Tomorrow is Data Privacy Day, an occasion that should have us all talking about the problems of indiscriminate data collection and sharing. But in the post-Snowden era, that debate has been so muddled by NSA paranoia that it's unlikely to result in any substantive changes.
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Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).
If you want a PC running Windows 7, where do you look? Skip your local office superstore or big-box retailer and go where the business buyers go. In those channels, you'll find that Windows 7 never went away. In fact, it's not just alive, it's thriving.
This morning's tech news headlines are breathlessly reporting that HP is bringing back Windows 7 "by popular demand." The facts say otherwise: HP never stopped selling Windows 7 PCs, and it's actually selling fewer Windows 7 models today than it did last summer.
All web browsers are not created equal. Each of the top six browsers has a unique killer feature.
This week's Google Chrome update added some significant new features to its Windows 8 mode, effectively turning the browser into a stripped-down version of Chrome OS, with its own taskbar and window-management tools. But who's it for, really?
These days, every major browser developer pushes automatic updates to its user base. So why are so many people still using out-of-date browsers?
If you're curious about which computing platforms are most popular, you can take your pick of two separate independent data sources. What's the difference between the two, and why are some of their numbers so far out of sync?
It looks like PC owners are finally beginning to relax their grip on Windows XP. According to new worldwide usage share data, XP is down sharply, with Microsoft's two fully supported operating systems, Windows 7 and 8, picking up the slack.
A snapshot of the U.S. commercial sales channel for the first 11 months of 2013 shows a big shift in the marketplace for computing devices. Windows PCs are flat, Apple PCs are down, and tablets of all kinds (including Android and Windows devices) are way up. But the big winner is the Chromebook.
Developers who write extensions for Chrome are on notice. Keep it simple, or risk getting kicked out of the Chrome Web Store. But what's the real reason for the sudden crackdown? Evidence suggests shady ad networks are Google's real target.
My most popular stories of the year covered a wide range of topics. Here are the stories you found most interesting.
Why go to the International CES and endure the horrors of a ridiculously crowded Las Vegas in January and the near-certainty of catching the CES flu? Because, after reading through hundreds of pitches about The Internet of Things, I need to see this explosion of super-smart, connected technology for myself.
Which products, platforms, and big ideas made the most impact in 2013?
A year after its rebranding of Hotmail as Outlook.com, Microsoft is taking aim at Gmail users with a new online service that simplifies the process of switching.
Using Office 365 in enterprises isn't always easy on iPads and Android devices. A new update to an already useful third-party app makes it possible to share and collaborate from a single window.
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- 4 Lost your Windows discs? How to get replacement media, legally
- 5 Can a Surface Pro 3 with docking station replace your desktop PC?