Bob Rankin: Free Internet Faxing

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By Bob Rankin

PC Pitstop is proud to welcome Bob Rankin as a new guest contributor. Bob Rankin is a technology writer and computer programmer who enjoys exploring the Internet and sharing the fruit of his experience with
others. His work has appeared in ComputerWorld, NY Newsday, and other
publications. Bob is the author of several computer books, and offers
free tech support at AskBobRankin.com

Why use an expensive and complicated fax machine when there are so many Internet alternatives? Some even allow you to send and receive faxes online for free. Here’s a roundup of free Internet fax services…

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Threats to Your Mobile Phone Privacy are Real

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Saw a presentation last week about mobile spyware.

This YouTube clip (nearly 5 million views) was shown – I was shocked.

Keep in mind, this video report is 2 years old.

The prevelance of these mobile security/privacy threats is debatable. However, it doesn’t seem like much of a reach to forsee these issues exploding right along with the mobile phone market.

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Technologizer: Dell’s Streak–Is It a Huge Smartphone or a Tiny Computer?

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By Harry McCracken

The time I’ve spent with Verizon Wireless’s Droid X has made one thing clear to me: I like great big smartphone screens. As impressively elegant as the iPhone 4′s 3.5″ retina display is, the X’s 4.3″ superscreen makes for larger type and easier tapping. It’s like the difference between a highly refined sportscar and a roomy SUV. I hope phones in both sizes flourish.

And then there’s Dell’s Streak…which makes the Droid X look like a pipsqueak. At five inches, its screen is so expansive that it’s not clear upon first glance whether this device is a phone. It is. Or at least it can be one: The Dell executive I spoke with at a demo yesterday described the Streak as being “capable of making phone calls.” In other words, Dell sees it as a data device that does voice rather than a phone that does data.

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Dodge Retort: Droid X versus Droid Incredible

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By John Dodge

What difference does an ounce make? When it comes to smartphones, a lot.

The Droid X made by Motorola and sold by Verizon Wireless is lot of smart phone for 200 bucks: its big 4.3 inch display is brilliant and crisp. The X’s thin design is sleek and a major improvement upon the brick-like profile of its original Motorola Droid. Verizon Wireless loaned me a review unit late last week and I’ve been putting it through its paces.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – June 2010 #3

    How Has PC Pitstop Helped You?
    The Post PC Era Begins
    Legit Apps Worse Than Malware?
    Before You Giveaway Your PC
    Beware of Bloatware
    iPhone4 Complaints Soar
    History of the VideoPhone
    Verizon at it Again
    Make Your HDTV Even Better
    Tekzilla Tip- Enhance Your Right-Click Menu
    Tip 1 – 4 Killer Gmail Tips
    Tip 2 – Who Needs Photoshop
    Tip 3 – Tired of the Old Windows Login?

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iPhone4 Complaints Soar

iPhone4 sales and complaints soar!

DON’T TOUCH IT! Obviously just purchasing a special dock for your iPhone isn’t enough. Now it seems that on the go users will need special tools for holding their phone during calls. This will result in flurry of strategy meetings for less competent engineers of Droid and Mobile Windows devices.

Pesky Apple continues to lead the way

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