Review: New iOS software has features to discover

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — The changes to Apple’s iOS software became apparent as I drove to the headquarters of the company’s rival, Google. As I navigated using Apple’s mapping app, I noticed one of my favorite attributes was missing: the directions for each next turn presented in green boxes that resemble highway signs. Many of […]

Review: Slick iOS 7 shines on Apple’s new iPhones

CUPERTINO, California — One of the best things about Apple’s latest iPhones is the slick new iOS 7 software that runs the devices. But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models less incentive to …

Review: Haswell laptops deliver on long battery

NEW YORK — Just in time for the back-to-school season, new laptops with extended battery life are hitting store shelves. What these laptops have in common are microprocessors that belong to a new family of Intel chips called Haswell. The chips consume less power than previous generations and promise a 50 percent boost in battery …

Review: New TiVo delivers for avid TV viewers

EDISON, New Jersey — When I bought my first TiVo digital video recorder in 2001, I was a real trendsetter. “You can really pause live television?” friends asked with wonder. “You don’t have to rewind a tape when you’re done?” I don’t get those questions anymore, now that digital video recorders are common and have …

Review: 1st peek through Google Glass impresses

SAN FRANCISCO — Google hopes to change the face of technology by persuading people to wear computers on their heads. That’s the inspiration behind Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains a hidden computer, a thumbnail-size transparent display screen above the right eye and other digital wizardry. This Internet-connected headgear is set up to let …

Masbad: iOS 7: A Beta Experience

Here we go. My user experience with iOS 7 for the last two weeks or so of using it. Again, a quick reminder that this is a beta preview of the latter’s iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system. Glitches are to be expected. Problems are to be had. There’s no escaping it because it is …