William Harrel

William Harrel

William Harrel has been writing about computer technology for well over 25 years. He has authored or coauthored 20 books—including titles in the popular Bible, Secrets, and For Dummies series—on digital design software applications, such as Acrobat, Photoshop, and QuarkXPress. His latest title was HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Mobile Development for Dummies (a handbook for creating Web sites for smartphones and tablets). Harrel also owns and operates a design firm, WilliamHarrel.com, located in Southern California, and he is the printer and scanner Expert for About.com.

Preview: Office 2016 isn’t revolutionary, and that’s ok

Microsoft Office 2016, the latest version of the long-running productivity suite, will introduce the first all-news Mac suite in five years and a variety of cloud-focused enhancements.

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Metro, modern, now universal? Microsoft can’t make up its mind!

Microsoft recently re-branded Windows Store apps as "Windows apps," from the previous "Universal apps." This is the latest in a long tradition of name shuffling, but the challenges faced by Windows 10 remain the same.

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Zuckerberg is spreading the Internet across the globe, but is it only for Facebook’s gain?

Mark Zuckerberg, through Facebook, has started an initiative called Internet.org that aims to bring the web to places lacking access. Just one problem; it seems the plan is meant to benefit Facebook more than anyone else.

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Could DNA be the key to passing digital data to future generations?

All current forms of digital storage have flaws that make them a poor choice for storing data over thousands of years. It turns out the key to extreme long-term storage may not be more advanced electronics but instead a natural phenomena found in every living…

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Does the death of Windows RT cast a shadow on Windows 10?

The legacy of Windows RT continues to haunt Microsoft. The company's newest operating system, Windows 10, is trying a different approach to combining the desktop with mobile, but does it make the same fundamental mistakes?

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Will Windows 10’s universal apps make Office 2016 the suite we’ve been waiting for?

Microsoft's "universal apps" are meant to allow the use of a single application across a wide range of devices, from smartphones to large desktops. Office 2016 might benefit more from the feature than any other software, but will it actually work?

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Security firms struggle to keep up with malware surge

2014 saw a massive surge in malware attacks, racking up billion of dollars in damages. While security firms are scrambling to counter the threat home users, businesses and even governments are left vulnerable.

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ARM fails to flex at CES 2015

CES 2015 was a big win for notebook. Numerous new models appeared to push the limits of display resolution, battery life and weight. And all of them were powered by Intel inside.

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Work with your hands, at your desk: Intel refocuses on gesture input with RealSense

Despite a lackluster showing at CES 2014, Intel has doubled down on RealSense and VoiceAssistant, redoubling its effort to make alternative inputs a reality.

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Can hard drive manufacturers keep up with the world’s demand?

Growing demand for storage has kept hard drive manufacturers on their toes and led to a far lower price-per-gigabyte for most drives. How will hard drive makers keep up with global demand that will soon exceed 5,200 gigabytes per person?

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Solid state drives outlast their PC hosts, and then some

Most solid state drives claim they can endure twenty or thirty gigabytes of writes, but recent tests have shown the limits often far exceed those numbers. In fact, some SSDs simply refuse to die.

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Will Windows 10 prompt a surge of PC upgrades in 2015?

Microsoft's newest version of Windows looks promising and could heal many of the wounds inflicted by Windows 8.1, but will it be enough to put PC sales back on track?

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The Windows 10 Tech Preview is snooping in on you, just so you know

The Windows 10 preview's privacy policy contains some language that has raised some concerns, and you should be aware of it. Learn more here.

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Here are five things we expect to see in Windows 9

Microsoft will likely reveal Windows 9 to the world on September 30. Here are five things we expect to see with the new OS.

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New Intel HD Graphics, Iris, Iris Pro drivers benchmarked

We ran some tests with Intel's newest graphics drivers. What kinds of performance benefits can they offer? Learn more here.

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