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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).

Windows 8 Sneak Peek -- Do Tiles and Ribbons Mix?

A ribbon interface is very different from a tiled one, and Microsoft's use of both interfaces may appear to be inconsistent.


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Steve Jobs Gets an 'A' for Vision, 'F' for Philanthropy

Apple's former leader rates closer to Scrooge than Bill Gates when it comes to charitable giving, according to one article.

Manage and Collaborate on Projects With Online Tool Teambox

Teambox helps with one of the hardest parts of collaboration: Teaching your co-workers how to use the project management software.

Security Task Manager

Security Task Manager provides detailed information about programs and processes running on the computer. For each process it shows: file name, directory path, description, start time, icon, and a unique security risk rating based on analysis of hidden functions (keylogging, browser surveillance, autorun entry, ...). The process viewer recognizes virtual driver software, services, BHOs and stealth processes hidden from the Windows task manager.

Internet Explorer Leads Pack Protecting Against Drive-By-Downloads

Microsoft's browser had a remarkable 99 percent effective rate against the downloads, compared to the second most secure, Chrome at 13 percent.

Norton Mobile Security

Worried by the spate of news stories about malware targeting Android phones and tablets? There's a way to get some peace of mind: Symantec's just-released Norton Mobile Security, which promises the same type of security for Android devices that its big brother counterpart offers for PCs.


Windows Security Praised

Analysis: Think Windows is insecure? You're wrong, says security firm Kaspersky.

Can Motorola Save Windows Phone 7?

Nokia is currently seen as Windows Phone 7's savior. But there's another unlikely knight in shining armor that may help as well --- Motorola.


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This freebie does a great job removing spyware--but since it doesn't have real-time protection, it's just one layer of armor.

Undercover Good Deeds: Microsoft Helps Vets Train, Find Jobs

Analysis: As a change from battling tweets and legal fights, Microsoft and other tech firms also make some time for philanthropy.

Best Free Software for Protecting Your PC and Your Privacy

Worried about security, but unwilling to spend a bundle? No problem. With these 11 free programs, you'll keep your computer--and your wallet--safe.

CatchAttach Helps Remind You to Add Attachments in Outlook

Remember to include attachments in Outlook mail with CatchAttach's help--at least some of the time.

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Windows Phone 7 Gets a Thumbs-Down from Customers

A recent survey found that only 7 percent of shoppers prefer Windows Phone 7 over competing smartphone operating systems, a number that doesn't bode well for Microsoft.