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What we learned about Intel this week

What we learned about Intel this week

Intel's annual meeting with analysts this week didn’t answer all of my questions--detailed product roadmaps seem to be a thing of the past for chipmakers. But we did learn a lot about where Intel is headed.

published November 22, 2014 by

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Apple's app flap: Don't blame AT&T

ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz shares his views on the recent iPhone related controversy--Apple’s rejection of Google Voice. He says, AT&T was not behind the app rejection and that Apple should adopt it because it has already approved other VoIP apps such as Skype.

published August 10, 2009 by

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Which smartphone platform should developers aim for?

For start-ups without a lot of time or money, is it smarter to develop for the iPhone first or the Android OS? Panelists at the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford discuss the pros and cons of each platform. With 65,000 apps available, the iPhone may be the most popular smartphone, but that also means that many more apps can eclipse yours. Panelists include Purnima Kochikar, vice president of the Nokia Community and Developer Forum; Dorrian Porter, CEO of Mozes; Simon Khalaf, CEO of Flurry; and moderator Mark Newhall, co-founder of IdealWave Solutions and INmobile.org.

published July 30, 2009 by

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BlackBerry Tour: First thoughts

TechRepublic's Jason Hiner shares his thoughts on the BlackBerry Tour on Verizon Wireless. He discusses the pros and cons of the new device from a business perspective and talks about where it fits in the smartphone market.

published July 17, 2009 by

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RIM shines on Wall Street--for now

ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz talks about Research In Motion's recent praise from UBS analyst Jeffrey Fan and whether his notes are merited. Diaz believes the company's successful first-quarter was due to some special promotions and that the second quarter will be a better gauge of RIM's long-term health as competition in the smartphone market heats up.

published May 7, 2009 by

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Google demos prototype of mobile Gmail app

At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundrota showed off the prototype of a new Web-based Gmail app that could one day be used on any smartphone. By using HTML 5 standards, he predicts, developers will no longer have to choose just one platform to write for. When the app is released, users will be able to archive and use their e-mail even when not online. Moderator: Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

published April 3, 2009 by

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iPhone satisfaction not guaranteed

Faced with the difficult decision of which smartphone to buy, Senior Editor Sam Diaz explains to ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das what happened when he hopped on the iPhone bandwagon. Diaz reveals which phone he's sporting now (and why), and also shares his cardinal rule for cell phone shopping.

published January 29, 2009 by

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Walt Mossberg picks hot holiday gadgets

At a Churchill Club event, The Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg shows CNET News Editor in Chief Dan Farber new gadgets consumers might want to consider buying for the holidays. Mossberg demos some new tech products including RIM's new Blackberry Storm, the MinoHD by Flip Video, and Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 smartphone.

published November 19, 2008 by

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

The 4.8in. quad-core Galaxy S III is a very impressive device that currently represents the state of the smartphone art. That's why we've given it an Editors' Choice award.

published June 12, 2012 by

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Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

The 4.3in. Lumia 900 is not especially pocket-friendly, and not everyone will need such a large screen. If you want a Windows Phone and find the Lumia 900 too bulky and pricey, take a look at the more affordable 3.7in. Lumia 800.

published June 11, 2012 by

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HTC One X

HTC One X

HTC's flagship One X is a large yet stylish Android 4.0 handset with a stunning 4.7in. screen. Its cutting-edge specification, headed by a quad-core CPU, will appeal to power users, but the lack of storage expansion and poor battery life are disappointing.

published April 25, 2012 by

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Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia S

The Xperia S is a large and somewhat ungainly smartphone with a superb screen and some high-end features. However, it's severely let down by its lack of storage expansion and sealed-in battery.

published March 23, 2012 by

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BlackBerry Bold 9790

BlackBerry Bold 9790

The Bold 9790 has a small screen and a somewhat cramped keyboard, but it runs BlackBerry 7 OS and there's a full 8GB of internal storage. If you're on a restricted budget and can cope with a compact handset, the Bold 9790 could be a good buy.

published February 8, 2012 by

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Samsung Galaxy Extreme Xcover S5690

Samsung Galaxy Extreme Xcover S5690

The Galaxy Extreme is an affordable rugged handset, although it's short on internal storage and the screen and camera are both disappointingly low-resolution. If you want a tough Android smartphone, you should also consider the similarly priced Motorola Defy+.

published February 3, 2012 by

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Samsung Omnia W GT-i8350

Samsung Omnia W GT-i8350

The Omnia W is attractively priced, and the screen is large enough to deliver a reasonable web browsing (if you can live without Flash) and mobile email experience. Build quality is solid, but the design is unremarkable.

published January 26, 2012 by

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HTC Radar

HTC Radar

If you're a Windows Phone fan seeking a relatively compact and solidly built handset, the HTC Radar could fit the bill. The optional dock may prove attractive, although that must be balanced by the inaccessible battery.

published January 10, 2012 by

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Samsung Galaxy Note Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Review

The Galaxy Note has a large, vibrant and responsive screen, and is a good size for using 'notepad style' with the S Pen. However, it's too large to carry around as an everyday smartphone, and isn't as useful at home or in the office as a full-sized tablet.

published December 15, 2011 by

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HTC Titan

HTC Titan

HTC's Windows Phone 7.5-based Titan has a fast 1.5GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera, but its standout feature is a huge 4.7in. screen. We'd like the display better if it had more than 480 by 800 pixels, and people with small hands will find the device unwieldy.

published November 16, 2011 by

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Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800

The Lumia 800 has appeal for both professional and personal users, and the reuse of the N9 chassis design is a good move. The result is a solid Windows Phone 7.5 handset.

published November 11, 2011 by

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BlackBerry Torch 9860

BlackBerry Torch 9860

Although the 3.7in. Torch 9860 is easy to use and responsive, we're not sure that RIM is best serving the BlackBerry brand by jettisoning the physical keyboard.

published October 14, 2011 by

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BlackBerry Torch 9810

BlackBerry Torch 9810

The Torch 9810 has a touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, but both have their drawbacks. Performance and battery life are good, but the lack of Flash support is disappointing.

published September 15, 2011 by

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HTC Evo 3D

HTC Evo 3D

If you want to try 3D on a smartphone we recommend the less expensive LG Optimus 3D, which shoots 3D stills to a higher resolution and has a dedicated 3D user interface with better 3D integration.

published August 30, 2011 by

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BlackBerry Bold 9900

BlackBerry Bold 9900

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 offers an upgraded OS, solid specifications and good integration of a small touchscreen with an optical navigation pad and keyboard. But battery life is disappointing and, despite the novelty of Near Field Communication support, this is primarily a catchup device.

published August 25, 2011 by

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