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Patch expert wants Microsoft's Ballmer to get to the bottom of buggy updates

A Microsoft MVP and Windows expert has sent company CEO Steve Ballmer a letter asking him to look into the worrisome trend of releasing sub-standard patches.

Here's how to use Outlook.com's long-overdue IMAP support

More than a year after Microsoft unveiled its modern mail service, it finally supports the widely used IMAP protocol.

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Flash Player, Reader and Shockwave Player get critical security updates

The new updates to Adobe's Flash Player, Reader and Shockwave Player address vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise computers.

Dryft tackles tablet typing by miming physical keyboards

Swype revolutionized the keyboard experience on Android phones, and now its creator is hoping lightning will strike twice with his new Dryft virtual tablet keyboard

on techhive.com

Codependent no more: OneNote for iPad liberated from desktop app

While still afflicted with reticence over providing a native iPad version of Office, Microsoft has updated OneNote for iPad in a way that, according to the company, makes it independent from its desktop counterpart.

Hands-on: Evernote 5 for Windows packs new features and a fresh coat of paint

Change is a-comin' for Evernote users, but it's change for the better.

8 essential mobile apps for college students

No need to haul your laptop to class! These killer apps let you take better notes, keep all your important files handy, and even save money by renting textbooks instead of buying.

Hands-on: Parallels Access runs your Mac apps on your iPad

Parallels is best known for letting you run Windows on your Mac. Now, with Parallels Access, it's entering the more crowded niche letting you run your Mac's apps remotely from your iPad. Here's our first look.

on macworld.com

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Feedly walks fine line between free and paid RSS services

Feedly on Monday launched its paid RSS service, following up on a promise made three weeks ago when it announced a subscription option.

Apple throttles iWork for iCloud access for new users

Users who didn't take advantage of access to iWork for iCloud last week may have to wait a bit longer. Due to the high level of demand, Apple is currently not allowing any more users.

on macworld.com

iWork for iCloud beta now available to the public

Apple has made the Web versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote publicly available to all at iCloud.com, though the apps remain in beta.

on macworld.com

Hands-on: iWork for iCloud beta almost as good as Mac, iOS versions

The new online versions of Apple's productivity-suite apps are surprisingly robust. In fact, they're good enough that you may sometimes forget you're using a Web app. Jeffery Battersby has our hands-on preview.

Nuance's Dragon Assistant starts obeying your every word on select AIOs and Ultrabooks

Voice controls on the desktop are just another step towards Intel's 'perceptual computing' vision—and another way to add value to struggling PCs.