Consumerization of IT

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  • Customized Android phones are rooted in user preference

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    To root or not to root? This is a question that obsesses many Android phone owners. Un-rooted Android phone owners may feel excluded from some of life's greater technical, gaming or social pleasures. But before jumping from a stock Android phone to one that has been customized, here are a few considerations.
  • BYOD early adopters cite sticker shock

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    Companies are still only ramping up "bring your own device" policies that let employees use their own smartphones and tablets for business, but in many instances, they're finding BYOD is pricier than just issuing devices themselves.
  • LG Optimus Vu phone-tablet coming to verizon

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:36 pm

    The LG Optimus Vu, a 5-inch tablet/smartphone combo similar to the popular Samsung Galaxy Note, is headed for Verizon's 4G LTE network, and will reportedly ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • The iPad mini: a late game changer?

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    An iPad mini may come out in the fall. But how will big iPad apps play on the small screen? And do people really need a "tweener"? Apple expert and iFixit founder Kyle Wiens shares some answers.
  • New 7-Inch Nook will reportedly have 'revolutionary' screen

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    The 7-inch tablet market is rife with rumors these days. Not long after Google made a splash late last month with its Nexus 7 announcement, the gossip mill began working overtime, churning out unconfirmed reports that a second-generation Kindle Fire and a 7-inch iPad were destined to debut later this year.
  • Popular open-source media player XBMC headed to Android

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    The developers of well-known open-source media player XBMC have a beta version of their software working on Android, the team has announced.
  • AT&T may charge for Facetime over cellular networks

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    AT&T appears ready to charge iPhone users for Facetime calls over cellular networks when iOS 6 launches in the fall.
  • Review

    Why Windows 8 tablets won't threaten the iPad (or Android)

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    As much as today's tablets lack a strong office suite, they vastly outperform Windows 8 for usability
  • New iPhone expected to have thinner, in-cell display

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Apple’s next iPhone may be thinner thanks to a new type of display technology that may also help the device have a larger screen without adding any extra weight, according to an online report. Apple’s new iPhone will reportedly feature a display called in-cell technology that integrates the touch sensors inside the LCD panel. The new type of LCD display will help Apple save about 0.02 of an inch (0.5mm), according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
  • ARM rival MIPS porting Android 4.1 to low-cost tablets

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    MIPS, continuing its push to make a mark in low-cost tablets, is quickly trying to bring Android 4.1, also called Jellybean, to its processors.
  • Motorola's Xoom tablet does not infringe on Apple's designs, German court rules

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    Motorola's Xoom tablet does not infringe on some of Apple's community designs, the regional court of Düsseldorf ruled on Tuesday. Apple wanted a Europe-wide ban on the Motorola tablet, a court spokesman said.
  • Fujitsu to launch smartphone for the elderly

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 5:26 am

    Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu on Monday showed a new smartphone for the elderly, with a simplified Android user interface and a new touch screen designed for senior users.
  • Play Pong and read emails with your eyes using this $60 device

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    A team of researchers from Imperial College London have developed an eye-tracking device that lets you control a computer, and not just control it, play games, read e-mails, and even browse the web.
  • 'Wearable' tech in spotlight at Google I/O

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    At its Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, Google touted the new prototype of its Google Glass computerized eyeglasses.
  • Larger iPhone rumors resurface, but an august launch is unlikely

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Consider this a reminder: don't take all iPhone rumors at face value.
  • Create beautiful star-trail photos with almost any camera

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    If you're a space geek like me, you know that this has been a great season. Not only did we get to witness the extraordinary transit of Venus across the sun in June, but we also enjoyed a spectacular annular solar eclipse in May. And more recently, NASA announced that one of the Voyager probes has finally left the solar system for interstellar space.
  • Review

    Givit for iPhone and iPad

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    I happen to think my daughter is the most wonderful kid on the planet. Total strangers, however, may not agree. And instead of courting their dissent by posting videos of my child doing delightful things, I turn to a more private way of sharing videos with friends and family.
  • Nokia Lumia 900 now $50: but do you want it?

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    AT&T recently dropped the price of Nokia's flagship phone, the Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 900, to $50 with a new two-year contract. It's a great deal for a high end phone that was already pretty cheap at the original price of $100, when most popular phones sell for $200. But is Nokia's phone worth it, even at $50?
  • Samsung-Apple rivalry spreads to retail stores

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Apple and Samsung have been locked in unceasing patent battles over their offerings, and now some people are accusing Samsung of even ripping off the design of Apple's retail stores.
  • Google Nexus 7 tablet hard to find; Sam's Club and GameStop are best bets

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    Google's red-hot Nexus 7 tablet is hard to get your hands on this weekend as the device has been flying off store shelves since retailers began selling it Friday.
  • Google to likely make modest profit on Nexus 7, IHS teardown reveals

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    A teardown of the Nexus 7 tablet reveals Google is apt to break even on the $199, 8 GB version of its tablet while earning a modest profit on the 16 GB version, priced at $249.
  • The week in iPad cases: choices, choices, choices

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Much like the Model T, the iPad may come only in black (well, or white), but that only makes the process of finding a protective case more interesting—you can look for one that gives your tablet a unique personality. Luckily, the supply of new cases is neverending, as this week's iPad case roundup shows. We’ve got options to fit all budgets and needs.
  • Intel dishing out $29K to Android developers in game app contest

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    Intel is dishing out a total of US$29,000 in cash prizes to Android developers in an effort to encourage coders to write games for tablets and smartphones using Intel chips.
  • Robotic cardboard claw project makes chores less straining (and more fun)

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    It's amazing how a few straight forward household and garden chores can leave your back feeling a little sore. Weed picking, tidying, vacuuming or fishing stray socks from underneath the sofa, it can all take an affect on the small of your back. Fortunately there are technology projects out there which could not only give you an extra hand, but save you doing the bending work.
  • Unlocked Sony Xperia NXT smartphone now on sale in U.S.

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Sony began sales today of unlocked versions of its Xperia NXT series of smartphones in the U.S., with prices ranging from $299.99 to $559.99.
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