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More Smartphones Opinion

  • 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: How to turn an old phone or tablet into a PC productivity tool

    Your old phones and tablets don't have to become e-waste. They can do real work as repurposed sidekicks for your PC. Think of them as bonus touchscreen displays and you'll begin to see the possibilities. They just need to be plugged in, wiped of unneeded apps and notifications, and they're ready to serve as desktop companions. Here are some of the best ways to reuse that old tech.

  • Opinion: Leaked video shows Cortana, Windows Phone's smarter Siri clone, in action

    A mere day after catching our first glimpse of Windows Phone 8.1's incoming "Cortana" digital assistant, a video over two minutes long showcasing Cortana's initial setup has appeared on the web.

  • Opinion: Watch out, Seamless: Is Square testing a new ordering app?

    Just when you thought Seamless and GrubHub had tag-teamed their way to food ordering supremacy, Square is reportedly testing the waters with a new app called Square Pickup.

  • 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: How to make your gloves touchscreen capable

    Since winter has officially gone from "Awwww, snow!" to "Dear Lord, will I ever be warm again?" it's time to break out every little trick you have to keep yourself warm: thermal everything everywhere, hot tea, hot coffee, hot chocolate, and never taking your gloves off.

  • Opinion: Use your smartphone to check your remote control batteries

    Most standard remote controls send signals to your home theater gear using a beam of infrared light, which a sensor on your hardware picks up. You can't see this beam, but your smartphone's camera can! So, if your remote isn't working right, you can use your phone to check if your remote needs fresh batteries.

  • 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: Master SMS with these 9 basic texting tips

    Nobody uses phones as phones anymore.

  • 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: T-Mobile buys a bunch of unused Verizon spectrum around major cities

    While T-Mobile and AT&T engage in a delightfully public PR urination competition, the wireless industry still trudges along. Verizon announced Monday that it had agreed to sell a block of unused spectrum to T-Mo in exchange for cash and spectrum licenses.

  • 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: A Nokia Android phone might not be so crazy

    Despite Nokia's sworn allegiance to Microsoft and Windows Phone, the company may be working on a low-end Android phone for emerging markets.

  • 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.



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