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More Smartphones Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 game of the week - Cut the rope

    It’s the simple things that help to keep us occupied and Cut the Rope is one of those seemingly simple yet massively addictive games that you can happily spend hours in.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Crimes and misdemeanors

    iOS apps are still using UUIDs, and your iMessages may not be as secure as you thought, but that one guy is really, really sorry that he sold that iPhone 4 prototype. The remainders for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 have done their time.

  • Opinion: Skirting forbidden FaceTime restrictions

    Reader Walt Pinkston has family abroad that he'd like to chat with via FaceTime. He writes:

  • Opinion: 10 great Android apps you should be using, but aren't

    Finding high-quality Android apps in the Google Play Store can be challenging--what with 700,000 or so titles to choose from. Let us help.

  • Opinion: Gesundheit! Six apps that ease the hell of allergy season

    I have Kleenex stuffed into the pockets of every coat I own, my makeup bag holds eyedrops and Claritin, and I keep an ample supply of Benadryl at my desk. Given those details, you may have been able to correctly guess that I suffer from allergies. What am I allergic to? It's hard to say, since every time I've gone for an allergy test I react to literally everything they test me for. Nothing like getting 185 needless needle shots to the arm, am I right?

  • Opinion: Research and compare the latest smartphones at PhoneRocket

    We interrupt your regularly scheduled Hassle-Free PC post to bring you the Hassle-Free Phone edition.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Making a PC-smartphone love connection

    Your PC and mobile device don't get to visit very often. In fact, other than special occasions where you're transferring that new album or movie over, they barely talk at all. It's time they reconnect--literally. Luckily, Chrome experimenters are playing matchmaker and hooking them up better than ever with these awesome free games.

  • Opinion: The Macalope: Clearly wrong

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark! Assuming that "Denmark" is what we're calling the space between Henry Blodget's ears, and not Cupertino. And why not? Both have seasonal variations of daylight and require frequent land reclamation.

  • Opinion: The Floome smartphone breathalyzer will tell you when it's time to call a cab

    It can be awkward to try and convince a friend that they shouldn't be driving, but it's a situation that many of us find ourselves in: It's late on a Friday night, you've been out with coworkers for a few hours, and then Steve from accounting unevenly rises and declares it's time for him to head home. "Are you okay to drive?" someone asks, and he says he's fine--but it also took him several minutes to find his keys in his jacket pocket. Maybe he's just tired, maybe he's past his limit, but there's no real way for you to determine whether or not you should insist on calling him a cab.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Charge!

    Your iPhone may be getting more than just power from that charger. Elsewhere, the patent lawsuit is coming from inside the law firm and the iHernia of Mac portable concepts. The remainders for Monday, June 3, 2013 are large and in charge.

  • Opinion: Internet radio with TuneIn Radio

    Search the Windows App Store for TuneIn and you’ll be able to download a free application that makes getting web radio really, really easy.

  • Opinion: Replace Calendar with Fantastical on your iPhone

    Apple's built-in Calendar app for iPhone is fine, but I prefer Fantastical, a $5 alternative from Flexibits. Because the app can access your iPhone's calendars, it essentially offers complete integration with any calendaring system your iPhone can use or sync with--including iCloud, Google, Yahoo, and Exchange calendars. I reviewed the app in November of last year, awarding it four mice.



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