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Latest Personal Tech articles

Why is Instagram so popular?

Seeing a lot of dingy, scratched-up photos in your social-network feeds? You can blame the Instagram app.

Passion for location data spawns balloons, art photos and 'experiential maps'

Many presenters at the annual Where conference aren't looking for profits

Why hasn't the Kindle Fire gone global?

If Amazon's tablet is so popular, why is it only available in the United States?

Google Maps launches detailed 3D landmarks

More than 1,000 landmarks across the world are available to check out in detailed imagery

Ads in mobile apps aren't just annoying - they're risky, too

Are you risking users' privacy and network security through the ads in your app?

Tangled web: Facebook, SEO and black-hat tactics colliding (still)

Right now, social networking sites are a critical factor in deciding what's influential in search

Making remote working work for you

Remote working requires backing from a range of business departments, and not just IT

The iPad 2012: Your ultimate remote desktop?

Remote desktop apps let you access your PC from afar, and the iPad 2012's features make it the most remote-desktop-capable tablet yet.

Google and the privacy Richter scale

What would a privacy Richter scale look like? See if these criteria make sense for you

Is Google actually evil?

Few tech company names ever become common English terms. No one ever asks you to "Microsoft" a document or "Apple" a video.

Why you should not buy your child an iPad

Should children have iPads? I don't think so.

Five mobile technologies that didn't change the world

Last year we all got excited about mobile-computing products that failed to deliver

DrawBraille - A concept smartphone for the blind

One designer dreamed up an idea for a smartphone built with the visually impaired in mind

Apple and Amazon's little tax problem

They don't pay enough, campaigners say. They have a point.

Are Facebook passwords fair game for employers?

The practice of asking for employee social media passwords appears to be rare, and hopefully will remain so

20 iconic tech sounds set for extinction

How many of these now-historic sounds do you remember?

What does the new Apple iPad 3 mean for business users?

In a post-Blackberry world, Apple's new offerings will affect companies of all shapes and sizes

Why the decline of printed media is bad for humanity

The demise of the printed Encyclopedia Britannica is a sign of the times

Android tablets will overtake iPad by 2015, IDC says

The iPad may be a blockbuster hit, but that won't stop Android-based slates from leading the market within three years, according to IDC

After the desktop: Living in a post-PC world

When Tim Cook and Ray Ozzie say post-PC, what do they mean?

Samsung rethinks the pen

The case for the pen has been further damaged by some notoriously poor handwriting recognition

Mobile wallets: novelty or necessity?

Payment technology took this year's Mobile World Congress by storm, but is it a game-changer?

Should you care about Pinterest?

If you're a collector, visual thinker, or retail business, the answer is yes

Women are more cautious about social privacy than men

A new study shows social media privacy awareness is growing, but women are still more cautious

Would you give up your iPhone to save the bees?

Over 100 workers have been hospitalised in China for cleaning iPhone screens with a hazardous solvent

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