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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How do I update my Internet browser?

You never really think much about updating your Web browser – that is, until the first time your favorite site crashes because your outdated version of Firefox can't handle it.

How do I upgrade the version of Android on my tablet?

We're happy to help you get the latest, tastiest version of the Android operating system. Here's how.

How do I know if an app is safe?

When it comes to smartphones and tablet PCs, apps are where it's at. But as addicting and fun as they are, applications are as vulnerable to safety concerns as any other piece of software.

Do tablets have a crash screen like other computers?

When desktop computers crash, they often have a screen with information about the crash and what to do next. But tablets work differently -- is there a crash screen that lets you know that your device needs a reboot?

How safe is the cloud?

Cloud storage is hot right now and seemingly the answer to the prayers of the person with a laptop, tablet and smartphone who works on the go. But how safe is it really?

How do advertisers show me custom ads?

Why is that pair of shoes you looked at on Amazon last week following you around the Web? How does the Internet know you considered buying them?

Is downloading free software safe?

The Interwebs are full of freebies, especially when it comes to software. But before you click on that tempting free download, you might want to think twice -- and do your homework first.

10 Blogger Features You'll Find Helpful

Now that you figured out the Blogger's basic features, it's time to dig a little deeper to find new and hidden features that will help you make your blog look and read better.

5 Important Jobs Your Operating System Handles Without You Knowing

Operating systems help computer hardware and software communicate with each other. Although you're seeing some of what your OS does, it manages many more tasks. What's going on behind the scenes?

10 Tumblr Tips for Newbies

As blogging tools go, Tumblr is relatively easy for new users. In fact, with the right tips, you'll be blogging with the pros in virtually no time at all.

How Instagram Works

If you're wondering why everyone on the Internet thinks they're a photographer, you can probably thank Instagram. The filters, effects and social integration of the app make it very appealing, but is there more to its appeal?

Are touch-screen interfaces changing operating systems?

There used to be a time when touching your computer screen would just lead to some smudgy fingerprints. Now, lots of computer users are carting around tablets that use touch-screen interfaces.

How Pinterest Works

Pinterest may not make much sense to the casual online user, but if you're trying to redecorate your living room or plan a wedding, the site is almost indispensable. What is Pinterest and why has it gotten so popular so quickly?

How Tumblr Works

Tumblr is a popular platform for short-form microblogging, allowing users to share blog entries, photos, videos and music. How does Tumblr compare to other social media sites?

Can your computer run without an operating system?

For your average computer user, operating systems like Windows or the Mac OS are par for the course. But what if there wasn't an OS? Would the computer still, well, compute?

How do you know which computer files are legal to share?

You can find almost anything you want on the Internet. But does that mean it's legal to download and share?

5 Signs That Download Site Isn't Legit

That crazy-looking Web site offering a download of a movie still in the theatre could be providing more than illegal viewing. Viruses and malware could be hidden in the files. What are some other signs that a site might not be legit?

How Blogger Works

Blogger has been around forever, so it's easy to forget that it's one of the easiest blogging tools to use – and a slew of new features have made it even easier.

10 Signs That Streaming Movie Site Isn't Legit

Streaming movies are a convenient way to catch a flick, but some of those online sites can be iffy. We'll show you how to tell a legal one from a sketchy one in this article.

Will Photoshop Touch turn your iPad into a mobile graphic design center?

It seems like current tablet technology can do a lot, whether your surfing the Internet or playing video games. But could you edit photos on an iPad?

How Apple Boot Camp Works

The days of the great divide between Mac and Windows operating systems are over, thanks to Boot Camp. What does it take to install Windows on an Apple computer, and how does Boot Camp help you do it?

How 3-D Gestures Work

Before the graphical user interface, we needed text commands to operate our computers. But it may not be long before we can do our work by gesturing with our hands. What tools make it possible?

Can a computer recreate what you're seeing?

Imagine you have a movie marathon weekend -- while you're hooked up to a functional MRI machine. Now imagine that a computer could guess what you were watching after gathering all that MRI data, and you have an idea what some researchers are up to.

How C Programming Works

A computer program is the key to the digital city: If you know the language, you can get a computer to do almost anything you want. Get the scoop on how C works and why it's so important.

What's Ubuntu, and how is it different from Linux?

Linux is a free computer operating system that has been increasing in popularity. The same can be said of Ubuntu. There's a relationship between the two, but what is it?


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