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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Hackers Crack Siri; Android Version, Flying Pigs Possible?

    As detailed by Apple, Siri works by communicating with a remote server: You speak into your phone, it sends your query to a server that deciphers what you said, and it sends instructions or information back to your iPhone.

  • Opinion: Netflix Goes Android-First with Tablet App Redesign

    Thanks to the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, Android tablets are getting a redesigned Netflix app before Apple's iPad.

  • Opinion: RIM Releases BlackBerry Bold 9790, Curve 9380

    Research In Motion has announced two new smartphones, including the first device from the Curve lineup to include a touchscreen. But while RIM is touting the advantages of its new Blackberry 7 OS-based devices, BlackBerry watchers were more interested in a leaked image showing a purported next-generation BlackBerry smartphone.

  • Opinion: Toggle between iTunes Match and local syncing

    When you enable iTunes Match on an iOS device (Settings -> Music -> iTunes Match), you'll see a warning that "iTunes Match will replace the music library on this device." When iTunes Match was still in beta, that message was true to its word: Any music you had on your device was indeed deleted, in favor of the library you'd uploaded to the cloud via iTunes Match. But in the official version of iTunes Match released Monday, that's no longer the case. In truth, any music that was on your iOS device before you enabled iTunes Match will still be there--and that fact can save you on time and bandwidth.

  • Opinion: Google Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Source Code, Galaxy Nexus Coming Soon?

    Google has just released the source code for the latest build of Android, deliciously titled "Ice Cream Sandwich." In a Google Groups post, Google engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru says "this is actually the source code for version 4.0.1 of Android, which is the specific version that will ship on the Galaxy Nexus."

  • Opinion: HzO Nanotechnology Seal Keeps Smartphones from Drowning

    In the future, you may not need a protective case to use your phone in the pool. Go ahead, toss it in--the HzO nanotechnology will protect it from the H20.

  • Opinion: Android MP3 Piracy Rampant Amid Google's Muddled Response

    Google is taking an inconsistent stance on allowing apps that enable music piracy via smartphones to remain available in its Android Market. The muddled position comes just as Google readies its launch of a Google music store.

  • Opinion: Five Tips to Avoid Malware in Mobile Apps

    Smartphones and tablets are evolving from niche luxury devices to mainstream consumer gadgets. As mobile devices become a ubiquitous part of the mainstream culture, malware developers are paying attention and are anxious to exploit the fertile new territory.

  • Opinion: How to Stop Telemarketing Calls to Your Mobile Phone

    Everyone has encountered a telemarketing call. It may be a robocall directing you to vote for some political candidate, or perhaps some local organization seeking donations. But, most people are used to getting those calls on their home land line, not their mobile phones. Telemarketers are increasingly targeting mobile phone numbers, though, so here is what you need to do to stop--or at least minimize--those annoying calls.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone 4S Battery Troubles Now Joined By New Problems

    Apple says it's still investigating battery drain issues with the iPhone 4S after some users complained that the iOS 5.0.1 update didn't solve their problems. But now Apple is facing new gripes that the iOS 5.0.1 update is causing more problems with the iPhone 4S including; microphone failures, Wi-Fi signal loss, and cellular network reception issues, according to reports.

  • Opinion: Swivl Is the Camera Stand That Will Keep You in the Shot

    Swivl is a nifty little camera stand that you can use to keep yourself in a shot without guiding it by hand. The device by Satarii has a stationary base with motors that allows it to tilt and spin to keep a remote marker in its sight.

  • Opinion: Apple's iOS 5 Update: No Battery Drain Fix?

    Some iPhone 4S users are still complaining about rapid battery drain following Apple's iOS 5.0.1 system update that began rolling out to users Thursday. IOS 5.0.1 was supposed to fix several bugs that caused some iPhone 4S and older iPhone devices to rapidly discharge their batteries. The update also brings more multitouch gestures to the original iPad, several bug fixes for iCloud, and improved Siri voice recognition capability for Australian accents.

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Creates Dilemma for Android

    The Amazon Kindle Fire is living up to its name by setting the tablet market on fire. Pre-orders of the as yet unreleased tablet have been phenomenal. The success of the Kindle Fire, however, puts Android tablets in general between a rock and a hard place.

  • Opinion: iPhone User Calls 911 5 Times to Report Broken Phone

    An Illinois man who was arrested after repeatedly calling 911 to complain about his broken iPhone is a fine illustration of the dangers of drinking and dialing.

  • Opinion: For Android, Paid Mobile Security Is Better: Study

    As with your computer, the best defense against malware is a good offense in the form of security software. Paid mobile security apps are much better at detecting malware in Android devices than free antivirus applications, according to a study by AV Test today. If your business relies at all on smartphones, make sure that you and your employees are protected with the right mobile security package.

  • Opinion: 5 Hidden Features in iOS 5

    Who knew Apple's iOS 5 mobile operating system held so many secrets? Developers and sleuthing hackers have been hard at work since Apple released the OS in October unearthing a number of hidden features and tweaking the OS to do things it was never intended to do.

  • Opinion: Android, iOS Games Rake in More Cash Than Sony and Nintendo

    Sony and Nintendo are seeing their game revenues drop, thanks to Android and iOS.

  • Opinion: Do You Need a Quad-Core Mobile Device for Work?

    Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor powers many of the phones and tablets on the market, and it's similar to the one found in Apple's iPad 2. That could change soon, as Nvidia has announced its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, which makes its debut in Asustek Computer's Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet. Generally, more is better, but does your company really need a quad-core mobile device?

  • Opinion: The Beginning of the End of Adobe Flash Player

    Adobe is trying to put a positive spin on the news that the company is stopping development on mobile Flash Player. From now on, Adobe will focus on HTML5 and AIR-based native apps for smartphones, while pushing forward with Flash Player on PCs.

  • Opinion: Twicca Review: A Versatile Twitter App for Android

    Twicca is a Twitter app for Android that's loaded with features, such as support for Twitter lists, image-upload resizing, color-coded labels, and sharing to other apps. Among other helpful functions, it offers reply history, reply auto-complete, saved searches, recent hashtags, quoted retweets, GPS location geotagging, notifications, Bit.ly link shortening, and image previews. You can also use the app to edit your profile and change your avatar image, and you can adjust the font size in Settings.



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