• Review

    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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    Google Nexus Q hands-on review: the buggy streaming story

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part first look at the Google Nexus Q media streamer. You can read about the unboxing and setup experience in the first part.
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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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    Iconia Tab A700 review: Acer's terrific 10.1-in. tablet

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    Acer's Iconia Tab A700 tablet offers a bright 10.1-in. display and fast performance; it is definitely one to consider.
  • Review

    Online storage face-off: Google Drive vs. Dropbox

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:35 am

    In this corner, weighing in at 50 million users, and five years’ growth under its belt, the filer from Manila-er, the forest that counts all its trees, the synchronized, syncopated master of all it shares, Droooooopbox! And, in this corner, the Mountain Viewmaster, the original 800-pound gorilla, the only thing that scares Steve Ballmer while he sleeps, a giant among search engines, Goooooooglllleee! When these online storage sluggers come out fighting, will there be a knockout, or just a bloody match?
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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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    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.
  • Review

    Apple Siri versus Google Jelly Bean: voice search showdown

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:10 am

    One of the big enhancements in the Android 4.0 (Jelly Bean) operating system update that Google announced on June 27 is improved voice recognition in search. You can now ask your Android phone questions in a natural way--meaning you no longer have to sound like a robot to get answers.
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    Nexus Q teardown reveals heavy base, foreign parts

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Google's Nexus Q media streamer isn't getting rave reviews, but at least it's a neat-looking piece of hardware both inside and out, as documented by iFixit.
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    Google's Nexus 7 douses Kindle Fire

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Google's $199 media and entertainment tablet slays the Amazon rival with pure Android and a Chrome browser
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    Google Nexus 7 tablet review: solid, but not revolutionary

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:05 am

    The Google Nexus 7 tablet resets expectations of what an inexpensive tablet can and should be. Starting at $199, the Nexus 7 clearly guns for Amazon's same-priced but lesser quality Kindle Fire, which runs Amazon's limited flavor of Android. Make no mistake: Of today's 7-inch Android tablets, the Nexus 7 is the one to beat, and it is handily one of the best-executed Android tablets of any size you can buy. In some ways, that's not saying much; for as much as it does well--it has a tremendous 10-plus hour battery life, and it produces reasonably clear text and accurate colors--the Nexus 7 stumbles by leaving out an expansion slot. You need to step up to the 16GB $249 version for the Nexus 7 to make a sensible purchase, and even then you'll be settling short of the ideal tablet you really want.
  • Review

    Best apps of 2012: shockingly useful apps for Android and iPhone

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Some apps are so convenient and practical that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. From a clock that helps you wake up in the morning to a tool that locates good deals on gas, these apps will revolutionize how you live your daily life.
  • Review

    Google Android Jelly Bean OS: A test drive

    Posted June 28, 2012 - 9:27 am

    After a day of Google I/O announcements, I finally got my hands on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. I found that there are a few things that Google has done right with this update---and a few issues that still need work.
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    Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 adds mobile tools but neglects core Web technologies

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:14 am

    Adobe Dreamweaver is a solid Web development tool that includes a code editor, a visual design mode, sophisticated Cascading Style Sheet tools for creating, editing, and managing CSS, and site management features such as a built-in FTP client for transferring files from your computer to your Web server. In Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe adds tools to work with new CSS properties, to build mobile-ready Websites, and to take advantage of Adobe's related services—Business Catalyst, a commerical web hosting platform and PhoneGap Build, a cloud-based service for compiling apps for mobile platforms.
  • Review

    Hands on with Google Drive

    Posted April 25, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Start your engines: Google’s long-rumored Drive service is officially out and ready for a test… well, drive. The search giant’s answer to services like Dropbox, Drive offers 5GB of free online storage space that also syncs with a local folder on the desktop of your Mac or PC. (An Android app is currently available, with an iOS app in the works.)
  • Review

    A user's guide to Android Ice Cream Sandwich

    Posted December 26, 2011 - 9:26 pm

    After months of waiting, the Galaxy Nexus (and by extension, Android 4.0, aka "Ice Cream Sandwich") is finally here. We've already done an extensive review of the hardware, so here we will be looking much more closely at Ice Cream Sandwich. Whether you are an Android veteran or a smartphone first-timer, this new version of Google's mobile operating system has a few things you should know about before getting started.
  • Review

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Pure Google, pure delight

    Posted November 25, 2011 - 8:15 am

    In the world of Android, we see a lot of new phones -- and inevitably, some of them are destined to be forgotten. Samsung's new Galaxy Nexus is not one of those devices.
  • Review

    Review: Google’s new Flight Search service

    Posted September 17, 2011 - 8:54 am

    Google Flight Search looks great but needs a little more work before it can rival specialized flight-search sites.
  • Review

    Phone camera shootout: 13 Android phones put to the test

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Over the past month, how many photos have you taken with your smartphone versus your stand-alone camera? Sure, for special events or portraits, you’ll probably want to use an advanced point-and-shoot, an interchangeable-lens camera, or a DSLR--but when you’re on the go, a phone with a good camera is more than sufficient. At the very least, you’ll want a phone capable of taking photos that are decent enough to share, whether it’s with your Facebook friends or via email to your relatives.
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    Review: Office 365 vs. Google Apps

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 9:20 am

    With Office 365 now available in final form, here's what you need to know to decide if Office 365 or Google Apps (or neither) is right for your organization
  • Review

    Google's Chrome OS and Samsung's Chromebook

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Could you ditch your computer operating system and live entirely in your browser? That's the question Google is asking with its new Chrome OS Chromebooks -- and it isn't an easy one to answer.
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    Review: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

    Posted June 10, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    Maybe it's just ahead of its time, or maybe the world will never want a laptop that does little more than run a browser.
  • Review

    Hands-on with Google's Android 3.1 update

    Posted May 20, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Google's long-awaited Android 3.1 update is slowly rolling out over-the-air to the Motorola Xoom, the first of the Honeycomb-based tablets to get the update. The non-3G Xoom on my desk finally got its update, and I got a chance to finally get some up-close time with the OS.
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