Stories by Howard Wen

In Pictures: First look, Opera 12 ups the ante

The latest release of Opera has some obvious cosmetic and UI changes, as well as several new under-the-hood functions. Overall, here are 12 changes worth noting.

Kinect brings the magic to Windows PCs

Earlier this year, Microsoft released Kinect for Windows - a version of the motion-control Xbox peripheral that works out-of-the-box with a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

In Pictures: 9 Android devices getting an unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is the latest version to show up on smartphones and tablets

In Pictures: Samsung's new Chromebook

Remember the initial buzz when Google announced it was coming out with a notebook computer. Well, we’re two years into the Chromebook era and the buzz has certainly dissipated.

Google polishes Chrome OS, but is it enough to entice buyers?

Google launched the Chrome OS in late 2010 and has continued to update it despite lukewarm reception by the public toward the platform's model: a browser-centered OS running on a lightweight, minimally-spec'd notebook meant to be used with an always-on Internet connection.

In Pictures: 5 things we love/hate about Windows 8

Now that Microsoft has released the latest beta version of Windows 8, with the clever name of Release Preview, here are 5 things we love and 5 things we hate about the new OS.

In Pictures: 10 websites that time forgot

When was the last time you posted a pic on PhotoBucket? Did a search on AltaVista? Or updated your Myspace page?

Android remote access app shootout

There are times when accessing another computer remotely can be convenient -- to check on the status of a download or code that is being compiled, to start or stop an application, or to load a document to view it. It can be really helpful to be able to do this from a smartphone or tablet. We tested three services that let you use your Android device to connect to your computer remotely.

In Pictures: 8 ways to customise Windows 8

Here are eight ways that you can customise your installation of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

In Pictures: 7 office suites for Android devices

You can take your work with you, thanks to several office suites which let you view and edit your documents on an Android device.

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7 office suites for Android devices

You can take your work with you, thanks to several office suites which let you view and edit your documents on an Android device. Most were originally designed for use on a smartphone, but here are seven that are compatible with most Android tablets that run Android 2.3 (codenamed "Gingerbread").

In Pictures: Firefox Faceoff - Nightly vs. Pale Moon vs. Waterfox

Three unofficial Firefox variants take advantage of 64-bit processors and 64-bit version of Windows 7.

Fast Firefox faceoff: Nightly vs. Pale Moon vs. Waterfox

Although computers running the 64-bit version of Windows 7 have become more common, there aren't many Windows-compatible browsers compiled to run on 64-bit processors. (The exception for now has been Internet Explorer 9.)

Tips and tricks for upgrading your Android phone

The biggest problem with the Android platform has been how slowly many phone makers release the latest version of the OS for their older models. It's also not unusual for them to never do so. (A company may not want to spend resources on phones they no longer sell; or, they and the carrier for a particular model may not agree on when to provide an update.)

Confessions of a Chromebook addict

Last December, Google started shipping the Cr-48 -- a lightweight notebook running Chrome OS -- to select people across the U.S. This pilot program was meant to test the experimental "Chromebook" platform under real-world use, helping Google work out any kinks. About 60,000 Cr-48's were given away by the company. Acer and Samsung released their own Chromebook models for sale to the public on June 15.