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    Intuit GoPayment review: processing system includes a sturdy card reader

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:44 am

    The Intuit GoPayment mobile payment processing system includes a free card reader and apps for iOS 4.0+ devices and most Android phones and tablets. Using this pay-as-you-go service, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for a fee of 2.7 percent of the total sale for swiped transactions, or a 3.5 percent fee for keyed-in transactions. Opt for Intuit's $13-per-month subscription plan, and your fees drop to 1.7 percent per swiped transaction, or 2.7 percent per keyed-in transaction.
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    The best phones from every carrier

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Shopping for a new smartphone can be overwhelming.
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    HTC One X: beautiful, but not without its shortcomings

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:45 am

    It was love at first sight: From the moment I unboxed the HTC One X ($200 with a new two-year contract on AT&T; price as of as of 5/1/2012) I immediately fell for its slim profile and brilliant 4.7-inch display. But it was more than just the phone's good looks that snagged my heart, as the HTC One X came with a tasty serving of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4) and a long enough battery life to keep me satisfied for hours on end. But like all romances, this one was not without its sour spots, and even the One X's smoking-fast LTE connectivity was not enough for me to overlook the phone's poor call quality and its clunky HTC Sense overlay running over Android.
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    Review: Samsung Galaxy Note is unique and impressive, but not for everyone

    Posted February 18, 2012 - 8:17 am

    The Galaxy Note ($300 with a two-year contract; price as of 2/14/12) has been out for a while internationally, but starting on 2/19/12, the 5.3-inch phone with a stylus-like pen will be arriving on U.S. shores exclusively on AT&T's 4G LTE network. After the Galaxy Note commercials appeared during the Super Bowl, Twitter users joked that it looked like a Palm Pilot. The Galaxy Note might have a pen, but it is far from the capacitive PDAs of yore. The Note's "S Pen" works quite well with the user interface, but I wished there were more apps to use it with.
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    Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Smartphones and accessories

    Posted November 26, 2011 - 9:07 am

    Remember when cell phones were as big as a brick and required a separate shoulder pack to keep the battery up and running? Yeah, so do we. But we also remember the birth of the smartphone, and since then, they’ve gotten smarter and smarter. With dozens of choices out there now (several iPhone models and carriers, along with multitudes of Android devices), we figure that your gift recipient already has a smartphone. So we’re focusing on some products that can enhance their smartphone, whether it’s a nice case, charging device, Bluetooth headset or other cool accessory. Here’s what we liked this year:
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    Mobile OS showdown

    Posted June 2, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Ladies and gentlemen, we are witnessing the most anticipated match in the history of smartphones for the heavyweight championship of the world. Are you ready? For those watching around the world, let's get ready to rumble!
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    Hands on: Droid Charge is cool but costly

    Posted May 13, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    I'm confused. What makes Samsung's Droid Charge (which is finally shipping after a 16-day delay) a Droid?
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    4G phone shootout: Which phone is fastest?

    Posted April 7, 2011 - 9:57 am

    All four of the major wireless carriers are now selling the 4G phones that they had promised at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The new phones are designed to take advantage of the faster data speeds offered by the next-generation networks the carriers have been spending megabucks to build (and advertise) over the past year.
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    Mobile deathmatch: Motorola Mobility Atrix 4G vs. Apple iPhone 4

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Motorola's versatile new Android smartphone outshines the iPhone in some ways, but falls short overall.
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    HTC EVO Shift 4G: Fast and affordable

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 10:19 am

    The flood of 4G phones at CES 2011 started with the HTC EVO Shift 4G ($150 with a two-year contract from Sprint). Available January 9, the Shift 4G is a follow-up to last year's popular HTC EVO 4G, the first 4G phone on Sprint's WiMAX network is somewhat of a lesser version of its brother. If you are a keyboard addict and don't like the large size of the EVO 4G or the high price of the Samsung Epic 4G, the Shift 4G might appeal to you.
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    Mobile deathmatch: Windows Phone 7 vs. Apple iPhone 4

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Microsoft has a very slick device, but it can't do nearly as much as the iPhone -- especially in business
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