Consumer Reports: skip commercial anti-malware software, freeware is good enough

In what could be regarded as a controversial test of anti-malware effectiveness, the influential Consumer Reports publication in its June issue gives its main recommendation to anti-malware freeware for protecting Windows and Mac

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 30th, 2012 Ellen Messmer

Uninstall a hard-to-remove piece of software

Before you try to manually remove a program, make sure there's no uninstaller. Check the Start menu. If the Start menu contains a submenu for the unwanted program, there's likely a link to

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 29th, 2012 Lincoln Spector

Oracle, Google both end up losers in latest patent trial

by Monica Goyal Google was once again in the news with another patent dispute, now with Oracle. This time the drama happened in the courtroom, right in the public eye. The question in

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 29th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Customers irked by Quickbooks Online outage

Intuit's Quickbooks Online service suffered an outage this week that left "a small subset" of customers unable to access their data, but the company says the problems with the on-demand accounting software have

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 25th, 2012 Chris Kanaracus

Windows 8 to automatically detect boot problems

Microsoft yesterday promised that a feature it's added to Windows 8 will put a stop to endless reboots.Unlike earlier versions, Windows 8 will automatically call up a new menu with repair and recovery

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 23rd, 2012 Gregg Keizer

Why Windows 8 offers better security for startups

When Windows 8 comes out later this year, the new Start screen and Metro-style apps will likely be the first changes you'll notice, but those aren't the only things that are new. Microsoft

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 18th, 2012 Eric Geier

Wozniak spills beans on why Steve Jobs loved secrecy

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has set off on his Woz Live tour across Australia and New Zealand, revealing why Steve Jobs liked secrecy, why he thinks computers should be able to interact with

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 16th, 2012 Ashleigh Allsopp

‘March Madness’ of coding contests highlights two trends

If you’re not familiar with the Association of Computer Machinery’s (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) sponsored by IBM Corp., just think of it like the “March Madness” of computer programming. Just like

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 16th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Computer fossils that refuse to go away

Consider the abacus. Developed perhaps as long as 4,500 years ago, this handy gadget served the mathematical needs of merchants and accountants until the development of mechanical calculating machines in the 19th century.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 11th, 2012 Josh Fruhlinger

Apple updates Mac OSX Lion to 10.7.4

Apple yesterday patched 36 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X, most of them critical, plugging a hole that revealed passwords used to encrypt folders with an older version of FileVault.p>Both Mac OS X 10.7,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 10th, 2012 Computerworld Staff

8 new uses for your old smartphone

If you're searching for a new GPS navigator or a touchscreen remote control, a good place to find one is at the bottom of your desk drawer. Old smartphones, long forgotten after being

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 3rd, 2012 Daniel Ionescu

11 free Twitter apps and service you need to know

p> Twitter is all about keeping things brief. It is, after all, a microblogging service, one that limits you to 140 characters per post. But while Twitter promotes a less-is-more approach, the same

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 2nd, 2012 Liane Cassavoy

BlackBerry Music Gateway to enable NFC streaming

Research in Motion (RIM) has revealed its audio streaming BlackBerry Music Gateway. The small near-field communication (NFC) enabled gadget allows users to wirelessly stream music to a hi-fi, car stereo or other audio

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 2nd, 2012 Chris Martin

Experts share 5 tips to survive a cloud outage

"Everything fails, all the time," so says Amazon.com CTO Werner Vogels. Amazon Web Services itself experienced a much publicized four-day service disruption last April, another outage in August and it had plenty of

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 27th, 2012 Brandon Butler