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Understanding the Android Market security system

Last week I (and a bunch of other sites) ran a scandalous-sounding story about the Android Market and how 'up to 20% of its apps could be malware'. Google actually contacted us and asked for a retraction; I refused. Instead, I decided to explain the Android Market permission system. If you don't own an Android phone, the permission system is fantastic. Every app has to define which resources it...

ReProfiler for Windows can fix your corrupt or unavailable user profile

I don't often run into corrupt or unloadable user profiles on my workbench, but when I do they can be very tedious to repair. There's a lot of registry tweaking and permission setting that I'd love to be able to leave up to an application -- like ReProfiler, a free, portable tool designed to fix exactly this problem. Highlight a user account, then click the properties button to see what detail...

Five Windows 7 features average users should know about -- and use!

I've been using Windows 7 ever since test version became available. It's packed with useful features -- features power users and our Download Squad readers are probably familiar with. Average users, however, aren't quite as quick on the uptake. Most of my retail customers, for example, haven't even discovered that they can pin items to the taskbar. Heck, many of them don't know about the great ca...

Chromium nighly build adds support for custom user stylesheets -- like shutup.css

I don't usually get into manual hacking on my web browsers -- like Firefox's about:config and userchrome.css or Opera's opera:config.That's why I initially wasn't all that interested in a change which landed in the Chromium nightly builds: custom user stylesheets. Not until I decided to give it a go and dump in shutup.css -- the stylesheet Jason wrote about previously which mutes comments on l...

Flipping the Linux switch: 5 tips every new Linux user should know

Linux is a powerful operating system, but chances are it's a very different operating system than any you've used before. The dizzying number of choices in distributions alone is enough to make your head spin, but it also means there's something out there that really suits your computing style. There are some things in Linux you just have to work out for yourself -- distributions, applications, ne...

Get paid to Mahalo

The once fearless leader of Weblogs Inc has been working hard with his team to develop the Mahalo human based search engine. His team of professional surfers scowers the web searching for the best and most relevant information, without all of the spammy, or non important results. It takes time to build out the pages, and his team has so far managed to build out an average of 500 pages per week. I...

Digg user auctions profile on eBay

Digg user 'Geekforlife' has decided to put his profile, ranked 73rd out of all users, up for auction on eBay. Amidst accusations hurling at both Digg and Netscape for their respective approaches towards the social news site and business models, one of the many debates that has arisen centers around a question: can the participation of these sites' users (especially the top contributors) be measur...

Blogging about someone's app? Tag it with 'freedbacking'

The term certainly doesn't roll off the tongue as well as 'feedback', but in this case, that's an advantage. 'Freedbacking', a melding of 'free' and 'feedback', is a new tag proposed by Lockergnome's Chris Pirillo that bloggers can use to let developers know their apps are being talked about. The idea is that by using a 100% made-up term that search engines have never heard of, users who have some...