Stories by Dennis O'Reilly

Search evolution: New ways to get better results

If you're ready for a new take on Web searching, a bunch of beta services are set to offer novel ways to search and to organize your results. The beta services that are offering these and other innovations promise to turn conventional Web search on i...

GPS device covers high-end features

Go down the roster of top-of-the-line GPS features, and the TomTom Go 720 has them all covered: text-to-speech pronunciation of street names; the ability to play audio files from an SD Card through your car's stereo; and clear, colorful 3D maps displ...

Microsoft Office 2007 (Standard Edition)

Anyone who has followed Microsoft Office through its succession of lacklustre upgrades in recent years would be excused for yawning at the prospect of the 2007 version. Well, wake up: The 2007 Office System is easily the most compelling Office upgrad...

Beyond Search: Google Specialty Services

Even people who have never opened a Web browser in their life know about Google -- but the undisputed king of search is about much more than just keywords, text ads, and ten-per-page results.

Mapping software loses its way

You can save a couple hundred bucks by opting for one of the two most popular GPS-enabled mapping programs instead of a stand-alone GPS device, but you'll lose a lot of simplicity--and some accuracy--in the bargain. Both mapping products require eith...

Live Search mapped results get 3D views

My first tour of Virtual Earth 3D in the Windows Live Search beta left me impressed by its bird's-eye view and by the easy access to information about local businesses (including free phone calls to them); but as you would expect with a beta, the ser...

New toolbar for Microsoft's Live services

Every time you turn around, Microsoft seems to be releasing--or rechristening--a Web service with the Windows Live moniker. To date, seeing how all of these Live tools work together has been difficult, but in the new version 3 of the Windows Live Too...

Social atlas sites let you map your life

No plain-vanilla mapping site knows your favorite haunts as well as you do. New online services tap that information by enabling you to share your knowledge and memories of your most beloved locales--in your hometown or on the other side of the globe...

Web spreadsheets nearing prime time

Let's face it -- Microsoft Excel is way more spreadsheet application than most of us will ever need. That is part of the appeal of a new breed of Web-based spreadsheet services: They have fewer features, which can make them easier to use for some tas...

SeaMonkey 1.0.1

Despite SeaMonkey's rough edges, its bundling of a browser, an e-mail utility, and an HTML editor in one package is appealing.

Google Toolbar 4 Beta

Lately it seems as if everybody and their second cousin have attempted to follow Google's example by cobbling together a browser toolbar. Most of these shortcut collections do little more than push the page content farther below the virtual fold and ...

Microsoft Works Suite 2006

We checked out a shipping version of Microsoft's home-user-centric Works Suite 2006. For $169.95 it includes the same four apps as the existing $100 Works 8 bundle (a plain-jane word processor, Excel-compatible spreadsheet, a basic database, and a ca...

Netscape 8: Two-headed monster browser

The programmers at Netscape have made a two-headed monster of a browser in the new Netscape 8, which lets you view Web pages as if you were running Mozilla Foundation's Firefox version 1.0.3 or Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6. Unfortunately, the resu...

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