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Note taking made simple

September 9th, 2014

SOMETIMES, simple is just better. For me, this is certainly the case for note taking applications, where I value three features most of all: 1) The ability to take and save text-based notes easily; 2) The ability to instantaneously locate and recall the ones I need from hundreds of saved notes; ...

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A growing threat

September 2nd, 2014

THE warning from the US Department of Homeland Security last month was grim. More than 1,000 US retailers could be infected with Backoff, malicious software that attacks their Windows-based point-of-sales systems and allows hackers to steal financial information about their customers. Among the most recent high-profile victims was United Parcel Service, which ...

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Replace your stock Android apps

August 26th, 2014

MOST Android users are quick to install their favorite games but more likely than not to stick to the stock applications that came with their smart phone. For example, text messaging is usually seen as an integral feature of a phone, and not as a separate application that can be ...

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State of the Internet

August 19th, 2014

WHAT is the state of the Internet? It’s not very good in this neck of the woods, if we compare ourselves with the rest of the world in terms of Internet penetration, access costs and speed of connection. The first quarter State of the Internet report from Akamai, a major US-based provider ...

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Free infographics tools

August 12th, 2014

I’VE appreciated the power and utility of good infographics ever since I saw them used in USA Today back in the 1980s. The newspaper’s colorful and creative Snapshots offered a visual way for readers to quickly absorb data and information much more effectively than plain text alone could. In today’s digital ...

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Back to school

August 5th, 2014

I WENT back to school over the weekend but I’m unlikely to meet any of the 170,000 other people who signed up for the same online class, LFS101x: Introduction to Linux. Although I have been using Linux since 2006, I thought this was an excellent opportunity to put some structure into ...

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Bill and Doc V

Brave new world

April 1st, 2014

IT was great to see Dr. Rodolfo Villarica, the Father of the Philippine Internet, after so many years. Doc V, who was instrumental in building the infrastructure that connected us digitally to the rest of the world 20 years ago, spoke toward the end of a conference called “Your Internet, Your ...

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Google Glass

Don’t be a Glasshole

March 25th, 2014

A GIRL walks into a bar wearing Google Glass. It sounds like the start of a joke, but Sarah Slocom, a technology writer, wasn’t laughing when two annoyed women confronted her and a man ripped the device off her face at the Molotovs bar in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury area last month. Slocom ...

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