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Thoughts on the Google Nexus 7 from the perspective of a longtime iOS user [updated]

I bought my first iPhone in 2008 and my first iPad in 2010, and I've upgraded both devices several times since then. Over the last five years, iOS has easily been my second-most used operating system by hours of usage after Windows (which I have to use for my day job as a Java developer). I've...

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Apple-backed consortium sues Google, Samsung and others over Nortel patents

In late June of 2011, Apple was part of a consortium of tech companies that banded together to purchase more than 6,000 Nortel patents. The winning bid checked in at US$4.5 billion and came from a group that included Apple, EMC, Ericcson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony. Together, Apple and co. were...

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Reality Absorption Field: The Crusaders

Is technology made to serve consumers, companies or causes? When Apple introduced the Macintosh, it famously invoked Orwell's vision of 1984 to promote how its little beige box would stand in the way of IBM's hegemony. In the coming years and for reasons that had little to do with the Mac, IBM...

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iOS 7 wins mobile OS user experience shootout

Pfeiffer Consulting recently put iOS 7 through its paces, comparing it to a number of other mobile OSes to gauge which OS has a step up on the competition when it comes to the user experience. The operating systems involved in the study included iOS 7, iOS 6, Android, Windows Phone 8 and...

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Eric Schmidt calls Android more secure than the iPhone, elicits laughter from crowd of CIOs and IT execs

There's no denying that Eric Schmidt is an incredibly intelligent guy, but the former Google CEO certainly has a penchant for making rather bold and arguably laughable claims. Recall that, in late 2011, he confidently predicted that mobile developers, in just six months' time mind you, would...

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Smart Converter provides free media format conversion for OS X

Smart Converter (free) provides a way to drag, drop and convert a wide range of media from one format to another. You drop a file, choose an output format and click to convert to popular device formats from iOS and Apple TV to Sony, Samsung, Android and more. The price is, of course, right for...

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In contrast to Android OEMs, Apple and Motorola don't fudge their benchmarking results

While reviewing Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, reviewers at Ars Technica discovered that the device is configured to artificially inflate benchmark results. We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: it scores really, really well in benchmark tests -- puzzlingly well, in fact. A...

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EverDock Kickstarter universal dock blasts by funding goal, looks great

With rare exceptions, I prefer not to write about Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects until there's a good possibility that the project will be funded. In the case of a new, truly universal dock created by Utah-based FŪZdesigns called the EverDock, the project is not only well past its funding...

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Microsoft wants you to buy their products, to start offering cash for iPhones

Earlier in the month, Microsoft -- which would love for you to pick up one of its new second-generation Surface 2 tablets -- began offering iPad owners a paltry US$200 or more for a trade-in in hopes that you'd actually fall for the ploy, grab the cash and buy one of their beleaguered tablets. Now...

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Google Play 'iMessage Chat' app lets you send iMessages to Android phones but don't try it

Note: If you read nothing else, read this: Do NOT download this app. Now read why below. An unofficial iMessages app has appeared on the Google Play store that allows iMessages to be sent between Android and iOS devices, reports 9to5Mac. The app itself, called "iMessage Chat" isn't a counterfeit...

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Official PlayStation iOS app to launch in November

Sony announced a November release date for the PlayStation 4 companion app for iOS and Android along with its new console at the Tokyo Game Show 2013, reports Polygon. The PlayStation App will launch on November 15 in the US and November 29 in Europe. The PlayStation App lets you use your iOS...

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iOS 7 adoption rate after one day is higher than for earlier versions of iOS

If it seemed like everyone on planet Earth was trying to install iOS 7 at the same you were, well, you're probably not wrong in that assumption. Information from Chitika Insights and others who have been following the action of the past 24 hours shows that anywhere from 18.2 percent (Chitika) to...

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Update your music dock to WiFi with the Auris Skye Kickstarter project

Let's face it -- a lot of people bought docks back in the days of iPods and the first iPhones. Basically, it made it very easy for people to blast tunes out of an alarm clock or speaker by just plugging the device in, and the device received a charge in the process. Well, things are different...

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Give me a break: The Kit Kat parody video

The fun news yesterday from Google World Dominance Headquarters was the announcement of Android 4.4 "KitKat." The new OS name follows in the footsteps of other sugary monikers like "Jelly Bean," "Donut" and the ever-popular "Ice Cream Sandwich." It's also the first sponsored OS name, blessed with...

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U.S. government finds 0.7% of all mobile malware affects iOS, while Android accounts for 79%

A cautionary memo put out by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice shows that, according to the government's findings, only 0.7 percent of all mobile malware is designed to take advantage of iOS. This figure is in stark contrast to the Android OS, which the memo...

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