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Be Smart With Your Cell Phone

June 13, 2007

Most adults I know use their cell phones primarily to make calls. But ask any teenager and you’ll soon find out that that’s only one of many things they’re doing with today’s cell phones. One thing they’re doing is texting. That’s where they’re using their thumbs to type out messages to their friends. The technology, known as “SMS” or [...]

What’s to Love and Hate About Microsoft Vista

June 13, 2007

Houtston Chronicle tech columnist columnist Dwight Silverman, who is my friend and co-author on Microsoft Windows Vista Peachpit Learning Series wrote a great blog post called “10 Things I love, 10 Things I hate about Windows Vista.” I highly recommend [...]

Internet Security an Evolving Necessity

June 12, 2007

Although it’s always a good idea to take security companies’ dire warnings with a bit of skepticism, it’s clear to me we must take PC and Internet security seriously. It’s not a time to “be afraid, very afraid,” but it does make sense for anyone using PCs to take reasonable precautions to protect their data, their privacy, their security and their PCs. And by [...]

My new Vista book (with Dwight Silverman) is out

June 6, 2007

Microsoft Windows Vista: Peachpit Learning Series by Larry Magid and Dwight Silverman Microsoft’s Windows Vista offers users hundreds of new features, with a new user interface, new search features, and new security tools. Whether you want it or not, Vista is likely to be your next operating system if you buy a new Windows PC. Best-selling authors and respected tech journalists Larry Magid [...]

Can Ask.com take a bite out of Google?

June 5, 2007

Once upon a time, over 40 years ago, Avis was drowning in a sea of red ink – 13 years of losses – as it struggled in the long shadow cast by Hertz. Then came the ad campaign that saved the day: “We’re Number 2 – We Try Harder.” Today, Ask.com – the search engine that used to be called AskJeeves – is in a similar tight spot: dwarfed by competition from Google, armed [...]

New search engine adds the human touch

June 4, 2007

Long before there was Google, two other guys from Stanford created a Web directory called Yahoo. Now, a serial entrepreneur with plenty of venture capital is doing it again, building what he calls “the first human powered search engine.” While I question whether it’s the first, it is certainly true that Mahalo.com is unique compared with today’s major search products [...]

Gates and Jobs Together Again

June 1, 2007

For the first time since 1983, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs were together on the same stage at the same time. Some people expected fireworks at this historic meeting of the arch rivals, which took place Wednesday night at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital Conference in Carlsbad, California. It was more of a love fest. Although there were no [...]

Social network lets members join forces, advocate causes

June 1, 2007

The Web has long been a tool for social and political activists from all parts of the spectrum, and that’s especially true now that a gaggle of candidates are ratcheting up their 2008 presidential campaigns.The ability to play a role in electoral politics is not lost on industry-leading social-networking sites MySpace and Facebook. Both mega-sites are used by candidates to recruit and rally [...]
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