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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Eset Mobile Security for Android review: best of breed security with anti-theft

    It's always tricky evaluating anti-malware software for mobile devices. Android being based on Linux, and a more open system than iOS, is more vulnerable to malware, but attacks aren't all that common. Still, as the Boy Scouts say...

  • Opinion: Touchable Office suite headed to Android before Windows 8, report says

    Now that Office for iPad is out in the wild, Microsoft is getting ready for a new touch-friendly Office release. But rumor has it the next tablets to get the Office suite will be members of the Android army and not Windows 8.

  • Opinion: Get back to work! StayFocusd, YouMail and other apps to keep you on task

    Let's face it: working is hard. And getting stuff done, well, that can be the hardest part of it. Especially with so many distractions around. But while technology can be the biggest distraction of all (hello, Facebook!), it also can be a huge time saver. Each week, I'll round up a selection of apps that can help you stay organized, focused, and productive no matter what platform or device you're using.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 8.1 users can now rack up Bing Rewards

    Microsoft has finally brought its Bing Rewards program to Windows Phone, letting users earn points toward gift cards and other benefits by searching the Web.

  • Opinion: Keep all of your stuff close at hand with Snupps

    My boyfriend and I have an almost out-of-control collection of Mickey Mouse Vinylmation. (Yes, I'm adult, and we all have our vices... one of mine just happens to be painted Mickey Mouse figurines.) And it's getting to the point where I sometimes forget everything we've amassed so far. Most of the time, that's never a problem--I can just consult my ever-growing bookshelf at home--but when I'm out on the hunt or trading with another collector, I find myself scrambling. Do I have the chaser from this set? Did we take Carl and Ellie out of the box? Which Dapper Dan am I missing?

  • Opinion: New Sonos Controller app exits beta with surprise feature

    As it promised earlier this spring, streaming speaker pioneer Sonos released refreshed versions of its controller app for iOS and Android. But there's a very cool feature in this finished version that wasn't around when TechHive had some hands-on time with an earlier version of the app.

  • Opinion: Why an NFC iPhone Could be Big for Enterprise Security

    Last week, a report from New York-based global investment news site BrightWire.com suggested that Apple's upcoming smartphone, the iPhone 6, will (finally) support near-field communications (NFC) technology. BrightWire.com cited "a source close to the matter."

  • Opinion: Mobile malware 'celebrates' 10th anniversary

    The latest security news in three minutes, including Apple’s horrendous gotofail programming error, the Moon malware that affects a huge number of Linksys routers, and the 10-year anniversary of mobile malware.

  • Opinion: Mobile-payment revamp for Hong Kong

    Here in Hong Kong we're accustomed to ease-of-payment. The main driver of course is the Octopus card--the most convenient payment-method yet devised.

  • Opinion: On second thought, California Senate backs kill-switch bill

    We're a step closer to having kill-switch technology built into our smartphones by default, after the California State Senate approved a bill that would mandate the antitheft feature come preinstalled on phones sold in the Golden State.

  • Opinion: Lyft takes aim at Uber with premium Plus service

    When Lyft launched two years ago, it was a casual ride-sharing service where drivers used their own cars--nothing fancy, but nice enough--to give you a ride in the direction they were already heading. Because the rides looked like regular cars, drivers affixed hot pink mustaches to their bumpers. Lyft is now upping the ante with a higher-end Lyft Plus service offering luxury rides at higher prices.

  • Opinion: 7 iPhone Battery Tips for Advanced Users

    Battery life has never really been the iPhone's strength, though it has improved since 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. The original iPhone got about eight hours of talk time, according to Apple, while the latest Apple smartphone, the iPhone 5s, gets about 10 hours talk time. The first iPhone had a 1440mAh battery and the iPhone 5s has a 1570mAh battery. Capacity only increased by 12 percent during the last six years, according to ZDNet.com, while average life increased by 25 percent.

  • Opinion: Harman/Kardon turns Sprint's exclusive HTC One (M8) up to 11

    Less than a month after HTC released its new flagship phone, the One (M8), there's already a new model: the Harman/Kardon edition, an exclusive phone for Sprint designed for hardcore music fans.

  • 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: Here's your rumored Amazon phone

    The wily Amazon phone: It's the smartphone rumor that won't quit, and now more circumstantial evidence of its eventual release has surfaced in the wild. On Tuesday, BGR posted what it describes as photos of an Amazon prototype device, along with some spec and feature details shared by "multiple trusted sources."

  • 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: Translator with Speech review: Windows Phone app bridges language barriers

    I've demonstrated the Windows Phone's predictive, heuristic text entry and voice recognition prowess to nearly everyone who's ever pulled up a barstool next to me, yet they still bang away at their iPhones and Android devices as if they'd never noticed. Go figure. Maybe Translator with Speech will get their attention. Not only does this app do a bang-up job of translating both text and speech input into other languages, it speaks the translations.

  • Opinion: As IDC Sees It, Tech's 'Third Platform' Disrupts Everyone

    What IDC deems the third platform of computing -- social, mobile, cloud and big data -- is transforming IT much faster than the first (mainframe) or second (client/server) platforms ever did. This has tremendous implications for the IT industry, yes, but also for anyone doing business in today's world.

  • 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.



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