Christmas 2013 online shopping deadlines

If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, it's time to get a move on. Many online retailers can still ship your last-minute tech gifts to you by Christmas, but the longer you wait, the more it'll cost you in shipping charges. We've put together a list of retailers and their deadlines so you can easily spot who you can order your gifts from.

These deadlines apply to the 48 contiguous US states only and on items that are in stock. Some retailers with physical stores may have last-minute in-store pickup options as well. Check out … Read more

Christmas 2012 online shopping deadlines

If you're reading this, it probably means you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet. There's still time, however. We've put together a list of some popular online retailers and their deadlines for getting those last-minute tech gifts delivered by Christmas.

These deadlines apply to the 48 contiguous U.S. states only and on items that are in stock. Some retailers with physical stores may have last-minute in-store pickup options as well. Check out the links to each store's deadlines for more details. Choose these shipping options by the listed cutoff date to receive … Read more

How to share reminders in OS X

In OS X Mountain Lion, Apple included a few of its iOS applications, one of which is the Reminders app for setting up and organizing to-do lists. Reminders used to be part of Apple's iCal feature, but has migrated to a separate app that interfaces with the Calendar for all your Apple devices and with Apple's iCloud service. This unified setup not only makes sharing reminders among devices easy, but also offers a platform for sharing reminders among different iCloud users.

While a little redundant with standard calendar events, reminders are convenient alternatives since they are maintained in … Read more

Christmas 2011 online shopping deadlines

Still haven't finished your Christmas shopping? Hey, we don't judge.

But you are down to the wire if you still hope to get some tech toys delivered before December 25. We've put together this list of shipping deadlines for popular places to pick up tech gifts to show you where and when to get your last-minute tech gifts delivered on time. Expect to pay a premium for procrastination, but these places will get the goods to your giftees just in the nick of time.

Keep in mind that the deadlines apply to the 48 contiguous U.S. … Read more

iFlow Reader developer rages at Apple (Q&A)

CNET ran a story yesterday about BeamItDown Software, the start-up behind the iFlow Reader app for iOS, offering harsh words for Apple as it felt forced to shut down. In a note to customers, the Irvine, Calif.-based company said its demise was due to Apple's "mid-game rule changes that make it impossible for anyone but Apple to sell e-books at a profit on iOS."

I was struck by the candidness of the remarks and decided to track down BeamItDown's co-founder Dennis Morin for a follow-up interview. Morin has been an entrepreneur for a number of … Read more

Spell check may be Internet Explorer's Achilles' heel

A reader named Lenny responded recently to a post from last August about browser spell checkers to ask whether Internet Explorer 8 finally has a built-in spell checker. Unfortunately, the only way to get spell check and suggested corrections in IE 8 is by relying on the spell check built into the site you're visiting or by installing a third-party extension.

But even then, Firefox and Chrome out-spell-check IE in a landslide.

The earlier post compared Firefox's built-in spell-check feature with the spelling checker in the free IE7Pro extension for Internet Explorer. It seems IE7Pro is no longer … Read more

Automattic picks up After the Deadline

Automattic, the company behind blogging platform WordPress, announced Tuesday that it has acquired After the Deadline, a service that finds spelling and grammar errors in blog posts. The deal's terms were not disclosed.

After the Deadline's spelling-, grammar-, and style-checking tools are now available to 7.5 million WordPress blogs. It's also available as a downloadable plug-in for WordPress users.

Looking ahead, Automattic plans to make After the Deadline open-source. It hopes the community will play a part in improving it. After the Deadline's founder Raphael Mudge, will stay on at Automattic to deliver After the … Read more

Basic organizer

Simple Project Management Tool provides users with a very basic calendar and reminder system. While most users will be able to quickly master it, the program is not without its flaws.

The program's interface is incredibly simple, even though its Help file fails to assist in the learning process and doesn't specifically focus on this program. Luckily, users will be able to quickly master these simple commands and calendars. Organizing your projects lived up to its billing as simple, thanks to its tight focus. Users click on the button to create a new project and assign it start … Read more

$40 DTV box subsidy: Is it enough?

If you're reading this, chances are you don't really need a $40 coupon to help pay for a converter box that'll allow you to watch over-the-air (OTA) digital television on your standard TV. But for those who happen to depend on that old TV and "free" analog television--not cable or satellite--and want to continue watching TV beyond February 18, 2009, the coupon should be a big deal. Under the new program, every household in the country will be able to apply for as many as two coupons, each worth $40 toward the price of a … Read more

March 1: The beginning of the end for analog TV

Slowly but surely, the February 17, 2009, cutoff date for over-the-air analog TV gets an increasing amount of attention as we get closer to the date (just two years away). But an equally important date is just days away: February 28, 2007. That's the last day that manufacturers can ship or import any product that has only an analog TV tuner. As of March 1, all new TV and video products imported into the U.S. or shipped to retailers that include an analog (NTSC) tuner need to have a digital (ATSC) tuner as well.

The March 1 date … Read more