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  • Samsung unveils MV900, A Wi-Fi camera with a flip-up screen

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    Last year's Samsung MV800 was a unique compact camera, thanks to a LCD viewfinder attached to a top-mounted hinge that flipped up a full 180 degrees to assist with self portraits. Today, Samsung announced its successor, the MV900, which is a bit bigger than the MV800 but offers the same kind of adjustable LCD.
  • The ins and outs of iPad photo management

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Like many of us, Eric Jacobs has parents and those parents are confounded by iPad photo management. He writes:
  • Hands-on: Samsung EX2F Brings Wi-Fi With an F1.4 Lens to the Premium Class

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Samsung announced the high-end EX2F premium point-and-shoot a few weeks ago, and at the time, the camera's bright F1.4 aperture at the wide-angle end of its 3.3X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 79mm) was a unique feature for a fixed-lens camera. It still is, but now the EX2F has some competition: Panasonic's Lumix LX7, which offers the same F1.4 aperture at its widest-angle focal length. They're the two fastest, brightest lenses in the compact class.
  • Google brings emails to feature phones in Africa, no Internet access required

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:08 pm

    Some of us in the Western hemisphere might already take Internet access and smartphones for granted, but this is not the case all over the world. Bearing that in mind, Google has launched a cool new service called Gmail SMS, which allows Gmail users who own a simple feature phone to send and receive emails using only text messages.
  • Shoe-mounted smartphone controller brings new perspective to wearable technology

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    What's this? An alternative to fumbling for my smartphone in a mad panic? The ability to discreetly S.O.S for rescue in the event of a bad blind date? A way to sneakily record conversations? I'm down with that. While I have a feeling that clumsy people like me would probably break the hardware before the end of the first day, ShoeSense is still exciting to contemplate.
  • Android malware steals location data from mobile devices

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Symantec on Tuesday joined other vendors offering tools to stop such mobile malware with its own: Mobile Security for Android
  • Viacom feeds your SpongeBob fix on any device

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    That flat-screen TV in your living room is no longer the center of the viewing universe. Viacom, a leading global entertainment content company, now needs to deliver content, like SpongeBob SquarePants, to viewers via smartphones, computers and tablets, 24 hours a day.
  • The Week in iOS accessories: making movies

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    This week’s roundup of iOS accessories features several add-ons for making great-looking movies, as well as new offerings to help you listen to music and draw pretty pictures.
  • AT&T Introduces Shared Data Plans, Following Verizon's Lead

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    AT&T has announced it is following rival Verizon’s lead by offering shared data plans that let you pay one monthly fee for a bucket of wireless data to share across as many as 10 devices. The new data plans, called Mobile Share, will be available in late August, and current customers will not be required to adopt the new plans. Similar to Verizon’s Share Everything plans, AT&T’s new shared data plans include unlimited talk and text for all your connected phones, tethering capability, as well as free access to AT&T’s more than 30,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • AT&T announces data sharing for mobile devices

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Apple fans who have had to juggle multiple AT&T data plans for their iPhones and 3G-enabled iPads can now pick one plan to rule them all: The telecommunications company on Wednesday announced the launch of a new “Mobile Share” program that lets a single plan cover up to 10 devices.
  • Panasonic Lumix LX7 has an F1.4 lens

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    All of a sudden, you've got a very difficult decision to make if you're looking to buy a premium point-and-shoot camera. Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX7, the follow-up to the popular Lumix LX5, offers a category-leading F1.4 aperture at the wide-angle end of its zoom, making it a standout option for low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects.
  • HTC files counterclaims against Apple with two acquired patents

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 2:53 am

    HTC has filed a counterclaim before a court in Florida stating that Apple has infringed on two of its patents, originally assigned to Hewlett-Packard and Electronic Data Systems, a company that HP acquired in 2008.
  • Motorola says smartphones will be available in US despite ban

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 12:58 am

    Motorola Mobility said Tuesday that it has taken "proactive measures" to ensure that its smartphones remain available to consumers in the U.S., despite a U.S. International Trade Commission ban on its phones that comes into effect on Wednesday.
  • Windows Surface tablets appear on Amazon, including cheaper Pro version

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    Amazon's Germany site lists five models of Microsoft's new Surface tablet PC, including a smaller 32GB model previously unannounced.
  • Google Nexus 7 tablets selling on eBay with premiums added to their prices

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    If you can't wait one to four weeks to get your hands on a Nexus 7 tablet from GooglePlay, you can get one on eBay now--you'll just have to pay a premium for it.
  • For BYOD best practices, secure data, not devices

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:58 pm

    IT organizations are justifiably concerned about the security risks inherent in bringing your own device (BYOD). Many are turning to mobile device management (MDM) products and services to address the problem. But a number of mobile security vendors believe organizations are focusing the device when they should be focusing on the data.
  • Review: G-Connect wireless storage for iPad

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Shaw reviews G-Connect wireless storage for iPad, by G-Technology by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
  • 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
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