-books seem like a good thing for consumers and business users. After all, they've been found to increase the amount of reading people do, and prices on the readers keep getting lower, putting them within reach of an ever-larger proportion of the world.

  • Opinion: Must I Keep Windows.old?

    After EddieS reinstalled Windows onto his 14-month-old PC, he found all of his old files in a folder called C:\Windows.old. He asked the Windows forum if he can delete it.

  • Opinion: Day 8: Setting Up E-mail in Evolution

    Time to move on. No, I haven't actually resolved all of my issues with getting Ubuntu Linux to display the way I would like it to on my external monitor, but I have wasted enough time toying with that, and frankly it's giving me a migraine. So, in fairness to Linux, I am switching gears.

  • Opinion: Nintendo @ E3 2011: Five Things We Learned

    With a new console to unveil, Nintendo seemed the likely champion of the press conference war. Did Project Cafe win the day?

  • Opinion: Reader Q&A: Windows XP Service Pack Woes, Firefox 4 Tips

    It's time for another reader Q&A--this week, help for someone who can't get Windows XP Service Pack 3 to install, and directions on how to reveal Mozilla Firefox 4's orange menu button.

  • Opinion: Day 7: Lessons from the Unity Trenches

    Welcome back as we wrap up the first week of 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux. I guess it says something about the complexity of switching operating systems as opposed to switching office productivity suites that we are a week in and still playing around with how to just get things installed and configured. I intended to make this post about actually playing around with the Unity interface, but after all of the helpful comments from Day 6, I thought I would try out some of the tips and see what happens.

  • Opinion: Sony @ E3 2011: Five Things We Learned

    Sony began by offering an apology, but went on to show Microsoft how to put on a show.



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