Stories by Howard Wen

In Pictures: Android browser tips and tricks

There are several browsers for Android that use the Webkit layout engine. This slideshow presents a quick primer on five of the most popular, highlighting their most prominent features.

In Pictures: 8 reasons why Chromebooks aren’t going away

t’s been more than two years since the first Chromebooks went on sale. They certainly haven’t taken the world by storm and there have been varying opinions and doubts about the viability of this notebook platform that runs Chrome OS. But Chromebooks are still alive and may be sticking around for a while. Here are 8 reasons why:

Run Android apps on Windows with the BlueStacks app

Have you ever wanted to run the apps on your Android phone or tablet on your PC? Or would you like to use Android apps even if you don't own an Android device? An innovative application, named BlueStacks, lets you do exactly this: With it, you can install and run Android apps on a Windows computer.

Kinect brings the magic to Windows PCs

Earlier this year, Microsoft released Kinect for Windows - a version of the motion-control Xbox peripheral that works out-of-the-box with a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

7 office suites for Android devices

You can take your work with you, thanks to several office suites which let you view and edit your documents on an Android device. Most were originally designed for use on a smartphone, but here are seven that are compatible with most Android tablets that run Android 2.3 (codenamed "Gingerbread").

Tips and tricks for upgrading your Android phone

The biggest problem with the <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/110910-google-android-useful-resources-smartphones.html">Android</a> platform has been how slowly many phone makers release the latest version of the OS for their older models. It's also not unusual for them to never do so. (A company may not want to spend resources on phones they no longer sell; or, they and the carrier for a particular model may not agree on when to provide an update.)

Confessions of a Chromebook addict

Last December, Google started shipping the Cr-48 -- a lightweight notebook running Chrome OS -- to select people across the U.S. This pilot program was meant to test the experimental "Chromebook" platform under real-world use, helping Google work out any kinks. About 60,000 Cr-48's were given away by the company. Acer and Samsung released their own Chromebook models for sale to the public on June 15.

7 free Windows tune-up tools and tips

You don't need to spend money to keep a <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/windows.html">Windows</a> computer running in top form. Here's how to fix, clean and maintain Windows using programs you can download now for free.

Android lovers: Don't overlook Nook

Among the multitude of <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/110910-google-android-useful-resources-smartphones.html">Android</a> tablets that have been released, or are about to be this year, the Nook Color has managed to achieve impressive sales and spark a cult following. (Since its release in November 2010, it has reportedly sold 3 million units.)

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