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Facebook Tweaks its News Feed

Once again Facebook is changing the news feed seen by more than a billion users worldwide.

The network announced two changes this month. The first gives older stories a second chance at being viewed in someone’s news feed if they missed it …

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Facebook Tests Trending Topics

After introducing two Twitter-like features, hashtags and embedded posts, Facebook said it is testing yet another feature popularized by its rival Twitter — trending topics.

As AllThingsD reported, Facebook has been running a small test tha…

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3 Things You Should Do to Secure Your Smartphone or Tablet

working on a smartphoneYou don’t need to be an NSA target to want to keep your personal data secure. Mobile phones and tablets are particularly tricky when it comes to security because they’re so easily lost or stolen. In this age of spying and hacking, it’s even more critical to reconsider what we’re storing on our devices and what would happen if they got into the wrong hands (or your personal information gets leaked).

Three things you can do to secure your smartphone or tablet:

  1. Set up the screen lock. (You’ll find it under the security settings of your device.) Like other passwords, you should make the PIN or password for your mobile device as long as possible–without driving yourself crazy. After all, you do have to enter it each time to unlock the phone.
  2. Encrypt the device. For the utmost assurance hackers can’t use the information on your mobile device even if they get past the lock screen. See how to encrypt your iOS or Android device here.
  3. Turn on remote wipe. Google recently added Android Device Manager so you can remotely erase Android devices or find them if they’re lost. iPhone similarly has a “Find My iPhone” feature (which you should lock down further to prevent thieves from turning it off). I have an older article about remote wipe which covers some older/other platforms.

These simple steps will give you peace of mind and protect you in the worst case scenario.

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Lenovo X200 tablet PC

Tablet PCs: It’s All About the Keyboard

Lenovo X200 tablet PCTablet PCs, hybrid tablet-laptops, convertible laptops, detachable Ultrabooks…whatever you want to call them, these newfangled touchscreen tablets/laptops are taking the computer market by storm. While touch (or multi-touch) is the main attraction, however, spurred on by Microsoft’s Windows 8 touch-centric UI, the main thing you should look at when evaluating one of these devices is, oddly enough, the keyboard.

Tablet PCs are a combination of touch-friendly tablets and productivity-focused (keyboard-accompanied) laptops. They’re supposed to be the best of both worlds.

Of all the tablet PCs I’ve tried, though, the one thing that seemed to kill the deal for me was always the keyboard. The touchscreens on all the devices I’ve tried, including the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 70oT and the Toshiba Portege Z10t (both slate tablets that turn into laptops via the  hardware keyboard docks ) all worked as expected and even better than earlier tablet PCs running Windows 7. Multi-touch gestures work well, you don’t have to worry about your palm touching the screen and interfering with your finger or stylus input, and when there is an active digitizer, the handwriting recognition and inking is very precise. That is to say, manufacturers have really nailed down the touchscreen interface.

The problem is using these devices in that other, older and more basic mode: as a laptop. Convertible tablets (ones that swivel from laptop to tablet mode or where the screen slides up or down into tablet or laptop mode, with the screen still attached) seem to work better than ones where the display undocks from the keyboard. I’ve only only used two dockable slates so far–the ATIV 700T and the Portege Z10t, but both had hardware connection issues. Annoying issues.

Tablet PCs need to work as well in both laptop mode and tablet mode–whether the tablet is disconnected from the physical keyboard or just lying on top of it. I’m one of the biggest proponents of Windows tablet PCs, but freely admit that tablet PCs so far have fallen short of the goal: The perfect combination of tablet and laptop. (I thought the Z10t might be it, and it would have been except for the keyboard. Next week I’m testing the ThinkPad Helix, so stay tuned!) Otherwise, you might as well buy a keyboard-less tablet.

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Facebook Statuses To Go Around the Web

Following up on its debut of hashtags earlier this summer, Facebook has introduced yet another feature that makes it more like Twitter.

The latest feature is the ability to embed public posts from Facebook into other websites. Users simply b…

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This Is What Hackers See When You Use a Public Wi-Fi Hotspot

Like many other tech writers concerned about security, I’ve noted before the dangers of connecting to an unsecured wireless network. Using an open Wi-Fi network without precautions is, simply, not safe. To drive the point home, here’s everythi…

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What It’s Like Working as Apple’s Remote At-Home Customer Support

Of the many jobs that can be done from home, tech support and customer service are among the most popular and easiest to implement. Businesses save a ton of money by having remote workers handle support calls, while telecommuters get to work f…

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Home Office

How to Set Up the Perfect Home Office, According to Science

Working from home is every bit as distracting as working in a cubicle, maybe even more so if you consider the many obstacles telecommuters and mobile workers face. One of the biggest productivity suckers happens to be your workspace. How you o…

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Pope Francis on Twitter

Twitterscope: News of the Week

Pope Retweeted More than Obama

Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is the most influential world leader on Twitter when judged by the number of retweets, while President Obama leads in the number of followers on the micro-blogging network, according to …

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Happiness? There

Don’t Worry, Be Happier

A social network called Happier wants to be the Twitter of happiness, or maybe the Facebook of joy.

Want happiness? Get the app.
Happier.com got a lot of publicity last week after co-founder Nataly Kogan presented at the Brainstorm Tech conf…

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