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  • Opinion: What to watch for when buying a used iPhone

    If you lose or break your iPhone, you’re on the hook to replace it. That doesn’t mean you have to buy a new one, though. There are plenty of used iPhones available on the market, and given that some people go so far as to buy a new iPhone every time Apple releases an update, many aren’t even that heavily used.

  • Opinion: Bring Back the 80s With This Modern Take on the Old Mixtape

    There are many things I don't miss about the 80s. The clothes and hairdos are one example, 80s music is another. One thing I do miss is cassettes, and especially the awesomeness of the mixtape. Luckily, I'm not the only retro-junkie out there: MakerBot has come up with a mixtape that looks exactly like the ones we used to have, but utilizes modern technology.

  • Opinion: Facebook Phone Dismissed by Zuckerberg

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cast doubt Thursday on the notion that the social network would be introducing its own smartphone any time soon.

  • Opinion: You'll Never Lose This Automatic Camera Lens Cap

    One of the biggest disadvantages to using a big, honking DSLR is that you constantly have to take off that lens cap. What makes it worse is that you're exponentially inclined to lose it every time you slip it into your back pocket, throw it into your bag, or pop it into your mouth to hold it.

  • Opinion: Facebook Phone Rumors Return Ahead of Quarterly Earnings Report

    An HTC-built Facebook smartphone may debut as early as mid-2013, according to a new online report. There’s no word on the hardware, but the purported new handset would include a “modified operating system,” according to Bloomberg. It’s not clear whether that suggests Facebook is basing its phone OS on Android or a lesser-known open source mobile platform such as Tizen.

  • Opinion: Samsung Removes Local Search Feature from Galaxy S III as Patent Suit Nears

    Samsung has removed local search capabilities from its Galaxy S III in hopes of fortifying the phone against Apple patent lawsuits.

  • Opinion: Force iOS to use YouTube site instead of app

    The default YouTube app that comes with iOS was great back in 2007, but it hasn't seen a significant update in years and is lacking many features compared to the newer mobile YouTube website (m.youtube.com) that Google launched two years ago.

  • Opinion: DIY Subtitle Glasses Translate Foreign Tongues in Real Time

    The last time we heard of Will Powell, he built himself a DIY version of Google's Project Glass. Will's newest hack? A pair of augmented reality glasses that can display subtitles that translate spoken foreign languages in near-real time.

  • Opinion: The ChargeCard Is The Compact USB Charger We've All Been Waiting For

    Although they do exist, portable chargers for mobile devices often suffer from a very significant issue--their size. At some point in any cell phone user's week, there's likely to be a moment of panic when the battery is dwindling and an outlet or charger is nowhere in sight. And nobody wants to carry around an easily tangled charging cable if they can avoid it.

  • Opinion: Android's Piracy Problem Drives Dead Trigger Price to Zero

    Zombie-shooter Dead Trigger is now free for Android users. The reason: rampant piracy.

  • Opinion: Researchers Develop Solar Panels That Still Let the Sunlight Through

    In the last year, we've seen scientist try to put photovoltaic materials everywhere--the paint on your walls, in space, and even your coffee table. Now, a team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California, Santa Barbra (UCSB) has developed transparent solar panels that could be used as power-generating windows for your house.

  • Opinion: 5 Things You Need to Know About Cropping

    When I was about 15 years old and a fledgling "serious" photographer, I wanted to enlarge and crop one of my photos in a particular way. Unfortunately, in 1979 it was all but impossible to edit a photo unless you had your own darkroom and printing equipment. Fast-forward about 30 years, though, and photo editing is child's play. Cropping is an essential photo skill--for example, most of the monthly Hot Pic photo contest winners are cropped, to improve on the original composition. But have you ever taken the time to learn the Crop tool's secrets? This week, I have five things you should know about this unassuming little tool.

  • Opinion: This Awesome Gumball Machine Dispenses Apps Instead of Candy

    As a kid, there was nothing more exciting than inserting a coin into a machine and getting a surprise goodie. While gumball machines are still around, their magic is all but gone--who really cares about a gumball or a piece of plastic toy anymore? Good thing there are people like the guys at Razorfish in the world, who've come up with a gumball machine that dispenses content.

  • Opinion: Researchers: Violins Sound Like Imported Luxury Sports Cars

    What does an orchestra have in common with a car engine? Ask any normal person and chances are they'll just give you a funny look. If you were to ask the good folks over at Sound Design Lab LLC and Chuo University's Takeshi Toi Laboratory the same question, however, the answer would be very, very different.

  • Opinion: Refreshed iPhone May Feature Micro Dock

    Speculation about Apple's next iPhone is piling up ahead of an expected fall launch.

  • Opinion: Dress Up Your Kindle Fire or iPad as a Vintage Book With These Covers

    Out of Print is a fairly popular clothing line that reprints iconic book covers onto t-shirts and iPhone cases, all while leading a humanitarian mission to bring books to Africa. Now the entrepreneurial company wants to break into the iPad and Kindle Fire case business.

  • Opinion: Idioms Lost to Tech

    Technology changes everything, from how we shop to how we stay in touch with friends. And it definitely changes the way we talk--just a few years ago phrases like "Facebook friends," "trending on Twitter," and "I can has more cheezburger?" didn't even exist.

  • Opinion: Privacy Monitoring App Clueful Booted from iOS App Store

    Apple has given the boot to BitDefender's Clueful, a privacy monitoring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

  • Opinion: BBC to Test Ultra High-Definition TV at London 2012 Olympics

    If you think 1080p is impressive, just wait until you feast your eyes on Super Hi-Vision, an ultra-high definition television format with 16 times the image resolution of the 1080p HDTV standard. The BBC will conduct Super Hi-Vision trials during the London 2012 Olympics, which run from July 27 through August 12.

  • Opinion: Hands-on: Samsung EX2F Brings Wi-Fi With an F1.4 Lens to the Premium Class

    Samsung announced the high-end EX2F premium point-and-shoot a few weeks ago, and at the time, the camera's bright F1.4 aperture at the wide-angle end of its 3.3X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 79mm) was a unique feature for a fixed-lens camera. It still is, but now the EX2F has some competition: Panasonic's Lumix LX7, which offers the same F1.4 aperture at its widest-angle focal length. They're the two fastest, brightest lenses in the compact class.

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