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  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 23: A Camera Isn't Just for Photos

    Once upon a time, I used my smartphone camera to take pictures of things so I could share them on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, With Windows Phone 7 "Mango" I can still do that, but "Mango" also comes with a whole new bag of tricks for the camera that are much more useful. For today's 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 post I will take a look at some of the more creative ways "Mango" uses the camera.

  • Opinion: RIP iPod? Not So Fast

    As the iPod’s 10-year anniversary looms next month, some are preparing to say goodbye to the popular media player credited for boosting Apple’s fortunes over the past decade. But don’t shed a tear for the iPod. Even though the line has not received any groundbreaking updates lately, the iPod lives on in Apple’s touchscreen devices.

  • Opinion: Kobo Pulse: eReading is Sharing

    If you're afraid you're not sharing enough of your daily activities with your online friends, here's another chance to get social...with books.

  • Opinion: Turntable Scratching Post Makes Your Kitteh a DJ

    For those of you who read this blog and have cats, chances are you spoil them rotten--you've possibly even debated building a kitteh elevator just to make your cat's life easier, haven't you? Well, for those of you with the more energetic kittehs, here's a quirky scratching post just for your beloved feline friend.

  • Opinion: Man Creates Amazing But Dangerous Flying Machine

    As well as cool robots, hacks and science, Geek Tech loves to check out bizarre flying contraptions that may eventually replace transport on wheels. Who wouldn't want to trade in their car for a hooverbike? So, how does a DIY project to create a flying machine equipped with eight motorcycle engines sound?

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone Event is Near: 5 Predictions

    Apple will put an end to the rumors and introduce its next iPhone on October 4--it's already sent out invitations to an iPhone-specific event that will be held at Apple's Cupertino campus. New Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage and make the big announcement.

  • Opinion: Tagg Keeps Your Pets Safe with GPS and Mobile Technology

    If you're a pet owner, you've probably experienced that moment of dread when you come home and your dog or cat isn't anywhere to be found. Don't you wish you could send them a text and ask them where they are? It might sound ridiculous, but a new gadget coming can almost let you do just that. The Tagg Pet Tracker by Snaptracs, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, uses the power of GPS and mobile technologies to help you keep track of your furry friends.

  • Opinion: Best Time to Shoot, Understanding Lens Crop

    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.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 22: Talking to 'Mango'

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 22

  • Opinion: How to Buy a Cheap HDTV

    At some deal sites, you can find a 40-inch, 120Hz, LED-edgelit 1080p TV from a smaller-name company for about $500. So why should you pay significantly more for an LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, or Vizio model?

  • Opinion: Android Users: Advice To Protect Your Phones

    Android smartphone users can take some commonsense precautions to protect their personal data from being stolen -- important advice considering an app developer purports to know how to take the information in under 60 seconds.

  • Opinion: Blockbuster Movie Pass Wants to Compete with Netflix

    Over the past few months Netflix has made some controversial decisions--a price hike and an announcement that the video service would spin off its DVD-by-mail service--that have upset a goodly section of the company's customers. The real question is: Can other providers capitalize on Netflix customer dissatisfaction?

  • Opinion: Nyan Cat Sneaks Into Spotify's Latest Update

    Love it or hate it, the trippy internet sensation Nyan Cat is slowly starting to take over the computing world. If you still haven't seen the hundreds of variations of the YouTube cat meme (my personal favorite is the Jackson 5 remix), then you may have just managed to avoid the Nyan Cat games, animated wallpapers, and Windows 7 loading bar.

  • Opinion: Why I'm Not One of the 89 Percent Getting Another iPhone

    Whenever I tell someone that my next phone probably won't be an iPhone, the reaction is always the same: the eyes widen and the tone of voice shifts to complete surprise. "Why not?"

  • Opinion: Bored With Buckyballs? Try Buckycubes

    You’ve played with them before; you know you have. They’re tiny, they clank when they smack together, and they provided countless hours of fun. Sadly, sometimes Buckyballs can get boring. But thankfully, we now have some rare-earth magnetic cubes at our disposal.

  • Opinion: 'World's Smallest Camera' Goes on Sale

    Hammacher Schlemmer now sells what it claims to be the world's smallest camera for $100. The miniature digicam is small enough to rest on a finger, measuring 1.125 inches long, 1 inch wide and 1.062 inches deep.

  • Opinion: Mechatronic Security Robot Is Remarkably Formidable

    I’m constantly amazed by the creativity that goes into the random things I find on the Internets, and this bad-ass robot built by the Beatty Family is no exception. This isn’t your ordinary security bot, no sir; rather, it's an armored beast weighing in at 45 pounds that can defend itself with a mounted turret capable of firing 1,000 plastic or metal pellets a minute.

  • Opinion: Facial Recognition: Facebook Photo Matching Just the Start

    The Internet was in an uproar earlier this year following Facebook's launch of facial recognition software for its photo services, enabling users to identify their friends in photos automatically--and without their permission. Though critics described that move as creepy, the controversial technology may now be on the verge of widespread use.

  • Opinion: You Can Now Borrow Kindle Books from Libraries

    In a surprise move Wednesday, Amazon announced that 11,000 libraries throughout the United States are now able to loan books to Amazon Kindles. While libraries have been able to lend e-books to readers for some time now, this is the first time they've been able to do it in the Kindle format.

  • Opinion: Wireless Speaker System as Easy as Twisting in Lights

    How many journalists does it take to set up a wireless audio system? Hopefully just one; the same number required to screw a couple AudioBulbs, a new LED light and speaker system from GiiNii International, into a couple lamps or light fixtures. Once paired with an AudioBulb base station (pictured above), which doubles as an iPod dock, you have a complete wireless audio system with minimum setup time.



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