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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Take better DSLR shots using...your smartphone?

    Photos are meant to be viewed large. Yet when taking a shot--that crucial moment when we should be most discerning--we usually rely on the camera's small LCD to preview the image. The traditional solution has been to "tether" the camera to a computer, so you can view shots on a large screen as they're captured, or even control the camera's settings and trigger the shutter remotely. That approach lets you correct the scene or settings and reshoot immediately if anything looks amiss.

  • Opinion: Rogue hotspots can steal your Windows Phone's saved Wi-Fi passwords, Microsoft warns

    Microsoft is warning users that their Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8 devices could be easily tricked into revealing login credentials for corporate Wi-Fi access points secured with WPA2 protection. The vulnerability appears to build on a known security weakness in a Microsoft authentication protocol as well as the way Windows Phones connect to WPA2 networks.

  • Opinion: No, U.S. smartphone costs aren't highest in the world

    More than $1260 a year--that's the average cost of a high-end smartphone in the U.S., once you factor in the cost of the voice, data, and text services. Yes, for about $105 a month, you earn the privilege of Instagramming your Sunday brunch and having nearly 24/7 Web access at your fingertips.

  • Opinion: Smartphone insurance: Why you shouldn't scoff at the expense

    If you're smart, you'll consider insuring your brand-new smartphone. Yes, we bristle at the thought of insuring any consumer electronics--the result of too many sales clerks pitching us on extended warranties for TVs, DVD players, and audio systems. But those devices aren't nearly as vulnerable to damage or theft as our delicate smartphones.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Way, way up

    Google's app marketplace takes a shot across Apple's bow, Tim Cook talks turkey--and iPhones--with China's largest carrier, and a little dose of nostalgia for Siskel and Ebert fans. The remainders for Wednesday, July 31, 2013 will see you at the movies.

  • Opinion: Did Samsung game its Galaxy S4 benchmarks?

    Did Samsung just get caught gaming benchmarks?

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Televisionary

    Your Apple TV experience may soon improve, with ways to keep your movie queues separate, and a quick and easy setup. Elsewhere, a London Apple Store isn't falling down, falling down--it's getting renovated! The remainders for Tuesday, July 30, 2013 are taped live in front of a studio audience.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: What about Bob?

    What's going on with Apple's Bob Mansfield? Will the new iPhone know you--I mean, really know you? And when is it okay for Apple to search its employees' belongings? These questions and more answered in the remainders for Monday, July 29, 2013.

  • Opinion: When you're stone out of luck

    When I set about putting together one of these Mac 911 columns I can usually find an appropriate answerable question in a couple of tries. But there are days (of which this is one) when the gods seem to deliver questions whose answer largely boils down to: You are stone out of luck.

  • Opinion: Enable parental restrictions on your iOS device

    For parents and others handing iOS devices over to kids, it might be wisest to lock down certain features so that children don't stumble across things they shouldn't, or accidentally wreak havoc upon your own device. Here's how.

  • Opinion: The BreakupText app is the worst possible way you can end a relationship

    I'm not going to say I'm a pro at relationships, but I do know a few things about breaking up with somebody. First, you probably should do it in person; calling is OK, texting is so not OK, and sending a canned message you just punch your name into is the worst possible thing you can do.

  • Opinion: In Android, move a photo to another folder

    Once he's snapped a photo with his Android phone, Bob wants to move it to another folder.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Sale of the century

    Apple's no longer content to just watch--haha--the smart-timepiece industry. Elsewhere, the Jobs movie gets a blink-and-you'll-miss-it trailer and Cupertino polls its employees on how to sell more iPhones. The remainders for Monday, July 15, 2013 must have missed the memo.

  • Opinion: The smartphone has changed the world

    Thanks to their combination of mobility, cost and always-on internet, Smartphones are the one device we carry everywhere. They haven't replaced PCs but they always have the answer.

  • Opinion: Tweaks for HTC One

    Your HTC One may rank among the best Android phones ever, but that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. In particular, you may find yourself hating HTC's various software "enhancements" and longing for a more pure Android environment. Although you can find a Google Play edition of the HTC One that comes bearing Google's stock Android with no modifications, that model doesn't work on all carriers, and sometimes it isn't worthwhile to break your contract just for a slightly better handset.

  • Opinion: Make your Galaxy S4 more like stock Android, without rooting

    The moment Google announced the Google Play edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4, you could almost hear the buyer's remorse from millions of people who had already picked up the regular version of the handset. Not only is the Google Play edition of the phone free from bloatware, but it also benefits from timely updates similar to Google's line of Nexus devices. Suddenly, that pricey new phone you signed a 2-year contract for isn't looking as lustrous as when you first got it.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Marriage of inconvenience

    Apple and Samsung are still together after all these years; Back to School season is nearly upon us; and Kanye West now has a mouse for each hand. The remainders for Monday, July 1, 2013 are hardest on the kids.

  • Opinion: Block unwanted iPhone callers in iOS 6

    Come iOS 7, you'll be able to block unwanted callers. But what if you have jerks, salespeople, and Crazy Great-Aunt Rita calling you nonstop now, and iOS 7's fall release date seems like just too darn long to wait for some semblance of phone peace? There's a solution.

  • Opinion: Why iOS 7's design is bold but flawed

    I'm standing at the front of a darkened room full of middle-school girls, telling them about user interface patterns and trying to get them excited about reading Apple's iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

  • Opinion: No waiting rooms, no copay: 6 apps to get a doctor's advice

    The last time I saw my doctor, I arrived about 12 minutes early for my appointment. She arrived 22 minutes late, to find me waiting outside of her locked office. Which means I'd been there for over half an hour before I even saw the waiting room. Now, I appreciate the test of both my patience and my blood pressure, but it seriously cannot continue to take me three hours to get a prescription filled. In the wise words of Sweet Brown: Ain't nobody got time for that.



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