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  • How-Tos: Tips for Taking Better Photos During the Holidays

    We tend to take more photos over the holiday season than at any other time of year. Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas trees, glowing menorahs, and family gatherings all make for compelling photo opportunities. This year, as you dust off the digital camera and charge up your battery pack, take some time to do your homework. Brush up on some photographic basics by reviewing my composition tips, then try using the tips collected in this article to turn your holiday photos into works of art. Happy holiday shooting!

  • Opinion: Facebook 'Idiot's Guide' Inadvertently Makes Case for E-Books

    No one likes being called an idiot, even though plenty of people feel like one from time to time. That feeling, though, has been a rich vein for the Penguin Group, publisher of the popular "Idiot's Guide" series of books. However, with the rise of the Internet and, more importantly, electronic books, idiots interested in the dead-tree versions of these kinds of guides may be harder to find in the future.

  • Opinion: Apple: Original iPod Nanos Can Heat Up

    Apple has added another issue to be concerned with to the battery woes in some of its most popular hand-held devices -- overheating.

  • Opinion: LG Could Debut Google TV at CES

    Google TV, which stumbled badly in its inaugural year, is looking for a second chance and it may get that from consumers if LG Electronics unveils a television running Google TV's updated software.

  • News: New iOS 5.0.1 Glitches: Is Apple Entirely to Blame?

    Are things really as bad as they seem with iOS 5.0.1? The update, released Thursday on a surprisingly quick schedule, primarily addresses battery issues caused by iOS 5--a sore spot for many iPhone 4S owners.

  • How-Tos: How to Boost Your Smartphone Battery Life

    Do you know where your smartphone is? Unless you're using it to read PCWorld.com, your phone is probably plugged into an outlet somewhere to charge, because the battery stinks. You can find plenty of good reasons why your smartphone battery sucks, most of which stem from the failure of lithium ion batteries to keep pace with the exponentially increasing power demands of rapidly evolving smartphone technology. Thankfully, plenty of tips and tutorials are available to help you wring every last drop of juice from your smartphone battery, and such tricks can be distilled down to two critical steps: Configure your smartphone for maximum battery life, and then download a reliable and trustworthy battery-optimization app.

  • News: Faulty iPhone leads to 911 call

    A 48-year-old man from Illinois has been arrested after calling 911 five times to complain about his broken iPhone.

  • News: iOS 5.0.1 'hasn't fixed battery life issue', some users complain

    Some iOS users are claiming that this week's iOS 5.0.1 update hasn't fixed the battery life issues that it was supposed to remedy.

  • News: Remains of the Day: Mind over matter

    One blogger put together pictures of all of Apple's retail stores; Jean-Louis Gassée dishes on why he's glad he didn't end up back at Apple; and the next revolution may be brain-controlled iPhones. The remainders for Friday, November 11, 2011 know exactly what you're thinking.

  • Opinion: How to Stop Telemarketing Calls to Your Mobile Phone

    Everyone has encountered a telemarketing call. It may be a robocall directing you to vote for some political candidate, or perhaps some local organization seeking donations. But, most people are used to getting those calls on their home land line, not their mobile phones. Telemarketers are increasingly targeting mobile phone numbers, though, so here is what you need to do to stop--or at least minimize--those annoying calls.

  • News: Apple continuing to investigate 'a few' iOS battery issues

    While Thursday's iOS 5.0.1 update seems to have addressed the battery issues for many users of iOS 5 devices, Apple hasn't finished its detective work just yet.

  • News: What to do if you find a lost iPhone

    Suppose you find a lost iPhone. Because you are a person of strong moral fiber and good character--you must be, if you are reading Macworld--you want to help the poor, heartbroken multitouch devotee who pines for this misplaced device. So all you have to do is just figure out who owns the phone, get it back to the grateful owner, and feel the warm glow that comes from having done a good deed for the day.

  • News: iPhone 5 rumor roll-up for the week ending Nov. 11

    The iPhone 5 becomes the smartphone equivalent of the Holy Grail, a repository of the iOSsphere's technological hopes and dreams and, best of all, melodrama. This week: shatterproof OLED display, the curse of the iPhone 4S, cursing Samsung and the January surprise.

  • News: Sprint locks iPhone 4S for international roaming

    Sprint confirmed that, starting Friday, all new iPhone 4S models sold for use on its network will initially be carrier-locked to Sprint's designated overseas partners when using the phone outside the United States. After a few months, however, customers in good standing can request an unlock so that they can use cheaper pre-paid micro-SIM cards overseas.

  • Opinion: Swivl Is the Camera Stand That Will Keep You in the Shot

    Swivl is a nifty little camera stand that you can use to keep yourself in a shot without guiding it by hand. The device by Satarii has a stationary base with motors that allows it to tilt and spin to keep a remote marker in its sight.

  • News: iOS 5.0.1 update worsens iPhone battery woes, say users

    Apple's iOS 5 update this week did not solve the quick-draining battery issues for many users, according to reports posted on the company's own support forum.

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Creates Dilemma for Android

    The Amazon Kindle Fire is living up to its name by setting the tablet market on fire. Pre-orders of the as yet unreleased tablet have been phenomenal. The success of the Kindle Fire, however, puts Android tablets in general between a rock and a hard place.

  • News: Apple now selling contract-free iPhone 4S

    If you've been reluctant to chain yourself to a carrier for two years, then good news: As promised, Apple is now selling an unlocked, contract-free version of the iPhone 4S. Keep in mind, it'll cost you a pretty penny.

  • Opinion: iPhone User Calls 911 5 Times to Report Broken Phone

    An Illinois man who was arrested after repeatedly calling 911 to complain about his broken iPhone is a fine illustration of the dangers of drinking and dialing.

  • News: New nano-SIM card will result in thinner smartphones

    A new, smaller SIM card, dubbed nano-SIM, will free up room for additional memory and larger batteries, helping phone vendors create thinner devices, German company Giesecke & Devrient said on Friday.


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