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    Top cloud services for online backup

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 11:21 am

    You can lose your valuable data in plenty of ways, including hard-drive failure, theft (laptops are particularly vulnerable), and catastrophe (fire, extreme weather, earthquake). Although the cloud can’t rebuild your home or office after a disaster, it can provide a safe haven for your files.
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    iOS travel guides help Olympic visitors navigate London

    Posted July 25, 2012 - 9:30 am

    The 2012 Olympics begin this week, and some might be lucky enough to have tickets to one of the many sports being contested by the 205 participating nations. With London hosting the 2012 games, seeing the Olympics in person means a trek to the United Kingdom's capital city.
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    LogMeIn Hamachi gives small businesses most of the VPN they need for free

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 10:34 pm

    If you're looking for a VPN (virtual private network) that's easy to use and requires no hardware, LogMeIn Hamachi is definitely worth a look. It's hosted--LogMeIn handles all the traffic control and network chores via its own Internet portal/service--and it works well for up to five PCs.
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    SocialFolders keeps track of your cloud data

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2012 series. Every weekday from mid June through mid August, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.
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    Personal Capital web-based financial management tool

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    Over the last several years I’ve had the opportunity to look at a multitude of personal financial applications, all of which offer useful collections of tools for managing your money matters. Of all these apps, none comes close to offering the breadth of features and capabilities of the free, web-based Personal Capital.
  • Review

    Big Win Baseball for iPhone and iPad

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    Big Win Baseball represents an achievement of sorts. It seemingly requires very little skill, doesn't seem too rely much on strategy, and has little objective outside of acquiring an in-game currency that helps you to win baseball games to earn more in-game currency. It's the triple crown of pointlessness. If that's the sort of thing that appeals to you, then by all means, download the freemium offering from Hot Head Games. If you're like me, though, you may be left wondering when games became more concerned with micropayments than they are with keeping you entertained.
  • Review

    Siri vs. Google Now video faceoff

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    We ask Siri and Google Now 10 questions to see how well each does at finding information about weather, sports scores and more -- even particle physics.
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    Office 2013 on a Tablet vs. touch-friendly competition

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    With the latest iteration of Office, Microsoft pledges to bring the documents and services you need to run a business to any screen you choose, from a PC to a touch-enabled Windows Surface tablet or Windows 8 Phone. After using the Office 2013 preview suite on a Windows 8 tablet, we are impressed by many of the steps Microsoft has taken to make its Office franchise touchscreen ready and cloud friendly.
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    Browser add-on WasteNoTime helps you stay focused while you work

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 12:00 am

    "Just five more minutes," you say to yourself. Five more minutes of YouTube, or your favorite news site, or a gorgeous design blog--anything, as long as it's not work. But those five minutes all too often become 30 minutes or more, and suddenly you realize that you barely got any real work done. Free Chrome add-on WasteNoTime tries to save you from that moment by helping you limit the amount of time you spend on distracting websites. The add-on works well, but does not always achieve the intended outcome.
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    Browse in your own little safe Cocoon

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    The Web is a scary place. Between the advertisers looking to follow your every move, hackers eyeing your passwords, and viruses threatening to ruin your PC, it's enough to make you swear off surfing forever. Or, you could just download Cocoon, a browser add-on for Internet Explorer and Firefox that helps you browse the Web. Cocoon is available in two versions: the free (but ad-supported) standard Cocoon and the $5 per month (or $48 per year) Cocoon+, which is ad-free and offers password storage in addition to the cadre of privacy and security features found in the standard version.
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    Pokki brings is a slick, free app store for web apps

    Posted July 13, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    The line between Web apps and desktop applications grows ever blurrier. Chrome OS, for example, puts the browser front and center and makes it the core of an entire operating system. Also, in recent years simple smartphone apps have really come into their own, with millions of users and developers in two thriving ecosystems (iOS and Android). And now, it's the desktop's turn: Pokki is a Windows application that tries to make Web apps as easy to use as desktop apps and as discoverable and fun to install as smartphone apps.
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    Centipede: origins for iPhone and iPad

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    All those years of playing Centipede in the video arcades of my youth, and I never knew that I was helping garden gnomes do battle against an onslaught of bugs. But that’s the backstory introduced in Centipede: Origins, a re-imagining of the Atari arcade classic for the iOS era.
  • Review app offers travel wisdom from experts, friends

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 11:55 am

    (Image Caption: offers guides to 120 cities, but its list view emphasizes your particular destinations.) If it’s summertime, it’s vacation time. And these days, iOS users have little excuse for getting lost, or not knowing what their options are when they hit town. Among the tools for having that information at one’s fingertips is which on Wednesday officially launched the latest version of its iPhone app.
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    The best apps for Android and iPhone, 2012 edition

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    A smartphone is only as good as the apps you have on it. We've filtered Android’s Google Play store and the Apple App Store to select the most useful and fun apps for your phone. Check out our picks for the top mobile utilities, entertainment software, news apps, productivity tools, and games available today.
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    Droid Incredible 4G LTE review: great sound, good price

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:15 am

    HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE is not the sexiest smartphone on the market, but it offers great sound and Android 4.0 for a reasonable price.
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    10 e-commerce platforms make selling simpler

    Posted July 3, 2012 - 10:37 am

    We take a hands-on look at 10 e-commerce tools that can help businesses large and small sell products and/or services online. Insider (registration required)
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    Review: Weighing Windows Server 2012

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 7:42 am

    From network services and storage to virtualization and private cloud, the beefy new Windows Server leaves no server role unturned
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    New Airport Express a tiny Wi-Fi base station powerhouse

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:05 am

    The redesigned 2012 model of the AirPort Express Wi-Fi base station has become the mouse that roars. The revisions transform this model into a tiny powerhouse by adding to its previous modest attributes a second ethernet port, simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, and a guest network option all in a form factor identical to the Apple TV (except white and an ounce lighter).
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    Phone and driver: apps for your car

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:03 am

    If you're like a lot of folks, today's still-shaky economy is pushing you to live more frugally--including keeping your car on the road as long as possible. And with gas prices bouncing around $4 a gallon in many areas, the last thing you need is to get hit with pricy repairs, traffic tickets, or other unexpected auto-related expenses.
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    Launch Center Pro deserves a space in your iPhone's dock

    Posted June 24, 2012 - 7:25 am

    It's easy enough to navigate your Mac without any add-ons. You can maneuver around through folders to find what you're after, and use the Spotlight menu to search for files and launch apps more quickly. Power users tend to prefer third-party utilities like LaunchBar ( Macworld rated 5 out of 5 mice ) or Alfred ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ). These are keyboard-driven apps that make quick work of common actions for tech savvy users.
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    First look: Microsoft Surface tablets

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:16 am

    My quick hands-on with the new 10.6-in. Surface tablets at Microsoft's launch on Monday gave me a little surprise: The edges on all four sides are sharp.
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    First look: Amazon Cloud Player app

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:52 am

    In a world dominated by Apple’s media efforts, other means of purchasing and consuming media are sometimes overlooked. One such means is Amazon MP3 and its accompanying Cloud Player.
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    Review: Up close with NetSuite's deep ERP

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:55 am

    NetSuite offers extensive ERP, CRM, and other business management functionality to organizations that recognize the value proposition associated with SaaS
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    WatchESPN for iPhone and iPad

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Cable sports giant ESPN offers a mobile app that lets you watch live sports and shows on your iPhone or iPad no matter where you happen to be. The app is called WatchESPN. And I would certainly love to, if I could get the app to dependably stream video.
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    Review: 3 Web stack monitors in the cloud

    Posted June 6, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Monitoring services from Boundary, Circonus, and Librato combine simple setup and richly different capabilities
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