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  • News: Square vs. NFC: Battle of the Mobile Payment Systems

    Square unveiled new tools for both merchants and consumers to enable transactions with nothing more than smartphones and tablets. As mobile platform vendors and the credit card industry strive to implement NFC (Near Field Communications) payment systems, how does the Square solution stack up?

  • News: New 'Mango' Windows Phone version integrates apps

    Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled many new features to its Windows Phone software but it left out a few that some people had hoped to see.

  • Opinion: T-Mobile Announces Dramatic Wireless Speed Increases

    T-Mobile today announced that it is doubling the speed of its HSPA+ network to reach theoretical download speeds of 42 megabits per second (Mbps). T-Mobile customers in cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami (among others) will benefit from the increased speeds and network reliability, the company says.

  • News: Next iPhone to be 'smaller and thinner', but no e-SIM

    The next iPhone will be smaller and thinner than its predecessor, though Apple has been persuaded not to use an e-SIM system, according to Orange.

  • News: Asustek introducing hybrid phone-tablet device

    Asustek Computer will introduce a new device next week combining the features of a phone and a tablet PC, making it a potential rival to the Dell Streak and possibly heralding more such devices, the company and analysts said on Tuesday.

  • News: Remains of the Day: Cruising altitude

    Greetings from high above the face of the Earth--37,102 feet, to be exact. It may only be Monday as I wing my way back to the East coast, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to talk about, whether it's rumors about the next generation iPhone 5, an exciting real estate investment for Apple, or a surprise visitor at the Apple Store. The remainders for Monday, May 23, 2011 have returned their tray tables and seat backs to the upright, locked position.

  • Opinion: Imaginary Phone Turns Your Hand Into a 'Touchscreen'

    So now that we've all got touchscreen smartphones, what's the future hold for handheld interfaces? If the Hasso-Plattner Institute has anything to say, it's probably something along the lines of use-your-palm-as-an-imaginary-phone.

  • Opinion: Rooted Android Devices Blocked From Movie Rentals

    Bad news, hackers: It looks like the honeymoon with Android is over. As Android Central points out, rooted devices are being blocked from renting movies from the Android Marketplace. Rooted devices that attempt to download a movie are pinged with the following message: "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)."

  • News: As end to unlimited data nears, Verizon touts Usage Controls

    Verizon Wireless released a new video today reminding customers about Verizon's $5-a-month Usage Control service, which can help parents and others control voice, text and data usage per line.

  • News: Apple Revamps Apple Store iPhone App

    Apple unveiled a revamp of its Apple Store iPhone app on Monday to include custom configurations for new Macs and more support options when you visit an Apple Store location.

  • News: Curved glass screen for the iPhone 5?

    More rumours about the iPhone 5's screen have begun to circulate, with the latest suggesting it could have a curved-glass display.

  • News: The Week in iPad Cases: Wakka wakka wakka

    My earliest memory of Pac-Man is how quickly it devoured my weekly allowance--one quarter at a time, it made its way through each bit of my seven-year-old self's disposable income like so many dots. So it's funny to see Pac-Man make an unexpected appearance in this week's iPad-case roundup. But don't worry--if ghosts and little dots aren't your thing, there's plenty more in our weekly mix of new protection products.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 Said to Have Curved Glass Screen

    The iPhone 5, Apple's next-gen smartphone, could have a curved glass display similar to Samsung's Nexus S, according to the latest supply chain rumors from DigiTimes. In support of this theory, Apple reportedly purchased around 300 glass-cutting machines to ramp up production ahead of an expected iPhone 5 release later this year.

  • Opinion: Music matters

    In recent reviews round-ups, we’ve put the spotlight on the visual experience of PCs and peripherals, from monitors and projectors to 3D TVs and laptops. Here, the focus moves to sound.

  • News: Analyst: Foxconn Explosion Could Lead to iPad Shortages

    The tech world is abuzz again with worries about shortages of popular products, this time because of an explosion at a Chinese factory that killed two people.

  • News: Expensify Adds Receipt Scanning

    Tracking expenses on the road can be a massive productivity breakdown for busy road warriors, particularly if you don't have a fairly effortless way to get all your receipts captured into your expense reporting system. I know more than a few hardcore business travelers for whom a jumble of paper slips at the bottom of the laptop bag usually turns into weeks of procrastination before finally sitting down to organize, record, categorize, and report every little latté purchase or taxi ride from a long trip. The new Expensify app for Android and iOS could be just what these folks need.

  • How-Tos: Using iTunes' Restore From Backup command

    Earlier this week, my friend and Macworld colleague, Dan Frakes, posted a series of tweets lamenting a frustrating problem he was having with his iPhone. It began with a seemingly innocuous act: charging his iPhone overnight. The next morning, Dan's iPhone had "reset"--with the result that the ordering of his home screen icons was jumbled and all his painstakingly assembled folder organization was gone.

  • Opinion: Samsung's E-Reader Screens Boast 16.7 Million Colors

    Much of the buzz coming out of the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium conference in Los Angeles this week is about high-resolution screens for tablets capable of 2560-by-1600 resolution -- five times that of the iPad's 1024-by-768 display. But Samsung, makers of those eye-popping screens, also unveiled new e-reader screens that use the colored oils of "electrowetting" and can show up to 16.7 million colors.

  • News: iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending May 20

    This week's iPhone 5 rumor roundup features information on The Date from that hotbed of Apple smartphone rumors, St. Albans, Hertfordshire; more slips from Verizon's loose-lipped CFO; LTE prospects in Red China; how the iPhone 5 is causing a slump in global smartphone cells; a new SIM card standard that will extend Apple's control over identity stuff; and why new tables in the Apple stores mean iPhone 5 will have NFC.

  • News: iPad 2 supply constraints ease

    Analysts believe that component supply issues affecting the number of iPad 2 units Apple could produce have eased significantly.



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