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  • Opinion: Nokia Wins Patent War with Apple--You're Next Android

    Don't put any dirt on Nokia's coffin just yet--the company still has some life in it. A victory in its patent war with Apple means a new revenue stream for Nokia, and a stronger position to enforce its patent portfolio with other mobile device makers.

  • Opinion: Snap Photos With Your iPhone Headset In iOS 5

    One of the 200+ new features in Apple's upcoming iOS5 is the ability to snap photos by pressing the physical volume up button. This was formerly a hidden feature in the Camera+ app by developer tap tap tap and was cause for the app's removal from the App Store for violating Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. It is not clear whether Apple has actually amended the HIG or has simply made an exception for their own app. In any case, it has been a long requested feature which was welcomed with loud cheers when it was announced at WWDC last week.

  • News: Verizon adds 19 more cities to its LTE network

    Verizon Wireless announced 19 more cities that will get its faster LTE wireless network service starting Thursday, bringing the total to 74 metropolitan areas.

  • Opinion: Taking Good Handheld Photos at Night

    Darkness is kryptonite to your photos--all cameras thrive on light. As the sun sets, your camera craves slower shutter speeds (which lead to blurry photos) or demands the flash (which creates harsh lighting up close and does nothing for subjects that are farther away). I've given you some advice for dealing with low-light situations in the past. Recently, a few cameras have emerged that try to solve this problem with fancy handheld low-light shooting modes. This week, let's see how to achieve similar results with your own camera and the photo editing tools on your PC.

  • News: Top 10 iPhone Passcodes Revealed

    There are 10,000 possible passcodes for an iPhone, yet 15 percent of users have one of the 10 most popular codes, according to app developer Daniel Amitay, whose Big Brother Camera Security app records anonymous passcode data from users.

  • News: Amazon's Rumored Tablet May Feature Movie Streaming

    New details on Amazon's rumored Android tablet suggest the online retailer is looking to offer a bundled movie streaming service, possibly for free. Amazon is widely expected to release a branded tablet this year, and the company is now trying to differentiate itself in the increasingly crowded tablet market by tying it to its own content services.

  • News: Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 4 to U.S. customers

    Apple on Tuesday began selling an unlocked version of the GSM iPhone 4 to U.S. customers. Until now, Apple's only sold carrier-locked iPhones here, with separate AT&T and Verizon editions of the handset.

  • News: Apple's Unlocked iPhone 4: A Getting-Started Guide

    Consumers can now buy an unlocked GSM-compatible iPhone 4 directly from Apple starting at $650. Apple sells unlocked iPhones in other parts of the world, most notably Europe, but this is the first time an unlocked iPhone is available to U.S. users. In early 2010, Apple started selling iPhones at list price, but the devices were still locked to AT&T.

  • News: Smartphone Data Plans: How to Keep Bandwidth Usage in Check

    Unlimited data plans are a thing of the past with AT&T and are being phased out by Verizon. Yet new metered plans don't deliver great bang for your buck and you may get blindsided with a hefty bill if you're not careful. Here are five ways to monitor your smartphone data usage and your wallet.

  • News: How to Manage BlackBerry Application Permissions

    Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry smartphone OS is known for security, and that's for good reason. RIM designed the mobile OS with security in mind from the start, and it shows; the BlackBerry OS offers a number of ways for smartphone owners and IT administrators to control how mobile applications interact with your device and all of the data stored on it.

  • News: No More Downtime: Is 'Always On' A Bad Thing?

    The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was pick up my BlackBerry from my nightstand and check e-mails as I walked downstairs to have my first cup of coffee. Even though it was Saturday, I responded to work e-mails from New Zealand and California, which are in time zones 10 hours ahead and nine hours behind, respectively, from where I sit in Europe.

  • News: Weekly Wrap: WWDC, iCloud, iOS 5, Lion, fast iMacs

    We started the Weekly Wrap a few weeks ago, to help you catch up on Macworld stories you may have missed. But if you missed the big stories this past week, you might want to see your doctor; this was the week of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple's annual event wherein it makes all sorts of exciting tech announcements. Missing our big stories the week of WWDC is like a football fan forgetting about the Super Bowl, or an American accidentally forgetting not to watch soccer. You're here now, though, so let's get started.

  • News: 5 Reasons to (Still) Consider Android Over the iPhone, iOS 5

    As with past iPhone updates, iOS 5 plays catch-up with Apple's competitors and Android in particular, while adding unique features such as Twitter integration, iMessage, and online storage through iCloud.

  • News: IDC: Windows Phones to Overtake iPhone iOS by 2015

    The Windows operating system for smartphones is expected to gain market share in the next few years thanks to Nokia, eventually leapfrogging the iOS system used on Apple's iPhone. But Google Android will remain atop the field.

  • Toshiba Qosmio X770 quad-core gaming laptops launch

    Toshiba has launched a 17in gaming laptop primed with 3D gaming and video playback support and up to 1.5TB of onboard storage. The Qosmio X770 uses a quad-core Intel processor and runs 64bit Windows 7 Home Premium

  • News: Panasonic Interchangeable-Lens Cameras Get Even Smaller

    It's been only 6 months since the very compact Panasonic Lumix GF2 Micro Four-Thirds system camera hit stores, and it already has a notably smaller follow-up.

  • News: Apple's iPhone 4 Hired as Tricorder for Space Station

    Two iPhone 4s will be hitching a ride to the International Space Station in July when Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis blasts off for the last time from Kennedy Space Center.

  • News: Unlocked iPhone 4 Coming this Week? Sounds Good to Me

    Rumor has it Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 4s in the U.S. starting Wednesday. It's unknown how much the alleged unlocked iPhones would cost, or what networks would run on. For those unfamiliar, selling unlocked iPhones is common outside the U.S., so the move would not be unprecedented.

  • News: Google pulls more malware from Android Market

    Google removed more malware-infected applications from its Android Market last week, according to a security researcher who reported the rogue software to the company.

  • Opinion: Is All Mobile Technology in the Car Dangerous?

    Luxury carmaker BMW is launching a nationwide campaign to build awareness about the hazards associated with driver distraction, and especially the dangers of texting while behind the wheel.



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