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  • Opinion: Use Slice to monitor your shipments and track expenses

    My preferred method of shopping is online, and I know I'm not alone here. The ease of browsing, clicking a few buttons, and then having your purchase just magically show up at your doorstep a few days later is so much simpler than dealing with the crowds at your local chain retailer. But one problem I often have is that I lose track of what I purchased and when it's supposed to show up... which then leads to oh-so-fun mystery boxes and digging through my email archive. What's in this Ticketmaster envelope? What did I order from Amazon, again? How long did that Etsy seller from Japan say the shipment would take?

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives: Everything you need to know

    Today's the big day for Samsung's latest flagship phone. The Galaxy S5 is available now in 125 countries.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Mikey Shorts

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

  • Opinion: Why California's kill-switch mandate might save your phone

    If you're reading this story on a smartphone in Bangor, Maine, Key West Florida, Spokane, Washington, or really any point in between, you wouldn't think that a bill making its way through the California state legislature would have much of an impact on your mobile device. But a new proposal for a mandatory kill-switch on mobile devices in California figures to have ramifications felt far beyond the borders of the Golden State should it come to pass.

  • Opinion: Read it and swipe: The best social news app for every reader

    There's nothing quite like unfolding a newspaper, scanning the day's headlines, and diving into a local news story or an image-rich feature. It's a wholly immersive experience that ends with your brain full of knowledge and your fingertips covered in ink.

  • Opinion: Why Lenovo has bought Motorola

    Yesterday Lenovo agreed to buy Motorola from Google for US$2.91bn. On the face of it that's a big loss for Google given that it spent $12.5bn buying Motorola only in 2011. So what's going on? Here I'll take a look at why Lenovo has bought Motorola, why Google has sold it, and what it means for Android and the smartphone market.

  • Opinion: OnePlus' Cyanogen phone will debut in the first half of 2014

    Android's biggest blessing--and its curse--are the wealth of smartphones you can choose from. Some of them don't even run Google's version of Android, but it's nice to have that option--right?

  • Opinion: Here's what Nokia's Android interface would have looked like

    We normally don't like to draw attention to unverified rumors, but this one is too juicy to pass up.

  • Opinion: Samsung may have a much-needed interface overhaul on the way

    I've never been subtle about my dislike for Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0. It's one of the gaudiest Android interfaces out there. You'd think that the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer would jump on the bandwagon of flatter icons and a simplified interface design, but unfortunately Samsung is trailing behind.

  • Opinion: 5 fab phones that rocked our socks in 2013

    You've got to hand it to 2013. This year was chock-full of phones that brought new ideas to the mobile game, including some that fell short of the mark and some that rocketed way past it.

  • Opinion: Smartphone photo tips for the holidays

    [Editor's note: This is an updated version of a previous article.]

  • Opinion: Why Nokia definitely isn't launching an Android phone

    That Nokia Android phone you've been reading about isn't going to happen. Something is going on at Nokia, and it involves Android. But 'Normandy' will not be an Android phone you can buy.

  • Opinion: Planned Android 4.4.1 KitKat update should help Nexus 5 take better photos

    Google continues to tout the camera application on its latest smartphone, the LG-manufactured Nexus 5, since it launched more than five weeks ago, but the handset has failed to deliver. Even though the stock camera software is capable of piecing together 360-degree panoramas and snapping HDR+ photos, the overall photo quality remains subpar. As a result, the search giant is coming out with an update to Android KitKat to help address those camera performance issues.

  • Opinion: Android, Bluetooth, and your car will all play nicer with new Broadcom software

    Pairing your phone to a car via Bluetooth can be a flaky, frustrating experience. Assuming your phone is compatible, the connection could still be subpar, resulting in poor audio for calls and streamed music.

  • Opinion: How to switch from iPhone to Android in 4 easy steps, courtesy of Google's chairman

    Thinking of giving your iPhone the old heave-ho and defecting to the Android Army this holiday season? Google chairman Eric Schmidt wants to help--and no, I'm not talking about the jaw-droppingly low $350 off-contract price of the high end Nexus 5. Over the weekend, Schmidt posted "Eric's Guide: Converting to Android from iPhone" on Google+.

  • Opinion: 7 killer tips for editing photos in Android

    For many of us, our phones are now our primary piece of photography equipment. We use them to snap photos, record videos, and share our creations with the world. While most smartphone cameras do a decent job of capturing the moment, it never hurts to know your way around an image-editing app.

  • Opinion: Ride the rails with Pocket Trains

    I'll be very upfront about this: I have invested more time than is probably healthy playing mobile games from NimbleBit.

  • Opinion: Android KitKat comes to Moto X on Verizon before Nexus 4

    After Google's introduction of Android 4.4 KitKat, numerous manufacturers--including the Google-owned Motorola--laid out vague plans to introduce the updated OS on their devices.

  • Opinion: 7 apps for ordering photo prints from your phone

    The instant gratification of digital photos cannot be overstated. You take a picture and boom, you can see it! You can tell right away if the lighting was horrible or the person had his eyes closed, and retake until it's perfect. It's so much better than the old way of shooting 24 frames of film and not knowing what you had until you got those expensive prints back from the lab.

  • Opinion: HTC and Motorola promise sweet Android KitKat updates

    HTC and Motorola are first out of the gate with promises to upgrade their phones to Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google's operating system.

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