Articles By Jared Newman

Disable Windows Gadgets or risk attack, Microsoft advises

Rather than fix vulnerabilities with Gadgets and the Sidebar in Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft is advising users to disable the features altogether.Gadgets and Sidebar allow users to add visual information and

Published on: July 11th, 2012 Jared Newman

6 file sharing sites serve as MegaUpload alternatives

The U.S. government's shutdown of MegaUpload might have seemed like bad news for online file sharing, but it could be a boon for other file sharing sites -- at least those that aren't

Published on: January 25th, 2012 Jared Newman

25 worst passwords of 2011

Internet users never learn. No matter how many times we hear about obvious, hackable passwords, people keep using them. And the situation doesn't seem to be getting better.Below is a list of the

Published on: November 21st, 2011 Jared Newman

Smartphones in 2012: HD screens, augmented-reality ready

Since the advent of the first modern smartphone--arguably the original Apple iPhone in 2007--the power of these mobile computing devices that also happen to make phone calls has advanced by leaps and bounds.Weak

Published on: November 14th, 2011 Jared Newman

Backlash to Facebook changes is no surprise

Facebook users love to rage about redesigns, and new changes to thesite's News Feed have already triggered the predicable response.Users are complaining about the changes, which emphasizealgorithmically important status updates instead of recent

Published on: September 22nd, 2011 Jared Newman

Microsoft takes on Apple’s tablet dominance with Windows 8

For Microsoft, the timing of Windows 8 looks to be just right. Here's why.When Apple launched the iPad in the spring of 2010, pundits assumed that a slew of competitors would quickly follow,

Published on: September 19th, 2011 Jared Newman

Will Intel’s Ultrabook catch on?

So you thought Apple was onto something with the ultrathin, touchscreen slab known as the iPad? Intel would beg to differ, instead seeing swivel tablets in its future.More details about Ultrabooks -- the

Published on: September 12th, 2011 Jared Newman

PSN breach: Sony’s security approach ‘outdated’, experts say

As the PlayStation Network outage enters its fourth week, with no definite answer to the question of when service will be restored, security experts have said that Sony could have done more to

Published on: May 16th, 2011 Jared Newman

Windows 8: facts, rumours and speculation

Only Microsoft knows how the next version of its Windows operating system will look and what it will be called, but big changes could be ahead for the OS observers refer to as

Published on: January 26th, 2011 Jared Newman

Watch out for these 5 holiday tech scams

The holiday shopping season is a great time to get tech products at discounted prices, but it also creates a golden opportunity for the Web's scam artists. The FBI, McAfee, the Better Business

Published on: November 29th, 2010 Jared Newman

Four ways a BlackBerry tablet could top the competition

Research in Motion's tablet, rumored for months, is nearly official, according to the Wall Street Journal's unnamed sources. If the report is accurate, RIM could reveal the so-called BlackPad next week during a

Published on: September 24th, 2010 Jared Newman

Five reasons Facebook should make a phone

The rumored Facebookphone would be an unexpected twist in the evolution of smartphones, if it actually comes to market.Facebook denies the phone's existence or development, but the unverified reports from TechCrunch and CNet

Published on: September 21st, 2010 Jared Newman

11 mobile Web aggravations and how to deal with them

If the future of the Internet is mobile, it'll be riddled with just as many nags and nuisances as the Internet of desktop computers. Web sites now clamor to create mobile versions of

Published on: August 10th, 2010 Jared Newman

Fring enables free 3G video calls to mobile phones, PCs

Fring now allows video calls to PCs and other phones, over a 3G connection to boot. But call quality doesn't match Facetime. The problem with Apple's iPhone 4 Facetime commercial is that not

Published on: July 12th, 2010 Jared Newman

15 most aggravating things on the Web and how to handle them

It seems that every day we go online and there's some new type of nagging Web annoyance to deal with. In a perfect world, we wouldn't have to worry about auto-playing video ads,

Published on: February 17th, 2010 Jared Newman