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  • Opinion: E-readers Are Big Winners in Tablet Wars

    Ladies and gentlemen: we have a winner in the much ballyhooed tablet war -- and it's not a strictly a tablet. Without a doubt, the winner is the old-school, E Ink-based e-reader.

  • Opinion: Quad-Core HTC Edge Revealed (Maybe)

    If the reports are true, HTC may already be working on its first--and perhaps the world's first--quad-core smartphone. Mobile news site PocketNow claims to have exclusive images of what it's calling the "HTC Edge," as well as a tentative spec list.

  • Opinion: Five Tips for Great Thanksgiving Photos

    It's that time of year again--the local pancake house has put pumpkin pancakes back on the menu, and my family is gearing up for the day when we'll have a turkey feast, a panoply of pies, and, yes, give thanks for another year. If Thanksgiving is a special day to get together with friends and family and share those things as well, then you probably want to capture moments throughout the day with your digital camera. In the past, I've given you some advice on how to get the best Thanksgiving photos--check out my past holiday photo shooting tips, for example. This year, I have a few additional suggestions to help you take some photos you can treasure for years to come.

  • Opinion: Google TV Gets Its First Porn Channel

    Here's something you won't find on Apple TV: Porn. Vivid Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based purveyor of adult entertainment, has unveiled Vivid for Google TV, an app that streams sexually explicit content to Google TV set-top devices.

  • Opinion: This Book Wants to Make You a Genius

    Let’s face it: There are a lot of people in this world who could afford to be a bit smarter, including many who are reading (and writing) this article. Hope abounds for us, however, as the How To Be a Genius book offers insight into and advice on how to become a smarter person. The book is packed with 101 different techniques to stimulate and “exercise” your brain before time and age cause it to gradually grow duller and... hmm... what’s the word? ..uh...

  • Opinion: Your Tweets Stink! Scent Machine Lets You Smell the Internet

    Sometimes, getting numerous notifications on your phone from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and many other websites just isn't enough to grab your attention. So, meet Olly, a gadget that will release a smell every time you receive a notification.

  • Opinion: Siri Outages Indicate Apple Still Doesnt Get the Cloud

    For the moment, at least, Apple’s new Siri feature is back online and cheerfully responding to instructions, but it’s hard to say how long that’s going to last. I had trouble getting Siri to respond to my requests from 10am to 2pm Pacific time on Friday and that’s in addition to the long block of downtime the service experienced on Thursday. All the trouble raises the question: Why can’t Apple get cloud services right?

  • Opinion: 3D-Printed Guitar Impresses Geeks, Musicians Alike

    There have been all kinds of guitars made in a zillion different ways, but the “Zoybar Tor” is a guitar with unique roots: Designed by Bård S D with open source design software Blender and a 3D printer. The result is a badass fretless guitar that sounds awesome. Skeptical? Check out this clip on Vimeo, and you can see it’s the real deal.

  • Opinion: DIY Wooden Postcard Proves Low-Tech Is Still Awesome

    Not everyone you know will choose to receive an e-card over a traditional postcard, but the DIY Wooden Postcard makes that traditional postcard look newfangled and high-tech by comparison.

  • Opinion: Official Windows Phone 7 Jailbreak Now Available

    Windows Phone 7 users who want to jailbreak their phones in a Microsoft-approved fashion can now download and install ChevronWP7 Labs for $9.

  • Opinion: Is Google Your Next Cable TV Provider?

    Google is reportedly in early talks to offer cable television services to residents in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. The new offering would be part of Google's one gigabit-per-second experimental fiber-to-home network currently being built in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and slated to go live by early 2012.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Already Rooted, Phone Not Even In Stores Yet

    It's not even in stores yet, but modders have already rooted Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The crack comes thanks to Paul O'Brien, founder of the online Android community MoDaCo. O'Brien managed to get his hands on Samsung's new Ice Cream Sandwich device ahead of the official launch thanks to a few seemingly well-connected friends.

  • Opinion: Jam on your iOS device with the Woodees iPic Stylus

    I’ll give the wide variety of iOS styluses on the market one thing: They keep on coming up with new ways to intrigue me. The latest to cross my desk is Woodees’s $15 iPic Stylus, a quirky guitar-pick-with-rubber-nib hybrid designed to aid users in their quest to become digital music masters.

  • Opinion: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Prepares For Deathmatch with Kindle Fire

    Barnes & Noble is expected to launch a Nook tablet later this month, which would go head-to-head with Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire.

  • Opinion: QR Codes Help Paint the Deeper Pictures Behind Art

    What if traditional forms of art could be more interactive? That's exactly what Jose Torres, better known artistically as Tony Taj, wondered. Jose, a painter and mobile designer, mainly paints intricate cityscapes on canvas, and is inspired by imagining the lives of the people who live and work on each floor and in each building he paints. So he came up with a way of sharing the stories he created around each character with you as you view the painting--all you would need is your smartphone.

  • Opinion: Tweephone: The Retro-iest Rotary Tweeting Machine

    This "World's first analog tweet client" will finally let you make your tweets with an old-fashioned rotary phone.

  • Opinion: HTC Takes Top Spot in U.S. Smartphone Market

    HTC has taken the lead in the U.S. smartphone race. According to research firm Canalys, HTC had a stellar third quarter, claiming more than a quarter of the U.S. market, and shipping more smartphones than either Apple or Samsung.

  • Opinion: AT&T's First 4G LTE Phones Arrive Next Week

    At long last, the first AT&T LTE phones will hit store shelves November 6. The HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket both have 4.5-inch displays, dual-core processors and 8-megapixel cameras.

  • Opinion: Make the Free GIMP Photo Editor Easier to Use

    Not everyone uses the same photo editing software. There are many programs to choose from, ranging from the industry standard Adobe Photoshop CS to more accessible and affordable programs like Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel Paint Shop Pro. Which program you use may be a matter of budget, need, and ability. Even if you could afford Photoshop CS, for example, you might not need all of its features. And the program is complicated and difficult to master. Likewise, there are a slew of free photo editors out there--you can read about some of the more popular ones in my free photo editor roundup.

  • Opinion: Apple Didn't Just Change The World, Its Apps Did Too

    Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs often talked about changing the world, and now one of the apps used on Apple mobile devices is being recognized for doing just that.



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