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  • Opinion: ITC Deals HTC Setback in Apple Patent War

    While Apple continues business as usual with the launch of iOS 5, iCloud, and the iPhone 4S, and Android marches on with the unveiling of Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich", a war between iOS and Android is being waged in courtrooms around the world. In one of those battles--between Apple and HTC--it seems that Apple has the upper hand following a decision from the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

  • Opinion: How to Sync Your Android Phone or Tablet with iTunes

    It's not uncommon to have iOS and Android users living under the same roof. Indeed, perhaps you've been an iPod owner for many users, but recently decided to pick up an Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Now the question becomes, how do you sync your iTunes music and playlists with your Android device?

  • Opinion: Doctor Who? Could Be You

    If you practice saying "Come along, Pond" in the mirror a lot, then let ThinkGeek scratch your itch with a spot-on replica of the jacket worn by Matt Smith on the BBC's Doctor Who. As the "11th Doctor" on the long-running series, Smith sports a smart (if nerdy) tweed jacket as he romps around through time and space conquering evil.

  • Opinion: What Google's Rubin Doesn't Understand about Siri

    The head of Google's Android mobile OS, Andy Rubin, doesn't think your smartphone should be your personal assistant. In comments made during an interview at the AsiaD conference this week, Rubin downplayed the impact of Siri--the voice interactive personal assistant included with the iPhone 4S.

  • Opinion: Lego Kits Get Crowdsourced With Cuusco; Your Inner 12-Year-Old Squeals With Glee

    If you're like me and Lego creations you see on Flickr or the web at large make your jaw drop, you might appreciate Lego's new crowdsource project known as Cuusoo.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Debuts AT&T's Mango-Powered Windows Phone 7 Handsets

    Microsoft showed off three Mango-powered Windows Phone 7 handsets that AT&T will be selling during the upcoming holiday season.

  • Opinion: Five Things Apple Needs to Do to Improve Siri

    Siri and I just met a few days ago. I think we're getting along pretty well so far (although she seems to get a bit testy and sarcastic when I ask her to "open the pod bay doors."). As great as Siri seems, though, Apple is calling this a beta and I can see why.

  • Opinion: OmniTouch Turns Everything Into a Touchscreen

    Now you have an excuse to touch everything.

  • Opinion: Kobo Vox 'Social eReader' to Battle Kindle Fire, Nook Color

    A three-way bare knuckler is underway in the 7-inch color eReader market. Kobo today unveiled its new $200 Kobo Vox, the company's first color eReader that matches up nicely (on paper, at least) with Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire, which starts shipping next month.

  • Opinion: Microsoft's Ballmer Knocks Android, Commends iPhone

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had some nasty things to say about Google's Android operating system. But the iPhone? Not so much.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smartphone and Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS: 6 Questions

    The road to Google's announcement of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone has been long, but we're finally here. At a press event in Hong Kong Tuesday evening PDT, Google and Samsung had lots to share on the latest Nexus smartphone and the newest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Opinion: RIM Apologies for Recent BlackBerry Outages with Free Apps

    Research in Motion extended an apology for last week's multi-continent BlackBerry outages last by offering free premium apps and one month of free technical support for its enterprise customers.

  • Opinion: Motorola Droid Razr Smartphone Comes to Verizon in November for $299

    The Droid Razr, announced today and launching in November, is perhaps the thinnest smartphone to date, and among the lightest ever made. Motorola says the new Verizon phone is 0.28 inches thick, and that it weighs only 0.28 pounds.

  • Opinion: More Image Editing Tricks for Brightening Shadows

    You already know that life is full of compromises--like the way you have to eat your broccoli before you get desert, or promise to walk the dog in order to get your spouse to agree to let you, you know, get a dog. So too with photography: A "good exposure" sometimes means that while most of the photo looks fine, there are some deep shadows lacking in detail, like in my photo of a Coast Guard sailor protecting the Staten Island Ferry enroute to Manhattan. Last week I talked about a few techniques for brightening shadows to reveal hidden details This week, let's wrap it up with a couple more ways to selectively improve the quality of your photographs.

  • Opinion: Teaser Page Offers Sneak Peek at Motorola Droid RAZR

    Motorola is offering a quick glimpse--well, if your timing is right--of its new Verizon 4G phone scheduled to debut Wednesday at a media event in New York City. Here's a screen grab of the device as it appeared on the teaser site earlier today.

  • Opinion: Do you REALLY need that new mobile phone?

    The new iPhone is much like the previous model, but you can also get Android "Gingerbread", Android "Honeycomb" or Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango," with Google-Samsung's "Ice Cream Sandwich" in Hong Kong this week. But living on desserts isn't ideal for your health.

  • Opinion: Use iOS 5's Shortcuts to Create Second E-Mail Signature

    By default, Apple's iOS limits you to one e-mail signature. That's fine if you only need one, but I know plenty of business people who'd prefer different signatures for different e-mail accounts, different recipients (co-workers versus clients, for example), and so on.

  • Opinion: DNA Art Brings a Whole New Meaning to Personal Portrait

    DNA 11 makes art out of your DNA sequence, fingerprint, or kiss imprint, taking the idea of a personal portrait to a whole different level. Want your DNA sequence hanging above your bed? Simply make your color and size choices, send away for your collection kit, swab your cheek, send the kit back, and voilĂ --you have a canvas print that is as personal as it can get. Fingerprints are collected using ink and kiss imprints with lipstick.

  • Opinion: Wear the Doctor's Coat--Doctor Who's, That Is

    If you wear sticky-uppy hair and find yourself saying "Allons-y" to your friends a lot, you may be interested in making the circle complete with this sharp-o-rino replica of Doctor Who's trenchcoat.

  • Opinion: Light-Light Floating Lamp Is Astoundingly Awesome, Expensive

    Light-Light's levitating lamps are a shockingly elegant and curious implementation of levitation technology that looks like it came right out of Back to the Future.



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