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  • Apple iPad Air 2 review: Comes with improvements, but not worth an upgrade 22-10-2014 10:59 AM

    Cupertino: If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, even though it has a...
  • OS X Yosemite review: Still has what makes a Mac a Mac, also can make Macs act more like iPhones 17-10-2014 01:37 PM

    Cupertino: If you've upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8, the new software update for Mac computers will seem familiar. The Yosemite update to Apple's OS X system, available as a free download starting Thursday, adds several features to bring the Mac in line with last month's iOS 8...
  • HTC RE camera gives you an alternate way to click photos, record videos 10-10-2014 11:33 AM

    New York: Everywhere you look people are using smartphones and tablets to snap pictures and film concerts, speeches - their kids' ballet recitals - and instantly share the experiences with friends and family. At many events people aren't even looking at the stage, they are watching through their screens. HTC...
  • Pay by phone or just keep using plastic? Here's everything you need to know 02-10-2014 11:48 AM

    New York: PayPal, Apple and others are betting on billions in mobile payments. But so far, trying to use my phone to pay at restaurants and retailers has been frustrating. It's easier just to pull out my plastic credit card than to figure out which card works with which app...
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: Samsung attempts Apple's design emphasis but falls short on tech 27-09-2014 03:33 PM

    New York: Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. The new iPhones measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, up...
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: Samsung attempts Apple's design emphasis but falls short on tech 25-09-2014 10:31 AM

    New York: Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. The new iPhones measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally, up...
  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review: The new Apple iPhones eliminate screen size as a reason to avoid iPhones 19-09-2014 09:39 AM

    New York: It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a...
  • Apple iOS 8 review: Android can't compete with iOS' evolving unity 18-09-2014 10:40 AM

    New York: The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and...
  • Apple Pay review: Simplifies payments, improves security 10-09-2014 02:06 PM

    Few people use their phones to pay for goods and services at retail stores. That's because it's not difficult to pull out a plastic credit card, however insecure that technology might be. Apple is trying to change that with Apple Pay, which will come to the new iPhones in October...
  • Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review: They neutralise a key Android advantage 10-09-2014 01:42 PM

    Apple's new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus are both larger than the current 4-inch models. They neutralise a key advantage Android phones have had: size. And Apple managed to make its new phones thinner, with edges that are curved and fit nicely in the hands. Gone is...
  • Apple Watch review: Its first smartwatch points to another winner for Apple 10-09-2014 01:25 PM

    Cupertino: As computerised wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. I like that it will come in two sizes, so the watch won't feel giant on smaller hands, as some competing watches do. I also like that Apple will offer a variety of straps and materials, so fitness buffs...
  • First impressions review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge 06-09-2014 11:33 AM

    New York: After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realising that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras...
  • Are readingcentric tablets really a better way to experience books? 26-08-2014 10:09 AM

    New York: E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can't be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble released a reading-centric tablet last week, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Amazon, meanwhile, has the...
  • 7 mustknow tips to help you create better, stronger passwords 06-08-2014 10:52 AM

    New York: This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a...
  • Passcodes are outdated. A closer look at the alternatives to secure your phone 05-08-2014 07:02 AM

    New York: Passcodes are outdated. They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking...
  • Amazon Fire Phone review: This new Android phone offers a fresh approach to smartphones 23-07-2014 12:35 PM

    New York What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android...
  • 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...