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  • Kindle Unlimited review: Amazon's ebook rental service is actually limited 19-07-2014 12:59 PM

    New York: Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is bit like a small bookstore with a few current titles...
  • Planning a trip? All essential travel gadgets that you need to carry along 17-07-2014 11:31 AM

    Denver: Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you're going? In my travels, I've come across a number of products and services worth...
  • Battle of the smartwatches: LG's G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Samsung Gear 2 reviewed 03-07-2014 01:51 PM

    New York: New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either. Samsung's Gear Live and LG's G Watch are good products and will appeal to those who like to be among the first to own new gadgets. The...
  • Android Wear review: Rather limited in what it can do now but should evolve fast 02-07-2014 11:57 AM

    New York: In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerised wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year's smartwatches do some...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: A strong challenger to the Apple iPad 26-06-2014 12:45 PM

    New York: Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colours are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in Ghostbusters look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition. The Tab...
  • Why a tablet with a keyboard cover is a worthy laptop replacement 23-06-2014 11:54 AM

    Winnemucca: It took some travels across the country for me to appreciate a tablet with a keyboard cover. I've long asked, "Why not just get a laptop?" I didn't see any benefits in turning a tablet into something it is not. The device I warmed up to isn't Microsoft's Surface...
  • Review: Benefits of Amazon Prime go beyond free shipping 22-06-2014 11:12 AM

    Amherst: Spending $99 a year for an Amazon Prime membership to get free shipping hardly seems like a deal. After all, I can usually get free shipping by spending at least $35 on a single order. But Prime's benefits became apparent gradually over the nine months I've used it. During...
  • Review: Samsung's new fitness products offer a little bit of everything, without excelling at any one thing 16-06-2014 10:38 AM

    Big Sur: Samsung's latest gadgets try to tap into people's passions for tracking fitness activities. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wristwatches, Gear Fit wristband and Galaxy S5 smartphone all come with heart rate monitors and software for tracking exercise and the number of steps you walk in a...
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review: Works well both as a tablet and a laptop, but with drawbacks 22-05-2014 06:41 AM

    New York: To appreciate Microsoft's latest tablet computer, you need to accept the notion that one device can do it all. The Surface Pro 3 works as a tablet when you want to watch video or read e-books. It works as a laptop when you need to get serious work...
  • Tech tips: Passwords alone can't keep you secure, add a second layer of protection to your online accounts 24-04-2014 10:39 AM

    New York: If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection. Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information anyway. Even without this latest...
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update review: Hints at a future that embraces even more of the past 18-04-2014 01:48 PM

    New York: Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. The divide between old and new is less pronounced in the latest, free update. That's a welcome change, as that's one of the things that...
  • Windows Phone 8.1 review: Advances but still remains a work in progress 16-04-2014 10:05 AM

    New York: Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The updated Windows Phone system has Cortana, which combines Siri's personality with Google Now's knack for anticipating what you need...
  • Microsoft's Cortana review: Its improvements over Siri, Google Now aren't enough to switch to Windows Phone 15-04-2014 10:03 AM

    New York: "Yay, it's Nick! How can I help?" Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of...
  • Galaxy S5 review: There's enough in it to give Samsung another hit 10-04-2014 07:39 AM

    New York: There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone - among them, its relative lack of features. Don't get me wrong. The company's new flagship smartphone has plenty of innovations, including water resistance, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint reader to bypass security passcodes. The...
  • Amazon Fire TV review: A great device, but not fully ready 06-04-2014 11:03 AM

    New York: Amazon's new Fire TV streaming device shows a lot of potential in bringing together the best features from competing devices and adding voice search on top of that. But for now, it's largely promise: Many of the best features work with only a handful of video services, which...
  • Windows Phone innovations show promise, but not enough to beat Android 27-03-2014 04:31 PM

    New York: In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations, which rivals would be wise...
  • Samsung's new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 review: Blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet 20-03-2014 11:01 AM

    New York: Samsung's new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet computer. Its on-screen keyboard has capabilities that are more common with laptops, and its screen is larger than what many laptops have. People can run several apps side by side, and multiple...
  • Asus Chromebox review: This inexpensive computer also doubles as a great streaming device 13-03-2014 01:06 PM

    New York: Devices that let you watch Netflix and other streaming video services on a big TV screen are popular, but there are limits to what you can watch. NBC, for instance, didn't make its Olympics apps compatible with Roku, Apple TV and Google's Chromecast. With HBO Go, Comcast subscribers...
  • Apple's iWork review: Brings simplicity to documents, but still not a replacement for Microsoft Office 06-03-2014 11:03 AM

    Barcelona: Microsoft's Office is the go-to software package for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Google's Docs has emerged as a good, free alternative for lightweight tasks. But what's often overlooked is Apple's iWork. Last fall, the iWork applications for the Mac - Pages for word processing, Numbers for...
  • Nokia X review: Fastlane on Nokia's Android-based phones is promising 01-03-2014 01:41 PM

    Barcelona: By design, Nokia's new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasised keeping prices low, meaning the user interface is relatively simple. The home screen resembles the one on Nokia's Windows-based Lumia phones, even...
  • Sony Xperia Z2 review: Noise-cancelling tech more promise than practical 28-02-2014 07:53 AM

    Barcelona: I typically have headphones on when I'm home in New York, whether it's during a jog or a commute. I often crank the volume up, at the risk of hearing loss, so that I could hear my favourite podcasts over loud subways and honking cars. I was excited to...
  • Review: Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, Ubuntu for phones 28-02-2014 07:47 AM

    Barcelona: When it comes to smartphones, consumers have an array of choices from Apple to... well, Android. The impression you get stepping into most phone carriers' showrooms is that the programmers behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android are driving most of the innovation in smartphones. You'll find few phones on...
  • Motorola Moto G review: Great price for a good phone 06-02-2014 07:50 AM

    New York: You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 (Rs 12,499 in India) Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us - the ones who can't...
  • 2013: 5 biggest tech trends that defined the year 31-12-2013 02:39 PM

    New York: As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look. It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than...
  • Moto G review: Not the best, but worth its price 04-12-2013 11:07 AM

    New York: You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us - the ones who can't afford $500 to $700...
  • HTC One Max review: Worth considering if you need a phone bigger than the Galaxy Note 26-11-2013 01:55 PM

    The HTC One Max is largely a giant version of the regular, 4.7-inch HTC One. HTC Corp. expands on Android by offering a home screen with a mosaic of customized content - such as your favourite news sites and content shared by friends on Facebook and Twitter. That can get...
  • Nokia Lumia 1520 review: Decent phone that comes with a great camera 26-11-2013 01:50 PM

    New York: The Nokia Lumia 1520 runs Windows Phone 8, which has a sliver of the smartphone market - and thus fewer software developers making apps for it. But apart from that, the 1520 is a decent phone. It's also among the first Windows phones of its size. What I...
  • Google Nexus 5 review: Not revolutionary, but delivers basics at an excellent price 23-11-2013 11:26 AM

    New York: You don't get a lot of frills with Google's new Nexus 5 phone. There's no fingerprint reader, no waterproof covering, no sensor to detect eye movement or hand gestures. What you get is an Android phone that's very good at the basics - for an excellent price. The...
  • Sony SmartWatch 2 review: Not as feature rich as Samsung Galaxy Gear but performs better 15-11-2013 01:23 PM

    New York: Sony's new SmartWatch 2 doesn't get as much attention - and doesn't do as much - as Samsung's Galaxy Gear computerised wristwatch. But for the things it does, Sony's version performs better. The SmartWatch 2 is also 33 per cent cheaper, at about $200, and works with a...
  • Apple's new iPad Mini review: Improved but comes at a price 13-11-2013 12:58 PM

    New York:: Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase. The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display. There are plenty of cheaper choices...