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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Catch Notes Mobile App Collects Notes, Reminders

    One of the most critical elements of good productivity is information capture. When a commitment arises, you need to get it into your trusted system as quickly as possible. When important data pops up that relates to a task on your agenda, you need to grab it instantly in a retrievable form.

  • Opinion: Rumors Pin iPhone 5 Launch Mid-September

    Apple is reportedly prepping for a launch of the iPhone 5 sometime between September 6 and 15. According to China Times (translated via MacRumors ), suppliers are currently preparing 400,000 trial run iPhone 5 units, with an initial shipment slated at 4 million units. As the iPhone 5 features guessing game picks up steam, Apple has not formally announced anything.

  • Opinion: Nine Creepy Apps

    There was an old Andy Griffith episode involving a stranger who arrived in Mayberry and knew so much about the townspeople and the goings-on of the town that it was as if he’d lived there for years. Everyone was mystified, but it turned out that the stranger was getting his information from the local paper, which he’d been receiving in the mail.

  • Opinion: How To Unlock the Hidden Facebook iPad App (Again)

    Yesterday, after Facebook accidentally leaked their long-overdue official iPad app, the blogosphere erupted with instructions on how to unlock the hidden app. Facebook quickly responded by blocking Facebook for iPad. Clearly there is a lot of interest in the app, because today hacker chpwn released a tool called FaceForward that re-enables the hidden feature.

  • Opinion: New Haptic Feedback Tech Makes Touchscreens Poke Back

    Many current smartphones utilize some degree of haptic technology--that is, tech that stimulates a user's sense of touch to communicate information. As of now, the haptic feedback systems are pretty basic: When you touch a "soft" key (one that appears on your touchscreen, as opposed to a key on a physical keyboard), the screen or even the entire phone will vibrate, simulating a click. But using the research of Ed Colgate, mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University, poking a touchscreen could soon make the touchscreen poke back.

  • Opinion: AT&T Customers Attempt to Block T-Mobile Merger

    AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile isn't just making industry rivals uneasy, it's also spurring resistance from customers.

  • Opinion: App of the week: Google + for iPhone

    Every week at PC World, we are aiming to bring you a smartphone or tablet app of the week, based on the lovely recommendations by our senior editorial staff.

  • Opinion: Apple B2B App Store Open for Business

    The Apple B2B App Store is open for business. Only a week after first revealing details of the new platform, Apple has launched the service and businesses that use iOS devices can begin to take advantage of the benefits it has to offer.

  • Opinion: Hitachi Develops a 4.5-inch 720p Glasses-less 3D Screen

    It looks like Hitachi Japan is rolling out a new glasses-less 3D display to blow away smartphone screens. The company announced a new 4.5-inch 3D IPS LCD panel with a 1280 by 720 resolution.

  • Opinion: Texting While Walking Could Get You Fined in Philly

    Pedestrians have enjoyed the right-of-way for too long, the city of Philadelphia has decided. Now, the city is fining those who text while walking without paying attention to the road ahead.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPad: 5 Reasons Why I'll Never Buy One

    Apple is expected to report enormous profits this quarter thanks in no small part to record iPad sales of 7.7 million units. But I'm still holding out for a better tablet.

  • Opinion: HTC's Apple Patent Loss: Android Fans Shouldn't Worry

    HTC's infringement of two Apple patents has led to some gloomy predictions about the future of Android phones, but for consumers it's business as usual -- at least for now.

  • Opinion: Toshiba Thrive Tablets Comatose, Owners Say

    Owners of the recently released Toshiba Thrive tablet say the device has an annoying bug causing the tablet to refuse to come out of sleep mode. Forums on Toshiba's own site and third-party forums have numerous complaints from new Thrive owners complaining of the problem. "The white status light is blinking but pressing the On [sic] button does nothing requiring [a] reboot like a Windows computer," said Toshiba forum user sjwheat. The Thrive issue was first reported by Engadget.

  • Opinion: What You Should Know About Apple Apps Volume Purchase Program

    IT admins at businesses of all sizes have been forced to grapple with the consumerization revolution led by the Apple iPhone and iPad. Now, Apple is making it simpler, and more cost effective for organizations to rely on iOS devices with discounted apps in a new volume purchasing program.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5: Job site sparks rumour of August launch

    A posting on a British job site has ignited speculation that Apple is getting set to launch the next iteration of the iPhone as early as August 16. '"Apple...[is] seeking full-time iPhone Sales Staff for an exciting project ... for the period 16th August - 28th October," the posting reads on Reed.co.uk. The job ad does not specify why Apple needs more iPhone sales staff or mention a forthcoming iPhone. Gekko, a U.K. recruitment firm, is handling the hiring for Apple and has ads on Reed for various locations throughout the U.K. The ad was first reported by CNET UK.

  • Opinion: Android Market App Brings Movies, Books to Smartphones

    Google recently released a new Android Market app for Android 2.2 or higher that makes it a snap for U.S. users to rent movies and purchase e-books. Android users have been looking forward to movie rentals on their phones ever since Google announced the service during Google I/O in May. Tablets running Android 3.1 are already enjoying the feature, but with the new Market app Android smartphone users can finally get in on the movie rental action, starting at $1.99. Book purchases are also a long time in coming to smartphone users as the feature debuted in the Web version of the Android Market in February.

  • Opinion: Parcels App for Android Tracks Packages In One Place

    I get a lot of packages. Between my online shopping addiction and the fact that various tech companies are always sending me gadgets and other stuff to test, I've built pretty good relationships with my FedEx, DHL, On Trac, and UPS drivers. But to help keep track of all the packages I've ordered and shipped at any given time, I've been turning to a cool little Android app called Parcels.

  • Opinion: HTC 'Unlockable Bootloaders' Ship in August

    HTC promised to end its locked bootloader policy a few months ago. In an announcement posted to its Facebook page, the company stated that it'll start rolling out unlockable bootloaders next month.

  • Opinion: Do Hands-Free Cell Phones Really Make Driving Safer?

    Holding a cell phone up to your ear while driving may be no more dangerous than using a Bluetooth headset or other hands-free device, a study finds.

  • Opinion: Where to Watch the Last Space Shuttle Launch Online

    We're at the end of an era as the space shuttle Atlantis is set to make the final shuttle voyage to the International Space Station this weekend. NASA officials hope the launch will take off on schedule at 11:24 EDT on Friday morning but bad weather may force the launch window to roll over to Sunday.



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