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How to rip your music CDs to FLAC

MP3s are convenient, but no matter how high the bit rate, they're still lossy music files. We'll show you how to rip your music CDs to FLAC files, which are superior in sound quality.

By April 19, 2012


How to rip high-quality MP3s in Windows without iTunes

With the free tools, EAC and LAME, you can produce MP3s of excellent sound quality.

By April 17, 2012


Kindle 2 flaw: Lighter text causing headaches?

The blogosphere is buzzing with user reports that the text is lighter on the Kindle 2 than the Kindle 1. Some say this makes reading for long stretches uncomfortable and that Amazon should issue a firmware upgrade to correct the suspected flaw.

By March 9, 2009


Gmail offline: A guided tour

Offline Gmail works mostly the same as online Gmail. But there are some steps required to enable it. Here's what to expect.

By January 28, 2009


Use your keyboard to select text in Microsoft Word

Make your text selections more precise by using function keys.

By September 2, 2008


The fastest way to open a local file in Google Docs

Creating a keyboard shortcut that opens your browser to the Google Docs upload option won't save you a lot of time, but you'll more easily transmit files as e-mail attachments.

By June 10, 2008


Put Microsoft Word's styles to good use

Create custom styles in Word 2003 and 2007 to reformat documents quickly, and to help others format their files in a uniform manner.

By December 27, 2007


Images: Mapping the human brain

Can "Blue Matter" help illuminate the workings of the neocortex? IBM and a Swiss research group are betting on it.

June 6, 2005


Microsoft taps wireless exec for Windows post

Software giant names a former AT&T Wireless executive to head product management for its flagship operating system.

By February 28, 2005


Google tests desktop search

The search company is testing software that lets people navigate the Web without opening up an Internet browser, placing itself in a field that Microsoft has designs on--desktop search.

By November 6, 2003