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  • Opinion: Chaatz wants to be the messaging app the world actually needs

    WhatsApp. Viber. Line. Snapchat. Facebook Messenger. The over-the-top messaging market is already packed with apps that have carved out niches with sticker packs, disappearing images, and doodles: anything to stand out. Chaatz debuts today for iOS with a more serious mission: to connect the entire world with one platform.

  • Opinion: 5 ridiculous things Apple is more likely to make than an Android phone

    "There's nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market." It sounds like the sort of thing a message board troll would say to get a rise out of you in a forum you should stopped reading 15 minutes ago. It is not what you'd expect to hear from one of Apple's co-founders.

  • Opinion: Why California's kill-switch mandate might save your phone

    If you're reading this story on a smartphone in Bangor, Maine, Key West Florida, Spokane, Washington, or really any point in between, you wouldn't think that a bill making its way through the California state legislature would have much of an impact on your mobile device. But a new proposal for a mandatory kill-switch on mobile devices in California figures to have ramifications felt far beyond the borders of the Golden State should it come to pass.

  • Opinion: A year with Pebble: What I've learned from the smartwatch

    As it turns out, 2013 probably wasn't the Year of the Smartwatch, given that none of the wearable tech released last year set the world on fire. But 2013 was the year I got my first smartwatch, as the Pebble shipped in January, and, as one of the device's Kickstarter backers, I received mine a month later.

  • Opinion: Read it and swipe: The best social news app for every reader

    There's nothing quite like unfolding a newspaper, scanning the day's headlines, and diving into a local news story or an image-rich feature. It's a wholly immersive experience that ends with your brain full of knowledge and your fingertips covered in ink.

  • Opinion: As HTC says 'yes' to wearables, only these megabrands haven't committed to wearable tech

    We can now add HTC to the list of megabrand hardware companies that have officially committed themselves to wearable tech. In an interview with Bloomberg published late Wednesday, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang told the news service that a wearable would be ready in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season.

  • Opinion: How to stream the Olympic Winter Games

    The XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, kicks off on Thursday, and you'll surely want to tune in for some of the action. Skeleton toboggans? Check. Jamaican bobsled team? Yeah mon. And did you see the Norwegian men's curling team's uniforms? I'm so there.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Lollipop 3 and the Eggs of Doom

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

  • Opinion: Empty Nest: My old thermostat was too dumb to reboot

    Nest, the maker of smart home appliances that was recently bought by Google, ran into some trouble earlier this year when some users reported that their Nest thermostats were shutting down in the middle of a record cold snap.

  • Opinion: Extra, extra: Facebook's Paper hits stands

    Facebook's attempt at reinvention has arrived: Paper, an iOS app that turns your News Feed into a newspaper, is now available for download.

  • Opinion: 9 free tools that make Windows much better

    Windows is packed to the rafters with features, many of them great--and others, just meh. Luckily, there are free alternatives that are more powerful, more efficient, and take only minutes to install. Read on, and we'll show you 9 built-in features of Windows that aren't up to snuff, and the free software you can use to replace them.

  • Opinion: Dark Souls II preview: I died 8 times in an hour and loved it

    Earlier this week I played the first hour of Dark Souls II. I died exactly eight times: Three times by falling off cliffs, once by drowning, once by the hands of a hulking troll whose swipes were so powerful he occasionally over-balanced and fell, once by the poison of a horrific man-lizard-thing with a fleshy sac hanging off its stomach, once by the sword of a fifteen-foot-tall beast of a man clad in fearsome black armor, and once by way of some demon pigs which swarmed me and chewed me to bits.

  • Opinion: Move your libraries to an external drive without messing things up

    After reading Move your libraries to a second drive or partition, D.R. Sams, Jr. asked if he could move them to an external hard drive.

  • Opinion: Why Lenovo has bought Motorola

    Yesterday Lenovo agreed to buy Motorola from Google for US$2.91bn. On the face of it that's a big loss for Google given that it spent $12.5bn buying Motorola only in 2011. So what's going on? Here I'll take a look at why Lenovo has bought Motorola, why Google has sold it, and what it means for Android and the smartphone market.

  • Opinion: How to make your gloves touchscreen capable

    Since winter has officially gone from "Awwww, snow!" to "Dear Lord, will I ever be warm again?" it's time to break out every little trick you have to keep yourself warm: thermal everything everywhere, hot tea, hot coffee, hot chocolate, and never taking your gloves off.

  • Opinion: Honestly, you’ll love Windows 8.1

    Microsoft's latest advertising campaign is almost an admission it made a mistake with Windows 8's new interface.

  • Opinion: Does Your Klout Score Matter?

    Klout is now entering its fifth year. Is the social media scoring service an important indicator of online influence? Or is it just a meaningless number?

  • Opinion: Use your smartphone to check your remote control batteries

    Most standard remote controls send signals to your home theater gear using a beam of infrared light, which a sensor on your hardware picks up. You can't see this beam, but your smartphone's camera can! So, if your remote isn't working right, you can use your phone to check if your remote needs fresh batteries.

  • Opinion: OnePlus' Cyanogen phone will debut in the first half of 2014

    Android's biggest blessing--and its curse--are the wealth of smartphones you can choose from. Some of them don't even run Google's version of Android, but it's nice to have that option--right?

  • Opinion: How to get Justin Bieber out of your Twitter timeline

    A funny thing happened on the Internet Thursday morning. You see, Justin Bieber got busted for drunk driving, driving without a valid license, and resisting arrest, per CNN. So naturally, this is how Twitter responded:



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