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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Finally: Indoor GPS System Uses Your Smartphone and Earth's Magnetic Field

    I personally think that GPS technology is possibly the greatest invention ever, since it has saved me weeks of wandering around in circles. The only problem is that it might not work if you're in a large building (like your local megamall) or underground (driving through Boston's underground highway, for instance).

  • Opinion: 7-Inch Tablet Showdown Looms This Fall

    Tablets with 7-inch displays will get their time in the spotlight this fall, as Google, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and possibly Apple fight for holiday shoppers' dollars.

  • Opinion: Clever iPhone Keyboard Seeks Kickstart

    If you're looking for clever gadgets, one place to find them is at Kickstarter.

  • Opinion: Nexus Smartphone Sales Ban Lifted by Court

    Google is expected to release an updated version of the Galaxy Nexus handset next week, which would likely render moot the temporary lifting of a ban on the sale of the smartphone.

  • Opinion: AT&T to Launch Blocking Service for Stolen Phones

    Starting next week, AT&T customers whose phones get stolen will be able to cut off the stolen device's ability to work on an AT&T network.

  • Opinion: Updated Apps Crashing? Here's What You Need to Know

    Flaws in Apple's App Store have made the updates to well over 100 apps completely unusable, creating headaches for both developers and users over the holiday.

  • Opinion: Motorola Outs Atrix HD, Its First Phone Under Google

    Motorola has just leaked the Atrix HD, the company's first new Android phone as a Google subsidiary, seemingly by accident.

  • Opinion: Fat Thumb Recognizes Your Oversized Digits, Lets You Multitouch Zoom With One Finger

    Touchscreen interfaces make it really easy to flick though apps and webpages with a single finger. But it's always an awkward moment whenever I have to do some multi-touch action, because I need to use my other hand to hold my phone, and that hand might be holding a Shake Shack burger (better than In-n-Out!) or a beverage.

  • Opinion: Crashing iOS Apps Blamed on Flaw in Apple App Store

    Apple's App Store has a flaw in its updating process that is causing some programs to crash when they're launched, according to a developer.

  • Opinion: Jelly Bean in Patent Spat Crosshairs as Ice Cream Sandwich Breaks 10 Percent Mark

    Google's latest version of its Android operating system is barely out the door and it's already in a patent controversy.

  • Opinion: How to Take Better Photos With Your Phone

    Flickr users upload close to 100 million photos to the photo-sharing site each month--and according to Yahoo, the iPhone continues to be the most common "camera" they use to upload all those photos. As more people leave the digital SLR--and even the point-and-shoot--at home, it's worth taking a look at how to get better photos from a smartphone. A few weeks ago I shared my five favorite iPhone apps, so this week I'll run through four handy tips for taking better smartphone photos. (If you have an Android handset, check out top photo apps for Android.) Consider the following to be bonus tips that complement my [

  • Opinion: VLC Player Beta Lands on Android

    VLC, the free media player popular for its capability to play most media formats, is now available for Android phones. You can get VLC for Android beta as a free download on Google Play, although you should wait for the final version if you’re not a power user.

  • Opinion: Paving the Way to Abandon BlackBerry

    If your company relies on BlackBerry mobile devices, it's time to head for the lifeboats. I don't have a crystal ball, so I can't say with any certainty what RIM's fate holds in store. But, it doesn't take any supernatural ability to see that the company is floundering...badly.

  • Opinion: Chrome for iOS: Not So Fast, Cool Features

    Google's mobile version of its Chrome browser has now graduated out of beta and is now available for the iPhone and iPad from the App Store. I took it for a spin to see how it compares to Apple's built-in Safari browser. In brief, the Chrome iOS mobile browser has some innovative features, but is hampered by the fact it can't tap into Apple's Nitro JavaScript engine to Safari.

  • Opinion: App Spotlight: MaxEmail Fax Turns Your iPhone into a Fax Machine

    Like AOL, compact discs, and other relics of the 20th century, faxes refuse to die.

  • Opinion: Sensordrone: The Sensor Swiss Army Knife for Your Smartphone

    There's an app for pretty much everything, but when it comes getting input from the physical environment, smartphones are fairly limited. Mark, Ben, Mark, and Brian, a group of sensor enthusiasts from Sensorcon, noticed this, and developed a device to fix the smartphone sensor deficiency problem, dubbed Sensordrone.

  • Opinion: Google Rolls Out Chrome for Android and iOS

    Google's Chrome browser now claims 310 million active users, the company announced at its I/O developer's conference this week, nearly doubling the number it had at this time last year.

  • Opinion: Nexus 7 Tablet vs. Kindle Fire vs. the Rest: Spec Smackdown (Chart)

    Google's Nexus 7 tablet, the company's Android Jelly Bean-powered device, is heavy on the specs as it guns for Amazon's Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet. It's not only the form factor and screen size Google is challenging its competitors on, but also the price -- starting at $200 -- which means consumers will have quite a choice for a 7-inch Android tablet at this price point.

  • Opinion: Virgin Mobile Starts Selling Prepaid iPhones

    Virgin Mobile consumers can now purchase iPhones on the carrier's prepaid wireless plans. Consumers will have to pay full price for the phones -- $649 for a 16GB iPhone 4S and $549 for an 8GB iPhone 4 -- but pay less for service than they'd pay for a plan that subsidized the cost of the phone.

  • Opinion: Bluestacks Brings Android Apps to Mac with its App Player Emulator

    Mac users can now run Android apps on their desktop thanks to App Player from Bluestacks, an Android emulation platform that is available as an alpha version for OS X. Bluestacks does not specify any system requirements on its site, but in my tests App Player for Mac worked just fine on a MacBook running Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard.

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