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Adobe Reader iOS, Android app adds free eSignatures

Adobe Reader iOS, Android app adds free eSignatures

The free Adobe Reader app for iOS, Android, and desktop systems is getting updated with some new features that on-the-go business professionals will surely appreciate. The software will now allow users to easily sign PDF documents electronically by hand-drawing on a touchscreen as well as making annotations and filling out forms---all sans printer and paper.

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Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect

Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect

There's a lot to be said for the satisfaction of workers in this day and age, especially here in the tech industry where Apple is gaining on Windows machines for employee use due to what CBS Interactive CTO Peter Yared implies as a "time machine" effect. In a talk with the Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal, Yared spoke candidly about why he's seeing Apple gain relatively quickly in businesses where employees have Apple computers at home and therefor expect to be able to use the same hardware and software when at work.

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Internet Explorer 10 goes Metro and loses flavor

Internet Explorer 10 goes Metro and loses flavor

Here in the first half of 2012, we're ramping up to use Window 8 after its first consumer preview was released early this Spring, and now Microsoft is delivering Internet Explorer 10 to bring the web to our near-complete experience. Windows 8 offers a new way to work with your computer - or tablet, or odd in-between device - with "Metro" UI. This user interface has "Tiles" not unlike what you may be familiar with in Windows Phone for smartphones - Internet Explorer 10, or IE10 if you prefer, has more than one mode to compensate for this differentiation.

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FTC “Do Not Track” paper parses Mobile Data as well

FTC “Do Not Track” paper parses Mobile Data as well

Today's announcement by the FTC that they're hoping for an expansion on the talks they've already had on a fully functional "Do Not Track" function for web-based data has had coverage focused on the desktop aspects on the whole thus far - but a mobile element looms. What will the FTC do about the undeniable masses of users out there today using the web with their smartphones, tablets, and in-betweens? As it turns out, they've addressed mobile in the same paper, though certainly in brief.

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Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google’s Chrome ratings deflate from metric change

Google's Chrome browser took a small hit in the ratings recently, not due to any decrease in popularity but to an adjustment in the way that usage is measured. Market research firm Net Applications said that the pre-rendering technology used in Chrome had been inflating its usage share. The technology speeds up browsing by pre-loading web pages in the background that it predicts users will visit.

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AMD beefs up FX line of CPUs with quad and six-core options

AMD beefs up FX line of CPUs with quad and six-core options

The whole world might be going nuts for mobile at the moment, but believe it or not, people are still making - and buying! - full-sized desktop computers. Based on that startling fact, AMD has revealed the latest and greatest in its FX line of desktop-class processors, the FX-6200 and FX-4170. The former beefs up capability with six cores, while the latter makes due with "only" four. An AMD representative also said that they're reducing prices on the eight-core FX-8120, but by how much will depend upon what market you're in.

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Lenovo C325 all-in-one review

Lenovo C325 all-in-one review

The all-in-one form factor presents an interesting use case: it required much of the same external setup as a desktop, but uses laptop parts in most cases and has the same resistance to expansion. The most obviously attractive quality of the all-in-one is that it allows for comfortable desktop-style use while being “easy” - just plug in a mouse and keyboard and you're good to go. With the iMac occupying the top end and various HP and Lenovo consumer models grabbing space just below, there's room for a low-cost option: Lenovo's $599 C325.

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Ubuntu comes to Android for a full desktop experience

Ubuntu comes to Android for a full desktop experience

Canonical has finally brought Ubuntu to the mobile world, and not as a tiny mobile OS for use on a 4-inch display - no - for desktop use FROM that mobile device. What Ubuntu is doing here is sitting on an Android device (they used a Motorola Atrix 2 for testing purposes, ironically enough*) which reveals the software only when the device is plugged into a large display with its HDMI port. This build works as a virtualized environment as an app in Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP build at the kernel level.

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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

If you've used a Motorola Android device over the past year or so, you've very likely experienced Motorola's own "webtop" mode, this allowing your smartphone a desktop-like interface when plugged into an HDMI-capable display. The tip comes from Staska of Unwired View who notes that information he's gathered leads to the idea that Android 5.0 will have a desktop mode which activates whenever the device is plugged into a larger display. Could this have anything to do with Google's recent near-complete deal in which they're acquiring Motorola Mobility? It certainly would allow them to avoid patent suits should they actually make a desktop mode!

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HP Z1 Workstation hands-on

HP Z1 Workstation hands-on

HP rocked the stripey ties off the high-powered workstation world today when they unveiled the Z1 Workstation, the first all-in-one form factor computer that incorporates workstation-class hardware. This impressive machine targets corporate customers from small graphics shops to medical imaging customers to high-end Hollywood 3D rendering. SlashGear was on-hand to check out the hardware, and we came away with some impressive first looks.

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