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  • Fitness trackers are changing online privacy -- and it's time to pay attention

    Posted August 14, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    In the rush to get wearable devices to market, attention hasn't always been paid to security and privacy.
  • Look who's innovating: Japan continues to blaze trails but with a lower profile

    Posted July 30, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Japan has gone from being the economic Godzilla to economic Godzuki, at least in terms of perception, and it bears much of the blame for that. Japan is still the third-largest economy in the world after the U.S. and China, impressive for a nation of just 120 million. You don't hear about it anymore, but that doesn't mean it stopped innovating.
  • How to save on mobile plans: Your guide to 16 no-contract carriers

    Posted April 24, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    The mobile-phone industry is in a state of flux. Where once you had little choice but to buy a subsidized phone from a major carrier and pay two years' worth of whatever monthly fees it chose to levy, now you have options aplenty.
  • 20 unpronounceable tech brands -- and how to say them

    Posted February 5, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    How many of these tricky tech brand names have you been saying wrong? You might be surprised.
  • 18 great uses for an old Android device

    Posted January 17, 2014 - 11:59 am

    That outdated Android device in your closet still has a lot to offer -- if you know what to do with it. Here are 18 excellent ways to give new life to an old phone or tablet.
  • Spotlight on BYOD

    Posted October 31, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    "We're finally reaching the point where IT officially recognizes what has always been going on: People use their business device for nonwork purposes." -- David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
  • The developer's guide to future car technology

    Posted October 17, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Forget the Jetsons. Instead, think tech innovations from a developer's point of view: embedded systems, networking challenges, human-machine interaction, and software standards.
  • How to fix iOS 7 glitches

    Posted October 15, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Whether it's iMessages that won't go through, a laggard keyboard or motion sickness from the new parallax effect, you might be hitting a bump or two. Here's how to get the new OS running more smoothly.
  • 5 ridiculous tech fees you're still paying

    Posted October 8, 2013 - 6:17 am

    We don't begrudge companies charging us a fair rate for services they provide, but when those fees are holdovers from a bygone era, a result of our own complacency, or just plain unfair, well, then they're ... ridiculous.
  • Life after users: The Detroits of the Internet

    Posted October 1, 2013 - 6:00 am

    They were once busy, bustling sites with lots of traffic and personal interaction. Then the users went away. What happened?
  • Real names, real problems: Pseudonymity under siege

    Posted September 17, 2013 - 6:00 am

    As online services incorporate facial recognition and other biometric technologies to identify users, the notion of participating online using a name not found on your government-issued ID may become a quaint relic of the early Internet.
  • 7 days with Google Glass

    Posted September 16, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Google Glass is not a product you can buy now, and it's not a product that the majority of people will want to have on their head within the next five or possibly 10 years. But here's why it is compelling at this point: It gets you thinking about what you want from technology.
  • Speak up! 150 ways to make Android Voice Search work for you

    Posted September 11, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Android Voice Search lets you control your phone by talking -- so what are you waiting for? Here are 150 commands that'll make your device spring to life.
  • Fact or fiction: Nine iPhone and iPad battery-saving techniques tested

    Posted August 14, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    But what happens when your traveling pal's batteries begin to run low and you're nowhere near a charger? Well, they say knowledge is power, so lets get charged up by separating fact from fiction on the subject of how to save iOS's devices' battery life.
  • 10 jaw-dropping facts about mobile phones

    Posted August 12, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    What's the most expensive mobile phone bill in the world? How many cell phones are left in New York City cabs each day? How many hours a year are lost to Angry Birds? Find out in this eye-opening infographic.
  • 30 awesome Instagram accounts you need to follow

    Posted August 5, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Make room in your feed for epic mountain vistas, adorable French bulldogs, and the famous San Francisco fog.
  • Wi-Fi tweaks for speed freaks: 2013 edition

    Posted June 24, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Things slowing down on your Wi-Fi network? Here are a host of tricks, tips and tweaks to speed up your wireless performance.
  • The 21 worst tech habits -- and how to break them

    Posted April 23, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    Your keyboard is just one spill away from dark roast Armageddon. Sound familiar? Then you have a very bad tech habit, friend.
  • Idle Intel fabs foretell PC decline

    Posted April 11, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Long before PC sales crashed, Intel's Arizona plants went idle. This may have been an early signal of problems.
  • Spotlight on mobility

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 9:38 am

    By all accounts, the move to mobile is happening faster than anyone expected -- and faster than many companies are prepared for. Here's a snapshot of the momentum in the mobile market.
  • 5 software research projects to make you say OH COOL

    Posted March 18, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Innovation isn't dead. Far from it. Here's a handful of technology projects underway – from facial recognition to brainwave-computer integration — that you might see soon in the products you rely on.
  • Cooking up the connected kitchen

    Posted January 30, 2013 - 9:00 am

    If you're looking for technology to improve kitchen connectivity and home automation, you might be surprised at how little is available today. Turns out, that's a good thing.
  • Five ways the cool stuff at CES will ruin your life

    Posted January 14, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of a future in which smart devices of every shape and size do our thinking for us. Here are five good reasons the Internet of Things might just make our lives worse.
  • App markets see boost from in app purchases

    Posted January 9, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    With almost 70 percent of app revenue coming from in app purchases in 2012, many developers are being drawn to the in app purchase model versus a paid-only strategy
  • 8 must-have mobile games for your new smartphone

    Posted January 3, 2013 - 11:01 am

    The app stores are filled with games of varying quality, so figuring out exactly where to start may seem overwhelming. Worry not: We've highlighted eight addictive mobile games that you can download right away and try for yourself. Enjoy your newfound freedom to shut out the rest of the world!

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