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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 19: Diving Into the Office Hub

    Today I am continuing the conversation from Day 18 about productivity on the go with a "Mango" smartphone. The Office Hub in Windows Phone 7 sets the device apart from the competition as a platform for mobile productivity.

  • Opinion: Little Mr. Roboto Set to Take on Ironman Triathlon

    It's one thing to take on an Ironman competition when you're six feet tall and two-hundred pounds of pure muscle. It's another thing entirely when you're just 20-inches tall like Evolta. The tiny Japanese robot is warming up to swim, bike, and run its way across a 143-mile-long Ironman course in Hawaii on October 24th. Given the size difference Evolta is expected to make the arduous trek in 168 hours, ten times longer than the average "strongman."

  • Opinion: Google+ Social Networking Now Open to Everyone

    Google opened the gates to its social network, Google+, to everyone today and rolled out more than a dozen new features to the service, many of them aimed at mobile phone users.

  • Opinion: Cyborg Plants Render Humans Even More Obsolete

    The cyborg plant is not a new concept. The robot plant replacement is even less new: You can buy one for a price of $4.19 from ThinkGeek, after all. But a team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich isn't interested in solar-powered plastic toys or surgically-altered self-lighting plants that hang on a wall (creepy!)--they're giving plants the ability to feed, water, and sun themselves, by augmenting them with iRobot technology and wheels.

  • Opinion: Skype iPhone, iPod Touch App Has Security Hole

    Skype is working to fix a security hole in its iOS app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows a hacker to steal a person's entire address book. The vulnerability, located in the app's chat message window, can be exploited with JavaScript code. It was pointed out by security researcher Phil Purviance of AppSec.



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