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posted in October 2012
The new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets keep the competition fierce in the tablet world. Google claims the Nexus 10 tablet has "the highest resolution tablet on the planet," meaning higher than the Retina display in the iPad.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
On the heels of the T-Mobile and MetroPCS merger, SoftBank--Japan's financial-services company and number-three wireless carrier within that country--is rumored to be in talks to buy a majority stake in U.S. mobile operator Sprint Nextel.
The zBoost redirects strong outside cell signals to inside your house or office. It's not a cure-all for weak signals inside buildings, but it gave my connections a much-needed boost.
BYTE's Serdar Yegulalp doesn't expect great things from the iPad Mini, but he does expect great sales. It's in the long term that Apple's problems lie.
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.
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.