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Patent Holders Cut Some DVD Licensing Rates
The nine member consortium that holds most of the important patents covering DVD technology is cutting some of its license rates. The DVD6C group will cut

Group: US DHS Should Lose Its Cybersecurity Authority
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been ineffective in coordinating government cybersecurity efforts and should be stripped of its authority in the

HP Announces 24,600 Layoffs in Wake of EDS Acquisition
Hewlett-Packard will lay off about 24,600 employees over the next three years in an effort to streamline the company following its US$13.9 billion acquisition

San Francisco Hunts for Mystery Device on City Network
With costs related to a rogue network administrator's hijacking of the city's network now estimated at US$1 million, city officials say they are searching for a

SanDisk Says No to Samsung Takeover Bid
SanDisk has rejected an unsolicited takeover bid from hardware maker Samsung Electronics, saying that it undervalues the Milpitas, California, maker of flash

Android Is About Advertising, Not the Enterprise
Even though three companies hosted the launch event and the software is backed by a consortium, the introduction of the first Android phone made it very clear

IBM Threatens to Leave Standards Bodies
IBM is threatening to leave organizations that set standards for software interoperability because of concerns that their processes are not always fair. IBM

No Charges as Grand Jury Investigates Palin Hack
A federal grand jury investigation into the compromise of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo account has apparently concluded its first day of

Wall Street Beat: IT Investors Eye Buybacks, Earnings
As the U.S. financial services crisis roiled markets around the world, stock buybacks from bellwethers Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard and earnings reports from

Stock Smackdown Hits Tech Harder Than Most
Worries about consumer spending, advertising and the ability of IT companies to raise money appear to have hit many tech stocks harder even than the overall

Black Monday Hits Tech Stocks, May Affect Workforce
Wall Street's 777-point sell-off on Monday signaled that the nation's tech sector is unlikely to emerge unscathed by the economic downturn in the U.S. -- with

Financial Crisis: The Tech Innovations at Risk
September 2008 will certainly go down as one of the blackest months in Wall Street history. Venerable financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill

US Congress Passes Broadband Mapping Bill
The U.S. Congress has passed legislation intended to help the U.S. and state governments collect better data on where broadband isn't yet available. The

New Obscenity Charges Raise Questions in Internet Age
A long-standing court test using community standards to determine whether adult content is criminally obscene has been a potential problem area for the U.S.

Skype Says It Was Unaware of China Message-logging
Skype was unaware of a major privacy problem affecting Skype users in China, the company's president said Thursday. In a blog posting to the eBay

Accused Palin Hacker Has a History of Intrusion
The college student charged with illegally accessing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's e-mail has been accused of computer intrusion before, although last time he

BlackBerry Storm: RIM's Un-iPhone
Research in Motion has finally announced details about its long-rumored iPhone competitor, an almost-all-touch-interface 3G handset with a twist: The screen

Microsoft to Improve Vista's Problematic UAC in Windows 7
Microsoft plans to improve the much-maligned user account control (UAC) feature in the next version of its Windows client OS, acknowledging that the new

Symantec to Buy E-mail Security Vendor MessageLabs
Symantec will pay US$695 million for MessageLabs, a security vendor that offers a hosted spam and Web traffic filtering service. MessageLabs offers its

Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the company's new high-end notebook line during the special event being held at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The

8 Ways Technology Has Shaped the '08 Elections
Technology has played a particularly prominent role in the 2008 elections -- and it isn't just the typical silliness over whether a candidate really claimed to

Apple Nears 10% Market Share in US Sales
Apple accounted for nearly 10% of all U.S. computer sales last quarter, but the lack of a model in the growing netbook category could mean trouble ahead, a

E-voting Report: Several States Still Vulnerable
Several U.S. states still are not doing all they can to ensure the accuracy of votes over electronic voting machines and 10 states received inadequate grades in

Android Market to Open to Any App
The Android Market currently has about 50 applications, but that number should go up next week when Google opens the market to developers. Starting on

Voters Allege E-voting Machines Switching Votes
A handful of early voters in West Virginia have complained that electronic voting machines there switched their votes, but voting officials and the e-voting

Dell Hit With Discrimination Class-action Lawsuit
Recent layoffs at Dell unfairly targeted women and workers over age 40, and the company discriminates against women in pay and promotions, according to a new

Microsoft Brings Office to the Web Browser
The next version of Office for Windows will contain lightweight versions of its apps that will be delivered through Web browsers. Even though the release is for

Security Flaw Spotted in G1 Google Phone
Researchers at Independent Security Evaluators say they've discovered a security flaw in the Android browser that could make users of phones with the browser

Sony Reduces Operating Loss at PlayStation Division
Sony's game division saw higher revenue on much stronger sales of the PlayStation 3 console during the July to September quarter but the division still recorded

Netflix and TiVo Team Up
Netflix continues to find as many ways as possible to get movies into your home. The latest is a new partnership with TiVo, announced today. This adds TiVo

Top 20 Election Day Web Sites and Online Tools
Ready for election day? The Web is brimming with interactive tools--everything from widgets to mobile alerts--that can help you stay on top of the presidential

Obama Win Spawns New E-Mail Attacks
Ballots aren't the only thing Barack Obama is claiming the majority of this week. Just one day after the Democrat's presidential win, his likeness is popping up

Sun CEO Fends off Angry Shareholders
Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz faced tough questions Wednesday from impatient shareholders who have seen the value of their stock tumble as Sun

Tech Groups Applaud FCC White Spaces Vote
Barack Obama wasn't the only big winner in the U.S. on Election Day. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's decision late Tuesday to allow new kinds of

Struggling Circuit City Files for Bankruptcy
Electronics retailer Circuit City Stores on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to cut costs and turn around its deteriorating financial

Cheap Facebook Phone Wants to Attract the Masses
Mobile phone outfit INQ Mobile, launched Thursday, hopes to attract the masses to mobile data with the new INQ1, which comes with built-in support for Facebook,

Google Shares Drop Below $300 for First Time in Three Years
Google shares fell below $300 for the first time in over three years on Wednesday after a Citigroup analyst warned online advertising growth will slow. Stock

LCD Makers Agree to Pay $585M in US Price Fixing Probe
Three major LCD (liquid crystal display) panel makers have agreed to pay US$585 million in fines for price-fixing, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said

Obama Won the Web Uptime Race, Too
Barack Obama had a slight advantage over rival John McCain during the U.S. presidential campaign: His Web site was online more often. In fact, Obama's Web

Black Friday will be Big Despite Bad Economy, Survey Says
If you're planning to join the 3 a.m. line of bleary-eyed bargain-hunters on Black Friday, expect a lot of competition for those HDTV sets and gaming consoles.

Obama Will Inherit Cybersecurity Challenges
As President Bush prepares to leave office, the task of upgrading the security of federal information systems to deal with new cyberthreats continues to be very

PC Games Market Largest in the World, Claims Study
Per Edge, research group JPR has a new study out claiming the PC games market is worth over $20 billion. Yep, that's really a two and a zero plus the magic

Teenager Pleads Guilty to Botnet, 'Swatting' Charges
A Boston-area teenager has pleaded guilty to charges of hacking and placing fake emergency phone calls in hopes of summoning police tactical response teams to

Verizon Employees Accessed Obama's Mobile Record
Verizon Wireless has suspended several employees who accessed account information for a flip-phone formerly used by President-elect Barack Obama, the company

Consolidation May Hit Worldwide PC Market, IDC Says
Tumbling demand could affect PC makers next year, leading to industry consolidation, IDC said on Wednesday. Competition among PC makers could intensify as

Cyber Monday Crowds Overwhelm Some Large E-tailers
In a challenging holiday shopping season when the economy has shoppers spooked, the Web stores of some large retailers buckled under heavy traffic, probably

Internet Needs Multilingual Support for Next Billion People
The Internet must support the large number of languages in the world at all levels, including content, hardware, software, and internationalized domain names if

Netbooks Dominate Cyber Monday on Amazon
Netbooks dominated the Computers & PC hardware bestsellers list on on Cyber Monday in the U.S., the biggest online shopping day of the year. The

Second Google Phone Out In January, Comes Cheaply
The world's second Google phone, based on the Android mobile operating system, is set to launch at the end of January. Manufactured under the Australian Kogan

Tech Jobs Down Sharply But Not Out
Online job listings for technology workers are down sharply, but there are still plenty of openings for people with the right skills, or for those living in the

Taiwan's Mitac to Buy Magellan's Consumer GPS Group
Looking to beef up its GPS product line, Mitac International has agreed to buy the consumer products division of GPS maker Magellan Navigation for an

Wii Is the Superhero of Holiday Sales
Take that supply chain critics: Nintendo has busted out its Wii nunchuk controllers this holiday season and is beating down the world's recessionary evil-doers,

Macworld Expo Loses Apple in 2010, Jobs in 2009
Apple's decision not to participate in the 2010 Macworld Expo in San Francisco is the latest blow to the decade-old trade show. Earlier this year, Belkin and

Yahoo to Scrub Personal Data After Three Months
Yahoo said Wednesday it will anonymize most of the data it collects about people's Web searches after three months, a move that could put further pressure on

Microsoft Extends XP Shipments Until May
Microsoft is giving system builders several more months to get Windows XP for their custom PCs, ensuring XP will be out in the marketplace until almost the

The Best iPhone Games of 2008
We've already given out our awards for the top Mac products of 2008. Now, iPhone software gets its turn in the spotlight. The iPhone software updates

With Lawsuit Settled, Hackers Now Working With MBTA
Three Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who were sued earlier this year by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) said Monday that they are

Satyam Chief Quits, Admits Faking Financial Results
The chairman of troubled Indian outsourcer Satyam Computer Services on Wednesday tendered his resignation to the company's board of directors, admitting that

Companies Are Overstating Green Claims, Consumers Say
Sixty-five percent of consumers think some companies overstate their green credentials to sell more products, according to research presented by industry

Dip in Windows Will Be a Blip on the Radar
The Windows operating system had been sitting pretty with a 90 percent or more market share for ... well ... forever. Then November and December 2008 came

No Nude Celebs from LinkedIn, Just Malware
Hackers have seeded LinkedIn, the business networking service, with bogus celebrity profiles that link to malicious sites serving up attack code, a security

Billions for Broadband in Stimulus Bill Appear Likely
Groups calling for the U.S. government to spend US$30 billion or more to improve broadband networks across the country are optimistic that kind of money will be

Jobs to Take Leave of Absence Until June
Apple CEO Steve Jobs told employees that he will be taking a leave of absence until June to deal with lingering health issues. Jobs informed employees of his

Netbooks Won't Save PC Market This Year, Surveys Say
Netbook shipments will see tremendous growth this year but won't be enough to boost overall worldwide PC shipments, which will sink due to the global economic

The Presidential Portrait Goes Digital
Barack Obama's election to U.S. president has already brought a string of firsts, and on Wednesday there came another. The official presidential portrait was

'Downadup' Worm Eats into 1 of Every 16 PCs
The computer worm responsible for the biggest attack in years has infected at least 1 out of every 16 PCs worldwide, a security company said Wednesday, and may

IBM Posts Strong Q4 Profits, No Layoffs Announced
IBM on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2008 revenue of US$3.28 per share, a 17 percent increase year-over-year, but said total revenues for the quarter

Intel to Close Facilities, Lay off Thousands Worldwide
Intel will close four facilities and cut up to 6,000 jobs in a restructuring of its manufacturing operations announced on Wednesday. Intel plans to close two

Massive Theft of Credit Card Numbers Reported
A payment processor responsible for handling about 100 million credit card transactions every month disclosed today that thieves had used malicious software in

Microsoft Delays Vista SP2, Says Report
Microsoft has delayed Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) by at least a month, and will now ship it to manufacturing sometime in May or June, according to a Web

Digital TV Delay Bill Dies in US House
The February 17 nationwide switch to digital television is still on-at least for now-after the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday failed to pass

Google Dismisses Click Fraud Report
Google is taking issue with a report that says click fraud hit a record high in the fourth quarter. On Wednesday, Click Forensics said the incidence of click

Report: Amazon to Launch New Kindle on Feb 9th
E-bookworms, get ready for Kindle 2. Amazon will roll out the new version of its popular Kindle electronic book reader early next month, according to a New

Top Newspaper Web Sites Grow Their Traffic
U.S. newspapers, which have struggled mightily for years to adapt to the Web, seem to be doing a better job of growing their online readership. That's at

Amazon Opens up Payments Web Service to All
Amazon continues to expand its set of web services. Flexible Payments Service (FPS), which allows developers to tap into Amazon's payments infrastructure, is

House Approves DTV Delay Until June
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to delay a transition to all-digital television broadcasts until June 12, in an effort to prevent millions of

Lenovo's CEO Resigns as Company Posts $97 Million Loss
Lenovo Group President and CEO William Amelio resigned Wednesday, after the company posted a US$97 million loss amid a sharp drop in sales during the last

Report: Vista the Least Popular Windows OS Ever
Once upon a time, Microsoft crowed that Windows Vista would be twice as popular as XP. Research firm Ovum, Ltd., predicted a more modest 15 percent switchover

Compete: Facebook Tops MySpace in Popularity in January
Facebook beat out MySpace to become the most popular social networking site in January, according to In Compete's Top 25 Social Networks

Michael Phelps Skips IBM Speaking Engagement
Michael Phelps reportedly skipped a scheduled speaking appearance at the IBM Pulse conference in Las Vegas Tuesday. Phelps, the 23-year-old swimmer who won

Palm OS Hits the End of the Road
Palm has pulled the plug on its Palm OS operating system. Instead, the company will bet its future on its newly unveiled but still mysterious Palm webOS,

Uh Oh, Apple Fans: Looks Like Obama Uses a PC
President Barack Obama may be busy drumming up support for his economic stimulus package, but reading between the lines of the president's recent remarks

Web Site Ordered to Unmask Anonymous Posters in Libel Case
The First Amendment protects the right to free speech and anonymous free speech. But it doesn't offer the right to libel someone, anonymously or otherwise. A

Microsoft Denies It Profits From Vista-to-XP Downgrades
Microsoft has denied that it makes money when users downgrade Windows Vista to the older XP, as a lawsuit filed last week alleges. The lawsuit, submitted

Netbooks Worm Their Way Into Businesses
When ADNH Compass, a 17,000-employee catering company based in Abu Dhabi, decided to give its branch managers new PCs late last year, it chose Acer Inc.'s

Universal Chargers to Finally Become a Reality
An initiative backed by both mobile phone manufacturers and operators will result in a universal charger based on the Micro-USB interface for new mobile phones.

Vodafone to Sell Second HTC Google Phone
High Tech Computer (HTC) unveiled its second Google Android-based smartphone, the HTC Magic, with mobile service provider Vodafone on Tuesday. The new

Hulu Pulls Content From, Boxee
Don't get too accustomed to watching free streaming television shows on the Web: Hollywood is moving in and wresting control of content from popular online

Yelp Extortion Accusations Ignite a War of Words
A California newspaper says online review site Yelp manipulates its reviews for money--and now, Yelp is fighting back against the accusations. Watch out, Web

Netbooks Are Taking a Toll on Microsoft
When Microsoft laid off 5,000 people in January, analysts and pundits pointed to plenty of reasons for the first major layoffs in the company's history. The

YouTube Slowly Kills External Video Ripping
YouTube is reportedly shutting down third-party services that allow users to download videos for offline viewing. The move comes as the video-sharing Website

Google Finding More Fans in the Workplace, Schmidt Says
More companies are trying out Google's products for the workplace, possibly because IT budgets are tight and they are looking for cheaper alternatives, CEO Eric

IPhone Users Download Five Apps Each, Use Web Most
Smartphone users around the world generally download about five software applications each, even iPhone users, according to market researcher InStat. The

Obama Nominates Genachowski to Head FCC
President Barack Obama Tuesday nominated Julius Genachowski as chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. I can think of no one better than

Yahoo CEO Likes Google Maps Better Than Yahoo Maps
Yahoo's straight-talking CEO Carol Bartz said Tuesday she prefers Google Maps to Yahoo Maps, and disclosed that she told Steve Ballmer that any future

Dell Cuts Staff Worldwide
Dell on Wednesday said it had laid off staff at different sites worldwide in an effort to cut costs and streamline operations. The company did not provide an

Demand for Online Backup Services Will Grow, EMC Chief Says
EMC expects demand for its Mozy online backup service to continue growing, despite the challenging business environment and weak consumer demand, the company's

Microsoft Plans to Reduce Carbon Footprint by 30%
Microsoft has set a goal for reducing its carbon emissions and has plans to support the development of software that can help address climate change issues, the

Privacy Groups Rip Google's Targeted Advertising Plan
Two online privacy groups slammed Google for launching a behavioral advertising program, with one advocate calling Google's plan a privacy disaster.

AT&T "No Commitment" iPhone Pricing: No Bargain
Word on the street is that AT&T is finally preparing to add a new (but previously announced) pricing option for the iPhone 3G that does not require committing

Browsers Get Hacked Before Phones at Security Show
Mobile devices took the spotlight at the CanSecWest security conference Wednesday, but it was browser bugs that got all the attention at the show's popular

Facebook Pleads With Members to Give It Governance Tips
Facebook is alerting its members that time is running out for those who want to put in their two cents regarding the governing concepts and policies the popular

Privacy Group Asks FTC to Investigate Google
The privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google for privacy breaches related to

Michael Dell Sees Faster Economic Recovery in China
The CEO of Dell called business conditions in China among the best in the world amid slowing global growth at a talk in Beijing on Thursday. China has

Dentist OK'd to Proceed With Lawsuit Against Yelp Reviewers
A Foster City, Calif., pediatric dentist is being allowed to proceed with a libel suit against a husband and wife accused of giving her a bad review on Yelp,

DTV Transition: More Than 4 Million Still Not Ready
A U.S. government agency has cleared a waiting list for coupons for converter boxes for digital television signals, but an estimated 4.1 million U.S.

How to Get on Twitter's List
How do you get on Twitter's suggested follow list? It all comes down to a gut check, according to Twitter. In a post on Twitter's official blog, co-founder Biz

Conficker Worm's Creators Foiled
The malware makers who crafted Conficker must be extremely disappointed, a security expert said Wednesday, and not because the Internet didn't come crashing

Facebook CFO to Leave the Company
Facebook's seasoned CFO will leave the company, the social-networking site confirmed Wednesday. Gideon Yu was also a vice president. He joined Facebook in

Skype for iPhone: Bad News for AT&T?
Skype on the iPhone 3G works really well. In fact, it sounds better than regular calls over AT&T's network, at least on my iPhone in New York City. This is bad

Wi-Fi Popular Now on Smartphones, Set to Boom
Wi-Fi, already heavily used in mobile devices such as the iPhone according to new research, is coming to a smartphone or cell phone near you. Wi-Fi is

Blockbuster May Shut Retail Stores
Once Goliath to Netlflix's David, Blockbuster appears on the defensive in an effort to stay relevant to movie fans and viable as a business. In a filing with

Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio Ordered to Prison April 14
Former Qwest Communications International CEO Joseph Nacchio has been ordered to prison next Tuesday after a federal court in Colorado denied his request to

Facebook Set to Hit Milestone Today - 200 Millionth User
Just a few months after its fifth anniversary, Facebook Inc. Wednesday is set to welcome its 200 millionth user. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a

Report: Cybercriminals Have Penetrated US Electrical Grid
Cyperspies from China, Russia and elsewhere have gained access to the U.S. electrical grid and have installed malware tools designed to shut down service,

Sun Blundered by Turning Down IBM
With IBM/Sun negotiations reportedly at a standstill, a consensus seems to be emerging among industry analysts: Sun has made a colossal mistake in turning down

Dutch and French Are Most Avid Online Bank Customers
The Dutch and French are the most avid users of Internet banking in Europe, with the secretive Swiss among the least inclined to bank online, according to

Milestone: Over 50% of Voters Used Internet in 2008 Election
More than half of all U.S. adults -- about 55% -- used the Internet to get news about or participate in the 2008 election, according to a Pew Internet &

Organized Crime Caused Big Data Breach Spike, Says Verizon
A new study from Verizon Business claims that organized crime is responsible for a large increase in the number of breached corporate electronic records, which

PC Shipments Fell Less Than Expected in Q1, IDC Says
PC shipments declined less than expected in the first quarter, propped up by consumers' continuing interest in low-cost netbooks, IDC said in a report

Four Indicted in Giant College Spam Operation
A federal grand jury in Missouri has indicted two brothers and two other people on charges related to an alleged e-mail spamming case that targeted more than

Palm to Offer Pre, Other Devices for Free
Palm is looking for recruits to become Real Reviewers of Palm phones including the Palm Pre. If you're selected as a reviewer, Palm will give you a free,

U.S. Consumers' Appetite for Netbooks Surging, Survey Says
Almost a quarter of potential PC buyers are looking seriously at getting a netbook, according to the results of a market research study released Wednesday, as

Windows XP Will Still Be Available After Windows 7 Release
Microsoft plans to continue offering Windows XP for netbooks after the release of its next-generation operating system, Windows 7. OEMs that are using

Is Telecommuting the Way to Avoid Swine Flu?
The possibility of a widespread swine flu outbreak is prompting companies to think about business continuity and how options such as telework may become a

MacBooks Sweep Consumer Reports Laptop Ratings
Apple's scored itself a trifecta with the release of the June issue of Consumer Reports. If it weren't for the magazine's legendary reliability and highest

Microsoft's Windows 7 Release Candidate Goes Public
The near-final version of Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 7, became available late Monday to the general public. Microsoft will collect feedback

Sprint Still Losing Money Despite Prepaid Wireless Boost
Despite seeing a surge in prepaid wireless subscribers last quarter, Sprint continued to hemorrhage money and posted a net loss of $594 million. Sprint's

Facebook Boots Holocaust Denial Groups
Facebook has removed two Holocaust denial groups claiming they violated Facebook's Terms of Service by promoting hate. The two groups in question, Holocaust

Intel CEO 'Strongly Disagrees' with 'Baffling' $1.44B Antitrust Fine
Intel Corp. said today it intends to appeal the European Commission's $1.44 billion fine for anticompetitive behavior in the chip market, with CEO Paul

Sprint to Offer Mobile 3G Wi-Fi Device
Sprint on Wednesday announced plans to launch the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 device in early June. The device will cost US$100 after a $50 mail-in rebate,

Survey: US Government Could Save Millions on Printing
The U.S. government could save more than US$440 million by creating formal printing policies and cutting down on unnecessary printing, according to a report

Conficker Still Infecting 50,000 PCs per Day
The Conficker worm is still infecting systems at a brisk rate and continues to snag computers in Fortune 1000 companies, according to security researchers.

Palm Pre, Other Smartphones Will Still Sell Despite Recession
Despite monthly costs of $70 or more for voice and data service on new smartphones such as the Palm Pre, consumers and business users have been lining up to buy

Twitter Says No to Ads; So How Can Site Survive?
With Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone ruling out advertising on the social network, the question for the online business world is: What will Twitter do to

More Americans Play Video Games than Go to Movies
I thought the revelation that video gamers outnumbered cinema goers was old news, but maybe only partly so. According to a new NPD Group report, 53 percent of

Hands On With Bing, Microsoft's New Search Engine
At last, Bing has arrived. I tested a preview release of Microsoft's new search/decision engine, previously called Kumo, to see how well it compares with its

Mobile Banking Expected to Soar in Next Few Years
The number of people actively using mobile banking in the U.S. will grow by more than five times by the end of 2013, Tower Group Inc. predicted in a report

Report: Yahoo's CEO Ready for a Microsoft Deal
Yahoo's CEO said Wednesday she was open to discussing a Microsoft acquisition, provided the deal were sweet. During an onstage interview at the All Things

What to Expect From Next Week's E3
Now that Apple has a successful gaming platform with the iPhone and iPod touch, software designed to run on it will take center stage at next week's Electronic

Metal Gear Solid, Natal "Full Body Motion Control" Revealed for Microsoft's Xbox 360
Microsoft's E3 2009 press conference is all-systems-go, so what did Redmond, Washington have up its sleeve? Some pretty amazing stuff, actually. Metal Gear

Digg Users Can Now Vote on Both Ads and News
Social news site Digg is introducing an advertisement platform that will allow its users to vote advertisements up and down as they now do with news stories.

Flying Car Passes Its Test Flight Program
A Massachusetts company today announced that its flying car has has successfully completed its initial flight testing program. Woburn, Mass.-based

Palm Pre (Sprint) Smartphone
The Palm Pre smartphone ($200 with a two-year contract from Sprint as of 6/4/09), along with the company's much-anticipated webOS operating system, has had

Sears Settles Online Tracking Complaint From FTC
Sears Holdings Management has agreed to settle a complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it failed to tell customers about the wide range of their

Facebook Overtakes MySpace in U.S.
Facebook has officially taken the throne as the most popular social network in America. Facebook surpassed MySpace in U.S.-based traffic for the first time in

Google Warns of Issues With Its Outlook Sync Tool for Apps
After promising that people can use Outlook seamlessly with the Gmail component of its Apps suite, Google is toning down those expectations. A week

Senators Challenge AT&T's Exclusive IPhone Deal
U.S. senators on Thursday struggled at a committee hearing to understand AT&T's explanation for how exclusive deals for phones like the iPhone stimulate

Who Won E3? Halo ODST and God of War III, says Nielsen
What upcoming video game do a majority of you most want to buy coming off this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo? Microsoft's Halo ODST, blogs Nielsen,

Facebook Lets Any Site Add Live Comment Streams
Any Web site owner can now put up a stream of Facebook status updates, using a feature that the social networking platform introduced on Wednesday. The

Jobs Has New Liver, 'Excellent Prognosis,' Doctor Says
Methodist University Hospital in Memphis confirmed late Tuesday that Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently underwent a liver transplant. News of the transplant was

Is a $99 Palm 'Eos' in the Works to Challenge Apple?
The Palm Pre may have just debuted at $199 (after rebate), but a cheaper, smaller Palm smartphone may be just around the corner. According to Mike Abramsky, an

The Simpsons: Worth More on Hulu than Fox
A tectonic shift has taken place for the digital age: ad rates for popular shows like The Simpsons and CSI are higher online than they are on prime-time TV. If

Citibank Tests out Payments Using Mobile Phones
Citibank is starting a large trial of the use of mobile phones to make credit card payments at retail outlets and other points-of-sale in Bangalore, which the

Facebook Simplifies Privacy Settings, Calls Them Too Complex
Facebook will simplify the way in which it offers privacy options to its users, as it gets ready to give its members for the first time the option to make the

Google Fixes Search Problem in Outlook Sync Tool for Apps
Google has fixed an issue with the Outlook synchronization tool it released recently for its Apps hosted communications and collaboration suite, Google said

Gov't Official: We're Serious About Cybersecurity This Time
The U.S. White House is determined to follow through on its efforts to make cybersecurity a top priority, despite earlier government efforts that have fallen

Americans Spend Most Online Time on Facebook
Ever wonder what your co-worker or friend is doing online? The Nielsen Company has a pretty good idea what they're up to. Nielsen Online reported this

Blockbuster ONDemand Movie Service Headed to Samsung Devices
Blockbuster's push into the living continues with a new alliance announced yesterday with Samsung, the world's largest supplier of flat-panel TVs. This fall,

How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Smartphone?
Concerned about the long-term expense of owning a smartphone? You should be. But we found that, among the most popular smartphones on the market today, there

PC Shipments Stronger Than Expected in Q2, IDC Says
PC shipments were slightly stronger than expected in the second quarter, propped up by consumer spending and lower prices, according to IDC research released on

Google Wave Opens to Select Users this Fall
Are you looking forward to the day when Google Wave, Mountain View's all-in-one communication and collaboration tool, goes public? Well, for a select group of

It's Official: Windows 7 Goes RTM
Microsoft has announced this afternoon that Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing. In other words, Windows 7 development has wrapped up, and it'll now

Suicide Ignites Apple Culture Debate
A Chinese worker's suicide over an alleged missing fourth-generation iPhone prototype has sparked debate over Apple's code of secrecy, begging the question

Barnes & Noble to Offer Free Wi-Fi
Barnes & Noble Inc. took free Wi-Fi a step further this week by announcing that anybody can walk into one of its nearly 800 stores nationwide and surf the Net

Scaled-down E-Census Project 'a Great Success,' Bureau Says
The U.S. Census Bureau took a significant step toward its eventual goal of a true paperless census with the successful completion of a national address

The Microsoft-Yahoo Deal: Questions and Answers
Well, friends, sound the wedding bells: The longest-running courtship in the history of mankind has finally reached its climax. No July Fools' joke here --

Researcher Reveals Massive 'Professional Thieving' Botnet
A ferocious piece of malware that's infected up to a million PCs is stealing a tremendous amount of financial information from consumers and businesses that

DDoS Attackers Continue Hitting Twitter, Facebook, Google
The distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks that knocked out Twitter for hours and affected other sites like Facebook, Google's Blogger, and LiveJournal on

Palm Coders Go to Camp
After weeks work, a grassroots group of Palm Pre enthusiasts will launch a one day developers camp in 80 cities this Saturday. So far, about 1,800

Windows 7: The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown
For most people who are considering moving to Windows 7, October 22 is D-Day. On that date Microsoft's newest operating system lands on store shelves, both as a

Is Apple Plotting a Social Networking App for iTunes?
Apple is reportedly working on an overhaul of iTunes that will include social networking tools that will allow you to broadcast and share music to friends. The

iTunes 9 Breaks Palm Pre Sync (Again)
Bad news, Palm Pre owners: it looks like Apple has broken the Pre's iTunes syncing ability once again. On Wednesday Apple released the latest version of its

Obama Warns Kids on Stupid Facebook Posts
When you're young you'll probably do some stupid things, but think twice before posting them online. That's the advice delivered Wednesday by U.S. President

Salespeople Love Samsung LCD TVs, According to Report
Salespeople at major retail electronics stores are recommending Samsung LCD television sets over competing brands, according to J.D. Power and Associates. Over

Silicon Valley Is Shrinking
The number of high-tech jobs in all industries Silicon Valley declined by 86,000, or 16.5%, between 2001 and 2008, according a federal study of employment

Drudge, Other Sites Flooded With Malicious Ads
Criminals flooded several online ad networks with malicious advertisements over the weekend, causing popular Web sites such as the Drudge Report,

One Year On, Android's Not Quite There Yet
After it has spent nearly a year on the market, analysts are reluctant to declare Android a success, but they say the platform could turn a corner in the next

Tracking Snow Leopard's Upgrade Rate
How quickly are Mac users adopting Snow Leopard? It's hard to tell, but everyone's got a guess. In general, Mac users are much faster to upgrade than their

USB Group Calls Foul on Palm Pre iTunes Sync
The Palm Pre's apparently never-ending struggle to sync with iTunes isn't going well, as a USB standards group is siding with Apple's countermeasures. The

Analysts to Apple: Dump Exclusivity, Double iPhone Sales
If you think America's iPhone frenzy is at an all-time high now, just you wait. Apple could more than double its U.S. iPhone user base by saying so-long

India's 3G Auction Delayed Again, Minister Says
India's auction of 3G and WiMax licenses is likely to be delayed again until next year, the country's minister for communications and IT said on Monday in

Microsoft Launches Big Gadget Push for Holidays
Microsoft made its holiday pitch Tuesday in New York, giving a sneak peak at what its gadget lineup will look like. Here Microsoft stressed its portable music

Report: U.S. Mac Households Rise to 12 Percent
Nearly 12 percent of U.S. computer-owning households now own a Mac, The NPD Group reports in its second annual Household Penetration Study. That's up three

ComScore: Google Gains More Ground Than Bing in September
Despite the big marketing and advertising push Microsoft has given Bing, the new search engine failed to gain much ground among users in September, while

Online Test Helps You Self-diagnose H1N1 Flu
Feeling sick? Wondering if it's the H1N1 flu or just a regular old go-away-don't-come-near-me, flu? Face it, your doctor may not be able to squeeze you

Will Barnes & Noble E-reader Push Kindle Prices Lower?
Now that Barnes & Noble is reportedly launching its very own E-reader, will prices on's competing Kindle keep tumbling on further? Based on

With Botnets Everywhere, DDoS Attacks Get Cheaper
Cyber-crime just doesn't pay like it used to. Security researchers say the cost of criminal services such as distributed denial of service, or DDoS,

Twitter Warns of New Phishing Attack
Twitter warned users Tuesday of a new phishing scam on the social networking site. It's the latest in a series of scams that have plagued the site over the

Ultimate Showdown: Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7
It's the best of times if you're a lover of operating systems, with the nearly simultaneous release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (available right

Barnes & Noble Sued over E-Reader
Back on October 19th, a company called Spring Design introduced an e-reader called Alex. It had two significant features in common with Barnes & Noble's Nook,

Microsoft Lays off 800 People
Microsoft is laying off another 800 people, adding to the 5,000 the company has already let go this year. The Techflash blog first reported the news.

T-Mobile USA Restores Voice, Data Services After Disruption
T-Mobile USA has restored voice and data services to users after an eight-hour outage that affected nearly 1.7 million subscribers. T-Mobile confirms it has

Verizon Cranks Up Droid Hype Machine
Verizon Wireless will open many of its 2,000 retail stores early on Friday for first day sales of the Droid smartphone, adding to the marketing hype already

HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion
Hewlett-Packard will acquire networking vendor 3Com in a deal valued at $2.7 billion, the companies announced Wednesday. The agreement, already approved by

October NPD: Game Sales Stumble, PS3 Tops Xbox 360
Sony's PS3 continued to outpace Microsoft's Xbox 360 in October hardware sales according to US NPD Group data, though Microsoft cleaned up in top 10 software

Phone vs. BlackBerry vs. Droid vs. Pre: Smackdown!
The latest Android 2.0-based iPhone killer won't kill the iPhone or the BlackBerry -- and the cheaper HTC Droid Eris is the new smartphone that I think Apple

IDC: 1 Billion Mobile Devices Will Go Online by 2013
The growing demand for online applications could push the number of mobile devices accessing the Internet past 1 billion by 2013, IDC said in a survey issued

Some Barnes & Noble Nook Buyers Get $100 Voucher
Barnes & Noble is giving $100 gift certificates to Nook e-reader buyers who placed orders for the devices to be delivered before the holidays and now won't

Ford Plans Wi-Fi On Board
Ford, one of the failing auto industry's big dogs, announced it will nerd-out and bring Wi-Fi to a line of its vehicles. Starting in 2010, SYNC-equipped Ford

GAO: FCC Needs to Better Monitor Mobile Carriers
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to improve its oversight of mobile telephone carriers, because the agency has no way to measure the outcomes

Wow, Did That Go on Sale? Famous Tech Vaporware
Each year, the nation's largest geekfest, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is full of hype, overhype, and beyond the valley of the hype. Remember the

PC Shipments Jump in the Fourth Quarter, IDC Says
Worldwide PC shipments soared during the fourth quarter, driven by historically low PC prices and an increased demand for laptops and netbooks, analyst firm

Google Begins Replying to More Nexus One Complaints
Google appears to be trying to boost its customer support for Nexus One customers, posting replies to many more queries on its online forum. Google has

Google Earth Reveals the Devastation in Haiti
Google responded to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this week by working with satellite imagery company GeoEye to quickly make images of the

Google, Plaintiffs Submit Revised Book Search Settlement
Right up against a deadline to submit a revised settlement agreement to a judge overseeing a lawsuit filed against Google by the Authors Guild and the

Facebook Privacy Changes Draw Mixed Reviews
Facebook's revamped privacy settings will push more user data onto the Internet and, in some cases, make privacy protection harder for Facebook users, digital

Google Rules Search, Yahoo and Bing Lag Behind
While Microsoft's Bing might be getting a lot of attention, Google is still king of all things search. Google's search rivals have been pulling out the

HDTV Buying Guide: Select the Right Flat-Panel Technology
Before you drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on the wrong flat-panel HDTV set, read our comprehensive breakdown of everything you need to know. Our HDTV buying guide might just help you save some money.

HDTV Buying Guide: Shopping Tips
Looking for a flat-panel LCD or plasma HDTV? Our comprehensive guide will tell you all you need to know. Keep these shopping tips in mind when you're browsing the store aisles.

How to Buy a Digital Camera
There are so many options in the world of digital cameras, it's easy to get confused. Here's how to pick the camera that fits you perfectly.

Should I Update My BIOS?
Rohkai asked the Answer Line forum if a PC's BIOS, like an operating system or an antivirus, should be kept up to date

Next Kindle Fire Will be Thinner, With Better Display, Report Says
Google's Nexus 7 may soon be greeted with rivals that are smaller siblings of existing tablets from both Amazon and Apple.

New Timbuk2 Power Bags Will Charge Any USB Device on the Go
Two new bags from Timbuk2 will charge any USB device you own without making you remove it from the bag.

How to Undo RAID: Best Practices
Changing from a RAID 0-array boot drive to a single-drive boot should be easy, I thought, but the operation can be more complicated than may you anticipate. Here's what I learned from the experience.

Windows 8 in OEM's Hands in August
OS on pace for official release in October.

BlackBerry App World Tops Three Billion Downloads, RIM Says
After months of bad news, Research In Motion had some positive news to share proclaiming that its app store, BlackBerry App World, recently passed three billion app downloads.

How to Edit Photos With Adobe's Camera Raw
Here are some tips for using the mini photo editor that you've probably always ignored.

Acronis True Image Home 2012 is a One-Stop Backup Solution
Save your personal data with Acronis True Image Home, the most comprehensive backup and restore tool on the market.

Get Nyan Cat Faxed to You With Nyan Fax
Fax machines may not be as common as they once were, but don't tell that to these guys.

Aggressive Ad Providers Spy on 80 Million Mobile Users
Some ad networks buried in free apps harvest data and perform sketchy activities on cell phones; find out which app categories are the most common culprits.

DNSChanger Malware: What's Next?
FBI says 64,000 US-based Internet users impacted by DNSChanger Malware. PCWorld talks with representatives from AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon about what's next.

7-Inch Tablet Showdown Looms This Fall
Electronics makers are scrambling to put together 7-inch tablet game plans, prepping for fall showdown.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet on Sale: Staples Takes Pre-Orders
The office supply chain expects to ship the tablet on July 12. It's selling only the 16GB version--for $249.

New Windows 8-Ready Hybrid Tablet, Convertible Laptop from Fujitsu
Fujitsu announces the business-friendly Stylistic Q702 slate tablet--which has an optional keyboard dock--and the 13.3-inch Lifebook T902 convertible laptop.

Three Alternatives to Mozilla Thunderbird
Fans of the popular mail client may want to look elsewhere now that Mozilla is ending development of the product.

Machinima Lets You Make Movies of Your Favorite Games.
A new series of YouTube videos shows you how to get started making films out of your in-game footage.

Space Engine Lets You Be the Astronaut You've Always Wanted to Be
With the high requirements demanded from budding astronauts, space simulation software SpaceEngine may be the closest most of us will come to achieving this childhood dream.

Verizon Delays Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Until Thursday
Verizon has delayed its in-store launch of the Galaxy S III two days.

DNSChanger Doomsday Threat Fizzled--Just as It Should Have
You might see the whole DNSChanger ordeal as overblown. On the other hand, the information campaign worked.

Mozilla Puts the Brakes on Thunderbird
Security updates will continue, but new innovation will depend on community involvement, the foundation says.

Give Me Three Minutes and I'll Teach You How to Out-Skrillex Skrillex With Barcodes
Barcodes: They're not just for supermarkets anymore. Two designers figured out how to turn the venerable barcode-and-scanner combo into musical instruments.

Beyond the Realm of Tolkien Ripoffs: Different MMORPGs
Each of these ten MMOs offers something different, whether in setting or in gameplay. Most are free to play, and all are free to try.

Finally: Indoor GPS System Uses Your Smartphone and Earth’s Magnetic Field
Finnish researchers develop a indoor GPS and mapping system that uses the Earth’s magnetic field and your smartphone.

Sony Xperia Ion Review: Great Display and Camera, Old Software
The Sony Xperia Ion sounds impressive on paper, but it has a few shortcomings that keep it from being on top.

The 10 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette
Are you a social media sinner? If you regularly violate any of these commandments, the answer is probably yes.

Galaxy S III Spontaneous Combustion Tale Was a Hoax
Forum user admits to helping the phone combust with a microwave.

Clever iPhone Keyboard Seeks Kickstart
Spike designers give the Apple smartphone a tactile keyboard, then flip it out of the way when not needed.

Three Alternatives to Your iGoogle Home Page
Google is shutting down its Web portal in just 16 short months. Here are three worthwhile replacements to consider.

On The PlayStation Vita's Digital Past

Can Over-the-Top Voice Services Free You From Mobile Minutes Charges?
U.S. wireless carriers fear that Web voice services such as T-Mobile Bobsled will take a bite out of their profits. That could very well happen--and consumers could benefit.

Maxthon Is Fast, Free, and Just as Good as the Famous Browsers
Web browser Maxthon is clean-looking and quick, with useful features.

Nexus Smartphone Sales Ban Lifted by Court
All may be moot in the dispute, as Google is expected to release an updated model expected next week.

The IBM PS/2: 25 Years of PC History
Here's a fond look back at the Personal System/2 series of PCs, which embarrassed IBM in the late 1980s but shaped the modern PC you know today.

LG Optimus 4X HD: A Quad-Core Android Phone
The LG Optimus 4X HD is a very powerful phone, but the software and camera are lacking.

Choose a Color Palette With Free, Easy-to-Use ColorPic
ColorPic is a free and simple color picker which supports multiple swatches and Hex color codes.

Amazon Preps Kindle Smartphone to Battle Apple, Say Reports
Talk of an Amazon phone has been circulating since the online retailer began selling smartphone apps for Android phones in early 2011, but now reports say Amazon is talking with manufacturers.

Apple Squashes Bug That Crashed Apps
It's been a tough week for the App Store, as Apple yanks spyware and fixes a server that caused some newly downloaded apps to crash.

Say Goodbye to Windows Home Server
The cloud edges out traditional on-site storage for home users, as Microsoft discontinues its nerve center for a PC-centric home.

HP Omni 27-1015t All-in-One Review: Beautiful, Affordable, Boring
The HP Omni 27-1015t is a decent all-in-one with a large, beautiful screen, but it fails to stand out in an increasingly crowded field.

HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color MFP M475dw Review: Nice Output Quality, Mediocre Speed and Toner Costs
This office laser MFP offers great output and paper handling, but earns merely average scores in other respects.

iPhone-Driven Laptop on Wheels Brings New Meaning to Portable Computing
What do you get when you cross a laptop, a set of wheels, an iPhone, and an Arduino board? This.

Turn PowerPoint Presentations Into Polished Videos With PPT2DVD Pro
This business-friendly software converts your PowerPoint presentations into slick videos that can be viewed on a range of devices.

iPad Mini Would Cannibalize Apple's Tablet Sales
But that's not necessarily a bad thing, says one analyst, who expects competing tablets would be only a minor problem for Apple.

There Is No Excuse for Still Being Infected with DNSChanger
People have had months of warnings and a plethora of free utilities that take five seconds to verify if their PC has DNSChanger. If they lose access to the Web on Monday, they deserve it.

Free Game Friday: A Super-Science Platformer, Undercover Cows and Space Exploration
This week’s round up of free games has a stealth action game starring a cow and a game where you shoot your way through endless space exploration. Good luck.

Like Open Source? For Collaboration, Try Group-Office 4.0
Available in a free, open community version as well as a paid one with support, this newly upgraded software offers a fresh groupware alternative.

British Airways Faces Privacy Backlash for Googling Passengers
The airline says it will conduct Internet-based background searches on customers before they board plane.

Create a Secure Chat Room in a Flash with ChatStep
This free service offers fast, easy, and encrypted online chat -- perfect for those project meetings when phone calls won't do.

Man-to-Machine Brain Control Goes International With Robot Avatar Bodies
It's not quite 'Avatar,' but an international group of scientist successfully linked a man from Israel to robot avatar in France.

Rough-Hewn Buzz Saw Font Can Look Either Rustic or Creepy
Brian Bonislawsky's woodcut-look font comes in TrueType and PostScript versions.

The Best Time to Buy a Laptop May Be Now: Prices at Record Lows
Price-predicting service says right now is one of the best times to buy a new laptop.

Robotic Legs Can Walk Like a Human, Could Teach People to Walk Again
A pair of robotic legs can walk exactly the way a human being does. While this could help robots take over, it is actually beneficial to people.

Adding and Managing Users in Windows 8
As with many aspects of Windows, there are some changes in Windows 8 you need to be familiar with if you want to add and manage user accounts.

How to Eliminate Eyestrain From Your Big, Beautiful PC
Building an amazing desktop computer is easy, but even after you stuff your new system with the latest hardware, hook up your cabling, and make room for your giant monitor, you're not quite done. Make it easy on the eyes with this handy guide.

Some Thoughts On SimCity Social
Oh SimCity, why must I love you so; not even Facebook can keep us apart.

Sync Mail, Contacts, Calendar with Your iOS Device
SuPaw asked the Networking forum how best to sync multiple email accounts, plus contacts and a calendar, so that it's all accessible on both a Windows PC and an iPad

AT&T to Launch Blocking Service for Stolen Phones
Starting next week, AT&T customers whose phones get stolen will be able to cut off the stolen device's ability to work on an AT&T network.

TimeSnapper Shows You Where Your Time Goes
With TimeSnapper you can record your computer use and play it back to evaluate your productivity.

DNSChanger Malware Set to Knock Thousands Off Internet on Monday
Here's how to find out if your computer is infected, and what to do if it is.

Mozilla Clipping Thunderbird's Wings
The company is pulling back on innovations for the product.

Make Sense of Your Font Folder With FontExplorer X Pro
FontExplorer X Pro can find, sort, label, and organize your fonts; plus disable unused ones.

The Case For (and Against) a Smaller 'iPad Mini'
Speculation of a smaller iPad seems relentless, so I examine the arguments for why it would--or would not--be a good idea.

Olympus Follows Google Glass with Wearable Display Prototype
The MEG4.0 clips on to standard eyeglasses and projects a 320-by-240 QVGA display right in front of your eyes.

Fat Thumb Recognizes Your Oversized Digits, Lets You Multitouch Zoom With One Finger
University of Calgary scientists find a way to replicate multitouch gestures using a single finger.

Nexus Q Teardown Reveals Heavy Base, Foreign Parts
Although Google says the Nexus Q is built in the United States, it's still chock full of foreign parts.

Crashing iOS Apps Blamed on Flaw in Apple App Store
The developer of Instapaper says the update Apple was pushing to his users was corrupt. Another app maker attributed the problem to damaged binaries.

UPDATE: New Android Malware Uses Phones as Spam Botnet
The messages are being propagated through Yahoo’s mail service and promote counterfeit Viagra and other pharmaceuticals.

Trojan Horse found in the iOS App Store: Report
Security software company Kaspersky discovered a Trojan Horse in the iOS App Store that sends your contacts to a remote server and spams people you know.

Gamer Builds Ultimate Starcraft Keyboard Mod; Gaming World Looks in Envy
Ever wanted to know how a Starcraft II pro-gaming keyboard would look? Check out this impressive mod.

Motorola Outs Atrix HD, Its First Phone Under Google
Motorola appears to have leaked photos and specs of its newest phone, the Atrix HD.

Patch Tuesday Includes Shocking Update for IE9
Microsoft plans to publish nine new security bulletins next Tuesday, including an unusual back-to-back update for Internet Explorer.

Best Buy Copies the Apple Store
Best Buy is reportedly trying out a new look: a smaller, friendlier outlet strongly influenced by Apple's retail stores.

Microsoft Streamlines Windows Server Options, Kills Versions for Home and Small Business
Microsoft revealed that there will only be four versions of Windows Server 2012, and Small Business Server and Home Server didn't make the cut.

PC Building Best Practices: Software
In the second part of our PC building best practices series, we outline a number of issues than can arise when you're configuring and installing software on a newly built PC.

Tabletop Forge, Tabletop Gaming Tools for Google Hangouts
A new Kickstarter promises to turn Google Hangouts into the ideal virtual venue for your D&D games.

Apple Preps 7-inch iPad to Battle Nexus 7, Kindle Fire: Report
Bloomberg news agency is reporting that Apple will challenge the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire with its own 7-inch tablet called unofficially an iPad Mini.

How to Analyze Your Website's Performance
Understanding who is visiting your website is critical if you intend to make it big on the Web.

Updated Apps Crashing? Here's What You Need to Know
A glitch in Apple's app-updating mechanism has rendered over 100 apps unusable. Here's what you need to know, and how to fix it.

A Dream Come True? Life-Size Lego Flora Sprouts in a Desert
Check out why giant Lego trees and flowers are growing in the Australian Outback. No, it's not because someone planted Lego bricks in the sand...

Fun Free Font JI Marshmallow Roast Brings Back Childhood Memories
Want s'mores without the calories and tooth decay? TrueType Font JI Marshmallow Roast is sweet stuff.

Google, Samsung Working on Software Fix To Bypass Galaxy Nexus Sales Ban
The Galaxy Nexus is the latest victim in the legal fight between Apple and Android manufacturers over patent infringements.

Archos Launches Inexpensive Android Tablet Running Ice Cream Sandwich
The Archos 97 Carbon will debut later this month for $250.

Micro Express MicroFlex 37B Review: Don't Judge by the Cover
It’s fast and it’s furious--Micro Express’s budget desktop delivers a lot for a low-cost PC. But its looks won't appeal to everyone.

Arduino and LEDs Help You Give Everyone the Look of Disapproval
Want to really give someone a good glare? Let this Arduino project show you how to make a variety of scathing emoticons from LEDs.

Free Font Que FONTita Includes Comic-Book Sound Effects
Que FONTita packs a punch (which you can write as either "bam" or "pow").

Create Fonts With Type 3.2
An OpenType font editor and creator, Type 3.2 makes personalized fonts accessible to all.

LibreOffice for Android Is in the Works
Though still 'fairly horrific' for tablet devices, the software is coming along nicely, a developer reports.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review: Solid, but Not Revolutionary
The Nexus 7 does well in many areas, but its lack of expandability limits its scope.

CERN Finds Evidence of Higgs Boson-Like Particle (What's Next, Star Trek Artificial Gravity?)
The long-sought-after Higgs boson is thought to have been found by the Large Hadron Collider. Particle physicists around the world rejoice.

This 737-800 Flight Simulator Can Take You Anywhere (Sort Of)
Where would you go with a Boeing simulator, complete with genuine parts, in your back garden?

Windows 8 Pro Upgrade: Your FAQs Answered
Users will be able to upgrade to the pro version of Microsoft's newest desktop OS for just $40 for a limited time.

Apple Siri Versus Google Jelly Bean: Voice Search Showdown
Which one listens to you and delivers information better: Google's Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus or Apple's iOS Siri voice search? We put them to the test.

When Will Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Get to Your Smartphone?
Despite Google's efforts to speed up the process, lags in Android software updates will continue in the short term.

Facebook Promises Fix for E-Mail Glitch
Because of e-mail synching anomalies, some messages were not delivered to the inboxes properly.

Jelly Bean in Patent Spat Crosshairs as Ice Cream Sandwich Breaks 10 Percent Mark
Nexus 7 tablet stepping on IP toes of Nokia, claims Finnish handset maker.

The U.S. is Nosy: Twitter Releases First Transparency Report
Twitter has released its first biannual transparency report detailing which governments asked for the most info over the past six months.

Better Explorer Improves File Management on Windows 7 (and 8 Preview)
Now in Beta 1, Better Explorer shows excellent file management abilities with more stability.

Apple Faces Trademark Lawsuit Over Snow Leopard Name
A Chinese firm is seeking $80,000 and an apology from Apple.

Google Shutting Down 5 More Services
Google will be closing iGoogle, Google Video, Google Talk Chatback, Google Mini, and the Symbian Search App in the near future.

Space-Age Dress Shirts Keep You Cool in the Summer, Warm in the Winter
A team of MIT grads and former space suit designers developed a space-age dress shirt that keeps you cool and odorless in the summer.

Nexis 7 Teardown: Battery Beats Kindle Fire but Screen is Harder to Repair, iFixit Says
Take a peek inside the Nexus 7 to look at repairability and other details that Google itself isn't talking about.

Apple Adds Reminders, Notes Apps to iCloud Beta Site for Developers
Apple is expected to add even more iCloud-enabled features for iOS 6, the latest version of its mobile platform.

Windows Upgrade Pricing: How Low Will It Go?
Microsoft will offer its cheapest upgrade pricing yet with Windows 8 -- but how cheap can the software maker go to keep up with Apple?

A 4K Webcam for All Your Beyond-High-Definition Google Hangouts
Point Grey releases the world’s smallest 4K webcam that can capture super high-definition video in real time.

Arma II mod DayZ has me rethinking games
It's my most frustrating love affair

Password Protect a Flash Drive
Enddylopez asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum about password protecting a flash drive

How to Benchmark Your PC for Free
To thoroughly evaluate a PC's performance, you need to use multiple tools and utilities specifically designed to tax each major component. We show you which tools to use, describe how to get results that are reliable and repeatable, and explain what all those numbers mean.

How Many Lego Bricks Would it Take to Build A House? This Calculator Knows
If you're thinking big for your next Lego project, Lego My House will calculate how many bricks you would need to build an actual house.