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  • Opinion: How a Netflix subscriber used VPN to thwart Verizon's streaming slowdown

    It is an accepted network truism that the more hops you add to a signal path, the slower your traffic will be. This should apply to everything, including streaming Netflix over Verizon.

  • Opinion: Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives: We go hands-on with this mobile-friendly shooter

    Last year's Call of Duty: Strike Team finally brought a non-Zombies version of the series' trademark first-person shooting action to phones and tablets, adding the cool twist of swapping to an overhead view for strategic movement. While generally nailing the familiar look and feel of Call of Duty campaign action, it lacked one key component: online multiplayer, easily the most popular part of the console and PC entries.

  • Opinion: What they're saying about the Amazon Fire Phone

    Amazon's Fire phone isn't getting much love in its first wave of reviews from the tech press.

  • Opinion: TrewGrip wants to change how you type on your mobile device

    I learned to touch type under the scornful eye of a ninth grade typing teacher who had as little patience for teenage boys as she did for people who hunted and pecked their way around a keyboard. Thanks to her terrifying tutelage, her unyielding scorn for the lazy positioning of my hands, and her sneering incredulity at the amount of Liquid Paper I had to dab on my typewritten pages, I can now type at very credible speeds with nary a glance at my keyboard.

  • Opinion: Pinterest peaks, Facebook falters in customer satisfaction survey of social sites

    Billions of people use assorted social networking sites, but just how happy are they with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and the rest? The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which measures exactly that sort of thing, put out its latest report on consumer satisfaction with e-businesses--that's social media, search engines, and websites--and it's an interesting look at just which service's Like button is getting a workout.

  • Opinion: Investigation of missing IRS email holds lessons for your business

    Congress has been pursuing an investigation into alleged misconduct at the IRS, and as a part of that investigation it requested emails from former IRS director Lois Lerner for the timeframe in question. The response Congress got was those emails--along with any archive or backups of those emails--have been erased and are no longer available. There are legal and compliance requirements organizations must abide by when it comes to retention of information, and the IRS apparently dropped the ball.

  • Opinion: HTC's rumored Android Wear smartwatch pops up in HTC promo video

    Just like every other major Android vendor, HTC is expected to release its own smartwatch running Android Wear. But not every company teases us by accidentally--or accidentally on purpose--dropping a sneak peek of its watch in a promotional video.

  • Opinion: Leaked 'Windows 9' screenshots reveal more detail about reborn Start Menu

    It's no secret that an upcoming Windows update codenamed 'Threshold' will herald the return of the Start menu and allow Metro apps to operate in windowed mode. Heck, the image above came straight from Microsoft itself. But whenever fresh screenshots of the interface show up it's always worth taking a look.

  • Opinion: To switch or not to switch: Test-driving T-Mobile's LTE network

    T-Mobile's Uncarrier 5 event last month in Seattle was without a doubt the loudest press conference I've ever attended. Whichever rods and cones in my eyeballs detect the color magenta pretty much melted. John Legere was his magnificently foul-mouthed self, and his bombastic speech was accompanied by chair-shaking blasts of music and sound effects, concert lighting, and screaming fans (OK, most of them were T-Mobile employees, but there were thousands of them there, and they were loud). I don't recall actual pyrotechnics, but it wouldn't have been surprising.

  • Opinion: How e-hail app Hailo is playing by the rules to take on Uber and Lyft

    Hailo doesn't yet have the name recognition that Uber and Lyft do, but the taxi-hailing app is poised to change how you get around your city.

  • Opinion: Why you should download the Disney Infinity: Toy Box app ahead of Infinity 2.0

    Until E3 2014, I had no idea what Disney Infinity really was--probably because I'm not exactly Disney's target demographic. So when I wandered over to the Disney Interactive booth during last month's gaming trade show, I was completely in the dark about how the company is helping along the whole video-game-toy-mash-up thing with its play sets, interactive figurines, and platform-agnostic gameplay.

  • Opinion: Corral your contacts with Simpler, Contacts+, and more

    It can be easy to forget that, at its heart, your phone is a phone--a device meant for connecting you to your contacts. And while it comes with its own contact manager, that isn't always the best option. Here are several apps--most of them available for free--that take contact management to the next level.

  • Opinion: Simpsons World to provide every Simpsons episode without costing you any d'oh!

    An episode of South Park from a dozen years ago posits that no matter what plotline or joke or cultural reference you can conceive of, chances are that The Simpsons has already done it. Starting in October, you'll be able to verify that for yourself any time you want to.

  • Opinion: Are password managers secure?

    None of us can remember all our passwords. Yes, we know to use strong passwords, and we never use the same password on more than one site. It's troublesome, but it's part and parcel of our Internet privileges.

  • Opinion: Facebook's new Save feature lets you read clickbait (and other stuff) later

    Watch out, Pocket. Move over, Readability. Facebook's getting into the read-it-later action with a new Save feature designed to--you guessed it--save content you find on the social network for later reading.

  • Opinion: Microsoft reveals bankruptcy of devices strategy by dumping Nokia feature phones

    Microsoft decision to ax the feature phone business it got when it bought Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion shows the investment 'went for naught.'

  • Opinion: Give Verizon your location data, get rewards in carrier's new program

    Verizon really wants your location data. And it's willing to give stuff away to get its 100-million-plus subscribers to hand that data over.

  • Opinion: Trinity Magnum takes aim at the tricky problem of VR controls

    The Oculus Rift and a renewed interest in virtual reality has prompted a panic about controls--how do you intuitively and accurately manipulate a game while wearing what's essentially a blindfold?

  • Opinion: Six grocery shopping apps to replace your paper list

    If you're used to consulting paper grocery lists, you know that they're easy to lose--and to forget. If you carry a smartphone with you, it makes a lot of sense to put your grocery list on your mobile device. A number of apps can help you organize your shopping, create master lists of things you buy every time you go to the store, and even share lists with your spouse or partner. Here are six great grocery list apps you can use on your smartphone.

  • Opinion: Customer's call shows that Comcast must change; will company listen or hang up?

    We've all had our share of frustrating customer service calls, but until further notice, Ryan Block is probably the leader in the clubhouse after his exchange with an especially aggressive Comcast employee went viral this week.

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