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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Samsung Passes Apple in Smartphone Shipments

    Apple's position in the catbird seat for global smartphone shipments has been short-lived. Just a scant three months ago, the maker of the iPhone knocked Nokia out of the top spot. Now Samsung and its lineup of Android smartphones are top dog.

  • Opinion: iPhone 4S, iPad 2 Get Rudimentary iOS 5 Jailbreak

    Two weeks after the release of the iPhone 4S, a member of the iPhone Dev-Team has discovered a "very preliminary" jailbreak for iOS 5 running on the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, according to iClarified, via TechCrunch.

  • Opinion: The Problem With Android

    Android is the leading smartphone platform with a diverse array of devices available from a variety of manufacturers, and from virtually every wireless carrier. As capable as the Android OS might be, though, its diversity is also one of its greatest handicaps.

  • Opinion: Nokia Lumia Smartphones Are Disappointing

    When you show up late to a party, you should at least bring a bottle of wine (or a case of beer depending on the party). Nokia's highly-anticipated launch of Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" smartphones comes fairly late in the game, and doesn't seem to add anything to make it worth the wait.

  • Opinion: Man Carves Smartphone Dock into Prosthetic Arm

    A British man is the owner of perhaps the most convenient smartphone dock in existence. It's actually a slot embedded in 50-year-old Trevor Prideaux's prosthetic arm, custom made to fit his Nokia C7 phone.

  • Opinion: Hands-On With the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710

    I've been eager to get my hands on Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 phones ever since Nokia and Microsoft announced their partnership back in February.

  • Opinion: Make Sure All Your Google Contacts Sync to Your iOS Device

    My wife recently made the switch from a clunky old Android phone to a spiffy new iPhone 4S. When she asked if all her contacts could be moved from the former to the latter, I confidently replied, "Sure, no problem!" After all, Android phones sync with Google Contacts, and iTunes has the ability to do likewise. Easy-peasy, right?

  • Opinion: Over-The-Top Halloween Light Show Is A DIY Masterpiece

    A house in Riverside, California is gaining a lot of Internet attention right now. Why? Because it has an intense, over the top, perfectly choreographed Halloween light show set to "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO and "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

  • Opinion: Nokia's Lumia 800 'Mango' Phone: What's Hot and Not

    Nokia's first flagship Windows Phone 7 device, the Lumia 800, isn't just another handset from another hardware maker. It's the future of Nokia, as the company puts the bulk of its high-end smartphone efforts into Microsoft's mobile OS.

  • Opinion: 'Nest' Thermostat Learns From You, Makes Your House a Little Smarter

    In the world of technology, we often focus on beautiful graphics and mighty computing power, but there's a little bit of glamor in the way a company called Nest handles the humble thermostat.

  • Opinion: IRIS 9000 Lets You Use Siri From Across the Room

    Siri might be the closest we've come to HAL 9000 or the Enterprise's computer in Star Trek, but ultimately, you're still just talking to a phone. Fortunately, ThinkGeek lets you better simulate the effect of talking to a futuristic intellifent agent wit the IRIS 9000.

  • Opinion: iPhone 4S inconsistent camera auto-focus

    Reader Paul Boyce finds that the iPhone 4S's camera is inconsistent when it comes to autofocus. He writes:

  • Opinion: 3D Body Scanner Takes the Perfect Measurements

    Online shopping can be great; you don't have leave the comfort of your home, you can shop whenever you please, and you avoid crowds that most people crazy. While online shopping is great for most products, buying clothes online presents a challenge; you can't try anything on. You could always go out to a store, try on the clothes you want, and then order them online, but that pretty much defeats the point of online shopping.

  • Opinion: Nokia Mango Phone Lineup Takes Shape

    As Nokia World approaches on Wednesday, details about the Finnish firm's Windows Phone 7.5 -- that's Mango -- lineup are beginning to emerge.

  • Opinion: Photo Cropping, Camera Resolution, Depth of Field, and More Q&A

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can’t promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus.



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