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More Smartphones Opinion

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Sell-a-phone

    Apple may soon let you trade your decrepit old iPhone in for a newer model, possibly one with a 64-bit chip or in a sleek silver/graphite color. What do the remainders for Monday, August 26, 2013 have to do to get you to walk out with a new phone today?

  • Opinion: Leaked Droid 5 images may yet give hope to long-suffering QWERTY fans

    Despite the popularity of touchscreen interfaces in smartphones, some people will never want to give up the finger-friendly feel and utility of an old-school, physical keyboard. Unfortunately for these digit-centric folks, nearly all the top-shelf handset releases of the past year have been decidedly keyboard-free. A series of leaked images purportedly of the QWERTY-licious Droid 5 may be reason for keyboard fans to have hope, however.

  • Opinion: Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch could bring further separation from Google

    As the likely launch date for Samsung's smartwatch draws closer, details on the wearable gadget are coming into focus.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Matcha-maker

    Did Apple buy a company because of math? And speaking of math, when it comes to the App Store, the house always wins. Finally, Beijing and Cupertino may have at long last come to an understanding. The remainders for Thursday, August 15, 2013 are a match made in heaven.

  • Opinion: The Macalope: Of battles and wars

    The Washington Post's Brian Fung says the war between Apple and Samsung is all over but the shouting. And you'll never guess who the winner will be.

  • Opinion: All's not lost for BlackBerry

    Now, I'm not one of those BlackBerry fan boys shamelessly jumping to the defence of a company many in the industry have condemned to the grave. But I do believe there is life in the old dog yet.

  • Opinion: Acer: Expect more Android and Chromebooks, less Windows

    Acer has shied away from venting its frustrations with Windows 8. The company is taking things a step further by vowing to sell more Android devices and Chromebooks.

  • Opinion: The Macalope: Apple doomapalooza

    Forgive the title but Apple's been doomed so many times now the Macalope's having a hard time coming up with new ways to say it. It must be hard to be Apple when even your successes... spell your doom!

  • 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.



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