Hashtag Trending – Why airborne Wi-Fi isn’t free; New Zealand gov’t teaching entrepreneurship with video games; Russians have hacked U.S. utilities

The Wall Street Journal explains why you have to pay for Wi-Fi on your flight. The New Zealand government invests $150,000 into a video game that teaches players how to be an entrepreneur.

Published on: August 1st, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

TDSSKiller digs out rootkits

Recently I spent some time rescuing my sister-in-law's laptop from some seriously nasty malware. Even after running utilities like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then using UnHide to restore the system's missing icons and folders, something

Published on: February 16th, 2012 Rick Broida

Use Microsoft’s SyncToy for free and simple backup solution

Most of us don't back up our files nearly often enough. I'm not sure I like living on the edge--after all, one wrong move with a coffee cup or one misstep at the

Published on: January 31st, 2012 Andrew Brandt

Nine programs to master your PC’s file management

Back when Windows Vista was but a twinkle in Bill Gates's eye, Microsoft had some extremely ambitious plans to rid computer users of an outmoded concept called "files." But alas, WinFS (as the

Published on: August 19th, 2011 Erez Zukerman

Manage your Android phone from your PC with MobileGo

You can deride iTunes for its cut-off, protected environment. And you can complain about the iPhone's closed nature. But what you can't deny is that Apple's two products work incredibly well together, delivering

Published on: July 18th, 2011 Liane Cassavoy

Testing cleanup utilities

Most PC users know that to speed up an old system, you need to spring for new hardware: RAM, a graphics card, or a CPU. If you're not ready to make an investment

Published on: June 23rd, 2011 Patrick Miller

Dropbox drops the ball on account security

Online storage service Dropbox made an embarrassing error Monday, turning off password authentication for millions of users.The company updated some code on the service just before 2:00 pm Monday, yet the new code

Published on: June 22nd, 2011 Robert Dutt

Your new password

The future has flying cars, replicators, and computers that recognize your face and let you log in just by looking at them. While we may have to wait a bit longer for the

Published on: June 15th, 2011 Erez Zukerman

Use Apple’s Automator to create to-do items anywhere

One of the main reasons Mac users avoid Apple's automation utility, Automator, is because they believe that to do anything worthwhile with it, you have to create complex workflows. If you count yourself

Published on: June 1st, 2011 Christopher Breen

Soluto desktop utility speeds boot time, solves software problems

PC utility Soluto is moving beyond speeding up your boot time and now helps you solve software conflicts and rid your Web browser of unnecessary toolbars, add-ons and plug-ins. The company, also called

Published on: May 26th, 2011 Ian Paul

Third-party components slowing Web sites down

From the Web's early days, companies have struggled to make their sites faster, but the problem remains a thorny one, with new challenges emerging regularly as technology advances. Current issues include the rising

Published on: May 12th, 2011 Juan Carlos Perez

10 free utilities to super-charge your hard drive

Most users are satisfied with the hard drive utilities that ship with Windows--especially the more powerful partitioning and defragging tools found in Windows Vista and 7. Since you're reading this, though, you're obviously

Published on: May 6th, 2011 Jon L. Jacobi

How to retain data access during a cloud outage

The Amazon cloud services outage that knocked out several popular Web sites last week raised questions about the reliability of the cloud, but the general consensus is that it works if you plan

Published on: May 3rd, 2011 Michelle Mastin

Back up your Web mail account

Yes, we know--it's hard enough to remember to back up your desktop, your laptop, your smartphone, and your tablet, and now we want you to think about backing up your cloud-based e-mail account,

Published on: March 14th, 2011 Sarah Jacobsson Purewal