USB flash drives are this century's floppies, holding everything from personal and medical information to music and pictures and even secure data, with the added advantage of being small and rugged enough for keychain duty. You can even boot from flash drives, just like the old floppies, which, together with portability, universal compatibility, and enough space to host useful tools, makes them ideal recovery devices. Hewlett-Packard's USB Disk Storage Format Tool can quickly and thoroughly format virtually any USB flash drive in a wide range of file systems as well as create bootable USB media. We tested it … Read more
On today's show, a rousing discussion of scandal, sex, and giving cover to wrongdoers. And that's just Oracle hiring Mark Hurd. In other tech news, Craigslist gets rid of its adult services section in the most passive-aggressive manner possible. Google Buzz costs the Goog $8.5 million, the Nokia N8 costs roughly the same, and we decide to eat the bear.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The bottom line: Google Chrome 6 is not only stable to use, but comes with a full range of competitive features. It lacks some of the finer customizations in Firefox, but overall users browsing with Chrome will find it a pleasant, fast, and standards-compliant experience.
Review: Now into its second year, Google Chrome has begun to mature from a lightweight and fast browsing alternative into an innovative browser on the precipice of a potential browsing revolution with the pending ChromeOS. The browser that people can use today, Chrome 6, offers highly competitive features including synchronization, autofill, and and maintains Google'… Read more
Passwords drive us crazy. With bank accounts, credit cards, insurance policies, social networking sites, student loans, pharmacies, and many other sites all demanding passwords, it's a lot to keep up with. LastPass for Chrome is an easy and secure way to manage passwords, and we wish we'd had it a long time ago.
LastPass has a lot of features, and it took us a little while to get acquainted with everything, but overall it's very easy to use. At first glance it may seem that LastPass doesn't do anything that you can't already do in … Read more
If you're eagerly awaiting 4G coverage like we are in San Francisco, prepare to either apply some patience or settle into frustration. We discuss why the road to 4G speeds is long and riddled with potholes.
There's also talk of Virgin Mobile and Verizon's experiments with unlimited data plans, which is interesting in light of continuing talks among carriers about potential data caps. Finally, the crew chimes in on suspected hardware leaks of Windows 7 phones, and wonders if Microsoft can learn from RIM's mistakes with the BlackBerry Torch.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) … Read more
In keeping with its recent pledge to churn out updates faster than ever, Google quietly revved the developer's version of its Chrome Web browser last week. Just a few weeks after the beta amped up to version 6, the dev is now at version 7. The update includes some small tweaks to the Wrench options menu on Mac and IP addresses typed into the location bar work when browsing in offline mode.
Also of note over the past week is our tutorial on using the latest feature in Firefox 4 beta 4: Panorama. This new tab-grouping feature makes it … Read more