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More Smartphones Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.



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