Stories by Howard Wen

In Pictures: 8 reasons why Chromebooks aren’t going away

t’s been more than two years since the first Chromebooks went on sale. They certainly haven’t taken the world by storm and there have been varying opinions and doubts about the viability of this notebook platform that runs Chrome OS. But Chromebooks are still alive and may be sticking around for a while. Here are 8 reasons why:

In Pictures: 10 things you need to know about Opera Next 15

In its Version 15 release, several new features have been added to Opera for computer operating systems.

In pictures: What’s in the cards for Android 5.0?

While we likely won’t see Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie) for some time, new apps suggest that the future look and feel of Google’s mobile OS could be built upon "cards".

In Pictures: 8 new features in Chrome (desktop or mobile)

Here are several significant features that have been added recently to the various versions of Chrome

In Pictures: Windows Blue - a sneak peek

An update to Windows 8 is in the works, codenamed Windows Blue.

In Pictures: 12 extensions that make Opera sing

Here are a dozen extensions that improve the Opera user experience.

In Pictures: 8 ways Microsoft could improve Windows 8

Here is our wish list of things we’d love to see in an update or service pack for Windows 8.

In Pictures: 9 cheap Nexus 7 alternatives

Everyone from HP to Polaroid to Alcatel takes aim at Google's 7-inch tablet

In Pictures: 5 cool tools in Windows 8

Windows 8 has gotten a lot of flak, primarily because of its radical Start menu UI. But this new OS has several great things about it, which include the following five useful tools that come with it.

In Pictures: 5 tricks to restore the Windows 8 Start menu

As everybody knows, the Start button is not included in Windows 8, and Microsoft has vowed not to put it back. If you’d rather not be forced to use the full-screen, tile-based UI, called Modern, here are five alternative programs that install on Windows 8.

In Pictures: Firefox for Windows 8

Firefox for Windows 8

In Pictures: 13 useful add-ons for Microsoft Excel and Word 2013

For some reason, Microsoft has taken to calling the mini-programs that you can install into their Office applications “apps”. Functionally, though, most of these are similar to Web browser add-ons - in the sense that they add to or enhance the feature set of the main program. Here are the most useful ones for the latest versions of Excel and Word.

In Pictures: 9 essential Internet Explorer 10 add-ons

Internet Explorer 10 add-ons

In Pictures: Mozilla previews app store in time for the holidays

Firefox Marketplace hopes to compete with Google Chrome Web Store

In Pictures: 10 things to know about Firefox 17

A brief look at what’s new in Mozilla’s latest browser.