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  • Accept mobile credit card payments anywhere with your iPhone

    Posted March 22, 2011 - 11:23 am

    A variety of options are available for anyone who needs to take payments on the go -- or for those who just want the convenience.
  • Mobile payments in U.S.: Creative chaos or just chaos?

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    The day is nearing, many say, when your smartphone will be your wallet, letting you make purchases as stored cash or credit that will be wirelessly accepted by stores or soda machines. Merchants, in turn, will use smartphones like modern point-of-sale devices to process your plastic credit cards.
  • When an iOS update fails

    Posted March 18, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    After iOS 4.3 was released, I dutifully attached my iPhone 4 (running iOS 4.2.1) to iTunes and selected to Update. I wasn't expecting any trouble. My iPhone had never been jailbroken or modified in any unauthorized way. I was running the latest version of iTunes. This was a completely mundane task. What could go wrong?
  • 12 tutorials for making the most of iPhones at work

    Posted March 17, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    This collection of tutorials and other resources will help your organization, or you, make your iPhone work at work.
  • Specialty Android apps for business users

    Posted March 16, 2011 - 8:44 am

    An Android smartphone can do a lot more than play games and surf the Web. InfoWorld presents the apps that serious Fandroids should know about.
  • 15 must-have accessories for your new iPad 2

    Posted March 10, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    So you just dropped a bunch of cash on a shiny new iPad 2. All you want to do now is spend a little quality time getting to know your new device. But no, you've got more shopping to do. You need to accessorize!
  • The creepy and amazing world of computer implants

    Posted March 4, 2011 - 8:30 am

    The cybernetic organism, or cyborg, has been a staple of science fiction for decades. Recent advancements in computer implants, however, are making the man-machine merger a reality--often with results both fascinating and frightening. In the near future, miniature electronic implants may help blind people see and paraplegics walk.
  • Free antivirus software: The best and the rest

    Posted March 2, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    It used to be that only Windows users had to worry with antivirus software, but now Macs and smartphones are finally getting attacked as well. What's a user to do?
  • Four ways to mitigate mobile and cloud data leaks

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Your CEO may be paranoid about WikiLeaks, but his mobile device and cloud computing are the real threats to corporate security.
  • iPhone banking: How USAA launched mobile apps for customers

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    The financial services company built on existing technology to enable iPhone and Android users to deposit checks remotely.
  • Smartphone security threats overdramatized, experts say

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    I was sitting in the middle of one of the most security conscious crowds you'd ever come across--about 200 computer security professionals listening to a high-powered panel on mobile security threats at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week.
  • The iPad data dilemma: Where cloud storage can help

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Tablets and cloud storage seem like a marriage made in heaven, but it takes third-party apps to bring them together.
  • Escape the iOS SDK: Building iPhone (and Android) apps via Flash

    Posted February 21, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Developers can in fact use Flash and the similar Corona SDK to create apps for the Apple App Store, as well as for Android.
  • 15 best iPhone apps for newbies

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    Now that you can finally get a Verizon iPhone, what will you download first? Here are 15 can't-miss iPhone apps.
  • Love in the time of smartphones

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    Here's a scary fact: The average user spends 79 minutes a day on their phone browsing the Web or using apps (source: AdMob). Who has time for love and meaningful relationships when there are Twitpics to post and Angry Birds levels to beat?
  • iDate: Romance in the age of apps

    Posted February 11, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    iPhones aren't just date-destroying distractions. Oh no, with these apps, you'll go from date to mate in just a few clicks.
  • 8 unsexy Valentine's iPhone apps

    Posted February 11, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    These 8 apps are guaranteed to spoil the romantic mood this year.
  • What a girl wants: 25 techie gifts for your Valentine

    Posted February 11, 2011 - 9:32 am

    There's still plenty of time to shop for your Valentine, and you don't even have to leave your desk to buy one of these 25 tech-inspired gifts.
  • The tabletification of the PC

    Posted February 8, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    Like it or not, the PC is going to become more like a tablet. I'm not just talking form factor or whether they have touchscreens; I'm talking about the very way you interact with your computer. And that's a good thing. But for some of us, depending on how things shake out, it could also be a bad thing.
  • Geek 101: Demystifying custom Android ROMs

    Posted February 8, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    If you've sniffed around blogs or articles about mobile phones, you've probably seen mention of "custom ROMs" or "mods." What do they do for a phone? As with rooting, a ton of information is out there; it's far from cohesive, however, and it's spread out all over the Internet. But look no further: We'll walk you through everything you need to know about custom ROMs. Tomorrow, we'll run Part II, which covers kernals, choosing the right ROM, and custom themes.
  • 10 sports technologies to love and 5 to hate

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Many technologies can enhance a fan's enjoyment of sports. Some others are just plain annoying. Before we get to the bad, here are 10 sports technologies we love.
  • Leaving a job with your personal tech intact

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 11:35 am

    Today's job changers must figure out how to untangle personal information and unplug personal electronics from company property. And the lines aren't always clear.
  • Then and now: How technology has changed our lives

    Posted January 31, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    In recent decades, technology has introduced major changes in the way we live. Here are 11 examples of how things are different--for better or for worse!
  • Top 10 free Windows 7 desktop themes

    Posted January 31, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    You can decorate your desktop with beautiful high-def images of tropical fish, exotic landscapes, and adorable pets--or just make your PC look like a Commodore 64.
  • Escape the App Store: 4 ways to create smartphone Web apps

    Posted January 31, 2011 - 10:06 am

    Proprietary, incompatible coding systems and app store controls can make mobile app dev too hard -- so try these HTML-oriented alternatives.
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