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  • Opinion: Malware Uses Smartphone Accelerometers to Steal Keystrokes

    Did you know your smartphone's accelerometer can be used to steal keystrokes from a nearby keyboard?

  • Opinion: Microsoft's Ballmer Knocks Android, Commends iPhone

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had some nasty things to say about Google's Android operating system. But the iPhone? Not so much.

  • Opinion: Apple's Siri vs. Android's Voice Actions: Feature Showdown

    Apple's new voice input-based digital assistant, Siri for the iPhone 4S pits the iPhone against Android's Voice Actions, a popular feature for Android phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher. Both Siri and Voice Actions promise to make your life easier by letting you speak--rather than type--your messages, web searches, notes, and navigation.

  • Opinion: Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Transformer 2 First Tablets to Get Ice Cream Sandwich OS

    Asus has released a sneak peek video of the Eee Pad Transformer 2, which, along with the original Eee Pad Transformer, is the first set of tablets confirmed to be getting Android 4.0, a.k.a., Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Opinion: Linux Mint Will Soon Get a GNOME 3 Edition

    Now that Ubuntu Linux has chosen Unity as its default desktop environment, Linux Mint stands out as perhaps the most user-friendly distribution offering a non-Unity default alternative, as I've noted before.

  • Opinion: RIM Apologies for Recent BlackBerry Outages with Free Apps

    Research in Motion extended an apology for last week's multi-continent BlackBerry outages last by offering free premium apps and one month of free technical support for its enterprise customers.

  • Opinion: Car Makers Rev up Plans for Hands-Free Car Tech

    Over the past few years, the tech capabilities of a vehicle have gone far beyond acting as a power generator for a backseat DVD player. Car dashboards can display exactly how fuel-efficient your driving habits are, direct you with a built-in GPS, read your tweets, and read your SMS texts outloud.

  • Opinion: More Image Editing Tricks for Brightening Shadows

    You already know that life is full of compromises--like the way you have to eat your broccoli before you get desert, or promise to walk the dog in order to get your spouse to agree to let you, you know, get a dog. So too with photography: A "good exposure" sometimes means that while most of the photo looks fine, there are some deep shadows lacking in detail, like in my photo of a Coast Guard sailor protecting the Staten Island Ferry enroute to Manhattan. Last week I talked about a few techniques for brightening shadows to reveal hidden details This week, let's wrap it up with a couple more ways to selectively improve the quality of your photographs.

  • Opinion: Teaser Page Offers Sneak Peek at Motorola Droid RAZR

    Motorola is offering a quick glimpse--well, if your timing is right--of its new Verizon 4G phone scheduled to debut Wednesday at a media event in New York City. Here's a screen grab of the device as it appeared on the teaser site earlier today.

  • Opinion: Use iOS 5's Shortcuts to Create Second E-Mail Signature

    By default, Apple's iOS limits you to one e-mail signature. That's fine if you only need one, but I know plenty of business people who'd prefer different signatures for different e-mail accounts, different recipients (co-workers versus clients, for example), and so on.

  • Opinion: RIM Faces Hard Questions at this Week's Developers Conference

    Will Blackberry-maker Research In Motion finally lay out clear plans for its next-generation devices on Tuesday during the company's Blackberry DevCon Americas developer conference in San Francisco? That's what some critics are wondering as RIM attempts to overhaul its image following a number of setbacks in recent months. Most recently, the company's reputation was battered from a multi-day service outage leaving Blackberry fans all over the globe without messaging and Internet capabilities.

  • Opinion: Samsung ChatOn App Arrives in Android Market

    Samsung's free ChatOn Android app is now available in the Android Market, but it still has a few bugs. Several users are complaining that Samsung has been slow to send out necessary verification codes.

  • Opinion: Meet the Windows 8 Task Manager

    Design simplicity is the key for Windows 8, and Microsoft recently discussed on its blog yet another popular Windows feature getting streamlined in Windows 8: the task manager. The new task manager echoes the design simplicity Microsoft was showing off earlier with the new copy file dialog.

  • Opinion: iOS 5 Jailbreak Is Already Here; Geeks Not Surprised

    If the newest update to CyanogenMod wasn't enough to keep you occupied this week, here's some more news for cellphone tinkerers: You can now jailbreak iOS 5 using the Redsn0w version 0.9.9b5.

  • Opinion: Google Translate: Speech Translation in 14 Languages

    Phrase books and botched pronunciations may soon be a thing of the past--well, for smartphone users, anyway. Google Translate for Android makes it easier for world travelers to ask for directions in foreign lands without embarrassing themselves or creating an international incident.

  • Opinion: Fake Netflix App Poses Data-Stealing Risk

    Android users have to be on the lookout for a Netflix app that looks almost exactly like Netflix's official product but carries a data-thieving Trojan instead of streaming movies.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Office: 32- or 64-bit?

    Björn Odent asked if he should install the 32- or 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 on his 64-bit PC.

  • Opinion: Facing Closure, OpenOffice.org Makes a Plea for Survival

    The OpenOffice.org office productivity suite has had something of a wild ride ever since it fell into Oracle's hands with the acquisition of Sun early last year, and now it looks like that ride may be coming to an end.

  • Opinion: Did iOS 5 Delete Your Apps, Music, and Data? Here's Help

    Apple's iOS 5 is supposed to take the hassle out of updates and backups by handling it all automatically through iCloud. But to get iOS 5, you've still got to go through iTunes, and if something goes wrong, the update may erase your apps and data in the process.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Releases Security Update for IE9

    Microsoft has released a cumulative update to its Internet Explorer web browser. The company says the update will address eight privately-reported security vulnerabilities found in the software.



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