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Barbara Krasnoff divides her time between writing short speculative fiction and acting as Features & Reviews Editor for Computerworld.  In the latter position, she assigns, edits and produces online product reviews; she also blogs and occasionally writes a review herself.

Barbara is a member of the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa, and her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Space & Time Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, Doorways, Sybil's GarageBehind the WainscotEscape VelocityWeird TalesDescantLady Churchill's Rosebud WristletAmazing Stories, and the anthologies Crossed Genres Year Two, Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I , Clockwork Phoenix 2Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction 

Recent stories include "In the Household of the Brelsh" in Crossed Genres 29, "Button Up Your Overcoat," in Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring '20s, and "Red Dybbuk," in the upcoming Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm. Barbara is also the author of a non-fiction book for young adults, Robots: Reel to Real (Arco Publishing, 1982). 

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Lots o' news and noise out there right now. Here's a simple breakdown of everything you need to know from the Mobile World Congress event:
So much news, so little time. Here's a simple breakdown of everything you need to know from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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And the race is one for the sleekest-looking Android smartphone to wander down the runway... First up, The HTC One M9 and the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge.
The first Android smartphones for 2015 are being introduced; HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge offer better cameras, more features and a great sense of style.
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I'm really bad at names. I mean -- really. I can meet somebody whom I know pretty well, and I'll remember that I know them, but my name will slip totally out of my head. Which is awkward to say the least, and really embarrassing at times.

I was using the Evernote Hello app to help for a while -- I could scroll through photos of people taken from either my own gallery or LinkedIn, and if I remembered the last event I'd seen them at, I could find their name and "Oh, yeah! Of course!" But Evernote has dropped Hello, and in my search for a substitute, I've so far come up empty. I did find a couple of apps that take a different tack on it, but neither proved quite right. This is my review.
Many of us have trouble relating faces to names -- which can be disastrous in a business situation. Two Android apps -- Humin and Social Recall -- try to help with that.
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An excellent idea, and I appreciate Google adding this to its Chrome browser. I have too many friends who are too quick to download without thinking; something like this will at least make them pause and think. (And prevent their more tech-savvy friends from having to help them afterwards...)
Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that pops up when users try to access a website that could try to dupe users into downloading underhanded software.
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Unfortunately, my impression is that a halt to 'crapware,' however well it might serve their customers, isn't going to happen. There is too much profit in agreements with software companies to ship with their applications installed -- most computer companies won't go for it. (Of course, they could at least institute limits on the type of software...)
Security professionals want Lenovo -- and other PC makers -- to stop the practice of loading third-party software on new PCs after one such app was found to be vulnerable to abuse by cyber criminals.
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I would pay a few extra bucks to not get the crapware. How about adding that as a configuration option?
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Very glad of this. The plot line had little or nothing to do with Philip K. Dick's novel, but the feel of the world-building felt right and I really enjoyed the episode.
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Once upon a time, you could carry around a small battery with you to swap into your smartphone when the power indicator turned red. No more. Now, even Samsung's new Galaxy S 6 purports to have enough power in it so that it will last users all day. But I'm not so sure.
With smartphones becoming lighter and slimmer, some features -- such as removable batteries -- are going the way of the hardware keypad. But is that necessarily a good thing?
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With fast charging, you don't need a swappable battery. There are portable battery packs if you really must. I'd rather see better phone design than OEMs having to design around a removable battery.
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Don't know how all us folk on Google+ feel about it, but I wouldn't mind it if Google stopped trying to make Google+ all things to all people and pulled Hangouts, etc. out as separate applications.
 
I hope this will return PicasaWeb to its former, distinct self.
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I took a look at Motorola's new Moto E smartphone, a relatively low-cost Android phone that has added 4G LTE, a front-facing camera, a better battery, a slightly larger display, and some colorful bands to place around the side. It's not terribly high-end, but at under $150 for an unlocked device, it ain't bad.
Motorola's new Moto E, the discount version of its Moto X smartphone, adds a front-facing camera, additional storage, a larger display and Android Lollipop.
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It's here, it's here@ Computerworld's list of Premier 100 IT leaders for 2015. Congrats to all the honorees. 
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+Preston Gralla installed DuOS=M on his Windows system (a Surface Pro 2) and found that he could easily run Android apps. Well, most of them, anyway.
Want to run Android apps on a Windows tablet or PC? Nothing easier with DuOS-M, a new application that lets you run a complete version of Android without any muss or fuss.
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"Hello, little Suzie! How are you today? Have you played with your Mommy's computer today? Wasn't that fun! Did you happen to notice what password she used to get into her boring old bank account? You did! What a clever girl! Would you happen to remember what that password was?"
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Humin - Phone & Contacts Beta
market.android.com

Humin, the popular phone and contacts app, has released its early beta app for Android!Humin remembers all of your relationships, just like

iTriage Health
market.android.com

Created by two ER docs, iTriage helps you answer the questions: “What medical condition could I have?” and “Where should I go for treatment?

Migração Motorola
market.android.com

Uma das desvantagens de adquirir um telefone novo é perder itens importantes. Agora você pode mover itens para seu novo telefone em poucas e

Google: Gmail users shouldn't expect email privacy
www.theguardian.com

Critics call revelation 'a stunning admission' as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit

MX Player
market.android.com

MX Player - The best way to enjoy your movies. a) HARDWARE ACCELERATION - Hardware acceleration can be applied to more videos with the help

Byzantium (2013)
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BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughte

Moving to Feedly? Here are a few more app options to access your feeds |...
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Post-Google Reader shutdown there are just a handful of RSS clients left that will keep working with a new back-end solution -- let's take a

Google+
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Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot sim

Women of Google+
www.womenofgplus.com

Women of Google+ features and celebrates interesting women on the Google+ social networking platform.

G Cloud Backup
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The easiest cloud backup ever!★★★ Happy Holidays! Special LIFETIME offer - Ends 1/1/2013 so hurry and never worry about losing your device f

5 free Android security apps: Keep your smartphone safe
www.computerworld.com

If you want to keep your Android smartphone safe, these free security apps from the likes of Symantec, AVG, Avast and more will not only kee

Alfresco: An open-source ECM alternative for SharePoint
www.computerworld.com

Microsoft's SharePoint ECM system can be expensive; companies may be able to find an alternative in Alfresco, or make do with simpler docume

Diary of a disaster: Living off the grid after Superstorm Sandy
www.computerworld.com

Tech writer Brian Nadel lasted 10 days without municipal power in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Here's how he kept heat, lights and computer

Hands-on: Windows Phone 7 Mango edition adds features, polish
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Mango, the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, adds new social networking features and other useful tweaks to the OS.

Hands on: Norton Mobile Security protects your Android phone
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Norton Mobile Security, Symantec's new Android app, can protect your smartphone against malware, phishing, theft and spam.

11 Android apps to boost speed, battery life and more
www.computerworld.com

These 11 Android apps can help you increase the efficiency and speed of your mobile device.

Google Docs reconsidered
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Google has steadily upgraded Google Docs, its online office suite, over the past two years. We take a look at some of the improvements that

Microblogger shootout: Posterous Spaces vs. Tumblr
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A new wave of free blogging sites, headed by Posterous Spaces and Tumblr, encourage social networking and sharing. We test the two services

10 new Windows 8 tablet/laptop convertibles
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It's a tablet! No, it's a laptop! The introduction of Microsoft Windows 8 has spawned a variety of new and exciting devices -- including a g

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