Stories by Ian Paul

Flappy Bird will flap again in August, creator says

The highly-addictive gaming craze that sparked hundreds of clones from unknown app developers and even Sesame Street is making a comeback. Yes, one-tap sensation Flappy Bird is returning to smartphones this August, and its dragging a brand new multi-player mode along with it.

Five apps to easily move photos from your phone to your PC

As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you--and that's why so many of us have smartphones absolutely stocked with memories from nights out on the town to a child's first days in the world. But while taking photos on your smartphone is no problem, getting them off your phone and onto your PC can sometimes be a pain.

Five key things Windows XP users need to know before buying a new PC

On Tuesday, April 8, Microsoft will bid adieu to Windows XP, delivering the final security updates for the twelve year-old OS. While many XP users out there plan on keeping their PC--with or without Microsoft's support--many others are looking to at long last switch to a new computer.

Three essential tools for solving the worst Wi-Fi headaches

Thanks to improvements to routers and network management software, connecting to Wi-Fi is vastly easier than it used to be. But that doesn't mean the experience is seamless quite yet. Even now you can still run into problems like poor signal quality, dropped connections, lack of public hotspots, and slow speeds.

Microsoft and Google aren't happy with mutant Android-Windows hybrids

Microsoft may be comfortable with Windows Phone and Android splitting time on a single phone, but when it comes to PCs, fuhgeddaboutit. Google also isn't too thrilled with the idea of Frankenstein Android-Windows computers, and at least one PC maker may have to dump the hybrid devices from their lineup as a result.

Flappy Bird creator pulled the app for your own good

We've all heard of the nanny state, but apparently there's also such a thing as the nanny developer. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen says he decided to take down his super popular game several days ago, because it was "an addictive product."

Microsoft working on Kindle-like Xbox reading app for Windows 8

Microsoft's getting ready to follow Amazon, Apple, and Google into the reading game with an app for Windows to peruse e-books, magazines, and comics. The new app appears be part of Microsoft's cross-platform Xbox entertainment services, which currently include Xbox Music and Video.

Windows XP gained market share in January (or did it?)

Microsoft is almost ready to put Windows XP out to pasture, but the popular operating system refuses to die. The latest worldwide numbers from Net Applications show Windows XP market share actually grew by 0.25 percentage points in January, compared to the month previous.

Three-year, 27,000 drive study reveals the most reliable hard drive makers

If you're looking to upgrade your PC's hard drive in the next few months, you might want to take a look at an interesting blog post from online backup provider Backblaze. After shining a general light on how long hard drives actually last late last year, the company took to its blog on Tuesday to provide a detailed look at how consumer-grade hard drives from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital performed in Backblaze's storage pods.

Ouch: HP brings Windows 7 'back by popular demand'

With Windows 8 bearing a good share of the blame for the declining PC market, HP is falling back on Windows 7 for its latest marketing push. The world's second largest computer maker recently began promoting PCs loaded with Windows 7 on its U.S. website, buoyed by an email marketing push.

Apple by the numbers: Mac not dead yet

The rise of tablets and smartphones may be contributing to the decline of the PC market as a whole. But for years now, Apple's Mac lineup has continued to flourish. If you look at the long-term trends of Apple's quarterly numbers, unit sales of the company's desktops and laptops grew steadily year by year over the past decade--every year, that is, until the end of 2012. The most recent numbers indicate that the Mac, like other PCs, is finally feeling the impact of the so-called tablet revolution.