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Based in Chicago, Chris is a senior IT consultant. He serves BYTE as a Contributing Editor. Follow Chris on Twitter at @chrisspera and email him at chris@BYTE.com.
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Top 10 Changes iOS 7 Needs

4/4/2013
In recent years, iOS has been at the back of the pack for innovation in mobile operating systems. If iOS is going to remain a heavy hitter, it needs a serious overhaul in the upcoming version 7. Here are the top 10 things it needs to have to hit it out of the park.

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Top GPS Apps for the iPhone - 2013 Edition

1/23/2013
Apple Maps just doesn't cut it for everyone, so there is a rich market of GPS alternatives for the iPhone. Many are good. In this review we test Google Maps for iOS, Navigon USA, Gokivo, MapQuest, Scout, Nokia HERE Maps, Waze and even Apple Maps.

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Can Waze Save Apple Maps?

1/3/2013
Incorporating Waze navigation and local search into Apple's Maps app and service would address many of the problems that have earned Apple its poor mapping reputation. Unfortunately for Android users, Apple would probably pull the plug on Waze use, or at least relegate them to second-class status.

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Resale Sites For Gadgets Flourish

12/12/2012
The flood of new electronics from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and others creates a secondary market for resale of the buyers' old devices. eBay, Cragslist and Amazon.com are popular for this, but a new generation of sites — including Gazelle, Glyde and USell — have emerged to specialize in resale of phones, tablets and other such devices. There are important differences between them.

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Where Are All The iPhone/iPad Lightning Accessories?

11/28/2012
Where are all the Lightning accessories? It's now almost December -- two months after Apple's new Lightning connector debuted on the iPhone 5 -- and there is still practically no Lightning-compatible iOS hardware available. Owners of the new Lightning-equipped iPad Mini, iPad 4 and new iPods are waiting, too.

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5 Best Tablets For The Holidays

11/19/2012
Looking for the perfect gift for your beloved this year? Something tells us a tablet might be just the ticket. BYTE looks at five: The Apple iPad 4, the iPad Mini, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, the Microsoft Surface, and the Kindle Fire HD.

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Windows 8 Upgrade: No Touch, No Good

10/31/2012
BYTE's Chris Spera has been using Windows 8 since the first preview version. There's a lot to like about it on the new touch PCs and tablets, but upgrading Windows on your old non-touch PC to the new OS isn't worth the trouble.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS: Merger Has Legs

10/4/2012
T-Mobile and MetroPCS on Wednesday formally announced their intent to merge to form a new mobile carrier called T-Mobile. You can count on this one getting approved, despite the technology hurdles, but where does it leave Sprint?

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T-Mobile To Merge With MetroPCS

10/3/2012
Update: The merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS is set to happen. The business models and network technologies don't match, but the problems are fixable and the end-result could be good for both T-Mobile and MetroPCS, definitely for Deutsche Telekom and even for Sprint.

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Windows Fits in on the Mac With Parallels 8

9/22/2012
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is the best way to turn your Mac into a Windows machine. The new version lets Windows running in a virtual machine, including Windows 8, take advantage of Mountain Lion features such as dictation.

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RIM Customers To Face BES Fragmentation

9/10/2012
RIM has clarified how current BlackBerry devices, BB10, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server will--and won't--work together, and it ain't pretty. The plan is not for a unified mobile device management console, but a two-headed solution that will require new servers and training.

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HTC Doomed? Strategies It Should Try

8/8/2012
Once the darling of the converged device world, HTC has been having a rough go of things lately. It has two choices to stay afloat: License RIM's BlackBerry 10 OS, or work with Google to fill in the holes in Android. Either is just crazy enough to work.

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RIM Keeps Manufacturing Out of China

7/16/2012
The cost arguments for shifting manufacturing to China must have been overwhelming, but Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins decided that RIM's reputation for security wasn't compatible with trusting its designs to Chinese state-run companies.

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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4

6/26/2012
Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.

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iOS 6 Beta: First Look

6/20/2012
iOS 6 appears to be a great update, with many new and useful features for iPhones and iPads--but the changes aren't so radical that you'll have to learn the OS all over again. Apple has made important changes to Music, iTunes, Maps, and Siri. It has added Facebook and Twitter integration, and a useful location-based feature called geofencing.

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Google To Sell Android Phones Directly

5/16/2012
Google plans to take back control of its Android OS from wireless carriers and sell phones directly to consumers. What better way to get OS upgrades to users quickly and keep Android on top in the mobile device wars?

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Plaxo As A Service Is Broken

1/4/2012
Plaxo is about address book and calendar synchronization. Right now, it doesn't handle recurring events correctly, and despite what Plaxo says, Platinum Sync is not live or in real time.

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Stylish HTC Rhyme Is Priced Upscale

10/26/2011
The Rhyme, HTC's newest Android Gingerbread phone, has color-coordinated accessories aimed at consumers. The phone is available on Verizon Wireless and has excellent battery life, but it's priced a little high for the features it offers.

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