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Nine Things Smartwatches Need To Succeed

4/12/2013
Apple, Samsung and Google are all rumored to be working on smartwatches. With all the buzz about these devices, it's hard to see the real use cases through the hype. Here are nine things we think any smartwatch worth its salt (and silicon) needs.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 - Peak Smartphone?

3/19/2013
It’s not about this smartphone or that. Most of the really inventive things we do with our devices come from software added either by the phone markers, users or by the value provided through network-based services.

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HTC Claims "Best Phone Ever Made"

2/19/2013
HTC aims high with their claims for their revamped Android smartphone. Like previous HTC phones this one is aimed at consumers with a focus on media consumption and other lifestyle features, like TV remote control. A shame it lacks microSD storage expansion.

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FCC Spectrum Plan is Telco Carrier Nightmare

2/4/2013
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are no doubt concerned about the FCC's plan to open up high-quality RF spectrum for free Internet access, but they shouldn't be too worried. Too many factors weigh against such spectrum resulting in actual free Internet access for the public.

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Carrier Deals Fragment LTE Spectrum

1/27/2013
AT&T, Verizon and other carriers use different ranges in the RF spectrum for LTE services. The recent deal between AT&T and Verizon illustrates the fragmentation of the LTE spectrum and the problems it creates for smooth operation of handsets.

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Samsung's New Weapon Against BlackBerry, iPhone: Fixmo?

1/23/2013
Samsung Ventures has bought a stake in Fixmo, which sells MRM, or mobile risk management solutions. Their SafeZone product creates a separate, secure area on iOS or Android devices for confidential data and apps, similar in some ways to Good Technology's solutions. It's especially well-suited to a BYOD environment, where the company can't completely control and trust the device. The move may reinforce Samsung's SAFE program for security standards in Android devices.

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Satellite GPS Works Off Grid

1/16/2013
The Delorme InReach is a combination GPS on steroids and satellite communications link for all those who go boldly where few others go, and want a way to track their movements and call for help if need be.

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2015: Apple Cachet Is Passé

1/9/2013
It's CES in 2015: Apple's drive for market share has backfired and their brand has deteriorated as a result. They're still a big player and sell a lot of iPhones and iPads, but they're not a leader anymore.

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Google Drops 'F' Bomb on Developers

1/5/2013
Changes in the EULA (End User License Agreement) for the Android SDK warn developers of doing anything that might result in the "fragmentation" of Android. As with so many of these agreements, ambiguity is rampant and designed to give the vendor — i.e. Google — the freedom to interpret circumstances to its own benefit. In fact, developers aren't the source of the fragmentation problem, Google's own handset OEM partners are.

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Battery Life Boost Coming From New Antenna Tech

12/30/2012
The amplifier for the data transmission on a mobile phone's antenna is the device's biggest power guzzler, wasting up to 65 percent of its juice through heat. Large increases in battery life may be coming soon through new technology designed to use power for data transmission more efficiently.

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QWERTY Keyboards Are Here To Stay

12/11/2012
Alternative keyboards are voodoo ergonomics. If the keyboard is going to be killed by anything, it'll be by the one holy grail of user interfaces: A direct neural connection between the user and the computer, with all of the fascinating and scary possibilities offered through such a system. The things I'm confident it's not going to be killed by are touchscreens — or, for that matter, other kinds of keyboards.

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T-Mobile Ending Phone Subsidies: A Victory For Transparency

12/7/2012
The traditional subsidized phone contract that has made mobile phones seem more affordable is in fact a convoluted scheme to maximize carrier money and leverage on the customer. T-Mobile's plan to switch to unlocked phones and a "Value" package, in which you pay for the phone in installments clearly spelled out on the bill, lets customers make clearer decisions.

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CEA: Tablets And Smartphones Still King In 2013

11/13/2012
As the markets for smart phones and tablets have grown, the markets for other consumer electronics products, such as dedicated GPS and point-and-shoot cameras, have eroded. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the real news in 2013 will be the market growth of UltraHD (4K) televisions and automotive products.

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Mobile Office: Partial Functionality Not Enough

11/7/2012
The rumors are hot again that Microsoft will release an Office version for the iPad and iPhone, but all indications are that it will be little more than a document viewer, of which there are many already for iOS. Microsoft already has a far more capable Office Mobile for Surface, but even that is missing many important features, like editing Excel pivot tables and using Word revisions.

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Crapware Lives On Windows 8

11/1/2012
Windows 8 is a clean slate in many ways. But one scourge that is not gone is crapware, a.k.a. bloatware, junkware, trialware, and stupid games that drag down the performance and experience of so many Windows PCs. We asked Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo what they preload on their Windows 8 systems. Some PCs are cleaner than others. The surprise? A Microsoft store might be the best place to buy.

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FreedomPop: 4G Data For Free, If You're Careful

10/24/2012
FreedomPop offers free -- yes, free -- 4G cellular data on the Sprint / Clearwire network. It can be a great deal, but you have to buy some hardware first and then you have to be careful to avoid the many traps they set to upsell you to pay services.

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iPad Mini: Apple Could Have Done More

10/24/2012
It's Just A Smaller iPad. Yes, the components in Apple's devices keep getting better and faster, but they haven't really done anything bold and innovative lately. Eventually someone else will win over customers by thinking different.

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Cloud-Integrated WinZip Disappoints

10/19/2012
The latest version of WinZip tries to make the case for spending money on an archiving utility by expanding its reach into cloud services Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive. That's the theory, but in practice it's not all that groundbreaking.

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Samsung Aims For Enterprise With Windows 8

10/16/2012
Samsung has been moving heavily into the US market with TVs, Android tablets and phones, notebooks, and now they are making a major move into Windows 8 computers and hybrid tablet/notebooks. Some use the S-Pen famous from their Galaxy Note Phablet. "The lines between the living room and the boardroom are blurring."

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Apple vs. Samsung Injunction Reversed On Appeal

10/11/2012
Apple was dealt a counterblow Thursday in its patent fracas with Samsung. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the district court in California overstepped when it granted Apple's injunction against selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States.

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Sprint Hands Out Vanity Phone Numbers

10/8/2012
Instead of punching in 10 numbers to call your friend Joe, why not just dial **JOE? That's the idea behind StarStarMe, Sprint's new vanity phone number service. Reservations for the speed-dial codes are first-come, first served, and aren't cheap at $2.99 a month per number.

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Tiny Router Packs Big Wi-Fi Punch

10/1/2012
The TL-WR702N is a "nano" wireless router for travel or SOHO use. It's not much bigger than a matchbook, yet performs great for less than $25. It's a must-have for anyone who needs to set up a Wi-Fi network quickly.

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Apple's Proprietary Lightning Beats Standard Micro-USB Mobile Connector

9/24/2012
Giving the iPhone 5 a micro-USB port instead of the incompatible Lightning connection would have been the logical and considerate way to go, but that's not the Apple Way. Luckily for Apple, we iPhone, iPod, and iPad users are used to this kind of abuse and we'll put up with it. Even with the inconvenience and extra expense of Lightning--which offers little in return--most true believers won't ditch Apple for Android or Windows phones.

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HTC, Microsoft Debut New Flagship 8S, 8X Phones

9/19/2012
Microsoft hopes HTC's new Windows Phone 8S and 8X devices, announced Wednesday, will set a new standard for its mobile OS. Designed "from the inside out" for Windows Phone, the two consumer-oriented handsets land in a market crowded with the latest from Nokia, Apple, and Samsung, but they are well equipped and will be available on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Droid Razr M: Slim, Snazzy Entry-Level Android

9/11/2012
The Droid Razr M is an affordable, entry-level Ice Cream Sandwich phone with a trim size and gorgeous screen going for it. There is relatively little bloatware from either Verizon or Motorola to get in the way, and the big sealed-in battery lasts a long time on one charge.

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Kindle Fire HD: The Mobile Set-Top Box

9/8/2012
Remember how set-top boxes were once presumed to be a major content vehicle of the future? In fact, the Kindle Fire HD is the set-top box of the future and Amazon is the cable company -- all one channel, but one where you can order up just about anything, from digital books to seasons of TV. It makes the aspirations of movies-on-demand and the Home Shopping Network seem downright tame in comparison. It does away not only with the set-top box, but the set itself.

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Motorola's New Droid Razr Makes A Deeper Cut

9/5/2012
Motorola's new Droid Razr phones sport beefy battery life, brilliant screens, and tough casing. The lowest end model, the Droid Razr M, costs just $99 with a two-year Verizon data plan. All the phones run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

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Verizon Teams Up With Microsoft On Office 365

8/6/2012
Microsoft and Verizon hope to reach new markets with a joint program to offer Microsoft's Office 365 Small Business Essentials package to mobile users. Apart from the classic Office apps and hosted services like Sharepoint and Exchange, the package includes online-oriented programs like Lync for unified communications, FieldForce for employee movement tracking and Intuit's GoPayment for credit card processing on mobile devices.

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Office 2013: Half Of A Good Thing

7/16/2012
Office 2013 is another telltale sign that Microsoft is determined to gain ground in the touch-enabled computing world dominated by the iPad. It's not a bad long-term plan but we should worry about what is being sacrificed on the way there.

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Amazon Android Smart Phone Could Upend Industry

7/6/2012
Amazon is building its own Android phone, but what will it do with it? Will it be just another Android phone, or will Amazon seize the opportunity to throw the current business model--and AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint--overboard?

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Prototype Chrome For Win8 Metro About To Debut

6/7/2012
The work involved in creating Chrome for Metro points up the differences growing between future versions of Windows. Did you know that Windows RT--the ARM version--won't allow third-party browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 And Galaxy Player: Visual Tour

9/27/2011
Apple lawsuits haven't stopped Samsung from forging ahead with new additions to its lineup of Galaxy devices: the Galaxy Tab 8.9, a scaled-down version of the existing Galaxy Tab; and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 media devices, which are essentially versions of the Galaxy S phones minus the phone components. The Player devices are powered by Android 2.35 ("Gingerbread"), and the Tab by Android 3.1 ("Honeycomb"). That said, the real buzzword for tablets these days no longer starts with an "A" (

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