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Google, Gmail and the Persistent Privacy Pickle
August 20, 2013
Most of us have a hard enough time keeping track of the security implications of the services we've signed up for, but recently an assertion was made that should send chills down the spine of virtually anyone who ever uses the Web. Namely, Google can scan and use the electronic communications not just of its own customers, but also those of anyone who sends emails or messages to business partners that do.
Google Asks Search Users to Speak Up
August 15, 2013
Google is making a major push into voice search with the rollout of several new capabilities, the company announced on Wednesday. Specifically, over the coming days and weeks, English-speaking users with voice search on desktops, tablets and smartphones will be able to ask Google such common queries as, "is my flight on time?" and get answers instantly in Google Search.
Russia to Host Snowden Family Reunion
August 12, 2013
Lon Snowden, the father of famed leaker Edward Snowden, and the family's lawyer have obtained visas to travel to Russia, where Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum as the U.S. seeks to extradite him on federal charges. Speaking on ABC News' This Week, the senior Snowden and the lawyer did not divulge many details of the trip.
Amazon Greenlights HTML5 Web Apps
August 8, 2013
Amazon on Wednesday launched support for HTML5 Web apps in its Mobile App Distribution Program. Developers can now submit URLs for their HTML5 apps to Amazon and leverage the company's In-App Purchasing API for JavaScript. Amazon "is working towards closing the gap between the capabilities of Web apps running on its platform and those of native apps," remarked tech analyst Al Hilwa.
Mozilla, BlackBerry Team Up on Peach Fuzzing
August 1, 2013
Politics may make for strange bedfellows, but there's no comparison to the match-ups that occur in the business world. Consider this: Mozilla, which has been flexing its muscles of late and pushing into the smartphone business and foreign markets, has teamed up with the flailing and failing BlackBerry, which is hemorrhaging market share, to conduct research on bugs in browsers.
SmugMug Gives Its Artists a New Palette
August 1, 2013
For the first time in more than a decade, SmugMug has given itself a major facelift. The new look for the image watering hole comes a scant two months after Flickr, another picture Web oasis, overhauled its Web presence -- a move that received mixed reviews. Through its redesign, SmugMug aims to give the site a cleaner and more modern look. It's also pledging better cross-platform performance.
Flipboard Tests the Web Waters in Read-Only Form
July 24, 2013
After launching as a mobile-only app for tablets and smartphones, Flipboard has landed on the desktop. Originally designed for the iPad when it launched back in 2010, Flipboard lets users create their own digital magazines from stories in the news. It used to be, however, that the only people who could view and browse those creations were other Flipboard users on mobile devices.
Facebook's Latest Mobile Strategy: Dumbphones
July 23, 2013
In a nod to developing nations like India and Brazil, Facebook will unveil plans for "Facebook for Every Phone," which is designed to make Facebook accessible on technologically humble feature phones. Facebook, which already boasts more than 1.1 billion users, now wants to target the 100 million people worldwide who access the site on feature phones.
New Databoard Lures Marketers Into Google's Web
July 10, 2013
Anyone who's ever made a presentation with data knows that making data presentable isn't always easy. That's part of the rationale behind Google Databoard, which was announced on Tuesday. "We created the Databoard tool to help marketers explore, interact with and share some of Google's recent research in a more immersive way," said Google's Adam Grunewald.
Dropbox Enlists Devs to Make It Ubiquitous
July 10, 2013
At Dropbox's DBX developer conference, the company on Tuesday announced a suite of new tools designed to make it easier for developers to bring its file-syncing technology to new devices and platforms. "We want to be sure that stuff is always available, no matter if you're on your laptop at work, a tablet on a plane or a smartphone on the bus," wrote founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Humor Apps for Firefox
July 10, 2013
The desktop environment can sometimes be the spot where you need a bit of humor the most. During a hard day pounding away at the contraption, a little light relief may be in order. In today's All Things Appy, we take a look at the top five must-have free humor add-ons for your Firefox browser. Our top choice, Stitcher Radio, lets you listen to comedy radio shows on demand.
Laying Down the Virtual Law in Second Life
July 6, 2013
Millions of people have created avatars that live in Internet virtual worlds. Those virtual worlds include Second Life and Maple Story, as well as video games. Although these virtual worlds and games are used regularly by individuals around the world, few consider the ownership and other legal rights associated with their virtual activities. There has been some interesting litigation.
RSS Rises From Google Reader's Ashes
July 1, 2013
Procrastinators may have been surprised Monday when they tried to catch up on their news feeds by using their old dependable Google Reader only to find out it was gone. That's right -- Google has shut down its RSS aggregator for good. It's too late to save your Reader data, but you can still go through the laborious task of reconstructing your news feeds from scratch in a Reader alternative.
Firefox 22: Look Ma, No Plug-ins!
June 26, 2013
Firefox 22, launched by the Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday, supports voice calling, video chat and peer-to-peer file sharing through the browser without plug-ins, thanks to full support for the WebRTC application programming interface. Firefox and Google Chrome support WebRTC, but currently Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Apple's Safari browser do not.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Apps for the Work Day
June 26, 2013
There's no shortage of apps out there for relaxation and entertainment, but sometimes, it's just time to get some work done. This week, All Things Appy is looking at the top five free, must-have work-day apps in the Chrome Web environment. Some of the best are Google products, as you might expect -- Chrome is a Google product, after all, and that's reflected here.
AOL Wants In on News Reader Space
June 25, 2013
AOL has joined the throng of companies launching RSS readers in the hope of attracting the users who will be without their Google Reader feed come July 1. AOL is positioning its entry as the single online spot readers can turn to for content from all their favorite websites. AOL Reader will be available on both mobile and desktop devices without a plug-in.
Opera Mail Sings but It's Sometimes Off-Key
June 25, 2013
At one time, all the major browsers had email programs cooked into them. The practice was largely discontinued as webmail became more robust. One holdout -- until recently -- was Opera. With the introduction of Opera Next, its next-generation browser based on Chromium, the Norwegian browser maker has stripped its email program from its Web navigator and given it legs of its own.
Microsoft's Brilliant Idea: A Bug Bounty Program!
June 24, 2013
It may be largely a locked-down PRISM world we're living in today, but that doesn't mean those of us here in the Linux blogosphere can't still have a little fun once in a while -- especially if it's at Microsoft's expense. The latest opportunity? Well, get this: Microsoft had a really good idea recently. *Really* good! Redmond has decided to... wait for it... launch a bug bounty program!
Feedly Opens Cloud to Lure Homeless Google Reader Fans
June 20, 2013
Feedly, one of the services vying to fill the void once Google's Reader is gone, has launched its RSS infrastructure Feedly Cloud. Feedly was already on the scene before Google announced its popular Reader would expire on July 1, but it required a plug-in and was available only on Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Feedly has scrapped that requirement and now is available as a standalone Web app.
Adobe Sends Creative Suite to the Cloud for Good
June 18, 2013
After announcing last month that all of its Creative Suite apps would soon move to the cloud, Adobe on Tuesday made good on its promise and delivered the resulting subscription-based software. Now included under the umbrella name Creative Cloud, the latest versions of apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro are now available exclusively to Creative Cloud subscribers for prices starting at $19.99 per month.
Spotify Gets Pink Floyd to Break Down Wall
June 18, 2013
Honoring a previous agreement, legendary British rock group Pink Floyd has given the green light to music streaming outfit Spotify to host the band's catalog. Pink Floyd announced earlier this month that it would resist releasing its music on Spotify until the 1975 classic "Wish You Were Here" hit 1 million streams. Well, the song hit 1 million, and Pink Floyd's tunes are now unlocked.
Airmail Flies Into Sparrow's Email Space
June 18, 2013
Two schools of thought have begun to emerge about email. One says the technology has passed its prime and needs to be replaced by some kind of social networking technology along the lines of Facebook. The other maintains that email can be saved by better software, like Airmail. Airmail is being compared to Sparrow, a popular email client that became too popular for its own survival.
Opera Tantalizes With Its Next Browser
June 12, 2013
In the browser wars, Opera is hardly noticed. In can barely be seen on a battlefield dominated by the likes of Microsoft, Google, Mozilla and Apple. Yet the little browser that could keeps chugging on. It recently released a beta version of what will be the next version of the browser. A distinctive feature about this version of Opera is something you can't see because it's under the hood.
Great Little Radio Player Tunes In Simplicity
June 12, 2013
The Great Little Radio Player is a perfect example of how great things can come in small packages. This robust Internet radio station streamer does not burden system resources and packs a powerhouse of listening pleasure immediately after installing it. It's so fine-tuned that it needs no configuring to use it, but you can still tweak a few pleasantries to make it feel more at home on your PC.

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