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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Bugs & Fixes: AT&T (over?)charges for mystery data usage

    A few weeks ago, I got a call from a friend, seeking advice. His iPhone 4, which is on AT&T’s 200 MB/month data plan, had mysteriously racked up over 200 MB of data in just a matter of days. He was now being charged at the overage rate.

  • Opinion: Dragon Hunter 2: Slow Moving Android Tower Defense Game

    If you like tower defense titles, the free Dragon Hunter II is worth checking out. You're a lone soldier defending your castle from an onslaught of air- and sea-dragons. You start out with a simple bow and arrow, but later you'll have the chance to obtain more-advanced weapons.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 Demand High Ahead of Unveiling

    The new iPhone that Apple is expected to announce on Oct. 4 is already on the shopping list of many BlackBerry and Android users. Research from InMobi, an independent mobile ad network, found that 41 percent of mobile users in North America and Canada plan to buy the new iPhone.

  • Opinion: Flickr Becomes Instagram's Android Nemesis

    Flickr has launched an official app for Android phones, one that rivals the popular Instagram social photo-sharing app that is exclusive to iOS. Flickr also announced Photo Sessions, a feature that lets you watch photo slideshows with friends in real time, anywhere around the globe.

  • Opinion: MS-Samsung Patent Deal: Great News for Windows Phones

    The success of Samsung's Galaxy S Android phones just became a cash cow for Microsoft, thanks to a patent cross-licensing agreement in which Microsoft gets paid for every Android phone or tablet Samsung sells.

  • Opinion: Tizen: A Viable Android Alternative at Last?

    It's no secret that the Linux-based MeeGo mobile platform has been struggling for some time, despite Intel's pledge of continuing support and all the positive reviews it has received. Now, it looks like that struggle has come to an end.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone Mango: How to Upgrade Now

    Microsoft has started rolling out its Windows Phone 7.5 update, with more than 500 new features including a new music hub and better multitasking. But most Windows Phone 7 users will have to wait a week or even a month for Mango -- unless they use this little workaround to take a bite of the update right now.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 23: A Camera Isn't Just for Photos

    Once upon a time, I used my smartphone camera to take pictures of things so I could share them on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, With Windows Phone 7 "Mango" I can still do that, but "Mango" also comes with a whole new bag of tricks for the camera that are much more useful. For today's 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 post I will take a look at some of the more creative ways "Mango" uses the camera.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone Event is Near: 5 Predictions

    Apple will put an end to the rumors and introduce its next iPhone on October 4--it's already sent out invitations to an iPhone-specific event that will be held at Apple's Cupertino campus. New Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage and make the big announcement.

  • Opinion: Tagg Keeps Your Pets Safe with GPS and Mobile Technology

    If you're a pet owner, you've probably experienced that moment of dread when you come home and your dog or cat isn't anywhere to be found. Don't you wish you could send them a text and ask them where they are? It might sound ridiculous, but a new gadget coming can almost let you do just that. The Tagg Pet Tracker by Snaptracs, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, uses the power of GPS and mobile technologies to help you keep track of your furry friends.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 and why Android is the new Windows

    Windows 8 is the most exciting Microsoft operating system since Windows 95. But to see off the challenge of Google Android, it needs to be.

  • Opinion: Intuit Shows Off Mobile Tools

    Intuit dominates small-business accounting with its Quickbooks software, but the company is also working on tools to help managers of small and medium-size businesses do more from smartphones and tablets when they are away from the office.

  • Opinion: One Thing Amazon Must Get Right With Its Kindle Tablet

    If Amazon does announce a tablet this week, as anticipated, it needs to nail one thing really well if it wants to succeed--and that is to make the tablet's look, feel, usability, and design rock-solid. Why? If the new tablet doesn't nail the interface from the get-go, it will have a hard time being anything more than a me-too tablet. This is a big challenge for the e-commerce powerhouse whose lack of either aesthetics or well-presented user interfaces has been its Achilles' heel.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 22: Talking to 'Mango'

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 22

  • Opinion: Android Users: Advice To Protect Your Phones

    Android smartphone users can take some commonsense precautions to protect their personal data from being stolen -- important advice considering an app developer purports to know how to take the information in under 60 seconds.

  • Opinion: Why I'm Not One of the 89 Percent Getting Another iPhone

    Whenever I tell someone that my next phone probably won't be an iPhone, the reaction is always the same: the eyes widen and the tone of voice shifts to complete surprise. "Why not?"

  • Opinion: Cowboy Guns for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a lot about Cowboy Guns, a Western shoot ’em up published by Chillingo, to make even the most hardened desperado smile. There’s plenty of challenges and a compelling storyline—albeit one delivered with dialogue so stilted that it would make a Roy Rogers picture seem like a Royal Shakespeare Company production. The graphics give the game a distinctive look, and the music sounds like something Ennio Morricone might compose. Clearly, a lot of attention was paid to getting all the details of Cowboy Guns just so.

  • Opinion: Facial Recognition: Facebook Photo Matching Just the Start

    The Internet was in an uproar earlier this year following Facebook's launch of facial recognition software for its photo services, enabling users to identify their friends in photos automatically--and without their permission. Though critics described that move as creepy, the controversial technology may now be on the verge of widespread use.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7 'Mango' to Arrive Within Two Weeks

    Microsoft will begin delivering the new version of Windows Phone 7, code-named Mango, to its customers within the next two weeks, the company announced Wednesday.

  • Opinion: Hacker Creates Makes iOS Look Like OS X Lion

    Do you happen to be one of those people that really love Mac OS X Lion? Or perhaps, on the other end of the spectrum, you feel Lion's a bit too much like iOS? Well, now it's more than just similar, because if you happen to have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can now make sure that Lion never leaves your side, with a bit of clever hacking.


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