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All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Real Estate Tools
May 29, 2013
The days of reliance on real estate agents to tell us which homes are available are long gone. The same raw data that the agents used to have an exclusive on is now fed to anyone who wants it. Now all you have to do is choose your source. Here's a look at the top five real estate apps in the Chrome environment. This app also lets you compare mortgages -- including rates, rate trends and lenders.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Firefox Social Networking Tools
May 22, 2013
This week we take a look at the top five must-have social networking tools for the Mozilla Firefox desktop environment. Social networks have taken mobile by storm, but the PC is still a player -- particularly based on its copious screen real estate. Aggregation across social networks, one-click helpers, easy search, sharing, and detailed image viewing present themselves well in this field.
Yahoo Throws in 1 TB of Free Storage With Flickr Revamp
May 22, 2013
Yahoo has announced the overhaul of Flickr, its photo and video sharing site, after purchasing social microblogging website Tumblr. The new Flickr has "a beautiful, completely reimagined experience that puts photos front and center," Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote in a blog post that is reminiscent of what Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said when announcing his company's overhaul of NewsFeed.
GrubHub, Seamless Merge to Boost Restaurant Delivery Chops
May 21, 2013
Two well-known restaurant delivery services -- GrubHub and Seamless -- announced plans to merge on Monday. The services enable users to search local restaurants that deliver by ZIP code and food specialty. Combined, the companies' footprint will cover 500 cities and connect users to more than 20,000 establishments.
Google Wallet Takes on PayPal With Gmail Money Transfers
May 17, 2013
In an effort to boost adoption of Google Wallet, Google this week added features to the service that allow users to send money as an Gmail attachment. The company is also trying to simplify the mobile payment process for consumers and businesses. As a way to market the new features, Google Wallet payments via Gmail are being sent out through invitations.
Twilio Lets Devs Build Contact Centers in the Cloud
May 09, 2013
Twilio last week rolled out capabilities that extend its communications API platform into the cloud contact center market. The new functionality is aimed at companies that want to migrate part or all of their traditional contact center operations to the cloud, or those that want to enhance existing traditional operations with a cloud-based component.
The Real Mozilla Stands Up to Firefox-Cloaked Spyware
May 02, 2013
Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox browser, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Gamma International, a German company that sells spyware to governments and law enforcement agencies. The move was a reaction to the news that a booby-trapped Microsoft Word document -- sent out for upcoming Malaysian elections -- embeds a copy of Gamma's FinSpy spyware that masquerades as a Firefox executable.
Reeder's a Comfy Refuge for Google's RSS Orphans
April 23, 2013
When Google announced it was killing its Reader app July 1, it not only annoyed hordes of users, it pulled the rug out from under app developers who built their livelihoods on the web software. One of those app makers is Silvio Rizzi, maker of Reeder. a free RSS program for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Like all the developers that plugged into Reader, Rizzi is facing extinction. However, he's not quite ready to go into that good night.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Chrome Finance Apps
April 17, 2013
It's mid-April, and spring is in the air -- that time of year when a young man's or young lady's thoughts turn to money. Conveniently for us all, the Web browser is a fine place to organize finances, whether you want to get the process over with as fast as possible, or enjoy it in king-is-in-the-counting-house mode. Google's Chrome Web browser is resplendent with numerous add-ons fit for the purpose.
Iran To Launch 'Islamic Google Earth'
April 11, 2013
Iran -- long irked by Google's mapping systems -- said that it will launch its own 3D mapping service, one liberated from the geographical inaccuracies and "Zionist" bent of Google Earth. The system will be an "Islamic Google Earth," according to Mohammad Hassan Nami, Iran's minister for information and communications technology.
Rumblings in the Browser World
April 11, 2013
There may never be any shortage of topics to debate and discuss here in the Linux blogosphere, but it's not often that we see not just one but two major developments happening in the same area on the same day. That, however, is just what happened last week in the world of browsers. The day started off just like any other ordinary Wednesday; then news about Servo and Blink arrived, and it quickly became clear fate had more in store.
How to Do Your Part in Foiling Spammers
April 11, 2013
Due to a concerted effort by ISPs and email providers, new laws and education, we've seen a gradual drop in the amount of spam that appears in our email in-boxes. However, some gets through. Here's a look at the steps you can take to minimize this disruptive, time-wasting intrusion. First, set your email client spam filters by looking for the Settings area within your email program or Web interface.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Chrome Entertainment Apps
March 20, 2013
Here's a look at the top five must-have free entertainment apps for the Chrome Web-browser based platform. Google's Chrome Web browser features three types of add-ons -- Web apps, themes and extensions -- available at the Chrome Web Store. Crackle, owned by Sony, supplies a vast array of free movies on demand. They aren't the latest, but they are full-length and uncut, and a lot of them were blockbusters at one time.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Firefox Add-ons for Mobile-Desktop Syncing
March 13, 2013
One of the killer features in the Firefox Web browser is its ability to sync between desktops and mobile devices. Well, you don't have to stop there. Firefox's desktop Web ecosystem includes add-ons that will let you sync open tabs across other ecosystems, like over to Chrome; keep favorite Firefox extensions synced with all your computers; sync passwords; and sync reading matter.
Phishers Cast Longlines to Hook More Victims
March 11, 2013
Phishing and spear phishing have long been thought to be mutually exclusive hacking tricks, but cybercrooks have found a way to combine the two in a technique called longline phishing. "The technique allows you to hit a lot of people very quickly and largely go undetected," said Dave Jevans, founder and CTO of Marble Security.
Microsoft Picks Up Tab for $732M Mistake
March 06, 2013
Microsoft was just handed -- and has accepted -- a fine by the European Union for failing to offer users a choice of browsers on its Windows 7 operating system, despite a legally binding commitment. The European Commission's top antitrust regulator, Joaquin Almunia, announced the decision on Wednesday.
For Microsoft, There's Something Costly in Denmark
March 05, 2013
Little Denmark is looking for a big check. In one of the biggest tax cases in the history of the Scandinavian country with a population of 5.5 million, the Danish tax authority is seeking $1 billion from Microsoft in back taxes. The case stems from Microsoft's 2002 purchase of Danish software company Navision.
EC Poised to Unleash Its Wrath on Microsoft
March 01, 2013
It will be déjà vu all over again for Microsoft, which apparently is about to be slapped with a stiff fine for violating the European Union's antitrust rules. The European Commission reportedly will impose a penalty by the end of March for Microsoft's violation of a 2009 pledge to allow European users of its Windows operating system to choose among competing browsers.
Yahoo's New Home Page Goes for Lean, Clean Look
February 20, 2013
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is putting her money -- or rather her shareholders' money -- where her mouth is. Mayer has been proclaiming Yahoo's mission of becoming a must-visit daily portal equally accessible via PCs and mobile devices. To that end, the company unveiled a redesign of its website on Wednesday.
Microsoft Shoots for New Users by Targeting Less
February 20, 2013
Microsoft has made its new email service generally available, following six months of receiving and incorporating user feedback. The service is ready to scale to a billion people, the company said, and Hotmail users will be shifted over to form the core of that base.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Web Reference Apps
February 13, 2013
The extension is distinct from's app for Chrome which merely opens a Web page. The extension lets you double-click on any word, on any Web page, to see the definition in a pop-up box -- or you can enter the word in a search box. Both are fast ways to look up words, and are infinitely superior to having to launch a tab and flip between dictionary tab and text that you're reading.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Firefox Utilities
February 06, 2013
One of the ways apps and plug-ins contribute to our computer-driven lives is in providing utilities that streamline the optimization and configuration necessary to get the best out of our machines. Firefox, the Mozilla browser, has a formidable set of utilities. This week, All Things Appy takes a look at the five best, must-have utility add-ons available within the Firefox browser environment.
Chinese New Year Inspires Line-Cutting Apps
January 24, 2013
It is known, rightfully so, as the largest annual migration on Earth -- and the ticket lines, even on the Web, are accordingly long. But there's an app for that -- a few of them, actually. The Lunar New Year, also called the "Spring Festival," has inspired apps that allow people to cut in line, so to speak, on China's rail ministry website.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Business Apps
January 16, 2013
This week, All Things Appy looks at must-have, 21st century business-oriented tools in the Chrome Web browser environment. TweetDeck is a social media management app that lets marketers engage with Twitter conversations in real time. However, the app also provides at-a-glance standard and optional alternative views that include Interactions, Mentions, Messages and Activity, among others.

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