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  • News: The Week in iOS Accessories: Take a stand

    There are plenty of iPad stands in this week's roundup of iOS accessories, but we've also got items that help you shoot better photos, keep your hands warm, print documents...and blow out the windows of every house on your street. Here are some of the new products that caught our eye this week:

  • News: Android users embrace Facebook, Google apps

    Google must be pleased to know that Android users aged 18-44 tend to keep their apps all in the family – the Google family, that is.

  • News: ITC delays ruling in Apple patent case against HTC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has delayed ruling on a patent case brought against smartphone maker HTC by Apple.

  • Opinion: SMS Fraud Is Not Unique to Android

    Google is yanking a number of apps from the Android Market after discovering that they are fraudulent. Although such apps are more likely to be found with Android than on rival platforms, the concept of fraud is an equal opportunity threat that extends far beyond Android mobile devices.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Uses Android Malware Hysteria to Offer Free Windows Phones

    Microsoft is capitalizing on a recent Android malware scam by giving away free Windows Phones to five Android users with the worst malware horror stories. Ben Rudolph, Microsoft's Windows Phone evangelist, announced the contest on Twitter using the hashtag #droidrage. Microsoft followed Rudolph's lead and publicized the contest on its official Twitter feed.

  • Opinion: Sony Walkman Gets Access to Music Unlimited Library

    The Sony Walkman line of portable MP3 players has finally arrived to the online music locker party, hosted by Sony's own Music Unlimited streaming service. The problem is that it's several months late and grossly underdressed.

  • Opinion: iOS 5 Edges Out Android in HTML5 Browser Test

    Although Android Ice Cream Sandwich makes some big leaps in HTML5 browser performance, Apple's iOS 5 is still the king, according to a study by Sencha.

  • News: Microsoft dissecting Windows Phone messaging bug

    Microsoft Windows Phone engineers are reviewing a report that various messaging technologies can be used to send the phone into a reboot and then freeze its messaging center, or hub.

  • How-Tos: Meet the Hassle-Solving USB Cable, Cheaper Edition

    Last week I told you about the Magic Cable Trio, a 3-in-1 USB charge/sync cable with connectors for micro USB, mini USB, and Apple devices (like the iPhone and iPad).

  • News: MultiChoice launches DStv self service to solve E16 error

    MultiChoice has launched DStv self service feature to enable their subscribers troubleshoot DStv technical problems from their mobile phones, call center and through the internet. To troubleshoot and solve simple transmission errors, subscribers will have to send an SMS code 3788 from their cellphones and there after they will receive further instructions to solve the technical errors. The service will help solve the E16 error, which forms 60% of the errors recorded at MultiChoice's call centers.

  • Opinion: Nokia Exec: 'Kids Today Fed Up With iPhone, Confused by Android'

    Kids today! You just can't satisfy them. Well, Apple and Google can't--but, apparently, Nokia can.

  • How-Tos: Know your last-minute holiday shopping deadlines

    It might feel like you've just finished that last helping of turkey at the Thanksgiving, but the calendar doesn't lie: The holidays are just about here. You've got less than a dozen shopping days until Christmas. Hanukkah starts even sooner--December 20--and even Kwanzaa is right around the corner, beginning on December 26. It seems like plenty of time to get your shopping done, but not if you're relying on online shopping or buying customized tech gifts. If you still have gifts to order, pickup, or send, observe these deadlines to ensure that your gifts are delivered before 2012.

  • News: Remains of the Day: Market forces

    Is Apple eyeing a flashy acquisition? Why not? It's already picked up an intern, and proved it's willing to meet advertisers halfway. The remainders for Tuesday, December 13, 2011 are a package deal.

  • News: Android blog buzz: Google prepping Siri killer dubbed Majel

    The Android blogosphere is abuzz that Google might have a Siri killer called Majel out by year-end.

  • Opinion: Cheap Gift Alert: Kobo's Refurbished $50 E-Reader Sale

    If the $79 Amazon Kindle seems a bit pricey for your gift-giving budget, Kobo has a cheaper alternative: the Kobo Wireless eReader is just $49.99 for a limited time.

  • News: Ban all electronics for drivers, US safety agency says

    The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recommended on Tuesday that states outlaw the use of all electronic devices, while driving, including cellphones with hands-free kits.

  • Opinion: Is Android Open? Not So Much, Study Finds

    Google's Android mobile platform may be based on the open source Linux operating system, but the extent of its own openness has long been a topic of considerable debate.

  • News: Introducing Macworld's iPhone 4S Superguide

    More than 4 million people already own an iPhone 4S--for the holidays, why not buy them the book that helps them get the most out of their device? Macworld's iPhone 4S Superguide (the 35th book in our Superguide series) offers in-depth explanations, how-tos, tips, tricks, and troubleshooting for any iPhone-obsessed user in your life.

  • Opinion: MIT's Light Speed Camera Snaps a Trillion Frames per Second

    Slow-motion video has already shown us so much about how bullets make fruit explode, how birds fly, and how lizards running on water. Now they can capture a streak of traveling light. A team from the MIT media lab has created a camera system that can capture a trillion-frames-per-second and visualize the speed of light.

  • News: Free Photo Editing, White Balance Settings, Photographing Stars, More Q&A

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from August, September, and October.



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