Windows XP security

Though Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April, the popular OS refuses to die. Roughly 25 percent of desktop users are clinging to the OS, meaning XP still has four times as many users as Windows 8 or 8.1, according to NetMarketShare. Recently, independent security lab AV-Test investigated whether the outdated XP can be adequately protected.

Is Windows XP still safe?

The answer is a resounding yes. AV-Test found that the majority of security vendors have been able to defend... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Desktop Enhancements , Download Site News , Security , Operating Systems , Office And Productivity , Freeware , Tools Utilities And Drivers , Reference

Tags: Windows , security , Microsoft , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , XP

Star Apps: Circa Zero

Rob Giles was once a Police fan, mystified by the "Ghost in the Machine" album cover. Andy Summers was once a member of The Police. Today the two play together in Circa Zero. I chatted with Rob Giles and Andy Summers about their new album, "Circus Hero," The Police, and their favorite apps.

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Star Apps: Nervo

For Mim and Liv Nervo, being the top-ranking women DJs takes a "work hard, play hard" attitude. I chatted with the first sisters of dance music, who next appear at New York's Electric Zoo Festival, about the shows, sharing DJ gigs with Paris Hilton, triumphing in a male-dominated industry, how music has healed their hearts, and their favorite apps.

What can you tell us about your Electric Zoo set? Mim: We've been playing lots of festivals this summer,... Read More »

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Friday Five

Thousands of apps and updates come out each week, but the five products that piqued our interest this week offer time-lapse videos, an iOS edition of a premium first-person shooter, 64-bit browsing, free photo editing, and 1TB of storage.

Instagram introduced another iOS app this week, Hyperlapse, a free and seriously easy way to shoot and share time-lapse videos. There's just one button, Record, and other than playback speed, there aren't lots of settings or filters to fuss with.... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software , iOS Software , Photography And Image Editing , File Sharing And Cloud Storage

Tags: Chrome

5 labor-saving apps

On Labor Day most Americans enjoy a much-deserved day off. This work-free tribute to America's workers comes just once a year, but you can keep its spirit alive year-round with our five labor-saving apps. When you wrap up tasks quickly, you can get back to what really matters: R&R.

IFTTT (Android, iOS, Webware)

With so much clutter online, it's often time-consuming to find the stuff that matters most. Cloze figures out the emails and social... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Office And Productivity , Windows Phone Software

Tags: apps , productivity

Star Apps: Retro Futura Tour 2014

In the early '80s -- when the US charts were still dominated by '70s rock like Steve Miller Band, Chicago, and Foreigner -- a fresh crop of artists rose up with a revolutionary, synth-based sound that borrowed from Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder and would influence future electronic music. This second British Invasion included Howard Jones, Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey, Ultravox's Midge Ure, Katrina and the Waves' Katrina, and China Crisis. If you missed them... Read More »

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Star Apps: Armin van Buuren

Grammy-nominated Armin van Buuren is more than trance music's most respected DJ/producer. Through his radio show, A State of Trance, and his "A State of Trance Classics" album series, he keeps the genre alive by highlighting what's fresh and preserving its illustrious past. US fans can taste his trance at New York's Electric Zoo Festival on August 30 or at Las Vegas' Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub on August 31.

Tell us about your Electric Zoo Festival set. It... Read More »

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Star Apps: 'The One I Love'

Whereas most moviemakers are happy to dissect every aspect of an new release, actor Mark Duplass and director Charlie McDowell are taking a more hush-hush approach about "The One I Love." "It's a romantic comedy with Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss," says the director. "They go for a couple's retreat through their therapist to see if they can save their relationship." You can't blame this discretion, considering that "The One I Love" has more twists and... Read More »

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Star Apps: 3 Doors Down

In 3 Doors Down's 2002 mega-hit "Here Without You" -- the band's most listened-to single of all time on Spotify -- singer Brad Arnold laments the separation from his significant other. Currently on the four-month acoustic Songs From the Basement tour, Arnold is certainly missing his wife. I chatted with Arnold about the current tour, the new album, band member departures, how he handles extended separations from his wife, and his favorite apps.

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Star Apps: James C. Burns

In his new film "Coldwater," James C. Burns plays abusive Colonel Frank Reichert, who unabashedly orders troubled teenagers around in a sadistic juvenile correctional facility. Best known as the voice of stern Army officer Sergeant Frank Woods in the Call of Duty video games, the actor and former pro athlete is surprisingly funny and personable. I chatted with Burns about "Coldwater" (which opens August 15), how his dislike for children pushed him into acting, being typecast, managing his... Read More »

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