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  • 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    That outdated Android device in your closet still has a lot to offer -- if you know what to do with it.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!
  • Top 20 questions of 2012: What ITworld readers wanted to know

    Posted December 21, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Mobile device questions were top-of-mind in 2012 as readers looked to switch devices or to get more from their smartphones and tablets. But 2012 wasn't all iPhone and Android. Windows 8 also grabbed its share of attention, and Raspberry Pi, SOPA, and 802.11ac also got their due.
  • The big list of Chromebook work-arounds and caveats

    Posted December 12, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Let's try to list the most common needs of a modern computer, such as they arise when trying out a Chromebook.
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