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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Smartphone Battery Breakthrough Coming ... In 3 to 5 Years

    Although iPhone 4S battery drain was a real problem, it also brought up the need for a smartphone battery breakthrough--something so significant that you'll never have to worry about getting through the day on a single charge, even if the battery's not behaving properly.

  • Opinion: CyanogenMod 9 Coming Soon, Will Bring Tasty Hacking to Ice Cream Sandwich

    Steve Kondik, aka Cyanogen of the CyanogenMod team, teased a bit of news over Twitter that they are working to add Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich support to CyanogenMod 9, which should come out in January. The team's announcement comes hot off the heels of Google releasing the source code for Android version 4.0.

  • Opinion: The Peril of Porting

    Competition between mobile phone networks in the UK means it’s good to own your own phone, and take out one-month SIM-only contracts to keep yourself connected for voice and data.

  • Opinion: GeekBytes: Android and Lasers and Snakes, Oh My!

    Welcome to the first-ever edition of GeekBytes! GB aims to bring you all the other notable news the rest of GeekTech didn't get to in a bite-size, quick-read format.

  • Opinion: SpectorSoft Provides Peace of Mind for Working Parents

    Many households are comprised of either single parents, or homes where there are two parents who both work--leaving millions of kids to fend for themselves when it comes to getting to and from school safely. Worrying about kids can be a distraction that impacts productivity, but a new tool from SpectorSoft enables parents to keep better track of their children so they can stay focused on work.

  • Opinion: Get quick access to iOS settings with IconSettings

    Before Apple released an iOS update to address battery life, I, like many others, tried to figure out what was causing my iPhone 4S's batery life to quickly drain. Coping with this problem involved what seemed like constantly adjusting various settings. And while the iOS settings are very easy to navigate, it can start to wear on you, if, for example, you need to drill down to turn off cellular data (Settings -> General -> Network) a few times a day. Sure, it takes only a few seconds and a few taps, but there's got to be a quicker, more efficient way.

  • 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.



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