Preston GrallaContributing editor, PCWorld

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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).

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HTC Chief: iPhone Suffers From 'Your Dad Uses It' Syndrome

The acting president of HTC America claims that iPhones are "not that cool anymore."

How Wintel is Crumbling

Analysis: Intel and Microsoft, once best friends, have become grudging "frenemies."

Microsoft Says Windows 8 Ribbon is Here to Stay

Microsoft's Windows Live president makes it clear that, while he understand why some people might not be happy about the ribbon, it's not going anywhere.

DupeRAZOR - Duplicate Files Removal Kit

DupeRAZOR - Duplicate Files Removal Kit from Urban Twilight Studios finds and removes duplicates (duplicate files) from your system and thus helps you to save disk space and to prevent performance loss. Unfortunately, duplicate files are very easily gained - some applications may install the same driver files, or you can simply download or copy the same file without knowing or remembering it. This unneeded data uses up your valuable disk space and even can have negative influence on your system's health and performance. DupeRAZOR compares files using the most advanced and up-to-date file comparison technology and finds true duplicates no matter what name has been applied to these files. Beside of lost disk space, duplicate files can be the reason for performance loss and in the worst case even crash your system causing loss of data or other disastrous results. Choose with the self explanatory user friendly interface the folders that you want to scan and use DupeRAZOR's Smart Selection Feature to assist you in deleting found duplicates. This Feature lets you automatically select files according to predefined filters: first/last entity on the list, newest/oldest entity on the disk. Set in the options to move the marked files to the recycle bin or delete them completely - for safety you can also use DupeRAZOR's Vault to store the duplicated files. DupeRAZOR Key Features: Finds duplicate songs, pictures and videos. Interface carefully designed to be extraordinary user-friendly. Self explanatory Interface Hints included. Allows selection of drives, folders or even single files to be compared or excluded. Displays File Properties. Image Preview Feature. Uses Windows-native file type icons. Moves files to the Recycle Bin or deletes them immediately. or, Moves files to a selected directory for further validation purposes (safety reasons).

PowerDesk Pro 8

PowerDesk�� 8 Professional is the easy, fast and expert way to organize and manage the files, digital photos, MP3s and web images on your PC. With far more features and functions than the standard Windows file manager or other file management software, PowerDesk�� 8 Pro gives you the tools to search, edit, delete, copy, move, sort, zip, label, view, convert and more! 6 Powerful File Utilities for the price you'd normally pay for 1! FTP - Access PowerDesk FTP in an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface and view FTP sites as though they were ordinary folders! Once youve set up your favorite FTP sites, connecting with them is just 1-Click away. PowerDesk now supports Secure FTP! Sync Manager - Compare and synchronize the contents of two folders. Especially useful for work on files that are shared between two computers, its also useful for backing up files and much more! Size Manager - A powerful utility that shows you where and how the space on each of your drives is being used. Using Size Manager makes it easy to efficiently manage drive storage space. Dialog Helper - Enhances Open dialog boxes and Save dialog boxes by adding a selection list for previously opened files and folders. It also provides a file viewer pane that supports over 150 file formats. Dialog helper also allows fixed dialogs to be easily resized. Archive Manager - Easily compress and expand files from over 30 popular compression formats. See within archives to view entire file lists, selectively view the contents or extract selected files with a simple drag and drop operation. File Finder - Quickly locate forgotten files with a powerful "search engine" type tool. Search by keyword, file type, size, or date range and see the "hits" displayed in a single-line reference. Search inside Zip files, archives, emails and attachments too!

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.