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ANDROID APP REVIEW

Switchpro Widget: A Passel of Pretty Little Toggles

If you're a regular reader of this column, you may remember that I recently took a look at Cloud TV's HD Widgets, an app for creating your own elegant, translucent widgets to replace ugly stock widgets that appear to permeate today's Android phones -- Motorola, I'm referring to you mainly. I've had ...

Making Linux Work

The fear of failure factor is one reason why potential newcomers to the Linux operating system never complete the switch. After all, when was the last time you saw a sign in a big-box computer store identifying the aisle labeled "Linux Loaded?" Most desktops and laptops come out of the box with Micr...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

In Search of the Best Linux for Windows Refugees

Much as we here in the Linux community may wish that everyone could cut their proverbial computing "teeth" on our favorite operating system, the fact remains that the majority of the world starts off on Windows. That, after all, is why the tragedy of "Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome" has persisted ...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

RingCentral Didn’t Ring My Chimes

I've been looking for an alternative to Google's Google Voice product that provides one number for all my phones -- mobiles and landline -- and includes online voicemail and discounted calling. Google Voice is a fine product, and I've had exemplary use out of it, but it has a couple of failings rela...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

Remote Web Desktop Full: Really Smart App Deserves Better Support

We've been seeing applications that allow you to remotely access desktop PCs for years. They have tended to function on a PC-to-PC connection basis over the Internet -- like Symantec's pcAnywhere software, which is often used for remote PC troubleshooting. More recently, we've been seeing tools that...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Raspberry Pi and Cotton Candy: Computing’s Newest Treats

There has never been any shortage of interesting names here in the Linux world, but recently a decidedly sugary theme has emerged. Just in the past week, we saw the debut of Cotton Candy and the long-awaited Raspberry Pi -- two diminutive computing devices that may have the potential to shake up the...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

PrinterShare Mobile Print Premium May Please Mobile Enterprise Crowd

We all know that the 20th century predictions of a paperless office were a pipe dream, maybe never to happen now. Digital media appear to have created more paper swirling around us, rather than less. If you've been holding out for the paperless dream, forget it. Give up now, because there's currentl...

Mobile Nirvana: Syncing Smartphones, Tablets and PCs

The concept of mobile connectivity in today's multi-device world is changing. Connectivity means more than connecting our laptop computers to WiFi or 3G carrier networks wherever we go. Today people work on more than one computer. Increasingly, workers and consumers alike rely on a growing collectio...

Spark Tablet Coming for the FOSS Crowd

The recently announced Spark tablet might prove to be the first Linux-running open source tablet fully capable of being modded by users. It has an open Linux stack on unlocked hardware, and it will come with an open content and services market. The Spark will come under the GNU General Public Licens...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Galaxy Nexus: A Dazzling Phone With an Enormous Appetite

OK, Greenpeace, arrest me now as an eco-criminal. I must have single-handedly deforested a good tract of the Amazon rain forest over the last few days. In mitigation, I plead that this was because of the requirements of my job. I was testing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The device is sleek and sexy, ha...

BT Goes for Android’s Jugular With Patent Claims

British Telecom has filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming the Android operating system infringes of six of its patents. The suit attacks Google on a number of fronts, including Google Maps, Google+ and Google Music. While the technology in question has been used by Google for years, it may have t...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

A Linux Attack Considered

Well the last ruckus over operating systems had barely settled down here in the Linux blogosphere when another one started up anew. The cause this time? Oh, just a little article entitled, "The Disadvantages of Using Linux" by a blogger known as "DarkDuck." "No standard edition," "learning curve," ...

Google Serves Up Ice Cream Sandwich With a Nexus on the Side

Google unveiled Android 4.0, aka "Ice Cream Sandwich," in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The presentation was accompanied by Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich is a redesign of the Android OS. It has a highly visual interface, a f...

Samsung’s Nexus Striptease – Fascinating or Freakish?

The Android community is abuzz with speculation about Samsung's plans for its Unpacked event on Oct. 11 at the upcoming CTIA Enterprise & Applications Conference to be held in San Diego. Some rumors suggest Samsung will unveil the latest item in the Android Nexus family of smartphones, while others ...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

Orb Live for Android: An Interesting, but Unsuccessful, Experiment

Orb Network's media server software has been around for years; in fact, Orb and TVersity are the grandparents of current media-everywhere apps. However, this is the first time Orb has officially been available in an app for Android phones. Orb functions by grabbing indexed media content from your ...

OPINION

The Death of the Smartphone

Smartphones and tablets might be the current hot technology, but history says it's all just another fad. Twenty years from now, almost nobody will own either device. Seems unbelievable, but the same technology that makes them hot today will make them not tomorrow. Consider what happened to another "...

HP’s Tablet Failure: Big Fun for FOSS Fanatics

There may be life yet for the seemingly defunct HP TouchPad. The company has discontinued its development of all webOS devices, leading retailers to drastically mark down prices on the TouchPads they have in stock. Some buyers have been able to score one for as little as $100 -- that's $400 off the ...

Androids Dream of Electric Malware, Wake Up in Cold Sweat

Google has reportedly pulled several Android mobile applications that were lousy with malware from its official Android Market. This follows a report earlier this week from Lookout Mobile Security, which claimed it found dozens of apps in the market that contained malicious code. The suspect apps ap...

Google Deodorizes Sniffable Android Security Flaw

Google has begun rolling out a patch to fix a security flaw in versions 2.3.3 and earlier of its Android mobile operating system. That flaw affects all Google services using the ClientLogin authentication protocol. It lets hackers access any personal data available through Android's application prog...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Should Microsoft Be Losing Sleep Over Chrome OS?

So Google's Chromebooks finally made their long-awaited debut last week, complete with interesting leasing options for the business, government and educational markets. As Samsung and Acer put the finishing touches on their devices, the question on many tongues now is how these new machines will fit...

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