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Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, a blogger for ITworld, and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006).

3 Ways SugarSync Beats Google Drive

SugarSync offers more flexible syncing, is better for people with multiple devices and it lets you keep your existing folder structure.

Windows Phone is a Bust Compared to Android and iPhone, Say European Telecoms

Microsoft and Nokia can't be too pleased about the news from Europe, where big telecoms say that the combination of Nokia hardware and Windows Phone software has been a bust.


Google Says Snooping on Wi-Fi Networks Isn't Illegal

Google claims that it did nothing illegal by snooping on people's private unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, including gathering emails, private passwords, and more.

Microsoft's AOL Deal: A Billion-Dollar Assault on Google

Microsoft and Google are locked in a series of lawsuits, and the acquisition of these patents by Microsoft may signal an even nastier round of suits.

Why Steve Jobs Would Have Admired the Lumia 900

The Lumia 900 matches Jobs' aesthetic sensibility. It's about as pure and seamless-looking a phone as you can find.


Google and Microsoft's New Battleground: Your Living Room

Microsoft and Google aren't going head to head just over Internet search, office productivity suites and cloud-based applications and services. Their next looming battle is over who will own the living room, and the outcome will have surprising implications for IT as well.

Windows Phone Market Share is So Small, Nielsen Doesn't Even List It

In a recent report, Windows Phone market share was so small in the U.S. that a research firm didn't even bother to break out its usage.


Snagit 11 Adds New Tools to Its Bag of Screen (and Video) Capture Tricks

Capture anything on your screen, including videos, with the best screen-capture program.

Microsoft's Secret Weapon Against Google Maps -- Open Source

Microsoft is lending big support and big dollars to the open source map project OpenStreetMap, and it looks as if the tactic is starting to pay off.

Outlook 2010 Cheat Sheet: Visual Tour

Find your way around Microsoft Outlook 2010 and the Ribbon interface.


Blogging Service Shootout: Blogger vs. WordPress

We compare the two best-known free blogging services to find out which is better -- and for whom.

Are Next-Gen Computers Just Big Smartphones?

Both Windows 8 and the latest Mac OS X bring designs and features from smartphones and tablets to desktops and laptops.

Free and Affordable Software to Sync Your Work and Your Life

Whether you need access to your files on a PC, on a mobile device, or through the cloud, these downloadable utilities will keep your many computers talking--and keep your work and personal life on track.

Windows 8 Shows Desktop Will Go the Way of the Dodo

The Desktop in Windows 8 is little more than an afterthought, by design. I've got the evidence that shows why Microsoft hopes to kill it off as soon as it can.

Privacy Group: Microsoft's Website is Worse at Protecting Your Privacy

Microsoft has launched an all-out assault on Google's privacy policies, but when it comes to protecting your privacy, Microsoft's Web site lags behind both Google and Apple, says the privacy organization PrivacyChoice.