• Review

    Fingerprint faceoff: Apple Touch ID vs. Samsung finger scanner

    Posted July 21, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    My single favorite feature of the iPhone 5s is the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which lets you unlock your device with the tap of a finger. So when Samsung recently sent me its new Galaxy Tab S 10.5" tablet for review, the first thing I did was test the Tab S fingerprint scanner.
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    Forget Safari: Here are the best 5 browsers for iPhones and iPads

    Posted December 11, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    If you're looking to be more productive on your iPad or iPhone, forget Safari. Instead, get any one of these three great alternative browsers.
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    Should you really dump your iPhone for Android?

    Posted November 25, 2013 - 11:25 am

    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just published a guide to help iPhone users switch to Google. If you're most interested in productivity on a smartphone is he right -- or would you be better off with an iPhone?
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    Smartphone buying guide 2013: Find the phone that's right for you

    Posted November 19, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    You're going to use it every day for the next few years. Choose wisely!
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    Smart card readers for iPhone and iPad security

    Posted July 15, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    Flexible PKard Reader and elegant Tactivo bring smart card authentication to your favorite mobile device.
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    Review: Proximo lets you use your iPhone to find your keys

    Posted January 12, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Kensington will formally unveil its new Proximo product this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the company shared a $60 Proximo Starter Kit with Macworld early. I've spent a few days with the device, which is meant to help you monitor the whereabouts of your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, along with your keys and potentially other valuables.
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    Review: bad breath detector attachment for iPhone in the works

    Posted January 12, 2013 - 8:20 am

    Your iPhone may soon be able to detect bad breath, if an upcoming smell sensor proves to be a success.
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    Twist for iPhone

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    Anyone who’s ever been late arriving home or to a meeting (and that would never be me!) will appreciate Twist, a free app by Twist and Shout. This app does one thing very well—it tracks your location and notifies those waiting for you of your estimated time of arrival. Here’s how it works:
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    Amazing Alex for iPhone and iPad

    Posted August 23, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    Why take out the laundry when you can invent a machine to do it for you? That's the kind of creative thinking behind Amazing Alex, an invention-themed physics puzzler for the iPhone and iPad. (iPad owners have a separate, more expensive version called Amazing Alex HD.) Across dozens of levels, you'll help Alex build Rube Goldberg-esque inventions to accomplish domestic goals like moving boxes and popping balloons.
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    The Act for iPhone and iPad

    Posted August 21, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Between a man-sized mouse, two foul-tempered ducks, and a cross-dressing rabbit, animated comedies have long aimed to strike a balance between innocence and irreverence. At its best, The Act, a self-described “interactive comedy,” straddles that line expertly. In the span of a few short scenes, your hapless hero goes from dealing with a puking infant to sabotaging a brain transplant—a story communicated entirely through beautifully animated physical comedy and wacky music. It’s not exactly a good sign, however, that at its best, the iPhone and iPad offering from Chillingo is merely showing you these things. Playing through a game on your iOS device is another matter.
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    6 AirPrint solutions for iPhones and iPads

    Posted August 11, 2012 - 7:20 am

    It's amazing how much you can do digitally these days. More and more, documents stay digital, moving from person to person over email, file shares, and cloud storage, never to see a sheet of paper. And more and more "paperwork" processes, from expense reports to vacation approvals, happen over email and via apps. The closest to print many documents get is being saved as a PDF copy for archival purposes, to be printed (or faxed -- another dying technology) later should the need arise.
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    Big Win Baseball for iPhone and iPad

    Posted July 20, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    Big Win Baseball represents an achievement of sorts. It seemingly requires very little skill, doesn't seem too rely much on strategy, and has little objective outside of acquiring an in-game currency that helps you to win baseball games to earn more in-game currency. It's the triple crown of pointlessness. If that's the sort of thing that appeals to you, then by all means, download the freemium offering from Hot Head Games. If you're like me, though, you may be left wondering when games became more concerned with micropayments than they are with keeping you entertained.
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    Givit for iPhone and iPad

    Posted July 16, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    I happen to think my daughter is the most wonderful kid on the planet. Total strangers, however, may not agree. And instead of courting their dissent by posting videos of my child doing delightful things, I turn to a more private way of sharing videos with friends and family.
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    Chrome for iOS nearly worthy of default browser status

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Google's Chrome browser for iOS is well made and a pleasure to use, particularly if you're deeply entrenched in Google's ecosystem. But owing to a few unfortunate limitations--many of them outside of Google's control--it's tough to recommend that anyone rely on Chrome as their main iOS Web browser.
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    Speck's CandyShell Card acts as an iPhone case and a wallet

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    The $40 Speck CandyShell Card case for the iPhone 4/4S is an excellent accessory for any iPhone owner who wants a reliable, protective case that provides the freedom to carry a few credit cards or ID’s without having to carry a wallet, too.
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    Centipede: origins for iPhone and iPad

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    All those years of playing Centipede in the video arcades of my youth, and I never knew that I was helping garden gnomes do battle against an onslaught of bugs. But that’s the backstory introduced in Centipede: Origins, a re-imagining of the Atari arcade classic for the iOS era.
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    MacBook Pro: 15-in. Retina screen is revolutionary

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:55 am

    As the old saying goes: Seeing is believing.
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    The best apps for Android and iPhone, 2012 edition

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    A smartphone is only as good as the apps you have on it. We've filtered Android’s Google Play store and the Apple App Store to select the most useful and fun apps for your phone. Check out our picks for the top mobile utilities, entertainment software, news apps, productivity tools, and games available today.
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    Best apps of 2012: top business apps for Android and iPhone

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Believe it or not, you can get a lot of work done on your smartphone. With the right collection of apps, you could knock out most of your workload on your way to the office. These apps will help you manage meetings, sign contracts, keep track of your expenses, and perhaps even depart early.
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    Best apps of 2012: top replacement apps for Android and iPhone

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Love your phone but hate the mail app? Wish the camera had more features? Here are a few apps that make the ones that came with your phone obsolete.
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    Best apps of 2012: great games for Android and iPhone

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Ditch your Nintendo 3DS and leave your Sony PlayStation Vita at home. With these apps, your smartphone can become the only game machine you need. It doesn’t matter if you'd rather blast zombies or slam pigs--these games are sure to suit everyone’s tastes.
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    The best Android and iPhone apps of 2012: alphabetical list

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:15 am

    For more information about all of the items in our 2012 "Super Apps!" list, read our package of articles.
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    Droid Incredible 4G LTE review: great sound, good price

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:15 am

    HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE is not the sexiest smartphone on the market, but it offers great sound and Android 4.0 for a reasonable price.
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    Best apps of 2012: noteworthy news apps for Android and iPhone

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Why read the paper when you can get news crafted especially for you? Thanks to your smartphone, you can keep up with current events no matter where you are. Here are the apps that let you consume news your way--giving you more of what you care about, and less of what you don’t.
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    Best apps of 2012: top entertainment apps for Android and iPhone

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Who says smartphones have to be all about getting things done? With the right set of apps, your smartphone can become an unlimited source of entertainment. Whether you’re into taking and sharing snapshots or just looking for something to do nearby, these apps will help you stave off boredom while you’re on the go.
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