Hands on: Trying out the new Moto X -- is bigger necessarily better?
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Hands on: Trying out the new Moto X -- is bigger necessarily better?

The new Motorola Moto X Android smartphone has a bigger and brighter display, additional voice abilities and a number of new features.

09/05/14

Samsung walks the edge: Introducing the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung walks the edge: Introducing the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung has introduced three new devices, including a new version of its Galaxy Note 4 phablet and the Gear VR virtual reality headset. But it's the new Galaxy Note Edge that may be the winner here.

09/03/14

Barnes & Noble partners with Samsung to produce a reborn Nook

Tablets have become an accepted part of our households; they are the way we check email, surf the Web, watch videos and check in with our friends. However, unlike smartphones, which sometimes seem to go out of date only months...

08/20/14

One phone, two flavors: Android or Windows Phone. The start of a new trend?

At today's announcement of the HTC One (M8) for Windows, it was pointed out that this was the first time that a phone was available for two completely different operating systems. Which is, indeed, an interesting development. The...

08/19/14

Amazon's new Fire Phone -- and razor blades

Remember the razor/razor-blade model of sales? The idea is that in order to make real money, you don't sell an expensive razor -- you sell the razor cheap or even give it away, and then make your money on the razor blades that the...

08/06/14

Longing for a landline

This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I was listening to my local NPR station and heard a review of a book called Landline, about a woman who uses a landline phone to communicate with her husband in the past. I don't know...

07/07/14

Short takes: Native Union's Jump Drive provides lightweight portable power

There are a large number of carry-along power devices available these days -- especially because less and less smartphones allow you to exchange batteries when you hit the dreaded 5% warning. If you want something that will give...

07/02/14

First look: Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet takes displays to a higher level

Samsung is  trying its best to become, if not the sole purveyor of Android devices, certainly the top source. With all the usual sound and fury (this time, introduction was at NYC’s Madison Square Garden), the company has announced...

06/12/14

Another one bites the dust: Springpad says farewell

Every once in a while, I find myself writing an obituary for yet another product -- usually cloud-based -- that is readying itself to disappear. Back in 2010, I wrote an enthusiastic review of a cloud storage service called...

06/02/14

LG G3: An Android smartphone for the grownups?

It's always interesting to follow how various higher-end tech products are marketed. For the most part, at least from what I've observed, most of the marketing seems to center on persuading a well-heeled 20-something crowd that if...

05/28/14

Microsoft touts its Surface Pro 3 as a laptop/tablet combo

For somebody who grew up (professionally and technically) with Microsoft’s operating systems and software, it’s strange how prone to missteps the company seems to have been over the past few years. Perhaps it's because, although...

05/20/14

Acer's Iconia One 7 tablet: A reasonable experience for a reasonable price

Lower-end tablets seldom get the attention that the higher-end, bleeding-edge tablets do -- either from the press or from the vendors themselves. For example, despite the fact that, according to a recent IDC report, the sales of...

05/08/14

Acer goes for affordable in its new laptop lineup

It's hard to remake a company, especially one that's so associated with what is now considered a more old-fashioned area of technology: laptops and desktops. CEO and corporate president of Acer Jason Chen (who just came onboard...

04/29/14

The new HTC One M8: Looking for love

Associating a product with sex appeal isn't exactly a new idea. Car manufacturers have draped good-looking women across their latest autos practically since the Model T, and the actors who appear in most smartphone commercials,...

03/25/14

Hands-on: Plantronics Voyager Edge -- a headset that means business

It must be because I grew up in New York City: When I go out walking, or have a long subway ride, I feel uneasy wearing a pair of earbuds. What if there's an announcement I don't hear? What if somebody shouts "Look out!" behind me...

03/21/14

Will Google add-ons help Docs and Sheets finally live up to their potential?

As someone who is well invested in the Google ecosystem -- I use an Android smartphone along with all the Google apps that it offers, use Gmail and Google Drive frequently, etc. -- I have a real admiration for the usefulness of...

03/12/14

Getting Fit: Gear Fit grabs attention at Samsung press event

It's human nature -- at some point, almost every generation is accused of being selfish, or self-absorbed, or spoiled by the previous generation. Sometimes, it's true. Sometimes, it's simply sour grapes. If today's younger tech...

02/24/14

Review: The Era by Jawbone raises the bar for consumer headsets

Jawbone is best known for its nattily designed consumer products. While its current favorites are probably its Up lifestyle wristband and series of Jambox Bluetooth speakers, it started with a line of relatively small consumer...

02/04/14

How private are your emails? Not very. Ask Gov. Christie's staff.

There are dangers in day-to-day tech usage that many of us, no matter how much we're warned, tend to ignore, or at least forget about. For example, when was the last time you backed up your data? (Yeah, I thought so.) The other is:...

01/08/14

Lenovo's new Yoga tablet: A difference that might make a difference?

To tell you the truth, I'm not really a tablet sort of person. We have one in our family -- a Nexus 7 -- but it's seldom, if ever, in my hands. That's not because it's being hogged by my partner -- I just don't have much use for...

10/30/13

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