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Prognosis for Medical Apps Is Guarded

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the humanoid crew members of the Enterprise wore little boxes near the waistlines of their pajama-like uniforms.


Happy Birthday, Linux: Raise a Glass

Analysis: Linux is turning 21. It's time to break out the good stuff.


How to Make the Switch to Internet TV

You may have pondered the notion of dropping your cable TV service in favor of obtaining all of your TV through Internet-based services. Here's what you should consider before you do.


The Nontrackable Cashless Future Isn't Here Yet -- But It's Within Reach

As debit, pre-charged, and credit card transactions become more and more ubiquitous, it's worth exploring the question: what would a cashless society technologically look like?

Software Options for Project Managers That Offer Efficiency and Affordability

These tools help project managers create start-to-finish platforms that project participants can use to share information, documents, and task assignments easily.

Location-based Services: Are They There Yet?

Are mobile apps that use your location to offer services truly useful to businesses?

Desktop Virtualization: Parallels vs. VMware vs. VirtualBox

Virtual machines are the best way to accommodate different application needs in a datacenter environment, but what about the desktop?

Nokia Planning an Exit Strategy Already?

Is Nokia already seeing the signs of a troubled future with Microsoft?

Google's Java Infringement Refuted

Analysis: New research seems to point to Google infringement of Java code, but the evidence is also refuted.

Oracle Wields Java as a Weapon

Analysis: Oracle's suit against Google alleging Java patent infringements was predictable and promises more suits to come.

US Supreme Court Leaves Door Open for Software Patents

The Supreme Court rules that business methods, including software, are not excludable from patents.

Google Docs Gets a Ruler — Is It Aping Word?

It's not the end of the world that Docs provides a ruler. But it's a bit irksome, because it feels like this is just Yet Another Attempt to Be Like Word.

Does Firefox Have Cooties?

Some highly visible projects have switched from Firefox to Chromium. Is a coup taking place?

Why Do We Trust Google More Than Facebook?

Google has a lot more data on us than Facebook, but there's nary a fuss.