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  • Review

    SDExplorer

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    SDExplorer (née SkyDrive Explorer) isn't complex, but it's free and it's handy--greatly simplifying access to the storage on your Windows Live account. During its rather short installation, SDExplorer creates an icon within Windows Explorer (at the level you'll see when you first double-click My Computer) under Other storage. Double--clicking on this icon invokes the SDExplorer dialog which asks you for your Windows Live user name and password. Assuming you entered both correctly, you'll be taken to the root level of your Windows SkyDrive storage and from that point on, on you may treat SkyDrive as you would any other storage device on your system. You'll need to log on again only after you reboot the computer.
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    Review: Databases primed for social networks

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 10:01 am

    Neo4j, Cassandra, and FluidDB represent a breed of databases that swiftly search social networking data.
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    iPhone Winter Olympics guides

    Posted February 14, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Should you find yourself in Vancouver at any point during the next 16 days, an iPhone or iPod touch would be an ideal device to have in your pocket. After all, if you're attending something as massive as the Winter Olympics, you'll need the tools to navigate a strange city, find places to eat, and track down sights worth seeing. More important, you'll also want to get to your ticketed events and maybe even know the results of other events happening throughout the area.
  • Review

    Really Remove Programs With Total Uninstall

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Almost every Windows program comes with an installer and an uninstaller. Many of these installers sink their talons deep into Windows' flesh, and far too many of the uninstallers remove the program's functionality, but leave the talons. The result is a wounded operating system. Clever as it may sound, running Control Panel's Remove Programs applet just runs the unwanted program's own uninstaller. Total Uninstall ($30, 30-day free trial) does a much smarter job. Before you even start the uninstall, Total Uninstall finds the program's files and Registry keys and presents you with them. When you click the Uninstall button, it runs the program's own uninstaller, than cleans up the mess left behind. It doesn't always catch everything (the default setting errs on the side of caution, and I recommend you stay with that one), but leaves you with a healthier OS.
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    3 encryption apps keep your data safe

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 10:28 pm

    Laptop computers have become mobile stores of massive amounts of information. Add to that the proliferation of removable hard drives, and it becomes crystal clear how much sensitive data is on the move in the world, most of it woefully underprotected.
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    Valentine's Day apps for iPhone

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches. If you prepare carefully, love can also be on your iPhone. I looked at a trio of Valentine's Day-themed apps. My advice? Stick with roses and chocolates.
  • Review

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    You can't depend on just one program to protect you from rootkits, Trojans, viruses, worms, and other malicious code. The job is too important and the villains too numerous for that. So supplement your regular antivirus program (the one you keep running in the background at all times) with an extra malware scanner, such as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free.
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    Windows on the Mac

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Parallels Desktop 5 and VMware Fusion 3 get faster, smarter, and optimized for Windows 7, while Sun’s VirtualBox 3.1 lags behind
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    Freedom locks down the 'Net so you can work

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Ah, the Internet: Fountain of information, smorgasbord of entertainment, nexus of social networking. Oh, and bane to productivity.
  • Review

    GleeBox Firefox Add-on

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Do your mousing muscles ache after you browse the Web? The free GleeBox experimental Firefox add-on and Chrome extension let you perform many tasks by using your keyboard rather than the mouse--including some tasks that require multi-step actions.
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    Seven Nikon Coolpix Cameras Prepare for Launch

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Nikon took the wraps off its 2010 Coolpix point-and-shoot camera line today, announcing seven new cameras. The new Coolpix cams range from a 26x optical zoom model to a fast-starting pocket megazoom to a $130 AA-battery-powered camera.
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    Review: Eight PHP power tools

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 10:26 am

    Eclipse PDT, NetBeans, NuSphere PhpED, and Zend Studio lead a capable field of IDEs for Web developers.
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    Android apps for business users

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 9:19 am

    These 10 handy apps for Google Android phones take the sting out of business travel and keep you productive on the road.
  • Review

    WolframAlpha for iPhone

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 11:10 am

    I started high school at a particularly difficult time for someone who would eventually grow up to be a gadget freak and mad scientist. By then, the slide rule had faded from the curriculum, the calculator was in its expensive infancy and the personal computer had yet to truly make the scene. Late in my senior year, my school bought a TRS-80. One of them. For the main office. To my great excitement I managed to talk someone there into letting me play with it. Alas, my privileges were abruptly curtailed after I saved a particularly frustrating BASIC program into a file with a colorful name. Who knew the guidance counsellor was was using it too? He suggested I consider creative writing classes at the local community college.
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    Download Statusbar Smoothes Firefox Downloads

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 11:10 am

    The Download Statusbar add-on for Firefox (free/donationware) offers a less intrusive, more streamlined way to keep track of your downloads than the standard downloads window.
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    PartyDJ Broadcasts Your Playlist Online

    Posted January 23, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Radio disc jockeys once were kings. They will be again, and we'll all be royalty if PartyDJ ($30 for non-commercial version, $50 for commercial; 15-day free trial for both) has anything to say about it. I've reviewed a couple of organizers and playlist generators that stream music, but PartyDJ is the first that didn't require tech-savvy mucking about with Icecast or other tools to broadcast music across the Internet.
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    Firefox 3.6 adds speed, Personas-is it enough?

    Posted January 22, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    The just-released final version of Firefox 3.6 is a moderate improvement over previous versions -- it's faster and introduces a nifty new feature or two. But at heart, it's the same browser that has steadily gained market share against Internet Explorer for years.
  • Review

    10 great iPhone apps for business users

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    InfoWorld presents a grab bag of handy productivity apps that can make your iPhone as useful as can be
  • Review

    Free watermark tool marks your images

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    When it comes to embedding a watermark--a partially transparent text overlay, typically used to identify that an image is a sample, or credit the source--in digital images, almost any image editing program worth its salt can get this common task accomplished. But when you have dozens or hundreds of images that need the same treatment, sometimes it's just easier to work with a dedicated tool, such as Watermark Image.
  • Review

    Softmaker suite includes BASIC scripting

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    SoftMaker Office 2010 ($80, 30-day free trial) for Windows comes with the same versions of TextMaker, PlanMaker, and Presentations which come with the $60 Ashampoo Office 2010; these are covered in our review of the Ashampoo product. What SoftMaker Office 2010 has which Ashampoo does not is BasicMaker, a scripting language which can add functionality to your applications. This review focuses on that module.
  • Review

    iPod extraction tools

    Posted January 18, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Apple's tight control over the iTunes/iPod/iPhone ecosystem has a lot of benefits, yet it also means that you're forced to play by Apple's rules--some of which may be a little too restrictive for your tastes. Take, for example, the inability to copy songs back from your iPod to your computer.
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    Firefox 3.6 RC gives new life to old browser

    Posted January 13, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    The Web browsing world is exciting again. Google's Chrome browser is faster than fastand there's serious thought that Internet Explorer may actually lose its top spotin the browser market-share wars. But for all the excitement, it would be a real mistake to overlook Firefox; with the forthcoming release of Firefox 3.6, which is now available as a release candidate, Mozilla's flagship browser is looking better than ever.
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    Three Alternatives to Office 2010

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Why spend $279 on Microsoft's behemoth Office 2010 suite when you can get a slick, lightning fast alternative for less than one-third of the price? These three alternatives could make you forget about buying Office 2010.
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    Job search apps for the iPhone

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 11:40 am

    So you've joined the growing ranks of the unemployed. Obviously, you're not alone. You need to find a job soon, though, because you need to pay your monthly data charges and, unfortunately, you cannot eat your iPhone or your iPod touch. Turns out, you don't have to. But you can look for gainful employment. The beauty of job-finding applications for your handheld is you can hunt for a new gig while you're waiting in line at the unemployment office.
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    Microsoft DirectAccess: The ugly truth

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 8:10 am

    The seamless secure remote access built into Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is fantastic, if you don't mind a forklift upgrade or complexity and work-arounds
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