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  • 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 voilà--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.

  • Opinion: Four Ways RIM Can Rebound from BlackBerry Outage

    BlackBerry users around the world have been impacted this week with service outages. RIM has offered an explanation of the problem, and it has apologized, but it is going to take more than a simple "We're sorry" for RIM to regain the faith of loyal customers.

  • Opinion: Lego Bricks, Smartphones Combine For Scientific Gadgetry

    Thanks to a few Lego bricks, a smartphone, and cell phone sensor chip, scientists at Caltech have figured out a way to better study various kinds of cells--without petri dishes. The three items combined makes the ePetri, which allows scientists to get real time updates of what's happening in the dish.

  • Opinion: Apple iPhone 4S Launch Day: A Survival Guide

    If you plan to line up all night at the Apple Store to be one of the first to get the iPhone 4S on Friday, or are hoping to snag one at a small Sprint outlet that no one knows about: We've got you covered.

  • Opinion: Highlights from Japan and the CEATEC Show

    The recent Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies trade show and the streets of Akihabara, Japan, were filled with current and upcoming eye-catching technology.

  • Opinion: Trying Out the HTC Sensation XL

    We loved the original HTC Sensation, so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on its bigger (badder) brother, the Sensation XL. This monster phone has a 4.7-inch WVGA display and is intended to be a device for major media fiends.

  • Opinion: Did iOS 5 Delete Your Apps, Music, and Data? Here's Help

    Apple's iOS 5 is supposed to take the hassle out of updates and backups by handling it all automatically through iCloud. But to get iOS 5, you've still got to go through iTunes, and if something goes wrong, the update may erase your apps and data in the process.



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