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Latest Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Here goes the Apple vs. Samsung smartwatch showdown

  • Opinion: USB Condom promises to protect your dongle from infected ports

    Crowdfunded hardware ideas sputter out all too often, but a particularly intriguing one just became reality. The--ahem--USB Condom is now shipping, ready to protect your dongles from infected ports for $10 a pop.

  • Opinion: Pay $5 more, get four times the data with T-Mobile's revised Simple Starter plan

    If it's Monday, another wireless carrier must be upping the ante on one of its data plans to lure customers away from its rivals.

  • Opinion: One of the best password managers for your PC, devices, and the cloud

    D. asked me to recommend a good password manager.

  • Opinion: What Verizon exclusive? HTC's Windows Phone-powered One M8 is coming to AT&T, too

    On the surface, the announcement of a Windows Phone-powered version of HTC's drool-worthy One M8 smartphone was nothing but a good thing. One of the most appealing smartphones in the land embraced Microsoft's mobile operating system! But the news was tainted by a foul note. No, haters, not the inclusion of Windows Phone itself (though it could certainly use some help these days). I'm talking about the phone's reported Verizon exclusivity. Nobody--nobody--ever changes carriers to simply snag a particular phone, so limiting the Windows Phone One M8 to Verizon reeked of giving the phone the kiss of death before it even hit the streets.

  • Opinion: Sprint's cut in data prices won't help its network woes

    Sprint's new lower-priced shared data plan sounds ambitious, but analysts say it doesn't go far enough and won't address the carrier's network performance sore spot.

  • Opinion: The iPhone's sapphire future comes into focus

    This may be anathema for someone in the business of writing about tech to say, but I'm not all that interested in iPhone rumors. Shipping products are what grab my attention, not unicorns and phantasms. The minute Tim Cook holds up the new device is the minute it's worthwhile to start examining features and specs, and all the speculation ahead of time is usually just the noise separating one Apple press event from the next.

  • Opinion: Word wranglers: 5 apps that make writing easier

    Quick: Picture a writer in your head. An image of a bearded old man, hunched over a clackety typewriter may come to mind. But these days, a writer is more likely to be tapping away at a tablet or even a smartphone, composing anything from a business document to the next great American novel. No matter what it is you're writing, these apps can help make the process a little easier.

  • Opinion: Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

    Here's the ten-word paraphrase of Verizon's response to federal regulators' complaints over how it throttles data speeds: "We ain't done nuttin' wrong, so stop pickin' on us!"

  • Opinion: Friendly skies likely to remain that way, as feds look to keep ban on in-flight mobile calls

    You can use your smartphone to perform all manner of tasks from the moment you board an airplane until you reach your final destination. But it looks like making a phone call during your flight will remain on the verboten list.

  • Opinion: Going on a trip? Keep a travel diary with Bonjournal

    Earlier this summer, I took a glorious three-week vacation to Scandinavia, trekking across three countries and trying to swim in as many fjords (and other bodies of water) as humanly possible. Apps were an essential part of planning my trip and organizing my exhausting itinerary (bless you, TripIt), but I wanted to use something else to document my experiences. And because I'm a sucker for journaling (maybe--just maybe--it has something to do with my profession), I was instantly drawn to Bonjournal.

  • Opinion: 5 things we want to see in Android M

    Android L isn't out yet but here's what we want to see from Android M.

  • Opinion: Fleksy Android keyboard adds premium themes

    Premium themes for third-party Android keyboards are getting to be a thing now. Just a few weeks ago SwiftKey announced it would start selling stylish keyboard skins, and now, competitor Fleksy is following suit.

  • Opinion: Lyft to launch in NYC on Friday, for real this time

    Lyft is now allowed to operate in New York City, but it had to sacrifice its soul. The popular app ditched peer-to-peer ride-sharing--its reason for being--in order to win approval from the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. The company hits the streets of New York, sans pink mustaches, at 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

  • Opinion: The Pirate Bay launches mobile site from dry dock

    The scallywags at The Pirate Bay have created a new port for all digital pirates to drop anchor. The popular torrent directory recently released a mobile version of its website after years of cramming the PC version onto mobile screens.

  • Opinion: 5 ways Amazon's Fire Phone could sizzle or fizzle

    Amazon's Fire Phone arrived a little over halfway into my summer vacation, which is a fun time to test out a smartphone. In the last couple days, I've had tons of chances to capture memories with the phone's 13-megapixel camera, and test the turn-by-turn navigation while steering a rental car around unfamiliar streets. But I'm still in the process of working out who, if anyone, should pull the trigger on Amazon's very first foray into the crowded smartphone market.

  • Opinion: Google Glass: jury still out on the smartglasses concept

    Having just reached the UK, although not yet a finished product, there's been a lot of buzz over Google Glass. But no-one seems very sure of what to think of the smartglasses concept.

  • Opinion: TrewGrip wants to change how you type on your mobile device

    I learned to touch type under the scornful eye of a ninth grade typing teacher who had as little patience for teenage boys as she did for people who hunted and pecked their way around a keyboard. Thanks to her terrifying tutelage, her unyielding scorn for the lazy positioning of my hands, and her sneering incredulity at the amount of Liquid Paper I had to dab on my typewritten pages, I can now type at very credible speeds with nary a glance at my keyboard.

  • Opinion: HTC's rumored Android Wear smartwatch pops up in HTC promo video

    Just like every other major Android vendor, HTC is expected to release its own smartwatch running Android Wear. But not every company teases us by accidentally--or accidentally on purpose--dropping a sneak peek of its watch in a promotional video.

  • Opinion: To switch or not to switch: Test-driving T-Mobile's LTE network

    T-Mobile's Uncarrier 5 event last month in Seattle was without a doubt the loudest press conference I've ever attended. Whichever rods and cones in my eyeballs detect the color magenta pretty much melted. John Legere was his magnificently foul-mouthed self, and his bombastic speech was accompanied by chair-shaking blasts of music and sound effects, concert lighting, and screaming fans (OK, most of them were T-Mobile employees, but there were thousands of them there, and they were loud). I don't recall actual pyrotechnics, but it wouldn't have been surprising.

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