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Mozilla Firefox for Mac review

Mozilla Firefox for Mac is a Web browsing alternative that offers a full range of features to let you peruse your favorite sites with ease. This program offers all of the functionality you'd expect from a Web browser through a clean and familiar interface.

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Site optimization: If you're looking for an alternative to Safari on your Mac, you may find that some sites load more quickly and function better through Firefox. Especially if you have trouble with certain sites you visit a lot in Safari or another browser, it may be worth it to try out Firefox … Read more

Internet pay-TV is coming. Will you care?

To hear television companies describe it, no plot is more predictable than the arrival of a Web-based TV provider.

"Somebody's going to come over the top," said David Zaslav, the head of Discovery Channel- and TLC-parent Discovery Communications, using the phrase for delivery of TV over the Internet. He made the comments last month at a UBS investor conference, where the financial chief of Disney said its arrival was a certainty and the chief of MTV's and Nickelodeon's parent, Viacom, gave it "a very strong chance" of arriving in 2014.

It has long … Read more

Verizon to buy Intel's TV business for undisclosed sum

Intel on Tuesday announced an agreement to sell its TV business to Verizon Communications for an undisclosed sum, giving the telecom giant an edge in the market to deliver live television over the Internet.

The deal spotlights the growing importance of video content delivered over the Internet rather than by broadcast or cable-TV technology. Verizon plans to use the Intel Media technology to deliver video over both its Fios fiber-optic home broadband service and its 4G wireless network service.

"The OnCue platform and team will help Verizon bring next-generation video services to audiences who increasingly expect to view content … Read more

ZTE announces 5 smartphones for CES 2014, including Grand S II

LAS VEGAS -- ZTE isn't holding anything back for CES 2014. In addition to debuting its first smartwatch, a mobile hotspot projector device, and four other smartphones, it has officially launched its marquee handset of the season, the Grand S II.

As a followup to its flagship from last year, the device is the highest-end ZTE handset yet. It sports a 5.5-inch, 1080p full HD screen, and a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. This is the same CPU used in the powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

In addition, the LTE-enabled phone will have a 13-megapixel camera on … Read more

How to opt out of some targeted Google ads

Google might be the king of online ads, but it still gives you a way to limit how some of your data is used to sell you things you don't need.

With its new Shared Endorsements coming on November 11, Google will make the ads you see more personalized by referencing your Google+ username, profile photo, and implied endorsements via comments and +1s.

Short of an ad-blocker, there's not much you can do to avoid ads completely. But Google does provide a few controls for restricting how much of your online behavior shows up in ads.

Shared endorsements … Read more

Hungry for money, Foursquare dishes out self-serve ad tool

In its most aggressive maneuver to make money yet, Foursquare is introducing self-serve advertising tools that merchants can use to dish out promoted updates to a selection of the place-based social network's 40 million members.

Monday, the 4-year-old company is launching in full an ad product that any of the 1.5 million claimed locations on Foursquare can use to reach people through the home screen of the application or in the "Explore" tab, where members typically go to search for places to visit.

Foursquare plans to hawk the self-service tools, which have already been live in … Read more

Foursquare gives out unsolicited tips on iPhone

Foursquare is releasing a new version of its application for iPhone that will deliver suggestions on what to eat, see, or do at or near your current location before you have to ask for them.

Thursday, the place-centric social network has put a passive location feature for tips that are delivered unsolicited in version 6.4 of its iOS application, which also comes with a slightly refreshed design, for some of its users.

The feature, which the company is now calling "real-time recommendations," works in the background on your smartphone, paying attention to your device's movements to … Read more

Get an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station router for $74.99

What's your router situation like? Need something newer, faster, better than your pokey old 802.11g model?

For a limited time, and while supplies last, DealFisher has the refurbished Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station router for $74.99 shipped. (This is the older, fifth-gen version, not the updated 2013 version for $199.) That's $25 less than Apple charges for a refurb and nearly $100 less than you'd pay for a new one.

Though designed by Apple, the AirPort works with any home network for any connected devices. It supports 802.11 a/b/g/n and features … Read more

NoFlo's crowd-funding effort helps coders go with the flow

Anyone who has done any amount of programming has drawn flowcharts, either detailed diagrams or rough sketches, outlining how one thing leads to another in software works. Now a project called NoFlo has surpassed its $100,000 fund-raising goal to build the idea into programming tools.

The NoFlo team members raised the funding to build a user interface for the approach, which has been around for decades and is called flow-based programming. Generally, flowcharts are design tools that don't make it beyond the mockup stage, but NoFlo is designed to be a crucial part of how people construct programs … Read more

Got a craving? Foursquare shows you where to find a specific dish

Foursquare is improving the local search capabilities of its Web and mobile applications by enabling people to search for specific menu items, the company announced Monday.

With the feature, rolling out now, members can query Foursquare to find a particular dish that they desire. The application will scour a collection of 43 million menu items at 500,000 eateries, as sourced by menu partners Locu and SinglePlatform, and return results of nearby restaurants where the item in question is on the menu.

Menu item search will come in handy for the super picky eater or person with a specific craving. … Read more