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.XXX does not mark the spot

Earlier this month, the guardian of the Internet's domain name system, ICANN, played straight into the hands of the ICM Registry. ICANN trumpeted the news that a sexy new top-level domain has been approved for rollout later this year. ICM Registry ho...

Skype and Facebook: When social media collide

Back in October when Skype 5.0 client software appeared, it was heralded as a good thing all round. It integrated Skype's audio and video conferencing into Facebook's social media management, allowing Skype users to view and comment on Facebook frien...

Three personal VPNs offer safer Wi-Fi

It's a truth universally acknowledged that public Wi-Fi hotspots aren't secure, but they're so convenient that most of us use them anyway. That's why there was something of a panic last year when Eric Butler showed everyone how easy it is to hijack F...

Apple TV vs. Google TV vs. Roku: 3

With the deluge of streaming and downloadable video options the Internet has to offer, it's become obvious that computer and iPod screens can't hold a candle to the wall-size HD monster in your living room.

Epic failures: 11 infamous software bugs

Mark your calendars! Sept. 9 is hereby declared Debugging Day. It's been associated with removing bugs for more than 50 years now but is rarely formally celebrated. So let's start the tradition this year.

Windows 7 to go: New portables for the new OS

Despite its valiant attempts at creating a carnival atmosphere, when Microsoft launches a new operating system, it seldom feels like a world-changing event in the world of design. Even the considerable hoopla surrounding the introduction of Windows X...

10 operating systems the world left behind

You're not really supposed to love an operating system. It's like your car's hydraulic system, your digestive system or the global financial system. It's supposed to do its job -- and not get in your way while you're doing yours.

Windows Me too

Many of Windows Me's more compelling features - better audio software, better graphics handling, better system tools - are available right now for Windows 98 users.

Stealth surfing

Tips, tricks and slick little products to help you browse, shop and send e-mail incognito.

Windows 2000: tuning the new OS

Once you've upgraded, you'll find that Windows 2000 is a land of opportunity. Here's how to customise your desktop, manage files, maintain security, access the Internet - and more.

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