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More Digital Home Opinion

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Ice, ice, baby

    Apple’s leaks are coming from outside the building, the original iPad may not get left out in the cold on Tuesday, and one government agency is playing it as cool as iOS. (See what I did there?) The remainders for Monday, October 22, 2012 are just cold chillin’.

  • Opinion: One month in, iOS 6's Passbook barely passes go

    In just four short weeks, iOS 6’s Passbook feature has totally revolutionized the life of you, me, and everybody we know.

  • Opinion: Whispercast turns Kindles into viable business tools

    Amazon unveiled a new service this week--Whispercast. Whispercast is a tool for schools and businesses that allows them to centrally manage and deploy content for Kindle devices and Kindle apps. Whispercast could make the Kindle much more attractive as a legitimate business tool.

  • Opinion: App scanner tells you if a mobile app is safe—before you install it

    You know that Android app you're about to download? It could be a security risk.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: All the news that's fit to smell

    Foxconn is having a hard time putting the jigsaw puzzle of an iPhone 5 together, Apple enlists the help of Justin Timberlake, and pretty soon you’ll be able to smell what your friends are cooking via your iPhone. The remainders for Wednesday, October 17, 2012 have just a touch of vanilla, to freshen your day.

  • Opinion: Playing iPhone media through iTunes

    Reader Adam Spelbring is unsure of exactly what limitations the Lightning connector places on iOS devices, particularly in their relationship to iTunes. He writes:

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: Default ringtone bug and the 'force close' apps debate

    With iPhones running iOS 6, some users are unable to change their default ringtone selection. To see if you have this bug, start by going to Settings -> Sounds -> Ringtone. From the list that appears, tap the name of the ringtone you want to be the default. A checkmark now appears after the selected tone. The next time you receive a phone call, your selected ringtone should play. If it does, all is good.

  • Opinion: How to organize, showcase, and share your out-of-control photo collection

    I’ve amassed more than 30,000 digital photos over the years. I shot most of them; others I scanned from prints gleaned from photo albums and family archives. I’d wager that 95 percent of them are junk—poorly composed, badly lit, over- or underexposed, people with their eyes closed, you name it.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Deja vu all over again

    Apple may be having a busy month as it reportedly ramps up production for the iPad mini, supposedly marshals its retail store employees to fix maps, and maybe even has to take on Samsung all over again. The remainders for Wednesday, October 3, 2012 are going back ... to the future.

  • Opinion: My day with Siri

    I admit it: I love Siri. It helps that I work from home, so I can talk to my phone without inhibitions. It doesn't hurt that I generally crave pseudohuman contact. But the real reason is simply that I find Siri so useful. And in iOS 6, Siri has become even more useful than it was before.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Nothing but the truth

    Apple adds a totally non-controversial stipulation to its iOS developer rules; European citizens don't need anything more than a one-year warranty; and everybody's cool with the new Maps, especially Canadians. The remainders for Monday, October 1, 2012 are the god's honest truth.

  • Opinion: Recording your iPhone calls

    Reader Simon Concannon is interested in pursuing an activity that's considered illegal in many quarters. He writes:

  • Opinion: The Rolodex, fax machines, and other things that may soon be extinct

    Evolution is a harsh reality of technology. There is constantly a "next best thing" on the horizon, and brand new gadgets often seem obsolete by the time you get them out of the box. There are some concepts and technologies, though, which have outlived their usefulness years ago, and should probably be extinct but refuse to die.

  • Opinion: NexPhone concept: an Ubuntu-based, Android 'brain in your pocket'

    Canonical generated significant excitement earlier this year when it announced its Ubuntu for Android plans, which included dockable smartphones that can launch the full Ubuntu Linux desktop.

  • Opinion: Seven benefits of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 for business

    Apple unveiled a variety of new products and features at its media event yesterday. While a veritable rainbow of iPod Touch options, or re-engineered headphones might be exciting news for some, they're irrelevant to businesses or business users.

  • Opinion: Do I have to worry about viewing angles when buying a HDTV?

    Dhiren11 is considering buying a 3D HDTV, and asked the HDTV & Home Theater if a family of six can sit around it and all have a good view.

  • Opinion: Control Windows Media Center from your Android, iOS, or Windows Phone device

    Regular readers know of my fondness for Microsoft's red-headed stepchild, a.k.a. Windows Media Center.

  • Opinion: RIM in trouble thanks to BlackBerry 10 BES chaos

    The main advantage RIM has—and arguably the one thing that has kept it in the game up to now—is the existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) infrastructure. But, if the new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices don’t work with the current BES platform, it could make BB10 dead on arrival.

  • Opinion: Nokia's 920 Windows 8 smartphone: Early returns are in

    The early returns/opinions are in on the Nokia Lumia 920--expected to reach retailers in November--and they declare the new flagship smartphone for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system a winner.

  • Opinion: Nokia Lumia 920 announced, but when will it ship?

    Although Nokia announced its next flagship phone, the Lumia 920, before all its competitors, the actual release date may still be two months away.



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