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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Verizon Sells 4G Android Phone for $100

    If expensive handsets were holding you back from jumping on the 4G bandwagon, Verizon has a treat for you. The carrier is introducing the Pantech Breakout Android 2.3 smartphone running on its 4G network, a device that will cost you only $100 with a two-year contract.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 18: Productivity On the Go

    30 Days WIth Windows Phone 7: Day 18

  • Opinion: Get an Early Taste of Firefox for Android Tablets

    A few weeks ago Mozilla mobile user interface designer Ian Barlow posted some tantalizing mockups of the upcoming Firefox version tailored to Android tablets, but the software wasn't actually available to download at the time.

  • Opinion: Win Phone 7, Day 17: Taking, Sharing Pictures with WP7

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 17

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 16: The 'Full' IE9 Experience

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 16

  • Opinion: Netflix Splits in Two, Adds Games, Upsets Users Further

    Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings thinks he has a great idea to stop more customers from defecting since its recent price hike: split his company into two operations, require users to maintain two separate accounts, and add video games. Hastings announced late Sunday that Netflix plans to rebrand its DVD by mail business as Qwikster, giving the new brand a separate website and independent viewing queue. Qwikster will also expand into video game rentals for Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Hastings named Andy Rendich, who currently heads up the Netflix DVD service, as Qwikster CEO.

  • Opinion: PlayBook Software Update to Finally Add Native Email

    Research In Motion is looking to add more punch to its PlayBook tablet -- along with competitive pricing -- to spur sales.

  • Opinion: Apps Created for Android, iPhone May Top 1 Million

    A milestone was hit today in the market for smartphone apps. There may be a million of them out there.

  • Opinion: Google Reportedly Working on Flipboard App Rival

    Google will soon launch a social news magazine for iPads and Android tablets called Propeller, according to reports. The app would compete with the popular Flipboard app on the iPad, which Google tried to buy but its offer was refused.

  • Opinion: Nonsense: Of Course PS Vita's Not Hitting the US Dec. 31

    It seems some in the media are comfortable speculating about the PS Vita's release date yet this year, right up to the point of phony baloney headlines based on obvious non sequiturs. ZDNet noticed Amazon's placeholder release date--December 31, 2011--for the PlayStation Vita and Wii U after reading a bizarrely straight-faced Washington Post story, and decided, well, that it was newsworthy...in the face of overwhelming evidence (and official word) otherwise.

  • Opinion: Windows 8: How Microsoft's PC Overhaul Will Take on Apple's iPad

    For Microsoft, the timing of Windows 8 looks to be just right. Here's why.

  • Opinion: Newly Leaked Accessories Hint at Look of iPhone 5

    Early Thursday, iPhone accessory manufacturer Case-Mate published a page showing six case designs for the upcoming iPhone 5. These designs give us the best sense yet of what the iPhone 5 might look like.

  • Opinion: Local Deals Come to Amazon Kindle With Special Offers

    You're sitting on a park bench, Kindle by your side. Suddenly an ad flashes on the screen: Skydiving Lessons with Brazilian Wax--75 Percent Off! Naturally, you buy the deal on the spot, bargain hunter than you are.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 14: Mapping With Mango

    A few years ago I wouldn't have said this, but mapping is one of the most useful functions of a smartphone. Windows Phone 7 has a Maps app of course, and it includes some unique features worth taking a closer look at for today's 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 post.

  • Opinion: HTC Sensation XE Has Dr. Dre's Beats Audio

    The HTC Sensation XE, the first phone with integrated Beats Audio, promises to deliver “studio-quality audio.” The Sensation XE Android smartphone is the first fruit of HTC’s partnership with Dr. Dre’s Beats Audio, and should arrive later this month in Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing or availability for U.S. audiophiles.

  • Opinion: iPhone 4 World's Thinnest Phone, Not Samsung Galaxy S II

    Apple's iPhone 4--not the Samsung Galaxy S II--is indeed the world's thinnest smartphone, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled. Apple's claims to the slimmest smartphone in the world were challenged by one complaint that Samsung's Galaxy S II Android smartphone is actually thinner.

  • Opinion: Amazon's Color Slate: Tablet or eReader?

    It reportedly runs Android, has a 7-inch color touchscreen, and carries a boatload of hooks into Amazon's online content. Some pundits are calling it a potential iPad killer--heady praise for a product that hasn't been announced. But given its expected feature set, is Amazon's new slate a tablet or an e-reader?



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