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  • News: 2011 in review: The year in iOS

    In 2011, as in 2010, iOS received a lot of attention from Apple. Apple introduced significant updates to its flagship iOS devices--the iPad and the iPhone. It added a new buying option to the App Store, perhaps rescuing the magazine industry in the process. It premiered an insanely powerful and brilliantly designed piece of software that proved unequivocally that iOS devices aren't just for consumption. And, of course, the company unveiled a significant upgrade to its touch-based operating system itself. And then a not-so-tiny upstart named Amazon tried to leap into the tablet computing fray, too.

  • News: 2011's top stories: iPhone 4S

    When the launch date of the iPhone 5 arrived, the world held its breath and watched, as the fifth generation iPhone was in fact revealed to be the 4S. Our Live Feed of Apple's, "Let's Talk iPhone" event, on 4 October, was one of the most read stories here this year.

  • Opinion: The Week in iOS Accessories: All the colors of a rainbow

    Did you get a new iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch over the holidays that you want to accessorize? Or maybe you want to use some of your holiday bounty to give your old device new capabilities? Every week we round up the latest in iOS accessories. This week's offerings include headphones for kids, easy charging solutions, car mounts, and more.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S III May Debut in February

    Samsung is preparing the successor of the Galaxy S II, one of the most popular Android handsets and iPhone rivals to date. The Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to debut in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, while the first photo taken with the phone's camera has been purportedly leaked.

  • How-Tos: Send Google Calendar Alerts to Any Cell Phone

    Jonah Langlieb asked how to send Google Calendar notifications to any cell phone.

  • Opinion: Five Cool, Free Business Apps for Your New Smartphone

    Did Santa (a.k.a. the boss) bring you a new smartphone this year? Or maybe you decided to make the move from your trusty but aging BlackBerry to an Android phone or iPhone? Whatever the case, it's time to add extra "smart" by stocking your handset with some productivity-boosting business apps.

  • How-Tos: Use Google Voice for Android to Slash Your Smartphone Bill

    Smartphone plans are tricky when it comes to voice service. You can either go overboard and have a thousand or more extra minutes that you won't use every month, or lowball your usage and count your minutes near the end of each billing cycle to make sure you don't exceed the cap. However, if you set up Google Voice and Groove IP on your Android smartphone, you can reduce your voice usage significantly by routing calls through your smartphone's 3G or 4G connection--or, if you're willing to depend on Wi-Fi connections only, you could even ditch your cell service entirely. I'll show you how.

  • News: Tech Trends You'll See in 2012

    We're living in an exciting time in technology: From consumer products such as phones and tablets to the way your home computer accesses the Internet, everything is changing, and mostly for the better. We predict that next year the following ten developments will change the way you interact with the digital world.

  • News: App Store downloads reach record-breaking numbers this holiday season

    Since iOS devices top many gift wish-lists, a new holiday tradition can be added to your annual routine: family get-togethers, unwrapping presents, and hitting the App Store.

  • Feature: Best iPhone apps: Five free apps to keep you occupied between Christmas and New Year

    So Christmas is over for another year.

  • News: Intel's Mobile Chip 'Medfield' Specs and Benchmarks Leaked

    Intel's first system-on-chip, codenamed "Medfield," may outperform other chips designed for tablets and smartphones--at least according to performance numbers from the Caffeinemark 3 benchmark tool.

  • News: Apple iOS, Google Android new device activations skyrocket

    Activations of new iOS and Android devices soared on Christmas Day, jumping by 142% over the same day last year, a Web metrics company said.

  • News: Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Hits 50,000 Apps, Still Lags

    The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has passed the 50,000-app mark, according to third-party figures from All About Windows Phone, a significant milestone in Microsoft’s quest to re-conquer the mobile space. But despite the number of Windows Phone 7 apps growing at a brisk pace, the market share of the platform was just 1.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011, Gartner figures show.

  • Feature: Best Android apps: Five free apps to keep you occupied between Christmas and New Year

    So Christmas is over for another year

  • News: Top Gear episode free on iTunes today - 12 Days of Christmas

    Today's offer is the the episode of Top Gear where Clarkson, May and Hammond visit the Middle East in a seasonal road trip. Also available is a free download is 'Hipping Hall', a programme featuring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan.

  • News: Processors: What to Expect From CPUs in 2012

    As the brains of most every modern computing gadget, the central processing unit or CPU is an indispensable part of every desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. The processor crunches the numbers and assigns the tasks, and it's one of the chief pieces of hardware that determine how thick your laptop is or how long your phone’s battery will last.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Might Get Ice Cream Sandwich After All

    Last week, Samsung released its list of devices that would be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Curiously, the Galaxy S and 7-inch Galaxy Tab were missing from the roster, to which Samsung made a separate statement that the two devices did not have enough memory to run the new OS and Samsung's custom TouchWiz UI.

  • Opinion: Jailbreak tool brings Siri to unsupported devices

    A jailbreak hacker known as chpwn, has developed Spire, a tool that allows those with jailbroken iOS devices to use Siri, Apple's personal assistant voice-control technology. With the help of Ryan Petrich (a jailbreak developer responsible for the popular DisplayOut app, among others), chpwn has created a tool, available via the Cydia repository, that downloads the Siri components to the iOS device directly from Apple (approximately a 100MB download).

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Hack Installs Ice Cream Sandwich

    Amazon's Kindle Fire is not only a great way to access Amazon content, soon it may also be a cheap way to get your hands on a tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android. JackpotClavin, a hacker on the xda developer forum, has released what is being dubbed as a pre-alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Kindle Fire. But as the term "pre-alpha" suggests this release is still a little buggy and is really targeted for developers who want to help improve how Google's operating system works on the Kindle Fire.

  • News: 2011's top stories: iPad 2

    The iPad 2 hit the UK on 26 March this year and has received little but praise since.



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