Computer Software

Software refers to the programs your computer uses to perform the actions you want it to. Learn all about computer software, from Web browsers to the latest operating systems, with our explanations, reviews, videos and prices.

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Antipodes Map Locates the Opposite of Any Spot on Earth

Ever wonder where you'd end up if you dug straight down through the earth? Wonder no more — there's a map for that!

Google Goes Incognito With Vanishing Gmail

Google Confidential Mode allows users to set a detonation date that makes sent emails disappear.

Fans Bristle at Death of MS Paint, Microsoft Reacts

While Microsoft will stop providing support for Paint, and won't bundle it in the new Windows OS, a 3-D version will exist and the classic app will remain available for download.

Microsoft's New Operating System Won't Let Users Change Default Browser

It has a few other default settings that some users may take issue with, too.

10 Weird Ways Tinder Is Changing the World

Dating apps are becoming the new normal when it comes to meeting romantic partners. But how are they really affecting human psychology and even things like politics?

Spotify Would Really Like to Make You a Mixtape, Please

The new Discover Weekly playlist feature may know you better than do your friends, relatives... and even better than you know yourself.

Coloring Is Relaxing. Coloring in 3-D Could Be Even Better

Apps that augment the coloring book experience may revolutionize how we put crayon to paper.

How Google Deep Dream Works

Do androids dream of electric sheep? Google's Deep Dream certainly conjures up plenty of animal imagery. But is this really AI, and why does it all look so trippy?

How Abandonware Works

Even beloved games aren't supported forever. What happens to the titles that are no longer getting official love from their creators? Can fans still find and play them?

5 Factors That Affect Cloud-based Data Upload and Retrieval

The cloud removes the need to be tethered to a single device when storing and working with data, but it's not without its pitfalls. Here are five things that could slow down your ability to get at your files -- or cut you off completely.

How Data Centers Work

You want your e-mail, streaming video and social media content, and you want it now. And tomorrow, you'll want more. How do data centers handle the ever-increasing demands of our perpetually plugged-in world?

10 Ways to Make the Cloud Work for You

It's vast. It's handy. And it's about time you took advantage of it, perhaps even more than you already do during your daily computing adventures.

10 Things to Do Before You Wipe Your Computer

You may think you got rid of your personal data before you donated your old computer, but how can you be sure without smashing your hard drive? We'll show you how.

How Remote File Access Works

A service that lets you access your files anywhere, anytime and with any device you like, as long as you're connected to the Internet, sounds good right? After all, this is why we invented the Internet: to get, share and collaborate on information.

How does HIPAA compliance affect data sharing?

You may like to think you're the only one with access to your personal medical records, but you're not. Within the guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, how do healthcare entities protect your data?

How much data do I have?

Are you constantly surprised by overage charges from your smartphone or tablet data provider? Here are some easy ways to check on your overage and put a limit in place.

How does JavaScript work and how can I build simple calculators with it?

As programming languages go, JavaScript is average difficulty. Learn what Javascript is and how to build calculators with it.

Are we living in a computer simulation?

If you've ever played city-building simulations, you may have felt a kinship with the people on the screen in front of you. How do we know we aren't living at the whim of someone playing a game?

Cloud Computing Crash Course

Need a basic crash course in cloud computing? Get facts and view these cool graphics to get a crash course in cloud computing.

How Windows 8 Works

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system works on computers and some mobile devices, too. It also brings big changes from earlier versions of Windows. What can you expect if you upgrade your computer?

Online Fraud 101

Are you informed about online fraud? See these facts, figures and tips about online fraud to get informed.

Do I need to back up files that are already in cloud storage?

Businesses and individuals alike are increasingly turning to the cloud to store their data, but is it really as foolproof as it appears? Do you need backup?

What does 'freemium' mean?

There's a good chance you're already a freemium user. Actually, you might even be a freemium-loving freeloader. But what does "freemium" mean, anyway?

How many different Web browsers are there for Android tablets?

How many different Web browsers are available for Android tablets? We'll discuss the options currently available -- and why more are likely on the way.

10 Pinterest Tips for Newbies

It's a clever premise and a play on words: You "pin" your "interest" (or rather, interests) to a virtual bulletin board. But how does it work? Stick with us, newbie.


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