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  • 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?

  • Opinion: This Lego Star Destroyer Is Made of 43,280 Bricks

    Whether you love or hate (Jar-Jar) the Star Wars prequel trilogy, you have to admit it had some of the coolest ships and star fighters. The only way they could be cooler is if you made them out of Lego like this 8-foot Venator Class Star Destroyer.

  • Opinion: Android Phones Expand To Use Intel Chips

    If you buy an Android smartphone in 2012, there's a good chance it will be packing an Intel chip instead of an ARM-based processor as current Android devices do.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 13: Pros and Cons of People Hub

    It was a grueling experience, but now that I invested all that time getting my Outlook Contacts synced up with my smartphone on Day 12, I can move on to checking out the People Hub. The People Hub is one of the things that sets WP7 "Mango" apart from other mobile platforms, but it isn't without its own issues.

  • Opinion: Japan Gets PlayStation Vita First

    When will the PS Vita launch in the U.S. or Europe or anywhere that isn't Japan? We still have no idea, but according to Sony, Sony's PS3-like portable game system will debut in he Land of the Rising Sun on December 17 with 26 launch titles. The Vita 3G version--Sony's selling one with, one without--will also run on NTT DoCoMo's cellular network.

  • Opinion: 5 Ways to Dump Your Old Handset Before the iPhone 5

    Apple is expected to unveil the next iteration of the iPhone before the end of October. The new device, dubbed the iPhone 5, will reportedly have a beefed up camera and possibly an edge-to-edge display. If you're one of the expected millions of people planning on lining up for a new iPhone this fall, have you thought about what you're going to do with the handset you're carrying around in your pocket right now?

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 12: Syncing Contacts Is a Pain

    When I first set up the Windows Phone 7 device, I added my Facebook and Windows Live account credentials. The information from those two services has populated my People Hub with a variety of contacts, but it is not as current, accurate, or comprehensive as the information I maintain in my Outlook Contacts on my local PC. So, today's 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 post is dedicated to getting my Outlook Contact data synced up with Windows Phone 7.

  • Opinion: Make Your iPhone's Apple Logo Glow With This Mod

    Another day passes and yet we still know nothing official about Apple's next iPhone. So within the meantime, you may be looking at how you can freshen up the appearance of your current iPhone 4. Well, look no further! This nifty little mod adds a backlit logo to your iPhone 4, giving it a cool new look which is bound to turn some heads.

  • Opinion: Taking Dreamy, Misty Ocean Photos at the Beach

    The beach is one of those idyllic, picturesque settings that begs to have its photo taken. No matter what kind of camera you have or how you take pictures at the beach, you almost can't go wrong when you're standing on the sand and shooting the ocean. But while most people tend to take pictures midday to capture a gorgeous blue sky with fluffy white clouds above the sand and sea, I'd like to suggest another way to shoot the ocean: Use a slow shutter speed to turn the water into a moody, foggy blur. This isn't the first time I've explained how to capture the essence of water motion with a slow shutter speed (check out "How to Photograph Waterfalls and Moving Water"), but this week let's look at how to apply this technique at the beach.

  • Opinion: Tablets, Phones to Surpass PCs for 'Net Use in 4 Years

    The personal computer isn't dying, but its days of dominance are numbered. Research firm IDC predicts the number of U.S. mobile Internet users will surpass their wired counterparts by 2015.

  • Opinion: Zenonia 3: Classic RPG Gameplay on Android

    Zenonia 3 is the third installment in Gamevil's retro RPG series. The story follows Chael (the son of the original Zenonia hero) and his fairy friend Runa as they find themselves caught in an "epic" battle between angels and demons in the middle realm of Midgard.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 9: It's All About "Me"

    When I first fired up my Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango", I had the usual selection of tiles on my start screen--the phone, people (contacts), messaging, email, Internet Explorer, and a selection of AT&T-specific apps hawking over-priced services from my wireless provider. One tile that caught my eye, though, is the "Me" tile.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 10: Outfitting Mango with Apps

    I have already devoted some time to exploring Windows Phone 7 apps in general, and I have praised the fact that this mobile platform offers an option to try an app before you buy it in many cases, but today I am going through my iPhone app by app to outfit my Windows Phone 7 "Mango" smartphone as closely as possible with the apps I am already used to.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 11: Following the Wrong Path of iOS

    I am impressed so far with how Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" seems to bring a fresh, unique angle to a smartphone market that seems largely comprised of copycat devices trying to look and feel like the iPhone. However, as I explore the OS in this 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 series, I am also noting a number of ways that Windows Phone 7 has copied iOS as well--but not in a good way.



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