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Keir has edited several PC and Linux magazines but these days prefers to write about Macs, iPads and iPhones. He's the author of several books, including two editions of Mac Kung Fu and also iPad and iPhone Kung Fu.

Nokia’s App Store Sees Explosive Growth, Still Sucks

Nokia's Ovi Store for mobile apps pre-dates similar efforts for Apple and Android phones, but it pales in comparison for many reasons.

Adobe Acrobat Shouldn't Be So Buggy

Adobe Acrobat needs to go on a diet. The bloated product demands too many updates and is a prime target for hackers who want to mess with your PC.

Facebook Messages: A Step Towards an Authentic Internet

If you receive a note from someone via Facebook Messages, it will be easy to identify and trust the source. That's not the case with e-mail aliases. Who, after all, is Slinky or kitten_bite60?

Android, Slow Down and Give Consumers a Break

There have already been two Android OS releases this year. The rapid release cycle makes it hard for consumers and app makers to keep up.

There's Little Need For Windows Storage Server 2008 R2

As Microsoft touts storage server software for gear such as network-attached storage devices, it appears to be trying to break into a Linux-dominated market.

5 Awesome Free Tools For Small Businesses

Sure, there are tons of free services on the Web. But these 5 picks are also free for small businesses, not just consumers.

5 Tips for the New Tech Support Pro

Whether you're lending a friend a hand or supporting a small business with help desk skills, here's how to solve problems without breaking a sweat or hurting feelings.

Google Tools: Top 6 Annoyances

Google may appear to know and show it all, but the search giant's services aren't perfect. Here are the quirks that irk us the most about the tools from Mountain View.

Firefox F1 Fights Back Against RockMelt

On the heels of the unveiling of the RockMelt social browser, Mozilla is unleashing a new plugin for Firefox with social network tie-ins.

Kill Symbian Now, Please

The Symbian operating system has caused me about as much grief as Microsoft Windows. Here's why Nokia should kill the OS.

Future of IT Is Multiplatform and Mobile, Dell Says

The once-homogenous IT landscape is breaking up, and more workplaces will see Apple, Android, Microsoft, and mobile devices working together, according to Michael Dell.

Marvell’s Armada XP Could Bring a Cloud Revolution

Marvell's low-power, quad-core Armada XP chip promises the potential for cheaper cloud computing over the long run.

What Dell's Purchase of Cloud Company Signals

With Dell's purchase of "cloud integrator" Boomi come questions about the hardware giant's intentions.

RockMelt Browser Is Here, and It Doesn't Matter

Another Web browser with built-in social networking doesn't appear to offer new, innovative tools to improve your work or social life.

Why NASA Mars Lab Turns to Cloud Computing

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, responsible for the Mars rovers, is embracing cloud computing for the same reasons small businesses do.