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posted in September 2012

iPhone 5 Crushes Samsung Galaxy S3 in Crash Tests

We show videos from three different organizations who did comparative drop tests of the new iPhone 5 versus the Samsung Galaxy S3. The pattern is clear: The iPhone 5 is an especially resilient phone and the Galaxy S3 breaks without a lot of provocation.

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Acrobat XI Boosts Mobile PDF Support

Acrobat XI will work better with cloud services and improve PDF support for phones and tablets, said Adobe Monday in announcing the next generation of its document creation and management tool.

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Apple Apologizes For iOS 6 Maps

In a letter posted to the company's web site, Apple CEO Tim Cook has apologized to customers for "the frustration" caused by the disappointing experience of Apple Maps on the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The letter suggests that customers use alternatives such as Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps.

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RIM Video Shows BlackBerry 10 Devices Including Keyboard

A marketing video with the first clear images of BlackBerry 10 devices, with and without the full QWERTY keyboard, were posted Thursday on Vimeo and then removed. The video lives on at other sites. Appearing in the video are celebrities such as Lady Gaga, J. K Rowling and Thorsten Heins. We also have some images of the BB10 phones taken by

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How To Get Google Maps Back On Your iPhone

So you've installed iOS 6 or bought an iPhone 5, and Apple Maps is making you miserable? Join the club. While we wait for Google to release a Google Maps app for iOS 6, here's a simple workaround: Put a browser link to Google Maps on the Home page.

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Without The Keyboard It's Not A BlackBerry

Everyone, even RIM, knows that time is running out and that in spite of what today's earnings announcement shows, if it has one last chance, it's with BlackBerry 10. What's really hard is that not only does RIM have to change to survive, it also has to stay the same, and that means keeping what people like about the BlackBerry: the keyboard. RIM won't get out of its hole by trying to out-iPhone Apple.

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In Apple We Trust, Blindly

How secure are Apple products like iMessage and FaceTime? We have no idea. The protocols in those products have never been documented or scrutinized by outside experts.

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Don't Like AT&T's FaceTime Policy? Go Elsewhere

So now access to FaceTime on one's current cellular data plan is a human right. Net neutrality proponents always played a weak hand, both legally and logically, and the controversy over AT&T and FaceTime on the iPhone and iPad just exposes further the vacuousness and arbitrariness of their positions.

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Verizon iPhone 5 is Unlocked

The iPhone 5 sold by Verizon is unlocked, which means it can accept SIM cards from other carriers including AT&T. You still need to buy a Verizon data plan contract to get the phone at a discount, but after the plan is over you can change carriers easily.

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My iPhone 4S Upgrade To iOS 6 In Pictures

The iOS 6 update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S users is here! I threw caution to the wind and dove into the upgrade. I found some problems in Apple's new mapping app and experienced a big glitch with my home Wi-Fi. Here's what happened.

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Is Apple Or NFC The Bigger Loser With iPhone 5?

The potential applications for near field communications (NFC) are numerous and appealing. But now that Apple has decided not to put NFC in the iPhone 5, the rest of the world might hesitate. If it doesn't, and NFC becomes popular anyway, Apple could have a problem.

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It's A Miracle Software Works This Well

It's easy to find bugs in software, especially considering today's exceedingly complex systems and their frequent interactions with each other. Still, I think computers work rather well, much better than in the Windows XP era. Now, if someone would just tell me what that "Other" space is on my iPhone.

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Google Ends IE8 Support in Apps/Drive

Organizations running Windows XP might have a problem on their hands: Google is on the verge of ending support for Internet Explorer 8 in Google Apps, now known as Google Drive. This is the last version of IE on Windows XP.

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Has The iPhone Peaked?

Prediction: Apple will sell every iPhone 5 it makes just on good execution and the strength of the brand. But the new phone already lags the competition in many areas, and it will be a year before the next major refresh. The iPhone 5 is a good incremental update, but Apple has left a big opening for Android and Windows Phone.

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iPhone 5: Many New Features, No Surprises

There are no big surprises in the new iPhone, but many new and significant features. The screen is longer, but not wider, and movies and FaceTime look better thanks to improved HD support. Better audio and new earbuds round out the multimedia experience. The phone also supports LTE, and has a new--and incompatible--connector called Lightning.

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Phoney Fear Of Phones And Flying

Alex Baldwin might finally be able to play Words With Friends without being hassled. For over 20 years, airline passengers in the U.S. have been required to turn off personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The evidence behind this ban was always thin and evidence against it is accumulating. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should end the policy.

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Millions Of iPhone, iPad IDs Stolen

Hacker group AntiSec released a file of a million and one UDIDs, which are unique IDs for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. It claims to have hacked it off an FBI computer via a Java vulnerability.

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Over 30 Touch Devices To Be Ready For Windows 8

A raft of touch-enabled Windows 8 tablets and hybrid notebook-tablets will be available when Windows 8 ships in October. Here's an unofficial list, including devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

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iPhone 5 Prototype Videos Leaked

Days away from the rumored formal release of the next-generation iPhone, two videos emerge apparently showing prototypes. The new phone is taller and slightly slimmer than an iPhone 4S and one video shows the new iPhone dock clearly.

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Amazon Working on Ad-Supported Tablet and Phone

9/1/2012 is working on a low-price tablet partially supported by advertising, according to reports. The company uses a similar model with their basic Kindle reader, but this device would be a more complete Android tablet similar to the Kindle Fire.

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Apple Sues Over Samsung Galaxy S III

Apple has filed an amended complaint in Federal Court in California against Samsung and now they're going after the cream of the company's current crop of mobile devices, including the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Note phablet.

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