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  • Opinion: Take a Lego Gears of War Lancer to a Rubber-Band Fight

    Halfway through Gears of War 3, I realized that a Lancer assault rifle would be a very effective tool for keeping the raccoons out of my garbage can. It all made sense. Then I realized that the technology doesn't exist, and more problematic, PETA wouldn't be too happy about it.

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Teardown Pegs Price at $209.63

    A teardown of Amazon's Kindle Fire revealed that the total cost of building one tablet is $10 more expensive than the price of the device, which means that, for a while at least, it'll be selling at a loss. But that's exactly what Amazon wants.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 25: Conserving Battery Power

    One thing I never worried about with my iPhone was the battery. I charge my smartphone every night while I am sleeping, and my iPhone always made it through the day without me giving it a second thought. With Windows Phone 7--not so much. For today's 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 post I am going to check out ways to squeeze every last ounce of juice out of this "Mango".

  • Opinion: Copy files from your Mac to your Kindle

    After I detailed the ins and outs of the new generation of Kindles on Thursday, I got a letter from Macworld reader Gerald A. Wingrove, who is intrigued by the Kindle but unclear how it works with his Mac. Since this is Macworld, after all, I thought it was worth a refresher about how the Kindle and the Mac interact. Gerald writes:

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone Event: 5 Things to Watch For

    Apple's iPhone event on Tuesday is about more than just new hardware. The company is at a crossroads, with Steve Jobs out as CEO and with big changes coming to iOS via iCloud. Apple watchers will want to pay close attention, because whatever happens on Tuesday will have greater implications beyond the iPhone 5.

  • Opinion: Princetons 'Flying Carpet' Floats on Electricity

    Researchers have developed a real "flying carpet" of sorts: Princeton graduate student Noah Jafferis created a plastic sheet that can hover and propel itself using just electricity.

  • Opinion: Everything You Want Know About Megapixels, Megabytes

    You kids today have it so easy. Back in the old days, using technology like digital cameras and photo editing programs was difficult. My first book on digital photography came out around 1998 and was filled with page after page of arcane troubleshooting tips, like how to get your camera connected to a PC's serial port (this was before USB) and how to get your software to read TIFF files. But whether you're just starting out and looking for tips or you're a veteran who has been reading this column for years, I bet there are still some things about photo files you don't know.

  • Opinion: Xperia Ray Puts Your Current Camera Phone To Shame

    Sony has finally released the Xperia Ray, an unlocked Android smartphone packing an 8.1-megapixel camera.

  • Opinion: Can the Next-Gen iPhone Fend off Android?

    Diehard fans will buy the new iPhone, regardless of what Apple will announce on Tuesday, but unless the refresh is more substantial than expected, the company will have to work harder to fend off stiff competition from Android.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 24: Find Your Lost "Mango"

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 24

  • Opinion: Cocktail Machine Will Make You Swallow Your Tasty Words

    What you see in the above photo is what you get when you combine a typewriter with alcohol. Sort of. The Typewriter Cocktail Machine is a contraption built from scratch to create a drink out of any word you type. The machine is built around a QWERTY keyboard, and each key is a pump made from a syringe to deliver different flavors.

  • Opinion: The iPod Classic is Headed to the Tech Dustbin

    Ten years ago in October, Apple announced a game-changing device: the $400 5GB iPod Classic. This Tuesday the iPod Classic (now $250 with 160GB storage), with its signature click wheel design and massive storage capacity, is rumored to play its last digital tune. All signs point to Apple discontinuing iPod Classic as it focuses on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: AT&T (over?)charges for mystery data usage

    A few weeks ago, I got a call from a friend, seeking advice. His iPhone 4, which is on AT&T’s 200 MB/month data plan, had mysteriously racked up over 200 MB of data in just a matter of days. He was now being charged at the overage rate.

  • Opinion: Nerf Gun Gets Modded With an Antique Chair

    Remember when toys used to be made out of real metal, and not this chintzy chromed-plastic stuff we have today? At least we can go back to the old days by DIY-modding stuff--or go even further back, like Lincoln-logs era, by strapping antique wood to a Nerf gun.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 Demand High Ahead of Unveiling

    The new iPhone that Apple is expected to announce on Oct. 4 is already on the shopping list of many BlackBerry and Android users. Research from InMobi, an independent mobile ad network, found that 41 percent of mobile users in North America and Canada plan to buy the new iPhone.

  • Opinion: Xbox May Add Cable TV Service to its Roster

    Microsoft plans to offer cable TV service from Verizon and Comcast through Xbox Live as soon as next week, according to a Bloomberg report. The plan apparently goes beyond just cable TV, as Microsoft is said to be in talks with almost two dozen content providers to bring more streaming music, sports, movies and TV to the gaming console.

  • Opinion: Flickr Becomes Instagram's Android Nemesis

    Flickr has launched an official app for Android phones, one that rivals the popular Instagram social photo-sharing app that is exclusive to iOS. Flickr also announced Photo Sessions, a feature that lets you watch photo slideshows with friends in real time, anywhere around the globe.

  • Opinion: Kindle Touch Looks Like a Winner at $99

    Lost in Wednesday's Kindle Fire hoopla was the fact that Amazon also launched three new e-readers: the $79 Kindle; $99 Kindle Touch; and $149 Kindle Touch 3G. Unlike their predecessors, which Amazon will continue to sell (for now), none of the new models have a physical keyboard.

  • Opinion: MS-Samsung Patent Deal: Great News for Windows Phones

    The success of Samsung's Galaxy S Android phones just became a cash cow for Microsoft, thanks to a patent cross-licensing agreement in which Microsoft gets paid for every Android phone or tablet Samsung sells.

  • Opinion: Tizen: A Viable Android Alternative at Last?

    It's no secret that the Linux-based MeeGo mobile platform has been struggling for some time, despite Intel's pledge of continuing support and all the positive reviews it has received. Now, it looks like that struggle has come to an end.



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