If you have checked Facebook today, you have probably noticed a sidebar ticker has been added to the right-hand column of the newly redesigned News Feed, along with complaints and snarky comments about the new News Feed and this ticker. About the ticker, Facebook says:Ticker, on the right-hand side of your account, lets you see all your friends' activity in real-time. When you hover over an item on ticker, you can see the full story and join the conversation as it happens. Ticker updates itself as stories happen. This gives you a more complete picture of what your friends … Read more
When it comes to looking for event tickets--football games, musicals, plays, and concerts--everyone wants the most bang for their buck: great seats at the cheapest price. Dozens of ticket-vending sites have sprouted in hopes of offering you the best prices, making the task to purchase event tickets pretty frustrating. Who has the best deals and where do you start?
To help you find the best tickets (and be the first person to snag them), we're sharing a few tips to use on your next ticket hunt. Watch the video to find out.
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Editors' note: This blog was originally published on July 28, 2011.
If strong privacy options, the absence of FarmVille, and a fresh set of friends sound good to you, you've probably signed up for Google+.
Google+ has opened its doors to the public, allowing anyone to visit plus.google.com and immediately open a new account.
Once you've settled into Google+, browse our handy collection of tips including the essentials, profile tweaks, and a few guides for moving your photos from other social networks (like Instagram and Facebook) swiftly into Google+.Learn the basics
While big retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are trying to persuade you that their price cut is the best bargain you'll get on that laptop, tech-savvy shoppers are quietly scoring ridiculous deals only the Internet could offer.
There's a good reason why you haven't heard of sites like SlickDeals and DealsPlus before: tech shoppers in the know are good at keeping secrets. The deals are first come, first served, and usually sell out by the end of the day.
Well, I think it's about time I share this secret to best prepare you for your … Read more
Every day computer criminals find new ways to trick us into downloading viruses, keyloggers, adware, and other software intended to steal our personal information, spy on us, or simply irritate. But malware prevention doesn't have to be complicated. A few simple precautions can keep your PC free of infection.
Get the latest versions of whatever software you use
Computer security begins and ends with the operating system. If you use Windows, upgrade to Windows 7. The upgrade-to-the-latest-version rule is less stringent for older releases of Mac OS X, Linux, and Android, but Windows XP and Vista should be considered … Read more
Facebook recently revised its Lists feature to make it much easier to organize your friends into groups like Family, Colleagues, Close Friends, and so on. Some are automatically populated based on associations and algorithms known only to FB techies, while others require a bit of manual effort to fill up. It's not so much work, and it's well worth it. Here's how to get going:First, you need to check to see if lists have shown up on your FB page yet. If not, you may want to wait a day or two, as the rollout … Read more
A reader named Maribeth is migrating from Outlook to Gmail and asked about synchronizing her two accounts:
"I just read your blog about Outlook/Gmail [ Merge your Outlook and Gmail contacts]. I understand this is a fix to make them both the same, but do you know if there is a way to sync them continually? I still want to use Outlook on my desktop and also have IMAP movability on my Droidx2 phone and also on an iPad. Is it possible?"
In a July 2009 post I described how to "Sync contacts and calendars between Outlook, Gmail, and iPhone.&… Read more
Twitter users, did you know that Twitter.com has keyboard shortcuts? Put your mouse down for a minute and give them a try. Whether you're a lurker or an active Tweeter, these shortcuts will help you zip around Twitter.
Actions n : new Tweet r : reply t : retweet m : direct message f : favorite Enter : toggle detail pane
Navigation j : next Tweet k : previous Tweet space : page down / : search . : refresh Tweets ? : display keyboard shortcuts
Jumping g then h : home g then p : profile g then r : replies / mentions g then m : messages g then u : go to user g then f : … Read more
Tabbed Internet browsing is a great tool for browsing different sites without cluttering your desktop with individual windows. Unfortunately, having a lot of tabs open will often slow down your browser or even your entire machine. Follow these steps so you can have all of the convenience of tabbed browsing in Chrome orwithout sacrificing performance.
Step 1: Click on the TooManyTabs icon to the right … Read more
Google+ is great in conjunction with or as a replacement to Facebook. However, you may want to spend less time in your web browser and more time playing or working on your computer. To keep you from having to check your e-mail or browser for each notification, you can grab one small desktop app for Windows that nestles right into the system tray.
Step 1: Download and install the G+ notifier from http://gplusnotifier.com/en-GB/
Step 2: Choose whether you want to be alerted of new updates or you want them to be installed automatically. You can also … Read more