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September 24th, 2013microsoft, Reviews, surface 0 Comments

NEW YORK — Is Microsoft’s Surface a tablet or a laptop? I’m not quite sure, but it is a lot easier to type on than an iPad. The software company unveiled updates to its Surface tablet computers Monday at an event in New York, where I had a short amount of time to try them […]

September 18th, 2013apple, ios, Reviews 0 Comments

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 […]

September 11th, 2013apple, ios, Reviews 0 Comments

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 …

August 23rd, 2013haswell, laptops, Reviews 0 Comments

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 …

August 20th, 2013Reviews, tivo 0 Comments

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 …

A better title for this film might have been “The History of Apple Computers.” “Jobs” aims to be the first biopic about tech giant Steve Jobs (Sony’s Aaron Sorkin project is next), but instead of offering insight into the man, it’s a chronology of Apple and the advent of personal computers. Ashton Kutcher plays Jobs …

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 …

NEW YORK — Think of a leading phone maker. Apple and Samsung might come to mind — maybe even HTC, maker of the well-received One. But you’re probably not thinking Sony, a company better known for its TVs, cameras and video game machines. With the new Xperia Z, Sony shows it can play in the …

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 …

The ongoing explosion in independently developed, low-budget video games has been a boon for players who travel. Whether I’m on the road with an iPad, an Android smartphone or a laptop, I know there’s a huge library of games to play. When I get home, though, I want to play on a bigger screen. That’s …

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