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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Why Apple's iCloud could mean your next phone is an iPhone

    iCloud may not seem as exciting as a new smartphone or tablet, but it may guarantee that I buy a new iPhone when my current one dies.

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

    After the unexpected success of the Kinect Microsoft is a company at ease, and more than willing to disappoint.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 and Lion: Different Takes on Computing's Next Steps

    It's kind of hard to compare Mac OS X Lion to Windows 8, mainly because, well, while we now know a fair amount about Lion, we essentially know only two things about Windows 8: that it exists and that it has a tablet-friendly overlay as its main interface. But what I think we can say is that they're two very different approaches to bringing tablet-like features to PC operating systems.

  • Opinion: Install a Windows Service Pack That Refuses to Install

    I like the fact that Microsoft regularly updates Windows with bug fixes, security improvements, and the like. What I don't like is when the OS refuses to install its own updates, which is what happened to reader Debby:

  • Opinion: Is My Ex Spying on Me?

    A reader's estranged husband told her he's spying on her email. Could this be true?

  • Opinion: What is Google +1?

    You may have noticed that PC Advisor has added the Google +1 button to article pages on the PCAdvisor.co.uk site. But what is Google +1, and why have we added it?

  • Opinion: Despite Oracle's Antics, LibreOffice Gets a Big Update

    The world may be reeling this week from Oracle's bizarre decision to bequeath OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation rather than the Document Foundation, but that hasn't stopped the latter from rolling out the second major release of its widely adopted LibreOffice contender.

  • Opinion: Can Anyone Run an App Store Correctly?

    Can you trust the "What's New" section of any app store? Probably not.

  • Opinion: Sony Hacked Again: How Not to Do Network Security

    Yes. As unbelievable as it may seem, Sony was hacked again. It is not (entirely) Sony's fault that it is the target du jour for hackers everywhere. But, it is Sony's fault that its networks and servers seem to be trivial to hack and easy to pwn.

  • Opinion: Apple's Hottest New Product: An Agenda

    Let the drooling commence: Apple has a hot new product -- and it has arrived before Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on June 6.

  • Opinion: Free BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing App Gets Official

    Research In Motion (RIM) initially released the new BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing application in early April to a select group of BlackBerry smartphones users via its BlackBerry Beta Zone test center, but today, the BlackBerry-maker made the software officially available to all U.S. and Canadian RIM smartphone users running device software v5.0 or higher.

  • Opinion: Turn Dropbox Into a Jukebox for Your iOS Device

    Dropbox--is there anything it can't do? Regular readers know of my fondness for the online storage service, which is fantastic for keeping files in sync across multiple devices and making cloud-based backups. But it turns out Dropbox is also part jukebox, at least when you pair it with BoxyTunes.

  • Opinion: Day 2: Wow. That Was Really Easy

    OK. Step one in spending 30 Days With...Ubuntu Linux is to get Ubuntu Linux installed so I can use it. I have already narrowed it down to Ubuntu, so I don't have to bother with the question of which Linux, but the first question I need to address at this point is how to install it.

  • Opinion: MemTest86+ Tests Memory for Free

    I've been using Memtest86 and its successor Memtest86+ for so long now, it's hard to remember when I started; a decade ago to be sure. Memtest86+, as you might guess from the moniker, is a memory checking program that runs a battery of memory tests including random numbers, moving inversions, bulk writes, etc. What you might not guess is that it's free/donationware.

  • Opinion: Hack Gets MeeGo Onto Nook Color, Runs Seriously Well

    The Nook Color getting hacked isn't exactly new--there are plenty of Nook Color hacks now, from installing different versions of Android to improving battery life or storage space. It's pretty exciting, then, when someone tests out a totally different OS, that also looks quite impressive on the Barnes & Noble e-reader.

  • Opinion: Third-Party Devices, Easy App Development May Lift webOS

    HP CEO Léo Apotheker made it clear that his won't be the only company to offer smartphones, tablets and other devices based on the webOS platform it acquired when it purchased Palm last year. Speaking at All Things D's D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California Wednesday, Apotheker suggested that HP would be open to working with both partners and smartphone competitors to ensure the platform gets as broad an audience as possible.

  • Opinion: Apple iCloud: 5 Burning Questions

    Apple is set to unveil a sleeve of cloud services called iCloud. Apple boss Steve Jobs will make the long-awaited announcement June 6 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

  • Opinion: Restore Firefox 4's 'Missing' Orange Button

    Reader Hal wrote in with this question:

  • Opinion: Is That a 64-bit App?

    Cyberknight asked the Windows forum how to identify 64-bit programs.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Introduces Windows 8

    Windows 8 is on its way, and it'll be a departure from the Windows we know and love today. That was the message Microsoft sent Wednesday afternoon at the annual D: All Things Digital Conference, taking place near Los Angeles.



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