Geoff Duncan

Geoff Duncan

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Geoff Duncan writes, programs, edits, plays music, and delights in making software misbehave. He's probably the only member of the Digital Trends staff who's played on hit records and had code running in space. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Why is Thom Yorke pulling his music from Spotify? In a word: Royalties

Internet music services claim they're being killed by royalties; artists claim they're barely seeing any royalties at all. How do music royalties work, and who's right?

Music

Mac pros: Is it time to consider a hackintosh?

Apple's limited Mac lineup can be frustrating, especially for pros who need to get stuff done. Could "hackintoshes" – PCs running OS X – be a solution? We think so, so read on to find out how to get started.

Computing

Computing pioneer Douglas Engelbart dead at 88

Douglas Engelbart may not be a household name, but he among the first to conceive of hypertext, online collaboration, graphical user interfaces, and - oh yes - the mouse.

Computing

The new Mac Pro changes the game for creative pros – will they keep playing with it?

Apple's forthcoming Mac Pro is a radical redesign, but will it meet the needs of professionals who rely on Apple's top-of-the-line Macs?

Apple

Big Brother has always been watching, but how much can he see?

The U.S. government has been collecting detailed info on the phone calls and Internet communications of millions of citizens for years. Is it legal? What do they do with the data?

Computing

Dear Apple: Can iCloud ‘just work’ already?

Steve Jobs promised iCloud would be the center of Apple users' digital lives. Two years later, are we any closer to a service that "just works" — and that can propel the next generation of great apps?

Apple

Tim Cook: Apple’s elaborate money shuffle isn’t a gimmick. Honest!

Apple may be America's largest corporate taxpayer, but the company holds most of its cash in companies with no tax jurisdiction at all. Is that right?

Apple

Cheer up, Larry! Why the Google CEO’s rousing I/O speech rang a little false

Google CEO Larry Page has confessed negativity and lack of collaboration in the technology world saddens him. But let's not forget Google can harsh some mellows too.

Web

Six tips to bombproof your password

Despite security breaches, passwords aren't going away. Here's how to manage your passwords - and give them the best chance of standing up to hackers.

Computing

Is Microsoft trying to snuff out Android with its ‘tax,’ or just milking it?

Guess what? Microsoft collects fees on the majority of Android devices sold worldwide. Is this "Microsoft tax" hurting Android...or just your wallet?

Android Army

A thief just made off with your smartphone. Now what?

What should you do if your smartphone, tablet, or notebook is stolen? Can tracking services or recovery software help police get your devices back?

Computing

Samsung amps up Android security with embedded tracking, recovery and more

Samsung's flagship Galaxy devices will feature security technology from the same folks who do LoJack for Laptops, burned into the firmware where thieves can't delete it.

Mobile

Will the next 9/11 be digital?

The U.S. now ranks cyber attacks as a bigger threat than conventional terror. Could the next 9-11 come from the Internet?

Computing

Are smartphones the key to better online security?

Passwords are broken. But can multifactor authentication fix them? Smartphones could become the magic key necessary to make more secure next-gen authentication work.

Mobile

Why haven’t biometrics replaced passwords yet?

Password-based security looks weaker every day, so why haven't we started using high-tech biometrics like fingerprints, voice recognition and iris scans yet? As it turns out, all of these have major barriers of their own.

Android Army