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  • 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.

  • News: Microsoft's latest Windows Phone move: Changes at the top

    Getting a read on how well Microsoft Windows Phone has been doing has been tricky in recent months, with each indication of momentum seemingly offset with one or more negative market share or news reports. But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's memo sent within the company Monday and published publicly by Microsoft indicates Windows Phone 7 probably isn't living up to Microsoft's expectations.

  • Opinion: 5 Apps Banned from Apple's App Store in 2011

    Apple gave the app, Drivers License, the boot this week after concerned politicians claimed it encouraged identity theft. Drivers License joins a short list of apps that Apple gave boot in 2011 because Apple either didn't get the joke, offered too much functionality, or that Apple felt was downright dangerous.

  • Opinion: Apple Retools iAd, But Is it Enough?

    Apple's mobile ad platform, iAd, has been faltering, and losing market share. Apple is introducing some changes designed to make iAd more competitive, and regain some momentum, but it might not be enough.

  • News: iPhone 4S prices dropping in South Korea due to lack of demand

    Despite proving to be a success in most markets it has launched in, the iPhone 4S is failing to sell in South Korea, according to the Korea Times.

  • News: Microsoft spins Android malware into Windows Phone giveaway

    Microsoft is using the latest malware campaign aimed at rival Android to give away new Windows 7 Phones to the five Android users who tell the best tales of woe.

  • Opinion: What the Next-Gen GPS Satellite Upgrade Means for You

    Testing is about to begin on the next-generation of Global Positioning System satellites, with the arrival of a prototype unit at a Lockheed Martin complex in Colorado.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Explains Itself: 5 Highlights

    Mobile device and network diagnostic firm Carrier IQ early Tuesday issued a detailed report about what it is up to with your smartphone data. The company has been under fire ever since Trevor Eckhart discovered CIQ software working behind the scenes on a variety of smartphones. Eckhart originally accused CIQ of installing malware on people's phones and monitoring users' key presses, SMS messages, location data and web browsing history.

  • News: Tech stories of 2011: Jobs, Android and Anonymous rank in top 10

    In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening array of political and corporate targets, repressive regimes unplugged citizens from the Internet, and the U.S. government moved to block the giant merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the world lost a technology icon who redefined the computer, entertainment and consumer electronics industries. These are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 technology stories of the year:

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7.5 SMS Vulnerability Can Disable Messaging

    Windows Phone 7 devices are susceptible to an SMS vulnerability that could lock users out of their messaging functions. The discovery comes from a tipster at the WinRumors blog, who demonstrated that a malicious SMS sent to Windows Phone 7.5 phones would force it to reboot and lock down the messaging hub.

  • How-Tos: How to Stream Digital Media From Your Windows 7 PC

    With the immense popularity of digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets for taking pictures and capturing video, and the wide availability of affordable digital music and movies, many people have amassed enormous collections of digital media. Much of that media typically finds its way onto a PC or mass-storage device of some sort--and, unfortunately, it can sometimes go unused for ages. Flipping through pictures or videos and relaxing with some good tunes is always appealing, but sitting in front of a PC isn't the ideal way to enjoy such content.

  • News: FBI rejects FOIA request for Carrier IQ info

    The FBI has denied a request for the release of information regarding its use of Carrier IQ's software, saying that releasing suchinformation could interfere with ongoing law enforcement operations.

  • News: BBC iPlayer comes to the iPhone in the UK

    UK iPhone owners finally have a native BBC iPlayer app, which is capable of supporting streaming over 3G networks.

  • Test Centre: Group test: what's the best e-reader?

    If you like the idea of having the world’s library at your fingertips, you’ve probably considered an e-book reader. PC Advisor outlines the best electronic readers for 21st-century bookworms.

  • News: LightSquared slams leak on GPS tests, expects to win

    LightSquared believes a government official selectively leaked results from tests of its proposed mobile broadband network to set public opinion against the company, and it is seeking a federal investigation of the apparent leak.

  • Opinion: Mobility in 2012: A Look Ahead

    With ultrabooks, tablets, and smartphones topping many holiday wish lists, it seems safe to say that mobile computing and devices will continue to be a driving trend next year. With that in mind, let's take a look at some factors to keep an eye on when it comes to mobile and wireless technology in the coming year.

  • News: School shuns popular Apple Mac for Windows

    For a self-described "Mac person" working as a technology manager in a college preparatory school that had been a "Mac school" for as long as he could remember, it was a hard thing to have to face but he said it out loud: "Apple never took enterprise computing seriously," says a somewhat disillusioned Adam Gerson, co-director of technology at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City.

  • Opinion: Android Market Apps Pulled Due to SMS Fraud

    Google has pulled another batch of malicious apps from the Android Market, this time for secretly sending out text messages that result in hidden charges for users.



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