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  • Opinion: G Data gets upwardly mobile

    It’s a competitive market in the world of Windows security software. But that hasn’t deterred virus specialist G Data from making a new push beyond its home German market to these shores.

  • Opinion: iPhone 5 Rumor Rundown

    In previous years, we would know what to expect in the next iPhone by now, because we would have already seen it onstage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. But that's not the way it went this year, so we're left guessing and hanging around the rumor mill, trying to piece together an image of the iPhone 5, 4GS, or whatever they're going to call it. Here's a rundown of what we've heard so far:

  • Opinion: Apple iPad, Day 6: iOS Multitasking

    Desktop operating systems have been multitasking in one way or another for decades. In order for the iPad to fill the shoes of a notebook PC and act as the primary computing platform, it needs to be able to multitask as well. Apple's implementation of multitasking in iOS is not full, or true multitasking, though, so it begs the question of whether it is truly up for the task.

  • Opinion: The Best $3.95 You Can Spend on Your Laptop

    Remember the good old days, when laptops had USB ports at the rear? Now, most models have them on either side, which is a little more convenient for plugging and unplugging devices but an aesthetic nightmare.

  • Opinion: Slay Vampires With Your Phone

    Feel like slaying some vampires today? Or did you fall asleep watching True Blood and dreamt that you grew some fangs? Third Eye, a new free Android game from Viewdle, uses a combination of augmented reality and facial recognition technology to make a whole new kind of mobile game. Whether you're a fan of complex MMPORGs or enjoy casual social gaming, like Farmville or Mafia Wars, Third Eye offers something for everybody. The idea behind Third Eye is really cool, but I wonder if this first game in a three-part trilogy will be enough to hold the sometimes short attention span of gamers.

  • Opinion: New Tech Turns Finger Swipes Into Power

    Scientists are looking into ways to turn the finger swipes on touchscreens into electricity. Finally, I can do something productive while I'm furiously swiping away while playing Fruit Ninja!

  • Opinion: New iPhone Rumored to Have A5 Chip, Beefier Camera

    Apple is cooking up a new iPhone for September that will feature a better camera and zippier processor, according to online rumors. The next iPhone will reportedly feature the company's A5 dual-core processor and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. Apple may also be testing a new iPad that includes a retina display similar to the screen on the iPhone 4, according to Bloomberg.

  • Opinion: Nokia N9: Why You Shouldn't Buy this Device

    Nokia has unveiled the N9, its latest flagship smartphone, the first device to run the Meego operating system. Meego has been heralded as Nokia's strategic move against increased competition from rivals Apple and Google.

  • Opinion: Localscope for iPhone

    There are any number of apps let you search for nearby businesses on your iOS device but Localscope—a $2 offering from Cynapse—offers two neat twists: aggregation and augmented reality. Unfortunately, the execution falls a bit short.

  • Opinion: Astrid Serves Up Awesome To-Do Lists on Android

    There's no shortage of terrible to-do apps in the Android Market, yet there are only a few good ones. Astrid ranks high on the short list of great Android productivity tools. This handsomely robust to-do list tracker sports a host of advanced features, and syncs with Google Tasks and Producteev.

  • Opinion: Yahoo App Search Gets Through iOS, Android Clutter

    Yahoo is lumbering into the app search game, years behind smaller, nimbler competitors.

  • Opinion: Facebook's Secret Projects Outed: Meet Project Spartan

    Facebook is getting its mobile game on. The social network is reportedly nearing the release of a bevy of impressive apps that will transform the social network into a mobile-savvy company. On deck is reportedly a geolocation photo swapping app and a new HTML5-based mobile platform called Project Spartan.

  • Opinion: Google Places for iPhone

    The free Google Places app is everything you should expect from Google: a clean, customizable, easy-to-use method of searching your iPhone for nearby bars, bakeries, and other types of businesses.

  • Opinion: Google's Nexus 4G is Expected in November, Report Says

    If the latest rumors about Google's forthcoming Nexus 4G phone are to be believed, you might want to wait until Thanksgiving before getting a new Android device. Google is reportedly prepping a new Nexus phone that includes a dual-core processor, "monster-sized" screen, and high-definition video capture. The phone will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), be available around Thanksgiving, and, as the name suggests, the device will run on a 4G LTE network, according to Boy Genius Report.

  • Opinion: Must-Have Mobile Apps, Web Services for Vacation

    Travel can be torture, but if you arm yourself with these mobile apps and websites for getting the most out of your vacation, you can steer clear of the tourist traps, stay one step ahead of the crowds, and make your flight with time to spare.

  • Opinion: Splashtop Hits a Top Spot For Business Apps

    A new iPad app has reached the top of the iTunes App Store's business section. No, it's not Angry Birds; this one's a little more practical. Splashtop allows you to remotely link your PC to your iPad or smartphone, giving you the flexibility to access your data from whichever device you prefer.

  • Opinion: Nokia Wins Patent War with Apple--You're Next Android

    Don't put any dirt on Nokia's coffin just yet--the company still has some life in it. A victory in its patent war with Apple means a new revenue stream for Nokia, and a stronger position to enforce its patent portfolio with other mobile device makers.

  • Opinion: Snap Photos With Your iPhone Headset In iOS 5

    One of the 200+ new features in Apple's upcoming iOS5 is the ability to snap photos by pressing the physical volume up button. This was formerly a hidden feature in the Camera+ app by developer tap tap tap and was cause for the app's removal from the App Store for violating Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. It is not clear whether Apple has actually amended the HIG or has simply made an exception for their own app. In any case, it has been a long requested feature which was welcomed with loud cheers when it was announced at WWDC last week.

  • Opinion: Is All Mobile Technology in the Car Dangerous?

    Luxury carmaker BMW is launching a nationwide campaign to build awareness about the hazards associated with driver distraction, and especially the dangers of texting while behind the wheel.

  • Opinion: Did Apple Steal a College Kid's Wi-Fi Sync App?

    Wireless syncing between both the iPhone and iPad and the program iTunes (on PCs) is finally rolling out to iDevices as part of the new iOS 5. Users will now be able to sync their iTunes libraries with their iDevice using a shared Wi-Fi network--no cord necessary. But this new iOS features is curiously similar to an old Cydia app by the name of Wi-Fi Sync. So similar, in fact, that one college student and Cydia app developer thinks Apple ripped off his app--name, icon, and all.



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